The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program in New York will help connect small businesses and microenterprises in the urban neighborhoods of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse to resources that will help them grow and thrive.
Click on the city closest to you to find the resources that will help grow your business.
Albany Partner Organizations
The Center for Economic Growth
The Center for Economic Growth is a nonprofit, regional economic and business development organization that serves as the primary point of contact for businesses interested in growing in or moving to New York’s Capital Region. Through our longstanding relationships with local economic development officials and regional business leaders, we help businesses navigate the governmental, financial and logistical terrains of any of the eight counties in the Capital Region.
The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region
The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region (CLFCR) is a non-profit community development financial institution (CDFI) serving the Capital Region of New York State: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties. Incorporated in 1985, its mission is to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities. CLFCR provides access to capital by pooling investments and donations from socially-concerned individuals and organizations, and re-lending it to non-profit organizations for affordable housing and community services, to micro-enterprises for business development, and to individuals for home ownership and repair. CLFCR also offers training and technical assistance programs.
Excelsior Growth Fund
Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) helps small businesses grow by providing streamlined access to business loans and advisory services. EGF’s signature product, the EGF SmartLoan™, provides up to $100,000 in fast, transparent, and affordable financing through a secure online platform. Larger loans up to $500,000 are also available. EGF is a nonprofit organization and is certified by U.S. Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). As an affiliate of New York Business Development Corporation and The 504 Company, EGF can also facilitate access to a full suite of alternative financing products.
Buffalo Partner Organizations
Excelsior Growth Fund
Excelsior Growth Fund’s (EGF) mission is to help small businesses grow by providing streamlined access to business loans and advisory services. The core of their mission is on local community lending and technical assistance services, particularly to disadvantaged and underserved populations including veteran, minority, women and immigrant-owned businesses. EGF’s signature product, the EGF SmartLoan™, provides up to $100,000 in fast, transparent, and affordable financing through a secure online platform. EGF’s Business Advisory Services are designed to work in tandem with capital to strengthen business operations. These services include:
- Financial Management Training Series
- Customized Advisory Services
- Intensive Consulting
Westminster Economic Development Initiative
Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s (WEDI) mission is to empower economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo, NY. WEDI reduces barriers to success and opportunity through economic development, community building and education while also actively supporting prospective and established business owners throughout Buffalo. WEDI’s Economic Development Department operates Business Training, Technical Assistance, and Microloan programs such as:
- training, one-on-one counseling, and technical assistance to microenterprises and small businesses
- access to capital in the form of microloans of up to $20,000 per disbursal
- affordable retail space with access to a commercial kitchen at the West Side Bazaar and the Broadway Market
Rochester Partner Organizations
Urban League of Rochester
The Urban League of Rochester was founded in 1965 as an affiliate of the National Urban League. The organization’s mission is to enable African Americans, Latinos, the poor and other disadvantaged to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.
Ibero-American Action League
Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that ignites the potential of individuals and families to prosper and make the community stronger. Established in 1968, Ibero has evolved to an agency that serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds, and our unique ability to target the Latino community remains unprecedented in this region. Through our educational programs, we prepare children for school; provide academic, health and social support to youth (and families); work with parents to help them strengthen their family unit and ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities have a high quality of life.
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Syracuse Partner Organizations
CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. Up Start leads the organization’s neighborhood-based entrepreneurship development programming; connecting underrepresented entrepreneurs to training, technical assistance, and helping facilitate access to capital and real estate. Up Start provides direct services to a variety of lifestyle businesses, with a particular focus on finding entrepreneurial talent in the food industry.
Upstate Minority Economic Alliance
Upstate Minority Economic Alliance’s (UMEA) mission is to create greater regional prosperity through enhanced minority economic opportunity and to harness the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the region. UMEA provides a powerful voice of advocacy for the interests of minority professionals and entrepreneurs who have historically been unable to access traditional business networks, financing, technical assistance, and training.
South Side Innovation Center
South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) is a community-based business incubator, as well as a business service center, that provides office space, entrepreneurial networking events, consulting, classes and workshops, test kitchen space, and MWBE certification for entrepreneurs in the Greater Syracuse Region. SSIC, a project of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, offers support and services to entrepreneurs from the Idea Stage to the Growth and Expansion Stage.
WISE Women’s Business Center
WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Women’s Business Center provides expertise and support to business owners looking to grow to new levels of success. WISE WBC, funded in part by the US Small Business Administration and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, offers counseling, coaching, consulting, training and essential networking and mentoring opportunities. The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program supports the WISE Exito! Program for Latina business owners and its annual WISE Symposium. These trainings focus on creation of a business plan and in-depth exploration of entrepreneurial expansion.