Starting a Small Business


Many people don't think of starting a small business as an option for people coming out of prison. Yet, given the many barriers facing people trying to reenter the workforce after being incarcerated, entrepreneurship may be a great alternative.

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Project Enterprise
CONTACT: Helen Morgan Tomlinson (212) 678-6734, ext 11, or SERVICE OPEN TO SPEAKERS OF LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGILSH. Project Enterprise's mission is "to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in New York City. By providing access to business loans, business development services and networking opportunities, these entrepreneurs are able to increase their standard of living, create jobs for their communities, and build financial assets," (from web site). There is a Brooklyn location in Bedford-Stuyvesant: 1958 Fulton Avenue 4th Floor, between Ralph & Howard Avenues in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Multi-Service Center. If interested, call and set up a time to go in for an information session. Information sessions are held in the evenings. This is a great resource for people interested in getting support for starting a small business, getting a loan, and going to networking events.
The Business & Career Library
The Business & Career Library, one of the Brooklyn Public Libraries, is located at 280 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For information please call (718)623-7000 or visit their website. The Business & Career Library includes many different resources for the small business owners, either established or just starting out. There you can find different materials, programs (topics like finances, entrepreneurship and technology) and the SCORE counselors who provide free advise for small business owners. There is also information for young entrepreneurs at a seperate website (