A growing business can sometimes mean lots of headaches. That’s why our team of partners is here to assist. From general business counseling to financing to workforce and recruiting, we’re here to make sure your business succeeds in Drum Country. Learn more about our tailored business assistance and consulting resources below.



North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT)

The Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition addresses the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services with potential buyers, access to planning tools, and connection with existing services. The Center is a dynamic partnership between regional organizations and individuals invested in the retention of local businesses and the future of our communities. The goal is to help owners sell their businesses on the open market, complete intergenerational family transitions or convert to an employee-owned or cooperative model.


Phone: (518) 891-6200
Email: [email protected]
North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT)
67 Main Street, Suite 201
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

IgniteU NY Procurement Technical Assistance Center (formerly PTAC)

This multi-county organization offers no-cost support to eligible businesses in the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Mid-Hudson, and Capital Region interested in securing federal, state, and local government contracts.

PTAC counselors offer support with:

  • Determining Suitability for Government Contracting
  • Securing Necessary Registrations
  • Identifying Bid Opportunities
  • Teaming or Joint Venture Arrangements
  • CVE – Veteran Business Certification Program
  • SDB, 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, VOSB, SDVOSB, NYS M/WBE, DOT DBE and other certifications
  • Proposal Techniques and Review
  • Researching Procurement Histories
  • Reviewing Contract Terms & Conditions
  • Government Contract Performance Issues
  • Networking & Business Development


Email: [email protected]

IgniteU NY
333 Broadway, Suite 350
Troy, NY 12180

Jefferson County Economic Development

JCED assists businesses in their expansion or relocation projects through:

  • Low-cost financing: Revolving Loan Fund, Microenterprise Revolving Loan Fund, and access to additional financing through partner agencies
  • Tax incentives: property tax abatement, sales tax abatement, mortgage recording tax abatement
  • Technical Assistance: site selection assistance, assistance in navigating local, regional, and state programs, including: capital funding, refundable tax credits, and low-cost power
  • International Assistance: Foreign Trade Zone availability


Phone: (518) 891-6200
Email: [email protected]
Jefferson County Economic Development
800 Starbuck Avenue, Suite 800
Watertown, NY 13601

Naturally Lewis

The DBA Lewis County Program aims to assist aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in Lewis County to launch and grow in Lewis County and beyond. By utilizing our local and regional economic development partners and connecting you to local consultants who are experts in their industries to help you leverage opportunities and meet your goals. The Naturally Lewis Team works with you to develop milestones and make the connections to reach those goals. Although many services are free, Naturally Lewis is helping to alleviate some of the costs associated with other programs and services as long as you hit the suggested milestones that we provide.

Lewis County Economic Development is the central office to provide economic development through small business assistance and start-up business development in Lewis County, NY.


Phone: (315) 376-3014
Email: [email protected]
Lewis County Economic Development
7551 South State Street
Lowville, NY 13367

St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, a public benefit corporation, is here to help new businesses navigate financing, real estate, and the workforce, and make starting your business a reality.

Here To Help:

  • Finding the right site
  • Workforce recruiting and training
  • Financing & incentives
  • Personal introductions to supportive, local business leaders
  • Connections to residential realtors for relocation assistance
  • Key points of contact for your rail, road, air, and shipping transportation needs
  • Introducing you to utility providers for your site: telecom, water, electric, natural gas, refuse/recycling
  • Navigating local, regional or New York State permit requirements

The IDA can help with the “little things” that become overwhelming if you are making the move to a new location. Things that aren’t as easily provided in big city settings. Things like, how to enroll your kids in school, where to find childcare, where to grab a commercial flight, where to bring your family to learn how to ski… the closest place to you for the best buffalo chicken wings or farm-to-table locations.

We’ll connect you with the tools and resources you need to thrive: expedited permitting, workforce training, real estate searches, export assistance, job creation incentive programs, market research, and more.


Phone: 315-379-9806
Email: [email protected]
St. Lawrence County IDA
19 Commerce Lane, Suite 1
Canton, New York 13617

CITEC Business Solutions

CITEC’s team can help you identify and develop new business opportunities that align with your overall strategic plan with market research, lead generation, marketing plans, brand identity, revenue throughput analysis and more. Developing that strategic vision is another imperative to ensure that energy is always put into the appropriate channels to keep the business moving in the desired direction. CITEC’s deep experience makes us ideal facilitators for your strategic planning process. Let us work together to find the opportunities you need to grow your business in the following areas:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Expert Contract Employees
  • R&D Tax Credits
  • Sales Training
  • Revenue Throughput Analysis
  • Business Development and Sales
  • Marketing


Phone: 315-268-3778
Email: [email protected]
CITEC Business Solutions
41 Elm Street
Potsdam, New York 13676