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

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program in Albany is designed to stimulate economic growth by partnering with local organizations to provide high-impact technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in urban neighborhoods that have struggled to access these services in the past.

Click here to connect with an Albany representative of the Keybank Business Boost & Build program.

 

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: AlbanyColumbiaFultonGreeneMontgomeryRensselaerSaratogaSchenectadySchoharieWarren 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

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program in Buffalo is designed to stimulate economic growth by partnering with local organizations to provide high-impact technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in urban neighborhoods that have struggled to access these services in the past.

Buffalo Partner Organizations

Westminster Economic Development Initiative
Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s (WEDI) mission is to empower economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo, NY, with a primary focus on the West Side community. The Westminster Presbyterian Church founded WEDI in 2006 to improve the quality of life for the residents of Buffalo’s West Side. In 2015, WEDI expanded its activity to the City of Buffalo. WEDI reduces barriers to success and opportunity through economic development, community building and education.

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.

Rochester

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program in Buffalo is designed to stimulate economic growth by partnering with local organizations to provide high-impact technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in urban neighborhoods that have struggled to access these services in the past.

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.

Syracuse

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program in Buffalo is designed to stimulate economic growth by partnering with local organizations to provide high-impact technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in urban neighborhoods that have struggled to access these services in the past.

Syracuse Partner Organizations

CenterState CEO
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. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving.

South Side Innovation Center
SSIC is a community-based microenterprise incubator that provides office space, training, test kitchen space, and MWBE certification for neighborhood entrepreneurs. CenterState will refer clients to SSIC, provide supplemental technical assistance to residents and continue to work with the organization to successfully launch and grow south-side businesses.

Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
CenterState will provide WISE with new funding to deliver more workshops and technical assistance for entrepreneurs, specifically for its Exito program. Funding will also support the WISE Women’s Symposium, which is in its 16th year and attracts hundreds of female entrepreneurs and professionals.

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
The outreach arm of Syracuse University Whitman School of Management’s Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises department, the mission of the Falcone Center is to facilitate the entrepreneurial activity on campus and the local and regional communities. Centered on the mindset of Dream > Believe > Pursue, the Falcone Center aims to help develop the entrepreneur within, providing the resources and mindset for creating new ventures, new products and new methods through a variety of innovative programs and initiatives.

If you don’t see your city or region listed, call 1-855-419-6426 or email info@boostandbuild.org to learn more.