Ebooks, Templates, and Guides

Starting a Business

If you are considering starting a business in New York, there are many decisions that will need to be made before your doors officially open. Our team is dedicated to helping new business owners succeed by offering many support services to assist you in writing a business plan, choosing your location, determining how much you need to self-fund, or how to obtain funding, and more.

Planning for Success

When starting a business in New York, you need to set yourself up for success. By building a business plan, you not only create a direction for your company, but it’s easier to obtain loans and funding. Having those goals and strategies in place, will make your chances of succeeding much more likely.

The Economic Development team in Greene County offers classes to help guide you so you can make the best possible decisions about the future of your endeavor. To get in touch with our team, contact us for an upcoming schedule.

Financing Options

There are several financing options available to new business owners to ease the pressure of building a successful enterprise. The following programs are ideal for new businesses.

Financing Programs

Micro-enterprise Assistance Funding
SBA MicroLoan

Visit the Greene County Economic Development Corporation to view all available opportunities.

Registering and Legal Paperwork

You will need to decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

If you need a DBA, then you will need to register your businesses name with Greene County, file with NYS for a tax identification number, and get workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance. Don’t forget to obtain a business licenses and permits while setting up.

Creating a Workforce

If you plan to have a team working with you, visit the SBA website to learn the ten steps to set up payroll and ensure you are compliant with key federal and state regulations.

For help, the Columbia Greene Workforce Investment Board assists businesses in locating employees, facilitates on-the-job training grants, and provides labor market information.

Location, Location, Location

There are many factors that go into selecting the best base for your business in Greene County. Greene County Economic Development will work to match you with the best possible options according to your unique needs. We have an understanding of the available retail, industrial and commercial spaces, and we welcome the chance to help you make the best choice.

Greene County is a diverse area with three very distinct regions, and as a result infrastructure considerations may vary widely from town to town. There are a diverse array of zoning laws, D.E.P. regulations, and population factors that may affect the ideal place to locate your new business.

LaunchNY Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit

LaunchNY provides a Startup Toolkit Online comprised of a set of templates and links designed to help start, launch and grow your business in upstate New York.  You can also connect with the LaunchNY Resource Navigator of regional support and development agencies.