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Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation [UMEZDC]


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Since beginning operations in 1996, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZDC) has helped to revitalize economic life in neighborhoods North of 96th Street including Harlem, East Harlem, and Washington Heights/Inwood. UMEZ's mission is to sustain the economic revitalization of all the communities of Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments and small business assistance. UMEZ's Business Resources and Investment Services Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan. UMEZ's technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops and seminars, and access to loans.

55 West 125th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10027
Contact Kenneth J. Knuckles, President and CEO

Smallbiz Services Locations: Manhattan, Above 96th Street

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Harlem Networking and Small Business Loans

The UPPER MANHATTAN EMPOWERMENT ZONE is definitely a great help as my business industry changes constantly. Even though there have been changes in the past, the UMEZ is the one constant available in Harlem NYC that has always been there for networking, education and support. I appreciate the professional support and assistance when applying for my small business loan. If you get a chance contact them; I am currently in launching Harlem Local, a Harlem local business directory and tourism guide, which has a awesome directory for Harlem Restaurants

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