Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Visits Binghamton University

Published 07/25 2014 04:57PM

Updated 07/25 2014 08:40PM

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Binghamton University today to check out a few of the start-up companies housed in its business incubator.

She also took part in a roundtable discussion with the Small Business Administration, owners of the start-ups and local high-tech companies to find out what kind of challenges they are facing.

Before the meeting, Gillibrand toured the start-up suite at the Innovative Technologies Campus at B.U.

"One of the things they still need is access to capital. They need money so that they can take these ideas and make a product from them. We have the small business administrator here to meet with them to hear their ideas, to hear their challenges, to talk about products she can offer them, and they can hopefully develop new programs to meet other needs that aren't being met today," said Gillibrand.

Over the past two years, the SBA has loaned more than $4.5 million through its programs to small high-tech businesses in the Southern Tier.

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