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.
Paycheck Protection Program Updates

The PPP’s funding formula has been revised for Schedule C filers, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals. New first draw and second draw applicants in these categories may be able to utilize the revised formula to receive more financial support.
Targeted EIDL Advance Mapping Tool

EIDL Advance funds of up to $10,000 will be available to applicants located in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available program funding.

To help applicants determine if they are located in a low-income community, a mapping tool is now available at

Applicants do not need to take any action at this time. SBA will reach out to those who qualify.
Intellectual Property Protection for Small Businesses
Mar 23; 2:00 - 3:30 PM

The Syracuse University College of Law’s Innovation Law Center will present an overview on Intellectual Property Protection on Tuesday, March 23rd from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. This presentation is intended to be a basic overview of how patents, trade secrets, copyright, and trademarks can provide protection for your unique idea, and a competitive advantage to your business. After the presentation, the ILC team will be on hand to answer questions about IP and its role in your business strategy.

This webinar is hosted by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center and cosponsored by the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing.
Enhancing & Optimizing Your Online Presence With Google (New)
Apr 6; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Google is king in this new virtual age. We're going to talk about ways to make sure you're using it to your advantage in 2021. Now more than ever, you need to optimize and enhance new ways of advertising - and this is the best place to start!

This webinar is presented by Chris Lorence and Kayla Fujinaka of Christopher A. Lorence PR & Marketing services, hosted by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, and cosponsored by the New Hartford Chamber of Commerce.
Government Contracting Webinar Series

The Government Contracting Webinar series is designed to help small businesses understand what they need to do to make the government their next customer. Each webinar will go over a specific area of government contracting and help small businesses understand how to do business with the government.

  • March 16, 10:00 - 11:00 AM: MWBE Certification Bootcamp
  • March 23, 10:00 - 11:00 AM: Marketing to the Government
  • March 30, 10:00 - 11:00 AM: How to Respond to an RFP
Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley Legislative Forum (New)
Mar 17; 12:00 PM

Join the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley for an informative discussion about issues and opportunities in our region. We'll also learn of the goals and priorities from each official. We hope you can join us for this important event.
Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Business Assistance Fund

The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the Business Assistance Fund, which will provide monetary grants to businesses who can demonstrate a financial hardship caused by the pandemic. The BAF is designed to be a streamlined application process to efficiently get funds to those who need it as quickly as possible. 

To kick off this effort, the Chamber has seeded the BAF with $5,000 and raised nearly another $25,000 from individuals and businesses that are fortunate enough to be able to help.

All Rome area employers facing pandemic-related hardships are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with a current or past Chamber relationship.
Better Your Business Banking Series
Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 1; 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Understanding banking requirements and financing options is a vital part of operating your business successfully. In this four-part series, you will learn best practices to help navigate a variety of banking topics for starting, sustaining, expanding, and selling a business.
Pitch Herkimer County

Pitch Herkimer County is a county-wide live pitch competition that brings the entrepreneurial spirit to life, pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with a diverse cast of judges tasked with helping them kick start the next big idea! After all, even a great idea could use a little support. And with a $5,000 grand prize on the line, the pressure is on. Business plans must be submitted by May 10.
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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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