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List of Business Resources

For Minority and Women-Owned Companies

For Minority and Women-Owned Companies

Black Chamber of Commerce (BCC)

836 Delavan Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14215

Richard Cummings

Phone No: (716) 995-0622


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

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

257 W. Genesee Street Suite 600

Buffalo, New York 14202

K. Sullivan

Phone No: (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.

Erie County Division of Equal Employment Opportunity


95 Franklin Street

Rath Building, Room 931

Buffalo, New York 14202

James O. Blackwell Director

Phone No: (716) 858-7913


Assist and certifies minority and women-owned businesses as bona fide MBE / WBE companies. 

Empire State Development Corporation

95 Perry Street, Suite 500

Buffalo, New York 14203

Karen Utz - Regional Director

Phone No: (716) 846-8200


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, Cleveland Hall 206

1300 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14222

Susan McCarthy, Director

Phone No: (716) 878-4030, Fax No. (716) 878-4067


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

Greg Lindberg

Phone No: (716) 551-5670 


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.

Hispanics United of Buffalo

254 Virginia Street

Buffalo, New York 14201

E. Russi, Executive Director

Phone No: (716) 856-7110


To partner with communities, lead change, and promote healthy and prosperous individuals and families.

Women Business Center

Canisius College

2365 Main Street

Buffalo, New York 14214

Sara Vescio

Phone 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.

Resources Planning Associates

2495 Main Street

Buffalo, New York 14214

Phone No: (716) 440-7816

Contract: Dolores McCarley, President


Full service Business Management Consultants.

Seneca Nation of Indians

12837 RTE #438

Irving, New York 14081

Phone No: (716) 532-4900

Contact: Darcy Kettle


The fifth largest employer in WNY. creating thousand of new jobs and our rich culture & traditions

Friends to the Elderly, Youth & Family

118 East Utica Street

Buffalo, New York 14209

Ms. Jetaun Jones

Phone No: (716) 882-0602


To provide quality services that educate, encourage, impower and support healthy, happy community members, with safe and stable support.

Mayor's Office of Contract Compliance

City Hall Room 1706

Buffalo, New York 14202

Phone No: (716) 851-4162

Contact: Matthew Zayas


Cost effective solution maximize revenue and reduce risk

Mayor's Office of Contract Compliance

Federal Project & Section 3

Division of Urban Affairs

City Hall Room 203

Buffalo, New York 14202

Phone No: (716) 851-6585

Contact: Tashene Eubank


Cost effective solution maximize revenue and reduce risk

Career & Professional Education

Buffalo State College

Cleveland Hall Room 306

1300 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14222

Phone No: (716) 878-5811, Fax No: (716) 878-3152

Contact: Denise Harris, Director


Committed to empowering students, their career education, and professional pursuits, through a supportive and inclusive environment.

The Exchange at Beverly Gray

334 East Utica Street

Buffalo, N.Y. 14208

Phone No: (716) 800-2171

Contact: Derrick Parsons


The Exchange at Beverly Gray is the premier minority incubator in WNY functioning as a Business and Entrepreneur Service Organization specifically serving the underrepresented entrepreneurial community in Buffalo, NY.

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WNY Be In Business

WNY Be In Business is your place to find information, help, and resources for starting or growing your Western New York based business.

Businesses and Partners can contact the office here or by calling (716) 800.2878.


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