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 Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14211.

Business Development Series Schedule of Events

These workshops are designed to help business owners understand how to apply for Covid-19 and other funding opportunities. All workshops will be held on zoom and registration is required.

Grant Writing Workshop Series

February 16 – April 6, 2021

Time: 1-2pm every Tuesday and Thursday


Meeting ID: 840 5753 2603

Business Development Series 

Date: April 8 to June 3, 2021

Days Thursdays

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Business Exploration and Plan Development (by appointment only) 

Date:  February 2021

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace (YEM)

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

Date: February 2021

Days: Thursdays 

Time 2:30 to 4:30 PM

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Apply for Business Development Services

  1. Fill out the online form below or
  2. Click here to download and the application and submit completed version to

Online Application

    Section 1

    Business Owner/Principal Information
    Owner 1 First Name*
    Owner 1 Last Name*
    Owner 2 First Name
    Owner 2 Last Name
    Business Information
    Business Name
    Business Email
    Business Phone
    Business Fax
    Business Industry
    Business History
    Has the business met all of the legal requirements necessary to become established?
    Date Business Established
    Number of Full Time Employees
    Number of Part Time Employees
    Time Federal Tax ID Number
    NAICS Code (If known)
    Type of Business/Organization
    Website and Social Media Links (If it applies)

    Personal Financial Summary

    Funders require the CAOWNY to show the proof of income of the individual/s that are receiving services. The CAOWNY will not penalize you or deny your application because of the amount of your gross (before tax) or net (after tax) income. Your income will not hinder us from approving your application for services. Submit your proof of income in the form of employment pay stub, a letter that shows the monthly/annual benefits that you receive from social services, SSI, SSD, unemployment benefits etc. Proof of income can be submitted with this application, emailed ( or faxed (716-332-1015).

    Business Financial Summary

    Does the business, owners, have any personal or business judgments, unsettled lawsuits or major disputes?

    Has the business or any of the owners been involved in a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding?
    Does the business or any of the owners, owe any taxes for the prior to the current year?

    Existing Business

    2019 Revenues
    2019 Profits
    2020 Revenues
    2020 Profits


    Have you completed a business plan? (If yes, please attach a copy of your business plan)
    Upload Plan:
    When and by whom was your business plan prepared?
    If you have not completed a business plan, would you like information on assistance available to help you prepare a business plan?
    Have you completed any CAOWNY business development workshops?
    Have you completed any other business workshops?
    If yes, who sponsored the workshop?
    How did you hear about the CAOWNY Business Development Series?


    You are not required to furnish this information, but are encouraged to do so because the CAOWNY’s funders may request demographic information about whose being served. This information will not be used in evaluating your application or to discriminate against you in any way. However, if you choose not to furnish it, we are required to note the race/national origin of individual applicants on the basis of visual observation or surname.

    Race (Mark one or more)


    What are some of the challenges that you believe are preventing you from starting or growing your business?
    Areas of assistance
    Do you have a personal budget?
    Do you have an emergency fund?
    Do you have retirement plan or fund?
    Do you have business insurance?
    Do you have supervisory experience in the industry?

    How much money do you need to start your businesses or project?

    Financing Needs
    Total Project Costs

    Owner’s Contribution and Credit Score

    Owner 1:
    Owner 2:


    Please read the following certifications carefully and sign below. All company owners, officers, or
    partners must sign below. If you have any questions, call CAOWNY at 716-332-3773 ext. 1407.

    1. By my signature below, I authorize CAOWNY to research the company’s and its principal(s) history. I
    give permission for the CAOWNY to take pictures of the business owner/s and/or representatives during
    either zoom or in person workshops.
    2. I give CAOWNY permission to include pictures of the owner/s or representative/s in the CAOWNY’s
    newsletter, website and/or social media channels.
    3. I certify that ownership of the company is at least 51% by U.S. citizens or persons admitted to the U.S. for
    permanent residence.
    4. Technical Assistance Disclaimer
    CAOWNY may render technical assistance, directly or indirectly, to you based on information you provide, in
    connection with management systems, internal controls, marketing plans, business plans, financial
    projections and compilations. Such assistance and all statements made in connection therewith are for your
    internal use only, and are not to be used or communicated in any manner whatsoever to third parties without
    CAOWNY’s express written consent.
    5. CAOWNY is in no way responsible for your use of this information, and makes no warranties
    and representations in connection therewith except as expressly granted in writing.
    You agree to indemnify and hold CAOWNY harmless in connection with the use or misuse of such
    information, documents, representations or writing.

    E-Signature (type your full name)
    E-Signature 2(type your full name)


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