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

Small businesses make up 98 percent New York State businesses and employ more than half of New York’s private sector workforce. Empire State Development’s Small Business Division supports the development and expansion of businesses with under 100 employees – directing an array of programs and initiatives supporting small business growth and helping entrepreneurs maximize opportunities for success. Explore all we offer, plus a custom business checklist of NYS programs and services that match your goals.

New York Business Express

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

New York State Directory of Small Business Programs

Find valuable programs and resources for business planning, operations and growth.

New York State 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 for opportunities to work with the State of New York.

Upcoming Events

Sep
12
21st Annual Bronx Business Opportunities Expo – Business Networking & Making New Customer Connections
9:00am
MCNY College of NY – Bronx Campus
463 East 149th Street
2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
Sep
25
Need Business Funding?
9:00am
The Accelerator
4 Crotty Lane
Suite 100
New Windsor, NY 12553
Sep
10
The Key to Profitability – Decoding Financial Statements
8:45am
WEDC Office
901 North Broadway
Suite 23
White Plains, NY 10603
Sep to Nov
10 to 12
SCALE - Impulsa tu Negocio al Siguiente Nivel de Éxito
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sleepy Hollow Senior Center
55 Elm Street
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Sep
11
Selling to the Government
10:30am
WEDC Office
901 North Broadway
Suite 23
White Plains, NY 10603
Sep
19
Como Usar las Redes Sociales para Su Empresa
6:00pm
New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Oct
7
Getting Down with Your Data
6:00pm
Think Dutchess
3 Neptune Road
Suite A21
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Lending Programs and Financial Resources for Businesses


New York State offers a variety of small business resources to help you succeed. Whether your business needs a microloan of less than $25,000 or a loan of $500,000+, our directory of NYS alternative lenders can guide you to meet your financing needs.

Alternative Lenders Directory

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Job Development Authority Direct Loan Program

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Global NY Fund Loan Program

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Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund

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Linked Deposit Program

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Bridge to Success Loan Program

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New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program

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Regional Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program

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How to Navigate the Lending Landscape

Understand your options for getting a small business loan, make informed decisions, and find reputable small business lenders.

Technical Assistance Programs for Businesses


Be sure to also check out our programs offering financial assistance or business counseling to help your small business start, retain or regain a competitive edge.

Business Mentor NY

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Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers

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New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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Procurement Assistance Program

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NYS-Certified Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program

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Programs and Resources for Financial Institutions and Lenders

We work with lenders throughout the state to facilitate the flow of capital to small businesses. To find out about opportunities to partner with and participate in our programs see link below.

Division of Small Business Contact Information


  • 1-800-STATE NY (1-800-782-8369)
  • New York State Small Business Ombudsman (212) 803-3149