Best Small Business Resources in the Albany Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. New York has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Albany area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in New York.

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IgniteU NY

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

IgniteU NY is an independent organization with the broad goal of assisting entrepreneurship across the state of New York, specifically by increasing the success rate of startups. To this end, they offer a range of services that support startups, from coworking spaces to accelerator programs. Ignite NY is a growing program that emphasizes networking and collaboration among its startups in residence. They do not take equity in startups that request their assistance and are industry agnostic. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

333 Broadway, Suite 350
Troy, NY 12180


Albany Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Albany Public Library offers many useful services to the public, nearly all for free. They host frequent events and classes on topics like legal and financial matters, career planning, and resume building. Their creative lab offers tools like 3D printing, scanning, and sewing as well as the classes to learn how to use this equipment. They also have access to business research databases and reservable meeting rooms.

Restrictions

A library card may be required to access certain services

CONTACT INFORMATION:

148 Henry Johnson Blvd
Albany, NY 12210
518-427-4300

HOURS OF OPERATION:

 
MON: 10 am – 6 pm
TUE: 12 pm – 8 pm
WED: 10 am – 6 pm
THU: 12 pm – 8 pm
FRI: 12 pm – 6 pm
SAT: 12 pm– 5 pm 
 

Albany SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Beahive

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Beahive is a coworking organization with several locations around New York. Their Albany location has a mixture of private offices, shared work areas, and relaxing lounge space. A small kitchenette and conference room enhance the amenities offered at Beahive. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

418 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207
518-426-5211


Troy Innovation Garage

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Troy Innovation Garage is a coworking space designed for creative entrepreneurs, fostering collaboration through informal networking and a well-designed space. Amenities include mail handling, unlimited coffee, and 24/7 building access. Private meeting rooms are available to members and for public and private events are hosted for both social and professional topics.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

24 Fourth St.
Troy, NY 12180
518-326-6407


University at Albany SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.