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Agencies and Partners

Agencies and Partners Working Collaboratively to Promote Economic Growth in Cattaraugus County


Cattaraugus County Economic Development, Planning & Tourism

Economic and community development, business recruitment and retention assistance, market, and demographic reports, environmental projects, SEQR projects, tourism and agri-tourism programs, GIS mapping, data and information services, and international marketing. www.cattco.org.

Southern Tier West

The Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board (STW) is the regional planning agency for Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.  STW assists 124 towns and villages in a diverse set of topics including community and economic development, community planning, data and information services, environmental and energy planning, regional service, local food planning, local government, and community assistance and transportation.

Small Business Development Center at JCC

Administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College works with small businesses to help them succeed. Services are confidential and free of charge. The SBDC can assist in business plan development, packaging loan applications, financial planning including cost analysis and revenue projections, marketing and social media assistance, export and procurement guidance, complying with permit, licensing, and other regulations, productivity enhancement, and supporting the start-up and/or expansion process for small businesses.

New York State's Empire State Development (ESD)

New York State’s primary agent for economic development, we know that New York is the best place to live, work and do business.

Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (IDA)

Business incentives, development of local infrastructure, NYS mortgage recording tax exemption, real property tax abatement (PILOT), issuance of taxable bonds & tax-exempt bonds, adaptive reuse program and small business sales tax abatement program.

Cattaraugus APEX Accelerator

Government contracting assistance program to promote economic growth in Cattaraugus County and 14 other counties throughout Western New York and the Southern Tier. Assists businesses in marketing goods and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies. 

Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Development Board (WDB)

Your One Stop for all your workforce needs. Whether you are an individual trying to find a job, need assistance with training, or a business seeking qualified candidates, we're confident that our workforce system can assist you. All residents of and businesses located in Cattaraugus or Allegany counties are eligible to access services.

Jamestown Community College

JCC’s Manufacturing Technology Institute, in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, provides industry-relevant manufacturing training and education. Programs offered at the MTI include CAD/CNC, industrial equipment technology, machine tool technology, mechanical technology, and welding technology, as well as industry specific customized training services. 

Salamanca IDA

Small business revolving loan fund, commercial property management, grant procurement and administration and traditional IDA inducements. www.salmun.com/html/ida.html

City of Olean Community Development & Planning

Zoning and land use planning/permitting, economic and community development, business revolving loan and commercial property improvement programs, industrial and commercial land with developed infrastructure, transportation coordination for area employment and community needs, and local housing incentive programs. www.cityofolean.org 

Olean Business Development Corporation

Recruitment, retention and expansion of business enterprises in the downtown Olean commercial district and neighborhood.  Provides business incubation services, training and workshops, and financing opportunities.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA provides assistance on starting and managing a business, loans and grants, contracting, counseling, and training.


SCORE offers free mentoring and counseling services, workshops and events, business plan templates, and tools.

NYS Business Express

NY Business Express provides starter guides, business checklists, incentives, and support to new and existing businesses located in New York State.

NYS Department of Labor

New York State Department of Labor has a Business Services website that provides information on employer requirements, workforce data, forms and publications, and other resources. 

Invest Buffalo Niagara

Invest Buffalo Niagara is a non-profit, privately funded economic development organization representing the eight counties of Western New York. Their mission is to attract new employers to the region and support business attraction, expansion, and entrepreneurship.

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA)

FSA news releases and assistance for agri-businesses.  www.fsa.usda.gov

Dream It, Do It

The Dream It Do It program was created to educate the next generation workforce about careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Dream It Do It Western New York seeks to provide Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua County manufacturers with employees that have the skills and training required to fill exciting career opportunities in manufacturing. Visit their website to find more information and resources available for students, educators, parents, and manufacturers.  www.didiwny.com/


DreamBuilder offers online courses that teach you the skills and knowledge to start or grow your business. Courses are interactive, convenient for your schedule, and available in English and Spanish. Best of all they're free!