The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester is an interdisciplinary center that educates the University and Rochester communities on developing and applying an entrepreneurial mindset via training programs and other offerings.
Black-owned Business (BOB) Rochester is a community-driven marketing and promotions resource serving Greater Rochester (NY) area BOBs. BOB Rochester was created to empower Black enterprises, public service organizations, affinity groups, and associations.
Get the competitive edge you need. No matter how big or small your enterprise is, we are here to help. Our market research services don’t just save your company time and money, we can also identify potential customers to help increase your bottom line.
The Carlson Center for Intellectual Property assists with prior art searches and filing for patents, trademarks, and copyright.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County provides research-based information and educational programming to ensure the vitality of agriculture, strengthen families, promote health and well-being, responsibly improve home and community landscapes, and enhance our natural environment. Main areas of outreach include: Nutrition, 4-H ,Youth & Family Development, Horticulture, Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, Gardening, Natural Resources.
Digital Main Street is a program that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation through online learning, structured training programs, and one-on-one coaching support to help main street businesses grow and manage their operations through technology.
If you are a nonprofit, the Grants Resource Center can help provide you with resources for grants. We have access to the in house Foundation Directory Online Professional. ( a database which includes detailed profiles of foundations, and recent grants awarded.
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is the voice for business across our nine-county region, including Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. We provide a one-stop source for information, advocacy, human resource services, and networking to help employers grow their businesses, their dreams, and our economy.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) will connect you to the right people and the right resources to expand your company in the Rochester region.
A talented workforce, exceptional quality of life, and proximity to major markets without major market costs make the Greater Rochester, NY region the right place for any business looking to grow. Here are helpful resources available throughout our nine-county region.
GWC, Inc. is a Black-owned not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to “provide rehabilitative, supportive, and collaborative services for individuals who are affected by involvement with the criminal justice systems.”
Whether you’ve owned a business for years or you just had a brilliant idea in the shower, Hello Alice is here to help you start and grow your company. Hello Alice works by matching you with opportunities, resources, and funding locally and online, that will help you start and grow a business.
Launch NY is a nonprofit venture development organization that supports high-growth potential companies to drive significant economic impact and jobs for our region. Launch NY offers high-quality pro bono business mentoring and access to seed funding for investment-ready new businesses.
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.
The Monroe County Planning and Development Department provides and coordinates a broad range of programs focusing on job retention and creation, employment and training services, land use planning and resource conservation as well as housing and neighborhood preservation.
The MCFL PTAC provides free government contracting counseling to all businesses in the Finger Lakes Region.
The New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in New York with the highest quality, confidential business counseling, training, and business research at no cost.
We work with real people and real businesses. Our assistance helps people like you achieve real success, as it has for more than 30 years.
The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce serves as the unified business voice of Orleans County. It provides the leadership to support and facilitate a thriving business environment. The Chamber believes that such an environment is characterized by the strength and growth of resident businesses, by the quality and stability of their workforces and by the attractiveness of our market to businesses whose presence would be a positive influence on our community.
PathStone Enterprise Center is the CDFI affiliate of Rochester-based non-profit, PathStone Corporation. PathStone Enterprise Center has operated since 1998 making small business loans from offices in Rochester, Buffalo and Ponce, Puerto Rico.
At Pursuit, our mission is simple: to provide businesses with affordable loans and resources so that they can reach higher, transform and grow. Pursuit is a community-focused lender where businesses can access more than 15 loan programs that provide financing from $10,000 to $5.5 million with affordable rates and terms. Last year alone, Pursuit provided more than $234 million in funding through 488 business loans, creating more than 2,900 jobs. Pursuit is a nationally recognized organization that focuses on serving businesses and lending partners in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Learn more at www.pursuitlending.com.
Building community for entrepreneurs and innovators.
Empowering the New Rochester.
Instigating "Creative Collision"
Sharing the stories of our great innovators and entrepreneurs
Everything we do is informed by promoting greater equality of race, class, gender and age
Rochester Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) purpose is to drive community-based economic development that increases wealth in every part of the City.
The Rochester Financial Empowerment Center offers free, professional, 1-1 financial counseling and coaching as a public service to help residents and businesses build credit, pay down debt, increase savings, budget, and more.
CUE provides entrepreneurs with (complimentary) consulting services, workshops, programming, referrals to partnering organizations, and co-working space whether you are in the ideas phase or have been in business for several years.
Rochester Professional Consulting Network (RPCN) is a networking and professional development organization for independent consultants who want to start, run and grow their consulting or service based business.
Rochester Women’s Network is a member-driven organization that promises is to enhance the professional and personal lives of women, in all stages of their careers, by affording them opportunities to support, empower and inspire each other.
Only RochesterWorks! provides a unique set of customized services to businesses and job seekers at little-to-no cost, preparing a skilled workforce and connecting them with opportunities in our region.
SCORE provides expert mentoring for FREE. We help at all stages of your business from Idea to Start Up, Stay Up or Scale Up. Expertise from business planning to sales, marketing and technology plus many others.
Southeast Neighborhood Service Center is supported by a team of dedicated employees from Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD), Rochester Police Department (RPD) and customer support staff (NSC, 3-1-1), Flower City AmeriCorps, residents and business owners advancing the vision of Rochester 2034 and NBD guiding principles of enhance neighborhoods, facilitate business growth and promote development for the City of Rochester, NY.
Western New York’s fastest growing cowork with locations in Henrietta, Victor and soon, East Ave! SPOT offers professional, flexible workspace that includes a vibrant community, month-to-month terms and tons of amenities.
TechRochester is a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing technology professionals together within the community. We support professional growth on an individual level, in the hopes that together we can encourage the growth of technology within the Rochester region.
Located in the heart of downtown Rochester, we are a vibrant commercial shared kitchen and community that offers food-centric services and support to start, grow, and adapt your business.
UVC was created by entrepreneurs who believe Upstate NY communities can rebound with a new generation of high growth companies. We connect emerging founders to experienced mentors and share news about growing businesses, startup community events and job openings across the region. Visit uvc.org to learn more.
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.
Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc., (VLSP) has been assisting low-income residents of Monroe County since 1981. VLSP established the Micro Entrepreneur Pro Bono Program and the Not For Profit Pro Bono Project to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income entrepreneurs that cannot afford legal services, and who wish to start or develop a business or community organization
The Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) provides pro-bono legal help to low-income residents of Monroe County and neighboring counties by recruiting, training, and retaining a talented panel of volunteer attorneys and paralegals. VLSP offers assistance with serious civil (non-criminal) legal problems.
Walker’s Legacy is building the largest platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. We exist to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming and a global community. We work with brands, organizations and content creators to help them expand their reach by authentically connecting with our audience of millennial professional women of color. Our work is designed to empower women to advance their entrepreneurial and career ambitions by filling the unmet need for positive examples and lessons and techniques on how to be boss. Our blueprint for success: Madam C. J. Walker.
Wefunder is a crowdfunding service which connects startups with investors online. Wefunder uses a provision in the 2012 JOBS Act which allows unaccredited and accredited investors to purchase equity in early stage private companies.
The Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. offers several outstanding programs to help you start and grow your business. For over ten years, the FastTrac® Program has educated entrepreneurs and helped businesses succeed by providing the necessary skills to overcome the challenges of starting or expanding an existing small business. The Wyoming County Business Accelerator Academy, an interactive program, helps better equip business owners with the tools, resources, and knowledge to advance their business to greater financial success and long-term sustainability. The Wyoming County Business Mentorship Program connects experienced Business Mentors with Small Business owners with up to 8 hours of no-cost, one-on-one consultation.