**Businesses can apply for or use these programs from their home country, even before they make the move to the United States.**
The International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) helps international entrepreneurs become eligible for uncapped H-1B visas to expand their business to NYC. The program connects international entrepreneurs selected through a competitive process with a City University of New York (CUNY) school. Women entrepreneurs are especially welcome to apply.
Learn more about IN2NYC
New York City has fostered an incubator and co-working space network that provides low-cost space, business services, training, and networking opportunities to hundreds of startups and small businesses across a variety of sectors. Over 1,000 startup businesses and 1,500 employees have benefited from City-supported incubators.
Learn more about NYC’s incubator and co-working network
Enter information about your intended business in NYC to find out the permits, licenses, and tax information you need to start and operate your business in New York City. (Primarily for businesses in the food, retail, and industrial sectors.)
Use the Permits and Licenses Wizard
Enter information about your intended business in NYC to instantly find out the incentives you may be eligible for!
Use the Incentives Wizard
This free tools shows business conditions citywide, and in specific NYC neighborhoods, including population and demographic data.
Use the Business Atlas
**Businesses can apply for use these programs only after they have arrived in NYC.**
Connects women entrepreneurs with resources, education, and connections to thrive.
Learn more about WENYC
Over 3 million New Yorkers are foreign-born, and almost half of the City's businesses are owned by immigrants. As part of our ongoing commitment to serving the City’s immigrant entrepreneurs, the City offers business services in Spanish, Chinese, Haitan Creole, Russian, and Korean to help businesses start, operate, and expand.
Learn more about the Immigrant Business Initiative
Free expert help with the things you need to start, operate, or expand in New York City: legal advice on how to structure and incorporate your business, questions about a real estate lease, protecting your intellectual property, and more; assistance securing loans; help navigating government permits and regulations; and recruiting employees.
Learn more about Business Solutions Centers
The NYC Department of Small Business Services prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City.
Learn more about Workforce1