Providing Business Training and Support for Entrepreneurs

Business owner Chago

“Bueno, me ayudó bastante porque, primero, estaba con gente que tenían mucha más experiencia que yo, y no tenían miedo ni pena de traducirme los términos y enseñarme los procesos que me hacían falta para aprender. Y como me hicieron sentir parte del grupo desde el principio, siempre estuve abierto a compartir ideas y otros tipos de comentarios.

“Ibero has impacted my life tremendously, by allowing me to set a business plan of action that benefits my three children, wife and myself. To anyone joining the program, this is the right place to start or even set things in order concerning your business venture.”

“I was impacted in such a positive way from attending the Ibero business class. I gained so much knowledge business-wise along with some great business connections that are helping scale my business to the next level.”

“I think the format of this program is great. I really enjoyed the environment where I can network with other entrepreneurs. I would highly recommend it for anyone with the desire to start a business! The Ibero program has encouraged me to register my not-for-profit business to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

“I strongly recommend the Ibero program to anyone who is contemplating participating. It serves as an excellent introduction to the world of business and economics for aspiring entrepreneurs or those who have recently started a new business venture. Every week, the program exposes you to various agencies, businesses, and experts who specialize in different areas of development, financial management, and innovative strategies for securing funding and promoting startups. Without a doubt, the time and effort invested in this class are truly worthwhile.”


Individuals Served


Webinars Provided

$ 0

Awarded to Pitch Competition Winners

Business Cohort Classes



Pitch Competition Funding


Businesses Awarded

2022-2023 Highlights

  • Successfully moved the Ibero Business Center – WNY (IBC) into a business incubator in Niagara County, the “Naz716 Business & Cultural Center.” This relationship provides synergy to our work by connecting us to the small business community and allows us to be accessible to people we meet. 
  • Mentored individuals who are thinking about starting or growing a small business, provided referrals to subject matter experts, advised of available grants, and connected people to lenders, if needed.
  • Provided programs including in-person classroom learning, virtual one-on-one meetings, advising of COVID-relief grants and loans, assistance with the NY State Minority & Women Business Enterprises certification (MWBE) and specialty programming like marketing webinars and Grow with Google trainings.
  • Ibero Business Center-WNY received the 2022 Award for Outstanding Performance in entrepreneurial training at the annual EAC conference.
  • Helped six business vendors launch as part of the International Plaza business incubator. Supported two vendors operating year-round.