Annual Report 2014-15

SUNY and the Entrepreneurial
Century

Start-Up NY

SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century cultivates entrepreneurial thinking across our entire learning landscape, helping new and existing businesses innovate, prosper, and grow.

The College has actively sought out opportunities to encourage entrepreneurial thinking on campus and in the community and implement policies that help new and existing businesses prosper and grow.

SUNY Canton began its partnership with Adirondack Operations, LLC in January through the Start-Up NY initiative. The company, which develops software solutions for facility and construction management, plans on creating five new jobs within its first five years of operation. SUNY Canton was the first college in the North Country to have a Start-Up NY company in operation on its campus and the first college in the SUNY Technology Sector to have an approved business in the program.

Neil Haney shows off his patented chainsaw system.

With the SUNY Research Foundation's assistance, Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney has filed a provisional application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for his chainsaw oil delivery system. His invention replaces traditional lubrication systems that require frequent maintenance and fail to consistently deliver the oil necessary to reduce friction and maximize cutting efficiency. Haney discovered the new way to deliver oil to the chainsaw while constructing a firewood-processing machine. The prototype was constructed in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology lab.

SBDC

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) engaged more than 400 current and future entrepreneurs during the past year through workshops and one-on-one advising sessions. From helping start-ups develop a business plan to offering resources to women-owned companies, the SBDC’s efforts have assisted in generating more than 40 jobs and acquiring nearly $3 million in investments for their clients.

A student talks with a prospective employer at the Career Fair.

The Office of Career Services brought 98 local and regional employers to campus throughout the 2014-2015 academic year to recruit graduates for job opportunities.