#BuyBlackBuffalo Week e-Commerce virtual workshop, and other small business resources

BuyBlackBuffalo Week runs from December 4th – December 11th. The Beverly Gray Center is hosting a free e-Commerce virtual workshop on Tuesday, 11/24. Click here or on the image above to register now for the workshop!

The Beverly Gray Center will be updating this page regularly to highlight resources available to your business.

Upcoming Workshops

Register now for #BuyBlackBuffalo Week E-Commerce – ‘Tis the Season to Boost Your Online Presence virtual workshop on Tuesday, 11/24 @ 6pm!

With the holiday season right around the corner, having an online business model is needed this year more than ever! During workshop,, attendees will learn about:

  • Holiday goal setting
  • Selecting an online platform that makes sense for your business
  • Tips and tricks for online marketing
  • Creating a plan for a delightful online customer experience

There are still spots available for the Tuesday 11/24 virtual workshop, so register now!

Buy Local Buffalo Online Directory

Check out all the Buy Local Buffalo businesses in the Buy Local Buffalo Directory.

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

  • 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.