Ranked as one of New York’s fastest-growing counties, Saratoga County is a magnet for talent and the tech firms that need it. Saratoga County offers a diverse landscape of options to start and grow your business. If you have big dreams, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll help you lay the foundation for future success here in Saratoga County, New York.

Grow Your Business in Saratoga County

Start a Business in Saratoga County

Working in partnership with a wide array of service providers, we offer consultations to people interested in starting a business, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in starting a business. We’re here to answer your questions, and help you navigate your way through the process of writing your business plan, getting access to capital, finding the perfect location, making business to business connections, and more.

Free Business Planning Assistance

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) 
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, they have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. The Saratoga County chapter of SCORE is one of the most active in Upstate, New York and can offer mentorship and guidance to help you through the business planning process and ensure your business gets financed.

SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For more information, including business resources and our schedule of presentations, seminars and workshops, visit the SCORE Northeast Local Website

To make an appointment in Saratoga County contact:

Bill Edwards | 518.893.7364 | Email: wedward1@nycap.rr.com

Albany Small Business Development Center
Serving Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington Counties.If you or your business reside in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Client Services include:

  • Understand the importance of a business plan
  • Discover sources of funding
  • Prepare for e-commerce
  • Identify avenues for exporting goods & services
  • Develop marketing plans
  • Assess an invention’s viability
  • Comply with licensing & regulationsAll services are free of charge.

Make an appointment for counseling: Call 518. 380.5077 or fill out their online form.

Contact: Katherine Baker | Email Address: kbaker@albany.edu | 518.380.5077
University at Albany | 6 Executive Park Drive, Entrance B | Albany, NY 12203

Sources of Funding

If you are searching for sources of capital to fund your business, we’re here to help. The Saratoga Partnership can connect you with small business administration resources, local lenders, community loan funds, or investors.

Community Loan Funds
Capital Region Advancement Fund
City of Saratoga Springs Revolving Loan Program
Town of Greenfield Revolving Loan Fund

Small Business Administration Funding
SBA 504 Loan
SBA 7A

Pursuit Lending

Contact us for a list of local community lenders to get you started!

Incentives to Drive Economic Growth

If your business will be creating new jobs, retaining workforce, or making a significant investment in real property or equipment, there are a variety of performance-based incentive programs that can help lessen the cost of doing business and increase your competitive edge here in Saratoga County, New York.

Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency
The Saratoga County IDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1971 to promote, develop, encourage and assist in the construction, expansion, and equipping of economically sound industrial and commercial facilities in order to advance the job opportunities, general prosperity, and economic welfare of the citizens of Saratoga County. The Agency’s primary role is to provide financial assistance and incentive to the business community in order to maximize private capital investment in the economy of Saratoga County and to develop opportunities for job creations and job retention within the County through the use of its own assets, public funds and private investment. Incentives include real property tax abatements, sales tax exemption on building materials, and mortgage recording tax exemption.

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