Services for worker-owned cooperatives
Cooperation Buffalo mobilizes workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in communities most affected by inequality. We provide comprehensive worker cooperative business development services. Through popular education, business training and ecosystem development our programs grow worker-owned businesses. These coops will provide living-wage jobs, generate community wealth and cultivate leadership in Buffalo's low-income communities.
Services for social entrepreneurs, benefit corporations, and small businesses
The Social Enterprise Center is a program of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Buffalo State. The Social Enterprise Center provides free assistance in the following areas: social business planning; legal form for social entrepreneurs, benefit corporations and cooperative corporations; social impact measurement and reporting; and financing your social enterprise. The SBDC provides free general planning and management assistance for all small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Policy advocacy for a sustainable economy
The business members and regional network affiliates of the NYS Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC) are committed to advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy in New York State. The organization promotes practical strategies and policies that build strong local economies, incentivize investment and innovation in clean technologies and alternative energy sources, and advance the development of sustainable communities in NYS. The NYSSBC offers its members briefings and other educational opportunities on key public issues, as well as the ability to engage and provide direction on public policy campaigns. Members gain an important voice in shaping the agenda of this business coalition.
Sustainability planning and networking
The WNY SBR is a “business-driven” organization that relies on its member businesses to drive its mission and organize its events. Members are businesses that have employees in the Western New York region and have signed a pledge to create and implement a sustainability plan. After signing the pledge, each member will create a Sustainability Plan: a written document that demonstrates how the company will incorporate sustainability into their workforce, management and corporate practices.