Resources for Small Businesses
There are many resources available to help small business owners succeed. As the Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, Congresswoman Velazquez is always looking to improve services for small firms and ensure that federal programs are open and accessible.
Despite the existing programs, small business owners often do not know where to turn for help. Below are links to federal, state and local agencies that provide information and tools for current small business owners and those who are looking to start their own enterprises.
- Small Business Administration
- Internal Revenue Service’s Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
- Department of Defense’s Office of Small Business Programs
- Department of Treasury’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
- FedBizOpps is the point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers publicize their business opportunities on this website, and commercial vendors can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community.
- STAT-USA was created by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration to provide economic, business and international trade information that entrepreneurs can use to make informed decisions.
State of New York Resources:
- New York Loves Small Business
- New York State Small Business Development Centers
- New York Department of Taxation and Finance
- Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform - Business Permit Assistance
- New York State Banking Department’s Small Business Assistance
- New York State Department of Labor
New York City Resources:
- New York City Small Business Resource Center provided by the New York Public Library
- New York City Department of Small Business Services
- New York City Business Solutions
- Small Business Administration, New York City office
Resources for Women and Minority Business Owners
- Minority Business Development Agency
- Womenbiz.gov is a vital resource for women-owned businesses selling to the federal government.
Resources for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members
- Small Business Administration’s Office of Veteran Business Development offers assistance for small business owners who are veterans, National Guard or Reserve members, and small businesses that employ National Guard or Reserve members called up to active duty.