As background, the National Office Research Division and Taxpayer Service Division asked the Buffalo District to participate in a test program to help small businesses. The original idea was to provide Internal Revenue information to businesses through telephone and walk-in service. A decision was made between the National Office and the District to invite other federal, state and local agencies to create a "one-stop" center. Although it was agreed that all agencies would share in the expenses for office space, equipment and staffing, most agencies did not have these financial or personnel resources. However, the New York State Taxation and Finance agency provided a representative to work in the center each Wednesday.
Internal Revenue Service Tax Assistance
Referrals to other Agencies
Processing IRS Employer Identification Numbers
New York State Tax Assistance
Free Forms, Publications
Videotapes Available For Viewing
Computer Access to On-Line Services
Workshop/Seminar Offerings and Public Speaking Engagements
Free presentations are offered on such topics including: Recordkeeping, Corporations/Partnerships, Business Use of Home/Car, Depreciation, and Business Expenses. Staff members have also become very active in addressing community business groups. These appearances have resulted in over 3300 additional customer contacts.
The original start-up cost for furniture, videos, equipment and telecommunications expenses was $80,000.
An "Advisory Board" consisting of representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies provides advice to the center. Several of the representatives and agencies have changed since the original board, but meetings continue to be held every 6 - 8 weeks. The goal of the Board was to assist with the office location and design of the space, to determine the services offered, and to help promote the center in the community. The Board continues to provide feedback and advice, assists in conducting seminars in conjunction with the center and reviews the progress of the center. These members are very dedicated to the continued success of the center.
In addition to the Hammer Award, the staff of the Business Assistance Center has received the District Director's Award in recognition for their efforts in making compliance easier for small business owners.
The center publishes a newsletter entitled "Simply Business" and there are an estimated 586 subscribers on the mailing list. In addition, the center publishes informational flyers.
Business Assistance Center Coordinator
Linda Dipasquale (Acting)
PHONE : (716) - 551 - 4793
FAX : (716) - 551 - 4796
|City of Buffalo||Alliance for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises Buffalo Enterprise Development Corporation City Commerce Office, Community Development|
|Erie County||Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, County Clerk's Office Department of Environment and Planning, Industrial Developmental Agency Buffalo Enterprise Development Corporation|
|New York State StateTax and Finance||Income Tax and Sales Tax. The office is staffed with a NYS Tax representative each Wednesday|
|New York StateLabor||Unemployment and Disability Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Empire State Development|
|New York State||Office of Business Permits and Regulatory Assistance, Small Business Development Center (Erie & Niagara Counties), Urban Development Corporation|
|United States||Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, SCORE, Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, US Commerce, US Customs, US Labor|
|Other Agencies||Buffalo Urban League, Greater Buffalo Partnership, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Minority Business Development Center, NYS Society of Enrolled Agents, Western New York Technology Development Center, Inc.|