Local Otsego County Resources

  • SCORE Mentoring – a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE will match you with a mentor who can assist you in all phases of your business start-up process.
    Local Office: 189 Main Street, Suite 201, Oneonta, New York 13820
    Contact: Kelly Zack-Decker, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce
    Phone: (607) 432-4500 ext. 207
    Email: [email protected]
  • Small Business Development Center – a premier business assistance organization in New York State – provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses.
    Local Office: 189 Main Street, Oneonta, New York 13820
    Contact: Michelle D. Catan, NYS Certified Business Advisor
    Phone: (607) 267-4010 ext. 105
    Email: [email protected]

State, Federal, National Association Resources

FREE Online Webinars

FREE – Unique Online Business Training Program for Women

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Articles and Printable Resources

Studies and Reports

Women Owned Business Facts

  • The number of women-owned firms in the U.S. continues to climb, and is now estimated to have surpassed 9.4 million enterprises – 30% of all businesses in the country;
  • The revenue generated by these enterprises is now estimated to stand at nearly $1.5 trillion, and has increased by 79% since 1997; and
  • Women-owned firms now employ over 7.9 million workers (excluding owners), providing one in seven jobs among privately-owned businesses.
  • The number of women-owned firms is increasing at a rate 1-1/2 times the national average.
  • New York State ranks 4th in the country for the highest number of women-owned firms
  • 90% of women-owned businesses have no employees other than the business owner