Baruch’s Small Business Development Center

Baruch College hosts the Midtown Manhattan branch of the New York State Small Business Development Center, one of 24 campus-based regional centers. At Baruch’s SBDC, located within the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship, faculty and staff work directly with entrepreneurs to refine their business plan. As part of the NYS-SBDC Research Network, our advisors have access to the latest economic, demographic, and regulatory data impacting small business.


Full-time SBDC advisors – made up of faculty, students, and alumni from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business – undergo rigorous professional certification to support the entrepreneurial endeavors of startups and established businesses. We provide high-quality, cutting-edge small business tools and services to help you achieve your vision.


The SBDC at Baruch offers small business owners and entrepreneurs free small business counseling with professional, academic, and private sector experts.

  • For startups and existing business
  • Specializing in business plan development and SBA loan assistance
  • Short or long-term guidance with the same team of advisors

The SBDC offers business workshops every week led by Baruch’s Top Business School Faculty.

  • Topics include Marketing, Business Plan preparation, Managing Company Finances and more
  • Great opportunities to build your professional network.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do you have appointments?

All appointments are held Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm. The SBDC is closed on federal and state holidays.

Why do I have to come in?

We prefer the first client meeting with a business advisor to be on a one-on-one basis. After the first meeting, it is up to the advisor to decide on the best method to follow-up.

Will you write my business plan?

The SBDC offers professional guidance, workshops and courses to help entrepreneurs formulate their business plan and strategy.

Do you loan money?

The SBDC does not provide loans, but we do assist small business owners with loan packages and introduce them to bankers.

How can I become a speaker at SBDC seminars?

At this time, speakers are limited to Baruch faculty and affiliated partners.

How are you different than SCORE and the SBA?

Baruch’s Small Business Development Center is one of the SBA’s network of regional partners. We offer similar services on a localized level.

Will you sign a non-disclosure agreement?

All of the SBDC advisors sign a confidentiality agreement upon employment at the center.

Will you keep information confidential?



Our lead sponsor is the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, D.C., an independent government agency that has been helping entrepreneurs fund, launch, and grow their businesses for over 50 years. Through a nationwide network of field offices and partnerships with organizations like ours, the SBA helps strengthen America’s economy one small business at a time.