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Small Business Development Center returns to Putnam 

After more than a decade’s absence, the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has returned to Putnam County with a satellite office alongside the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce in the Tompkins Community Center, 953 S. Lake Blvd., in Mahopac.

“Over 90 percent of the companies that operate out of Putnam County are small businesses,” said Faith Ann Butcher, chairwoman of The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. “We want to provide access to educational and financial resources, and teaming up with the Small Business Development Center makes sense.”

Regionally headquartered in Rockland County, the SBDC provides technical, management, and business development assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs. It combines federal, state, and university resources into powerful business counseling and training services available at no charge to small- and medium-sized companies, including women- and minority-owned businesses, veterans and entrepreneurs throughout the state.

“Having an office in Putnam County is a great opportunity for the SBDC to serve the small business community,” said Regional Director Thomas Morley. “I’d like to express my thanks to Faith Ann Butcher, Amy Sayegh and Erin Meagher for initiating this partnership and for always being on the lookout for resources for the area’s economy. We are excited to be working with The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce.”

The SBDC offers free, confidential business advisement services, training and workshops in areas such as: business plans, accounting guidance, financial planning and cost-analysis, loan information and packaging, start-up guidance and entrepreneurial education, organizational structure and productivity enhancement advice branding, marketspace, and positioning.  It can also assist in exporting and international business development, technology & innovation,  cybersecurity, energy efficiency, disaster recovery, regulatory compliance, government contracting and procurement 8(a), HUBZone, MWBE, WOSB/EDWOSB, StartUp NY, and veteran certification.   The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber and the SBDC will host several educational workshops together in 2017.

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The New York State Small Business Development Center will open a satellite office to its Rockland regional office through The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce office in Mahopac. Pictured left to right: Amy Sayegh, chamber vice chairwoman; Thomas Morley, regional director of NYSSBDC; Jose Colon, deputy regional director of NYSSBDC; Faith Ann Butcher, chairwoman of the chamber; Erin Meagher, CEO of the chamber and Larry Zacks, chamber board member.

For more information or to schedule a confidential, one-on-one appointment, call 845-628-5553.

-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, “A business advocacy group”

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