Local Business Services
The Erie County Economic Development Corp and its partners are committed to proving companies with support long after they’ve chosen an Erie County location. Our Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) program is designed to help existing businesses across the County as they expand, grow and strengthen their market position.
The BEAR program takes a proactive approach to learn more about the needs and barriers of the existing business community. Making sure that businesses are operating at optimum capacity and are happy with the local business environment is our priority for economic development.
The BEAR program relies on continuous outreach to capture businesses’ thoughts, ideas, concerns, future plans and insights into the local community. Our staff then responds quickly to your company’s immediate program and resource needs. Participating companies have benefited from:
- Resource Connections
For expansion plans or capital investment, our BEAR program serves as a single point of contact to access financing, tax credits and abatements.
- Roundtable Discussion Groups
BEAR outreach has led to industry specific roundtable discussions to address workforce and community needs.
- Training Seminars
Business development opportunities and challenges are addressed with relevant training and seminars. Our latest program covered innovative recruitment techniques and productivity improvements in a multi-generational workplace.
Our BEAR program can support you in moving your supply chain closer to home.
Feedback provided through BEAR outreach keeps our training and higher education institutions with up to date industry needs.
- Regulatory Issues
Our BEAR program helps companies connect with local and state government agencies to address regulatory barriers.
Finally, your feedback provides actionable data that helps guide ECEDC’s economic development polices and activities. By learning about your business, we can support you with customized services for expansion, recruitment, training, financing and supply-chain management.