Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace: “Operating on the Other Side of the Counter”

CAO and partners, Masjid Nu’Man, the MLK Business District  Association, Ansar fragrance and More, J&W Planning Group, LLC, MLQ Developments, Sincere  Enterprise Solutions, Couture Editing, LifeSource Systems, Inc, C&R Housing Inc and various other businesses have spearheaded the Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace (YEM).

The YEM program has been  designed to teach business development to youth from the ages of 5-18. Youth will be taught about the  entrepreneur mindset and have the opportunity to learn from individuals in their age range who have started businesses. There will be various business professionals from the community available to  encourage our youth to become businesses owners. 

The YEM Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 PM, location

To join, go to

Enter  Zoom Meeting ID: 376 770 5626.

YEM workshops will begin April 29, 2021, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  

If you are interested in your child enrolling in the YEM program, complete the application below and  submit the required documents. If you have any questions about YEM, contact Business Development Director Pamela James:

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

How to Apply

  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

    Youth Information
    Youth First Name*
    Youth Last Name*
    (If a minor) Parent/Guardian Information
    Parent/Guardian First Name
    Parent/Guardian Last Name
    Address (if different from above)
    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).

    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:
    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 YEM business development workshops?
    When did you complete the CAOWNY YEM business development workshops?
    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)


    Areas of assistance
    What are some of the challenges that you believe are preventing you from starting or growing your business?


    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.

    Youth E-Signature (type your full name)
    Parent/Guardian E-Signature 2(type your full name)


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