Business Assistance

Canisius College Center for Professional Development
300 Corporate Parkway
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 716-862-4600

Utilizes resources for company consultation, training, research, and educational needs necessary to train an effective workforce.

Canisius College Woman's Business Center
2365 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Telephone: 716-888-6650

Uses faculty, local entrepreneurs, and professional experts to enhance the growth of new and established businesses by offering programs, workshops, and indivisual coaching.

Empire State Development Corporation
Liberty Building
420 Main Street, Suite 717
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone: 716-856-8111

New York State's Economic Development Agency offers a full menu of businfess assistance, including financial resources, technical expertise for facility expansions, machinery and eqiupment purchases, site and infrastructure development, workforce training, and market development.

Erie County Government Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Business, Science, and Technology Division
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, New York 14203
Telephone: 716-858-8865

Provides census, demographics, small business, export-import, patents, standards, and other business information.

Erie County Government
Department of Environmental Compliance
85 Franklin Street, Room 1053
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone: 716-858-6370

A non-regulatory country programs that (free of charge) helps businesses understand and comply with environmental laws and regulations. Provides assistance to companies in reducing waste and costs associated with waste management. Develops and promotes energy conservation and efficency programs

Erie County Government
Division of Planning and Economic Development Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone: 716-858-8390

County's ombudsman to local businesses.

Erie County Government
County Clerk's Office
25 Deleware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202
Telephone: 716-858-8865

Records and files all records for purchase and sales of real property, legal documents, and business transactions such as registering a "Doing Business As" (DBA)

Erie County Government Division of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Room 1652
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone: 716-858-7542

Ombudsman for minority and women business enterprises (M/WBE's). Assists and certifies minority and women business enterprises. Services are provided to facilitate M/WBE access to county contracts.

Erie County Industrial Development Agency
275 Oak Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Administers revolving loan fund for fixed assets and working captial for eligible businesses, operates a public-preivate venture capital fund to invest in high-tech companies that have large growth potential. Works in conjunction with local area banks and the U.S. Small business Association on loan programs targeted at minority, women, and/or start up business enterprises.

Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR)
Agency Building 1, 4th Floor
Empire State Plaza, P.O. Box 2107
Albany, NY 12220-3292

Offers permit assistance and general information regarding regulatory reform.

Krog Corperation
4 Centre Drive
Orchard Park, New York 14127
Phone: 716.667.1234
Fax: 716.667.1258

National Fuel
6363 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221-5887

Offers business development rates for businesses that qualify. Also will provide grants for projects designed to promote economic activity and redeveloped in National Fuels service area.

New York Business Development Corperation (NYBDC)
300 International Drive, Suite 100
Williamsville, NY 14221
Telephone: 716-626-3423

NYBC is privatley owned, managed, and funed by banks across the state with the mandate of promoting employment and economic development through long term loans to credit worthy small and medium size businesses that are candidates for financing outside of or in conjunction with conventional bank sources. Many of its borrowers do not meet the requirements for traditional bank financing. It has programs specifically targeted at provoding financing oppurtunities for minority and women owned business.

NYS Department of Labor (DOL)
Business Service Unit
290 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone: 716-851-2750

The Business Unit offers recruitment assistance, human resource consulting, workforce development, and training (apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs), equal employment opportunity servicesm OSHA consultation, layoff transition services, and unemployment insurance programs.

New York Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG)
150 Erie Street
Lancaster, NY 14286
Telephone: 1-800-456-5153

Provides technical assistance, funding for utility related infrastructure improvements for the redevelopment of a Brownfield Site or vacant building, investment in new electrical delivery related facilities and energy price incentives for economic development purposes.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
617 Main Street, Suite 105
Buffalo, nY 14203
Telephone: 716-842-1522

A public benefit corporation that provides energy-related technical and financial packaging assistance to businesses to promote energy efficency and economic development.

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (A National Grid Company)
300 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13202
Telephone: 315-428-5140

Economic Development services include programs designed to reduce energy costs, energy efficency assistance, productivity enhancement assessments, site development assistance, and capital investment inventives.

111 West Huron Street
Room 1311
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone: 716-551-4301

Free business counseling by men and women who have had successful businesses careers as company executives or owners of their own business.

Small Business Development Center
Buffalo State College
Cleveland Hall 206
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Telephone: 716-878-4030

Provides one-to-one counseling to start-up and existing small businesses on a wide range of advisory, training, and reserch services including: the preparation of business plans, marketing, programs, and financial strategies.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
111 West Huron Street, Room 1311
Buffalo, NY 14202
Telephone 716-636-2568

Programs to assist with every aspect of starting a business, from developing a business plan to obtaining financing, from marketing products and services to manging a company. The general loan program promotes small business growth by guarantees of up to 80% of the amount provided by commercial lenders.

UB The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE)
1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 212
Amherst, NY 14228
Telephone: 716-636-2568

TCIE is a business consulting and economic development arm of the university. TCIE serves as a liaison between area businesses and manufacturers and wide range of UB resources including: access to faculty members, material testing labs, technicians, graduate students, and university design and research centers. TCIE helpds to administer Strategic Partnership for industrial Resurgence program. This program provides 50% financing for small to mid size companies that seek efficency and process improvements, product development assistance, and quality program implrementation. TCIE also provides training needs assessments, training grant development, and administration and technical training programs.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA)
181 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Operates mass transit system (rail and bus) and airports for both Erie and Niagara counties.

INSYTE Consulting
726 Exchange Street, Suite 620
Buffalo, NY 14210

Insyte consulting provides strategic and operational consulting services to WNY manufacturer and technology-based businesses in areas such as lean manufacturing, strategic and marketing planning, quality systems, information technology, and new technology adaption. In addition, Insyte supports the creation and growth of new technology-based businesses through access to venture capital, business planning, and loaned executives.

WNY Venture Association
726 Exchange Street, Suite 620
Buffalo, NY 14210

Provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business plans to interested investors through a series of networking meetings throughout the year. Presenters also recieve coaching and feedback about their business plan prior to making presenations.

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Inc.
8 South Buffalo Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
Telephone: 716-649-7917

The Hamburg Chamver of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. They are an action agency designed to meet business and community needs. They rely on a voluntary organization of businesses to advance all sectors of interest within the community including civic, commercial, financial, and industrial interests.