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Business Development Workshop Series

Our Business Development Workshop series is designed to teach business principles that would assist start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with creating a sustainability and growth model during the pandemic. Our vision is two-fold: we want to see emerging and established business owners thrive and, we want to develop urban business districts and create safe, walkable and prosperous communities, particularly in the Martin Luther King, Jr, Park district.

To apply for the program contact Business Development Director Pamela James:

Location: CAO Rafi Green Mastern Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14211.

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Business Development Series Schedule of Events

Upcoming Workshops

November 23, 2020

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Subject: Business Financials

December 7, 2020

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Subject: Business Grants and Loans

December 14, 2020

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Subject: Graduation

Business Exploration and Plan Development

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays (by appointment only) 

Date: November 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace (YEM)

Open Enrollment (complete the application, parental consent, and survey)

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Date: November 10, 12, 17, 19 and 24.

Lets Go Shopping!

CAO of WNY Business Pop Ups

Place: Leslie’s Boutique and Anderson’s Flower Shop 

Address: 1474-76 Fillmore Avenue (Black Lives Matters Way) – Buffalo, NY 14211

Date: November 13

Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Community Action Organization
Phone: 716.881.5150

Covid-19 Crisis Questions

How can I continue my child’s education with the schools being closed? Learn more  Head Start / Early Head Start Online Learning

Can I get help obtaining food? Learn more Emergency & Family Services

What do I do if I can’t pay my utility bills? Learn more Emergency & Family Services

Where can I find activities for my kids to do while their home? Learn more Youth Services

I, or someone I love, has an addiction issue, where do I find help? Learn more Drug Abuse Research & Treatment (DART)

Be Safe During Covid-19

Follow these steps (CDC guidelines) to help keep you and others safe:

Stay home

Practice social distancing

Wash your hands often

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Clean and disinfect household surfaces

Cover your coughs and sneezes