Welcome to Cortland, NY!
Cortland County, located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, offers the very best of upstate living. With good schools, a wondrous four-season climate, vital, historic, and safe downtowns, affordable real estate and one of New York’s hottest SUNY campuses, Cortland County brings a lot to the table for business and quality of life. Our transportation infrastructure provides easy access to major northeastern and international markets, and the region’s concentrations of colleges and universities to make Cortland County an ideal location for relocating or expanding companies.
Monthly Board Meeting Notice – 40 Main Street, Suite A, 2nd Floor
- BDC Board Meeting — Noon, June 8, 2020
Public Hearing Notices
On Reopening the Cortland County Economy
As the economy continues to reopen please know that we are closely monitoring developments and impacts on the Cortland County business community. Working with our local, regional, state, and national partners we will do our best to provide information you can count on in positioning your business for success.
Meanwhile, we want to underscore the importance of following guidelines about how you can best protect yourselves and your employees in the days and weeks ahead — this is crucial as the lockdowns unwind and we return to a sense of normalcy. These practices include good personal hygiene (wash your hands), a commitment to social distancing, cleaning public surfaces when possible, and monitoring staff and visitors for nay signs of sickness.
- For more information, visit:
– Cortland County Health Department
– New York State Department of Health
– Empire State Development Corporation
– National Center for Disease Control
– Small Business Administration
– Cortland Standard (Facebook)
– Cortland County Chamber of Commerce
– NYS Business Council
– Cortland County Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus 2019
– Take Steps to Prevent the spread of COVID
Please remain diligent, informed, and ready to support one another as we work through these difficult times.
BDC Assists In Facemask Distribution Efforts
Cortland, NY – The Cortland County BDC assisted with the distribution of thousands of facemasks across Cortland County at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.
The BDC, Cortland County, the county’s Tavern and Restaurant Association and the Cayuga-Cortland Workforce Development board funded and distributed the face coverings over a two-day period in early April as the result of an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The initiative began with the county’s acquisition of a mask supply through Homer’s Welder’s Warehouse, making some of them available for distribution to local businesses and others who need them. The BDC later helped underwrite the restaurant association’s mask distribution to its members, as well.
“We’re happy that we can support both of these efforts,” said BDC executive director Garry VanGorder. “Restaurant groups, in particular, are interacting with people every day, and it’s fantastic that their association is stepping up to help protect their employees. The masks are difficult to find.”
Cortland County BDC Offers COVID-19 Business Assistance Loans
March 30, 2020
The Cortland County Business Development Corporation is now offering low-interest loans to micro and small businesses facing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approved by the BDC board of Directors today, loans from $10,000 to $25,000 will be offered to qualified companies needing immediate cash to support operations. The loans, offered at low interest with all fees waived, are not intended to replace federal or traditional banking assistance but to offer another alternative for local small businesses as they evaluate their best path forward.
“We are working every day to provide information to our businesses that can help them through this, and this one more thing that we can do,” said BDC Executive Director Garry L. VanGorder. “Our traditional loan program has been a great resource over the years, and we are hopeful that this modification of it will be valuable in these difficult times, as well. The challenges to our small businesses are unprecedented.”
Cortland County Legislature Chairman Paul Heider commended the BDC for taking action. “Small business is the backbone of our economy and no place is that concept more important than right here in Cortland County,” he said. “The Cortland County Legislature stands with the BDC and supports these steps in order to make sure our small businesses are ready to rebound as soon as the all clear sign is given.”
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