Starting a Business

At the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, we strongly believe that small businesses drive the economy. This motivates us to help launch as many businesses as possible in Yates County, regardless of industry. We know that maximizing on the number of small businesses we can launch here will lead to more business growth and a revitalized local economy. It is our goal to solidify our reputation as the leader in entrepreneurship and small business development in Yates County. We are already considered the launching pad for many small businesses here, but want to make sure the news of our services reach the eyes and ears of all of Yates County’s potential entrepreneurs. Listed below are just a few of the many services and programs we can assist businesses with.

Initial Low-Interest Funding: We provides interest rates as low as 1% to 2.8% from our various revolving loan funds in order to assist start-up and new businesses get their doors open and products and services available as soon as possible. 

Business Plan Assistance: FLEDC’s Economic Development Assistant Steven Brown is available to assist with business plan development in order to ensure that entrepreneurs are thinking their entire plan through and sharing his 20 years of practical experience as an entrepreneur in food manufacturing. We also work with other resources like SCORE and SBDC to provide as much direction and support to individuals and businesses as possible.

Low-Cost Space: We have flexible space to meet all businesses and business needs here in our home office in the Keuka Business Park as well as in other business parks and store fronts throughout Yates County.

On-Going Support: We can also work to partner entrepreneurs with local mentors to help get business moving.