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NDD Workshops & Technical Assistance
Capacity Building Programs

Having strong local partners is key to implementing successful commercial revitalization initiatives. Therefore, in addition to support provided to Business Improvement Districts and critical funding provided through Avenue NYC, NDD offers community-based development organizations a broad range of trainings and services aimed at building each organizations' capacity:

Workshops and Technical Assistance
NDD provides training to staff and Board members of eligible organizations. Training and workshop topics include:

Nonprofit Management Training and Consulting Support

Workshops covering modules focusing on the following organizational development topics:

  • Fund Development
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Board Development
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing and Communications

Nonprofit Governance and Legal Training

NDD partners with experts at the Lawyers Alliance for New York to provide training on a range of timely legal topics affecting the nonprofit sector. The trainings cover the latest information on:

  • Human resources law and regulation
  • Board governance responsibilities
  • Fundraising legal considerations
  • Best practices in organizational by-laws

For upcoming trainings and workshops, please visit the Neighborhood Development Calendar.


Neighborhood Retail Recruitment Program 
A low commercial vacancy rate and a diverse retail mix are vital components of any successful commercial corridor. NDD provides consulting services, technical assistance, and training on how to recruit retail businesses to eligible neighborhood organizations to fill vacancies and promote a healthy retail mix. Contact us at ndevelop@sbs.nyc.gov to learn more about NDD’s retail recruitment program.

Access the results of our nationally acclaimed Neighborhood Retail Recruitment Program to review in-depth market and demographic analyses, a district-wide retail leasing plan, and district marketing materials for our four pilot neighborhoods:

 

Bedford-Stuyvesant Harlem Long Island City Southern Boulevard

 

Neighborhood Legal Fellows
The Neighborhood Legal Fellows Program is a partnership between the Department of Small Business Services and New York Law School that pairs exceptional second and third year law students with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) seeking legal and/or governance support. Fellows support neighborhood-serving organizations by providing assistance to smaller BIDs, and BIDs without in-house counsel, in navigating matters of nonprofit governance and other compliance issues. Legal Fellows are supervised by a licensed attorney at SBS. Services are provided at no cost to the BID. If you are a member of a BID and are interested in the Neighborhood Legal Fellows Program, contact the Neighborhood Development team via email at ndevelop@sbs.nyc.gov.

Impact! Design for Social Change 
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 development organizations (CBDOs) 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 CBDO interested in the Impact! Design for Social Change program, contact the Neighborhood Development team via email at ndevelop@sbs.nyc.gov.

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