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There’s never been a better time to launch, locate, or expand a business in Canton. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a new entrepreneur, a big employer or a one-person shop – we can help you succeed in Canton.

We work directly with small and large businesses, including new ventures. Our services include:

  • Development Incentives & Financing
  • Site Selection
  • Grants for Job Creation or Retention
  • Business Assistance
  • Low Interest Business Loans
  • Customer Research… and more

Call the Economic Development Office today to find out how we can help you.

Planning Assistance

Need help with a business plan? We’ll connect you with SUNY-Canton’s award-winning Small Business Development Center for free, personal and confidential assistance with financial projections, loan document preparation, and more.

Location Assistance

Call us to help you identify local industrial or commercial properties to fit your needs. Ask us to set up showings, and help you find the perfect spot for your business.

Funding Assistance

The Canton Economic Development Office has personal connections with several sources of public and private financing, as well as knowledge of potential grant sources. We can help you identify the best funding sources for you business, put you in touch with them, or help you present your case.

Technical Assistance

We can walk you through the process of working with planning, zoning, code enforcement and other review and regulation requirements. We can also arrange for meetings and attend them with you if you like.

How Can We Help You?

Give the Economic Development Office a call today, and we will chat with you over the phone or set up a meeting. It’s that simple.

Leigh Rodriguez
Director of Economic Development
315-386-2871 ext. 5

Jeni Reed
Community Economic Development Assistant
315-386-2871 ext. 6


Funding for our office is generously provided through a partnership of the Town and Village of Canton, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, United Helpers/Sparx, and the St. Lawrence Health System. The mission of the Community Economic Development Office is to facilitate the community’s economic growth by working with major employers, small businesses and community initiatives to bring jobs, residents and visitors to Canton.