Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego launch business development pilot
New York Sea Grant and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations are launching a Business Retention and Expansion Program this month to evaluate the local business climate and to assist existing recreation and tourism businesses with expansion in Oswego County.
Over the next several weeks, nearly 600 recreation and tourism businesses in Oswego County will have an opportunity to help local and county leaders and residents better understand the issues facing locally owned businesses in today’s economy.
“This pilot program in Oswego County will help us to understand how these businesses see the challenges ahead and advise us and our partners on how to design programs to effectively meet those challenges,” says New York Sea Grant Interim Director William Wise.
The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion Task Force developed the survey to assess the status and need for workforce training and professional development by business owners and the overall condition and characteristics of the Oswego County recreation and tourism business community.
Survey responses will be collected from mid-March to May 12.
The Oswego County Recreation and Tourism Business Retention and Expansion task force members represent the Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Tug Hill Commission, Operation Oswego County Inc., Oswego County Promotion and Tourism, New York Sea Grant and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations.
New York Sea Grant is part of a nationwide network of 33 university-based programs working with coastal communities through the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Sea Grant research and outreach programs promote better understanding, conservation, and use of America’s coastal resources. Sea Grant is funded in New York through SUNY and Cornell University and federally through NOAA.
(Posted: Mar 10, 2014)