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Small Business Guides: Local Business Assistance Providers

The organizations listed below provide a variety of services to the small business community of Brooklyn. The services they offer are grouped together in the following categories:

  • Business Courses: Business-related classes or seminars, sometimes for a fee.
  • Counseling: One-on-one meetings with a professional to discuss business plans, financing options and other aspects of starting and running a small business.
  • Computer Access: Computers on site for public or members' use.
  • Empire Zone Administration: Helps businesses located in a Zone apply for and comply with the New York State Empire Zone benefits.
  • Financial Planning: Assistance with financial and bookkeeping skills.
  • Loan Program: The organization offers small business loans.
  • Networking: Sponsors events or meetings that foster opportunities to interact with other businesses or potential customers.
  • Real Estate Assistance: Help locating space, info on tax or energy incentives linked to a location.

If you would like to have your organization listed or revise the data given here, please contact us.

Business Courses, counseling, loan programs, Spanish spoken
Offices in Brooklyn
115 East 23rd Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10010

Atlantic Avenue Association Local Development Corporation
Real estate assistance
Atlantic Avenue Association LDC
494 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Computer access, counseling, loan programs
Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Networking, regulatory assistance, financing, real estate assistance
25 Elm Street, Suite 200
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Chinese American Association
Business courses, networking, multilingual
Attn: Paul Mak
5000 Eighth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC)
Business courses, counseling, real estate assistance
Kingsborough College
2001 Oriental Blvd. Room T-4162
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network
Business classes, counseling, financial planning, multilingual
Four offices throughout Brooklyn: North Brooklyn (main office), Oceanhill-Brownsville, South Brooklyn, Brighton
Main office:
85 S. Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI)
Business courses, counseling, networking
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Building 5, Mezzanine
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Business courses (daycare), computer access, counseling, loan program
884 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation (EWVIDCO)
Business courses, networking, real estate assistance, Empire Zone administration
11-29 Catherine Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Grameen America, Inc.
Microfinance for low-income entrepreneurs.
1460 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Local Development Corporation of East New York
Business courses, computer access, counseling, networking, real estate assistance and Empire Zone administration
80 Jamaica Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Metrotech Business Improvement District
Real estate assistance
4 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Local Development Corporation
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership's Business Improvement District
Loan program, real estate assistance
472 Myrtle Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Consulting, real estate assistance in Sunset Park area
5313 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

New American Chamber of Commerce
Business courses, Counseling, Networking
26 Court Street, Suite 701
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Phone: 718-722-9217
Fax: 718-222-3153

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
Loan programs, tax incentives, energy savings program, real estate assistance
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038

New York City Financial Network Action Consortium (NYCfNAC)
In conjunction with credit unions and other organizations NYCfNAC offers:
Business courses, consulting, financial planning, loan programs
209 East 3rd St.
New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 254-6060

New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc
Refers minority business to Business Consortium Fund for equity capital and loans
1270 Broadway, Suite 606
New York, NY 10001

New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
Business courses, counseling (SCORE), computer access
188 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

New York State Small Business Development Center (NYS SBDC)
Business classes, counseling , financial planning, networking, multilingual
Located at colleges throughout New York, the Brooklyn site is:
SBDC at NY City College of Technology
25 Chapel Street, 11th Floor
Howard Building
Brooklyn, NY 11201

New York City College of Technology SBDC
25 Chapel Street, 11th Floor
New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn, NY 11201

St. Joseph's College SBDC
265 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Ocean Hill - Bushwick - Bedford Stuyvesant Local Development Corporation (OBUSTY)
Counseling, real estate assistance
1079 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Pratt Area Community Council
Business courses, networking, real estate assistance
PACC Employment & Entrepreneurship Center
1224 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Project Enterprise
Loan programs, counseling, multilingual
330 Hinsdale Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Counseling, business courses or

  • SCORE at Brooklyn Public Library Business Library
    280 Cadman Plaza West
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • SCORE at CACCI Flatbush Mart
    800 Flatbush Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11226
  • SCORE Main Office
    26 Federal Plaza, Room 3100
    New York, NY 10278

South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation
Networking, real estate assistance, seminars
269 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC)
Networking, real estate assistance
269 37th Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Sunset Park Business Improvement District
Business courses, networking, real estate assistance
4505 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Urban Business Assistance Corporation
Business plan assistance for a fee, counseling
44 West 4th Street, Suite 561
New York, NY 10012-1126

Women's Venture Fund
Business courses, counseling, micro-loans for small business women, networking
240 West 35th Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10001

Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO)
Business classes, counseling, networking
220 East 23rd Street #309
New York, NY 10010-4606

Government Agencies

Brooklyn Borough President's Office
Real estate assistance, regulatory assistance
Economic Development Division
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Financial planning, regulatory assistance
Taxpayer Education & Communication
625 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-488-2541 or 718-488-3266

New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Assistance in government procurement and minority certification, assistance for street vendors, runs the Business Action Center, energy savings programs and administers Business Improvement Districts
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
212-513-6300 or 212-646-2442

New York City Business Solutions
Counseling, financial planning, real estate assistance
9 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
Loan programs, tax incentives, energy savings program, real estate assistance
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038

New York State Empire Development
Assistance in government procurement and minority certification, Empire Development Zone program, loan guarantees, real estate assistance, tax incentives, Small Business Ombudsman Program
Division for Small Business
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

New York State Office of Regulatory Reform
Interagency database of business licenses and permits required by NYS
P.O. Box 7027, 17th Floor
A.E. Smith Building
Albany, NY 12225
800-342-3464 or 518-486-3292

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Assistance in government procurement and minority certification (Pro Net), business courses, export assistance, loan programs
NY Regional Office
26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3100
New York, NY 10278

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