University at Buffalo, School of Management,
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

University at Buffalo

What we are great at:
The University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to unlock human potential, create jobs, inspire wealth and invigorate the greater Western New York economy and community. The CEL provides an individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. Designed by entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs, the CEL is based on proven principles, centered on best and next practices and backed by the thought leadership of the UB School of Management.


Advancing entrepreneurship is vital to invigorating the university, the surrounding community and the greater Western New York economy. Established in 1987, the CEL champions entrepreneurial gusto in the pursuit of sustainable opportunities, long-term successes, financial independence and genuine personal reward. More than 1,300 CEL alumni employ more than 22,000 Western New Yorkers, and their businesses are worth more than $2 billion to the local economy.


  • Core Program This peer-based, mentor-driven program will empower you to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop meaningful connections within the business community.
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    Who should apply: Business owners and leaders with ventures that have progressed beyond the startup phase of operation.
  • Advanced Core Advanced Core will help you focus on business growth as an outcome of clear strategic vision. The program allows you to hone in on your business’s authentic voice and build a reliable team to lead your vision forward.
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    Who should apply: Core program graduates willing to commit the time and energy needed to move your business to the next level.

    * The Advanced Core program is designed and facilitated by Enabling_Ideas_Logo
  • Family Business The Family Business program is a portfolio of resources focused exclusively on supporting the unique challenges and needs associated with family business while addressing the traditional needs of the entrepreneur.
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    Who should apply: Key family members of family-owned businesses.

What graduates are saying

Spicer Group:

Digits LLC:

Southtown Audio Video:

Bear Metal Works:

Personal Touch Food Service:

Millington Lockwood:


Thomas R. Ulbrich
Assistant Dean and Executive Director

Contact information

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

School of Management

University at Buffalo

UB Downtown Gateway

77 Goodell Street, Suite 201

Buffalo, NY 14203

Tel:  716.885.5715

Fax: 716.845.6999



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