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Small Business Council

Council Chair: Mike Bushardt, Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corp. 

Council's Mission:
Our mission is to facilitate the creation, support, and growth of small business.

Council's Vision:
Our vision is to "connect-the-dots" through efforts such as collaboration, training, business and non-profit commuity partnerships.

Council meets at 8:30 am on the last Tuesday of each month at the Chamber.

Business Resources:

To launch your business and move into the next level of growth, you have to utilize the right resources. Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur looking for space to get your enterprise off the ground or a seasoned business veteran with a specific workforce need, we offer a wide range of information, tools and assistance for overcoming the day-to-day challenges of expanding into new and local markets. Explore the categories in this section to learn more about startup assistance, workforce development programs, existing business aid and business development contacts we offer to area businesses.

Starting a business in the Mohawk Valley
NYS SBDC Government Contract Bid-Matching Service

If you or your business resides in New York, the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center can maneuver you around the obstacles to success.

  • Understand the importance of a business plan
  • Discover sources of funding
  • Prepare for e-commerce
  • Identify avenues for exporting goods & services
  • Develop marketing plans
  • Assess an invention’s viability
  • Comply with licensing & regulations

For no-cost counseling and assistance on starting or growing your business, please contact the:

Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center
100 Seymour Road
Kunsela Hall, Room B206
Utica, NY 13502


New York Is Open For Business!
Welcome to Business First, your one-stop shop for all of the statewide economic development programs New York has to offer.

S.C.O.R.E. “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is the best source of free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea, to start-up, to success. S.C.O.R.E. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Utica Score

The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce can help you set an appointment with S.C.O.R.E., ensuring that you receive the best small-business advice available.  For more information contact the Chamber (315)724-3151 or email

Interested in doing business with New York State Government?

For more information on seminars & courses visit:

Greater Utica Chamber works with a variety of affiliates in its efforts to stimulate growth across the region.