Business Development Division

The Urban League of Rochester's Business Development Division assists minorities and women in launching and growing their businesses through classroom instruction and one-on-one technical assistance. We also assist dislocated workers, the disabled, as well as aspiring small businesspersons in the start-up, development and/or expansion of independent self-owned micro enterprise ventures. The Entrepreneurship Assistance Center (EAC) is one of 20 Centers in NY State, funded by New York State's Empire State Development.

The Urban League of Rochester has been an EAC for more than 25 years and is a past recipient of two EAC Awards For Excellence for "Outstanding Center Performance" and "Achievement and Dedication to the Entrepreneurs of New York State." The center is also funded by State Farm Insurance Companies, The Farash Foundation, the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, Citizens Bank, and KeyBank's Business Boost & Build.


The Business Development Center offers monthly Center Orientation sessions for new or prospective clients for 2019-2020:

  • July 11, 2019
  • August 15, 2019
  • September 12, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019
  • January 9, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 12, 2020
  • April 9, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

Center Orientation sessions are held at the Urban League of Rochester's office at 265 N. Clinton Ave. in the Board Room.  Each session runs from 11am - 12:30pm.

Reservations are required for the Orientation and Class sessions.  Register by calling 585-325-6530 Ext 3015 & 3066.




Classes are offered three times a year. The 60-hour NxLevel Business Training Course is offered from September to November each year.  A 20-hour Winter session and 15-hour Spring Session are also available. One-on-one counseling is offered year round. The Center is funded by the Empire State Development Corporation,  State Farm Insurance, The Farash Foundation, the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, Citizen's Bank, and KeyBank's Business Boost & Build.  

All business services and trainings are offered through your membership to the EAC.  Click here to become a member and/or register for programs.



More Info

For more information, call 585.325.6530 ext. 3066 or email