Buffalo Buy Local Directory, Apply for Back To Business grant, and other small business resources

While businesses in Buffalo and across Western New York are re-opening, it is still far from business as usual. The Beverly Gray Center will be updating this page regularly to highlight resources available to your business.

Upcoming Workshops

The Beverly Gray Center, The Foundry, and WEDI are hosting a virtual workshop series to help you prepare your business for e-Commerce sales this holiday season!

Join experts and local small business owners for any or all of the six sessions*, covering everything you need to know to prepare your business to maximize sales this holiday season, from product development and photography to selecting the right online platform to sell your product.

Register and learn more about each individual workshop session below.

  • Session 1: Preparing for Holiday Sales Season: Tips to be e-Commerce Ready
    • Thursday, September 24th

Small Business Recovery & Resiliency Resources

  • Download the NYS Dept of Health COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan template
    • Download the template here
    • *This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency, but must be retained on premises and made available in the event of inspection.

Local, State, and Federal Emergency Relief Loans

  • New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)
    • New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting small businesses (specifically business with under 20 employees), non-profits, and small landlords as they re-open
    • Small businesses can apply for up to $100,000 in credit, with a fixed 3% interest rate and a repayment term of 5 years
    • Applications will be reviewed and funds awarded on a rolling-basis based on timing of re-opening, not first come, first served
  • WEDI Neighborly Fund
    • WEDI, in partnership with Neighborworks Community Partners and Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, launched The Neighborly Fund
    • The Neighborly Fund is an emergency relief fund providing a mix of 0% interest loans and grant awards to small businesses and homeowners
    • Loans/grants of up to $7,500 are available to small businesses
    • Confirm your business is eligible and apply here
      • To speed up your application process, plan to have P&L statements for at the last 12 months, or at least for YTD 2020
  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan (“PPP)
    • PPP funds are available on a first come, first served basis, so act now if you plan to apply
      • If you’ve already submitted an application, check with your bank/lending representative NOW!
      • If you haven’t applied or feel you may be too far down the line at your bank, submit your application through the Fundera PPP platform here
      • Review a list of lenders currently accepting PPP applications here
    • PPP is designed specifically to help you retain your employees, and offers a fully forgivable loan of 2.5x your average monthly payroll costs
    • Learn more about the PPP loan program by downloading the attachment at the top of the page, or download the application here
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL“)
    • The SBA is no longer providing the forgivable Advance Grant of $1k per employee, but you can still apply for an EIDL loan here
      • There’s a chance EIDL funds run out soon, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible if you haven’t already

Grant Offerings

  • Back To Business Grant Program
    • Erie County and 43North have launched the Back To Business Grant Program, a $20 million relief fund offering direct financial assistance to qualifying Erie County-based small businesses
    • The grant aims to assist local small business owners that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, providing up to $10,000 for Sole Proprietors and up to $45,000 for small businesses with up to 50 employees. 
    • Learn more and apply here (deadline is Monday 11/2!)
  • GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund
    • The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund is providing matching $500 micro-grants (minimum to raise is $500) to small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Claim or start your campaign here to be eligible for the matching grant
  • Startup Fund Hub Grant Database
    • Startup Fund Hub is providing free access to its COVID-19 Grant Database here
    • Search for grants that focus on your business, geography, or industry, and other national grant options
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce/Vistaprint Save Small Business Fund
    • U.S. CoC is providing $5,000 grants to qualifying small businesses
    • The application will take ~10 minutes, and all you need is your business’s W-9 form
    • To qualify, you must employee between 3 and 20 people, and operate in an “economically vulnerable community”
    • Click here to learn more

Resources Round Up

During these unprecedented times, The Beverly Gray Center is here to support you and your business. We’re operating entirely virtually until further notice, and are available to answer questions about relief programs and other no-fee small business services from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm by phone or email.

Call us at 716-342-3620

Email us by clicking here.