Entrepreneur, artist, CEO, or organic farmer – Cayuga County can provide your business the resources to start-up and grow.
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 like the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Auburn, and Onondaga SBDC.
CEDA collaborates with several local and regional partners to provide the resources necessary for small businesses to succeed. One collaboration success story is that of the startup and growth of Gretchen Lukens’ business, Uncrated Love, a customized dog walking and in-home pet care service. Find out about how CEDA and Auburn SCORE worked with Gretchen to turn her side-job into a full-fledged business. Read more….
Matt Peirson, Owner of Simple Roast Coffee Company, came to CEDA in Spring 2016, shortly after he had purchased the building located at 360 Grant Ave, Auburn, as a drive-thru location for Simple Roast. His hobby of roasting and selling his coffee beans at the market turned into a full-fledged business with his new Auburn location. He utilized the services of CEDA’s Business Development Specialist to learn more about the local market and economy for launching a small business such as his. CEDA made referrals and introductions to other partner organizations for Matt to establish and market his brewed coffees. He continues to work with CEDA on an as-needed basis; and when new opportunities arise, CEDA is sure to inform Simple Roast of the new possibilities.
After retiring from the federal government, Mike Parks turned his hobby into a new business venture when he opened L.B. Lightning Cyclery in downtown Auburn. Parks utilized CEDA and Auburn SCORE for business assistance. Read more….
Cayuga County is a beautiful, smart, and affordable place to make a home. Residents can take advantage of quality elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions; a wide variety of housing options; low cost-of-living; quality health care; recreational opportunities in all four seasons; and more!