“The lending requirements oftentimes aren’t quite as strict as a commercial lender, so it’s often easier for folks to get money,” Mannion said.
She also urged everyone to shop locally and embrace the Canadians, who spend a lot of money in the region.
David Coryer, director of sales and recruiting at employment service ETS
“We want to create a community that has stickiness to it for us and anyone who comes here,” Coryer said.
Coryer said that the region’s proximity to New York City and Montreal make it attractive to companies, but that it needs to offer more to keep people around.
Clinton Community College Director of the Center for Community and Workforce Development Paul DeDominicas added that, unlike other areas, business owners in the area support each other,
“The partnerships that happen in this community across organizations are pretty impressive,” DeMoinicas said. “There’s not a lot of territorial positioning. When businesses come into town, you see everybody at the table, and they’re all working together.”