EVP & Deputy Commissioner, Small Business Services & Community Economic Development, Empire State Development


Steve Cohen is Executive Vice President and Deputy Commissioner at Empire State Development (ESD), where he heads the Department of Small Business Services and Community Economic Development. Since joining ESD, Mr. Cohen has led efforts to create, implement and refine important programs and initiatives to support small business development, increase access to capital, and improve the economic climate in communities throughout New York State.

New programs and resources include the State’s $50MM Small Business Revolving Loan Fund and the Innovate NY Fund – the State’s new $45 million seed stage equity capital fund.   Over the past year, department programs facilitated the creation of hundreds of new businesses, hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments in small businesses and community development projects, and the creation and retention of thousands of jobs.

Presentation Info

Here’s the Money® Access to Capital—Alternative Lenders Panel

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Room #2 – Startup & Entrepreneurship Track