Small Business Resources

Small business resources can be found by using your favorite search engine and typing "small business resources" or you can simply use some of the links we are providing. The Economic Development Team is not endorsing, recommending or guaranteeing results if you use these links. They are provided only as a reference to the type of assistance that can be found on the internet.

Looking for salary information for jobs/positions?

New York State Department of Labor has a website that will help you find average wages by type of job.

New York State's Empire State Development (ESD)

New York State’s primary agent for economic development, we know that New York is the best place to live, work and do business.

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE)

A non-profit, private business development and regional marketing organization launched in 1999 by the local business community, dedicated to attracting capital investment and jobs to the region of Buffalo Niagara.

Small Business Administration

The SBA provides assistance on starting and managing a business, loans and grants, contracting, counseling and training. (


Free mentoring, workshop and events, business plan templates and tools. (

Business Plan Templates

You'll find sample plans, how-to-articles, resources and free downloads. (

New York State Small Business Resource Center

Startup assistance, access to capital, financial incentives, technical assistance, government contracting and procurement, minority and woman-owned business certification, industry specific resources, employee hiring, training, benefits and incentives and mandated government filings. (

Cattaraugus County Economic Development, Planning & Tourism

Economic and communty development, business recruitment and retention assistance, market and demographic reports, environmental projects, SEQR projects, tourism and agri-tourism programs, GIS mapping, data and information services and international marketing. ( or (

Cattaraugus County Business and Veteran Outreach Center

Startup, business plan, veteran program, loan and technical assistance. (716) 938-2376 - email:

County of Cattaraugus County IDA

Financial assistance, business incentives, development of local infrastructure, NYS mortgage recording tax exemtion, NYS sales tax abatement, real property tax abatement (PILOT), issuance of taxable bonds & tax-exempt bonds, adaptive reuse program and small business sales tax abatement program. (

Cattaraugus County Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC

Regional program to promote economic growth in Cattaraugus County and the region. Assists businesses in marketing goods and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies. (

Salamanca IDA

Small business revolving loan fund, commercial property management, grant procurement and administration and traditional IDA inducements. (

City of Olean Community Development & Planning

Zoning and land use planning/permitting, economic and community development, business revolving loan and commercial property improvement programs, industrial and commercial land with developed infrastructure, transportation coordination for area employment/community needs and local housing incentive programs. (

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

Affordable health insurance program, networking/member focus groups, on-the-job training program and quality of life events. (

Cattaraugus County Empire Zone Corporation

Assistance to start-ups and existing businesses, financial packaging, site selection/acquistion assistance, project feasibility analysis and business recruitment and retention. (

Southern Tier West

Financial packaging, grantmanship assistance, small business revolving loan fund, regional economic development strategic planning and workforce development. (

New York State SBDC

Business counseling and training for startups or existing businesses. (

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA)

FSA news releases and assistance for agri-businesses.  (

S.T.A.M.I. (Southern Tier Advanced Manufacturing Initiative) & Dream It, Do It

STAMI is a consortium comprising local manufacturers, educational institutions and other local stakeholders working to promote advanced manufacturing in our community. Dream It, Do It is a national campaign ( designed to introduce people to the world of advanced manufacturing, the opportunities within, and to inform the populous about the education and training needed to claim these careers. (

Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce New York (WIB)

Your One Stop for all your workforce needs. Whether you are an individual trying to find a job, need assistance with training, or a business seeking qualified candidates, we're confident that our workforce system can assist you. All residents of and businesses located in Cattaraugus or Allegany counties are eligible to access services. We're here to ensure that you are successful in your workforce endeavors. (

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) is a complement to conventional banking, working in partnership with banks to provide term loans, many of which do not meet the requirements for traditional financing. Our goal is to be more creative in our underwriting. In many cases, we include multiple participations, SBA guarantees, flexible amortization and long-term payouts. 

NYBDC also manages the Empire State Certified Development Corporation which is otherwise known as The 504 Company. Empire State CDC is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide the SBA 504 Loan Program – a fixed-asset economic development program designed to promote growth and job creation in small businesses -- to eligible New York State businesses. 
A third component of NYBDC is the Statewide Zone Capital Corporation (SZCC), a privately owned loan and investment fund whose capital is used to promote the expansion and growth of new and existing businesses located within New York’s participating Empire Zones. (