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 for Small Business 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
The Division directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support small businesses.
information on the Division and its programs, visit About Us.
SMALL BUSINESS QUICK HITS
NYS Directory of Small Business Programs
This comprehensive and interactive guide assists entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses and provides current small business owners with invaluable information and resources.
New York State Emergency Small Business Loan Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.
Under the fund, businesses will be able to apply for low-interest loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to ESD Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.
ESD Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief
HURRICANE SANDY: Business Information Form