New York Forward Loan Fund
Important Updates
Empire State Development has announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients will now be eligible to apply to receive low-interest loans through the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This conditional change will allow more small businesses to receive working capital to cover expenses associated with COVID-19 business reopening.

This $100 million dollar program is designed to assist the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. Click here to learn more about the program.

The NCCC Small Business Development Center is available to offer loan application guidance or to assist you with the application process. You can reach them at (716) 210-2515 or at
Entrepreneur Business Series
Going On Now
SBDC Presents:
The Entrepreneur Business Series

7 more Free classes to choose from
Enhance your business knowledge and skills
Class Schedule
Social Media for Small Business 9/29
Budget & Record Keeping 10/6
Business Owner’s Insurance 10/13 
Marketing for Small Business 10/20
Understanding Your Financials 10/27
Taxes & the Small Business 11/3
Leadership: Employee & Self-Motivation 11/10
Where: NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY
Room: E-140     
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Register: Call 716-210-2515, or click button below

Global Business Academy Slated to Begin on October 27, 2020

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara’s Global Business Academy (GBA) is a new program for companies getting started in export, or enhancing their existing export international business. Through this nine-week course, companies will be educated by experts from the bi-national Buffalo Niagara region, enjoy 1-on-1 mentoring relationships and create their own export plan.

All educational courses and mentoring sessions will be delivered via Zoom. The GBA will also feature “open office hours,” enabling participants to interact and get questions answered in a group setting as they complete their export plans.

GBA participants should expect lots of relevant information, worthwhile interactions with speakers, mentors and peer companies, and game-changing strategies to grow your business. Thanks to the generous contributions from our sponsors, cost of the GBA program (typically $2,000) is only $495, some of which may be eligible for grant reimbursement upon completion of the program. Participating companies also get a one-year membership to WTCBN for continued support.

Topics to be covered include Export Plan Development, International Trade Resources,
Sales, International Marketing, Financial, Insurance, Legal Protection, International Tax, Process, Logistics and Supply Chain, E-Commerce.

More information and registration information is available at

There is Still Time to Participate
in the 2020 Census
Have you completed the 2020 Census yet? There's still time! Visit to fill out your questionnaire. It's fast, easy, and completely confidential, and it's our civic duty. Please share this with your employees and encourage them to participate as well, to help ensure that we receive our fair share of federal funding for essential services.
Stay Engaged for the
Latest Businesses Developments
Continue to look for emails from our office in the coming days and weeks updating you on the latest reopening news and what assistance is available to help you through this difficult time. Our staff is working hard to compile a complete list of guidelines, safety protocols and programs that are available. We will also share upcoming webinars and training that you can participate in. To learn more, be sure to visit our website and bookmark it.

Niagara County Center for Economic Development
(716) 278-8750