Essex County in partnership with Hamilton County applied for and was awarded an Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grant, creating the Hub Microenterprise Program. The total amount awarded for this program was $100,000.
There will be an Informational meeting on the Microenterprise Grant Program on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Long Lake Town Hall at 1201 Main Street, NYS Route 30. (the Fire House/red brick building at the top of the hill across from Long Lake Central School/Bank/Library).
The Microenterprise Grant Program (MGP) will be established to provide grants to eligible expanding or start up Microenterprise businesses, located in Essex County, the towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson and in Hamilton County, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. As qualified businesses are identified through an application process, the MGP will provide resolution to small businesses lack of access to capital and assist businesses to offer a more relevant mix of wares, goods and services to help improve the viability of the businesses, to become more sustainable and retain and create new jobs.
These communities will be investing in amenities to promote a spectrum of recreational opportunities and the use of the State lands, which will enhance and increase visitations to the communities to enjoy the surrounding Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands.
The MGP will strengthen the linkages between communities and the surrounding Recreational Hub, attract revenue from recreating visitors, enhance the quality of life for the residents and leverage other private funding sources that will maximize the benefit that communities can realize through increased public use of the former Finch/Nature Conservancy lands.
The MGP will enhance nature access points by businesses that cater directly to the recreational visitor (such as bait shops, back country supply shops and other commercial and guide services), located in the communities center (the areas that are designed to be market driven) of economic activity and tourist accommodations, that offer the potential for walkability and increased commercial activity, providing multiple consolidated visitor service (such as restaurants, lodging, shops, gear and guides). Overall the MPG will significantly improve tourism and recreation related businesses to become sustainable and more economically viable, which will also improve the resident’s quality of life.
A Microenterprise is a business that employs or will employ nine (9) or fewer persons, including the business owner or owners. To be eligible for assistance, an existing microenterprise business must retain and or create jobs. The grant funds from the Microenterprise program can be used to: purchase equipment, furniture & fixtures, inventory and be used for operating expenses, marketing, and working capital and start up costs. All grant applicants must complete Adirondack Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Microenterprise Program, Business Development & Enhancement training Program.
For information, please contact the Essex County IDA at 518-873-9114.