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City Government

City of New York Parks & Recreation - New York City's Parks department website.

New York City Board of Education - The official website for the New York City Board of Education.

New York City Community District Profiles - Statistical profiles and maps of NYC community districts.

New York City Council - The New York City Council website.

New York City Dept. of Small Business Services - Provides resources for starting, developing or relocating a business in New York City.

New York City Dept. of Transportation - Includes information on the many programs and services that the DOT provides in working to maintain and improve New York City's transportation network.

New York City Partnership - Voice of New York City's business community on legislation, regulation and public issues that impact business and the economy. - City, State and Federal Tax Information Links for New York City Businesses.

NYC Business Express - The one-stop tool for the license, permit, tax, incentive information and applications you need, for any business in NYC. The Incentives Estimator can provide a customized list of City, State, and Federal incentives for which your business may qualify.

NYC.GOV - The Official New York City Web Site.

NYC Starter Guide - NYC Guide To Starting Your Own Business 

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Community Websites

Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) - Dedicated to shaping positive and protective attitudes towards our urban environments, both built and natural.

Brooklyn On Line - Presents for Brooklynites, the internet's largest collection of Neighborhood Resources, News, People, Businesses, Conversation, Photos, History, and Chats.

Brooklyn Yes - Brooklyn directory listings for real estate, arts, science, events, government, organizations, history, schools. - Links to Brooklyn related resources and web sites. - Online service that celebrates the communities and cultures of Brooklyn and include internet access, free email, free web pages, a search engine, business guides, Brooklyn events calendar, classifieds, and more! - Movies, nightclubs, bars, theatre, real estate, hotels, travel, music, restaurants, news, weather, community events.

SpotHero - Brooklyn & NYC Discounted Parking - Find & reserve discounted parking in Brooklyn & NYC with SpotHero. Reserve your spot ahead of time via or their iPhone / Android mobile apps.

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Demographic Data

U.S. Department of Commerce - Economics and Statistics Administration - The U.S. Census Bureau produces an economic census every 5 years that provides data that can help businesses assess and grow their operations.

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Economic Development

Astella Development Corporation - Not-for-profit community based organization providing affordable housing, commercial revitalization, and improving the quality of life in the Coney Island community.

Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS) - Provides housing and support services to families and individuals suffering from multiple disabilities in order to assist them in achieving their highest level of independence.

Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation - Not-for-profit organization that has been creating job opportunities and helping Brooklyn-based businesses since 1979.

Bushwick Local Development Corporation - Founded to revitalize the economic strength of the Bushwick community, to which it offers comprehensive economic development services.

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Provides business development seminars, technical assistance, referrals, and training programs.

Church Avenue Merchants Block Association - Provides comprehensive employment, education, health, legal, social, business development and youth services to over 15,000 participants annually.

Empire State Development Corporation - New York State's economic development agency providing the highest level of assistance and service to businesses in order to encourage economic investment and prosperity in the State.

Independence Community Foundation - Providing grants and investments to local neighborhoods for: neighborhood renewal; education, culture and the arts; and community quality of life initiatives.

MetroTech Business Improvement District -  Non-profit community organization revitalizing Downtown Brooklyn, providing public safety, sanitation, economic development, marketing and promotional services.

Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project - Restoring the "Main Street" of the Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill community to a bustling, economically vital neighborhood commercial corridor.

National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions - A charitable organization with the mission of advocating and providing resources for CDCUs.

New York City Economic Development Corporation - New York City's primary vehicle for economic development services and serves as a catalyst for public and private initiatives that promote the long-term economic vitality of New York City.

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation - Provides advocacy and services to help businesses in the Sunset Park area grow and create employment opportunities for local residents.

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Garment Industry Development Corporation (GIDC) - A non-profit consortium of labor, industry and government dedicated to strengthening New York's apparel industry and keeping jobs in fashion.

The Fashion Center New York City - A not-for-profit corporation promoting New York City's apparel industry and improving the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan's garment district.

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Federal Government

ACCION International - Nonprofit organization that fights poverty through microlending.

Bidengine - A bid opportunity specialized search engine brought to you by that scours thousands of procurement pages containing opportunities to sell products and services.

Commerce Business Daily - A publication that proposes procurement actions expected to exceed the sole-source 8(a) award requirements threshold or designated as SDB-eligible are published by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Federal Acquisition Jumpstation - Your link to federal acquisitions on the Internet: Departments of the Executive Branch, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Federal Aviation Administration - The official website for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Federal Trade Commission - Enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. - An online community for government buyers and vendors.

FedStats - Full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government.

FedWorld Information Network - A comprehensive central access point for searching, locating, ordering and acquiring government and business information.

FirstGov - The only official U.S. Government portal to 30 million pages of government information, services, and online transactions.

FirstGov for Employers - Provides electronic access to resources and cross-agency information for employers, as well as new and established businesses. - A state-of-the-art business-to-government transactional system providing numerous services for government buyers and vendors.

Government Executive Magazine - The Web site for the people who make the federal government work. Includes daily news, career and pay/benefits info, and departments on reinvention, travel, procurement, technology, and more.

Library of Congress - The nation's oldest federal cultural institution and preserves a collection of nearly 121 million items.

National Cancer Institute - The official website of the National Cancer Institute.

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity - Department of Energy Agency addressing the needs of small businesses, minority educational institutions and others working to bring about change through strategic partnerships with their customers.

Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) - Division of U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses.

SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives - Resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Social Security Administration - The Official Website of the Social Security Administration.

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies - National organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance, employment and training services, and labor market information programs.

The National Park Service - Preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The White House - The White House website.

THOMAS - Legislative information on the internet.

U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website.

U.S. Business Advisor - Provides business with one-stop access to federal government information, services and transactions.

U.S. Census Bureau - The preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

U.S. Customs Service - Primary enforcement agency protecting the Nation’s borders.

U.S. Dept of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization - Promotes customer satisfaction through successful partnerships that result in an inclusive and effective small business procurement process.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce - Promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved living standards for all Americans.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce-Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) - Responsible for promoting the use of small, minority, and women-owned small businesses in compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and policies.

U.S. Dept. of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program - Seeks to encourage major DoD prime contractors to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses and other eligible protégés in order to enhance their contribution to the Department of Defense.

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

U.S. Dept. of Justice - U.S. Dept. of Justice website.

U.S. Dept. of Labor - Preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation - Ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

U.S. Dept. of Treasury - U.S. Dept. of Treasury website.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) - Promotes and protects the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use.

U.S. General Services Administration - Provides the other federal agencies the workspace, products, services, technology, and policy they need to accomplish their missions.

U.S. House of Representatives - U.S. House of Representatives website.

U.S. Mint - Primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Provides information on workplace safety and health.

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senate website.

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Annual Credit - Order a free credit report, once every 12 months, from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The reports are free, but you will have to purchase your FICO score.

Bank - News, tips and advice to compare rates on loans, credit cards and deposit accounts.

GreenPath Debt Solutions - Non-profit company that provides assistance with credit repair, debt management, debt consolidation and budgeting.

Loan Calculator - Quick and easy amortizing loan tool to help you calculate loan size, payments, etc.

Microsoft Office Financial Templates - Free downloads of business templates for business plans, bank loan requests and more.

New York City Investment Fund - Established under the auspices of The Partnership for New York City, NYCIF is a network of experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support NYC's most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors

New York State Banking Department - Directory of private, public and non-for-profit small business assistance programs to be used as a referral source for small business entrepreneurs.

New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance - Downloadable PDF forms and publications, information and resources for small businesses.

NYC Business Solutions - Raising Financing - Information and resources to help you navigate the various financial options and determine whether you are ready to seek outside financing.

NYC Capital Access Loan program - Provides micro and small business owners and lenders a streamlined method to obtain up to a 40% guarantee for qualified loans and lines of credit between $5,000 and $250,000.

SBIC (Small Business Investment Companies) Program - Privately owned and managed investment funds, licensed and regulated by SBA (Small Business Administration), that use their own capital plus funds borrowed with an SBA guarantee to make equity and debt investments in qualifying small businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans - Information about the various loan programs offered by the SBA to assist small businesses.

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Health Insurance

Health Mandate Cost Calculator - The National Retail Federation has created a special Health Mandate Cost Calculator to help businesses better understand their potential mandate penalty exposure under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).

NYC Health Insurance Link - An initiative of the Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA) of the Human Resources Administration, NYC Health Insurance Link (NYC HI Link) was created to help NYC residents and businesses find health insurance.

Small Business Health Care Credit for Small Employers - Eligibility information from the Internal Revenue Service about the small business health care credit to assist small employers with the cost of covering workers.

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Human Resources

Academy of Human Resource Development - Encourages systematic study of human resource development theories, processes and practices.

Employers of America - National association for employers, managers and supervisors.

Employment and Training Administration - Administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits.

HIRE Act Tax Benefits for Employers - Information from the Internal Revenue Service about two new tax benefits now available to employers hiring workers who were previously unemployed or only working part time. These provisions are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Ac - Online portal for human resources products, services and information.

Human Resource Executive Online® - Interactive resource designed specifically for directors and vice presidents of HR.

Human Resources Learning Center - Information on human resources benchmarking, best practices, new tools and technology, reengineering, information systems and more.

Institute of Management & Administration - Business management information and products for senior and middle management professionals.

International Association for Human Resource Information Management - Resource for HR technology professionals for industry news, knowledge and networking.

International Labour Administration - UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

National Labor Relations Board - Independent federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector.

Society for Human Resource Management - The largest nonprofit professional association devoted to human resource management.

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Industrial and Manufacturing

Empire State Development Corporation - New York State's economic development agency providing the highest level of assistance and service to businesses in order to encourage economic investment and prosperity in the State.

Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC) - ITAC is a non-profit development organization dedicated to creating and retaining jobs for New Yorkers. We provide in-depth one-on-one technical assistance for NYC manufacturers and Technology firms to help them stay competitive in the marketplace.

New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA) - NYCIDA is a public benefit corporation with programs that provide companies with access to triple tax-exempt bond financing or tax benefits to acquire or create capital assets, such as purchasing real estate, constructing or renovating facilities, etc.

New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN) - NYIRN is a city-wide, not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a diverse economy that provides economic opportunities for all New Yorkers by strengthening NYC's manufacturing sector based on economic and environmental justice and sustainability.

New York State Empire Zone Program - New York State’s Empire Zone program was created to stimulate economic growth through a variety of State tax incentives designed to attract new businesses to the State and to enable existing businesses to expand and create more jobs.

NYC Business Express - The one-stop tool for the license, permit, tax, incentive information and applications you need, for any business in NYC. The Incentives Estimator can provide a customized list of City, State, and Federal incentives for which your business may qualify.

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) - NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State’s energy, economic, and environmental well-being.

The Mayor’s Office for Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses (IMB) - The IMB coordinates and implements policies, and offers services and incentives, to retain and promote industrial and manufacturing firms citywide.

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Crain's New York Business - - The only publication dedicated to exclusive coverage of business in New York City.

New York New Media Association - - A not-for-profit industry association supporting and promoting the new media industry in New York.

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Minorities & Women

Asian Women in Business - Not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1995; provides technical assistance, training and support to Asian women who want to start or expand their business, and helps them realize their entrepreneurial potential.

BizWomen - Resource for women in business with an entrepreneur's corner and information divided by topics, including business, money, career and home business.

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility - Strives to ensure that there is an equitable participation of the Hispanic community in Corporate America commensurate with the Hispanic purchasing power. - Providing business owners, executives and professionals with the most current news and research on the U.S. Hispanic Small Business sector. Providing business owners, executives and professionals with the most current news and research on the U.S. Hispani

Minority Business Development Agency - Operated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and promotes businesses owned by ethnic minorities.

Minority Business Enterprise Legal and Defense Educational Fund - Non-profit, public interest law firm with litigation activities intended to achieve equity and fairness in the marketplace on behalf of minority business enterprises.

Minority Business News - For over ten years, Minority Business News has been the nation's award-winning resource for information on minority business enterprise and diversity.

National Association of Women Business Owners - Provides valuable business resources for women.

Online Women's Business Center - Provides women with the information and expertise necessary for planning their economic independence through owning their own business.

Women's Business Center - Whether you're thinking of starting your own business or you've been your own CEO for decades, the Women's Business Center has a program to help your business grow.

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Real Estate

Home Office Association of America - Dedicated to serving home-based and small business professionals.

Homes of Brooklyn - Contains the active listings of the Borough's leading brokers and agents.

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Guerilla Marketing - Low-cost marketing tactics. - Links, commentary and more on sales topics for specific industries.

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Small Business

Better Business Bureau-Metropolitan New York - Provides instant access to business and consumer alerts, as well as helpful resources and allows you to file a complaint online. - Offers thousands of pages of free sample plans, planning tools, and expert advice to help you start and run your business.

Brooklyn Business Library - Essential information resource for more than 50 years for small business owners, entrepreneurs, company employees, investors and students.

National Business Incubation Association - Provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.

Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia - Complete legal guide regarding business issues.

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center - The Internal Revenue Services' small business tax resource center that covers topics from A-Z for small businesses, sole proprietors and independent contractors.

Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop - Online tax workshop for small businesses and the self-employed provided by the Internal Revenue Service.

Working Solo Online - An information center serving primarily entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals.

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State Government

New York State - Comprehensive site for everything about New York State: doing business in, as well as working and living.

New York State Assembly - Complete listing of current New York State Assembly members.

New York State Canal System - Offers a user-fee supported highway and canal system that delivers high levels of safety and service.

New York State Dept. of Labor - New York State’s primary advocate for job creation and economic growth through workforce development.

New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles - Enhances traffic safety, to provide consumer protection and information services, and to assist other government agencies to achieve their missions.

New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance - Downloadable forms and publications (in PDF), information about services and assistance, and information for small businesses.

New York State Dept. of Transportation - Ensures those who live, work and travel in New York State, to have a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system.

New York State Office of the Governor - The official website of the New York State Office of the Governor.

New York State Thruway Authority - The Official Website for the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, the 641-mile superhighway crossing New York State, is the longest toll superhighway system in the United States.

New York State Unified Court System - Complete website for New York State Court Operations.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Tax information, income tax forms, instructions, publications and regulations.

New York City Department of Finance - Information, forms and resources for businesses and consumers regarding compliance with the City's tax and revenue laws.

New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance - Downloadable forms and publications (in PDF), information about services and assistance, and information for small businesses.

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Web Development

The New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA) - The leading trade association for software, Information Technology and Web development companies in the New York City area. - Enhance your web presence with this site's resources.