Resources and Referrals
We know it takes a lot of work to start and grow a new business. Here are some of the most common resources and partners we recommend for new entrepreneurs. This list may be updated periodically.
Business Planning and General Business Issues
Bronx Business Solutions Center
BBSC provides services to help you start, improve, or grow your business, including legal advice, financial assistance, business courses, government navigation assistance, recruitment services, and employee training. Call to make an appointment for technical assistance with an account manager.
Natalie Williams, Director
400 E. Fordham Rd., 7th Fl.
Bronx, NY 10458
Cornell Food Venture Center
CFVC provides assistance to ensure safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace including:
- Lab Analysis for pH, water activity, and Brix of food and beverage products
- Process Authority approval and Scheduled Process: Product Review, Documentation, and Process Validation
- Resources for Nutrition Analysis, Co-packers, Packaging Suppliers, Shelf-Life Studies, and More!
- Regulatory Compliance: Registration and Licensing with State and FDA agencies
- Small Scale Food Entrepreneurship: A Technical Guide for Food Ventures
- Better Process Control School: Necessary certification for Acidified and Low Acid Food manufacturers
- Food Science 101 blog
- Presentations and workshops
Dr. Ann Vegdahl
New York City Office:
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Lehman College Small Business Development Center
SBDC helps future business-owners to plan development, connect with funding sources, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods, develop marketing plans, assess invention viability, and more.
Lourdes Martinez, SBDC Business Advisor
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Small Food Producers Network
In addition to regular networking events, the Small Food Producers Network offers admission based seminar series lead by industry leaders, as well as one-on-one financial planning and loan-packaging assistance.
2 Kingsland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Start Small, Think Big
Start Small Think Big is a non-profit organization that helps low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs with free legal, financial and marketing services through in-house experts and an extensive network of pro bono partners.
8 W. 126th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10027
Financing and Lending
A community bank with its home base in the Bronx, Spring Bank works to serve small businesses that build up their communities.
69 East 167th Street, Bronx, NY 10452
SBA Preferred Lender that provides loans on business lines of credit, term loans, and commercial real estate mortgages to help small businesses get financing that they might not otherwise qualify for.
220 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451
NYC Local Lending
An initiative of Accion, Excelsior Growth Fund and Renaissance, NYC Local Lending makes it easy for local businesses to find loans from $500 to $500,000 with affordable interest rates and transparent fees and terms.
You can also sign up for a free consultation on obtaining financing for your business at the Bronx Business Solutions Center - see contact info above.