Small Business Resources


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.

Southern Tier West

Financial packaging, grants assistance, small business revolving loan fund, regional economic development strategic planning and workforce development.

New York State SBDC

Business counseling, training and many resources for startups and existing businesses.  The Jamestown SBDC services Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

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 County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Government contracting assistance program to promote economic growth in Cattaraugus County and the region. Assists businesses in marketing goods and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies.

Salamanca IDA

Small business revolving loan fund, commercial property management, grant procurement and administration and traditional IDA inducements.

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. 

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

Affordable health insurance program, networking/member focus groups, on-the-job training program and quality of life events.

Olean Business Development Corporation

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

Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Investment Board (WIB)

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.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

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


Free mentoring and counseling services, workshop and events, business plan templates and tools.

NYS Business Express

Provides starter guides, business checklists, incentives and support to new and existing businesses located in New York State.

New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)

Works in partnership with banks to provide term loans, many of which do not meet the requirements for traditional financing. Our goal is to be more creative in our underwriting. In many cases, we include multiple participations, SBA guarantees, flexible amortization and long-term payouts. 

NYBDC also manages the Empire State Certified Development Corporation which is otherwise known as The 504 Company. The SBA 504 Loan Program is a fixed-asset economic development program designed to promote growth and job creation in small businesses.

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.

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE)

A non-profit, private business development and regional marketing organization launched in 1999 by the local business community, dedicated to attracting capital investment and jobs to the region of Buffalo Niagara.

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA)

FSA news releases and assistance for agri-businesses.

Southern Tier Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (STAMI) & Dream It, Do It

A consortium comprising local manufacturers, educational institutions and other local stakeholders working to promote advanced manufacturing in our community. Dream It, Do It ( is a national campaign designed to introduce people to the world of advanced manufacturing, the opportunities within, and to inform the populous about the education and training needed to claim these careers.