Westminster Economic Development Initiative
All workshops listed below are free, live, and available online.
Local workshops are specified and highlighted in orange
Local business service organizations
WEDI partners with many local organizations including:
How to Start a Business - Develop a Plan 1:00 pm
Introduction and overview of key issues related to starting your own business. Start your business on the right foot. You will learn how to structure your business, develop a business plan, and understand how to manage cash flow.
Launching your eCommerce Store the Right Way 2:00 pm
The future of eCommerce is incredibly bright, especially in these changing times. But, starting an eCommerce business and launching your store can be stressful and demands many steps and decisions that need to come together at the right time.
COVID Recovery Business Collaborations 5:30 pm
Women's Business Center at Canisius College presents "COVID Recovery Business Collaborations" as part of its COVID Recovery Programs. WBC will review why business collaborations are good things and how to go about them the smart (and legal) way! Speaker: Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney, Esq.
Basic Excel 1 6:00 pm
April 13th, 2021
Technology & Systems Check 9:00 am
The Women's Business Center at Canisius College presents "COVID Recover Programs." Host LaTashia Martin will help you take inventory of the technology and systems you currently use to see if they still make sense for your business, and provide resources and ideas to keep your systems efficient and aligned with your business goals.
Are you Maximizing Office 365? 9:00 am
Join the Niagara New York Small Business Development Center SBDC and speaker Natalie Stoyanoff and Learn the benefits of Office 365 beyond the popular office tools such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to help your business become more efficient. This webinar will touch on the collaborative ability of Teams and SharePoint, along with the advantages of increased accessibility to your office with Cloud-based tools such as OneNote and OneDrive.
Funding and Financing Your Black-Owned Business 1:00 pm
Financing your business is so important to many entrepreneurs. If you do it the right way you can smartly leverage financing options to grow your business. Join four-time entrepreneur Ramon Ray to get his real-world insights and best practices for financing your business and funding your growth.
Equality of Opportunity In Action: AAPI Business Leading the Way 2:00 pm
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses and recovery in the community, and how entrepreneurs can lead the way in promoting equity. Attendees will also hear from business leaders on how they are working together to speak out against discrimination and support AAPI-owned enterprises.
SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PLANNING 6:30 pm
Join SCORE Buffalo Niagara for this interactive webinar that will break down the critical elements of a business plan and walk you through creating your own detailed, actionable plan for the remainder of 2021. This webinar is presented by Connie Whitesell, Business Strategist and Founder of Scattered to Streamlined Business Coaching.
April 14th, 2021
Worker Ownership: A Roadmap to a Stronger Local Economy 8:30 am
The Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, Cooperation Buffalo, and New York State Senator Sean M. Ryan's office are presenting this webinar on the benefits of a cooperative business model.
Virtual Business Workshop: Small business recovery 10:00 am
Niagara County hosts a workshop is designed to inform business owners and staff about programs that are available to assist as they look to recover during the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their business. Information provided will assist those that have been in business a long time, as well as individuals just getting started. Representatives from federal, state and local economic development partners will be on hand to discuss programs and answer questions
SBA Business Smart Series: Ready, Basics of business startup 11:00 am
The Small Business Administration (SBA) teaches ways to lay the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs like you launch a business idea and to understand the steps to building a business.
WISE Power Hour: Microloans for your Woman Owned Business 12:00 pm
Join the WISE Women's Business Center Coaching Team via Zoom for an energetic lunch hour conversation around important small business topics. Each week will feature a central topic (and on occasion guest expert) to discuss best practices that will challenge you to push your ideas and strategies even further. April 14th, Speaker : Sherri Falck, Assistant Vice President, Pursuit Lending of Buffalo
Social Media for Small Business 6:00 pm
The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) presents a nine-part series to enhance your business skills and strengthen your new or existing business. Social Media for Small Business. The focus on April 14th is Social Media for Small Business.
April 15th, 2021
SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program 11:00 am
Survivability & Funding Readiness 12:00 pm
The Niagara Small Business Development Center hosts "Survivability & Funding Readiness" presented by Pursuit of Buffalo. Learn to Increase access to capital for your business clients when they need a loan products or terms not offered at traditional banks with speaker Jonathon Ling Senior Business Development Officer at Pursuit.
Growing Your Sales 12:00 pm
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (CO)— and event partner FedEx, on Thursday, April 15 at 12pm ET for the next episode of CO— Roadmap for Rebuilding, focused on growing your sales. Speakers will discuss the strategies and insights you need to turn potential new leads into sales, and for expanding your online sales operations. Host Jeanette Mulvey, Editor-in-Chief at CO—, will lead the session, combining expert advice with personal insight from small business owners, like you.