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Welcome! We at the BNMA have put together a resource page just for our members! You will find links to many different resources that are available in the WNY region to help support yoru business needs; such as grant money, childcare support, workforce development on the job training reimbursements, resources to help you expand your products into international markets.

Note, there are three components to this page:

I. Workforce on the job training reimbursements

II. Programs to source skilled workers from Goodwill and or ERIE1 BOCES Adult skill program

III. Grants for Cap. Ex, expanding your markets worldwide

I. Workforce On The Job Training Reimbursement:

Through OJT is a wage reimbursement incentive maybe provided to a business to help offset the cost of training a new employee with limited skills. The federal subsidy for employers who train qualifying new hires to bridge skill gaps for the position.

Why should I take advantage of workforce training reimbursement?

The benefits of program can: improve retention, boost workplace productivity and engagement, add skills and knowledge to your company, reduce the cost of hiring and training, recieve prescreened applicants for your position, get reimbursed for a percentage of the wages during the pre-agreed training period.

While a Federal program, the funds are distributed at the county level. We have included links to both Erie and Niagara County resources that can help to get your company enrolled.

Erie County Workforce Investment Board

Niagara County Workforce Development Board

NY Excelsior Program

Western New York Empire State Development

II. Workforce Sourcing

Goodwill - Goodskills Program -

The Goodskills Career Builder is a new four-week training provided at no charge to Goodskills participants. The objective is to connect candidates with employers in advanced manufacturing and technology in Western New York. This unique training initiative provides targeted skills and credentials.

Business Partnership - How does it work for Employers

Goodskills Career Builder - Goodskills Candidate Brochure

If your interested in learning more, contact Joani Higgins at: Phone: 716.854.3494 ext: 3494; Email: JHiggins@goodwillwny.org

Erie1 BOCES - Adult Upskilling Programs

CNC Machining

Erie1 BOCES has launched a 12 week CNC basics course Course Syllabus for individuals seeking to upskill themselves into machining careers. These adult students spend 4 weeks (4 days a week). For individuals with day jobs, there is a CNC night course. This is a 23 week course meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays 5p - 9p.

This is a good way to identify and source operators which can lift their skills through a BNMA CNC Registered Apprenticeship Program. If your company is interested in learning more about how to source these graduates, contact: Jacob Daniels, Coordinator: Phone: 716-821-7382; Email - jdaniels@e1b.org

Link to CNC Machining Program

Industrial Automation (PLCs and Robotics)

This is a 72 hour course which covers: PLC topics include Machine and Process Control, PLC Components, Hardware Configurations, Power Supplies, Discrete I/O Modules, Analog I/O Modules, PLC Programming, Processor Operations, Troubleshooting, Diagnostics and Commissioning. Link to the Industrial Automation Course Description. If your company is interested in learning more about how to source these graduates, contact: Jacob Daniels, Coordinator: Phone: 716-821-7382; Email - jdaniels@e1b.org

Industrial Electrical (96 hour course)

This in-depth program provides knowledge and skills on electrical safety, control circuits, AC motors, ladder logic and troubleshooting. The information presented will enable you to construct and troubleshoot electrical control circuits. More than 300 topics are covered in 10 units of study. 30 job activities provide "hands-on" experience using "real-world" industrial electrical hardware. Theory instruction includes electrical control components and control circuit operation. Topics include: Electrical Safety, Control Transformers, Overcurrent Protection, Pushbutton Stations, Limit Switches, Solenoids, Relays, Timers and Counters, Three Phase Motors, Contactors & Motor Starters, Ladder Logic and Electrical Drawings and Jogging and Plugging. Prerequisite: Basic Electricity. Link to Indutrial Electrical course description: Industrial Electrical Course Description. If your company is interested in learning more about how to source these graduates, contact: Jacob Daniels, Coordinator: Phone: 716-821-7382; Email - jdaniels@e1b.org

III. ESD Consolidated Funding Application (under ESD Manufacturing Grant Funding):

Funding is available for the following projects:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Community and Waterfront Revitalization
  • Direct Assistance to Businesses
  • Energy and Environmental Improvements
  • Low-Cost Financing
  • Municipal/Public Infrastructure
  • Parks, Historic Preservation and Heritage Areas
  • Sustainability Planning Assistance
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Workforce Development

ESD Consolidated Funding Application


Global NY’s mission is to promote competitiveness and foster economic activity by helping New York State small businesses export their products and services globally. Under the Global NY banner, we also attract international businesses to consider expansion to NYS through various incentives.

Global NY

Other Available Programs:

Workforce Development Child Care Subsidy:

Many families in New York State struggle with the high cost of quality child care even when they are working full-time or nearly full-time. WDI’s Child Care Subsidy Facilitated Enrollment Program helps eligible working families apply for financial assistance. WDI staff are available to answer questions and guide families through the application process.

In addition, WDI provides resources to aid families in choosing quality, developmentally appropriate care for their children.

Workforce Development Child Care Subsidy

THE SHARED WORK INITIATIVE (New York Department of Labor):

  • Traditionally used by Manufacturing
  • Increasingly used by Healthcare
  • Now used by virtually every industry
  • Accommodations & Food Services
  • ConstructionFinance & Insurance
  • Social Assistance
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation & Warehousing

Shared Work Program

Federal Grants - Link to NIST open grant applications: Link to NIST