Economic Gardening

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Olivia Hill

Business Development Manager

Grow your Business through Economic Gardening

Invest Buffalo Niagara’s free Economic Gardening program provides local second stage companies with the resources and research to grow. Emerging local companies can access tailor-made assistance and sophisticated data tools to accelerate growth, innovation, and revenues – all at no cost to the company. Economic Gardening helps local companies grow new verticals, enhance business models, and make data-backed, growth-minded decisions.


Tools to Help you Grow your Business

Economic Gardening provides the tools and concepts of a much larger company to those within Buffalo Niagara ready to grow. Participating companies could receive:

  • Market research, industry trends, competitor intelligence, new product releases
  • GIS computer maps of customers/competitors/potential markets/trade areas
  • Search engine optimization, web marketing, social media
  • Analysis in five classes of business problems: Core Strategy, Market Dynamics, Innovation, Temperament, and Qualified Sales Leads

Is Economic Gardening Right for my Business?

Forward-thinking, second stage companies in Buffalo Niagara can apply to Invest Buffalo Niagara’s Economic Gardening program.

  • ~10-99 employees
  • $1-50 million in sales
  • Maintain principal operations in New York’s Erie or Niagara Counties
  • Note: Retail, restaurant establishments, and local service providers (e.g. accounting, legal, staffing firms) do not qualify for this program.

View our overview sheet to learn more View companies who have completed Economic Gardening in WNY


The Economic Gardening Timeline

The Economic Gardening program, free of charge to companies, generally runs about four-to-six weeks, working with a team of national consultants from across the country who specialize in several areas. A typical CEO will commit 8-12 hours to the process and gain insight and strategic guidance from experts using high-end development tools.

economic gardening timeline


How do I Apply?

For-profit, privately held second stage companies headquartered in Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua counties may apply by downloading this application. Completed application should be emailed to with Economic Gardening as the subject line. 


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Grow Thanks to Our Partners

Invest Buffalo Niagara, in partnership with National Center for Economic Gardening, is offering this program to select companies in Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua Counties at no cost thanks to funding from Erie County, Five Star Bank, Niagara County Department of Economic Development, Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund of Niagara County, and Chautauqua County. Other Buffalo Niagara counties are expected to soon participate. 


“The Economic Gardening staff worked closely with our team to identify four distinct groups of companies that we are now targeting for business development in the next year. The data provided was well crafted, industry focused and identified key people to contact. Thank you InBN for providing such a useful and practical tool for our sales efforts.” - Michelle Bonn, CEO, Compliance Team