|Parent agency||U.S. Small Business Administration|
The was created in 1984. The NYSSBDC is administered by the and is funded by the, the, and host campuses. The NYSSBDC is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers and a member of the .
The mission of the NYSSBDC is to provide free, one-to-one business advisement and information to existing or aspiring entrepreneurs in New York. The SBDC also partners with numerous like-minded organizations on projects that advance the job development, investment, and economic growth opportunities of New Yorkers, with an emphasis on manufacturers, exporters and technology-oriented firms.
Regional Centers and Outreach Offices
The NYSSBDC is supported by 24 regional centers and 29 outreach offices located throughout the state. A listing of all of the NYS SBDC centers and offices is available on the NYS SBDC website.
Small Business Services
The NYSSBDC offers a variety of programs designed to facilitate entrepreneurship and assist small businesses:
History of the SBDC
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to small businesses. The SBA was created by way of the (UBDC) program. A 1976 press release announcing the UBDC proclaimed that this new concept “could increase substantially the leverage SBA can provide in counseling and advising small business concerns.” The pilot program for the UBDC was established at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona in 1976. Throughout 1977 seven more universities received funding, including Georgia, Missouri, Nebraska, and Maine.
By 1979, the UBDC program was renamed the SBDC program, and pilot centers existed at sixteen states across the U.S. By 1980, performance surveys of SBDC clients, as well as existing small business owners, saw fit to expand the SBDC project throughout the country. On July 2, 1980, President Carter signed into law the Small Business Development Act of 1980. This act provided $8.5 million in annual funding. In 1984, a program was established in New York State. The SBA in a 1985 report noted that, “Several SBDC’s have established separate International Trade Centers (ITC) as part of their state-wide operations. These international trade centers are currently located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.”.
An SBDC was established in Guam in 1995 and in May 2000, the 58th SBDC program was established when the SBA funded an SBDC program for American Samoa. In 2004, federal lawmakers reauthorized the SBDC program for two additional years, at a funding level of $135, 000, 000.
History of the NYS SBDC
The NYSSBDC Central Office created a Central Library in 1991 to provide reference service to SBDC personnel and manage reference materials. In 1993 the program hired several information researchers to perform business research and respond to an average of 7, 000 information requests annually for SBDCs across the U.S. In 2001, the newest Regional Center at LaGuardia Community College SBDC was established as part of the program’s response to the World Trade Center attacks.
Partners and Sponsors
The NYSSBDC is partnered with various government agencies, business and professional associations, economic development entities, and corporations. The list of NYS SBDC sponsors and partners includes:
- Empire State Development Corporation
- Department of Education
- NYS Banking Department
- NYS Insurance Department
- Internal Revenue Service
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)
- The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
- International Sign Association