Locate Finger Lakes Business Journal

Starting a Business in the Finger Lakes? Use the LOCATE Website to Get Started

LOCATE Finger Lakes is an economic development initiative designed to assist and foster collaboration with targeted, proactive, marketing communications and networking. Our website is an extension of our mission, teeming with connections and opportunities! Use the LOCATE Finger Lakes website to learn about the region’s initiatives and assets.

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The Finger Lakes is a beautiful region, centrally located among major markets. Financial incentive programs, many prime locations with proximity to cutting-edge technical assistance and world-class research are readily available for all businesses, from start-ups to ongoing small businesses to well-established multinational enterprises.

Financial Assistance

Economic Development HandbookMany programs and resources are available in New York State for those wishing to start or grow their business. But fully understanding how to access those incentives can be a daunting task.
That’s why LOCATE Finger Lakes is providing a comprehensive explanation of virtually all the economic development programs in New York State.

The Economic Development Handbook, developed by attorneys at Harris Beach law firm, catalogs and explains the variety of incentives available, and the various government agencies that administer them.
LOCATE Finger Lakes also provides you with the map, location, and website link to the various County and

City economic development offices serving the Finger Lakes region. Find that information on the following pages:

Venture Investor Financing

Good ideas often need help for them to grow into a business reality. The following organizations have excellent track records in helping good ideas become great businesses.

Armory Square Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture capital firm based in Upstate NY and NYC with a focus on opportunities where combining capital with their networks to help talented entrepreneurs build world-class businesses. Learn more

Cayuga Venture Fund venture capital team is interested in startups at various stages across a wide range of industries. They invest in companies that excite them. Learn more

Skull Diamond and Heart Capital is a venture capital firm that provides capital and operational services to pre-seed and seed companies. If you are working towards a better future, contact them to see how they can help. Learn more

Excell Partners is a VC fund that invests in Seed and Early Stage high-tech startups in New York State focused on Upstate NY. Excell has the dual mission of generating returns and supporting economic development. Excell’s Portfolio includes investments in Medical Device, Materials, Energy, Biotech, Agtech, Imaging, and IT/Software ventures across NY State. Learn more

LOCATE Finger Lakes recently posted a feature story on Excell Partners: Excell Partners: Investing in Upstate New York

For more information on securing financing, read Jarry R. Antoine’s article in the LOCATE Finger Lakes Business Journal: What investors are Looking For

Job-Related Training

A dedicated, trained workforce is the economic bedrock of the Finger Lakes region. The employees of this region actively participate in advanced training and specialized skill set development.

Workforce enhancing partnerships exist in the Finger Lakes through a network of labor, education and government-sponsored services. The Finger Lakes Community College, Cayuga Community College, Finger Lakes BOCES, the Finger Lakes Building Trades, and many others are active participants.

Locate some of them in these links:

Finger Lakes Works:
Finger Lakes Community College:
Cayuga Economic Development Agency:
Tompkins Workforce New York:

Technology Parks

Locate your business in one of a variety of Tech and Industrial Parks in the Finger Lakes region. Find a listing of the technology parks on a map of the region on the Technology Parks page on the LOCATE Finger Lakes website: Map of Technology Parks

Subscribe to the Stories of Finger Lakes Business Leaders

The LOCATE Finger Lakes Business Journal is where you can find stories of business leaders from around the Finger Lakes. Let this be a place to start to know who may be a good contact for you in the Finger Lakes region as you start and grow your business.

The simplest and best way to stay up to date on new stories is to sign up to receive the LOCATE Finger Lakes

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Sign up now to be the first to know about our newest Business Journal entries, featuring important news about our economy, local business success stories, and profiles of area leaders.

LOCATE Finger Lakes is here to inspire local, national, and international business leaders to look closely at our region’s assets and its economic benefits. We hope you’ll use the LOCATE Finger Lakes website as a resource and follow along as we tell the stories of the people of the region in the LOCATE Finger Lakes Business Journal. You can also follow us on social media on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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