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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

Oct
15
Connect Plus
5:30pm
SUNY Ulster Kelder Center
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Oct
17
Crear su Plan de Negocio con una Aplicación Móvil (in Spanish)
5:00pm
Queens Business Outreach Center
96-11 40th Road
Corona, NY 11368
Oct
28
Speed Mentoring Event
6:00pm
The Offices of Foley & Lardner LLP
90 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Nov
5
Increase Your Sales Using Social Media & Website (in Spanish)
6:00pm
Newburgh Free Library
124 Grand Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Nov
8
Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit
9:00am
Times Center
242 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
Nov
12
Bring Your Products to the World
9:00am
The Accelerator
4 Crotty Lane
Suite 100
New Windsor, NY 12553
Nov
12
Financing Your Business
2:00pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/financing-your-business-tickets-72172147837
96-11 40th Road
Corona, NY 11368
Nov
19 to 20
VETCON
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Desmond Hotel
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
Dec
9
Build Your Championship Quality Team
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