Business Resources

Small Business Support

Whether looking to start a business or expand your existing business, there are several resources you can turn to right here in our area!

Some of these connections may include:


NYC Business Solutions

NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, running a small business or a large corporation, NYC Business Solutions can work for you – for free.

NYC Business Solutions – Staten Island Center 

Tel: 718-285-8407 • Fax: 718-981-8772

120 Stuyvesant Place, 3rd Floor

Staten Island, NY 10301




SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and offers free and confidential advice to small businesses. Through one-on-one counseling and informational seminars and workshops, SCORE is an excellent resource for anyone looking to start or expand their business.


Tel: 718-727-1221 • Fax: 718-351-2502
950 W. Fingerboard Road, 4th Floor

Staten Island, NY 10305


Small Business Development Center at CSI (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center at CSI has been delivering high-quality business counseling and training to Staten Islanders who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business, free of charge.

In addition, SBDC conducts seminars on problems unique to Staten Island business owners. These are designed to address specific business issues on a one to one basis and are attended by business owners experienced in these fields.

Small Business Development Center at CSI

Tel: 718-982-2560 • Fax: 718-982-2323
College Of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd., Building 3A-105
Staten Island, NY 10314-9806

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Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC)

The Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC) is a not-for-profit organization serving the community of Staten Island since 1980 and providing small business development programs and technical assistance. The mission of SIBOC is to provide technical assistance to business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs to ensure their individual growth thereby providing sustainable economic growth on Staten Island.

SIBOC is a Woman Business Center (WBC), which is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The BOC Women’s Business Center offers business training, one-on-one counseling and financing resources to help women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. By educating and empowering under-served women entrepreneurs, the WBC contributes to the economic, cultural, and social vitality of our communities.

SIBOC offers free programs to assist all new entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The organization’s one-on-one business counseling and seminars on timely business topics are available to all Staten Islanders.

Staten Island Business Outreach Center

Tel: 718-816-4775 • Fax: 718-816-7234
705 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10310



Staten Island Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC)

The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) has served as a major advocate for economic development on Staten Island. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, SIEDC’s mission is to enhance Staten Island’s economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging responsible and sustainable development, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities in the borough.

SIEDC administers a wide range of free services available to local businesses, such as financing assistance, job training and technology assistance.

Staten Island Economic Development Corporation

Tel: 718-477-1400 • Fax: 718-477-0681

900 South Avenue, Suite 402

Staten Island, NY 10314





NYC Business Express

NYC Business Express assists people in identifiying and applying to city, state and federal permits, certifications, licenses and incentives that apply to your business.




NYS Department of Labor

The Staten Island office of The Department of Labor offers a variety of services to both new & existing businesses. They offer tax incentive guidance, labor market information, on-site recruitment assistance (as well as prescreening of job seekers when they are looking to hire staff). They have the largest database of unemployed individuals residing on Staten Island and Southern New Jersey; all possessing employment histories. Their database spectrum includes individuals from laborers to managers. They offer career counseling, computer classes, employment workshops, job placement and referral assistance to job seekers to make them job ready.

They can provide statistical information by Industry, geographic area and specific entity within an industry. They can answer questions pertaining to unemployment insurance. They can refer Staten Island based entities to other agencies under the Dept. of Labor umbrella for information, guidance and assistance in worker’s rights, wage protection, child labor laws, safety & health laws, the shared work program, empire zones & apprenticeships.

60 Bay Street Staten Island, NY 10301 Phone: (718) 285-8399 Fax: (718) 981-8724 E-mail:



West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC)

The West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC), serving the Staten Island Business Community since 1981, offers programming to assist new entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Our one-on-one business counseling and seminars on timely business topics are available to all Staten Islanders. The WBCLDC is a part of the NYC Minority and Women-owned Business Leadership Association Program. Through the M/WBE Leadership Association program, we offer assistance with NYC MWBE Certification, seminars on how to do business with city agencies targeting minority-owned and women-owned business owners on Staten Island.

As a select member of the City Council supported M/WBE Leadership Association, the WBCLDC has the tools, knowledge and experience to get you started. The WBCLDC also provides programs designed to address quality of life issues in the West Brighton Community. WBCLDC hosts a satellite office of the BOC Women’s Business Center. Through the BOC WBC, we offer one-on-one counseling , long-term training and short-term seminars targeting women entrepreneurs on Staten Island. The WBC is sponsored by the US Small Business Administration.

705 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor Staten Island, NY 10310 Phone: (718) 816-4775 Fax: (718) 816-7234 E-mail:

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New York First

New York First is a one-stop-shop for all the statewide economic development programs. It is a business focused portal to the wealth of incentives, programs and resources available to companies within NY State and those that chose to relocate.




Development Incentives

Visit the NYCEDC website and download the comprehensive incentive guide to get started.




NYC Commercial Expansion Program (CEP)

The Commercial Expansion Program (CEP) is designed to increase tenant occupancy in commercial offices and industrial/manufacturing spaces. CEP provides property tax benefits for qualified new, renewal, and expansion leases in commercial offices and industrial/manufacturing spaces built before Jan. 1, 1999. The properties must be located in a designated abatement zone. Applicants are also required to make certain minimum physical improvements to the eligible premises and the common areas. LEARN MORE



NYC Energy Cost Savings Program (ECSP)

The Energy Cost Savings Program (ECSP) can reduce the regulated energy costs of East Shore businesses by up to 45 percent and their regulated natural gas costs by up to 35 percent. Regulated costs are the transmission and distribution costs of the regulated utility. The benefits associated with ECSP last for eight years followed by a four year period during which benefits are decreased by 20 percent per year. LEARN MORE



Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund (MERF)

The Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund (MERF) provides loans to businesses or governments investing in projects that retain or create a significant number of private sector jobs in certain areas of New York, including the East Shore of Staten Island. MERF provides loans with a maximum value of $5 million or 10 percent of total project cost, whichever is less, for improving land, renovating properties, and undertaking construction projects, including machinery and equipment expenses. LEARN MORE

NYC Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP)

This program provides abatements for property taxes for periods of up to 25 years. To be eligible, industrial and commercial buildings must be built, modernized, expanded, or otherwise physically improved. ICAP replaced the Industrial Commercial Incentive Program (ICIP) which ended in 2008. Previously approved ICIP benefits were not affected. LEARN MORE



NYC Relocation & Employment Assistance Program (REAP)

The Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP) offers business income tax credits for relocating jobs to designated locations above 96th Street in Manhattan or in one of the other four boroughs. To apply, the eligible business has to move at least one employee from outside the REAP area to a qualified location. There is an annual credit of $3,000 for twelve years per eligible employee for relocating to a designated revitalization area. There is an annual credit of $1,000 per share for relocating to parts of the eligible area that are not revitalization areas. LEARN MORE


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