Small Business

Over time, Lewis County has become a melting pot of small business, particularly those with a specific and specialized skill set. Known as the small business/cottage industry, you’ll find a range of products, including craft brews, gun cleaning systems and accessories, sport fencing and more.

Why choose Lewis County?  The answer is simple: 


With local tax incentives and local and regional microloan programs, we try to ease the business start-up process.  Lewis County is home to lower utility costs, a dedicated workforce and a business friendly environment.  


From OTIS Technologies, a business started by a local at 16 years old in her kitchen, to now being one of the nations leading fire arms maintainence in the nation, to Tug Hill Winery, local landscape business owners who decided to take another path and start the first Lewis County winery, which has grown into one of the premier event venues in the region, to Lowville Sport and Farms, who is now the #1 Honda Dealership in New York State - Lewis County businesses are home-grown, successful and thriving businesses.  We take pride in the business success, and will continue to push for small businesses in Lewis County, as they are the bones of our economy.  


According to the 2016 Communities Survey completed by Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY,  81% of Lewis County residents indicated that the Quality of Life is "good" or "excellent."  Lewis County has ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, excellent school systems, safe neighborhoods, and low crime rates.  With neighbors that lend a helping hand and ask for nothing in return, safe villages and towns for children to play, and family recreation during any given season, Lewis County is unique and offers the family-friendly quality of life that people in bustling cities long for. 

small business resources

Looking to start a business?  Contact Us & take a look at our partner organizations: 

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Development Center

Small Business Administration

Entrepreneurial Resource Guide: AC Online

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