New York Entrepreneurship Guide

The Entrepreneurship Guide lists agencies, Web sites, publications and other resources that provide information and assistance to startups and small businesses in the New York area.
October 6, 2005
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Resources are grouped into the following categories:

Development Centers
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Offices
Better Business Bureaus
Chambers of Commerce
Minority Business Assistance Programs
Procurement Assistance Programs
Incubators, Research and Technology Parks
Educational Programs
General Resources

Development Centers

Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, Manhattan

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Offices

26 Federal Plaza, Room 3100
New York, NY 10278
(212) 264-4507

120-45 Queens Blvd., Room 333
Queens Borough Hall
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
(718) 263-8961

Staten Island


Better Business Bureaus

Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York (including the Long Island and Mid-Hudson Regions)
Note: Use the “Locate a BBB” link to find any BBB in the United States or Canada.

Chambers of Commerce

Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
This site includes information on the Certification Program and a tool for finding chambers of commerce worldwide.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
This is an excellent model of a chamber of commerce site with comprehensive coverage of all aspects of business.

World Chamber of Commerce Directory, Loveland, Colorado
This annual directory lists e-mail and Web addresses for all chambers of commerce in the world, as well as state boards of tourism (United States), convention and visitors’ bureaus, economic development organizations, foreign tourist information bureaus, foreign embassies in the United States and U.S. embassies.

Minority Business Assistance Programs

Brooklyn ODA (Opportunity Development Association) Minority Business Development Center

New York State Department of Economic Development

Queens/Nassau/Suffolk Minority Business Development Center

Procurement Assistance Programs

Long Island Development Corporation

New York City Procurement Policy Board
Two very useful links here are “Doing Business with NYC” and “Department of Small Business Services.”

Rockland Economic Development Corporation

Incubators, Research and Technology Parks

Columbia University: Office of Projects and Grants

Fordham University: Office of Research

Long Island High Technology Incubator at Stony Brook

Educational Programs

Columbia University: School of Continuing Education

Fiorello H.LaGuardia Community College: Center for Corporate Education

New York University: School of Continuing and Professional Studies


Crain’s New York Business

Entrepreneur: Solutions for Growing Businesses

Greenlight Long Island Magazine

Inc.: The Magazine for Growing Companies

Long Island Business News

Minority Business Entrepreneur

General Resources

New York Public Library: NYPL Express

U.S. Small Business Administration
This comprehensive site includes information on start-up resources, financing sources, business opportunities, regulatory issues, training and more.


This guide was compiled by Jim Coen, a reference librarian at the Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics.