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Many resources and website links can be found in our Business Basics publication.  Other links you may find helpful include:

General Information

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."

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.

Associations, Chambers, and Affiliates

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 African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc (LIAACC)

The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a leading supporter of small business owners in the area of advocacy, access to capital, technical assistance, education, and capacity building. LIAACC serves the counties of Kings, Nassau, Queens, and Suffolk. LIAACC holds a variety of Business2Business networking events throughout the year.

Long Island Association, Inc. (LIA)

The Long Island Association's mission is to advocate for policies, programs and projects that benefit Long Island and to support economic development and infrastructure investments on Long Island in order to create jobs, spur private investment, reduce the property tax burden, improve the overall business climate in our region and create better access to and from New York City, all of which will improve the local economy and strengthen our business community.

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.

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.

Melville Chamber of Commerce

The Melville Chamber of Commerce will provide networking opportunities, business to business services and many other programs to create and stimulate business opportunities. The Chamber will foster a stronger and more vital business environment not only in our area but throughout Long Island. We will work together with our business leaders, community leaders, professional leaders, and our Elected Officials to continue to improve the quality of life for both our business community and our residents.

Business Certifications – Certifying your business can be a complicated process. The SBDC can help assist you in applying and submitting your application(s). Applying for one or more of these certifications can fast track you to other certifications. Contact the SBDC for assistance and more information.

State: https://esd.ny.gov/mwbe-new-certification

NYC: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/description/minority-and-womenowned-business-enterprise-certification-program-mwbe

Port Authority NY/NJ: https://panynj.diversitysoftware.com/

Federal: https://certify.sba.gov/am-i-eligible

Nassau County: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1735/MWBE-PROGRAM

Suffolk County: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/CountyExecutive/MinorityAffairs/MinorityandWomenOwnedBusinesses/CertifyBusiness/CertificationApplication.aspx

NY State Veteran: https://ogs.ny.gov/Veterans/

WBENC: https://www.wbenc.org/certification/
**WBENC: woman owned businesses seeking ways to promote your company to major corporations? WBENC certification is recognized by more than 1000 corporations who are looking to do business with certified woman business enterprises.

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


County Clerks

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.


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.


Contains information on e-business essentials, including designing and marketing your site, legal issues, credit card usage, and more.

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.

Export Assistance

International Trade Desk
This site has a number of links and references for the business owner interested in exporting.


Franchise Registry
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 Fund https://ww3.nysif.com/

The New York State Insurance Fund is an governmental insurance carrier that provides workers' compensation and disability benefits for employers in New York State. NYSIF is financially self-supporting and competes with private insurance carriers.


NY State Department of Health– Health Insurance information https://www.health.ny.gov   

The New York State Department of Health is the department of the New York state government responsible for public health. It is headed by Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., who was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and confirmed by the State Senate on May 5, 2015.


Constant Contact
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 Business Express (businessexpress.ny.gov)

Your guide to doing business in New York.  Business express helps guide you through your business and professional requirements.


Internal Revenue Service
General Information: 800-829-1040; Forms/Publications: 800-829-3676.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance(tax.ny.gov) 

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:


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.


Suffolk County Women's Business Enterprise Coalition (SCWBEC)

SCWBEC is a not-for-profit 501 (C) 3 supported through fundraising events and sponsorships. Members receive a monthly newsletter and have many opportunities to promote their business through sponsorship, networking and membership meetings.

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.

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.