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Business Advisory Groups

The groups listed below can provide one-on-one advisory session(s) to applicants of the New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition.

Verification Sheet
Verification Sheet

Entrants in the competition are required to meet at least once with a business advisor while developing their business plans.  We recommend more than one meeting as you begin to develop your business plan.

Call in advance to schedule an appointment and let the advisor know that you are in the SIBL NY StartUP Competition. Also bring a written outline of your business idea and concepts for your business when you go to the first meeting with a business advisor.

At the first and any subsequent meetings, ask the advisor to sign the VERIFICATION SHEET to verify the appointment took place and to provide any follow up instructions or feedback on your plan.  This form should be uploaded to your account on the Competition site

 Entrants are not limited to the advisory groups listed here.   

SCORE NYC, New York City Chapter of SCORE, Resource Partner of U.S. Small Business Administration
SIBL SCORE Branch Office: 188 Madison Avenue, Room 49, SIBL’s Lower Level,  near Financial Literacy Central

 Appointments can be made online.

  • For further information call (212) 592-7033 or visit NYC SCORE.

SCORE's Main office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 3100, New York, NY 10278, (212)264- 4507

NYC counselors are retired/semi-retired business owners and managers. We provide free counseling services to small business owners and individuals looking to start small businesses. Counseling services include working closely with small business entrepreneurs on business plans, financing and financial projections, start-up planning, marketing and management issues, and many other related subjects.        

SCORE mentors regularly provide mentoring services to entrants in business plans competitions sponsored by SIBL and several NYC universities. When you make an appointment, mention that you are a StartUP! entrant. For more detailed information about SCORE NYC and a comprehensive listing of the experience and expertise of our 70+ business counselors, please go to our web site at

Baruch College SBDC
55 Lexington Ave., Suite 2-140
New York, NY 10010-2318
Center phone (646) 312-4790;  Center Fax: (646) 312-4781
Email Address:
Hours of operation: Mon–Fri.  9:00 am–5:00 pm
The SBDC at Baruch is served by 4 counselors as well as 7 interns, MBA candidates who can review financial projections and provide technical assistance. The SBDC also taps the expertise of 8 Baruch College faculty as needed. The SBDC staff has agreed to advise New York StartUP! entrants and is open to follow-up meetings to review progress on B-plans. No walk-ins.  Please call 646-312-4790 for an initial appointment. Please state that you have been referred by SIBL.

Chinatown Manpower Project/Business Outreach Center 
Entrepreneurial Assistance Program
70 Mulberry Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10002
212-571-1698, ext. 248 

Pace University SBDC
163 William Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY, 10038
(212) 618-6655
Email Address:
Hours of operation: 9:00 am–5:00 pm, weekdays
The Pace University SBDC is staffed by full-time small business advisors with the support of a graduate student at the Lubin School of Business. Pace SBDC advisors offer free 1:1 small business counseling sessions from both our Lower Manhattan campus as well as the NYPL’s Science Industry and Business Library. Please call (212) 618-6655 or email to schedule a counseling session, and be sure to mention that you are an entrant in SIBL's New York StartUP! competition.

Project Enterprise
144 W. 125th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY, 10027
Telepone: (212)678-6734
Fax: (212)678-6737
Our office is located inside the Studio Museum of Harlem between Lenox Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. across from the state office building.
Bronx-Lehman College SBDC 
Lehman College Campus
250 Bedford Park Blvd., West OG 007
Bronx, NY, 10468-1589
Lehman College SBDC works with start-ups; about 75% of our clients are start-up firms. Services are bi-lingual (English and Spanish.) Appointments are required; please call for appointment at (718)960-8806.
Clarence Stanley, Director
Center: (718)960-8806, (718)960-8697
Fax: (718)960-7340

Bronx Women's Business Resource Center (BWBRC)
2488 Grand Concourse, Suite 321B
Bronx, NY 10458
Director: Awilda Velez  Phone: (718)933-7479   Fax: (718)933-7469
The Bronx Women's Business Resource Center is staffed by 2 full-time professionals and 3 interns who are MBA candidates at Monroe College. Our counselors and interns include former bankers, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. The BWBRC also taps the expertise of Monroe College faculty as needed. We work closely with aspiring entrepreneurs, both men and women. Please call or email for an initial appointment and mention that you are entrants in SIBL's StartUP! business plan competition. Please visit our website:

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
555 Bergen Ave. 3rd Floor
Bronx NY, 10455
Director of Economic Development and Business Services: Lourdes Zapata
Main: (718)292-3113, Fax: (718)292-6645, Email:
SoBRO is a non-profit organization helping aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses and provide existing and newly established small businesses with workshops and technical assistance to help them successfully compete in the marketplace. SoBRO employs seven business service professionals, as well as several interns and expert volunteers. SoBRO also has a vast partner network of business professionals from lawyers to real estate brokers to help assist the development of local businesses. SoBRO’s staff has agreed to advise SIBL’s StartUP entrants and are available for technical assistance and business plan reviews. No walk-ins; please call 718-292-3113 for an initial appointment and state that you are an entrant in SIBL’s StartUP business plan competition.

Staten Island SBDC:
College Of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd., Building 3A Rm. 105
Staten Island, NY, 10314-9806
Center: (718)982-2560
Fax: (718)982-2323
Director: Dean Balsamini
Advisors are available at CSI from 9 am–5 pm (Mon–Fri), by appointment, to provide one-on-one counseling as often and as long as the client needs. Free, confidential services. Please call 718-982-2560 to set up an appointment, and also mention that you are are part of the SIBL competition. Our advisors are experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in business counseling, marketing, finances, commercial lending, etc., and will assist start-ups and established businesses on their journey to achieve a successful business enterprise.

West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC)
Women’s Business Center, Staten Island
705 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rear
Staten Island, NY, 103010
Phone: (718) 816-4775
Fax: (718) 816-7234
Executive Director: Loretta Cauldwell
The West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC) offers workshops and one-on-one counseling to new and existing businesses at no charge. We are a designated SBA Women’s Business Center satellite office and NYC M/WBE Leadership Association organization funded by New York City Council on Staten Island. We work closely with aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners both men and women.  Appointments are required; please call or email our office to make an appointment.

WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities)
245 West 17th Street, Floor 11
New York, New York, 10011
Phone: (212)684-0854, Ext. 0538
Fax: (212)684-1096
The WIBO Business Advisory Service is available to StartUp! entrants who are in the latter stages of drafting their business plan or have completed a plan for review. WIBO advisors offer first-rate counsel and have over 20 years of experience consulting entrepreneurs. Qualified entrants can meet for a 30-minute session with a WIBO Advisor and up to two follow-up sessions as needed. Please call or email to schedule an appointment.