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Small-business center opens Penn Yan office

A regional resource for small-business owners now has a presence in Yates County.

The New York State Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University recently opened a satellite office at the Keuka Business Park on Route 54A, the former Penn Yan Express complex.

Scott Bloor, assistant director of the Binghamton University-based SBDC, said office hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. As the number of clients increases, the number of days the office will be staffed will rise accordingly.

“Yates County hasn’t had a local or even regional SBDC office to refer businesses to in about 10 years, so this is really great news for us,” said Steve Griffin, chief executive officer of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, which is also in the Keuka Business Park. “I was extremely pleased with how accommodating Scott was in making this happen. It took exactly one meeting to get a verbal agreement together and a second meeting to formalize it.”

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