To support the objectives of the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative, Rochester Institute of Technology partnered with the Finger Lakes region Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) to:
The Small Business Assistance program is no longer active, but small business assistance is available through other RIT and regional partners.
The Small Business Assistance program was designed to:
Program partners counseled small businesses to determine needs, identified new business opportunities, and facilitated building of networks and partnerships within the cluster.
Based on the specific needs presented, eligible companies were referred to the Food Processing Cluster Advancement Program (the EDA component of this initiative) and to other state and federal programs as appropriate.
This SBA sponsored program was available to eligible small businesses within the Finger Lakes region who met 7(j) requirements, such as a firm that is a participant in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, a small business concern located in a HUBZone, businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low-income, or firms owned by low-income individuals.
This project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. 79% ($1.547M) of this project is federally funded.