Best Small Business Resources in the Rochester Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. New York has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Rochester area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in New York.

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NextCorps

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

NextCorps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering entrepreneurship in the finger lakes region of New York. This multifaceted organization has several distinct organizations that offer different forms of assistance. Specifically, NextCorps offers incubators, pitch competitions, manufacturing assistance, and an accelerator. Whatever your business venture is, chances are NextCorps offers a program that can help.

Restrictions

Specific programs have different restrictions.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

260 East Main Street, Suite 6000
Rochester, NY 14604
585-214-2400
info@htr.org


Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Description

The CUE is operated by the Rochester Institute of Technology and offers several educational assistance programs geared towards entrepreneurs at different stages of the process. Some programs are multi-week courses that build specific skill sets, whereas workshops are day long events offering training on specific programs or business skills.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

40 Franklin Street
Rochester, NY 14604
585-475-6092
cue@saunders.rit.edu


Cowork @ Grid

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Description

Cowork @ Grid is a premier Rochester coworking space that combines coffee shop culture with office productivity. They offer flexible membership plans for drop-in space and dedicated desks. Their amenities include all of the standard coworking stuff (coffee, internet, and conference rooms). A unique offering at Cowork @ Grid is a knowledge base of carefully cultivated articles on dozens of business topics, from branding to budgeting and everything in between. Their knowledge base is online and open to the public.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

300 State Street , Suite 703
Rochester, NY 14614
805-500-8502
contact@gridnewyork.com


Rochester Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Rochester and Monroe counties library system offers many free services that can be useful to someone starting a business. They host frequent events and classes on technology and business topics, most of which are free to the public. They have dedicated, recurring workshops on basic computer skills like word processing and internet use. Study and conference rooms are available for use on a first come, first served basis.

Restrictions

A library card may be required to access certain services.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
585-428-8130

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm

TUE: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

WED: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm

THU: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

FRI: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

SAT: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The Commissary (Opening mid-2018)

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Product Development

Description

The Commissary is a collaborative kitchen slated for a mid-2018 grand opening. They offer a fully equipped commercial kitchen and classes that help entrepreneurs through the permitting and regulations pertaining to food businesses.