A number of local agencies and organizations are available to provide businesses in Cayuga County with valuable assistance. Most of these organizations provide assistance to both start-ups and existing businesses, such as the Central New York Technology Development Organization and the Empire State Development Regional offices. A number of the available technical assistance resources available in Cayuga County are outlined below, but please feel free to contact us to find out how you can get the assistance your business needs to thrive.
Central New York Technology Development Organization (CNYTDO)
The CNYTDO is a nonprofit organization serving Cayuga County that works directly with tech and manufacturing companies to “develop successful business strategies, implement state of the art technologies, assist in the transfer of university-developed technologies, and smooth the transition from start-ups to mature organization.”
Those goals are accomplished by providing:
*Lean manufacturing assistance
*Various types of assessments designed to improve manufacturing operations
Manufacturers Association of Central NY (MACNY)
Manufacturers Association of Central NY offers lean manufacturing consulting and training as well as seminars on various topics. The association also offers networking councils and other events to educate and improve the region’s manufacturing workforce.
Small Business Ombudsman
The Small Business Ombudsman provides technical assistance and referrals to state programs for starting and/or expanding a small business. For more information on this resource, please visit www.esd.ny.gov/smallbusiness.html. More information can also be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800-782-8369.
Empire State Development (ESD) Regional Offices
Relocating or expanding businesses can receive assistance from ESD offices and guidance in accessing state and local economic development resources. To contact the Central New York office, please call (315) 425-9110.
Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP)
There are 21 EAP centers throughout New York that are available to provide instruction, training, and technical assistance to new and very small businesses. To get in touch with the EAP center closest to Cayuga County, please call (212)803-3234 or visit www.esd.ny.gov/businessprograms/EAP.html.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center provides individual business counseling, research network libraries, workshops, seminars and online classes for entrepreneurs via 24 regional centers. These services are either free of charge or are minimally priced and are designed to improve the performance of an existing business or provide information about government procurement. For more information on the SBDC, please call the Onondaga SBDC at (315) 498-6070 or visit http://www.nyssbdc.org/centers/centers.aspx?centid=14.
SCORE is a national organization of experienced business professionals who offer free confidential counseling and low-cost education programs to assist new and existing small business owners. This national network is comprised of hundreds of local chapters. The Auburn chapter is located at 2 State Street, along with the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA). For more information about the Auburn SCORE Chapter, please visit auburn.score.org.