The Amsterdam Microenterprise Assistance Program (AMAP) is a grant program to assist small start-up or existing businesses in the City of Amsterdam. This grant was awarded to the City of Amsterdam and is being administered by Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency (AIDA). Microenterprises can receive grants of up to $25,000 to assist with startup or expansion costs which create jobs. Information about the program can be found on the AIDA website at
Application.pdf or on the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce website at

As part of the grant program, the AIDA and Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce have developed curriculum for a series of Entrepreneurial Training Workshops that are an integral part of this AMAP grant program. In order to apply for the grants, businesses must attend a series of four workshops facilitated by the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. The classes are also open to anyone who wants to attend. There is also an informational session on the grant scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 6 p.m. at the Chamber’s Amsterdam office, 1166 Riverfront Center.

The cost for the four-class module is $100 with individual sessions at $25 each. Any business can attend the training course at the same cost. All classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chamber’s Riverfront Center office.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, June 6 – Business Basics – Presented by Chuck Schwartz, Attorney at Law.

• Tuesday, June 13 – Recordkeeping, Accounting, Taxes and Financing – Presented by Bill Easterly, KeyBank Amsterdam.

• Tuesday, June 20 – Marketing and Advertising – Presented by Terry Swierzowski, Fulton Montgomery Chamber

• Tuesday, June 27 – Developing the Business Plan – Presenter TBD.

For more information about the grant program and an application, visit this link on the Amsterdam City/AIDA website: or call the AIDA at (518) 842-5011.


To register for the classes, or for more information on them, contact Terry Swierzowski at the Chamber at (518) 725-0641 or email [email protected]