Rochester, N.Y. –
Time is running out for companies to apply for Greater Rochester Enterprise's (GRE) Regional Economic Gardening Program. The first of its kind in New York State, the program focuses on fostering business growth throughout the Greater Rochester, N.Y. Region by providing free assistance to second-stage companies in expansion mode. Qualified companies are encouraged to apply online at http://rochesterbiz.com/gardening
before the July 31st
"The deadline is approaching for companies to be part of our premier Economic Gardening Program," said GRE President and CEO Mark S. Peterson. "The GRE Regional Economic Gardening Program will allow companies across our nine-county region to expand, leading to more job creation and economic growth."
Only 20 businesses will be chosen to take part in this program. Once accepted, participants will have access to a team of national experts provided by the Edward Lowe Foundation, an entrepreneur support organization that will help each company to develop a plan to further accelerate its business success. Selected companies will have access to a free suite of high-end, high-speed technical assistance, including:
- Help identifying qualified sales leads
- Mapping to facilitate targeted marketing efforts
- Reviewing core strategies related to commodity and niche markets
- Analyzing employee temperament to build strong management teams and recruit talent
- Examining social media utilization; and search engine optimization guidance
In order to participate, companies must be for-profit and privately-held; headquartered and operating in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming or Yates counties; generate between $700,000 and $50,000,000 in annual revenue; employ between five and 100 employees; have maintained principal operations in the nine-county Greater Rochester, N.Y. Region for a minimum of two years; demonstrate growth in employment and/or revenue for at least two of the past five years; and provide products and/or services to markets outside of the Greater Rochester, N.Y. Region.
The GRE Regional Economic Gardening Program is free to participants because GRE and its partners are funding this initiative to foster economic development. Most notably, GRE received $200,000 for the program from New York State through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
Program partners include the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency,
County of Orleans Industrial Development Agency, Edward Lowe Foundation, Empire State Development, Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, Genesee County Economic Development Center, Livingston County Development Group, Ontario County Industrial Development Agency, Orleans Economic Development Agency, Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, Wayne County Industrial Development Agency, Wyoming County Business Center, and the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency.