Links & Resources

Small Business Resources

Department of Labor

The New York State Department of Labor is New York State’s primary advocate for job creation and economic growth through workforce development. The department administers New York’s unemployment insurance system, labor exchange system, and Welfare-To-Work programs. The department also oversees state worker protection programs, including enforcement of safety and health regulations in the public sector, state labor laws and federal statutes related to working conditions, wages and hours, and laws related to Public Work. The Department of Labor serves as the State’s principal source for labor market information and offers a variety of services designed to help businesses find workers and people find jobs.

Empire State Development

Website hosted by NYS Empire Development. Provides access and links to business related information.

FastTrac Program

The Wyoming County Business Center, the lead economic development entity for Wyoming County has secured certification and designation to serve as an affiliate of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac New Venture Program, a professional entrepreneurship development program owned by the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurship development. The FastTrac New Venture program represents a great opportunity for students and adults alike who want to start a business gain access to a very successful program.  Statistically, 75% of participants who complete the program start a business. FastTrac New Venture is a series of 10 training sessions (one night a week, 6:00-9:00 p.m., for 10 weeks). The first three training modules are devoted to determining the viability and market potential of the business idea and the last 7 classes help build the framework for a business plan.  The classes are facilitated by an entrepreneur and each class will be assigned an experience business coach to provide additional guidance and support.  After graduation, additional technical assistance will be provided to fully complete unfinished business plans, examine financing options, assist with business locations if needed or provide further guidance.

Find Law for Small Business

Looking for a business lawyer and don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about choosing the right legal structure for your business venture, or finding answers to questions about hiring employees or safety in the workplace. Whatever your legal question, chances are you’ll find the answer here.

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GLOW Workforce Investment Board

The vision of the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming (GLOW) Workforce Development Partnership is an effective, integrated system that understands and responds to the dynamic needs of business, and maximizes the potential of job seekers, resulting in an employer for every job seeker and a skilled worker for every employer.


The IRS has a web site with tax information for small businesses and self-employed individuals.

National Association of Seed & Venture Funds

Organization providing information on public and private sector resources of seed and venture capital. Includes an indexed list of news articles on the subject.

New York State Tax Department

Information business owners need regarding taxes in New York State. You can download forms and publications directly from the site. Use the search tool to find the information, forms or publications you need.


Organization that counsels and mentors small business owners. Counseling face-to-face or via e-mail. Free “how to” articles on-line.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration, established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. With a portfolio of business loans, loan guarantees and disaster loans worth more than $45 billion, in addition to a venture capital portfolio of $13 billion, SBA is the nation’s largest single financial backer of small businesses. The link listed above is for the local Buffalo office.

Small Business Development Center
The US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce is a trusted network of state and local chambers and the US Chamber of Commerce harnessing 100 years of experience helping businesses thrive and succeed. This site provides a host of free business tools and resources, and top quality products and services, all designed to save you time and money, and improve your bottom line.

Western NY Tech Development Center

The Western New York Technology Development Center, Inc. (TDC) is a world-class consulting company working since 1982 to “transform WNY business”. Operating as a private, not-for-profit corporation, the TDC’s mission is to strengthen, expand and diversify the manufacturing and technology base in Western New York State.

Workers Comp Insurance Handbook

Information for small business owners regarding Workers Comp Insurance.