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List of Business Resources

For Minority and Women Owned Companies

Black Chamber of Commerce (BCC)
836 Delavan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14215
Lumon Ross, President
Phone No: (716) 597-0263

A networking group of African American Enterprises who’s mission is to advocate and promote economic development of minority businesses.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership
665 Main Street   Suite 200
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 852-7100

The BNP offers various programs, services and opportunities to help support members with business growth. Includes but not limited to networking, sponsorships, newsletter advertising and membership directory.

Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation
65 Niagara Square
City Hall     Room 920
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone No: (716) 842-2667

Micro enterprise loan program for renovation, construction, purchase of furniture, equipment and working capital. BERC can finance up to 90% of a project requiring not less $2,500 or more than $25,000.

Erie County Division of Equal Employment Opportunity
95 Franklin Street
Rath Building     Room 625
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone No: (716) 858-7542

Assist and certifies minority and women owned businesses as bona fide MBE / WBE companies. Assist with information and referral.

Empire State Development Corporation
95 Perry Street    Suite 500
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone No: (716) 846-8229
Gerald McDuffie, Economic Development Program Specialist

Access all New York State business development programs, including financing and training. Assist and certifies companies as bona fide MBE / WBE enterprises.

Small Business Development Center
Buffalo State College    Bacon Hall 117
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222
Telephone No: (716) 878-4030

One to one counseling to start up and existing small businesses on a wide range of advisory, training and research services including; business plans, marketing programs and financial strategies.

U. S. Small Business Administration
130 S. Elmwood Ave.   Suite 540
Buffalo, New York 14202
Telephone No: (716) 551-4301   Ext. 310

Assist with every aspect of starting a business, from developing a business plan, obtaining financing, marketing products and managing a company. The general loan program promotes small business growth by guarantees of up to 80% of the amount provided by lenders. Assist veterans with all services previously listed.

Upstate New York Minority Supplier Development Council
85 River Rock Drive
Buffalo, New York 14207
Linda Terrell – President
Telephone No: (716) 871-4120

Provide assistance for major corporations to identify qualified minority businesses who can supply these firms with goods and services. Maintain a directory of certified minority businesses and their capabilities for contractors to have a readily accessible source of MBE companies.

Women Business Center
Canisius College
2365 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214
Telephone No: (716) 888-8280

Provide entrepreneurs and small business owners the critical skills, knowledge, tools and support network to increase their success. Services include; training, networking, counseling, coaching and consulting.

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