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Use the search fields below to find hundreds of organizations in New York City that can provide you with help in starting or running your small business. Included in this searchable database are programs which offer business advice, loans, grants, location assistance, and a wide range of other services for small businesses throughout the city — often at no cost or for a low fee.

Use the search fields below to find hundreds of organizations in New York City that can provide you with help in starting or running your small business. Included in this searchable database are programs which offer business advice, loans, grants, location assistance, and a wide range of other services for small businesses throughout the city — often at no cost or for a low fee.

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A wide range of technical assistance and advisory services are provided to New York State employers at no charge. 

You must obtain a NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority/Sales Tax ID Number if your business sells taxable goods or is engaged in resale. In most cases, this certificate must be posted in your place of business.

The State Liquor Authority issues licenses for beer and alcohol sales.The Authority's main office is located at 80 S. Swan St., Suite 900, Albany, NY 12210. The Harlem office serves the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. License and permit forms are available at the Department's website. If you have questions concerning how to obtain a license or permit, please call (518) 474-3114 and select option 1 or send an email to: Licensing.Information@sla.ny.gov.

The New York State Restaurant Association [NYSRA] is a non-for-profit trade association working to promote, represent and educate the food service industy of New York State. NYSRA acts an an industry liaison with regulatory agencies that govern the commercial food service industry. NYSRA also acts as the "legislative watchdog" and is the official voice of the food service industry.

This mission positions NYSRA to promote the hospitality profession, while serving and representing its members and their customers through advocacy, innovation, and education.

 

The NYS Trade Adjustment Assistance Center sponsored by the US Department of Commerce - assists NY State manufacturers respond to import competition. The Center partners with manufacturers, offering a 50-50 cost-sharing of projects designed to improve a firm's overall competitiveness. The Center's funds are directly applied to the costs of professional consultants, engineers, and other outside service providers hired on behalf of the firm to develop and implement action improvement programs. NY area manufacturers - NY City, Long Island, Westchester - may contact Gary Youmans at 212-921-1662 or at gyoumans@nystaac.org.

The New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC) is a not for profit organization dedicated to assisting women, minorities and other disadvantaged individuals achieve success and economic independence through business, micro-enterprise ownership and self-employment. If you are an existing or start up business the experienced team at the Chamber’s NY Women and MinorityBusinessDevelopmentCenter and Microenterprise Institute can assist you successfully start, manage and grow your business to the next level.  Assistance is provided through one-on-one individualized business counseling, and educational business programs. Services are available in Spanish and in English.

Nonprofit Finance Fund, a federally certified CDFI, is a leader in helping nonprofits strengthen their financial health and improve their capacity to serve their communities. NFF helps nonprofits and social enterprises build and renovate facilities; expand operations; fund growth needs; and sustain operations over time. NFF serves nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services including facilities and working capital loans and lines of credit; asset-building programs; intensive workshops; Nonprofit Business Analyses; and other consultations. NFF Capital Partners helps nonprofits attract equity-like growth capital.

North Brooklyn Development Corporation provides a free employment screening and referral service.

NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. Whether you're an entrepreneur, running a small business or a large corporation, NYC Business Solutions can work for you - for free. Business Solutions Centers are located throughout the five boroughs. Click on the Locations & Hours link for more detail.

NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. 

Our team has the experience and resources to address many of the challenges you face and objectives you aspire to reach. Our purpose is your success - whether you need financing assistance, legal advice, certification as a minority or woman-owned enterprise, recruiting assistance, or access to workforce training funds.

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