Focused on
Our Future



Olean Business Development represents a community’s commitment to economic revitalization and renewal.

A nonprofit (501c3) corporation, we’re led by a dynamic board of directors and administrative team, and is advised and supported by a network of executive leaders from the area’s largest employers.

Who we are

 

At the core of Olean Business Development’s mission is the commitment to a sustainable downtown-Olean commercial district and neighborhood – a recognized barometer for the overall health of the community.

Additional priorities include the recruitment, retention, and expansion of business enterprises, engagement of youth and young families, and the creation of a collaborative, supportive infrastructure for entrepreneurship.

By harnessing the collective talents of committed local leaders, targeting critical development projects, and procuring available resources, OBD will foster and implement a shared vision of economic prosperity.

2018 Olean Business Development Operations, LLC Board of Managers

Brent Driscoll: Chairman
Jim Stitt: Vice-President
Mike Fischer: Treasurer
Karen Buchheit: Secretary
Eric Garvin
Mike Higgins
Paula Scraba
Jay Sorokes
Dennis Pezzimenti
Tom Buttafarro
David Koebelin
Corey Wiktor
Mike Smith
Dana Cornell
Colleen Taggerty

Startup with us

Business incubation services from concept to launch 

 

From the Fortune 500 company to the decades-old mom & pop store, every business got its start somewhere. Your startup is as unique as you are, and Olean Business Development wants to help you both realize your potential. We’re ready to give guidance as you navigate through the first months of business development to when your company is ready to open.

Our business incubation process starts with your idea. From there we’ll help you develop that concept into business plan, prepare to pitch your new company to potential investors and consultants, and introduce you and your team to our mentors.

Our relationship continues even after your company is up and running. Through our affiliations with regional, state and national business incubation networks coupled  with regular workshops and we host, we’ll continue to be there for you for as long as you need.

OBD and its business incubator is more than being handed keys to an office and an access code for a copier — it’s an entrepreneur-centered culture designed for growth and success.

 

 

 

Grow with us

Business development opportunities to keep your company thriving

 

Businesses of shapes and sizes can use a hand from time to time. That’s where we come in. With our pool of resources at the ready, we’re here you bring your company to the next level. 

Working with you, our team of dedicated team of professionals will offer their expertise in assessing your business, setting new goals, or finding new opportunities to grow your company. 

Through our relationships and affiliations, we can help you navigate your way through everything from business plan development to pitch prep or making the best decisions for your company.

 

Cultivate Fresh Growth

STRATEGY 1:


Oversee the growth and development of downtown Olean


  • Create a prioritized inventory of properties earmarked for development, including potential uses and financing strategies.
  • Establish a demonstration project in each downtown property cluster.
  • Develop/Maintain positive relationships with building owners, experienced developers, and pioneer developers to optimize collaborative opportunities.
  •  Network with municipal and economic-development agencies to advance resources and talents toward a common vision of downtown prosperity.
  • Seek external grants and funding opportunities, utilize legislative initiatives, and optimize financial packages and incentives to catalyze downtown investment.
  • Assist business owners in project management and resource procurement.
 

Nurture Entrepreneurialism

STRATEGY 2:


Provide leadership for business recruitment, retention, and expansion


  • Create a prioritized inventory of properties earmarked for development, including potential uses and financing strategies.
  • Establish a demonstration project in each downtown property cluster.
  • Develop/Maintain positive relationships with building owners, experienced developers, and pioneer developers to optimize collaborative opportunities.
  • Network with municipal and economic-development agencies to advance resources and talents toward a common vision of downtown prosperity.
  • Seek external grants and funding opportunities, utilize legislative initiatives, and optimize financial packages and incentives to catalyze downtown investment.
  • Assist business owners in project management and resource procurement.
 

Spark Revitalization

STRATEGY 3:


Implement specific key recommendations from the 2015 Downtown Revitalization Initiative/Market Study


  • Support the development of market-rate upper-level housing.
  • Assist in implementing form-based downtown neighborhood code, with uniformity of design schemes, signage, window displays, and attractive public spaces.
  • Establish a permanent downtown farmers’ market and visitor center.
  • Promote local culture, cuisine, and learning opportunities, including artisan foods, beverages, and merchandise;  onsite production, and community festivals.
  • Maximize utilization of existing downtown-Olean parking, and improve access and attractiveness of transitional spaces (alleys, walkways, etc.)
  • Create an “open after 6” strategy for the downtown district.
  • Utilize existing green spaces, including Lincoln Park and the JCC Campus, to attract families for outdoor/seasonal uses.

Olean Business Development regularly hosts panels and consulting sessions all aimed at helping your business succeed and our community thrive. 

Work with us

Office space to fit your needs

 

Sometimes the home office doesn’t quite cut it. Nor does a hotel room or fast food joint. Olean Business Development offers professional space for those who need a place to work, hold meetings, or be around other professionals. Located in the heart of downtown Olean’s shopping district, Olean Business Development has a variety of spaces — from single desks to a lecture hall — to meet your needs.

Desk for 1 Day
$10

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Includes building access during normal business hours, wifi, printer/copier access,
coffee

Desk for 1 Week
$45

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Includes building access during normal business hours, wifi, printer/copier access, coffee, mailing address

Desk for 1 Month
$200

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Includes building access during normal business hours, wifi, printer/copier access, coffee, mailing address

Carney Lecture Hall
$60

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seats 35, projector and projector screen, video conferencing capabilities, computer, wifi.
The Lecture Hall is ideal for large group training sessions and meetings

Erick J. Laine Board Room
$60

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seats 22, projector and screen, video conferencing capabilities, computer, conference call phone, whiteboard, en suite kitchenette, wifi. Ideal for  medium-sized groups, meetings, workshops

Conference Room
$60

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seats 16, refrigerator, wifi

301 North Union Street, Olean, New York 14760

For more information please contact us at

716.701.4009

info@oleanbd.com