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Business Planning and Operations Courses

Below, you will find detailed descriptions of all of our Business Planning & Operations Courses. Click on the links below to jump down to course descriptions and details. Registration is FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE.

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Table of Contents
10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business
Business Planning Basics 
Choosing the Right Legal Structure*
Restaurant Management Bootcamp*
Restaurant Management Bootcamp 2.0*
Down to Business: Making Your Restaurant/Bar Last*
10 Steps to Starting A Worker Cooperative*
SBA Presents: Determining Your Entrepreneurship Potential*
How to Become Certified as a Minority/Women-Owned Business*
Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification Workshop*
Legal Essentials for Doing Business Online*

*Not offered regularly. See details for next sessions.



10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Learn what it takes to start your own business! 
This course provides a basic overview of the steps you'll need to take to start a business and how NYC Business Solutions can guide you through each step along the way. Total course hours: 1 session, varies by Center from 1.5-2.5 hours.

You will learn about:

  • How to develop a business plan
  • How to determine your legal structure
  • How to set up your bookkeeping
  • How to get permits and licenses
  • How to obtain financing

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Bronx
Grand Concourse Library
155 E 173rd St

4:00PM-6:00PM

Thursday

4/9

Register

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

 11:00AM-1:00PM 

Friday

4/3

Register

4/17

Register

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

2:00PM-3:30PM

Wednesday

4/15

Register

3/18

Register
Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Wednesday

4/8

Register
Upper Manhattan
361 West 125th Street, 1st Fl.

5:30PM-7:30PM

Tuesday

4/7

Register

Upper Manhattan
57 Wadsworth Ave.

5:30PM-7:30PM

Thursday

4/16

Register
Washington Heights
560 West 181st Street, 2nd Fl.

2:00PM-4:00PM

Thursday

4/9

Register

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Business Planning Basics

Learn about the key components of a strong business plan in just three hours!
This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. Total course hours: 1 session, 3 hours.

You will learn about:

  • Components of a strong business plan
  • Interconnectivity of marketing, finance, human resources and operations
  • Strategies for reaching your target customers
  • Developing a break-even analysis
  • Tools and templates that will assist you with the planning process

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates
Bronx
400 East Fordham Road, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Wednesday

4/15

Register

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

1:00PM-4:00PM

Wednesday

3/4

Register

Lower Manhattan
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Ave.

11:00AM-2:00PM

Saturday

4/11

Register

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

5:00PM-8:00PM

Monday

4/13

Register
Upper Manhattan
57 Wadsworth Ave.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Wednesday

4/22

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Upper Manhattan
361 West 125th Street, 1st Fl.

9:00AM-12:00PM

Wednesday

4/15 Register

Washington Heights
560 West 181st Street, 2nd Fl.

5:00PM-8:00PM

Wednesday

4/15

Register

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Choosing the Right Legal Structure

Choosing the right corporate and tax entity for your business is important, but the decision is far from easy!
There are a lot of options to choose from, and many factors to consider.  The internet has thousands of articles on this topic, but many are either too general or too specific and some are just plain wrong.  Total course hours: 1 session, 1.5 hours.

You will learn about:

  • The various business structures available to an entrepreneur in New York
  • The requirements for each
  • The benefits and drawbacks of choosing an LLC over a regular corporation correctly
  • How to use a new online license information system, Business Express 

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Tuesday

4/28

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Restaurant Management Bootcamp

Learn the laws and regulations of running a restaurant in NYC!
To run a successful restaurant you must know how to manage your employees and expenses, as well as which licenses you may need. This course will help you understand all of the basic requirements to get your business up and running. Total course hours: 1 session, varies by Center from 1-2 hours.

You will learn about:

  • How to avoid large fines by knowing the laws regarding minimum wage, overtime vs. shift pay, uniforms, worker’s compensation, discrimination, health and sanitation, and other common issues
  • How to manage your employees more efficiently and effectively
  • What to know to apply for right licenses and permits correctly
  • How to use a new online license information system, Business Express
Course Location Time Day(s) Dates
Bronx
400 East Fordham Road, 7th Fl.

3:00PM-5:00PM

Tuesday

3/17

Register
Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

3:00PM-5:00PM

Wednesday

4/15

Register
Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

2:00PM-3:30PM

Thursday

3/19 

Register
Upper Manhattan
361 West 125th Street, 1st Fl.

5:30PM-7:30PM

Tuesday

3/24

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Washington Heights
560 West 181st Street, 2nd Fl.

10:00AM-12:00PM

Tuesday

3/17

Register

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Restaurant Management Bootcamp 2.0

Learn the laws and regulations of running a restaurant in NYC!
To start and run a successful restaurant you must understand many different legal considerations such as: forming your company, dealing with partners and investors, find a space and negotiating a lease, obtaining permits and licenses.  This special follow-up to the Restaurant Management Bootcamp class will help you gain a deeper understanding of all of the basic requirements to get your business up and running. Total course hours: 1 session,  2.5 hours.

You will learn about:

  • Incorporating or forming a Limited Liability Company (pros/cons of each)
  • Partnership Considerations (The who/what/where/when and why’s of dealing with your business partners)
  • Dealing with Investors
  • Finding your restaurant space (do you buy an existing restaurant, or lease a space and build a new restaurant)
  • Negotiating your Restaurant’s lease
  • Liquor License overview
  • General discussion on permits needed (food service/cabaret/sidewalk café, etc.)
  • General discussion regarding insurance needs

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates
Upper Manhattan
361 West 125th Street, 1st Fl.

5:30PM-7:30PM

Thursday

3/26

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Down to Business: Making Your Restaurant/Bar Last

Do you own a restaurant or bar? Lucky that it did not fail in the 1st year as most statistics show? Hoping that your business will last forever? Are you determined to beat the odds?

This course will get you well on your way of becoming even more of a success as a restaurant/bar owner. Class participants will explore the top 10 things they should know in order to continue to grow their business. The rules in the food industry change rapidly; and attending this course will help to keep you ahead of the curve! This course is taught with the New York State Restaurant Association and Helbraun & Associates, a legal firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

You will learn about:

  • Best practices
  • Warning signs
  • What not to worry about

*Registrants for this course should be operating businesses for at least one year.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

3:00PM-5:00PM

Thursday

3/12

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10 Steps to Starting A Worker Cooperative

Learn what it takes to start a worker cooperative business! A worker cooperative is a business or organization that is owned and controlled by the people who work in it. This course will focus on the steps you will need to start a worker cooperative business of your own.

You will learn about:

  • What a worker cooperative is
  • If a worker cooperative business structure is right for your business
  • The benefits of starting a worker cooperative
Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

No courses are being offered at this time. Please check back soon for updates!

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  SBA Presents: Determining Your Entrepreneurship Potential

Do you have what it takes to be an independent and successful entrepreneur? What are the traits, skills and characteristics of an entrepreneur?  Which areas still require development before you start your new endeavor? What about money? Should I proceed or not? Where do I start? This is an interactive workshop so come prepared to speak up and out!

You will learn about:

  • What is entrepreneurship
  • Characteristics of a successful entrepreneur
  • How to develop your vision and purpose
  • Personality type, leadership style, interpersonal skills
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Additional resources

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 2nd Fl.

3:00PM-5:00PM

Thursday

3/26

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How to Become Certified As a Minority/Women-Owned Business

Businesses certified as a Minority/Women-Owned (M/WBE) business are able to increase their visibility, capacity and contribute to the City’s economy through the bidding on public contracts. This course will help business owners learn how being certified as a M/WBE business can benefit their business.

*To attend this course, registrants must have been in business for at least one year.

You will learn about:

  • Qualifications to become a M/WBE business
  • Completion of the M/WBE certification application
  • Avoiding common certification mistakes
  • Receiving assistance with bids and proposals

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

No courses are being offered at this time. Please check back soon for updates!

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Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification Workshop

If you want to do business with the government, getting certified as a Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) can help you to accomplish that goal. 

Getting certified as a Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) gives you exclusive access to opportunities to sell to government, networking events, inclusion in the City's Online Directory of Certified Businesses and offers many other benefits.

Join us for a workshop that will walk you through the process for completing your M/WBE application.

You will learn about:

  • How to get certified as an M/WBE with New York City, New York State, NYC School Construction Authority, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • How to apply for a vendor number and get notified of government opportunities in your industry
  • How to complete your M/WBE application the right way
  • How to work with an account manager to review your application for completeness before submitting it to an analyst for approval

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

3:00PM-5:00PM

Thursday

4/23

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Legal Essentials for Doing Business Online

Doing business online is a great way to reach new markets, but it also presents legal issues.

You will learn about:

  • Website Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies, including whether and when you need to use them, what you should include, and what they mean
  • How to avoid copyright infringement issues when adding textual and photographic content to your business website
  • The rules around collection and remission of sales tax by online merchants doing business both in and out of New York State
  • Social media's intersection with business and law, including website comments sections and employee privacy

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Upper Manhattan
361 West 125th Street, 1st Fl.

5:30PM-7:30PM

Thursday

3/5

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For questions about individual courses or to register over the phone, please contact an Account Manager at one of our NYC Business Solutions Centers.