Erie County Dept of Economic Development

Erie County Office of Economic Development provides resources and assistance to small businesses from startup to established companies.


Erie County’s Office of Economic Development in the Department of Environment and Planning is a resource for businesses both large and small. Our office focuses on business development, attraction, retention, and expansion. From attracting companies to our developing large scale industrial sites to providing capital to micro businesses, we are Erie County’s gateway to the opportunities necessary for businesses to thrive in our communities. As an office that takes pride in our collaborative efforts with our industry and service provider partners, the Office of Economic Development can connect businesses with the services they need. From COVID relief to connecting large scale development projects with tax incentives, our office is here to support ventures of all sizes.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Revitalization (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Microloans (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Workforce Training (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship and Co-op Programs

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business (Specialty)
  • City Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Hispanic Business (Specialty)
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Native-American Business (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals (Specialty)
Contact Information
Vicki Haas
95 Franklin Street
10th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202