In Delaware County we take a pioneering spirit to heart. The Catskill Mountains instilled a heritage of independence, self-reliance and cooperation that is evident in our workforce. Descendents of the people who built a livelihood from the fields, forests and streams are now highly productive in modern industry.
We take great pride in our stewardship of our environmental treasures. This makes our community all the more inviting. We can look forward to clean air and plentiful pure water for future generations to enjoy.
We welcome the opportunity to introduce prospective business owners and residents to the many advantages that life and work here have to offer. Delaware County, New York — a place you can grow!
Guide to Technical and Financial Assistance for Delaware County Businesses
It is hoped that this information, originally prepared by the NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources and updated by your Chamber, will help guide Delaware County business and economic development leaders to major state, federal, regional and local resources providing financial and technical assistance.
Brief descriptions are given of organizations that help companies seeking to establish, expand or modernize their operations, or aid local governments and community agencies wishing to develop strategies for planned growth and development and to secure the financial resources to help those plans succeed.
When contacting any of the offices listed, it helps to explain your needs first, rather than simply request application materials for a specific program. Programs are always in a state of flux and program staff often can steer callers to alternative or newly budgeted programs that do not appear here.
This non-inclusive list provides access to the vast range of public agencies and other organizations, where you will find committed and capable professionals providing direct assistance and/or referral to other agencies or private/not-for-profit services.
STATE AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS
New York State Department of Economic Development/Empire State Development Corp.
One-Stop Business Assistance (giving access to all programs funded in current state budget, plus referrals to programs of other state agencies which apply).
Projects facilitating job retention/creation help firms meet location, expansion, modernization, marketing and training needs. One-stop access to state business services. Cooperative packaging of assistance programs. Loans, loan guarantees, and grants. Technical assistance via publications, workshops, and/or sites visits.
Call regional DED office at Southern Tier: (607) 721-8605
New York State Science and Technology Foundation
Research and Development Grants
Small Business Innovation Research Promotion
Productivity Development Program
Centers for Advanced Technology
Matching grants for feasibility studies
University-based research grants
Industrial innovation extension
Capital for companies to commercialize innovative technologies
Productivity development advice
Support regional Technology Development Organizations
Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology (AM & T)
NYS Banking Department, Community Affairs Unit
Small businesses; Entrepreneurs
Technical assistance to access credit for businesses via partnering and packaging. Website contains a directory of small business financing programs.
State University of New York Small Business Development Centers
Free counseling, business planning, accounting, marketing/export research. Fee basis assistance for extensive services. Albany Regional Center at (518) 442-5577
Binghamton Univ. SBDC at (607) 777-4024
New York State Department of Labor/Job Development Authority
Community Services Division Offices
Training Entities, Businesses, employees, dislocated workers, start-up entrepreneurs, unemployed persons, youth vocational career awareness, skills-training
Helps firms with costs of training and upgrading employees’ skills on-site, using federal funds. Provide training at community colleges for dislocated workers. Loans to businesses for real estate and machinery acquisition. Micro loans to start-up entrepreneurs.
DOL Community Services Divisions with Labor Exchange Services
Oneonta at (607) 432-4800
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Investment Board
21 Liberty Street
Sidney, NY 13838
Fax: (607) 563-9612
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC Wood Utilization and Marketing Program
Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC)
EFC Technical Advisory Service
EFC Clean Air Small Business Assistance Program
EFC Industrial Finance Program
Municipalities and businesses needing to prevent or remediate pollution, recycle waste, obtain waste-processing or water supply equipment and locate markets
Wood Utilization and Marketing Program for timber producers/harvesters, trade show participation.
Pollution prevention clearinghouse and technical assistance/workshops. Waste and wastewater management. Clean Air Act compliance.
EFC: Industrial Finance Program – loans for resource recovery, waste disposal, sewage, water supply.
Region 4 Headquarters at Schenectady: (518) 357-2234
Regional Forestry Headquarters at Stamford: (607) 652-7364
Environmental Facilities Corp: (800) 882-9721
New York State Department of Transportation
Industrial Access Program (IAP)
IAP grants/loans for road and bridge access related to job creation/retention and investment leveraging. Development of Public Transit Services. Technical assistance for rail freight planning.
IAP: (518) 457-3429
Transit Systems Bureau: (518) 457-8343
Aviation Services Bureau: (518) 457-2821
Freight Economic Division: (518) 457-7331
New York State Department of Education
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services Apprenticeship Training
Employment Preparation Education
JTPA “8 Percent” Program
Education, training and employment services for youths and adults
Apprenticeship training in trades and crafts for unemployed. Employment preparation for adults lacking High school diplomas. School-to-work systems in local schools to prepare youths for high skill work.
Workforce prep/vocational education: (518) 474-3981
Youth-at-risk community/business partnerships: (518) 486-6090
Apprenticeship training and JTPA grants for workplace preparation: (518) 474-4809
Adult employment preparation: (518) 474-8920.
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Agricultural Protection and Development Services
Public Affairs Office
Farms and agribusinesses
Tax exemptions for farmers
Production, marketing and export assistance
Public Affairs office publishes list of Agricultural Organizations representing farm businesses.
Agricultural Protection and Development: (518) 457-7076
Public Affairs: (518) 457-3136
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Municipalities, heritage areas, historic sites
Technical and financial assistance with projects related to NY destinations with historic/tourism and natural heritage potential.
New York State Power Authority — Power for Jobs Program
Small and large businesses, not-for-profits of any size
Dedicates 400 megawatts of power, over three years, to businesses in danger of closing, curtailing or leaving the electric grid. Temporary, transitional assistance.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Energy Efficiency Workshops
Municipalities, private companies and non-profits
Technical assistance for industrial and commercial clients on cost-sharing basis. Workshops on reducing energy use. Energy Efficiency Workshops
Technical Assistance Office: (518) 862-1090
New York Business Development Corporation
(A private pool of bankers)
Small and medium-sized businesses, with emphasis on minority and women-owned
Lends to small businesses with emphasis on Community Revitalization Act compliance and assists with some start-ups. Funding and loan referrals to 129 member banks.
Advancing Tobacco Free Communities Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties
Works with project managers/developers, business owners, and business managers to promote Tobacco-Free Workplaces. Tobacco-Free worksites promote employees and patrons health by protecting them from secondhand smoke while improving a business manager’s bottom line through reduced turnover costs, decreased fire risks and health benefits premium as well as to reduce employee absenteeism due to tobacco use related illnesses. Community education is used to increase public awareness to the benefits of Tobacco-Free employers and the legal right to establish Tobacco-Free policies for businesses.
FEDERAL AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS
U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development
Rural Housing and Community Development Service
Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service
Rural Utilities Service
Farm Service Agency
Businesses, Cooperatives, Municipalities Business and Industry
Direct and Guaranteed Loans, Rural Business Enterprise and Opportunity Grants, Intermediary Re-lending Program, Economic Development Loans and Grants, Cooperative Development Service. Loan and Grant program for Rural Utilities (energy, telecommunications, water/waste disposal systems)
Rural Development Office in Oneonta at (607) 432-6261
Syracuse Headquarters Offices: Rural Development at (315) 477-6400
Farm Service Agency at (315) 477-6303.
U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service
Natural Resources Conservation Districts (NRCS)
Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&D)
NRCS: land/water conservation
RC & D Councils: sustainable natural resources-based economic development.
NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for land/soil/waterway/ecological conservation activities. RC&Ds provide technical and financial packaging assistance to natural resources-dependent businesses and communities.
Natural Resources Conservation Service: (607) 777-9829
South Central NY RC&D Council: (607) 334-4715.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Community Development Block Grants
Small Cities Program
Empowerment Zone Program
Units of local government with population less than 50,000 and non-metro counties
Loans and grants for housing, economic development, public facilities affecting public health.
For Delaware County, call Buffalo Office at (716) 551-5768.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) at universities (see above)
One-Stop Capital Shops (with Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Agriculture).
Training, counseling and business development via loan guarantees. Programs for guaranteeing contractors’ surety bonds, for export, legal, financial and technical assistance, for technology transfer, veterans, women and minority enterprise development. Disaster assistance.
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLB)
Community Investment Program
Housing, economic development projects.
Local FHLB member banks get below-market rates; can re-lend at lower rates for community reinvestment.
Phone (212) 441-6600 to get name of nearby participating member bank.
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Industrial Technologies
Technology Access Partnerships for Industrial Excellence Technologies
Municipalities, business, universities, non-profits, individuals
Six programs support technology deployment, promote energy efficiency, clean production, economic competitiveness, etc.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
Distressed communities (high unemployment, low-income, population loss, many business failures)
Export promotion, sustainable development, brownfields re-use, small business incubators, defense downsizing adjustments, regional partnerships for economic development.
Syracuse Office at (315) 448-0938.
White Plains Export Assistance Office at (845) 682-6264
REGIONAL/LOCAL AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS
Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board (STERPDB)
Tier Information and Enterprise Resources, Inc. (affiliate not-for-profit corp. of STERPDB)
STERPDB serves communities in the Southern Tier (including Delaware County). TIER Inc. offers financial assistance to small business. STERPDB provides planning and economic development assistance, packaging federal/state programs including the Appalachian Regional Commission Area Development Program Grants for projects aiding job creation/retention.
TIER administers a RLF for small business, a rural microloan program and SBA loans.
Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
Catskill Alternative Agricultural Program
Planning for Land Use
Resource Conservation and Development
Technical assistance in land use planning and zoning; sustainable development; alternative waste technologies; alternative agriculture.
Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC)
Assists watershed communities with funding for economic development projects.
Center for Agricultural Development and Entreprenuership (CADE)
Supported, in part, by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Serves farm community via education, workshops, consulting, marketing assistance and publications
Fax: (607) 286-9603
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County
Initiatives include children, youth and family well-being, community and economic vitality, environmental and natural resource enhancement, agricultural and food systems sustainability, nutrition, health and safety.
Delaware County Office of Employment and Training
Economically disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, unemployed, youth
Workforce development training, Defense Diversification Program, Dislocated Worker Programs, on-the-job training, Entrepreneur Center collaboration for small business promotion.
(607) 746-7477 or (800) 638-6136
Delaware County Economic Development Department
Industrial Development Agency
Revolving Loan Fund
Business, industry, municipalities
Planning and development assistance; administers federal and state program grants; packages loans and grants for business and municipal projects. Administers RLF (low-interest loans) and IDA.
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Businesses in Delaware County
Business referrals, relocation assistance, event sponsorship, tourism promotion and brochures. Members eligible for discounted electric, group health, life and disability insurance programs.
Fax: (607) 746-3571
Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation Office
Farms, Forests, Open Space, Waterways
Assist farmers and other landowners with technical advice on activities limiting soil erosion, preventing flooding, and otherwise protection water pollution. May assist with economic development/land use projects.
provides financial consultations, family counseling, legal consulting and other services. FarmLink matches farmers planning for retirement with potential farm owners. (800) 547-3276
Margaretville-Arkville Project (M-ARK)
Towns of Middletown, Roxbury, Andes Revolving loan program for business and community development
Fax: (845) 586-3599
Western Catskills Community Revitalization Corporation
Housing, Community Development
Directs Rural Preservation program for Western Catskills communities.
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
Center for Business and Community Services
B&CS provides customized service to education, business, government and labor agencies. Customized corporate services, on-the-job skills training, and consulting. Event and conference planning services. www.delhi.edu/bcs
SUNY at Binghamton
Small Business Development Center
NYS Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)
TAAC helps all NYS manufacturers.
TAAC, sponsored by U.S. Dep’t of Commerce, helps manufacturers identify markets, upgrade product design and packaging, improve distribution, solve process problems and cut materials and production costs.
TAAC: (607) 771-0875
SUNY at New Paltz
Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (with SUNY Buffalo, Binghamton and Stonybrook)
Business and industry
Engineering professors and graduate students in SUNY system available for consultation.
SUNY at Oneonta
Center for Economic and Community Development
Small business and communities in Delaware, Otsego, Chenango and Schoharie counties.
Professional advisement and counseling; non-profit Leadership Forum conferences and seminars, Grants Development office.
Center for Craft Food and Beverage
The Center is a resource for testing, business development, and education that supports small and mid-sized breweries, wineries, distilleries, farms, and other craft food and beverage producers.
Cornell Farming Alternatives Program
Farmers needing to development viable new lines, products and markets.
Publishes newletter, holds conferences, publishes research to help farmers and those working with the farm community.
Farming Alternatives Program: (607) 255-9832
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services
Links student education and job training with careers in business and industry.
BOCES conducts job-training, adult education and job referrals. Occupational Center prepares students and adult learners for skilled jobs.
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES at (607) 652-1209
Otsego Area Occupational Center at 607-286-3322
Broome-Tioga BOCES: (607) 763-3300
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES: (607) 335-1233
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY
Publishes newsletter, sponsors conferences and represents interests of organic farmers.
P.O. Box 21, South Butler, NY 13154-0021 (315) 365-2299
Existing, retiring and potential farmers
FarmNet provides financial consultations, family counseling, legal consulting and other services. FarmLink mtches farmers planning for retirement with potential farm owners.
American Farmland Trust
Provides technical assistance on purchases of development rights programs.
North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association
NAFDMA is a membership based trade association dedicated to providing endless peer-to-peer learning opportunities, connections and resources, for farmers who are passionate about the business of agritourism and farm direct marketing.
New York State Vegetable Growers Association
Holds conferences, exhibits, educational outreach session.
Empire State Forest Products Association
Forest landowners and forest products manufacturers
Promotes long-range management of New York forestlands; promotes NY primary and secondary forest products and a healthy business climate.
Catskill Forest Association
(Chapter of New York State Forest Owners Association)
Programs for forest land improvement, sustainable wood products development and forestry education.
CFA: (845) 586-3054
NYFOA: (800) 836-3566
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology
Small to mid-size businesses and manufacturer
Business assessments, strategic planning, business control systems integration, total quality, ISO 9000, technology transfer.
61 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901