Oneida County announces microenterprise grants available

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On Friday, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced $200,000 in microenterprise grants and $750,000 in Cares Act grants are available through Mohawk Valley EDGE to area small businesses and start-ups.

Through a New York State Department of Homes and Community Renewal grant, Oneida County will have EDGE deliver the microenterprise grant program to assist small existing companies or start-up companies to provide new job opportunities, keep existing jobs and ultimately broaden the tax base of Oneida County, according to a release.

“Microenterprise grants ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 will be available for businesses involved in the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, agri-business, high-tech, research and development and traditional and innovative small business sectors,” program information highlights, continuing, “Businesses must employ five or fewer employees at time of application, including the business owner(s), and be located within Oneida County, but outside of the CDBG entitlement cities of Utica and Rome.” Funds can be used for capital assets such as real estate, buildings, machinery and equipment or working capital. Information is online atwww.mvedge.org.

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