Inspiring and guiding entrepreneurs doing business in Lewis County.

Starting your business in Lewis County

Conceive

Build

Launch

Scale Up

Lewis County spans from the Tug Hill Region to the western Adirondack Park Region with the Black River Valley in between. Lewis County small business scene is rich with entrepreneurs supporting our legacy industries of agriculture and tourism, while several entrepreneurs are also contributing to the main street scene and exporting their products through e-commerce channels. Lewis County Economic Development is the central office to provide economic development through small business assistance and start-up business development in Lewis County, NY.

"Start small. Have business plan and stick to it. Try to find a niche, offer a product or service that no one else is offering in the area."   - Jordan Brandt, Owner of Red Barn Meats Inc.

Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Tap into Lewis County Resources

The DBA Lewis County Program aims to assist aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in Lewis County to launch and grown in Lewis County and beyond. By utilizing our local and regional economic development partners and connecting you to local consultants who are experts in their industries to help you leverage opportunities and meet your goals. The Naturally Lewis Team works with you to develop milestones and make the connections to reach those goals. Although many services are free, Naturally Lewis is helping to alleviate some of the costs associated with other programs and services as long as you hit the suggested milestones that we provide. 

Create Milestones with the Naturally Lewis Team

Develop a personalized timeline and connect you to programs and services to reach your business goals.

Make the Connections

Naturally Lewis is here to help you along the way with connections and resources, while you build the fundamental blocks of your business!

DBA Lewis County Program Incentives

Naturally Lewis recognizes the hard work and dedication that goes into starting a business. As you build your business, Naturally Lewis offers incentives for entrepreneurs that complete suggested milestones throughout the process.

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Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Lewis County Economic Development (LCED) recognizes entrepreneurs and small business owners as the core of the economy. Rural entrepreneurs profoundly enrich the communities in which they live and launch their ideas because of their direct connection to the needs of their communities, their knowledge of regional talent and, especially, their commitment to their neighbors.

In order to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their business, our goal is to leverage and connect existing resources to provide a pathway to success. By mapping existing programming and working to fill the gaps with local experts and service providers, we have created a pilot program that welcomes entrepreneurs into Lewis County and guides them to grow efficiently. Ultimately, our communities will benefit from new businesses with all the tools to success and the means to create new jobs locally.

Partners & Technical Assistance

Northern New York is an ideal location for services and support for those looking to start or grow a business. From business planning to funding options, grants to administrative and business support services, local businesses benefit from services offered in Lewis, Jefferson & St. Lawrence Counties. The collaborative effort of many North Country counties creates diverse support and funding options.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County

Local Resource

An educational organization focusing on commercial and sustainable agriculture, 4-H youth and families

Become a Consultant

Why should you become a consultant?  If you or your business offers services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, we want YOU! DBA Lewis County is committed to connecting entrepreneurs with the local resources and services they need to launch and grow their businesses. As a partner of DBA Lewis County, you will receive customer referrals from the Naturally Lewis staff who meets one-on-one with entrepreneurs to determine the best path forward. Depending on your scope of services there may be an opportunity to offer entrepreneurs an onboarding incentive, paid for by the DBA Lewis County program. There is no cost to you to become a consultant. 

Full Name*
Business Name*
Phone*
Email*
Which of the following services does your business offer?
Business Plan/Strategy (vision, mission, planning)
Establishing Business Structure (DBA, LLC, etc.)
Real Estate (finding business location, moving, zoning)
Financial Operations & Management (financial systems, bookkeeping, budgeting, projections, turnover, cash flow)
Access to Capital (equity and debt financing)
Business Insurance
Legal (reorganizing, drafting contracts, certifications, regulatory compliance)
Branding (Name, Logo, Tagline, Colors, Fonts, Photography, Videography)
Marketing/Communications (website, social media, visibility)
Product or Service Development (new or better products and/or services, consumer and market research)
Sales (merchandising, pricing, margins, online sales)
Operations (production methods, administration, waste, downtime, inventory)
Workforce Development (hiring, training, human resources, benefits)
Identify and Expanding Markets
Leadership Development
Mentorship
Other
Additional Comments

ATTACH YOUR Letter of Interest HERE...

Fill out this form and send us your letter of interest and a sample of services taht you currently offer that could be beneficial for Lewis County entrepreneurs and small business owners to be considered as a DBA Lewis County Consultant.

Letter of Interest and Sample of Services
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If you are an entrepreneur, business owner or consultant in Lewis County interested in getting involved with the DBA Lewis County program 
Contact Jenna Kraeger for additional details!

Jenna Kraeger

Director of Programs & Partnerships