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Small Business Development Center

“An excellent resource to have on your side. I’m still utilizing their services while I elevate, expand, and grow my business.” – Katie Graves, Craft Coffee House


The SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center is part of a network of statewide assistance centers supported by the Small Business Administration and the State University of New York.

We’ll help you meet the entrepreneurial challenges of owning and operating your own business while continuing to promote economic growth and stability throughout Western New York.

Your success is our success!

Since our start in 1984, the expert advisors of the SUNY Niagara SBDC have counseled over 15,000 clients, logging over 134,000 hours of counseling. They helped 711 clients to create economic impact  in the area’s economy totaling over $427 Million. Those projects also created or saved over 10,000 jobs. In addition, the SUNY Niagara SBDC has provided numerous training seminars that have reached over 28,000 attendees.  Some of our regional specialties include the International Trade Resource Center, which provides one-on-one counseling services, electronic database linkages, coordination with federal and state agencies, and a series of seminars designed to assist small businesses in expanding their markets internationally.

We are here to help Western New York Entrepreneurs

  • Assess an invention’s marketability
  • Comply with licensing and regulation
  • Develop marketing plans
  • Discover sources of funding
  • Identify avenues for exporting goods and services
  • Prepare for e-commerce
  • Understand the importance of a business plan

Quality and Entrepreneur Confidence Policy

The SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center serves to enhance the quality and growth of small businesses throughout Western New York. We at the SBDC promise to nurture your business idea and explore its possibilities. We possess the eagerness and capability to make your business become a success. With the promise to hold your ideas in the utmost confidence, we are here to serve all of your small business needs.

Entrepreneur Internet Support

The help you need, the way you need it

If you are unable to visit the SBDC office, our associates are able to discuss your business questions through other means of communication. We are able to view business plans, help design marketing strategies, and develop financing projections through email or via phone conference. We ensure the privacy of your information and we offer our help free of charge.

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Lynn Oswald


Maureen Henderson, Director
SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, New York 14132
Phone: 716- 210-2515
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:00pm