This week marks the sixth annual National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), which was founded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in order to celebrate, connect, and empower service members.

Veterans may take advantage of any of our services offered to business owners and entrepreneurs.  Cayuga Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) Specialists can review your business plan and structure, connect you to local resources (accountants, lawyers, financial institutions, marketing firms, etc.), assess financial projections, brainstorm your marketing strategy, guide you in obtaining licenses and permits, answer your questions about hiring employees, and explore funding options.  We will also provide you information on how to connect with networking groups and local partners.

There are some programs for which only veterans are eligible like New York State’s Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) certification.  NYS aims to spend 6% of its contract dollars with firms owned by service disabled veterans, or SDVOBs. That means that the State is setting goals for all State agencies and entities/projects funded by State grant dollars to contract with SDVOBs. Read more about SDVOB certification in our previous post or contact us for more information and assistance.

If you know a veteran with a goal of owning their own business or expanding their current business and need help figuring out the right path to take, tell them to contact us to schedule a free and confidential meeting with our Development Specialists. There are so many services for new and existing businesses at 2 State Street, so you just have to give us a call to find out how we might be able to assist your business.

CEDA is located at 2 State Street in downtown Auburn, NY. Call (315) 252-3500 to schedule an appointment with one of our Development Specialists.