Business Development Services

The Urban League of Rochester's Business Development Center assists minorities and women in launching and growing their businesses through classroom instruction and one-on-one technical assistance. We also assist dislocated workers, the disabled, as well as aspiring small businesspersons in the start-up, development and/or expansion of independent self-owned micro enterprise ventures. The Center is one of 20 Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Centers in NY State, funded by New York State's Empire State Development.

The Urban League of Rochester has been an EAP Center for more than 23  years and is a past recipient of two EAP Awards For Excellence for "Outstanding Program Performance" and "Achievement and Dedication to the Entrepreneurs of New York State." The program is also funded by State Farm Insurance companies and the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley.



The Business Development Center offers monthly Program Orientation sessions for new or prospective clients for 2016-2017:

  • August 23, 2016
  • September 13, 2016
  • October 18, 2016
  • November 15, 2016
  • December 13, 2016
  • January 10, 2017
  • February 7, 2017
  • March 14, 2017
  • April 11, 2017
  • May 23, 2017

Program Orientation sessions are held at the Urban League of Rochester's office at 265 N. Clinton Ave. in the Board Room.  Each session runs from 11am - 12:30pm.

Reservations are required for the Orientation and Class sessions.  Register by calling 585-325-6530 Ext 3066.




Classes are offered twice a year. The 60-hour NxLevel Business Training Course is offered from September to November each year, with a 15-hour Mini Workshop Series in the spring. One-on-one counseling is offered year round. The Center is funded by the Empire State Development Corporation,  State Farm Insurance, and the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley.  

All business services and trainings are offered through your membership to the EAP Program.  Click here to become a member and/or register for programs.


More Info

For more information, contact Leticia Negron, Director of MWBE/EAP at 585.325.6530 ext. 3066 or via email at,