Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EAC) is an enterprise development program with centers located in communities throughout New York State that provide instruction, training, technical assistance, and support services to individuals who are interested in starting or recently started their own business, or entrepreneurs seeking to expand or strengthen their early-stage business.


EAC provide instruction, training, and one-on-one counseling in various languages to help aspiring entrepreneurs, first-time and existing business owners to develop business, problem-solving and management skills to turn their business concepts into reality and make the right decisions.  The emphasis is on helping individuals develop successful, resilient, and lasting businesses.

EACs offer a wide range of technical assistance services, including:

  • Evaluating the feasibility of starting a new business
  • Refining a business concept and business plan
  • Business registration assistance
  • Skills building in the application of business management principles and practices
  • A 60-hours business plan training course
  • Learn financial management skills
  • Develop and execute marketing strategies
  • Website development and the design of ecommerce platforms
  • Learn to sell products and services online
  • Counseling and guidance in identifying and accessing capital and credit services
  • Assistance with state procurement programs
  • Certification assistance to New York State Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises
  • Mentoring

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)
  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment (Specialty)
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training (Specialty)
  • Crowdfunding (Specialty)
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance (Specialty)
  • Insurance Requirements (Specialty)
  • Loans (Specialty)
  • Debt Funding (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding (Specialty)
  • Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Real Estate Finance (Specialty)
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)
  • Technology Grants (Specialty)
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping (Specialty)
  • Bonding (Specialty)
  • Grant Funding (Specialty)
  • Matching Funds (Specialty)
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring) (Specialty)
  • Venture Capital (Specialty)
  • Microloans (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Hiring and Firing (Specialty)
  • Apprenticeship (Specialty)
  • Recruiting (Specialty)
  • Workforce Training (Specialty)
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Industry (Specialty)
  • Employee Development (Specialty)
  • Insurance (Specialty)
  • Retention (Specialty)
  • Policies and Templates (Specialty)
  • Workforce Incentives (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements (Specialty)
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Manufacturing Development (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design (Specialty)
  • Award Recognition (Specialty)
  • Call Center Services (Specialty)
  • Competitive Analysis (Specialty)
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development and Training (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business (Specialty)
  • City Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Hispanic Business (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Native-American Business (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation (Specialty)
  • Government and Military Specifications (Specialty)
  • HUBZone Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Government Contracts (Specialty)
  • Price History (Specialty)
  • Registration Assistance (Specialty)
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses (Specialty)
  • Subcontracting Opportunities (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training (Specialty)
  • State Tax Credit Information (Specialty)
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Design Services (Specialty)
  • Pollution Prevention (Specialty)
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes (Specialty)
  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
  • International Trade Education and Training (Specialty)
Contact Information
EAC Team
95 Perry Street
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203