Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization (STEDO)
STEDO is a loan program for businesses in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. The primary purpose of STEDO is to create and/or retain jobs and stimulate development of small to mid-sized businesses within the region. STEDO has a strong history of working closely with businesses and lenders to assemble financial packages flexible enough to accommodate the needs of most small business owners.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on businesses throughout Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties the Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization (STEDO) is providing low-interest loans not to exceed $40,000 to businesses throughout Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. This emergency funding, which originates from STEDO funding from the Economic Development Administration and Empire State Development – Regional Revolving Loan Trust Fund, which can be used for working capital needs, which includes operating costs and payroll.
These loans are to be paid back, however the STEDO Board is willing to work with Borrowers to ease the stress of repayment by offering periods of interest only.
Contact Halley Kasperski, STEDO Administrator, STW RP&DB at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 808-4863 with any questions.
Please print the application, complete it, and return it to Halley Kasperski at email@example.com.
EDA fund requirements and terms:
STEDO Revolving Loan Fund
The Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization Inc. (STEDO) is a Revolving Loan Fund made up of federal, state, and locally funded capital to assist in bridging funding gaps for small businesses. The goals and objectives of STEDO are to foster and maintain economic growth in the Western Region of New York State, specifically Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties and for some funds Erie and Niagara Counties are also included. Other goals include the diversification of the regional economy and local economies within the region; to assist in the startup, retention of jobs, increase in per capita income, reduction of unemployment, and retention and growth of tax base in the region; and to help provide an environment that nurtures business development in the region.
Funds are generated from the Economic Development Administration, Appalachian Regional Commission, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Intermediary Re-lending Program, and Empire State Development Job Development Authority.
Use of Funds
The use of funds is dependent on what fund the Borrower is applying too. However, STEDO can fund the following uses:
Source of Funds
The Revolving Loan Funds are not established to compete with the banking community, but to compliment it by providing gap financing between what the bank can reasonably lend on a project and what the business can provide in equity.
Interest rates on STEDO loans are based on the federal prime rate +/-2.
Maturity term varies depending on the loan fund. For the ESD Regional Revolving Loan Trust Fund, which lends up to $40,000 in working capital; the term is up to five years, but with other funds listed in the above tabs terms can go up to 20 years depending on the project.
There is a ten percent (10%) equity requirement for STEDO loans.
Eligible Borrowers Fees
Borrowers are responsible for a $250 application fee, all closing costs in the loan is approved, and a one percent (1%) service fee.
STEDO requires that projects create 1 job per $25,000 lent.
Other Required Information
Halley Kasperski at (o) 716-945-5301 Ext. 2207 (c) 585-808-4863 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail To: 4039 Route 219, Suite 200, Salamanca, New York 14779
STEDO is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. Discrimination is prohibited by Federal Law. Complaints may be filed with USDA, Director of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue., SW, Washington, DC 20250.
LINKS: STEDO Application / STEDO Brochure
For more information contact: Halley Kasperski, Economic Development Associate