Oneida County Microenterprise Program

Grants from $5,000 – $35,000 available

PROGRAM CRITERIA:

  • Businesses must be in the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, agri-business, high-tech, research and development and traditional and innovative small business sectors
  • must employ five or fewer employees, including the business owner(s)
  • Must be located within Oneida County, but outside of the CDBG entitlement cities of Utica and Rome
  • Project must result in either the creation or retention of jobs which are available to low- to moderate income (LMI) persons as defined by Office of Community Renewal guidelines
  • Applicant must present a reasonable likelihood for long-term viability based upon issues such as feasibility, marketability, management, competition, and capitalization
  • Funds must be used for the purchase of capital assets such as machinery and equipment, or working capital
  • Utilization of funds must be eligible pursuant to the guidelines governing the CDBG program

Pre-application and full details

UIDC Small Business Covid Loan Program

Program Objectives

The objective of the Utica Industrial Development Corporation (UIDC) COVID-19 Loan Program (the “Program”) is to help existing companies in Oneida and Herkimer Counties keep existing jobs and maintain overall viability during and immediately after the Coronavirus global pandemic. This program will assist businesses in covering rental and utility costs, as well as short-term working capital needs, while much of the economy is shut down or beginning to reopen with operational limitations still in place.

Program Eligibility Criteria

* Must be a registered NYS for-profit legal business entity [excluding “sin businesses,” which include smoke shops, liquor stores, gambling facilities, and tanning salons];
* Must be located within Oneida County or Herkimer County. Priority is given to those within UIDC’s target investment area, which is generally defined as the urbanized area connecting the Cities of Utica and Rome, and the Village of Herkimer;
* Applicant firms must have 25 or fewer FTE employees and be in existence since January 1, 2018;
* Businesses must demonstrate financial losses directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic;
* Must NOT have already been approved for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Those businesses that have applied but do not yet know if they have been approved are eligible to apply. Those businesses that subsequently close on a PPP loan must repay Oneida County the amount that they have received;
* Applicant must present a reasonable likelihood for long-term viability.

Financial Assistance Characteristics

* Funds will be distributed via a third-party payment agreement, in which EDGE will directly pay the landlord or utility company on behalf of the applicant company
* Loans will range in size from $5,000 to $15,000;
* Interest will be four (4%) percent for the term of the loan;
* Loan payments would be deferred for the first three months, followed by a three-month interest-only period, followed by a 24-month amortization;
* No physical collateral required, however, personal guarantees of ALL owners of the applicant will be required;
* No application fee; $250 underwriting/closing costs will be capitalized in the loan;
* No prepayment penalty;
* Due to limited nature of funds, the amount loaned may be less than the amount requested by the applicant;
* If PPP funding is subsequently approved, UIDC COVID-19 Loan funds shall be repaid by the business

Pre-Qualification Survey and More Details

UIDC Targeted Investment Areas

*UIDC reserves the right to provide funding at its sole discretion.

Covid-19 Business Resources & Phase Guidance

We hope you are staying safe and healthy. EDGE is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact on public health across the state, our local economy and our own operations. Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Please call the EDGE office (315-338-0393) if your businesses is experiencing any issues. We are here to assist.

NY Forward Reopening Plan

We wanted to make you aware of several important new developments for businesses relating to the State’s efforts to combat COVID-19:
1. ESD’s Essential Business Guidance has been updated as of May 16, 2020. Guidance can be found here.
  • This guidance updates and supersedes any guidance you may have received to date on this topic.
  • Any business with a pending inquiry must refer to the updated guidelines or the New York Forward website to determine the status of your business. If your business is included in the list of essential businesses, you do not need confirmation of such by ESD. ESD will not be responding to individual requests for determinations.
2. A new online tool has been developed to help determine whether your business is essential or is able to reopen. The New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool can be found here. This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.
3. The State will be issuing new safety and operating guidelines for businesses, including essential businesses and non-essential businesses that are permitted to reopen. Industry-specific guidelines are currently available for business sectors in Phase One: construction; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; retail trade; manufacturing; and wholesale trade. Those requirements can be found here.
4. Additional information on the phases of reopenings for businesses and industries can be found here.
All Businesses that are currently open regardless of if you have been deemed essential previously or are a Phase 1 business, MUST read and affirm the detailed guidelines for your industry.
Please be advised that both the guidance and the lookup tool are regularly updated. Industry partners are encouraged to continue to check their status for updates.

Local Reopening Guidance:

As we begin restarting our economy and entering phase one, we have created this resource page to help business owners navigate opening safely and responsibly.
For questions pertaining to how to reopen your business using the Oneida County Toolkit email: RestartOC@ocgov.net

NYS Covid-19 Guidance:

CONTINUING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AND MODIFICATION OF LAWS RELATING TO THE DISASTER EMERGENCY (Reduction of in-person staff by 100%)

Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring companies to reduce ‘in-office’ personnel from 75% to 100%. ESD was tasked with providing businesses guidance on what is exempt from the directive and created a process for companies outside of the identified categories to seek an ‘essential’ designation. Empire State Development Essential Business Guidance can be found here.

NYS Department of Labor Shared Work Alternative – Your Layoff Alternative 

Business Guidance from Empire State Development

Detailed FAQ for NYS Businesses

NY Attorney General COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity

Submission form from ESD for COVID-19-Related Business Questions

Sign up for the latest COVID-19 updates from New York State

All businesses and counties are advised to reach out to their regional ESD office and DHSES. They will be coordinating, assisting, and communicating once NYS has received its approval. Click here for guidance for businesses and corporations from ESD.

Federal Guidance:

How to Navigate the Funding Process – Guide to the CARES Act

A Guide to COVID-19 Disaster Funding: How to Navigate the Funding Process, details some of the federal grant and loan opportunities and will be updated as more programs and funding become available. The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act provides information about the $350B Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which is a supercharged version of the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7A program aimed at helping U.S. small businesses, which have faced devastating losses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. INC provides an easy to read summary of How Paycheck Protection Loans Are Different Than Traditional 7(a) SBA Loans.

U.S. Department of Labor: Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Business Resources

The Small Business Administration has also issued the following guidance: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

For updates from CDC, please see the following:

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Preventing Stigma Related to COVID-19

Share Facts about COVID-19

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web page

Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention, Symptoms and FAQ

The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

In-depth guidance is available on the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page.

Other Business Guidance:

Deloitte Consulting: Combating COVID-19 With Resilience

Public authorities are taking decisive action to respond to the emerging health threat, leading the business community to reconsider the adequacy of their preparedness measures. This page brings together all of the resources available from Global Deloitte insights to help businesses manage and mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Read about 10 Key Actions for Enterprises in An Epidemic, Rapid working capital optimization and credit solutions, Practical workforce strategies that put your people first, managing cash flow during a period of crisis, building a crisis resilient workforce, and more here.

Facebook Guidance:

Facebook has also compiled resources to help small businesses navigate the effects of COVID-19. Thank you to our partners at the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center for compiling many of these resources.

We’re here to help your organization or business through this difficult time, and we will continue to provide relevant updates as they become available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are in need of assistance. Staff contacts can be accessed here.

-Mohawk Valley EDGE

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Whitesboro Youth Science & Tech Academy Starts Second Year

NEWS RELEASE
584 Phoenix Drive
Rome, New York 13441
Phone 315-338-0393

July 29, 2019

For immediate release:

Whitesboro Youth Science & Tech Academy Starts Second Year

To prepare the future workforce for the region’s growing opportunities in Science, Technology, and Engineering & Mathematics, Mohawk Valley EDGE and partners Whitesboro Central School, Mohawk Valley Community College, Bank of America, and National Grid launch a Youth Science & Tech Academy.

Whitesboro School District students in grades 6-8 will tour Danfoss, Indium, Griffiss Business and Technology Park, National Grid and other local businesses to learn more about science and technology opportunities in their own backyards. They will participate in projects and activities relevant to a variety of STEM fields and meet professionals from area businesses. Students will not only discover real-life STEM applications, but they will also make connections with local professionals and industry leaders.

“The Science & Tech Academy project is vital in helping Whitesboro’s students maintain high grades and higher aspirations in a time when science careers are more important than ever,” said Steven J. DiMeo, EDGE President. “Through motivating and exciting educational enrichment programs, we can begin to close the academic achievement gap faced by some students and maintain learning throughout the year. We look forward to launching this program to give local youth the greatest chance to succeed in our region.”

As part of the Academy’s STEM 101 and STEM 102 camps, students will be exposed to a range of science and tech fields from rocketry to nanotechnology to renewable energies and more. EDGE has worked with MVCC, the Whitesboro CSD, businesses in the related industry fields, and National Grid to interject the importance of nanotechnology and advanced electronics in the district with the development of the Marcy Nanocenter. The success of the inaugural program launched last summer at the Whitesboro Middle School, promoted organizers this year to add another week of programming to build on the interest and skills from last year’s program.

DiMeo noted the long-term benefits for the region are unmeasurable given Oneida County’s growing clusters of science and tech-based employment. “The program is a timely intervention to aid the aspiring STEM professionals in taking advantage of these fulfilling and high-wage careers.”

The Academy focuses on areas of rocketry, nanotechnology, renewable energy, and unmanned aerial systems (drones) to help students recognize the basic academic level they need to attain to succeed in technical careers, and to acquire the motivation needed to pursue careers in the science fields.

“The Youth Science & Tech Academy is a tremendous opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to engage with professionals and get hands on experience,” said Edward White, Executive Director, National Grid Foundation & Vice President, US Community Giving. “The Mohawk Valley workforce and leadership of tomorrow is being developed today, and the Youth Science & Tech Academy is where it’s happening.”

As an additional complement, EDGE and MVCC are working with the Whitesboro Teachers’ Center on a Progression of Learning Effort. A program is being introduced to train the teachers about hands on teaching in the areas of STEM that is similar in topics, albeit more brief, that the students will experience during the camp. The training will kick off this spring so that in the fall the students will have a learning experience that is built on a progression of STEM and nanotechnology topics that are age specific. The long-term goal of this project is also to replicate the camps at various sites/schools throughout Oneida County, reusing the curriculum developed and the insights gained from the pilot project.

“The Whitesboro Central School District is very pleased to be able to partner with Mohawk Valley EDGE, MVCC, Bank of America, and National Grid for the second year to provide our students in grades 6-8 with skills and concepts required for future high-tech science careers,” said David Russo, Whitesboro Central School District, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Accountability. “The topics and learning experiences that take place at the Science and Tech Academies not only build upon our student’s existing knowledge, but helps to take learning to the next level with hands-on opportunities in fun and exciting ways. We would like to thank our partners in helping to provide this wonderful experience for our students.”

“Bank of America is thrilled to support the Youth Science and Tech Academy. In an increasingly technology-based world, an understanding of STEM concepts is critical for the success of our future workforce. By encouraging students to develop and maintain interest in STEM subjects, the Youth Science and Tech Academy will help to prepare the next generation of researchers, scientists, programmers and other technology professionals to be better critical thinkers and to discover creative ways of solving problems,” said Michael Brunner, Central New York Market President. “At Bank of America, we are proud to partner with Mohawk Valley EDGE, the Whitesboro School District, Mohawk Valley Community College and National Grid on this important program.”

“Career Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their interests, talents and skills in new areas,” said Franca Armstrong, MVCC Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Dean of the Rome Campus. “Through true partnerships with organizations that all care, this camp was a great opportunity for those students to discover, develop and increase their abilities in the STEM Field.”

For more info on EDGE’s work with the business and education community: https://www.mvedge.org/annual-report/

Mohawk Valley EDGE is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides a coordinated economic development program in Oneida County. As an integral part of the long-term effort by the public and private sectors, EDGE works to strengthen opportunities and open the door for new businesses and industries to locate and grow within the region.

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Contact: Jennifer Waters, 338-0393, jwaters@mvedge.org
On-site Contact: Sarah Vivyan, svivyan@mvcc.edu