New York City has many public services to help small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs with everything from guidance to growth.
Unfortunately, many of these public programs are rarely advertised. As a result, entrepreneurs don’t take advantage of these services.
Provident Loan Society of New York recently went through the different services available through New York City and separated the free programs that might be most helpful for aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Five Programs to Help Entrepreneurs in NYC
1. FastTrac New Venture and Growth Venture
The New Venture program is a huge boon to any aspiring entrepreneur. It focuses on everything from identifying markets to branding. It also provides New Yorkers with the chance to meet other professionals who can help develop your idea into a full-fledged business.
The New Venture program is a 10-session course designed to get you from business idealist to founder in a month-and-a-half. For established entrepreneurs, there’s the Growth Venture program, an 8-session course that looks to grow your business further than ever.
2. NYCEDC Programs for Entrepreneurs
The sheer scope of programs offered by the NYC Economic Development Council is frankly amazing for anyone looking to bolster their business. They have programs for artist-turned-entrepreneur, for bio and health tech firms, and an intensive mini-MBA for aspiring fashion designers. NYCEDC is also partnering with coworking spaces across the city to create avenues for opportunity among entrepreneurs.
3. WE NYC Mentor Sessions
WE NYC focuses on women entrepreneurs in New York City. It provides mentoring sessions to help women who are new to business. Entrepreneurs can meet mentors and other entrepreneurs at mentoring sessions.
4. Small Business Services Immigrant Business Initiative
The Small Business Services Immigrant Business Initiative offers a series of free business courses in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Haitian Creole, French, Bengali, Urdu, and Arabic. They are designed to help immigrant business owners navigate New York and expand their operations. The courses cover everything from financing to marketing, accounting to business planning.
5. NYC Business Acceleration
A broad-reaching program, NYC Business Acceleration looks to ease the environment around founding food, beverage, industrial, and retail businesses by offering free client management services, as well as doing reviews of any building and fire plans. On top of that, they’ll manage any emergency services – from natural disasters to pro-bono legal representation.
About the Author
Luis Gómez is a student at Fordham University, studying International Political Economy and Journalism. He is co-editor in chief of the paper, Fordham’s journal for commentary and review. You can follow him on Twitter @itsluisgomez