SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations also moves downtown
OSWEGO — A new Business Resource Center — offering a broad range of services to entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses — has opened in downtown Oswego.
The center is a collaboration between business, government, and higher education, according to a SUNY Oswego news release. The university and the other partners in the effort held an opening reception on Sept. 13 at the Business Resource Center at 121 E. First St. in Oswego to formally mark its opening.
The Business Resource Center is now home to SUNY Oswego’s New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which used to be located on campus; the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County; Campus-City Relations; and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
The Business Resource Center is located adjacent to SUNY Oswego’s new space for its Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) at 34 E. Bridge St. in the Pathfinder Bank Building. OBCR, which moved downtown from its previous location on campus, houses the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Leadership Oswego County, Cruisin’ the Campus, and the Oswego Bookmobile office.
“SUNY Oswego has a long history of commitment to the Oswego community and this move downtown is intentional in deepening that commitment,” Deborah Stanley, president of SUNY Oswego, said in the release. “The OBCR team’s mission is to serve as the conduit between the campus and the community — it makes sense that its offices are located at the most visible intersection in Oswego along with student interns, the Chamber and the Bookmobile.”
Thomas W. Schneider, president of Pathfinder Bank, added, “Public-private partnerships such as this are critical to aligning resources to build momentum for economic development and a vibrant community.”
Both the OBCR and the Business Resource Center are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chena Tucker is director of the OBCR.