Small Business KickStart

KickStart Wayne County

Two Ways in 2021 to KICKSTART your new business TODAY!
The Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition and
the Microburst Grant-Loan Program

These two programs are available to Wayne County residents with Wayne County businesses. The KickStart initiative aims to foster entrepreneurship among our residents. Applicants can apply for either of these programs but not at the same time.  


1. The 3rd Annual Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition

This year's competition is open to all Wayne County residents who have a new business (less than three years old), a new business idea, or are in the concept stage of developing a business in Wayne County. The Winner will receive a $25,000 award to kick start their new business. Pitch applicants must review and adhere to these following items:

2. Wayne County Microburst Program - New in 2021

This is another opportunity to give your new business a financial boost. It was created to provide a grant and a matching loan for local small business startup projects. Every application will be reviewed for completeness and sustainability by staff and a loan review committee. The combined loan and grant funding can range from $10,000 to $40,000. Microburst applicants must review and adhere to these following items:

  • Read Microburst FAQ 
  • Submit WEDC Mircroburst Application with other required documents that are described in the Application.
  • Attend ALL 5 of the free SCORE business education workshops listed below under Resources
  • Meet the Deadline to apply for the Microburt Program on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 4pm. 
  • Include a non-refundable application fee of $250.00. 


SCORE Workshops: 

The following five dates are confirmed for these SCORE workshops to be conducted via Zoom.
Microburst applicants must attend all five workshops. Pitch competition applicants must attend at least one. 

If someone from the business is not able to attend one of the live sessions, a recording will be available along with required questions, to make sure the business owner listened to the workshop. Please email Katie Bronson for access to recorded sessions.

Each Workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and last for at least one hour, but could be more depending on the content and the discussion between instructor and participants. These instructors are an excellent resource for your new business. 

Click Here to Register for these Wayne County SCORE Workshops.

Week 1: Tuesday, August 10 - Introduction/Expectations, SBA and Business Model Canvas
Week 2: Tuesday, August 17 - Sales and Marketing
Week 3: Tuesday, August 24 - Insurance & Banking
Week 4: Tuesday, August 31 - Accounting
Week 5: Tuesday, September 7 - Legal

For more information view the SCORE mentoring website


The New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in New York with one-on-one business counseling, training, and business research. All advisement is free and confidential. For more information visit the New York Small Business Development Center website  and start by making an appointment with a Certified Business Advisor.


Complete the required application for the program linked above, and include required documents, required SCORE workshops, plus the application fee (payable to WEDC). Payment must be sent by mail or hand-delivered to the address shown here before the deadline. 

Mail or Deliver Applications & Documents to:
Wayne Economic Development Corporation
Attn: Katie Bronson
9 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor
Lyons, NY 14489
Email Katie Bronson

If you intend to email the application and documents, all attached file types must be in PDF format under 15 MB total and labeled with your business name. 

Once an application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness. You will be notified that it was received and if any information is missing. Please refer to FAQ or Instruction documents for further details. Applications do take time to review, so we ask for your patience while we carefully go through this process. Thank you in advance for your interest in Kick Starting your business in Wayne County. 

If you have any questions about either application, email Katie Bronson or call 315-946-5919.