NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Awards from $5,000 to $50,000 

Click here to learn about the application process and see if your small business is eligible

COVID-19 small business recovery grant program information

SBDC Resources for Navigating Eligibility and Application

The SBDC has provided a presentation covering an overview of the program, eligibility, calculations, application preparation, eligible uses of grant funds and frequently asked questions. In addition to this presentation, SBDC Business Advisors are also available for assistance with the application process.

Click here to view the SBDC presentation 

SEEC Programs

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Nestled in picturesque upstate New York, Schoharie County is located about 30 miles west of the Empire State’s capital of Albany and just 150 miles north of New York City.

Schoharie County is an agricultural-based rural community in Central New York with just over 30,000 residents, spread out over 16 towns and six separate villages (Cobleskill, Esperance, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Sharon Springs, and Richmondville), featuring pedestrian-friendly, walkable historic downtown areas, flanked by retail stores and restaurants.

The county overlaps with three unique regional economies: the Albany/Capital District area to the east, the Mohawk Valley Region to the west, and the Catskills/Appalachian region to the south.


  • A business-friendly environment, with welcoming communities
  • Adding value to our existing business sectors
  • Exploring strategic opportunities for growth in craft industries,
  • Rebuilding a regional food supply chain
  • Welcoming more high-value added enterprises to complement our grassroots successes turned-world class endeavors in financial services, insurance and technology
The Ice Burgh Grand Opening May 1st 2099 State Route 145, Middleburgh


The Ice Burgh

The Ice Burgh opened on May 1st serving soft serve and hard ice cream, milkshakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and a variety of fried foods.

The Ice Burgh is located at 2099 State Route 145 in Middleburgh. Follow The Ice Burgh Facebook page for updates on new menu items and more!

Do you love ice cream as much as we do? Check out this blog from Visit Schoharie County about the ice cream stands galore in Schoharie County!


Black Willow Pond Farm

Black Willow Pond Farm is a pasture-based farm located in Cobleskill.  Black Willow Pond Farm is owned and operated by Carrie Edsall, with the help of her husband Dan, and two sons, Jacob and Luke. Carrie raises pasture raised chickens, turkeys and pigs, and 100% grassfed Katahdin hair sheep.

In collaboration with Carrie’s generational dairy farm, Black Willow Pond Farm also offers beef, veal and creamline milk.

Black Willow Pond Farm products are available for shipping, at the farm store, or at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market. 

Follow Black Willow Pond Farm on Facebook and Instagram to see Carrie’s everyday life and stay up to date on specials and new products.

Visit blackwillowpondfarm.com to learn more about the farm and purchase some of Black Willow Pond Farm’s high quality products.


Surviving the Pandemic – Businesses talk about how they adapted

By Patsy Nicosia Four Schoharie County businesses who’ve pivoted their way through the pandemic offered insights and advice when SchoCoForward hosted its third Business Recovery Roundtable. Panelists Jacqui Hauser, Studio for Art and Craft; Chris Guldner, Bull’s Head Inn; Carrie Edsall, Black Willow Pond Farm; and Josh Loden, Apple Barrel, all spoke to the ways…

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SEEC strategizes for new year

By Patsy Nicosia January 13, 2021 Looking forward—not backwards—and maybe even being a little opportunistic is the strategy SEEC is bringing with it into 2021. There’s no doubt that will be a challenge—even the words “economic growth” are hard to say after the yeas that was 2002, SEEC’s Executive Director Julie Pacattte said Friday. But…

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Planning for the Times

January 20, 2021 Planning for 2021 can be little more than groping in the dark. Nobody knows how long the pandemic will last or its economic impact because nobody’s ever been here before. Yet SEEC––Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation––is plowing ahead with plans for the new year. Realize, however, that these plans aren’t pie-in-the-sky but instead…

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Helping hands

Two organizations providing services to those especially vulnerable during COVID-19 have been awarded SEEC Resiliency Fund grants: Literacy NY and Jay’s Day Care. Literacy NY: Jim Becker, president MIDTEL & INOC Datacenters, chair of the SEEC Resiliency Fund andSEEC founding member; Lisa Cardilli, executive director, Literacy NY Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie; andEric Stein, president Cobleskill…

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