Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EAC) is an enterprise development program with centers located in communities throughout New York State that provide instruction, training, technical assistance, and support services to individuals who are interested in starting or recently started their own business, or entrepreneurs seeking to expand or strengthen their early-stage business.


EAC provide instruction, training, and one-on-one counseling in various languages to help aspiring entrepreneurs, first-time and existing business owners to develop business, problem-solving and management skills to turn their business concepts into reality and make the right decisions.  The emphasis is on helping individuals develop successful, resilient, and lasting businesses.

EACs offer a wide range of technical assistance services, including:

  • Evaluating the feasibility of starting a new business
  • Refining a business concept and business plan
  • Business registration assistance
  • Skills building in the application of business management principles and practices
  • A 60-hours business plan training course
  • Learn financial management skills
  • Develop and execute marketing strategies
  • Website development and the design of ecommerce platforms
  • Learn to sell products and services online
  • Counseling and guidance in identifying and accessing capital and credit services
  • Assistance with state procurement programs
  • Certification assistance to New York State Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises
  • Mentoring

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping (Specialty)
  • Angel Investment (Specialty)
  • Bonding (Specialty)
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training (Specialty)
  • Crowdfunding (Specialty)
  • Debt Funding (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding (Specialty)
  • Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Grant Funding (Specialty)
  • Insurance Requirements (Specialty)
  • Loans (Specialty)
  • Matching Funds (Specialty)
  • Microloans (Specialty)
  • Real Estate Finance (Specialty)
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring) (Specialty)
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)
  • Technology Grants (Specialty)
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance (Specialty)
  • Venture Capital (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

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

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

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

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements (Specialty)
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Manufacturing Development (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design (Specialty)
  • Award Recognition (Specialty)
  • Call Center Services (Specialty)
  • Competitive Analysis (Specialty)
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development and Training (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


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

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation (Specialty)
  • Government and Military Specifications (Specialty)
  • HUBZone Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Government Contracts (Specialty)
  • Price History (Specialty)
  • Registration Assistance (Specialty)
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses (Specialty)
  • Subcontracting Opportunities (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training (Specialty)
  • State Tax Credit Information (Specialty)
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes (Specialty)
  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • Design Services (Specialty)
  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Pollution Prevention (Specialty)
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • International Trade Education and Training (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
Contact Information
EAC Team
95 Perry Street
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203