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.

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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.

Environmental Small Business Ombudsman

Minority & Women Owned Business Assistance

Procurement Assistance

Indirect Business Assistance Services
Entrepreneurial Assistance Program: ESD subcontracts with organizations throughout NYS to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.


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.

Directorio de Programas que Ofrece el Estado de Nueva York para Pequeñas Empresas

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Doing Business with New York State: A Guide to Understanding the State's Procurement Practices