Welcome to the Division for Small Business
Small businesses are the heart of the American economy, comprising 98 percent of all businesses in New York and employing more than half of New York's private sector workforce. Innovation, creativity, determination and perseverance are just a few of the essential qualities small business owners demonstrate every day.
Empire State Development's Division of Small Business Services and Community Economic Development is established in New York State Economic Development Law to represent the interests of small businesses and to support the development and expansion of small businesses with under 100 employees.
The Division directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success.
SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Direct Business Assistance Services
Small Business Ombudsman: Technical assistance and referrals to state programs for starting and expanding a small business. Call (800) 782-8369 or (518) 292-5220 for more information.
Puerto Rican Latino Business Development Center: Provides technical assistance and referral to Latino small businesses. Contact Martha Otero at (212) 803-3227 for more information.
Indirect Business Assistance Services
Entrepreneurial Assistance Program: ESD subcontracts with organizations throughout NYS to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.
SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION RESOURCES
This comprehensive and interactive guide assists entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses and provides current small business owners with invaluable information and resources.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
ESD supports Alternative Lenders throughout New York State so that they are more able to meet the financing needs of small businesses. View the Directory of Alternative Lenders here.
To learn about how ESD helps facilitate small business lending, browse these programs:
- Commercial District Program
- Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program
- Linked Deposit Program
- Manufacturing Assistance Program
- Micro Lending Program
- Minority and Women Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program
- Regional Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program
- Small Business Technology Investment Fund
- State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Programs