Small Business Assistance
Executive Service Corps of Rochester
55 St. Paul Street Rochester, NY 14604
Contact; Michael D. Woods, Executive Director
The Service Corps provides assistance to new business owners (non-profits) for a small fee.
Rochester Business Alliance
Small Business Council
55 St. Paul Street Rochester, NY 14604-1391
585-454-2220 Contact: Cathy Mahar
The Council promotes the development of small businesses in the Rochester area in cooperation with commerce and industry and government agencies.
Contact: Bridget Pulver
Start-up Resource Awards
c/o Rochester Business Alliance
55 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Contact: Jean Kase, Vice President
Start-up Resource Awards offer targeted assistance for emerging companies owned by women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Qualified small business owners or nonprofit organizations will receive at least 10 hours of free service to address their most critical needs. The deadline is once a year.
Minority Business Development Center
350 North Street
Rochester, NY 14605
Contact: Beverly Jackson
The Center helps minority businesses to obtain contracts and loans.
Minority and Women Business Development Division
265 North Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY 14605
Contact: Stephanie Miles
The urban league's Business Development Division provides a training, counseling and mentoring services to help minorities, women, dislocated workers and others start and/or expand businesses. The program offers information about national and local resources to meet constituent needs. It supports programs and policies that help minority and women entrepreneurs become full partners in the national and global economies.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives Association (SCORE)
Sponsored by the U. S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association providing free business counseling. It has over 100 retired and active executives in the Rochester area who volunteer to share their skills with small business owners. The following are the local branches:
100 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Federal Building, Room 1311
111 West Huron Street
Buffalo NY 14202