If you’re in the process of starting a small business or simply trying to keep your current company afloat, the tasks can seem monumental.
How do you formulate a business plan? What kind of marketing and social media pages should you have in place? And what about basic financial management?
If you’re seeking that kind of advice or assistance, there are several organizations on Staten Island that provide it and many of the services are free of charge. Here’s a look at a few of the borough’s most helpful small business resources.
Staten Island Small Business Development Center
Established in 1993, this free outreach service, which is sponsored by partners in both public and private sectors, offers customized business solutions through advisement, education, research and advocacy for entrepreneurs, innovators and the small and medium enterprise community.
Specializing in helping small business owners maneuver around the obstacles to success, the group offers informative seminars and gives one-on-one counseling. They help clients understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods and services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability and comply with licensing and regulations. They also help with disaster recovery, minority women business enterprise and veteran’s services and assistance programs.
Over the past 26 years, the SBDC has worked directly with 9,488 businesses, helping them to invest $200,404,044 in the area’s economy and create or save 6,006 jobs.
Staten Island SBDC
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd., Building 3A, Room 105
Staten Island, NY 10314
This national, government funded non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground was founded in 1964. Providing the help of both local mentors who have proved to be successful in their fields and a network of volunteers from across the country, the group offers both web-based seminars and one-on-one counseling. The group also offers a variety of courses on demand, a library of online resources, plus free and low-cost local networking events.
950 W Fingerboard Road, 4th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10305
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. With a mission of helping unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting residents to good jobs, creating stronger businesses and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs, the Staten Island-based program features some interesting workshops including titles like: Creating a Business Idea That Works, Building Your Own Business Website and QuickBooks Online.
NYC Business Solutions – Staten Island Center
120 Stuyvesant Place, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC)
Founded in 1980, this non-profit offers small business development programs and technical assistance. The mission of SIBOC is to provide technical assistance to business owners, managers and entrepreneurs, encouraging their individual growth and in turn supporting the economic growth of the borough.
SIBOC also operates a Woman Business Center (WBC), 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 financial resources to help women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
SIBOC offers a range of free programs: Business counseling, business plan development, seminars, marketing and government certification are just a few of the group’s most utilized resources.
Staten Island Business Outreach Center
705 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10310