Are you looking to start a business, or do you know someone who is? Are you a business owner facing some challenges or would you just like some general advice? We are fortunate to have many resources in our area for small business owners and start-ups.
Below is a list of some of the business resources we can recommend. ARVBA is here to help and is happy to help connect you with some of the resources.
- Au Sable River Valley Business Association (ARVBA) – your local business association. You be amazed how valuable networking with other members and business owners can be. We also manage the Visit Jay Facebook page promoting events and activities in our area.
- The Town of Jay – The Town of Jay is growing and open for business. The town offices and your elected officials are a great resource. If you have some ideas, or need guidance in terms of resources, and navigating some of the challenges facing businesses.
- Jay Community News – An awesome resource to promote and advertise your business or events. Their readership numbers are over 3000, with many subscribers outside of our region. This is also a great “networking” resource if you are looking for something special, it is amazing how much the community is available to help and provide recommendations when needed. A service directory is also available on their website.
- Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) – is an independent, nonprofit corporation with a transformational approach to building prosperity across northern New York. Using innovative strategies for food systems, clean energy, small businesses, and equity and inclusion. ANCA delivers targeted interventions that create and sustain wealth and value in local communities. The Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition addresses the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services with potential buyers, access to planning tools and connection with existing services.
- Essex County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) – is committed to developing partnerships with companies starting, expanding, or relocating to Essex County New York. The ECIDA can be a single resource for companies wanting to see the best the Adirondack’s, Lake Champlain and the Olympic region can offer. They engage in the following activities: promoting community and economic development, issuing loans and bonds, and undertaking projects within the county for the purpose of promoting business and job opportunities.
- Small Business Association (SBA) – with an outreach office at SUNY Clinton Community College and satellite offices in Elizabethtown and Lake Placid. The SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. We can help start-ups develop a business plan, assist existing businesses prepare to expand, or offer resources for industry-specific topics.
- North Country Chamber of Commerce – Offers health insurance services, and also houses the SCORE business mentorship program. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide.
- Adirondack Economic Development Corp. (AEDC) – is a 501c3non-profit economic development organization and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Saranac Lake, NY. Since 1976, AEDC has provided business training, lending and technical assistance to underserved populations and to new and existing businesses throughout Northern New York State
- Point Positive – Point Positive is dedicated to establishing entrepreneurial businesses in the Greater Adirondack Region. They do this by giving aspiring professionals the support they need to start or accelerate their business, and create jobs that also help our communities to thrive.
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