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Albany Small Business Development Center

Serving Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington Counties

Make an appointment for counseling:
Call (518) 380-5077 or use
our online form

Center Success Story:
Kevin Shufelt of The Yard Bar

We think New York is great for small business -- and so do our clients.

Since our start in 1984, the expert advisors of the Albany SBDC have worked directly with 24,050 businesses, helping them to invest $419,443,691 in the area's economy, and create or save 12,404 jobs.

SEED Program - Small Enterprise Economic Development

SEED is a new Loan Program for future Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners that bases the lending decision on the character of the applicant and feasibility of the business model.

Program Components:
-Assistance in Accessing Capital to Start or Expand a Small Business
-Business Model Development (SBDC along with interns from UAlbany School of Business and School of Social Welfare)
-Entrepreneurial Training Classes
-One on One business Counseling Assistance
-Peer Mentoring Support

Application Process:
-Completed Application Packet
-Copy of Credit Report
-3 Letters of Reference (2 professional, 1 personal)
-Interview with SEED program Coordinator

Maximum Loan- $35,000

If you or your business reside in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success.  Among other things, we help our clients:

  • understand the importance of a business plan
  • discover sources of funding
  • prepare for e-commerce
  • identify avenues for exporting goods & services
  • develop marketing plans
  • assess an invention’s viability
  • comply with licensing & regulations

And thanks to our partners in the public and private sectors, our services are free of charge.

Contacting the Albany SBDC:

Center: (518) 380-5077
Fax: (518) 380-5071

University at Albany
6 Executive Park Drive, Entrance B
Albany, NY 12203  

Directions to the center

Director: William Brigham

Email Address:

Hrs. of Operation:
9 AM - 5PM


Outreach Offices:
Albany County Satellite
Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
5 Computer Drive S
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 380-5077
Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce
2 North Main Street
Gloversville, NY 12078
Phone: (518) 380-5077
Rensselaer County Satellite
Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce
90 4th Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 380-5077
Saratoga County Satellite
Saratoga Economic Development Corp.
28 Clinton Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 - 2866
Phone: (518)380-5077
Schenectady County Satellite
Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce
306 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: (518) 380-5077
Schoharie County Satellite
SUNY Cobleskill
Rt. 7, Warner Hall 208
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Phone: (518) 380-5077
Southern Saratoga County Satellite
Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 399
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 380-5077
Warren County Satellite
Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
135 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801 - 2801
Phone: (518) 380-5077