Urban League of Rochester, NY, Inc.

The Urban League’s Minority and Women Business Development Division provides a wide array of services to individuals interested in starting a business or business owners looking to expand an existing company.


The Urban League of Rochester’s (ULR) Business Development Division assists minorities and women in launching and growing their businesses through classroom instruction and one-on-one technical assistance. We also assist dislocated workers, individuals with disabilities, veterans, as well as aspiring small business persons in the start-up, development and/ or expansion of independent self-owned micro enterprise ventures. The division includes an Entrepreneurship Assistance Center (EAC), one of over 20 Centers in NY State, funded by New York State’s Empire State Development. EAC encourages the start-up of new businesses and the continuous development and expansion of existing businesses. In addition, the Urban League of Rochester operates the KeyBank Business Boost & Build powered by JumpStart program that provides comprehensive business development services to high-potential small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready to grow beyond the start-up and early stages of business development.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Bonding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Matching Funds
  • Microloans

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Insurance
  • Policies and Templates

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Website Development


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business Issues

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Mazi Bakari
265 North Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 325-6530 Ext: 3078