Looking back on a year of growth for the Cayuga County business community

Photo caption:  The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce celebrates the grand opening of L.B. Lightning Cyclery with a ribbon cutting ceremony in October 2016. The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce’s 108th Annual Dinner is coming up on October 18, and this year’s theme is Celebrate Cayuga! It seems to be an appropriate year for this … Continued

Workforce Assessment Underway: Employer Input Needed

The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and Cayuga Economic Development Agency are seeking input from Cayuga County employers regarding their hiring and training practices, challenges, and needs.  Employers can provide input on this increasingly critical issue by taking the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CayugaWorkforce. All employers, including businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities, in Cayuga County are encouraged to … Continued

Cayuga County’s sales tax revenue points to growth

Image source: Office of the New York State Comptroller, First Half of 2017: Local Sales Tax Growth Ticks Up Statewide As a New Yorker, you hear a great deal about taxes. All the annoying ones: property taxes, income taxes, corporate taxes, and the one with no escape– sales tax.  Sales tax, the dreaded eight cents that … Continued

Do you want to start your own business?

Two entrepreneurial workshop series will be presented at 2 State Street, Auburn, starting in September:   Simple Steps for Starting Your Business The Auburn SCORE Chapter will conduct the 5 week workshop series: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business beginning on Monday, September 18th at 2 State Street Auburn, NY.  The first session is free … Continued

The Economic Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms in Owasco Lake

Kayakers paddling on Owasco River toward Owasco Lake.  Photo by Chris Molloy. As most of us know, Owasco Lake is truly a critical resource for Cayuga County.  The health of our lake impacts our community significantly.  Owasco Lake is a source of drinking water, production water for businesses, recreation for residents, and is an economic … Continued

CIDEC expands with help from CEDA and state funding

As mentioned in my last column in March, the New York State budget has produced another round of funding of the Consolidated Funding Applications (CFAs) to incentivize private investment through the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs).  The most common, ESD grant, has the ability to incentivize a business investment by offering a grant, typically 10-20% … Continued

Attention Non-Profits Applying for State Funding: Don’t Forget Grants Gateway!

If you are a non-profit applying for State funding, including through the Consolidated Funding Application, you MUST be prequalified in Grants Gateway before you submit your application. If you do not take this step, you could be deemed an ineligible applicant. If you are already prequalified in Grants Gateway, make sure to update your account … Continued

Why be a SCORE volunteer?

Written by Nancy Ansteth Did your favorite shop go out of business? Move its location? Why are there so many vacant storefronts in our town? These would be ideal locations for small businesses. Right? Do you realize the answers to these questions may be influenced by YOU? When you see opportunities in your village, town … Continued

A Slice of Life in Cayuga County

Friday, May 12, 2017 This week is Economic Development Week (EDW).  Established by the International Economic Development Council, the goal of EDW is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.  Throughout this week, we at the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) will be … Continued