Welcome to the
WNY Be In Business Resource Navigator

The small business community is the lifeblood of Western New York’s economy. As such, there are a multitude of resources and services available that can be difficult to access. The need to convene said resources was made ever apparent during the COVID 19 pandemic, and as we emerge from the economic crisis that resulted, that need is still just as great. Therefore, Erie County, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, and several partners have embarked on this collaborative effort to bring resource providers and business services organizations under one virtual roof so that entrepreneurs can access the support they need and achieve their small business goals.

Business Support Guide

WNY Be In Business Navigator Video produced in collaboration with Buffalo Rising

The Resource Navigator is an easy-to-use filter of the various support and programs available to entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Click on the Business Support Guide for instructions.

Are you ready for funding?
Upstate Capital Connect:
A Western New York Resource

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Capital Connect is a New York State resource that provides a one-stop portal for business owners seeking funding or advice to help their business grow. By joining the efforts and resources of four leading nonprofit organizations, Capital Connect is eliminating barriers to accessing capital and ensuring that every business owner is provided the opportunity to start, grow and thrive. Connecting is FREE and only takes a few minutes. One application applies to all four funders at once.

Are you ready for funding?
A National Resource

https://www.connect2capital.com/Connect2Capital levels the playing field for small business owners seeking capital from a responsible lender. For the first time, mission-driven lenders and traditional lenders collaborate within a single, online network to help small business owners succeed—with responsible small business loans. From the moment you start the match process with the Connect2Capital network, we’re with you every step of the way with funding, resources, and guidance—because your dreams can’t wait for tomorrow.

Education & Training is Available!

There are many training and educational classes, seminars and forums available throughout the WNY community.  Often these events are FREE of charge; some organizations require membership or a working relationship, however, our initiative project coordinator can assist in finding the appropriate event or resource to match the need of our WNY entrepreneurs.


Starting a business?  In business and ready for next steps?
Use the Resource Navigator to search for assistance.

Upcoming Events

The business community has many events to assist in education and training, although some may require membership, 

most are FREE to entrepreneurs and their teams. Have an event to add to the calendar? Email: [email protected]

Shop 716

The Shop 716 initiative is to be a champion of all business, supporting the shop/support local themes; to develop business unity and camaraderie to uplift our entire region.