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Small Business Development Center: Empowering Entrepreneurship – Inspiring Success

Small Business Development Center: Empowering Entrepreneurship – Inspiring Success

Their staff consists of dedicated small business advisors whose goal is to provide professional advice to make your business a success. The SBDC works with a range of businesses, from home based, to e-commerce to large manufacturing firms providing information relevant to making well-informed business decisions.

All  counseling is free and confidential.

SBDC meets with potential and existing entrepreneurs, one-to-one, to determine needs, answers questions and establishes a plan of action to achieve the business goals. It is through this close business interaction that SBDC provides the personalized, enterprise-specific and client-directed support needed to start, expand or re-energize your business.

The Small Business Development Centers partner with statewide agencies, providing a strong network of support for clients.

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SBDC assists with:

  • business plan development
  • small business start-ups
  • organizational structures
  • exporting
  • cost analysis
  • marketing
  • financial management
  • financing strategies
  • training programs
  • business expansion/sale
  • research through the SBDC Research Network


If you are currently an active business, please contact SBDC.  If you are in the start-up phase of your business, an option would be to start by taking a small business class.  See the Introduction to Small Business class schedule on the navigation menu. You can sign up for a class online or by calling them directly. If you have any questions please contact SBDC at sbdc@sunyocc.edu or call 315.498.6070. Request Counseling

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Introduction to Business Start-Up

If you are thinking about, or are in the planning stages of business start-up, then the Introduction to Business Start-Up Class can be an option. This class was designed to create awareness and introduces relevant topics as you start your business. The class covers legalities, business plan, financing, marketing and the realities of being a business owner, etc.

All Start Up Classes are held at Onondaga Community College, Mulroy Hall.

Fee $30

Classes are taught  from – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

June 24, 2015

August 5, 2015

You can register by calling 315.498.6070 or register online.

Current Onondaga Community College Students and Employees or RMAP Program participants can take the class on a No Fee basis.

For more information call 315.498.6070 or email sbdc@sunyocc.edu.

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Advisement Services

The heart of the SBDC program is the FREE and confidential one-on-one advisement which is personalized, enterprise-specific/client-directed support needed to start, expand or re-energize your business. There is no limit to the number of times you can meet with an advisor.

Eligibility and Requirements to Work with the Onondaga SBDC

Our services are available to start-up and existing businesses. To receive assistance from us, your business needs to be located in our service area of Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, southern Oswego, western Madison or northern Cortland counties. Your business must also meet the federal guidelines defining a small business of having fewer than 500 employees and a maximum of $10 million in annual sales. If you are outside our geographic area, we recommend that you go to www.nyssbdc.org for the closest office.

Thinking about starting a business?

We advise entrepreneurs who are investigating the potential of owning their own business, acquiring an existing business or opening a franchise. If you are in the exploratory phase, an option would be to attend an Introduction to Business Start Up class, or a more detailed Fast Track to Start Up Class. They are designed for people who have never owned a business before. These seminars are regularly held on the OCC campus.

Are you in business already?

Sign up to see an advisor. Contact us at sbdc@sunyocc.edu or at 315.498.6070. An advisor will contact you and set up an appointment.

Can I get financing through the SBDC?

We don’t provide financing. Our support is technical and educational, designed to put you in a better position to secure private or public funding, if that’s your goal. Our advisors work with banks and other lenders regularly and are familiar with their requirements. We can bring this expertise to bear on your financing proposal.



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Join Classical Dance Trailblazer, Charles Haislah, The Creative Arts Academy, and CFAC-DanceLab for an evening of captivating performances and dance history. This event is free and open to the community!

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