Microenterprise Grant Program Informational Meeting to be held Jan. 15

08 Jan Microenterprise Grant Program Informational Meeting to be held Jan. 15

Long Lake, NY – An informational meeting for those businesses interested in applying for the Microenterprise Grant Program will be held on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall in Long Lake.

About the Microenterprise Grant Program

Essex County, in partnership with Hamilton County, applied for and was awarded an Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grant, creating the Hub Microenterprise Program.  The total amount awarded for this program was $100,000. 

As qualified businesses are identified through an application process, the MGP will provide resolution to small businesses lack of access to capital and assist businesses to offer a more relevant mix of wares, goods and services to help improve the viability of the businesses, to become more sustainable and retain and create new jobs. .  These communities will be investing in amenities to promote a spectrum of recreational opportunities and the use of the State lands, which will enhance and increase visitations to the communities to enjoy the surrounding Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands. 

Who can apply?

The Microenterprise Grant Program (MGP) will be established to provide grants to eligible expanding or start up Microenterprise businesses, located in Essex County, the towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson and in Hamilton County, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. 

A Microenterprise is a business that employs or will employ nine (9) or fewer persons, including the business owner or owners.  To be eligible for assistance, an existing microenterprise business must retain and or create jobs. The grant funds from the Microenterprise program can be used to:  purchase equipment, furniture & fixtures, inventory and be used for operating expenses, marketing, and working capital and start up costs.  All grant applicants must complete Adirondack Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Microenterprise Program, Business Development & Enhancement Training Program.

For information, please contact the Essex County IDA at 518-873-9114.

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