Best Small Business Resources in the Queens 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 Queens 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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Entrepreneur Space

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking
  • Product Development

Description

Entrepreneur Space is a Queens business incubator that focuses on culinary endeavors. They provide commercial kitchen spaces at low rates and even include a kitchen assistant to help with food prep and miscellaneous tasks. The incubator also offers normal office rental in a traditional co-working space. Aside from facilities, the incubator also offers one-on-one business consulting.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

36-46 37th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-392-0025


LaGuardia Queens 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.


New York City Department of Small Business Services - Queen

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning

Offers Free Service

Description

The local government of New York City offers many programs and opportunities to make starting a business in NYC as easy as possible. FastTrac is a free 10-session class that prepares entrepreneurs to develop a business plan and launch a successful business. The website itself excels at providing personalized steps to launch a business in NYC, matching advice to a person’s individual situation and goals. Free workshops are hosted throughout NYC, on topics both particular to specific industries and general enough to be of interest to any entrepreneur.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4F
Jamaica, NY 11435
718-570-8500


Queens County Overall Economic Development Corp

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

120-55 Queens Blvd., Suite 309
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
718-263-0546
aormeno@queensny.org


Queens 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.


Tech Incubator at Queens College

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The TIQC is a technology-focused incubator offering co-working space, events, and onsite technical support. Their coworking space offers flexible work plans, lounge, coffee, and printing services. A unique offering at TIQC is a rec room, stocked with a foosball table, xbox, and electronic drum set.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Tech Incubator Center
Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367
718-570-0573


The Austin Space

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

The Austin Space is a coworking area in Queens, offering several membership plans to suit different support needs. Members enjoy 24/7 access to the facility. The Queens Tech Academy is housed in this space and offers web and mobile development classes after work hours, allowing interested people to learn these skills around a full-time job. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

108-14 72nd Avenue, 2F
Forest Hills, NY 11375
347-709-6757
theaustinspace@gmail.com