By Calvin Dudley SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —It’s no secret that Syracuse winters are harsh and that the city is located in the Rust Belt, however that has not stopped businesses from coming to Syracuse. DocuPet, a Canadian based company opened their headquarters in downtown Syracuse earlier this fall.
Kelly Allore, the Director of Operations at DocuPet, says the local government is working hard to attract companies, and businesses like hers want to be a part of that growth.
“We knew that here in Syracuse there was really a revitalization kind’ve happening around business development and the tech sector specifically,” said Allore.
DocuPet is one of many companies partnered with StartupNY which provides tax breaks to companies and employees for the first ten years that the businesses are open.
Another organization helping startups is the Syracuse Tech Garden. The Tech Garden is located is in the heart of downtown and helps startups get on their feet from providing companies with office space to helping them make profits.
Lynn Hughes, the Director of Operations and Events, says that the Garden’s services are very beneficial to startups such as DocuPet.
“I believe that people need the Tech Garden because of the growing of startups, and entrepreneurs, small businesses, we’re not seeing the big corporations anymore, so people are beginning to start their own business and we’re here to help,” said Hughes.
For those who might be angry that companies like DocuPet are getting tax breaks, Hughes says the companies are expected to make a significant impact on the community’s economy and if they don’t, they are kicked out of the programs.
“In addition to getting the tax break, they are required to grow the economy. So if they’re joining StartupNY, then they’ve agreed that they’re going to add employees, they’re going to be doing some big purchases, and hopefully will continue to grow to grow Syracuse and NY state,” said Hughes.