Business Resources

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The Hudson Valley has always been rife with an entrepreneurial spirit and opportunities that allows small businesses to flourish.

Whether you already own a business or are looking to start one, the Hudson Valley offers many resources to help your business grow. HVFCU will work with you as your business partner to help you achieve your dream of owning a business or making sure you are able to successfully grow your existing business.

We’ve compiled lists of organizations and chambers of commerce that can serve as local resources as you manage and grow your business.

Business Organizations

  • Business Training & Professional Development, Orange County Community College – Orange County Community College’s Institute for Business, Industry, and Government provides high quality, cost effective training and education programs for executives, supervisors, and employees in business, industry, and government. The wide range of programs, includes: Analyzing and Troubleshooting Industrial Machinery, Quality Management, Supervisory Skills, Time and Stress Management, ISO 9000, Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, Small Business/Entrepreneurial Skills, Computer Literacy and Applications, Business Communications, Security Guard Training, Office Skills and Fund Raising/Grant Writing.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County – Provides programming and counseling to small businesses by integrating Cornell University resources in areas such as housing design, zoning, economic development, and providing guidance on balancing work and family.
  • Empire State Certified Development Corporation – Offers financial assistance in the form of loans and grants to assist businesses whose project plan includes the provision for retention of employment and/or the development of additional employment for substantial, permanent private sector jobs. The Corporation is an authorized SBA 504 Loan provider and also makes loans and grants for projects through the NYS Regional Economic Development Partnership Program.
  • Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center
    The Small Business Development Center operates under the auspices of the Small Business Administration and the State University of New York. The SBDC provides existing businesses with information on a variety of management and technical matters. Services for potential business owners include start-up information sessions, one-on-one counseling, financial planning, marketing assistance, SBA brochures and library, and information on specific business topics.
  • Minority and Women Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program, Orange County Chamber of Commerce. – Created by the State of New York in 1995 and is administered through Empire State Development (ESD) for the purpose of making low-cost financial assistance available to minority and women-owned businesses that are unable to access traditional financial services. ESD’s goal is to help start-ups grow and flourish in today’s economy. Look for the Orange County Chamber of Commerce info on the click through link above.
  • New York State Small Business Development Center – The NYSSBDC provides free, one-to-one business advisement and information to existing or aspiring entrepreneurs in New York. The SBDC partners with numerous organizations on projects that advance the job development, investment, and economic growth opportunities of New Yorkers, with an emphasis on manufacturers, exporters, and technology-oriented firms.
  • New York State’s Empire State Development – The mission of Empire State Development (ESD) is to promote business investment and growth that leads to job creation and prosperous communities across New York State.
  • New York’s Tech Valley – Tech Valley is dedicated to providing excellent career and educational opportunities and a high quality of lifestyles to all who live locally. Tech Valley is an organization which is deeply rooted in invention and innovation, and is backed by strong community involvement, a robust business environment, and government-led initiatives. They can help you get started in your own business.
  • Orange County Business Accelerator Orange Works – Orange County Business Accelerator offers 10,000 square feet of Class A office, R&D and flex space, and is designed to attract entrepreneurs by providing businesses with a menu of mentoring programs, a high-tech plug-and-play office environment, below-market occupancy costs and access to venture capital including the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s own fund.
  • Orange County Employment and Training Administration – Offers on-the-job and classroom training services for private employers in order to encourage employment opportunities. The administration also provides specially designed training and recruitment programs for committed jobs, particularly those developed through federal programs such as the Economic Development Administration, Housing and Urban Development Administration, and the Small Business Administration.
  • Orange County Partnership – Specializes in business expansion and technical assistance, acting as a promotional arm of Orange County for economic development purposes. The Partnership also provides counseling related to business occupancy costs, taxes, and productivity.
  • Pattern for Progress – Pattern for Progress is a non-profit, public policy research and planning institute, and serves a nine-county region including Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties. Their mission is to preserve and promote the social, economic, and natural environments of the Hudson Valley region by building consensus for a pattern of growth that will insure a high quality of life.
  • SCORE – Orange County Office 465 – Aids the formation, growth, and success of America’s small businesses. Nationwide, 10,500 volunteer, business experts donate their skills, experience, and insights through free, confidential counseling.
  • Small Business Administration – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. They help Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States.
    • Military Veterans – There are programs that are unique to the needs of military veterans.
    • Women – There is information available to women who want to start and manage their own businesses.
  • Walden Local Development Corp. – Encourages economic development in the Village of Walden, attracts new businesses into the Walden community, promotes job opportunities, and improves the overall economic health of the greater Walden Community.

Chambers of Commerce

  • Goshen Chamber of Commerce – With nearly 200 members, the Greater Goshen Area is proudly served by an enthusiastic group of local businesses, merchants, professionals, and individuals. The Chamber acts as a focal point for the business community, hosting events, sponsoring a weekly farmers market, and producing the Great American Weekend.
  • Orange County Chamber of Commerce – The Orange County Chamber of Commerce leads the way creating and supporting an environment in which business will succeed and the quality of life is enhanced. With more than 2,000 members, the Chamber is the largest business and professional organization in the Mid-Hudson region and one of the 10 largest in New York State.
  • Town of Montgomery Chamber of Commerce – The Town of Montgomery Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance the general welfare of the Town of Montgomery area so that its business community can prosper. To accomplish these goals particular attention, emphasis, and promotion are directed to the economic, civil, commercial, industrial, and educational needs of the township.

Income Tax Implications of Business Use of Your Home

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