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    If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, please take a few minutes to help us better understand the common challenges small businesses are facing and how the City can support local entrepreneurs. This survey is optional and all information collected will be confidential.
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    On International Women's Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, and Council Member Helen Rosenthal announced that more than $280,000 in zero-interest loans has been pledged to women entrepreneurs through the City's crowdfunding partnership with Kiva.

Need help with a business lease in NYC? You may be eligible for free services.
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    The program will allow small business owners to obtain free legal assistance on topics that include negotiating a lease, resolving landlord issues, responding to an eviction notice, breach of contract disputes, and lease renewal. Non-franchise businesses that meet income requirements are eligible for this service.

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    The Online Directory of Certified Businesses is a searchable list of M/WBE, LBE, and EBE certified businesses across the New York City area. Directory listings include company details (including what goods/services they sell or provide) and contact information.
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    • Assess your business strengths and needs
    • Connect you to free resources provided by SBS and local organizations
    • Provide immediate support and make referrals for future services
    • Answer questions about your specific business community


We help businesses start, operate, and grow by:

  • Helping minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) get City-certified and compete for contracts
  • Connecting entrepreneurs to free resources ranging from business courses to legal services
  • Explaining government rules and regulations
  • Helping entrepreneurs apply for funding to launch or grow a business

Contact us for more information.

Programs & Initiatives