Women: Job Training, Employment & Small Business Assistance

Introduction

This guide lists valuable services and online resources for women considering taking on a job for the first time, changing careers or aspiring to own their own business.
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Internet Links
Access for Women New York City College of Technology
Howard Building, Fourth Floor, 25 Chapel Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 / Phone 718.552.1131 / Classes in building maintenance, basic electronics and math. Offers Saturday workshops. Cost of classes based on income.
 
ACCION New York - Women’s Link
115 East 23rd Street, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10010 / Phone: 212.387.0494 / Provides microloans, one-on-one training, networking events and workshops for women entrepreneurs. Spanish, French, Bengali and Wolof spoken. Free.
 
Careers for Women
80 East 11th Street, Suite 402, New York, NY 10003 / Phone: 212.777.4646 / Seminars and placement in executive (business to business) sales, public relations, advertising and marketing. Free.
 
CareerWomen
Job listings and links to career resources, including professional associations.
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence
Microloans and online resources for women entrepreneurs.
 
Feminist Career Center
Jobs and internships with feminist or progressive organizations.
 
Grace Institute
1233 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10021 / Phone: 212.832.7605 / Training in administrative assistance, medical billing and coding, entrepreneurship and Microsoft Office programs. Call or check website for admissions info. Low income required. Classes have a small fee.
 
Guide to New York City Women’s and Social Justice Organizations
Lists professional women’s organizations in New York City.
 
Home to Work Center for Displaced Homemakers
Workforce Education Center, LaGuardia Community College, 29-10 Thompson Avenue, Room C-314, Long Island City, NY 11101 / Phone: 718.482.5341 / Computer and customer service training, personal and professional development workshops and job placement. For women reentering workforce because of loss of financial support from a spouse through divorce, separation, death, disability, etc. Free.
 
iVillage
Search such iVillage topics as Work & Pregnancy, Work & Family and Work from Home for articles and message boards.
 
Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program
New York City Department of Small Business Services, 110 William Street, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10038 / Certifies minority- and women-owned businesses. Also markets certified companies in an online directory. Free.
 
National Association for Female Executives
260 Madison Avenue, Third Floor, New York, NY 10016 / Phone: 212.351.6400 / Networking groups. Small fee.
 
New York State’s Division of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Development (MWBD)
Business financing, certification and procurement assistance.
 
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)
243 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011 / Phone: 212.627.6252 / Training for skilled blue collar jobs (construction, plumbing, electrical) for women ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED. Call to set up an information session. Free.
 
Peterson’s Distance Learning
A convenient option of online learning for working and full-time mothers.
 
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Find out about your rights at work and how to file a charge of discrimination.
 
Women for Hire
Career fairs and career advice.
 
Women in Technology International (WITI)
Trade association for professional women in technology. Job listings available to nonmembers.
 
Women’s Business Center - Business Outreach Center Network, Inc.
85 South Oxford Street, Second Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217 / Phone: 718.625.1276 / Business training, counseling and financing for women-owned businesses, including a program for home-based childcare providers. Free.
 
Women’s Business Center - Local Development Corporation of East New York
80 Jamaica Avenue, Third Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11207 / Phone: 718.385.6700 / Training, counseling, mentoring and assistance for women business owners. Small fee.
 
Women’s Employment Program Center for Workforce Development
YWCA of the City of New York, 52 Broadway, Fourth Floor New York, NY 10004 / Phone: 212.735.9573 / Microsoft Office and business skills training for women reentering workforce because of loss of financial support from a spouse through divorce, separation, death, disability, etc. Free.
 
Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement
198 Broadway, Suite 400, New York, NY 10038 / Phone: 212.964.8934 / Job readiness assistance, including resume writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies. Low income required. Service is free.
 
Working Mother
Publishes annual 100 Best Companies for +working mothers.
 
More Information
Fresh Start Training Program
Fresh Start Training Program 1756 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230 / Phone: 718.338.9200 / Computer training (Word, Excel and Quickbooks) for women reentering workforce because of loss of financial support from a spouse through divorce, separation, death, disability, unemployment etc. Training is free. Agudath Israel Fresh Start Training Program 1756 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11230