Starting a Business in Buffalo

  1. Before You Begin
  2. Getting Started
  3. Growing Your Business

Buffalo State SBDC

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership. The SBDC advisors provide a variety of free and low-cost business consulting and training services.

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA offers recurring seminars and programs to support entrepreneurs at every stage of their business. Their ongoing programs include:

  • Federal and state procurement training, one-on-one and classes and other events
  • Library - The Buffalo Public Library has resources to help you. The library provides a free 30 minute orientation with a librarian to help you learn about what is available. Research an industry, start or expand a business, or explore a new career. The Onondaga County Library features an extensive collection of business and career books, plus, and free Wi-Fi.
  • SCORE - SCORE matches people with mentors who provide professional guidance and information to help existing small businesses grow, and new businesses get off the ground. The nonprofit is dedicated to teaching you how to start, grow and sustain your small business.
  • Strategic planning curriculum for established businesses
  • Veteran Entrepreneurship training for transition service members and B2B ReBoot for veterans and their families

Legal Requirements

You need to meet certain local legal requirements to start your business. These may include a business license, a DBA filing, and inspections.

State of New York Legal Requirements

Besides local requirements, business owners also need to consider the requirements of the State of New York. You are encouraged to explore the New York State website, to learn about licensing, taxes, and other regulations for businesses at the state level.

Business Finance

While the City of Buffalo does not do direct business lending, we do partner with a number of organizations that provide access to capital for entrepreneurs who are at varying stages of business life cycle.

Resources for Hiring Employees

  • Buffalo Employment and Training Center
  • New York State Department of Labor

Business Networking Resources