How the Cayuga Economic Development Agency boosted a local business

Last year set a record for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA).  As the Business Development Specialist, one of my roles is to assist entrepreneurs in starting up new businesses through mentoring and making connections to available resources. In 2017, over 115 individuals received assistance for starting their own businesses in Cayuga County.  This is … Continued

Welcome Samantha and Jessica!

We have some new faces at 2 State Street!  We welcome Samantha Fruge and Jessica Wrench to our team at Cayuga Strategic Solutions, the joint venture of the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and the Cayuga Economic Development Agency. As the Economic Development Technical Specialist for CEDA, Samantha is responsible for assisting businesses with loans, … Continued

Why Claim Your Business on Google?

Last month, we hosted a workshop at 2 State Street in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA), Google, Facebook, Square, and Constant Contact that was geared toward showing small businesses how to create a seamless online experience to grow their business.  The presentation was jam-packed with information about email marketing, social media, and e-commerce, … Continued

Yes, Virginia, There Are (Some) Grants for Startups

In 2011, Governor Cuomo established the Regional Economic Development Councils and over the last 7 years $5.4 billion has been awarded to more than 6,300 projects, which will create or retain 220,000 jobs in NYS.  These performance-based grants and tax credits are awarded to the projects that meet the region’s strategic priorities.   The applications get … Continued

Workforce development in Cayuga County

During a 2015 tour of Currier Plastics, Auburn High School freshman eye some of the mechanical operations of the several robotic machines at the company’s factory.  (Citizen file photo) The future of our country’s workforce is about as hot of a topic as any. With employers’ needs changing as fast as ever to keep up … Continued

How Cayuga County will benefit from $12.1M in state funding

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this year’s recipients of State funding from the Consolidated Funding Application and Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) process. This process included roughly $755.7M in funding from 22 programs administered by 11 State agencies. Of the total $755.7M, approximately $410.7M was awarded to specific projects and the remainder was awarded … Continued

Cayuga County projects performed well in Round 7 of NYS REDC Awards

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Round 7 Awards announcement yesterday brought plenty of good news to our Central New York (CNY) region and, even closer to home, Cayuga County.  Central New York was announced as a “top performer” along with four other of the 10 REDCs and was awarded $86.4M to 112 … Continued

Shop local, shop small, support Cayuga County

On Small Business Saturday, Think Cayuga! It’s that time of year. The time when we set aside entire days for shopping. The time when shopping feels more like a sport. The time when we look for something extra special to spend our hard earned dollars on. As you wind down from your Thanksgiving festivities and … Continued

U.S. Manufacturers Report Record-High Optimism in 2017- Report Summary

According to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, the first three quarters of 2017 have shown the highest three-quarter average (90.87%) of manufacturing firms’ optimism regarding their own company’s outlook since the survey began 20 years ago. Manufacturers of all sizes expect growth across a variety of indicators, including production, capital … Continued