Plus, Webinar on COVID-19 Relief Funds for Small Businesses
Plus, Webinar on COVID-19 Relief Funds for Small Businesses
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Oswego County Economic Development News

January 20, 2021
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The  Oswego  Renaissance Association is offering matching funds (up to $2,000) to owners of eligible businesses, in Oswego's Traditional Downtown area, to create attractive and vibrant Outdoor Seating Environments (OaSEs) for customers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging environment for restaurants and other human service retail in Oswego, NY. OaSEs are needed to keep customers safe and for businesses to remain healthy. Space for customers to sit outdoors is at a premium. While human service retail in Oswego has created some outdoor seating on sidewalks, it has not realized its full potential.
Various types of OaSEs, such as sidewalk cafes and parklets, are more than tables and chairs on the sidewalk. OaSEs buffer customers from the sight and sounds of traffic, protect them from sun, and are attractive environments that people want to be in.
The goal of the Renaissance Downtown Challenge is to incentivize eligible downtown businesses to significantly expand and/or improve their outdoor seating through the creation of OaSEs in front of their businesses.
To find out if your business is located in the target zone, if your type of business is eligible and how to apply, visit the ORA website.
The Renaissance Downtown Challenge was made possible in 2020 by financial support from the following (growing) list:
  • The Richard S. Shineman Foundation,
  • Pathfinder Bank,
  • SUNY Oswego, and
  • Operation Oswego County.

Upcoming Webinar

Prepare your business for new rounds of COVID-19 Relief Funding and learn about funding opportunities that continue through 2021. Planning on applying for a business loan? In this webinar, Cooperative Federal provides insight on the new Paycheck Protection Program, how financial institutions are becoming more risk-averse with business loans during pandemic, and provides strategies to get business loan approval in the age of COVID.

On January 29, at 10 am, join representatives from Cooperative Federal, Operation Oswego County and the Small Business Development Center to learn about resources and programs available to small businesses. Register now via Evenbrite.

Featured Available Commercial Property Listing

79 Lakewood Rd / Williamstown
  • Well maintained property formerly used as a saw mill and lumber yard
  • Several buildings on site, ideal for manufacturing, light industrial, warehouse, service
  • Ample parking and outside storage area
  • Between Pulaski and Camden on St. Rt. 13
  • Three phase power
  • Multiple overhead doors and 14’ ceiling height in main space
  • 109 Acres
  • 3 buildings totaling over 40,000 sf
  • Main building 19,466 sf
Sale/Lease: Available for sale at $950,000
Contact: Stephen Saleski, Sutton Real Estate Company, 315-727-3103,
44 West Bridge Street | Oswego, NY 13126 US
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