Community Capital New York (CCNY)
CCNY provides under-served communities and individuals with responsible and affordable small business, child care, energy efficiency and affordable housing loans. Contact: Kimberlie A. Jacobs (914) 747-8020, or www.ccrhv.org
NYS Business Development
Albany-based NYBDC assists, promotes and advances the business prosperity and economic welfare of the State by providing loans to small businesses with an emphasis on minority- and women-owned businesses. White Plains Office, 445 Hamilton Ave., White Plains 10601, 914-358-6405, www.nybdc.com
NYS Small Business
The Small Business Development Center is located at Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Brucker Hall, Suffern, New York, but don’t let that deceive you. Since 1987, its expert advisors of the tri-county nonprofit group have advised more than 18,000 businesses in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam Counties, “helping them to invest $733,365,000 in the area’s economy while creating or saving 10,384 jobs.” And, thanks to its partnership in the public and private sectors, all services are free.
According to its website, www.nyssbdc.org, any entrepreneur or commercial operation that calls New York home is a candidate for its many and varied counseling services. It can maneuver any business around the many obstacles found along the path to success.
For instance, the center helps its clients:
- Understand the importance of a business plan
- Discover sources of funding
- Prepare for e-commerce
- Identify avenues for exporting goods & services
- Develop marketing plans
- Assess an invention’s viability
- Comply with licensing & regulations
For more information, visit its aforementioned website. A nearby SBDC site, however, is located at the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce’s headquarters, One South Street in the downtown area of Peekskill (914-737-3600). The SBDC group meets on Tuesdays and by appointment.
Putnam County Economic
Development Corporation (EDC)
Putnam’s EDC offers a variety of services, including site selection, RFP responses, and regional and state collaboration, to companies considering expanding, developing or relocating to Putnam County. Contact: (845) 808-1021 or www.putnamedc.org.
Located in Pearl River, NY, REDC provides access to marketing, technical assistance, government contracting programs, referrals and more. It also houses and administers the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a Small Business Center, the Rockland County Industrial Development Agency and the Rockland County Economic Assistance Corporation. Contact: (845) 735-7040 or www.redc.org.
Small Business Association (SBA)
The U. S. Small Business Association offers loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counselling sessions and other form of assistance to small businesses. Based in Washington, DC, it has locations throughout the U.S. Contact: (800) 827-5722, email@example.com or www.sba.gov.
Westchester County Office of
Economic Development (OED)
OED connects business owners with the information, financial and human resources their organizations need to start, expand, stay or come to Westchester County. Contact: Bridget Gibbons, (914) 995-2952; or email BGibbons@westchestergov.com
Center for Business Planning
Helps plan, document and evaluate all aspects of your business strategy.
Dedicated to small business monitoring and consulting, among other services.
Helps small businesses get started and grow. It covers starting, financing, marketing and managing small business.
Features a free, online course that provides the basic “do’s and don’ts” for entrepreneurs
Offers informative books, software and business forms for small business owners who need legal guidance. Topics include: legal claims, dispute mediation, tax laws, insurance and more.
Assists self-employed and home-based business owners.
Provides useful industry information, business-related services and extensive Internet functions to help business owners manage their companies.