Government and Affiliated Resources
Small Business Administration Website
A federal resource for small business information on financing and technical assistance, a guarantor of loans for small businesses and an agency which certifies certain special small business designations which assist companies holding them with government contract procurement.
This is an SBA-affiliated national organization which provides free technical assistance and some training to small businesses just starting up, in growth mode or struggling with financial and other difficulties.
SCORE counsellors at one time were all retired businesspeople but now may be successful business owners and major corporation managers or executives who are currently working. Service is completely confidential and counsellors do not compete against the entrepreneurs they mentor. Most counsellors have fabulous experience in business and all are knowledgeable and share generously.
- SBDC Centers
These Small Business Develop Centers are partnerships provided for by federal government and community college funding, typically located at community college campuses and satellite offices throughout the country.
Through this link, you can locate an SBDC near you. You can schedule a free appointment to discuss your business’ growth strategy, or your start-up plans with an SBDC counsellor and if you need more specialized assistance with – for example – marketing, credit repair or prime contractor sales, your counsellor may be able to schedule an appointment for you for a no-charge session with a consultant in that field. This organization is affiliated with the SBA and is a powerful resource for the small business community. Offices also run training sessions on various topics – check your local office for details.
Chambers of Commerce
- NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce
“It is our hope to increase the visibility and strengthen the place of LGBT in business in the global economy, starting with our borough. We are committed to providing the necessary information and resources to our community in order to ensure their success and endurance, while assisting in removing barriers and creating new opportunities for minority businesses.”