New York Small Business Development Center

The New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in New York with the highest quality, confidential business counseling, training, and business research at no cost.

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News & Updates

Press Release: New York SBDC Expands Government Contracting Education for NYS Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses1/3/2023

We are pleased to announce in this press release that the New York Small Business Development Center is starting the new year with a new module in EntreSkills™, its online entrepreneurial education tool. This new module focuses on New York State Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Certification and helps business owners determine if their businesses are eligible. It also details documentation requirements, the application process, and certification benefits and introduces other programs for which an MWBE-certified business may qualify. EntreSkills is available at no cost to all NYS small- and medium-sized business owners.

Press Release: Crowdfund Better Launches Certified Advisor Program1/3/2023

“The New York SBDC leadership and network of business advisors see the importance of educating staff to stay on top of changes in the business and financial environment. We strive to improve our services for the small business community by partnering with organizations like Crowdfund Better who provide expertise and training resources,” said Sonya Smith, State Director, New York SBDC. “Five of our New York SBDC advisors, located at regional centers, will go through the certification program to provide coverage across New York State to clients requesting information on the basics of crowdfunding.” Business Advisors from the NYSBDC will be the first in the U.S. to participate in this groundbreaking program to bring crowdfunding education and tools to their clients.

The Post-Journal: Advisers Forecast ‘Great Year’ For Small Businesses1/2/2023

The Post-Journal in Jamestown, NY, interviewed NYS Small Business Development Center at JCC Regional Director Dr. Courtney Curatolo on the increase in small business startups and regional developments throughout 2022. Curatolo highlights numerous factors that have contributed to the rise and SBDC resources available to assist."As small businesses increase in the region, Curatolo said the SBDC is available to help small business owners become successful. She explained the SBDC is a free service for any small business with less than 500 employees."

New York SBDC and Freelancers Union team to bring business owners and freelancers under one roof this Thursday in Brooklyn, NY12/7/2022

The Brooklyn SBDC, part of the New York SBDC network, has partnered with the Freelancers Union to host Milestone Connections—a professional networking event for business owners and freelancers. This first joint event between the two organizations will kick off this Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Freelancers Hub in Brooklyn, NY. Milestone Connections will bring business owners and freelancers under one roof for professional networking and recruitment. Business Owners will have the opportunity to meet with and recruit from a diverse group of talent, and Freelancers will be able to connect with business leads.

Lauren Linakis, Farmingdale SBDC Assistant Director, receives America's SBDC Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals Award8/29/2022

Congratulations to Lauren Linakis, America's SBDC Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals Award Winner from the New York SBDC Network! Throughout her career, Lauren has focused on assisting small businesses entering government contracting through one-on-one advisement, webinars, and workshops and coordinating government expos and matchmakers. Since joining the SBDC, she has assisted over 600 clients. She has helped over 200 businesses register with the government, get certified as an MWBE and/or disadvantaged business, and apply for government contracts — helping these businesses access over $15 million in government contracts.


A new partnership between SUNY Canton, our SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and several St. Lawrence County agencies will aim to increase local in-home childcare businesses with free training and resources. View SUNY Canton's recent news article to learn more and register for the program!

SUNY Announces Record Year for New York Small Business Development Centers6/15/2022

The State University of New York announced that the New York Small Business Development Center (New York SBDC) provided direct support to more than 26,000 small businesses from every corner of the state in 2021. Affirming the organization’s stature as one of the state’s leading programs for entrepreneurs and economic development.

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