Resources for Small Businesses

General business training and support 

  • Empire State Development (ESD) offers a wide range of training, resources and assistance programs related to operations support and entrepreneurship. Check out ESD.
  • Onondaga County Office of Economic Development provides services to local businesses and companies that are relocating or expanding. Their goal is to retain and recruit businesses in Syracuse and Onondaga County. Read more on their website
  • Onondaga County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free, one-on-one, client-directed counseling to small businesses. Learn more about the Onondaga County SBDC. 
  • SCORE offers support and tools — such as mentors and workshops — to help build and sustain businesses. Learn more about SCORE.
  • Up Start (Upstart NY) is an online publication that offers resources and guidance on entrepreneurship and innovation. They cover all sorts of businesses — from venture capital-backed startups to neighborhood small businesses. Get guidance from Up Start.

Restaurant business training

  • Salt City Market Food Business Trainings at the Salt City Market helps food businesses open, with classes, technical assistance, and support. Learn more.
  • Salt City Test Kitchen is where you can learn how you can build your business in the Salt City Test Kitchen with hands-on experience in this incubator space. Learn more about the Salt City Test Kitchen.


Women business owners

  • W.I.S.E. (Women Igniting the Spirit on Entrepreneurship) provides resources, counseling, and support to help women entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in central New York state. Learn more about W.I.S.E.


Have questions?

Contact the Business Development Team. 
Phone: 315-448-8100