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First Niagara Provides Continued Support for Rockland Economic Development Corporation Small Business Center

Date Posted: March 26, 2014

 NYACK, NY, March 25, 2014 – The First Niagara Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to the  Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) for its continued support of REDC’s Small Business Center (SBC), a free resource for small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs in Rockland County.


Located at REDC’s office in Pearl River, the Small Business Center offers small business owners the use of a computer, phone and other office equipment as well as office space and a conference room. Business owners have access to the internet and productivity software such as Microsoft Office 2007, Business Plan Pro and Marketing Plan Pro. In addition, they also have access to professionals for consultation about lending, cash management and other financial services, and introductions to business resources through the SBA, SBDC, and SCORE.


“The collaboration and cooperation between the REDC and First Niagara has been great. Our interests are strategically aligned which makes for a winning combination,” said Michael DiTullo, REDC President and CEO.  “The continued funding provided by First Niagara also is an opportunity to demonstrate to the Rockland County community that they are committed to growing businesses.”


“First Niagara is happy to continue its support of this vitally important resource for small business owners and start-ups in Rockland County,” said Sara Tucker, First Vice President, Regional Team Leader, First Niagara Bank.  ‘The SBC provides the necessary tools for someone interested in starting a small business–all in one place and at no cost. First Niagara is committed to supporting and empowering business owners here in the Hudson Valley.”


As one of the largest banks in the region, First Niagara now has nearly 420 branches in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and 26 branches in the Hudson Valley, including Blauvelt, New City, Nyack, Pearl River, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern and Tappan. 


About REDC

Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) is a 501c3 not-for-profit contract agency of the County of Rockland. Programs and services are made possible with financial support from the County of Rockland, the U.S. Department of Defense, corporate grants and private sector contributions. REDC's mission is to promote the economy in Rockland County by fostering the creation and attraction of new business and the retention and expansion of existing business to stimulate job opportunities to improve the quality of life in Rockland County.


About First Niagara

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, $38 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,800 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.


First Niagara Foundation is a not for profit corporation founded in 1998.  The Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work with specific focus on youth and education, community development and neighborhood revitalization. In-2013  the Foundation contributed more than $10 million in charitable grants to community partners.  For more information, visit


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