Business Mentor NY – a program of Empire State Development


Business Mentor NY

Entrepreneurs often cite mentoring as essential to their success. For this reason, New York State created Business Mentor NY. Business Mentor NY is the State’s first large scale, hands-on small business mentoring program that helps NYS entrepreneurs and established small businesses overcome challenges to grow their business. Business Mentor NY is a free resource that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer mentors to easily connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together.


Empire State Development

Business Mentor NY is a program of Empire State Development (ESD). ESD is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State.


Business Mentor NY is powered by MicroMentor

A program of Mercy Corps, MicroMentor’s easy-to-use social platform enables the world’s largest community of entrepreneurs and business mentors to create powerful connections, solve problems, and build successful businesses together. Committed to a world in which everyone contributes to a thriving economic future, MicroMentor empowers entrepreneurs to be changemakers and provides mentors with a deeper sense of purpose.

NY State Small Business Resources

Empire State Development Division of Small Business & Technology Development

Small businesses make up 98 percent New York State businesses and employ more than half of New York’s private sector workforce. Empire State Development’s Small Business Division supports the development and expansion of businesses with under 100 employees – directing an array of programs and initiatives supporting small business growth, providing access to capital and helping entrepreneurs maximize opportunities for success. Explore all we offer, plus a custom business checklist of NYS programs and services that match your goals.

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New York State Small Business Guide

A beginners guide on starting a Small Business in New York State.

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The New York State Contract Reporter

The NYS Contract Reporter (NYSCR), is New York’s official website of state procurement activity. All state agencies, authorities, state universities and public benefit corporations advertise bid opportunities valued at $50,000 or more on this website.

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New York State Certified Incubators and Hotspots

10 Innovation Hot Spots—one for each of New York's economic development regions—and 20 Certified Business Incubators, receive funding to reach a greater number of early-stage companies. This network of support has creates a culture of innovation and success around thanks to ground-level services that make a dramatic difference in a start-up company’s next steps.

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FuzeHub is a new initiative that works to better connect New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovative solutions and business growth. FuzeHub unites and integrates a broad network of multi-disciplinary public and private sector technology, industry and commercialization services, experts and partners. We bridge the gap by providing fast access through a convenient, 24/7 online request service, numerous event opportunities for meeting with solution partners, and direct assistance from our Innovation Specialists team every step of the way. We are your center and source for fast connection to reliable, targeted solutions and expertise.

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Small Business Development Centers

The New York State Small Business Development Center (New York SBDC) - the premier business assistance organization in New York State - provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses across the state. The New York SBDC is administered by State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses.

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Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EAC) provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to new and aspiring entrepreneurs in local communities statewide. Offering technical assistance and support services to individuals who have recently started their own business or are interested in starting a business. The program’s 24 EAC centers are strategically located throughout New York State.

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