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Partnership continues small business entrepreneurial focus

The Sullivan County Partnership believes in the importance of small businesses and how they are a fundamental part of the economy.

Christopher Lockwood, Marketing Outreach Coordinator for the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, has been leading the small business division for the Partnership.

Recently the Sullivan County Partnership partnered with Jeff Bank to assist Beaverkill Landscaping LLC for the acquisition and expansion of an existing business. Beaverkill Landscaping LLC., is owned by Andrew Cummings, a young landscaping professional poised to plant entrepreneurial roots in Sullivan County and enhance his new business venture.

The Beaverkill Landscaping is looking to expand the already existing business and hire more employees in the near future. Mr. Cummings graduated from SUNY Cobleskill and received a bachelor’s in Landscape Contracting; followed by extensive landscaping work while employed at a large Maine based landscaping company.

“This was a great project to back for the Partnership and we hope for a continued and prosperous future for Beaverkill Landscaping moving forward.” said Chris Lockwood, Small Business and Economic Development Coordinator.

Beaverkill Landscaping is located in Livingston Manor and had been in operation for the last 40 years. The new management will foster new relationships in the area allowing the business to grow. The Partnership focuses on giving technical assistance to incoming small business by utilizing tools such as technical expertise their relationships built over decades with business experts, financing entities, planning professionals, local officials and its own revolving loan fund.

The Sullivan Investment Loan Fund along with the Incubator Without Walls Revolving Loan Funds are wonderful resources that can assist businesses in need of financing. The Partnership provides guidance for incoming businesses which is essential for a business to survive the start-up or expansion phase of a project.