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WNY Be In Business

The Resource Navigator initiative was born from the Erie County Business Task Force, Small Business Sub Committee, established to support business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key stakeholders are interested in collaborating with the Nexus i90 initiative (started in Rochester/REDCO with partner, SourceLink) to expand resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Erie County and eventually Alleghany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Niagara Counties. The goal is to leverage the existing Nexus i90 brand and platform developed and to include these additional counties as part of the broader regional ecosystem, providing access to critical resources for startups and businesses to succeed. In a collaborative cohesive project, the goal is to ensure businesses have the resources they need begin and continue their growth, know where to find those resources and develop the programs to assist them in their business life cycle. In building this extension of Nexus i90 in Erie County, the project will include community stakeholders to ensure learnings of similar platforms are considered, continue to develop conversation and next steps for an enhanced life cycle, fluid to the quickly changing environment of our economy. The project will seek additional feedback, guidance, and collaboration with interested organizations with similar aspirations.