Business Assistance & Resources

Listed below are some of the agencies and offices that are available to provide help to existing or prospective Canton business owners. If you have plans to open a business in Canton, or are interested in doing so, you should always contact the Canton Economic Development Office first, and we can help refer you to the appropriate agency as needed.

Canton Economic Development Office

The mission of the Canton Economic Development Office is to facilitate the community’s economic growth by working with major employers, small businesses and community initiatives to bring jobs, residents and visitors to Canton. We work directly with small and large businesses, including new ventures. Our services include:

  • Development Incentives & Financing
  • Site Selection
  • Grants for Job Creation or Retention
  • Business Assistance
  • Low Interest Business Loans
  • Customer Research….and more

There’s never been a better time to launch, locate or expand a business in Canton. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a new entrepreneur, a big employer or a one-person shop – we can help you succeed in Canton. Call the Economic Development Office today to find out how we can help you.

Linda McQuinn, Director

Canton Municipal Building

60 Main Street

Canton NY 13617

(315) 386-2871 ext. 5


Canton Chamber of Commerce

The Canton Chamber of Commerce welcomes you. Canton, a college, industrial and farming community, is recognized as an educational center of Northern New York. The small college town atmosphere is enhanced by a picturesque village green opening on to a Main Street lined with restored, turn-of-the-century buildings. Canton’s uniqueness is in its people, community, culture and quality of life. We are an attractive community for:

  • Young Professionals
  • Niche Business Markets
  • Technological & Communications Businesses
  • Retirement Living

We are proud of our community and welcome you to join us. When you plan a move to Canton, information on realtors, utility companies, contractors, banks, insurance companies, etc., can be obtained through the Canton Chamber of Commerce office.

Sally Roberson, Director

60 Main Street

Canton, NY 13617

(315) 386-8255


St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce , Inc. plays an important role in maintaining the economic health of St. Lawrence County.

The primary purpose of the Chamber is to serve as the voice of business in improving St. Lawrence County. The Chamber also works on countywide tourism promotion and is the designated Tourism Promotion Agent for the county.

In addition, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce provides many cost saving services to its members through a group health insurance program and membership discounts. The Chamber also assists local organizers of events and projects with reduced advertising costs through cooperative advertising under the New York State Matching Funds Program.

Karen St. Hilaire, Director

(315) 386-4000

101 Main Street

Canton, NY 13617



Canton Small Business Development Center

SUNY-Canton’s award-winning Small Business Development Center provides personal, confidential assistance with financial projections, loan preparation documents, and more. The Small Business Development Center offers many free services to Small Businesses.

The Small Business Development Center’s goal is to assist entrepreneurs, businesses and industries in the solution of their problems, which leads to increased productivity and profitability. By assisting new and existing small business firms, the SBDC contributes to the stability and growth of the small business sector of the economy of New York State.

Since their start in 1997, the expert advisors of the SUNY Canton SBDC have worked directly with 1,604 businesses, helping them to invest $13,812,646 in the area’s economy, who have created or saved 387 jobs.

Some of the Small Business Center’s regional specialties include working with manufacturing projects, SBA programs, microloan projects, veterans, women, minorities and Native Americans. They also partner with local, county and state agencies to identify the need for small businesses and to develop economic growth in St. Lawrence County. All services are available free of charge.

Small Business Development Center

SUNY Canton

Wicks Hall 023

(315) 386-7312

CITEC Manufacturing and Technology Solutions

CITEC is a North Country consulting firm that provides business solutions and extensive services including grant applications, industrial marketing, cash flow analysis, business planning, produce development, human resources, safety programs, lean manufacturing, eBusiness solutions and much more. CITEC stands for “Council for International Trade, Technology, Education and Communication, Inc.”

CITEC is a not-for-profit economic development organization that assists Northern New York companies become more competitive and productive. They are described as “local people providing real solutions.” They can help large and small companies.

Box 8591 Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY 13699

(315) 268-3778

solutions@citec.org or www.citec.org

St. Lawrence County One Stop Career Center

St. Lawrence County’s strong workforce development and training programs offer numerous sources of workers and funding to meet a full range of staffing needs. The center can help you in the following ways:

Reduce hiring costs

Job listing, referral, assessment, and job matching can save employers time and money in recruiting workers.

Reduce payroll costs

Subsidies and tax credits can reduce costs for employers.

Provide support services

Stable childcare, transportation, and medical assistance, as well as post-employment counseling can increase employee retention, reliability, and productivity.

Provide customized or subsidized training

Partnerships provide opportunities for underwriting some of the cost of training new workers or establishing customized training to meet employer needs.

The One Stop Career Center is a division of the County Economic Development office, and administers employment and training programs under the Job Training Partnership Act.

Canton Human Services Center
80 State Highway 310
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 379-9806

St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency offers financing incentives from federal, state and local agencies to assist in starting or expanding a business in St. Lawrence County. Incentives include Industrial Revenue Bonds and long term/low interest loans and loan guarantees for the acquisition of property, construction of buildings and purchase of equipment. In addition, St. Lawrence County and New York State offer a variety of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions on real property and business income.

When you’re looking for a location for expansion, they can advise you on the programs, packages and incentives available that can lower your initial start-up costs. Additionally, the St. Lawrence County One-Stop Career Center will test, screen and refer qualified job applicants for your business- one more way to help you hit the ground running. The St. Lawrence County Office of Economic Development can help coordinate your interactions with the local, state and private entities that can make your growth as efficient and successful as possible.

IDA Office
80 State Highway 310
Suite 6
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 379-9806

Community Energy Services

The North County Energy $mart Communities program, a program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is here to help you save money, improve your building’s energy efficiency and protect the environment.

Community Energy Services (CES) is a local non-profit corporation that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and coordinates the North Country Energy $mart Communities program.

Technical and financial assistance is available to building owners such as:

  • Energy-efficiency studies
  • Funding to offset costs of improvements
  • Incentives for low-income units
  • Bulk purchasing of Energy Star Ò appliances and lighting
  • Low-interest loans

Many partnerships have already been formed in Canton to formulate strategies to improve energy efficiency and lower energy costs.

Becoming “Energy Smart” can make a lot of sense for your business. Not only can you do your part to be a better steward of the environment, but together, by reducing costs of doing business we can stimulate economic development and growth.

Ann Heidenreich, North Country Energy $mart Communities Coordinator

Development Authority of the North Country (DANC)

The Development Authority of The North Country (DANC) provides a variety of resources for businesses, including technical services and financing. The Authority administers several business loan programs in order to promote job creation and retention among small businesses in Northern New York including U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), North Country Alliance (NCA), and the DANC Community Development Loan Fund (CDLF).

DANC Offices
Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 785-2593

Additional State and Federal Resources

New York State Economic Development Corporation

110 William Street

New York , NY 10038

(888) NYC-0100


Empire State Development Corporation

633-3 rd Avenue

New York , NY 10017

(212) 803-3100


New York State Governor’s Office for Small Cities

Agency Building 4, 6 th Floor

Empire State Plaza

Albany , NY 12223

(518) 474-2057


US Department of Agriculture—Rural Development

Syracuse State Office

441 S Salina St

Syracuse , NY 13202

(315) 477-6435


US Department of Housing and Urban Development

NYS Office, Division of Community Planning and Development

26 Federal Plaza

New York , NY 10278

(212) 264-0771


US Small Business Administration

26 Federal Plaza

New York , NY 10278

(212) 264-1480