With a strong background in business management and a team of economic development professionals, County Executive Hein offers his assistance to all business owners.
Fighting for Small Businesses
Immediately upon taking office, County Executive Hein identified access to capital as one of the top problems facing small businesses. To confront this problem, County Executive Hein brought together several local banks and created a program called Credit for Success, which pools the resources of several banks to provide loans for small businesses that would not qualify otherwise. In 2010, United States Senator Charles Schumer has helped spread County Executive Hein’s award winning program to other counties across upstate New York.
The County Executive goes above and beyond to help local businesses. For example, when faced with the possibility of losing a longtime local business, Gillette Creamery, County Executive Hein stepped into action to retain our local company. Through negotiating with Albany, County Executive Hein was able to broker a deal which kept Gillette in Ulster County. Now Gillette Creamery is staying located in Ulster County and will be expanding its local workforce. More recently, he assisted Canal Street Cutlery, a local knife manufacturer; to obtain an Upstate Regional Blueprint Grant. This grant award will result in a product line expansion, investment in new equipment, and the creation of jobs in the Village of Ellenville.
Cutting Red Tape
In addition to multi-million dollars deals, sometimes economic development is done by the County Executive on a much smaller scale. He recently helped Mr. and Mrs. Gabriello, who had a dream of opening an inn and restaurant in Ulster County. They needed business assistance, plus they were being thwarted by a complex state bureaucracy. With the intervention of County Executive Hein, their dream came true. They opened for business in 2010.
Ulster County government regularly purchases supplies and other necessities. In an effort to grow local businesses, County Executive Hein insisted that the purchasing process become much more business-friendly, so that local businesses could more easily compete. He hosted workshops for local businesses to teach them how to sell their products to Ulster County and redesigned the vendor notification process so local businesses would have every opportunity to do business with county government.