ANCA Center for Pandemic Response
ANCA CPR is your resource for business stability. With our designated Program Navigators and expert partners, ANCA CPR works with businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs to plan for stability, resilience, and growth.
Through a variety of free and low-cost small business services, including webinars, individual consultations, working groups, and ongoing support opportunities provided by ANCA and our network of partners, ANCA CPR can help you:
- Create or update a business or strategic plan to meet financial goals
- Grow your digital marketing, online presence, and social media to reach new customers
- Reduce overhead and energy costs
- Apply for and manage business funding assistance
- Develop a transition plan to sell or change ownership
- Improve workplace communication
- Learn about health insurance opportunities for your business
- Strengthen welcoming and belonging for diverse staff and visitors
- Participate in shared aggregation and distribution services
- Stay up to date on other small business services and programs hosted by ANCA and trusted partners across the region and beyond.
Technical service partners include Adirondack Diversity Initiative, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, CITEC Business Solutions, Cooperative Development Institute, North Country Chamber of Commerce, SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center, and more to be announced!
For more information:
- View our informational webinar (Link, pending)
- Check out our frequently asked questions (Link, content below)
- Contact Zach Hobbs, Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com or 518-891-6200 x113
ANCA CPR is funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and The Mastercard Impact Fund, which is administered by The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ANCA CPR?
- ANCA CPR is your resource for business stability. With our designated Program Navigators and expert partners, ANCA CPR works with businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs to plan for stability, resilience, and growth.
- ANCA CPR was established in 2021 to help North Country businesses respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis, but individuals do not need to demonstrate a COVID-related business challenge to enroll.
- We are offering a variety of free and low-cost small business services, including webinars, individual consultations, working groups, educational materials, and ongoing support to help you address challenges, leverage strengths and opportunities, and make individualized plans for future stability.
Who is ANCA CPR for?
ANCA CPR may be for you if you are:
- A small business owner thinking about ways to improve communication with your staff;
- A retiring business owner planning to sell your business in the future–to new owners, family members, or your employees;
- An entrepreneur considering the purchase of a business in the region;
- An employee tasked with helping their employer lower operations and overhead costs;
- A nonprofit leader looking to be more welcoming to diverse visitors;
- Worried about the impacts of energy costs or supply chain issues; or,
- Several of the above or something else altogether!
Current business owners, individuals interested in owning a business, employees, representatives of businesses, and leaders and employees of nonprofit organizations may be eligible to enroll.
You are invited to complete an ANCA CPR interest form if you believe any listed services may benefit you and your business or organization.
What can ANCA CPR do for me?
- Our team will work with you to develop a plan to meet your individual needs. You do not have to know exactly what you need from the start.
- You may be supported to enroll for one or multiple services, and the approach will be individual to each business who enters the CPR process and tailored to their specific plan.
Is there anything ANCA CPR can’t do?
- ANCA CPR may not be able to provide a business service for every challenge or opportunity. We still welcome you to enroll as we may be able to provide resources or connections that can help address needs outside of our scope of work.
- ANCA and ANCA CPR will not act as lawyer, banker, financial advisor, mortgage broker, etc., or write business valuations, grants, and/or business plans for you.
Are there any costs or obligations?
- Your initial appointment with and ongoing support from an ANCA CPR Program Navigator are free of charge, as are most ANCA CPR services and programs.
- There is no obligation to enroll in any services. You will be given information about each service and instructions to enroll, along with our support and guidance. The decision to enroll in any service is yours.
What is the timeline and time commitment?
- ANCA CPR Program Navigators are scheduling appointments on a rolling basis.
- The timeline, time commitment, and availability of each service will vary, but most will be available for enrollment within 3-6 months of your appointment.
- Services include educational materials and videos, virtual workshops, one-on-one consultations, and ongoing working groups. Each will require a different commitment of time and you will be informed of the commitment of each specific before enrolling.
How do I enroll?
- Begin enrollment by completing an interest form.
- After submitting the interest form, you will receive an email to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with an ANCA CPR Program Navigator.
- Your 30-60 minute appointment is an opportunity for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about us.
- We will review our conversation and create a customized plan of free or low-cost services available to you.
- Most services will be offered within 3-6 months of your appointment, and it will be up to you to decide which services to enroll in.
- Your Program Navigator will be available to you for follow up conversations, to share new services as we learn about them, and to continue supporting you on your business journey.
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