Tiny businesses equal big impact

Prior to COVID-19, over 92% of businesses in the US were classified as small business and they employed roughly 47% of the private sector workforce.  COVID-19 had a huge impact on our entire economy, reducing small business numbers by over 34%.  However, as the economy slowly begins moving forward, we see a sharp rise in … Continued

Microenterprise Program sessions return in September

The Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) will launch a new round of the Microenterprise Program this fall.  The program will be offered to low-to-moderate-income citizens of the City of Auburn and provide them with the information and resources they need to be successful business owners. The 12, one-hour training sessions will be provided online or … Continued

Business assistance for veterans in Cayuga County

Independence Day is upon us and amongst the fireworks, sunshine and ice cream, we should take time to reflect on the veterans both active and retired who have served our country.  We here at the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) want to take a moment to highlight the services that are available for veterans in … Continued

Auburn entrepreneurs engage in Microenterprise Pilot Program

Earlier this year, CEDA administered the Microenterprise Pilot Program with the City of Auburn.  The program was directed at low-to-moderate income Auburn residents who were either entrepreneurs or owners of start-ups under 2 years with 5 employees or less. The City of Auburn made available for the program $25,000 in grant money, and CEDA contributed … Continued

CFA Informational Session – Understanding the NYS funding program

Join CEDA and Dan Kolinski, Deputy Director at Empire State Development in Central New York, for an overview on the state’s funding opportunities available in this year’s Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) competition. When:  Thursday, June 3 at 11 a.m. Where:  Online Dan will present the changes to the Empire State Development grant program, which will … Continued

Springing Auburn’s economy forward

It’s an exciting time for Auburn, NY.  The trees are greening and, similarly, downtown businesses are blossoming with the help of the Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  Projects originally awarded DRI funding in 2019 are underway as evidenced by construction materials that are popping up along its streets, and 5 projects awarded recently as part … Continued

Help employees get vaccinated

With vaccine eligibility open to New York residents 16 and older, Cayuga County’s workforce is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. There are various ways for residents to get an appointment: Find and register for local vaccine clinics in Cayuga County here: https://www.cayugacounty.us/1610/11263/COVID-19-Immunization-Clinics Contact 315-253-8316 in the City of Auburn or your local town clerk … Continued

Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative [DRI] Small Project Grant Fund

The second round of the Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative Small Project Grant Fund (“DRI Grant Fund”) has begun. The DRI Grant Fund is intended to assist property owners/developers, for-profit businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit entities in the DRI boundary with investments that will help to meet the following goals: 1) Reinvent Downtown as a vibrant center … Continued

Leadership Cayuga legacy speaks for itself

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” — Colin Powell Some would accuse me of looking through rose colored glasses when it comes to talking about Auburn and Cayuga County. I can’t help it though, there is SO much good going on here I can’t help but talk about it with unbridled optimism. Thankfully I’m not … Continued