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Small Business Resources

Below is a list of agencies and partners that work collaboratively to promote economic growth in Cattaraugus County. 


Cattaraugus County Economic Development, Planning & Tourism

Economic and community 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. www.cattco.org.

Southern Tier West

The Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board (STW) is the regional planning agency for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.  STW assists 124 towns and villages in a diverse set of topics including community and economic development, community planning, data and information services, environmental and energy planning, regional service, local food planning, local government and community assistance and transportation.

Small Business Development Center

Administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College works with small businesses to help them succeed. Since their start in 1986, advisors have worked with over 11,500 businesses, helping them to invest over $134,600,000 into the area's economy, and create or save over 6,050 jobs. Services are confidential and free of charge. The SBDC can assist in business plan development, packaging loan applications, financial planning including cost analysis and revenue projections, marketing and social media assistance, export and procurement guidance, complying with permit, licensing, and other regulations, productivity enhancement, and supporting the start-up and/or expansion process for small businesses.  www.sbdcjcc.org

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. esd.ny.gov/

Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (IDA)

Business incentives, development of local infrastructure, NYS mortgage recording tax exemption, real property tax abatement (PILOT), issuance of taxable bonds & tax-exempt bonds, adaptive reuse program and small business sales tax abatement program. investcattaraugus.com/

Cattaraugus County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Government contracting assistance program to promote economic growth in Cattaraugus County and 14 other counties throughout Western New York and the Southern Tier. Assists businesses in marketing goods and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies. www.ccptac.org

Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Development Board (WDB)

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. cawfny.com/

Jamestown Community College

JCC’s Manufacturing Technology Institute, in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, provides industry relevant manufacturing training and education. Programs offered at the MTI include: CAD/CNC, industrial equipment technology, machine tool technology, mechanical technology, and welding technology, as well as industry specific customized training services.  www.sunyjcc.edu/academics/manufacturing-technology-institute

Salamanca IDA

Small business revolving loan fund, commercial property management, grant procurement and administration and traditional IDA inducements. www.salmun.com/html/ida.html

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 and community needs, and local housing incentive programs. www.cityofolean.org 

Olean Business Development Corporation

Recruitment, retention and expansion of business enterprises in downtown Olean commercial district and neighborhood.  Provides business incubation services, trainings and workshops, and financing opportunities.  oleanbd.com/ 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

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


Free mentoring and counseling services, workshop and events, business plan templates and tools. www.score.org

NYS Business Express

Provides starter guides, business checklists, incentives and support to new and existing businesses located in New York State.  www.businessexpress.ny.gov/

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)

Works 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. The SBA 504 Loan Program is a fixed-asset economic development program designed to promote growth and job creation in small businesses. www.nybdc.com/

NYS Department of Labor

New York State Department of Labor has a Business Services website that provides information on employer requirements, workforce data, forms and publications and other resources.  labor.ny.gov/businessservices/landing.shtm

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. www.buffaloniagara.org/

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA)

FSA news releases and assistance for agri-businesses.  www.fsa.usda.gov

Dream It, Do It

The Dream It Do It program was created to educate the next generation workforce about careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Dream It Do It Western New York seeks to provide Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua County manufacturers with the employees that have the skills and training required to fill exciting career opportunities in manufacturing. Visit their website to find more information and resources available for students, educators, parents, and manufacturers.  www.didiwny.com/