Buffalo Business Forward
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Byron W. Brown and The City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning have been providing businesses with the latest information about the COVID-19 emergency and the City of Buffalo's response to adequately restore economic activity. Buffalo Business Forward will continue to be a central resource and communication tool for Buffalo's business community, providing updates on new business assistance opportunities, business resources, and guidance as businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Buffalo is open for business and our office is excited to support the business community as our local economy moves forward.
Buffalo Small Business Map and Directory
The Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning encourages local, small businesses in the City of Buffalo to register for our Small Business map and directory.
We will continue to provide our business community with important business updates, resources and other guidance. Please select the option to sign up to receive these updates on our Registration Form
Business Health and Safety Guidelines
- State-regulated health care settings
- State-regulated adult care facilities and nursing homes
- Correctional facilities
- Schools and childcare centers
- Homeless shelters
- Domestic violence shelters
- Buses & bus stations, trains & train stations, subways & subway stations, planes & airports.
Please reference the full announcement HERE
For Covid-19 information for businesses in Erie County, click HERE
General New York State Covid-19 information can be found HERE
COVID-19 Business Assistance and Relief
The City of Buffalo’s Business Assistance page has up-to-date state, local, and federal business assistance resources.
The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provided flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York. Find more information HERE
The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) continues to accept applications. The $100 million fund is a economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords as they reopen after COVID-19 and NYS on PAUSE.
Small Business Development
Broadway Fillmore Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI)
The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a comprehensive approach to boosting local economies by transforming communities into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work, and raise a family. In its fifth year, the program is investing $200 million across the state, or $20 million in each region. The downtown districts that receive the funding are chosen by each of the State's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs).
The City of Buffalo is one of the two winners in Western New York and has been awarded $10M towards improvements that will help transform the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. With technical assistance provided by the State and guidance from a local planning committee and the public, the City of Buffalo will develop a Strategic Investment Plan that identifies specific projects that align with a unique vision for revitalization of the downtown area. This website contains the information, documents, and announcements about the DRI as they become available throughout the process.
For upcoming events and more information please visit broadwayfillmoredri.com
Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)
Sidewalk Cafe's and Outdoor Seating
The Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning is working to extend the successes of the Small Business Social Distance Initiative (SBSDI) by making permanent reforms to the City Code. Updates and announcements regarding permanent code reform will be posted to this webpage.
Buffalo is a great place to do business. New development in our commercial, residential, and industrial sectors continues to have a long-lasting impact on Buffalo’s economic recovery.
Are you interested in development? Please visit our Commercial Tax Incentives, Grants, and Financing Page and our Bid Opportunities Page.
Since 2012, there has been approximately $8 billion in economic investment citywide. Mayor Byron W. Brown and Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning launched an interactive map for community residents to see new development projects completed or in progress going back to 2017. Buffalo continues to see exciting new development momentum throughout our community. Please access our development project map at the link below: