Starting a Business
Whether looking to start a business or expand your existing business, there are several resources you can turn to right here in our area!
NYC Business Solutions
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.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
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). SCORE 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.
*SCORE counselors are available at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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 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 in Staten Island. The WBC is sponsored by the US Small Business Administration.
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.