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Capacity Building Programs

Having strong local partners that support small businesses is key to the success of New York City's commercial districts. We strengthen community-based organizations (CBOs) across the five boroughs by partnering with experts in the fields of organization management and leadership development to provide services and programs:

Workshops and Webinars
We provide training opportunities to staff and board members of community-based organizations on how to manage a nonprofit organization and execute organizational goals. Using workshops as creative, collaborative educational settings, participants receive essential knowledge and skills to manage nonprofit organizations, plan and execute commercial revitalization projects, and navigate government agencies. The in-person workshops and online webinars are free to all participants and provide a broad and easily comprehensible overview of specific topics, including fundraising, financial management, communications, board governance, strategic and project planning, program evaluation, and impact measurement.

Register now for upcoming workshops!

Nonprofit Management Coaching
The Nonprofit Management Coaching Program participants work one-on-one with a Support Center for Nonprofit Management coach to assess internal effectiveness and determine priority areas for improvement in fundraising, financial management, strategic and project planning, program evaluation, and measurement, and communications. Coaches then assist participants to implement an organizational development work plan that addresses key challenges and leverages their existing strengths. Apply now to be paired with a coach!

If you are interested in being paired with a nonprofit management coach, we strongly encourage you to attend a program information session. During the information session, SBS staff will provide a comprehensive overview of the program and will walk you through the application process and documents. RSVP for an upcoming information session.

Legal Assistance
Legal matters are vitally important to neighborhood-serving organizations, but the cost of a legal consultation can be daunting. We partner with the Lawyers Alliance for New York to provide legal, compliance, and governance support to Business Improvement Districts - for free.

Whether you have questions about how to incorporate your organization, your lease or some other type of contract, or the roles and responsibilities of your organization's leadership, we will put you in touch with attorneys who can offer you pro-bono services. Apply now to be paired with an attorney!

If you are interested in legal assistance, we strongly encourage you to attend an information session. During the information session, SBS staff will provide a comprehensive overview of the service and will walk you through the application process and documents. RSVP for an upcoming information session.  

Design Assistance 
Impact! Design for Social Change is a partnership between the Department of Small Business Services and the School of Visual Arts that brings together graduate level and professional designers in a variety of disciplines who collaborate with community-based organizations to come up with design oriented solutions to some of their most pressing problems. The students use design-thinking and innovation to evaluate each organization and come up with a tangible artifact, which helps them advance the project, if they choose to do so. If you are a member of a community organization interested in the Impact! Design for Social Change program, contact the Neighborhood Development team via email at

For more capacity building initiatives available in NYC, please visit the Neighborhood Development Resource Library.