Brookhaven is Open for Business

The Town of Brookhaven offers many services to strengthen small businesses operating throughout the Town, including free coaching and mentoring for small businesses through the SCORE program, various networking events offered by the Brookhaven Business Advisory Council, and incentives for eligible businesses through the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. Brookhaven is also home to the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University, which helps new and existing businesses grow and succeed. Click Learn more about services for small businesses in the Town of Brookhaven.

The Town of Brookhaven offers many programs for small businesses looking to start, grow, and succeed. A recent survey found that 84% of Brookhaven businesses see the Town as a positive place to operate. Over the years, the Town’s business development efforts have resulted in the creation of thousands of new jobs in Brookhaven.

1. Industrial Development Agency (I.D.A.)

Industrial Development Agency Logo The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has the authority to issue tax-exempt and taxable bonds and notes. It can also grant property tax abatements, mortgage recording tax exemption, and full sales tax exemption for qualified applicants.

The Brookhaven IDA has issued over $150 million in tax-exempt or taxable bonds on behalf of more than 50 companies encouraging them to either locate or expand in the Town. This assistance has been extended to companies both large and small, and has resulted in the direct creation of thousands of jobs for Brookhaven residents. If you are a company interesting in learning about potential IDA benefits, contact Lisa Mulligan, CEO of the Brookhaven IDA, at 631-451-6563. Click here to learn more about the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency.

2. Brookhaven Business Advisory Council (B.B.A.C.)

Brookhaven Business Advisory Council Logo The Brookhaven Business Advisory Council (BBAC) assists Town government by communicating with the business community and implementing programs to educate businesses about assistance available to them. The council is comprised of business owners and professionals who serve on a volunteer basis. The BBAC hosts various events throughout the year, including networking events, workshops, and roundtables, and conducts an annual survey regarding the business climate in Brookhaven. To learn more about the BBAC, click here to visit its website.


SCORE Logo As leading mentors to U.S. small businesses, SCORE is the premier source of free, confidential small business advice dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. The SCORE program concentrates on the individual business owner or manager providing first-rate technical and managerial guidance. Serving as “Counselors to America's Small Business,” SCORE's 13,000 nationwide volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who have more than 600 business skills. Mentors offer counseling on specific problem areas such as finance, personnel, marketing, production, merchandising and more. SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Town of Brookhaven’s SCORE Chapter meets every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Town Hall, located at One Independence Hill in Farmingville. SCORE also holds various workshops throughout the year at Town Hall. For more information, contact Lisa Mulligan, Director of Economic Development at 631-451-6563 or visit

4. Small Business Development Center (S.B.D.C.)

SBDC Logo The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Stony Brook University is one of twenty-three campus-based regional Small Business Development Centers within New York State. The SBDC brings together the resources of the University, the private sector and government at all levels to assist entrepreneurs, business and industry in the solution of their problems, leading to increased productivity and profitability. Local institutional resources include graduate students and faculty, who provide valuable services to the Small Business Development Center. With this advantage, the Center in turn provides assistance in resolving organizational, financial, marketing and technical matters for small businesses as they encounter them. By assisting new and existing business firms, the SBDC at Stony Brook contributes to the stability and growth of the small business sector and the economy of Long Island.

Starting August 1, 2011, The Stony Brook SBDC proudly announces the opening of its new office for the Hispanic business owner. This free service will be available for New York State Spanish speaking entrepreneurs whose businesses are starting up, as well as for those who have existing businesses. The program includes several customized services aimed to fit culturally and functionally, assuring a relevant service.

Those looking to receive free counseling should contact the SBDC Spanish 631-632-3252 English 631-632-9837. Find out about the SBDC at

La nueva oficina en Español del SBDC, presta asesoría técnica, financiera, operativa, administrativa y de marketing-ventas. El SBDC de StonyBrook es conocido, por sus extraordinarias relaciones con el sector de financiación para negocios y sus recursos de apoyo e investigación de mercados.

Emprendedores y empresarios interesados en recibir el servicio en forma gratuita comunicarse al 631-632-3252. Sitios de atención han sido localizados en diferentes áreas de Long Island.