The following is a sample of the wide range of resources that the Pace SBDC is able to provide access to for small business owners at any stage in their business endeavors:
Research Network

New York SBDC Research Network

Staffed by dedicated and talented research librarians, the Research Network has ready access to demographic and statistical data that has proven invaluable to individuals researching how to start or grow their small business.


Examples of what the Research Network can offer include, but is not limited to:

  • Identifying local competitors

  • Ring studies providing demographic information

  • Tables and maps showing consumer spending habits

  • Finding relevant trade association or regulatory contacts

  • Locating articles written about ventures similar to yours

  • Providing financial norms and ratios for your industry

  • Conducting preliminary patent or trademark searches

Selling to the government
  • BidLinx: BidLinx is a Web-based government contract “bid-matching” service that emails notices of opportunities tailored to match a firm’s products, services and capabilities. To sign up small business owners meet with a Pace SBDC business advisor to define their search criteria.

  • NYS Contract System: Pace SBDC business advisors can help identify prospective state contract opportunities

  • NYS Surety Bond Assistance Program: The Pace SBDC provides training and follow up technical assistance for contractors seeking surety bonds for NYS contract opportunities. The program provides collateral support in the form of an Irrevocable Letter of Credit of up to 30% of the base contract amount ($2MM contract maximum)

Support for MWBEs
  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the 8(a) Business Development Program through which certified small businesses can secure sole-source contracts among other procurement opportunities

  • Empire State Development’s (ESD) Division of Minority and Women's Business Development manages MWBE certification and recertification process. Their mission is to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts.

  • ESD’s Bridge to Success loan program extends short-term loans of up to $200,000 for NYS-certified MWBE firms to secure the working capital needed to participate in contracting opportunities

International Trade & Export Assistance
  • The US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade assists businesses with starting or expanding their export efforts supports. The SBA also offers a number of Special 7a Export Loan Programs specifically designed to help develop or expand export activities.

  • New York SBDC's International Business Development (IBD) program has helped hundreds of businesses maximize trade and business opportunities in the global marketplace. To reduce the level of risk associated with business and trade, IBD has successfully organized business delegations and trade missions and supports NYS SBDC’s office in Beijing, China. They also provide guidance on identifying manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and representatives, as well as on joint ventures, outsourcing projects, market identification and feasibility, customs, regulations and tariffs.

  • Global New York is working with lenders to 1) offer loans of up to $500,000 for companies to purchase equipment and inventory needed to deliver on export-related contracts and provide working capital to support foreign accounts receivable; and 2) offer interest-free loans of up to $50,000 for Distilled and Fermented Beverage industry businesses for export assistance. Global NY also offers grants of up to $25,000 to help companies customize for export markets, participate in trade shows, missions and export workshops, and undertake product adaptation to meet foreign regulatory requirements.

  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIM) is an independent federal agency that fills gaps in private export finance in order to bolster U.S. job growth at no cost to American taxpayers. EXIM provides trade financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers – to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services.


Pace University SBDC

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New York, NY, 10038   


Office:  (212) 618-6655



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E to World Trade Center
6 to Brooklyn Bridge


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