UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL)

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is the premier Western New York resource for entrepreneurs like you who are looking to overcome your challenges, inspire innovation, and propel your business to growth and profitability.


Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the CEL offers a variety of individualized and interactive programs that fit your demanding schedule. Based on proven principles and centered on best practices and emerging trends, our programs allow you to explore new methods for business growth in a confidential, non-competitive environment with assistance from fellow classmates, UB School of Management faculty, and business experts.
  • Core Program
  • Women and Minority Emerging Entrepreneurs
  • Mastery Forum
  • Key Persons Leadership Connections
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mastering Your Financial Reports
  Core Program: The flagship program of the CEL, Core enhances the talents and operating abilities of practicing entrepreneurs.  Core empowers you to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop meaningful connections in the business community. As a practicing entrepreneur, you will elevate your talents and operating abilities with the help of this peer-based, mentor-driven program as you meet once a week for nine months. You should apply to the Core program if you:
  • Are the owner or a strategic decision-maker of an established business with significant annual revenues
  • Wish to move beyond your current revenue plateau
  • Strive to be more strategic and less encumbered by day-to-day issues
  • Wish to control and direct the forces that shape your life
  • Contribute to the community and the lives of others through your venture
The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership selects Core candidates for the fall program through August of each year.  Apply early as it is not unusual for the class to be filled before the deadline. Scholarship opportunities exist, ranging from $2,000-$4,000, depending on specific eligibility criteria.   M&T Bank Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE): The MWEE program will help you move your company to the next stage of development. You will work with a mentor, attend biweekly business development seminars and networking events, and complete a revised or newly developed business plan. You should apply to the MWEE program if you:
  • Are the owner of an emerging business with annual revenue below $300,000
  • Wish to formulate clear objectives and outcomes to guide the development of your business plan
  • Strive to learn about and connect with organizations and resources – public and private – that can assist with the development of your business
The MWEE program is partially funded with a generous grant from M&T Bank. To apply, you must be either a woman or a member of a recognized minority and own a business in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Apply early as it is not unusual for the class to be filled before the deadline.

Services Provided

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Industry
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship and Co-op Programs
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning

Operations and Logistics

  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
Contact Information
Kate Moody
77 Goodell Street
Suite 201
Buffalo, NY 14203