Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center
The Mohawk Valley SBDC hosts educational programs targeted to the needs and interests of small business owners. Click here to access Mohawk Valley SBDC resources.
Commission Free Online Ordering Platform
Traditional online ordering platforms have become a financial burden for many restaurants during the pandemic as they transition their business models from on-site dining to take-out and delivery. Ritual 1 is a commission free online ordering platform for restaurants that may be a solution for many restaurants. Available through April 2021.
SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. With the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs since 1964. Click here to access SCORE’s resources.
Mohawk Valley Economic Development District
Click here to access Resiliency Classes for Small Businesses through MVEDD.
PAST TRAINING SESSIONS
On Thursday, November 12, 2020, SEEC, along with its SchoCo Promise Alliance partners, launched the second in a series of COVID-19 related Recovery Roundtable discussions. Entitled, Access to Capital, the Roundtable featured presentations from various financial experts.
If you were unable to attend the discussion, the links to speaker presentations are listed below. Please click HERE to view a recording of the session.
- Jim Becker, a SEEC founding member and chair of its Resiliency Fund, as well as president of MIDTEL and INOC Datacenters. Mr. Becker will talk about the emergency grant and zero interest loan program available to Schoharie County businesses through SEEC. SEECNY.org/funding-tools. Click HERE to view Jim’s presentation.
- Anne Morton, representing SALT Development, a 10-year-old local community organization offering not-for-profit and small business grants. Click HERE to view Anne’s presentation.
- Jamie Casterlin, business development officer at the National Bank of Coxsackie, NBCoxsackie.com. Also expected are panelists from the STEED Emergency Loan Fund and the New York Forward Loan Fund. Click HERE to view Jamie’s presentation.
- Kate Baker as Certified Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University at Albany, she is responsible for executing the SBDC, UAlbany’s extensive, relevant and FREE business training programs. Newly launched covid-series is focused on financing and digital strategies. In her 12 years with the SBDC, Kate has been recognized as a top 5 Business Advisor statewide 4 times. Click HERE to view Kate’s presentation.
- Steve Smith, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, which has recently launched a CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund with terms that include principal payments only and low interest rates. MVEDD.org. Click HERE to view Steve’s presentation.
- Cynthia Shannon, representing Empire State Development (ESD) small business division, presented funding programs as well as the first in the nation, negotiated digital deals. ESD has partnered with leading e-commerce companies to help small business grown their online presence. Click HERE to view Cynthia’s presentation.
- Jeffrey Smith, co-owner of Municipal Solutions Inc., which has been providing independent financial and management advisory services to public and non-profit organizations for decades. MunicipalSolution.com. Click HERE to view Jeffrey’s presentation.
On February 23, 2021, SEEC, along with the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, brought together a panel of four local business owners. This discussion, titled Pandemic Pivots, Local Success Stories, focused on how these local business owners found a way to remain successful through the COVID-19 Pandemic. This was the third in a series of COVID-19 related Recovery Roundtable discussions.
If you were unable to view the panel live, click here to view the recording.
- Carrie Edsall, Black Willow Pond Farm: Meat sales skyrocketed during the pandemic inspiring a new online e-commerce platform with Shopify
- Chris Guldner, Bulls Head Inn: Implemented restaurant upgrades that worked to weather the storm
- Jacqui Hauser, The Studio for Art & Craft: Success using an online storefront to sell packages and create community
- Josh Loden, Apple Barrel: Re-merchandising tips to lure new customers and keep the regulars shopping online and in-person