Get the best opportunities for your small business — we can help

New York State has all you need for launching or expanding your business. Get started with our New York Business Express Incentive Wizard, a 10-minute custom guide to finding out which NYS programs and services meet your goals. Check out the steps for getting certified as a Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). And explore the many programs and initiatives offered by Empire State Development’s Division of Small Business. Our mission? Your success.

New York Business Express

Use our Incentive Wizard to find NYS programs and services that will help you launch and grow your business.

Lending Resources


Empire State Development supports alternative lenders throughout New York State to better meet the financing needs of small businesses, whether it’s microloans less than $25,000 or loans greater than $500,000.

Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program

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Alternative Lenders Directory

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Learn How to Navigate the Lending Landscape

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New York State Small Business Programs

Technical Assistance


Access a wide range of business training, resources and assistance programs available to help businesses grow.

Business Mentor NY

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Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

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NYS Surety Bond Assistance Program

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Procurement Assistance Program

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NYS-Certified Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program

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New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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Lending Programs


Tap into programs that offer financial assistance or business counseling to help your small business start, retain or regain a competitive edge.

Bridge to Success Loan Program

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NYS Surety Bond Assistance Program

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Job Development Authority Direct Loan Program

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Linked Deposit Program

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Global NY Loan Fund Program

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Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund

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For New York State Lenders


Partner or participate in our financial or technical assistance programs

Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

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Linked Deposit Program

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Capital Assistance Program

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Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program

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Job Development Authority Direct Loan Program

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Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund

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Bridge to Success Loan Program

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Global NY Loan Fund Program

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Get certified as an MWBE

Are you a minority- or women-owned business interested in working with New York State? We have resources to help.

NYS Small Business Guide

Click here to download a guide to owning and operating a small business in New York State.

Become a state contractor

Visit the New York State contract reporter to see opportunities for your small business to work with the State of New York.

Annual, Regulatory, Budgetary and Legislative Reports

Division of Small Business Contact Information