The second largest city in New York state, Buffalo has been working hard to revitalize after the loss of its industrial base and increased suburbanization in the 1960s and 70s. The city has made a strong commitment to supporting small business growth which lags behind U.S. and New York State averages, particularly among women and people of color.  Given 50% of the city’s population are people of color, the community is particularly focused on supporting programs such as EforAll that address the unique challenges faced by these individuals.

Our Programs

Business Accelerator

The Accelerator is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in EforAll communities. It provides immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business is encouraged to apply.

Pitch Contests

Fast-paced, fun community events that enable early-stage entrepreneurs to gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea at no cost. Great opportunity to network and validate business idea with potential to win a cash prize from EforAll.

Buffalo Entrepreneurs

Upcoming Events

Local Stories and News

Buffalo Mentor Spotlight

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Our community engages over 200 volunteers each year to help support entrepreneurs who participate in our Business Accelerators and Pitch Contests. There are several volunteer options so you can apply for the one that best fits your interests and availability.

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If you want to help support our entrepreneurs in the Buffalo area, please consider making an online donation today.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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Juweria Dahir

Executive Director
sonya tareke

Sonya Tareke

Program Manager

Local Partners

Leadership Advisory Board

  • Matt Enstice – Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • David Reading – Key Bank
  • Amy Vossen Vukelic – Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition
  • Megan Smith – shift7
  • Derrick Jackson – Griselda Records
  • Yaman Sharma – JP Morgan Bank
  • Kyria Stephens – Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Jonathan Watts – Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates