"Starting an insurance agency from scratch was one of the hardest things I have done in my professional career. It takes time to grow the business and marketing to the local community can be costly. The AEDC and their team was wonderful to work with. They provided me with the funds I needed to market and grow the business much faster than I would have been able to as a new business just starting out. I would not be where I am today without their help!"

President/Owner, Armor Group Insurance Agency, Clifton Park, NY (Saratoga County)

“AEDC has been a key partner in our venture from inception. They have provided guidance, mentoring and practical feedback during every phase of our journey, from start-up to going concern. AEDC has provided invaluable support during the current unprecedented pandemic as well; this support has enabled us to successfully adapt our business model to the new retail environment as we look to the future. Thank you, AEDC, for all you do for our communities!”

Bookburgh Books, Plattsburgh, NY (Clinton County)

“The AEDC has been wonderful to work with.  When we decided to open our liquor store the banks would not give us a loan. We went to the SBA and they were able to get us a loan from the AEDC. The interest rates were reasonable and money is withdrawn from our account monthly.  When the pandemic hit they deferred our loan for 3 months. I would highly recommend them.”

Farm to Market Country Store Wine & Liquor, Brushton, NY (Franklin County)

“Green Goddess Foods, LLC has been using AEDC for small business loans since our inception. They are a pleasure to work with and go WAY beyond what any bank or other lending organization would do for its clients. When we first started our business in 2007, we were new entrepreneurs without much experience. AEDC took a risk with us and supported us the entire way. Three years ago, we opened a second location, and AEDC was there to help us with financing we needed to get it up and running. When we had to temporarily close that location during the COVID shutdown, AEDC helped secure our loan payments with subsidies from the SBA. They also provided us with a forgivable loan to put products back on our shelves and allow us to reopen. We are forever grateful for the impact AEDC has had on our business and our community. They are an essential resource in the Adirondack Park.”

Co-Owner Green Goddess Foods, LLC, Lake Placid, NY (Essex County)
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