Before You Begin

Resources to start off right

Starting your business

Starting a business can be an exciting time. To ensure you get off to a good start, here are some programs and places to get help.

Get Informed with SBDC

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership. The SBDC advisors provide a variety of FREE business consulting and low-cost training services.

Take a Class

Some of SBDC's courses and resources include:

  • Starting a Small Business
  • Building a Website for your Small Business
  • Finding a Manufacturer
  • Marketing Plans
  • Small business money management
  • Veteran Entrepreneurship training (Boots2Business) and training for military families (B2B Reboot)

At the SBDC, all entrepreneurs and business owners can receive free counseling and are welcome to ask any questions related to their business. All conversations are kept confidential.

They also provide low cost one-on-one consulting by expert business advisors on:

  • How to create an email address
  • How to use social media
  • How to write a business plan
  • How to negotiate a lease
  • Accounting practices

All are welcome.

In Syracuse, SBDC is on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

315-498-6070

From South of Syracuse, Route 81:

Take Nedrow Exit 16, follow Salina Street (Rt. 11) to Rt. 173 (W. Seneca Turnpike), turn left and follow Rt. 173. Continue on Rt. 173 1.8 miles to intersection of Rt. 175. Bear right onto Rt. 173,  drive past Velasko Rd. and the entrance to Mulroy Hall will be on your right before the main entrance to the college.

From North of Syracuse, Route 81:

Take Brighton Ave. Exit 17. Take first left onto State St. Continue to second light, take right turn, followed by a quick left onto Salina St. Continue to intersection of Rt. 173 (W. Seneca Turnpike), take a right. Continue on Rt. 173 1.8 miles to intersection of Rt. 175. Bear right onto Rt. 173,  drive past Velasko Rd. and the entrance to Mulroy Hall will be on your right before the main entrance to the college.

From New York State Thruway East or West:

Take Exit #39 to Rt. 690 east to Fairmount/Rt. 5. Turn right on Rt. 5 (West Genesee St.) to third traffic light, turn left to Rt. 173 (Onondaga Rd.) and proceed 4 1/2 miles. Mulroy Hall will be on your left shortly after you pass the entrance to the OCC campus.

From Downtown Syracuse:

Take Salina St. south to Rt. 173 (W. Seneca Turnpike), turn right. Continue on Rt. 173 1.8 miles to intersection of Rt. 175.   Bear right onto Rt. 173, drive past Velasko Rd. and the entrance to Mulroy Hall will be on your right before the main entrance to the college.

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA offers recurring seminars and programs to support entrepreneurs at every stage of their business. Their ongoing programs include:

  • Federal and state procurement training, one-on-one and classes and other events
  • Veteran entrepreneurship training (Boots2Business (B2B) for transitioning service members and B2B ReBoot for veterans and their families
  • Strategic planning curriculum for established businesses (Emerging Leaders, targeted to businesses with $400 thousand to $10 million in revenue)

They also offer classes. You can see the schedule of classes in Syracuse online

There's a women's business center, resources for starting and managing a business, loans, and more.

Check out their website to learn about all the SBA has to offer.

SCORE

SCORE matches people with mentors who provide professional guidance and information to help existing small businesses grow, and new businesses get off the ground. The nonprofit is dedicated to teaching you how to start, grow and sustain your small business. 

They also have classes online and in person sessions to help you get the skills you need to be successful.

Learn more about mentorship through SCORE

Library 

The Onondaga County Public Library has resources to help you. The library provides a free 30 minute orientation with a librarian to help you learn about what is available.

Research an industry, start or expand a business, or explore a new career. The Onondaga County Library features an extensive collection of business and career books, plus , and free Wi-Fi. Get started with our online resources below.

Learn about the Library's small business resources
315-471-9393

Friends and Family

Understand benefits and drawbacks of working with friends and family. Here are some helpful articles on the subject:

Wall Street Journal: How to Borrow from Friends and Family
Consumer Reports: Borrowing Money from Friends or Family
Intuit: How to Borrow Money From Friends and Family

On This Page

  • Contact SBDC
  • See the resources the Small Business Administration has to offer
  • Get a mentor through SCORE
  • Visit Onondaga County Public Library
  • Come up with a plan for getting family support