Additional Resources

WE Fund Growth: Supports women who need capital to expand their businesses! The City is partnering with local lending institutions to increase the chance of getting financing.

Venture Capital Investors in NYC: NYC’s extensive list of investors in New York City with investment focuses that include fashion, lifestyle, and retailing and distribution, among others.

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund: Awards help emerging American design talent further develop their business in addition to receiving mentorship from an esteemed group of industry professionals.

Global NY Grant Fund: Open to New York State companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to create or expand direct exports.

Fashion Manufacturing Initiative

Made in NY Fashion – With guidance and oversight from the Mayor’s Office, Made in NY: Fashion lives within New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the City’s primary engine for driving economic growth, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

Hello Alice Business For All Grant – $250,000 in grants will be awarded to Business for All applicants, as a critical step towards tackling entrepreneurs’ single greatest barrier to growth

Tory Burch Foundation Grant – “$250,000 in grants Designed for women entrepreneurs – providing the community of support you need to connect, learn, and grow your business.’’

The Halstead Grant – The Halstead Grant is an annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers.”

Girlboss Foundation Grant – Since launching in 2014, the Girlboss Foundation has awarded over $130,000 in financial grants to female-identifying entrepreneurs, empowering them to turn their innovative ideas into the companies that will shape the future.”

Cartier Women’s Initiative Award – The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship programme that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006, the programme is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Women’s Venture Fund

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

NYC Small Business Resource Center (SIBL/NYPL)

FastTrac: A series of free entrepreneurship courses for aspiring and established entrepreneurs throughout New York City.

10,000 Small Businesses: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses provides greater access to education, capital, and business support services.

PowerUP! (Brooklyn): Turn your business idea into a reality with help from the library and you may win $20,000 in start-up capital. Entrepreneurs throughout Brooklyn are eligible to participate.

StartUP! Business Plan Competition (Queens): The competition gives emerging entrepreneurs in Queens the opportunity to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, gain insights about starting and growing a business, and have a chance to win grants worth up to $10,000 in funding and services.

New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition (Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island): Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York–based startup entrepreneurs. Entrants can win $15,000 to start their business, as well as gain practical insights about starting and growing a business.

SCORE at SIBL: In-depth business counseling for business owners and small businesses, providing assistance with starting a business, writing a business plan, and helping successful firms in planning for expansion at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) branch.

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator 

WE Connect Mentors: Successful women entrepreneurs share their expertise and answer your business questions during weekly in-person sessions.

Elaine Gold Launch Pad: Supports early-emerging and young design talent and aspirational entrepreneurs, and encourages creativity within technology, sustainability, and innovation through six months of mentorship and milestone-based awards.

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program: Designed for women entrepreneurs, the program provides education, connections, and community support to grow your business.

City College: The Psychological Center – Low cost. Sliding scale, starting at $3-$5 per session.

St. Francis Counseling Center – Approximately $30 per session depending on need, intake fee equal to one session.

Asian Outreach Center: Queens #1 – Low cost. Sliding scale, $25 minimum per session. (Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali)

Lenox Hill Hospital: Outpatient Center for Mental Health – Sliding scale, $23 minimum per session; $54 intake fee.

Libertas Center – All services free.

Beverly Mack Harry Consulting Services – Sliding scale, no advanced pricing information available.

Identity House 

Ali Forney Center

The Audre Lorde Project

Black Pride NYC

The Center: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah

Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)

Immigration Equality Inc.

New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health

192 Books (192 10th Ave. at 21st St.)

Strand Bookstore (12th Street and Broadway)

Dashwood Books (33 Bond Street, between Lafayette and Bowery)

Shakespeare & Co. (Chain of independent bookstores with several locations)

St. Mark’s Bookshop (136 East 3rd Street)

Printed Matter (195 10th Ave.)

McNally Jackson (52 Prince St. between Lafayette and Mulberry)