Business Development & Associations

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Free one-on-one assistance with business planning, marketing, financial management skills and technology transfer are just a few of the ways we can help to improve the viability of your small business.
Stony Brook SBDC
Farmingdales SBDC


Retired executives offer free help with starting and running a business. A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Suffolk County Women's Business Enterprise Coalition (SCWBEC)

SCWBEC provides WBEs with the tools to compete for government and corporate contracts; mentors new WBEs; and creates networking/sales opportunities for coalition members. The group operates under the auspices of the Suffolk County Executive, and holds monthly meetings and annual events.

Long Island Development Corporation
Long Island Development Corporation (LIDC) is part of a 501C3 not-for-profit economic development family providing a variety of low cost loan programs and free technical assistance to help businesses and not-for-profit organizations in New York, concentrating on Long Island.

Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York State’s primary agent for economic development, dedicated to making New York the most compelling place in which to live, work and do business.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA Long Island branch office
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA offers a variety of programs and loan products to assist small businesses.

Minority and Woman-owned Certification
Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO)
Women Presidents' Educational Organization is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that acts as the regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). We are a coalition of corporations, regionally focused women’s business organizations and certified women business owners.

Miller Business Resource Center
The Miller Business Resource Center, located at the Middle Country Public Library, offers access to research and other resources for businesses, the self-employed, and non-profits.

Long Island Chambers of Commerce
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Innovate LI
Founded to cover the region’s next economy, including its research labs, universities, startups, incubators, accelerators and other businesses involved in – but not limited to – IT, biotech, clean energy, medical devices, pharma and nutraceuticals, plus emerging firms in food, beverage and fashion.

Institute of Management Accountants, Long Island Chapter
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering management accounting and finance professionals to drive business performance. More than 65,000 accountants and financial professionals look to IMA for programs and services to help expand their financial management skills, enhance their organization’s performance, and empower their career potential.

The Long Island Angels Network
The mission of Long Island Angel Network, Inc… is to provide its members with exposure to, and access to funding for, early-stage companies with a Long Island home, including those with a focus on software and information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, energy, environmental technology, a strong intellectual property position, or innovative concepts.

Long Island Association (LIA)
The Long Island Association (LIA) is the leading business organization on Long Island. Founded in 1926, the mission of the LIA is to support growth, economic development and infrastructure investments on Long Island and to advocate for tax reforms and regulatory relief to improve the local economy and strengthen our business community.

Long Island Builders Institute
The Long Island Builders Institute, formed in 1941, is an association of building industry professionals who are dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work, by creating a balance between the economy, the environment and development opportunities for all our communities and our residents.

Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women

The LI Center for Business and Professional Women is dedicated to advancing women’s equal participation, leadership and employment in business, industry and the professions through networking opportunities, member education, community involvement, and personal and professional development.

Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI)
The Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping new technologically-innovative companies grow by providing them with a variety of support resources and services. Many of our services are through programs and centers reporting to the Vice President for Economic Development.

NYS Regional Economic Development Councils
The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations.
The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

SBDCNET - The Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse
A tremendous resource with information on getting a business started, demographics, inventing, international trade, business plan templates, marketing, government procurement, and more, and more, and more.

Empire State Development (ESD)
The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

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.

Hofstra University Business Development Center
Hofstra University Business Development Center is to help businesses, public entities and community organizations on Long Island and in the metropolitan area succeed in their various enterprises.

Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA)
The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is a public benefit corporation of the State of New York. The purpose of the agency is to promote economic development within Suffolk County. The operations of the agency are not supported by taxpayer funds, rather fees generated by the applicants. The Suffolk County IDA works in synergy with Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and Economic Development Commissioner Joanne Minieri to foster positive economic development within the County.

Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA)
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) consists of a team of professionals whose mission is to promote the economic welfare and prosperity of Nassau County. Whether you’re already doing business in Nassau County or simply considering it, we want to be a resource for you. We can help your business relocate, expand operations and finance new investments. We can also put you in touch with our partners, who are eager to provide additional services from loans to tax credits to workforce training.

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