Business Resources


NYS 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

When starting a small business in New York, you’re part of a larger community, because small businesses make up 98% of all businesses in the state. When you expand or move a small business to New York State, you are part of a group that employs more than half of our private-sector workforce. Empire State Development’s Division of Small Business directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success. Our mission? To help you develop and expand into tomorrow.

Fast Track Program

For over ten years, the Wyoming County Business Center's (WCBC) nationally recognized 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 Fast Track Program, built on the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac platform, offers you a hands-on, real-world educational experience that will help you start or grow your business and gain access to a network of resources. WCBC's experienced certified facilitators set you up for success by guiding, educating and helping you assess your business concept, develop a business plan and launch your business.


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.

Genesee Community College - The BEST Center

The BEST Center, located in the Conable Technology Building at Genesee Community College is the recognized regional leader in developing the skilled workforce that powers local area economic growth. The Center provides a wide array of programs and services designed to prepare individual employees as well as businesses and organizations for success in the regional economy.The BEST Center offers open enrollment seminars and workshops as well as truly customized training designed to assist businesses improve the performance of their people and processes. The Center serves individual employees as well as business both large and small. Federal, State and local grant funding is obtained whenever possible to support the quality workforce that enables companies to thrive and grow.As part of the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The BEST Center offers a multi-faceted approach to business development by providing prospective and current business owners with a central point of contact for informative advice, knowledge and assistance. Our advisors provide free counseling to owner's of start-up's as well as existing small businesses. Services are designed to help develop a business idea, conduct a market analysis or expand a business plan.

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.

Internal Revenue Service

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

New York State Finance 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.


SCORE is a nonprofit association that has been dedicated for 50 years to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to a network of 11,000+ volunteers, they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost. The Chamber of Commerce hosts SCORE Mentors at our conference room and offers a place for private consultation. SCORE can provide:
Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across 62 industries; Free, confidential business MENTORING in person or via email; Free business TOOLS, templates and tips online; Inexpensive or free business WORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7); 320+ chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

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

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide counseling and training to small businesses including working with SBA to develop and provide informational tools to support business start-ups and existing business expansion. The New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) is a network of 22 campus-based centers and outreach offices across NY State. The centers provide free business advising and free and low-cost training to startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners with goals to grow and stay competitive in NY. The NY SBDC is part of America's SBDC, the association that represents America's nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers. They are administered by the State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses.


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.


Insyte Consulting

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


Workers' Compensation Board

Information for small business owners regarding Workers' Compensation Insurance from the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (WCB).

Upstate United

Upstate United (formerly Unshackle Upstate) is a public policy initiative supported by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with more than a dozen upstate chambers and business groups (and that list continues to grow). The goal: to improve and revitalize the business climate of Upstate.