Sen. Gillibrand, center-right, announced the grant on Wednesday. The senator visited the REV incubator recently.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A program to grow entrepreneurship opportunities for women in Ithaca has been awarded a $50,000 federal grant, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Wednesday.

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The downtown business incubator Rev: Ithaca Startup Works — of which, full disclosure, the Ithaca Voice is a member — is receiving the grant through the federal U.S. Small Business Administration for its women’s entrepreneurship program.

“This investment will empower women entrepreneurs to take the leap and start new businesses with the help of local partners in Ithaca who want to see their start-ups grow and create good-paying, local jobs,” Sen. Schumer said in a news release.

“The Southern Tier economy thrives when small and new businesses are given the resources necessary to succeed, so I applaud the SBA’s decision to award this federal funding to Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.”

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Sen. Gillibrand, center-right, announced the grant on Wednesday. The senator visited the REV incubator’s temporary space on the Ithaca Commons earlier this summer.
Sen. Gillibrand, center-right, announced the grant on Wednesday. The senator visited the REV incubator’s temporary space on the Ithaca Commons earlier this summer.

Gillibrand also touted the importance of the program, which she said will give local female entrepreneurs “support from committed and experienced mentors with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, sales, technology, and marketing, helping to launch additional successful women-owned companies,” according to a news release.

“This funding will help equip our women entrepreneurs with the tools and resources necessary to expand and start new businesses in the Southern Tier,” Gillibrand said in the news release.

“I recently had the opportunity to see firsthand the critical services Rev: Ithaca Startup Works provides to the region’s entrepreneurs, work that will be further enhanced with this new federal investment, offering new opportunities and partnerships for Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College that will help create jobs, spur innovation and strengthen the local economy.”

Rev, which now has more than 25 member companies, was established as a collaboration between Cornell, Ithaca College and TC3 in 2014 to encourage economic growth in Tompkins County and the Southern Tier.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.