Columbia Forward is a county-wide initiative to provide business support and financial assistance to small businesses.

Columbia Forward is a county-wide initiative to provide business support and financial assistance to small businesses.

With the support of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) have partnered to implement and manage a three-year program to assist Columbia County NY-based small businesses and local economic development committees.

Connect

Connect businesses with business support programs, including federal and state grants, small business loan programs and technical business assistance and training.

Stimulate

Stimulate business attraction, retention, and expansion to create jobs and increase the county tax base.

Provide

Provide qualified businesses with low interest (3.75%) loans, using up to $500,000 from CEDC’s existing loan portfolio, along with grants equal to 10% of each loan at closing.

Business Support

  • Business Support Programs
  • Technical Assistance
  • Networking Events

Loans & Grants

  • Funds for equipment, working capital, employee training
  • Loans up to $25,000
  • Grants equal to 10% of the loan amount will be provided

Business Support

  • Business Service Programs
  • Technical Assistance
  • Networking Events

Loans & Grants

  • Funds for equipment, working capital, employee training
  • Loans up to $25,000
  • Grants equal to 10% of the loan amount will be provided

Loan and Grant Guidelines

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