The following resources and organizations provide a range of assistance designed to meet the unique needs of Lower Manhattan small and large businesses. Don’t delay -- get the help you need to make your business a success.
Acción New York
Nonprofit community development organization committed to providing business owners with working capital and the opportunity to establish positive credit history.
115 East 23rd Street, 7th Floor
Alliance for Downtown New York
Business improvement district (BID) serving the area south of Chambers Street, providing supplemental security and sanitation, economic development, transportation services, and marketing and tourism programs.
120 Broadway, Suite 3340
Community Board 1 (CB1)
Provides a forum in which Lower Manhattan businesses can communicate with community members about issues ranging from liquor licensing and parking regulations to upcoming construction schedules and closures.
49 Chambers Street
View the website
Downtown Business Network
An online directory that connects small and large firms in and out of Lower Manhattan with downtown businesses that can help meet their outsourcing and procurement needs.
65 Broadway, Suite 820
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC)
City-state agency created after 9/11 by Governor George Pataki and then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to plan and coordinate the rebuilding and revitalization of Lower Manhattan.
One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor
New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
Offers assistance and incentives to encourage large businesses (200 or more employees) to remain or relocate downtown.
110 William Street
(212) 312-3600 or (888) NYC-0100
New York State Empire Development Corporation (ESDC)
Provides help to downtown businesses, in conjunction with the New York City EDC, through a variety of incentive and assistance programs.
(800) STATE NY or (800) 782-8369
Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Provides one-on-one counseling and workshops and a variety of services to new and existing businesses, including help developing financing packages and business plans.
163 William Street, 16th Floor, (212) 618-6655
Renaissance Economic Development Corporation
Provides direct financing and technical assistance throughout New York City, with a focus on low-income immigrant neighborhoods.
11 Division Place
Creates opportunities for low-wage workers through programs that help people join the workforce and achieve economic self-sufficiency, assist small businesses, and promote asset building for residents and businesses in economically distressed communities.
915 Broadway, 17th Floor