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.
SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the PPP (New)

As part of a recent package of changes intended to expand PPP access to the smallest businesses, the SBA will:

  • Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees (this period began on February 24)
  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.

We expect the SBA will share the procedures for accessing these changes soon. Stay tuned to our newsletter for updates.
Intellectual Property Protection for Small Businesses (New)
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.
Better Your Business Banking Series (New)
Mar 11, 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.
Emerging Leaders Syracuse (New)

SBA will offer the Emerging Leaders Initiative to 15-20 small business owners (participants) in the Syracuse region. The initiative uses a copyrighted curriculum called the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth. The curriculum gives small business owners an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through a combination of 1) executive education; 2) practical tips based on “real-life” business experience, and; 3) advice from business leaders that can be readily applied.
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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