Excelsior Growth Fund & Westminster Economic Development Initiative receive $100,000 from KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered by JumpStart

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, powered by JumpStart, is celebrating National Small Business Week by awarding $100,000 to Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) and Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI).  With this new funding, EGF and WEDI will deepen existing partnerships and together will offer loan options from $500 to $500,000 to minority and women owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in the City of Buffalo.

“Supporting small businesses and helping them thrive is central to KeyBank’s mission,” said Buford Sears, KeyBank Western New York Market President. “We are proud to be assisting two great organizations, WEDI and EGF, as they expand their efforts to help more women and minority business owners capitalize on the economic renaissance that is underway in Buffalo.”

With this assistance, EGF and WEDI will be able to provide Buffalo-based minority and women-owned small businesses access to small business loans and advisory services. “The funding will lead the organizations [EGF and WEDI] to serve hundreds of entrepreneurs, who will start and expand companies that create local jobs. Buffalo’s business ecosystem continues to grow through this investment in its future,” said Ben Bissel, Executive Director of WEDI.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program can visit https://boostandbuild.org/.

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