April 7, 2016
The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, along with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, announced on March 29 the details of their new Saratoga County business retention and expansion initiative they have dubbed Business First Saratoga.
Through problem-solving and advocacy, Business First Saratoga serves local business owners by developing relationships to better understand the opportunities and challenges of doing businesses in our region, the three organizations said in a news release. Some areas that this program can assist businesses with are workforce development, financing, international markets access, government regulations, resources for small businesses, and utilities.
"When people think of economic development, they often think about the big attraction projects. While that's incredibly important, we also need to pay attention to the businesses that are already here in Saratoga County, whether they've been here for a year or are a multi-generational business," said Marty Vanags, president of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. "A program like Business First Saratoga is an organized and deliberate way to build the foundation for our region's future growth."
The Partnership first outlined its intention to launch a business retention and expansion initiative in its two-year economic development plan, the Saratoga Strategy, released in December. In that plan, the Partnership also identified potential partners for the initiative and has since undergone training with both the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Southern Saratoga County.
"Our Chamber's board of directors voted unanimously to approve our participation in the Business First Saratoga initiative because we believe in pulling out all of the stops to help local employers to succeed, grow and thrive," said Todd L. Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.
"We believe working together with our partners in this venture and other organizations that might join us in the future will help us to open more doors and to close more deals creating more jobs and investment in Saratoga County." he said. "To win in economic development these days, you must first win by helping existing local employers to take advantage of new opportunities or to overcome challenges individually and collectively and that's what this initiative promises to do."