The Mohawk Valley SBDC is ready to assist your small business during this challenging time. Schedule an appointment with one of our business advisors or call us at (315) 731-5884.
Webinar - Franchise Spotlight: Employee to Entrepreneur (New)
Sep 16; 12:00 - 1:00 PM

The Mohawk Valley SBDC and FranNet invite you to the Employee to Entrepreneur webinar. When looking to jump into business ownership, it doesn't have to be a leap of faith. If you're an experienced business professional who's tired of the corporate world, this event is your first step to becoming your own boss. You'll learn how to leverage your expertise and leadership skills to launch your own profitable business.
Webinar - Advanced Facebook and Instagram Marketing Techniques (New)
Sep 22; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tired of traditional marketing methods with big budgets and difficult to measure results? You may be using Facebook and Instagram for your marketing, but are you getting the most out of them? This hands-on workshop features interactive examples to demonstrate why Facebook and Instagram are two of the best marketing tools available to your business.
Small Business Startup Class - Zoom (New)
Sep 29 & 30; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you're thinking about the possibility of owning your own business or have recently opened a new business, this workshop is for you! Taught by SBDC business advisors, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of business startup information. Topics include basic startup information, business plan preparation, marketing, funding, and record keeping. Includes opportunity for Q&A.

The class consists of two sessions.
  • Session 1 (Sep 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Session 2 (Sep 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Registrants will receive a Zoom invite several days prior to the event dates.
PPP / EIDL Success Stories (New)

Was your business helped by funding received through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? If so, the SBA would like to hear your story and potentially feature your business in an upcoming newsletter or publication. Please send us an email if you'd like to participate.
Beware of Malicious COVID-19 Phishing Scams

In the wake of emergency assistance available to help small businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the SBA is urging disaster loan applicants seeking federal aid to be alert to phishing campaigns and scams. These malicious actors are impersonating the SBA and its Office of Disaster Assistance to collect personally identifiable information (PII) for fraudulent purposes.
thINCubator Refinery (New)

The Refinery is for new or seasoned entrepreneurs who are on a mission to accelerate. They focus on setting measurable goals and work with you to aggressively accelerate your business – growing in the company of other entrepreneurs.

The program is free and open to both community members and students. Each participant or team moves through the process of building their business in a smart way, with an end-goal of producing revenue-generating entities or investment-ready firms. Build your team, build your network, and build your business.
Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley (New)

The Mohawk Valley SBDC is a proud affiliate partner of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley. The Chamber Alliance is an association of independent chambers of commerce and organizations that meets monthly for information sharing, mutual support, advocacy, education, and joint planning.

In the past few months, the Alliance hosted a county leaders forum, a tourism summit, and mayors round table. Stay tuned to our newsletter for more informative meetings!
Rotary Club of Utica - Pride of Workmanship Awards

The Rotary Club of Utica is soliciting nominations from the community for this year’s Pride of Workmanship Awards Program. The awards recognize outstanding contributions by employees in all businesses, industries and organizations.

Since 1990 the Utica Rotary has recognized outstanding individuals and will do so again at the Pride of Workmanship Awards Program on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Pride of Workmanship Recipients exemplify an outstanding commitment to their job —their performance makes a positive difference to their employer. Award recipients will demonstrate:

  • Outstanding Competence and consistency of effort
  • Commitment to employer
  • Commitment to co-workers (team players)
  • Professionalism and creativity
  • Enthusiasm and initiative
  • Willingness to go above and beyond the job description
  • An understanding of the award’s motto: “Do it once, do it well. Build a Better America”

For more information, email Roxanne Mutchler at with "Pride of Workmanship" in the subject line.
Manufacturing Reimagined

The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) is hosting a new series of webinars and workshops over the upcoming year to help manufacturers manage the challenges created by COVID-19, emerge from the crisis more resilient and adaptable, and prepare for future emergencies.

New York state manufacturers who participate in this program will:

  • gain increased knowledge and skillsets on timely and crucial topics
  • establish connections to resources to address challenges or opportunities
  • have the opportunity to receive funds to help support a specific project related to the workshop/webinar topics preparing for the challenges of today and beyond. 
Manufacturing Reimagined: Funding Track
Sep 3, 2020; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oneida County Microenterprise Grant Program

Mohawk Valley EDGE has announced the Oneida County Microenterprise Program. Grants from $5,000 to $35,000 are available.

  • Businesses must be in the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, agri-business, high-tech, research and development and traditional and innovative small business sectors 
  • Must employ five or fewer employees, including the business owner(s)
  • Must be located within Oneida County, but outside of the CDBG entitlement cities of Utica and Rome 
  • Project must result in either the creation or retention of jobs which are available to low- to moderate income (LMI) persons as defined by Office of Community Renewal guidelines
  • Applicant must present a reasonable likelihood for long-term viability based upon issues such as feasibility, marketability, management, competition, and capitalization
  • Funds must be used for the purchase of capital assets such as machinery and equipment, or working capital 
  • Utilization of funds must be eligible pursuant to the guidelines governing the CDBG program
Herkimer County IDA Microenterprise Grant Fund

The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency is pleased to announce the development of a Microenterprise Grant Fund. Funding from the state in the amount of $200,000 will be granted to small and start-up businesses with five or fewer employees, that want to establish or expand a new or existing business located within Herkimer County. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $35,000, depending upon job creation and owner’s income status.
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New York SBDC is a Partnership Program with the SBA, administered by the State University of New York. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
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