Partnership to Help Herkimer County Small Businesses

The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation announced a new partnership to benefit small businesses in Herkimer County.

AEDC will provide free targeted business counseling to existing and start-up businesses in the northern part of Herkimer County. The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency developed the partnership, making LivingADK a key local resource.

“AEDC is thrilled to partner with these two great organizations to serve the needs of small businesses in northern Herkimer County,” the agency said in a statement. “The region has enormous resources as well as the constraints of many of our rural communities. We look forward to using our team’s expertise to help entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the area.

AEDC has over 40 years of experience serving small businesses in the Far North. One of its key services is one-on-one business advice offered by two full-time professional advisers with decades of experience, the statement said, adding that advice will be offered through a virtual platform with the ability to schedule a work in person by appointment. .

As a New York State-designated Entrepreneurship Support Center, AEDC offers these services free of charge to its clients. The organization also offers one-on-one adult financial empowerment training, pandemic recovery grant assistance, and certification assistance with the NY Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise Program (M/WBE) .

AEDC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designated by the Federal Department of the Treasury with a mission to serve economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. The organization also offers regular web-based group business training and operates seven small business loan funds to provide capital to new and expanding businesses.

“The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency (HCIDA) is thrilled to support this project and work with AEDC and LivingADK,” said John J. Piseck, Jr., CEO of Herkimer County IDA. . “HCIDA is always available to help small businesses in Herkimer County. Our mission is to provide economic incentives to businesses and industries to diversify and strengthen Herkimer County’s tax base and enhance community vitality by supporting job creation, commercial and industrial development, and community revitalization. the community “.

“One of LivingADK’s mission points is to support sustainable communities that include healthy economic development,” added Robin Hill, Executive Director of LivingADK. “By collaborating with AEDC and IDA of Herkimer County, we are helping to facilitate access to these wonderful resources for the benefit of our business communities and budding entrepreneurs in the central Adirondacks.”

Any company or entrepreneur interested in receiving business advice or other assistance from AEDC should contact Stephanie Donaldson at [email protected] or 518-891-5523. To learn more about AEDC and its services, visit

AEDC’s mission is to advance economic opportunity in northern communities by supporting existing and new small businesses. The organization serves a 14-county region in upstate New York, encompassing Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties.

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