TCAD nurtures emerging high-growth businesses by building relationships early with founders, educating the commercial brokerage community about the needs of startups here and sponsoring meetups with the entrepreneurs.New York State and Tompkins County offer business incentives to encourage investments that drive business growth and job creation. The incentives are available individually, or bundled as part of a comprehensive program. All government incentive programs are aimed at helping companies retain jobs by enhancing their operating effectiveness, or to create new jobs through business growth and expansion.Ithaca is not far from larger urban markets, with Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany nearby; Philadelphia, Boston and New York City a few more hours away and Toronto and Montreal just over the border. The Tompkins County economy outperforms many other communities in New York State. In fact, many are businesses sell to both national and international customers.Technology related firms thrive around Ithaca. Startups and expansions reflect the vitality of a broad range of sectors including biotechnology, electronics, and software with specialties ranging from food chemistry to microfluidic systems. Cutting edge ventures, alternative enterprise, and just plain good business ideas are enthusiastically received.Tompkins County startups can attract venture capital from national and international sources. Join the Finger Lakes Entrepreneurs’ Forum(FLEF) or the Ithaca Venture Community (IVC). And visit the Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC) to discover what a distinguished research university can offer your company.Whether your market is around the corner or around the world, Ithaca is a great place for your business.




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TCAD works closely with the Tompkins County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WIB provides an array of no-fee services to jobseekers from entry-level to professional. Click here to read more.


Startup Community

There has been an increasing number of high tech companies starting and growing in Ithaca; we are also starting to see more web and software based startups. The entrepreneurial ecosystem is evolving and there is always room for more! Click here to read more.


Tompkins County is home to several state of the art turbine blade manufacturers, including Therm Inc., supplying custom machined components since 1953 and Stork H&E Turbo Blading Inc., which has two local facilitates plus one in the Netherlands.