Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building

The mission of the Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) is to facilitate cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profits, the private sector, anchor institutions, and the community, with the goal of advancing community wealth building policies, programs, initiatives, and systems throughout the Rochester community. The Office works to foster economic equity by serving the diverse needs of residents and small businesses in a culturally congruent and sustainable way.

About

The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) is to facilitate cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profits, the private sector, anchor institutions, and the community, with the goal of advancing community wealth building policies, programs, initiatives, and systems throughout the Rochester community. The Office works to foster economic equity by serving the diverse needs of residents and small businesses in a culturally congruent and sustainable way.

What is Community Wealth Building?

Community Wealth Building is an intentionally inclusive process of collaboration among a broad array of stakeholders. Its goals are to foster financial empowerment and access that inspires equitable and inclusive economic and community development. Its priorities include the democratic ownership of assets, and opportunities to build intergenerational wealth within historically disenfranchised communities. Community wealth building is a comprehensive framework that transpires across individual, family, group, institutional, and regional levels.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Business Succession Planning

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Microloans

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Public Policy and Government Relations

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

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
Primary Contact
Shemeka Davis