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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*
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*
Urban Entrepreneurship*
Understanding Intellectual Property*
10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business for U.S. Military Veterans*
Before Signing Your Lease...Take This Class!*
When Bad Things Happen to Small Businesses: Business Emergency Preparedness and Continuity*
Hiring Right!*
Human Resources and the Small Business Owner*
Navigating Government*
Business Liability*
Protect Yourself: A Legal Primer on Fashion Compliance and Brand Protection*

*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

11:00AM-12:00PM

Saturday

5/30 Register

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

 11:00AM-1:00PM 

Friday

6/12

Register

5:00PM-7:00PM

Wednesday

6/24 Register

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

2:00PM-3:30PM

Wednesday

6/3

Register
Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Wednesday

6/17

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

5:30PM-7:30PM

Tuesday

6/9

Register

Thursday

5/14 Register
Staten Island

2:00PM-4:00PM

Saturday

5/16 Register
Washington Heights
560 West 181st Street, 2nd Fl.

2:00PM-4:00PM

Thursday

6/4

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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

Tuesday

5/19 Register

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

5:00PM-8:00PM

Wednesday

5/20

Register

1:00PM-4:00PM

Tuesday

6/16 Register

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

11:00PM-2:00PM

Saturday

6/13

Register

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

5:00PM-8:00PM

Monday

6/15

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

5:30PM-8:30PM

Wednesday

6/24 Register

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

5:00PM-8:00PM

Thursday

6/25

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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

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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
Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

2:00PM-3:30PM

Thursday

6/18 

Register

Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Tuesday

5/5

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

5:30PM-7:30PM

Thursday

6/25 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

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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

Bronx
400 East Fordham Road, 7th Fl.

10:00AM-12:00PM

Thursday

5/14

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Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Tuesday

6/9

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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

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

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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

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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

5/28

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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

6/11

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Urban Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on the links between entrepreneurship, interest in urban issues, community development, new venture creation, economic development and urban policies. It is designed to assist students in the understanding of the environment within which urban entrepreneurs operate.

You will learn about:

  • Identifying innovative instruments and approaches to promote urban entrepreneurship
  • Social enterprises as innovative actors in urban entrepreneurship
  • How to finance urban entrepreneurship using innovative instruments
  • How to use special zones and tax incentives to support urban entrepreneurship
  • Area-based policies for urban entrepreneurship
  • How the best international practices in business can be brought together in integrated urban policy and strategy at the level of individual cities and neighborhood
  • Tools and strategies aimed at developing urban entrepreneurship

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

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

5:30PM-7:30PM

Wednesday

5/27

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Understanding Intellectual Property

This course will help you better understand the meaning of intellectual property and steps business owners can take in protecting the intellectual property of their business.

You will learn about:

  • The different types of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks)
  • Who should consider having their intellectual property protected
  • Why intellectual property should be registered

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Wednesday

5/13

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10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business for U.S. Military Veterans

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:

  • Learn how to develop a business plan
  • Understand how to determine your legal structure
  • Identify how to get permits and licenses
  • Explore opportunities to obtain financing
  • Hear about unique programs for veteran entrepreneurs

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Tuesday

5/12

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Before Signing Your Lease...Take This Class!

While signing a commercial lease is one of the most important business decisions a small business owner will make, new businesses often fail to properly consider the risks under the belief that they are entering into a “form” agreement with the landlord. That “form” agreement, however, is almost always extremely favorable to the landlord when it is first presented to a commercial tenant. This course will offer some practical suggestions to ensure that your business interests are being well served and that you minimize the risk to you and your company. The course will be taught by an attorney who regularly counsels both landlords and tenants on lease agreements.

You will learn about:

  • The risks in signing a blanket personal guarantee
  • Understanding a “good-guy guarantee”
  • Default provisions, attorney’s fee provisions and other issues to consider

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

5:00PM-7:00PM

Wednesday

5/13

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When Bad Things Happen to Small Businesses: Business Emergency Preparedness and Continuity

An emergency or incident – large or small - can occur at any time that could adversely affect your business, including staff, customers, vendors; even your community. This course will teach you how your business can be ready in case of emergency.

You will learn about:

  • The Risk Environment- risks to business operations
  • Understanding Your Critical Operations and Capabilities
  • Planning
  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Training and Exercising
  • Community Resilience

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

5:00PM-7:00PM

Wednesday

5/6

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Hiring Right!

Do you want to avoid making mistakes in hiring that can expose your business to lawsuits? In this class, you will learn about the many laws affecting how you manage employees, from hiring to firing.

You will learn about:

  • Laws covering the hiring process
  • Job posting and Sourcing
  • References and background checks
  • 10 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

10:00AM-12:00PM

Friday

5/8

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Human Resources and the Small Business Owner

As a small business owner, your most important asset in the success of business will be the employees that you hire to join your team. In this class, you will learn how to best search for employees, avoid pitfalls in hiring employees and employee retention.

You will learn about:

  • Develop a hiring package
  • Screening job applicants
  • The importance of documentation in HR

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

2:00PM-5:00PM

Monday

5/11

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Navigating Government

Navigating Government is a course designed to provide potential and existing business owners with an introduction to New York City’s rules, regulations, and codes. The course will provide useful information that will help a business owner understand the various steps necessary to open an establishment as well as operate within the five boroughs. Total course hours: 1 session, 2 hours.

You will learn about:

  • Creating a business
  • Common agency regulations
  • City resources for small businesses

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Queens
168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.

3:00PM-5:00PM

Thursday

6/4

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Business Liability

Insurance is important for protecting your business. This class will help business owners understand common business insurance policies and prepare for unexpected events that can negatively impact operations

You will learn about:

  • Introduction to Business Liability
  • Business Continuation Agreements
  • Key Person Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Liability Insurance for Small Business
  • Group Benefit Plans

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Lower Manhattan
110 William Street, 7th Fl.

5:30PM-8:30PM

Tuesday

6/16

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Protect Yourself: A Legal Primer on Fashion Compliance and Brand Protection

Whether you’re a designer, retailer, importer/exporter, or e-commerce seller, a company’s brand can be one of its most important and valuable assets.  Thus, establishing a strong brand is critical to success in today’s business world.  This begins with taking the necessary steps to secure and protect your company’s name, logo, tag-line and product name.  Also, obtaining copyrights is a necessity to protect a designer's creative endeavors.

Maintaining a strong brand requires abiding by the laws that apply to the products you sell and the marketing claims you make about them.  A failure to do so can result in monetary penalties and negative publicity which could tarnish your brand and put you out of business.

You will learn about:

  • The importance of trademarks and brand protection
  • Copyright protection in the fashion industry
  • Which government agencies regulate fashion
  • How to make lawful labeling and marketing claims
  • The real cost of sourcing from abroad

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

Brooklyn
9 Bond Street, 5th Fl.

6:00PM-8:00PM

Wednesday

6/3

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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.