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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. 

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.  
Please call in advance to schedule an appointment and let the advisor know that you are in the SIBL NY Start UP Competition.

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 off on the verification sheet  to verify the appointment and provide any follow up instructions or feedback on your plan.  Completed forms should be uploaded to your account on the Competition website.   

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 Branch Office- 188 Madison Avenue, Room 49, SIBL’s Lower Level. (212)592-7033
Make appointments onsite or call for an appointment.

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

BRONX OFFICE, 851 Grand Concourse, Room 123, Tel: (718) 590-6252
Telephone for appointment. Note limited hours: Thursday Only: 10 AM - 4 PM

To make an appointment at the main office or one of SCORE’s other branches, please contact

NYC counselors are retired/semi-retired business owners & 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
Director:  Ulas Neftci.  Center (646) 312-4790  Fax: (646) 312-4781
Email Address:
Hrs. 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
Pace University
163 William Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Email Address:
Hrs. of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm weekdays
The Pace SBDC is staffed by 2 full-time professionals who are former bankers and 3 graduate students at the Lubin School of Business.
Please call or email for an initial appointment. Mention that you are an entrant in SIBL's New York StartUP! competition.

Columbia-Harlem SBDC
3022 Broadway, Room 310 Uris
New York, NY 10027
Director: Kaaryn Nailor Simmons

Center : 212-854-6444
Email Address:

The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center offers workshops and one-on-one counseling to new and existing businesses at no charge. Among other things, we help our clients: understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding,prepare for e-commerce, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, comply with licensing & regulations.

Located in Columbia Business School, the center is committed to supporting the economicsustainability of all New Yorkers—one business at a time.Please call or email for an appointment and mention that you are in SIBL's New York Start Up business plan competition.
Project Enterprise
144 W. 125th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10027
(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 on 718-960-8806.

Clarence Stanley, Director
Lehman College
Small Business Development Center
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Email Address:

Center: (718)960-8806
Center: (718)960-8697
Fax: (718)960-7340

Bronx Women's Business Resource Center (BWBRC)
355 Food Center Drive, Suite C-104,
Bronx, New York 10474
Director: George Acevedo (718) 842 1717 EXT 225  Fax: (718) 842-6592
Email Address:
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 (7) 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. Please state that you are an entrant in SIBL’s StartUP business plan competition.

Staten Island SBDC:
College Of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd., Building 2A rm. 300
Staten Island, NY 10314-9806
Center: 718-982-2560
Fax: 718-982-2323
Email Address:
Director: Dean Balsamini
Advisors are available at CSI from 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri) by appointment to provide one on one counseling for 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 who all have 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
Email Address:
Website :
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
(p) 212-684-0854 Ext. 0538
(f) 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.