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The Brooklyn Business Center provides pathways to wealth creation by helping business to start up, grow and scale.

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Business Services

The Brooklyn Business Center provides pathways to wealth creation by helping business to start up, grow and scale.

Entrepreneurs of color and from low-income communities often lack the resources and connections to transform their dreams into self-sustaining realities. For five years, the Brooklyn Business Center has worked to fill this crucial need by connecting both aspiring and established entrepreneurs to one-on-one business coaching, access to capital, mentoring, and business planning classes.

Our staff is made up of experienced, dedicated professionals who offer in-depth client engagement and we partner with industry experts who provide insightful advice and mentorship for achieving entrepreneurial success.

Since launching, the BBC has achieved the following results:

  • $3.1M Total that clients have been able to increase revenues by

  • $2.4M Total clients have obtained in financing

  • 91 & 85 The number of employees our clients have added and retained

Our Services Include:

One-on-One coaching and counseling

Clients can meet with our highly skilled counselors and obtain ongoing, free assistance to review any facet of their business. Our staff will work to understand your business needs and provide solutions specific to them. Whether you are an established entrepreneur or just starting out, our counselors will work with you and provide the resources necessary to make impactful decisions to grow and improve your business.

Access to adequate capital is essential for all business owners. Through our established partnerships with a wide range of financial institutions, our staff will work with you to help you secure grants, loans and venture capital at affordable rates. Our financial partners include New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), Kiva Zip, Brooklyn Cooperative, BOC Capital, TD Bank and Carver Bank.

Workshops, Seminars, Webinars

BBC offers a variety of free or low-cost workshops and seminars that give attendee the opportunity to network and receive business advice on topics such as marketing, finance and accounting, and gaining access to capital from a diverse selection of experienced industry experts.

BBC works with clients to certify their businesses as Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, a crucial steppingstone to generating business growth and opportunity. This is a major program of New York State and City to provide contracts to qualified firms. We assist with the 3-in-1 application to certify your business with the State, the City and the New York/New Jersey Port Authority.

Legal services

Through our numerous partnerships with established New York City law firms, BBC connects qualified clients with pro-bono legal assistance from expert lawyers. Clients are then able to receive a range of services, such as corporate formation and lease review, and work with a lawyer to accomplish their goals.

We provide small business owners with ongoing assistance in developing business plans and implementing them. We also offer a 60-hour Business Planning course to help you plan, build and grow your enterprise. The course uses NxLevel materials and aims at helping participants prepare a formal plan by the end of the course.

Testimonial It’s been such a big help to get to meet virtually with Restoration staff during the pandemic. There have been so many shifts, with figuring out about loans, not to mention adapting my business to the world as it is and more. The Restoration team has been there every step of the way. It’s been great to have access to someone who is so well informed and cares about the health of my business. Danett Bean

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COVID-19 Services

Throughout COVID-19, we provided the following services to our clients:

Access to capital

Included applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Advances and Targeted Advances “EIDL”, New York Forward Loan, New York Pandemic Small Business Grant Program, LISC Grants, Concord FCU, Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Shuttered Venue Operators Grants “SVOG”.

Obtaining forgiveness on PPP loans

Guidance for business reopening

And pivoting to meet current market demands

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