Classroom Training Opportunities
For more than three decades, AEDC has provided entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to underserved populations and to existing businesses throughout the region.
AEDC has received funding since 1990 from the State of New York under its Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) to provide training and technical assistance to micro-enterprises and disadvantaged persons within the AEDC service area.
Each year, from fall through early winter, AEDC offers a 60-hour entrepreneurship-training course under its Small Business Institute, (SBI) to between 8 and 25 aspiring entrepreneurs. The SBI is held in different locations within the Adirondack Park.
The classes blend classroom instruction with individualized training, as well as lectures by prominent business experts followed by question-and-answer sessions. Our goal is for class participants to complete a fully vetted professional business plan by the end of the course – which is required for any business seeking financing to start or grow their business – and to provide direct access to local commercial funding sources.
The NxLeveL training program is supported by the statewide Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) network, of which AEDC is an affiliate organization. There is a small fee to cover workbook and materials, part of which is refunded back to participants who attend 80% of the classes (13 of 16), complete 10 hours of free one-on-one technical assistance and turn in a completed business plan by the end of the program.
The goal of AEDC’s nationally-accredited NxLeveL training program is to provide would-be entrepreneurs with a roadmap to success in starting or expanding their businesses.
AEDC also regularly conducts specialized training in specific business skills. For example, AEDC has offered a three-week program providing QuickBooks training.