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Phone: 315.498.6070
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Advisement Services

The heart of the SBDC program is the FREE and confidential one-on-one advisement which is personalized, enterprise-specific/client-directed support needed to start, expand or re-energize your business.

Eligibility and Requirements to Work with the Onondaga SBDC 

Our services are available to start-up and existing businesses. To receive assistance from us, your business needs to be located in our service area of Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, southern Oswego, western Madison or northern Cortland counties. Your business must also meet the federal guidelines defining a small business of having fewer than 500 employees and a maximum of $10 million in annual sales. If you are outside our geographic area, we recommend that you go to www.nyssbdc.org for the closest office.

Thinking about starting a business? 

We advise entrepreneurs who are investigating the potential of owning their own business, acquiring an existing business or opening a franchise. If you are in the exploratory phase, an option would be to attend an Introduction to Business Start Up class, or a more detailed Fast Track to Start Up Class. They are designed for people who have never owned a business before. These seminars are regularly held on the OCC campus.

Are you in business already? 

Sign up to see an advisor. Contact us at sbdc@sunyocc.edu or at 315.498.6070. An advisor will contact you and set up an appointment.

Can I get financing through the SBDC? 

We don’t provide financing. Our support is technical and educational, designed to put you in a better position to secure private or public funding, if that’s your goal. Our advisors work with banks and other lenders regularly and are familiar with their requirements. We can bring this expertise to bear on your financing proposal.

The SBDC Advising Process 

Consider us to be part of your business team! SBDC advisors can help with business and marketing plans, loan proposals, market research, financial analysis and projections and a variety of other technical matters.

Is there a limit to how long I can keep seeing my advisor? 

No. While we encourage you to set and achieve specific objectives, we realize that as your business changes so does your need for assistance. You may want to use our services again, as your business needs change..

Is there a cost associated with the counseling service? 

No. Thanks to our funding partners, the US SBA, New York State, and our host institution, Onondaga Community College, we offer these services at no charge.

Is the information I share with my advisor confidential? 

All of our advising is confidential.