Immigrant-owned small businesses play an essential role in New York City's economy. As part of an ongoing commitment to serving the City's immigrant entrepreneurs, the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has developed business courses and resources to address specific needs of entrepreneurs in immigrant communities.
Immigrant Business Initiative
SBS, with support from Citi Community Development, has partnered with community-based organizations to provide tailored services to immigrant entrepreneurs in Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Korean, and Bengali. Partner organizations include Business Outreach Center Network, Brooklyn Public Library, Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, Shorefront YM-YWHA, and Sapna NYC.
Building Your Business in New York City: A Guide for Immigrant Entrepreneurs
This guide offers step-by-step advice for immigrant entrepreneurs planning, launching, or growing a small business. Topics include: signing a commercial lease, navigating government, and understanding the rights of immigrant New Yorkers. Developed by SBS in partnership with Citi Community Development, the guide will be accessible in six languages.Building Your Business in New York City: A Guide for Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Partnership with New York City's Public Libraries
SBS has partnered with the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library to reach entrepreneurs in immigrant communities across the five boroughs through:
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- Training frontline library staff
- Offering free business courses in multiple languages at library branches
- Providing multi-lingual materials on City services available for immigrant entrepreneurs
(PDF) Building Your Business in New York City: A Guide for Immigrant Entrepreneurs