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Small Business

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Congratulations! Visiting our website is the first step of many in starting your business. The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and our partner organizations have many resources available to you for building your business.

For those just starting out on the path to creating your business, we recommend taking advantage of the no-cost New York State Small Business Development Center’s counseling sessions. These one-hour complimentary sessions occur every other Tuesday of the month at our offices and are available by appointment only. To schedule your counseling session, please call us at 607-273-7080. For more information on the Small Business Development program click here for details.

For those that already have your business plan and are ready to open for business, please make sure to visit the Tompkins County website for information on business licenses and required permits. To reach the Tompkins County Clerk Office please click here.

Of course, once you have completed all the necessary steps to open your business, please make sure to give our Chamber a call – we would like to share with you the many benefits and services that we offer our members to help grow their business through our core values of:

  • Creating a strong local economy
  • Representing the interests of business before government
  • Business growth
  • Providing networking opportunities
  • Political action-supporting issues