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Genesis Group, NBT Bank partner to aid small businesses

Posted 9/15/22

The Genesis Group Small Business Assistance Program, will provide grants to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees.

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Genesis Group, NBT Bank partner to aid small businesses

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WHITESBORO — The Genesis Group and NBT Bank have partnered to create The Genesis Group Small Business Assistance Program, which will provide grants to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees that are located in the Mohawk Valley region. 

Awards range from $500 to $1,000 dollars, and interested applicants must fill out a form and a proposal in order to be considered for an award. Eligible applications will be reviewed by a committee, which will then recommend the applicants to the Genesis Group Board of Trustees for final approval.    

“I believe this is an important program that can help support area businesses and non-profit organizations,” Raymond J. Durso, Jr., Genesis Group president & CEO said. “I believe that the Genesis Group … along with its partners, are making a positive impact for businesses in our region.” 

NBT Bank is funding the first round of grants with a donation of $5,000. Several local businesses are sponsoring the program, with Townsquare Media donating $2,000 for radio advertising, Hummel’s Office Plus donating $500 worth of office supplies and Bondar Tech donating a business telephone system that is valued at $3,500.

“As a community bank, NBT Bank believes that the incredible work of our local small businesses and nonprofits is vital to the success and growth of our region,” David Kavney, NBT bank regional president said. “That is why we’re honored to sponsor this grant program, and we look forward to boosting the impact the businesses and organizations selected to receive these awards will have on our community.”

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