Welcome to the Division for Small Business

Small businesses are the heart of the American economy, comprising 98 percent of all businesses in New York and employing more than half of New York’s private sector workforce.  Innovation, creativity, determination and perseverance are just a few of the essential qualities small business owners demonstrate every day.

Empire State Development’s Division for Small Business is established in New York State Economic Development Law to represent the interests of small businesses and to support the development and expansion of small businesses with under 100 employees.

The Division directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support small businesses. 

For more information on the Division and its programs, visit About Us.

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