If COVID impacted your business, WBC is here to help.

If COVID impacted your business, WBC is here to help.

About the program

Welcome to the “ReConnect. ReStart. ReGrow.” programs in support of small, women-owned businesses facing challenges as a result of COVID-19. Thanks to the CARES Act and Small Business Administration, the programs provide business education and guidance to businesses that have experienced issues such as supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges or a decrease in revenue or customers. The programs also help women seeking to launch a new business – or those whose businesses are growing – as a result of the pandemic. The COVID Recovery Programs will run through February 2022.

Who this is for:

  • All women-owned businesses throughout the WNY region
  • Women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and experiences
  • Women-owned businesses of all sizes in all industries

What programs are available:

  • Business Development Specialist consult: individual one-hour sessions to help you determine what to do next – whether to pause, pivot, reinvest or close.
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Technology
  • Law
  • Access to Capital
  • Human Resources


Three ways for your business to benefit from the COVID Recovery Programs:

Make an appointment with Business Development Specialist Christie Nelson to help decide what to do next: pause, pivot, reinvest or close.

Register now to attend remotely one or more of our upcoming programs dedicated to COVID recovery strategies (see below).

Schedule an appointment with the appropriate Task Force Member (see below) for a one-on-one counseling session.

Fill out the form below to request more information and you’ll be on the path to a stronger, more successful business.

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    WBC COVID Recovery Task Force

    Made up of facilitators and mentors with specific expertise in each of the areas listed above, our Task Force provides all the training you need for success. Select your expert, schedule your appointment and then be on your path to recovery.

    Christie Nelson, MBA

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Business Development

    Not sure where to start? Then schedule an individual one-hour session with Christie to help you decide what to do next: pause, pivot, reinvest or close. Then you can determine what other members of the Task Force you’ll need to talk with next.

    Nakiea S. Cook, MBA

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Finance

    Nakiea S. Cook, MBA, is the Founder of NC Accounting & Consulting Solutions (M/WBE Certified NYS & NYC) where she provides consulting services for bookkeeping; tax preparation and planning; accounting advisory services; and training.

    Jessica Marinelli

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Marketing

    Jessica Marinelli is a savvy strategist and expert speaker adept at working with organizations of every size and growth stage – from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies – to help achieve marketing and business goals.

    Elisabeth Marino

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Sales

    Elisabeth Marino has worked in sales for over 35 years as a sales rep, manager, director and vice president of several sales organizations, earning her local and national awards in sales excellence, commercialization, team building, gross sales numbers and more.

    LaTashia Martin

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Technology

    LaTashia Martin has a passion for coaching busy professionals and small business owners to find their way in today’s marketplace. She uses her 16 years of experience to help craft the environments, resources and tools a professional needs to become her authentic self.

    Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney, Esq.

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Law

    Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney, Esq., is a dynamic diversity, equity and inclusion professional and attorney. She specializes in helping women and minority-owned businesses get the legal part right by making everything Crystal Clear – pun intended!

    Royce Woods

    COVID Recovery Task Force: Access to Capital

    Royce Woods moved to Buffalo in 2016. A Pittsburgh native, Royce helps entrepreneurs and real estate developers secure the financing they need to accomplish their goals.

    Your Business Growth Partner

    Schedule your free consultation today!


    Wed 23

    SBDC One-On-One Business Counseling

    June 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thu 24

    Advisory Group: Master (Membership Program)

    June 24 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
    Jul 07


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