New York City Government

NYC Department of Small Business Services
SBS provides direct assistance to business owners, fosters neighborhood development in commercial districts, and links employers to a skilled and qualified workforce

NYC Business Solutions
A suite of services that help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City regardless of the size or stage of a business. NYC Business Solutions’ services can be accessed at NYC Business Solutions Centers located in the five boroughs.

NYC Business Express
A website that offers business owners and entrepreneurs the information they need to open and operate a business as well as the opportunity to apply for permits, licenses and certifications and to check violation statuses online, all in one place.

New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT)
A New York City initiative aimed at providing eligible new restaurants, bars, bakeries, and butcher shops a streamlined program to become "kitchen ready." NBAT transforms the way entrepreneurs deal with City government by working with new businesses to help open their doors more quickly, reduce costs, and provide jobs for the community.

NYC Office of Emergency Management - Ready New York: Business Guide
A practical and actionable guide to help businesses protect their employees and enhance a company's ability to recover from financial loss resulting from business interruption or damage to facilities and inventory.

NYC Health Insurance Link
Source for helping New York City residents and small business owners find health insurance.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
The City’s primary engine for economic development, NYCEDC is charged with leveraging the City’s assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve quality of life.

13th Precinct
The Flatiron District is served by the NYPD's 13th Precinct. The precinct's Community Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the 13th Precinct station house, 230 East 21st Street. Click here for the weekly CompStat report detailing the crime statistics for the Precinct.

For information on New York City government go to or call 311.

New York State Government

Empire State Development (ESD)
The mission of Empire State Development (ESD) is to promote business investment and growth that leads to job creation and prosperous communities across New York State.

HealthyNY is a State program designed to assist small business owners in providing their employees and their employees’ families with the health insurance.

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
A public benefit corporation aimed at helping New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

For information on New York State government go to

Federal Government

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
A federal agency which provides support and resources to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation.

Business Advocacy
& Assistance

Baruch College
Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship

Baruch Small Business Development Center

Association for a Better New York (ABNY)
An association dedicated to improving the quality of life for those that live and work in New York City and for those that visit.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
A membership organization comprised of a cross section of member businesses ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and conglomerates, with the goal of advocating for, connecting and educating the Manhattan business community.

Partnership for New York City (PFNYC)
A network of business leaders dedicated to enhancing the economy of the five boroughs of New York City and maintaining the city’s position as the center of world commerce, finance and innovation.

Community-Based Organizations

The Flatiron District is served by three Community Boards.

Community Board 4
Community Board 5
Community Board 6

Gramercy Park Block Association
A community group dedicated to public safety, crime prevention, historic preservation, and quality-of-life issues in and around the Gramercy Park area.

Madison Square Park Conservancy
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to keeping historic Madison Square Park a bright, beautiful and active public park. The Conservancy raises the funds that support the parks horticulture, maintenance, security and a variety of free cultural programs.

Destination Midtown Alliance
Founded in 2016 by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., Destination Midtown Alliance is a coalition of like-minded partners, including the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, from the most iconic businesses and beloved attractions in Midtown Manhattan seeking to communicate, enhance and grow its position as the primary visitor destination. Get the Destination Midtown App to explore in and around Midtown Manhattan.