Many resources and website links can be found in our Business Basics publication. Other links you may find helpful include:
New York State Small Business Development Centers
The New York State SBDC website has links to SBDC locations throughout New York, training events sponsored by SBDCs, and useful resources.
U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U. S. Small Business Administration's mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting, and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters. This website provides an abundance of information for the small business entrepreneur.
New York Loves Small Business (sponsored by Empire State Development)
Sponsored by Empire State Development, this is "New York State's one-stop shop for small businesses looking to start or expand in our State."
SBDCNET - The Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse
A tremendous resource with information on getting a business started, demographics, inventing, international trade, business plan templates, marketing, government procurement, and more, and more, and more.
The U. S. Government's Official Web Portal for Businesses
Has links to many online services, plus information on contracting with the government, laws and regulations, licenses, taxes, and startup business tools.
Official Website of Nassau County
Among other information, this website includes links to the Nassau County Clerk's Office and current Request for Proposals (RFPs). The County Clerk's website now has a FAQ on forming a business in Nassau County, as well as printable business forms that can be filed at the Nassau County Clerk's office.
Suffolk County Government
Provides information for Suffolk County residents, including a link to the Suffolk County Clerk's Office. The Suffolk County Clerk's website now allows online searches of Suffolk County business certificate and corporation records. Under Departments at the bottom of the page, click on Business Certificates for information on filing a business certificate in Suffolk County.
Farmingdale State's Institute for Research and Technology Transfer (IRTT)
Formerly known as the Institute for Manufacturing Research, the IRTT offers state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and problem solving consultations to small businesses in several engineering areas.
Farmingdale State's Institute for Networking Systems Technology (INSTEP)
INSTEP offers credit and non-credit courses in Networking Technologies, including Cisco Academy courses. INSTEP can also arrange custom training sessions for businesses.
Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA)
The Hauppauge Industrial Association is a business organization that focuses on the economic health and well-being of its member companies and that of the entire Long Island business community. HIA provides services and programs focusing on international trade, human resources, business development, government affairs, manufacturing, technology, environment, education, engineering, transportation, energy and much more. HIA offers many networking opportunities.
Long Island Development Center (LIDC)
Long Island Development Corporation is a not-for-profit, regional economic development corporation that makes long term loans to small businesses. LIDC's mission is to encourage economic stability and growth in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. LIDC's website has a large number of informative links.
Vision Long Island
An organization dedicated to economically sustainable and environmentally responsible growth on Long Island.
New York State Department of State
Click on the Corporations link for FAQs, filing information, searchable Corporation and Business Entity Database, and more about owning a corporation in New York State.
Information on incorporating a business. A virtual book online, here you'll find everything you need to form a corporation, including step-by-step instructions and forms for every state.
A Guide to Incorporating Your Business: How to Form a Corporation or LLC
Useful information pertaining to incorporating provided by www.legalzoom.com.
Contains information on e-business essentials, including designing and marketing your site, legal issues, credit card usage, and more.
A brief outline of steps to take when starting an internet-based business.
SBDCNET E-Commerce Guide
Addresses numerous questions and concerns of the e-entrepreneur. Includes information on or links to e-commerce basics, business strategy, building a website, security, taxes, marketing, and more.
International Trade Desk Manual
This site has a number of links and references for the business owner interested in exporting.
In a major effort to help small business owners, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has introduced a new Franchise Registry that will expedite the processing of loans to small business franchisees. The Registry lists names of franchise companies whose franchisees enjoy the benefits of a streamlined review process for SBA loan applications.
See our Grants Information page.
New York State Insurance Department's Small Business Corner
Includes links to resources and guides concerning insurance for small business owners.
Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIHCC)
The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (LIHCC) is a not-for-profit corporation serving the business communities of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The LIHCC was founded in 1988 to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of the Hispanic community on Long Island.
Constant Contact®, Inc. helps small businesses, associations, and nonprofits connect with their customers, clients, and members. Launched in 1998, Constant Contact champions the needs of small organizations and provides them with an easy and affordable way to build successful, lasting customer relationships. Constant Contact's leading email marketing, online survey, and event marketing tools help all types of small businesses and organizations create professional-looking email newsletters and insightful online surveys and begin a dialogue with their customers. SBDC clients receive up to a 25% discount.
Permits & Licenses
New York State's Online Permit Assistance and Licensing (OPAL)
This website states: A permit is any required license, registration, or similar form of authorization required by the State of New York. Although this site is a comprehensive source for finding state-required business permits, you should also contact the village, town, city and county clerks where your business is or will be located to get information about local requirements.
Internal Revenue Service for the Small Business/Self-Employed
Not only does this website address common questions about business taxes, it contains many topics of interest to anyone considering starting a business.
Internal Revenue Service
General Information: 800-829-1040; Forms/Publications: 800-829-3676.
Social Security Administration
General Information: 800-772-1213; Employer Reporting Branch: 800-772-6270; OWRS Technical Assistance: 888-772-2970; Employee Verification Service: 410-965-7140; Social Security Wage Reporting Pages:
Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program(SATOP)
If your small business is faced with a technical challenge, the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) wants to help. SATOP can provide up to 40 hours of free technical assistance for qualified requests, utilizing the vast engineering expertise of NASA and participating Alliance Partners (NASA contractors, sub-contractors or Universities).
International Trademark Association (INTA)
A not-for-profit organization, INTA's mission is to support the advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property. Look in the Information Center for information on the different types of trademarks, proper usage, registering trademarks, and more.
Long Island Women's Agenda (LIWA)
The Long Island Women’s Agenda (LIWA), a not-for-profit, nonpartisan coalition of women’s organizations and individuals, is an advocacy organization that provides a voice for Long Island women on issues, policies, and programs affecting the lives of those living and working on Long Island.
An on-line resource for women of Long Island. The Website provides information on self-development, self-discovery, and issue affecting the lives of women on Long Island.
National Association of Women Business Owners/Long Island Chapter (NAWBO/LI)
A group of progressive women entrepreneurs dedicated to enhancing the growth of women business owners in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Visit their website for more information.
U. S. Women's Chamber of Commerce (USWCC)
Through a national network of affiliate chambers, the USWCC™ is an organization creating economic and leadership opportunities for women by building a strong community voice and providing programs and benefits to support the growth of its members.
Women Economic Developers of Long Island (WEDLI)
WEDLI is a unique and specialized organization whose membership is selected from top level executives in the fields of banking, finance, accounting, commercial real estate, real estate development, marketing, government, and law. WEDLI fills a professional need for women in the various fields of economic development so that a forum for interaction exists where business contacts can build and advance the objectives of a prosperous and growing Long Island. WEDLI’s continuing goal is to educate and inform the general public.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Small Business Administration have partnered to launch Women-21.gov, a premier one-stop federal resource for targeted information, registration for online programs, and networking opportunities to help women entrepreneurs navigate the ever-changing business world and do what they do best: innovate, create jobs, and make a vital contribution to the strength of America.
Guide to Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certificate Application
If your business has been running for >1 year and is at least 51% minority or woman owned, you may qualify for state certification. A certification can help give your business an advantage when bidding on government and procurement contracts. Attached is a guide to filling out the application, and the application and program information may be found here: https://ny.newnycontracts.com/FrontEnd/StartCertification.asp?TN=ny&XID=8462