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Business Development Services

The Urban League of Rochester's Business Development Center 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, and other small aspiring businesspersons, in the start-up, development and/or expansion of independent self-owned micro enterprise ventures. The Center is one of 20 Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Centers in NY State, funded by New York State's Empire State Development.

The Business Development Center offers monthly orientation sessions for new or prospective clients from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 31,then on August 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and September 10 and October 8, from noon to 1:30pm.  December schedule to be announced. Preregistration is requested.

Classes are offered twice a year. A 60-hour Business Planning Workshop Series is offered from September to December each year, with an 15-hour Mini Workshop Series in the spring. One-on-one counseling is offered year round. The Center is funded by the Empire State Development Corporation and State Farm Insurance Companies.  Entrepreneurs pay an annual membership fee of $75, which entitles them to all Center services and training workshops.  Fall classes require an additional fee for workbooks.

The Urban League of Rochester has been an EAP Center for 23 plus years and are past recipients of two Awards For Excellence for "Outstanding Program Performance and Achievement and Dedication to the Entrepreneurs of New York State."

For more information, contact Stephanie Miles at the Business Development Center at 585.325.6530 ext. 3066 or .