Schenectady, N.Y. — Schenectady County officials today joined with the Schenectady County Community Business Center to announce that four companies are ready to graduate from the Business Incubator on Albany Street. All four companies will stay and grow in Schenectady County fulfilling the goal of the incubator to help nurture entrepreneurs and create new jobs and businesses in the County.
“These four companies all benefited from the services of the Business Center using office and production space at the Center to grow their business from an idea to incorporation to full operation. We are proud of their accomplishments and we are very pleased that all four have chosen to stay and grow in Schenectady County,” said Susan E. Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.
Larry Grasso, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Business Center said, “This has been an outstanding year for the Business Center. Working closely with the new City/County/Metroplex economic development team, we reached 100% occupancy for the first time. We also expanded our role in providing start-up counseling to small businesses by establishing a branch of the State’s Small Business Development Center at our facility. As we proudly launch these new businesses, we look forward to serving many new entrepreneurs in the months ahead.”
The four companies graduating from the incubator include:
- Jordan-Lyn School for Appearance Enhancement – This firm will locate on Broadway in Schenectady. The owner is Monica Cook. Jordan-Lyn employs one full-time and five part-time employees.
- Clinical Encapsulation Services is moving to a new building on Pangburn Road in Princetown. The owner is Timothy Sweeney. The company has four employees.
- AKW Consulting has purchased a building on Jay Street. The owner is Anthony Ward. The firm employs three.
- Mohawk Office Products has moved back to their renovated showroom on State Street. Mohawk Office Products located at the Business Center in January of 2004 after a fire at their building. The owner is John Simoni. Mohawk Office Products employs twelve.
Schenectady County Legislator Philip Fields, a member of the Board of Directors at the Business Center said, “These four businesses are examples of how we can create jobs by nurturing entrepreneurs. We are now actively seeking more entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services and expertise available at the Business Center.”
The graduation of four firms opens up space in the Business Center ranging from 486 square feet to 2,200 square feet. Both office and light manufacturing space is available.
Jeff Corcoran, Executive Director said, “We hope to fill this space quickly and we encourage start-up companies that need a great place to start and grow to give us a call.”
The mission of the Schenectady County Community Business Center is to encourage and support the development, growth, and success of new and existing small business in Schenectady County. By providing a comprehensive package of training, counseling, technical assistance, leased space, shared services and financial support, the Business Center hopes to foster long term economic growth and job creation in Schenectady County.
For more information about leasing space at the Business Center, companies should contact Jeff Corcoran at 518-382-3069 or visit www.sccbc.org.