Introducing the New York Business Express Website.

Visit New York's new comprehensive guide for all your business and professional needs. Quickly and easily find information related to licensing, regulation, incentives and support to start or grow your business.


Small Business Resource Center
Business First

Empire State Development’s Division for Small Business supports the continuous development and growth of small businesses in New York State. Start-up assistance, access to capital, financial assistance, technical assistance, and support for minority- and women-owned businesses; industry-specific resources, mandated government filings and many more resources are available through the center.


Business Mentor NY is a free, easy-to-use social network that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together. Join a growing community that has already created thousands of mentor-mentee matches and continues to make an impact through the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive.


Helps entrepreneurs create new businesses by providing instructions, training, technical assistance and help in obtaining financing. The program’s EAP centers are strategically located throughout New York State.


Through a network of 24 regional centers, the New York State Small Business Development Center (NYS SBDC) delivers high-quality, free or low-cost business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business, free of charge. A List of trainings offered by NYS SBDC is at Check EntreSkills for Entrepreneurs, an interactive, web-based training program.

These videos offer helpful advice from Geri Kavanah of the NYS Small Business Development Center:


The SBA helps entrepreneurs start, build and grow businesses through an extensive network of field offices, partnerships with public and private organizations, and vast array of online services.

Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. These resources will help entrepreneurs learn what it takes to start their own business. Some online resources offered by SBA:

Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP)

This partnership, comprised of 16 organizations, is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business at regional Veterans Business Outreach Centers.

Women’s Business Centers (WBC)

WBC represents a national network of nearly 110 educational centers designed to help women start and grow small businesses. Through these centers, SBA provides women entrepreneurs with counseling, training, and assistance to develop strategic plans, conduct market studies, implement new technologies, and access capital. With special focus on women who are economically and socially disadvantaged, they offer comprehensive training and counseling in many languages.

SBA Financing

The SBA does not make loans, but rather guarantees loans for qualified small businesses. Programs that may be accessed through any SBA office or SBA-funded center include debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing; 7(a) loan program for “brick and mortar” financing; Microloan Program (maximum of $35,000); Surety Bond Guarantee and Venture Capital Program.

Some resources:

Check for other SBA initiatives and resources.


An organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses. More than 12,000 volunteer business mentors, both working and retired, counsel businesses from nearly 400 chapter offices throughout the country. SCORE volunteers hail from every facet of the business community. Some have worked at large corporations such as Kodak, Xerox, Boeing and General Electric. Some have served in our military or worked for the local or federal government. Others have spent years cultivating their own small business. Since 2009, nearly 1.6 million entrepreneurs have used many free or low-cost workshops offered by SCORE at

America's Small Business Champions Network:
Myriad free and low-cost resources tailored to promoting small business start-up and growth. The network has niche communities for business development interests of women, veterans, youth and individuals with disabilities.


MBDA is a network of minority business centers and strategic partners that support minority business owners who wish to grow their business. Their centers are located in areas with the largest concentration of minority populations and businesses. Business specialists who have the knowledge and practical experience needed to run successful businesses staff the centers. Business referral services are provided free of charge. However, the network generally charges nominal fees for specific management and technical assistance services.


Veteran Entrepreneur Portal:
This site offers direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization:
This site's mission is to enable veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses.


Adult Career and Continuing Education Services:

Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS-VR):

These programs help eligible participants with disabilities explore the marketplace, develop a viable business plan, get necessary accommodations, obtain items necessary for a business start-up, and connect with community resources.


Self-Employment Assistance Program

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Do you receive Unemployment Insurance benefits?

With the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), you can collect the Unemployment Insurance benefits you need to pay your bills while you work on that dream!


Chambers of Commerce:
Chambers of Commerce are organizations centered on furthering the interests of businesses, and local businesses are members.

Business Utility Zone Gateway:
Entrepreneurial education and resource community tailored to individuals looking to start, grow and succeed in business.

NYC Business Solutions:
NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the NYC Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City.
An online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

An education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take for free. Look for business and entrepreneurship courses.

Before you get started

I have been working for a catering service for the last few years, and I have learned a lot about the food establishment. BH my family is growing and I need to find employment that will be able to support my growing family. I have been thinking about opening up my own small café/restaurant. Since I have been working in this type of business, I feel I have enough experience to put out a good product. My issue is that friends have told me though that there is a lot of red tape involved while operating a food establishment and this is something I have no experience in. Can you please advise me on what I will need to have in place before I even get started?

Projecting Cash Flow

Cash flow is king for small businesses and the self-employed. But planning cash flow is easier said than done, especially if you’re not a numbers person. However, if you’re going to succeed in business, mastering basic cash flow projections is a must. After all, you can be a profitable business yet still have poor cash flow, simply because the cycle of cash in and out of your business is not synchronized.

Organizing your business

The organization chart is a diagram showing graphically the relation of one official to another, or others, of a company. It is also used to show the relation of one department to another, or others, or of one function of an organization to another, or others. This chart is valuable in that it enables one to visualize a complete organization, by means of the picture it presents.

Daniel Wolfe on smart hiring

The most important step to finding the right people is defining the requirements for the position.

Dear Daniel I have been running my business for a year now and it is time for me to bring on several employees to fill some key positions how can I go about the process of finding the right people.