NYS is Open for Business! Workshop – Doing Business with New York State

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Rochester, New York

Doing Business with New York State

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about New York State’s procurement process and how you can market your business to the state.

Date :
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
 Time : 8:30 a.m. registration
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 Location : 50 West Main Street,
Rochester, NY 14614
Room 3139 – third floor

 Cost : There is no fee to attend.

Contact :  Anna Vulaj Fitzsimmons

  To Register: Click here to register.

Topics include:
·         Explaining the contracting system
·         How to find bid opportunities
·         Review of NYS Office of General Services and NYS Contract Reporter
·         NYS MWBE’s and DOT DBE’s strongly encouraged to attend.


It’s All About Growing Your Business: Construction Opportunities in WNY

The State University Construction Fund invites you to attend an informational session for: Upcoming Construction Opportunities in Western New York  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Holiday Inn Downtown Buffalo
Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 12205

Who Should Attend:  

  • Minority & Women-Owned Businesses
  •  Contractors, Consultants and Subs that provide Construction and Construction-related Services

Find out about Opportunities
•    Construction Fund Projects
•    Update on UB 2020
•    Campus-Administered Projects (UB, Buff State, and Fredonia)
•    Local agencies

This seminar:
•    Will detail and clarify the processes employed by the Fund in awarding work and contracting with business partners.
•    Will preview upcoming design and construction projects  throughout NY State
•    Will provide an understanding to NYS certification and the MWBE directory
•    Will provide an opportunity for firms to network

Pre-registration is required for this seminar. There is no cost to attend.

Please register by e-mail to SUCF.OpportunityAdmin@suny.edu

Include your company’s name, contact information and name of attendees
No later than Monday, November 5, 2012

If you have questions, call 518-320-1650

Considering a new Business? Insurance Agent Opportunity


State Farm Agent in Buffalo, New York

Great opening in Buffalo to enter a training program to take over a State Farm Agent’s office.

Will match current income up to $140K annual. The training is a minimum of 5 months, but will most likely be 12 – 15 months depending upon when the existing Agents Office becomes available.

Looking for leaders and Entrepreneurs – not insurance experience. Read more about becoming a State Farm Agent

State Farm Insurance Companies
Northeast Zone Agency Recruiting
716-655-2520 (office)

Motown the Musical Opens on Broadway April 14, 2013 It’s about Music…. It’s about Business…

Although I was a child during the height of the most popular acts of Motown, I have always been a dedicated fan.  How could a young Black girl growing up in North Carolina not gleam with pride as she viewed three beautiful black women in shiny long gowns singing on The Ed Sullivan Show? Every little girl in my elementary class wanted to be Diana Ross, the lead singer of the Supremes.

I am extremely excited that the Motown Story will finally come to Broadway. As an entrepreneur, I have often spoken about how Mr. Gordy was one of my mentors, although I have never met him.  However, his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, should be listed among the great business books to read. The story is inspiring and empowering.

Mr. Gordy’s story of building a musical empire is a prime example of entrepreneurial vision, strategic planning and perseverance. He embraced his life experiences and family entrepreneurial history to establish a foundation for a legacy business. This is a man who dared to enter an industry that had traditionally been closed to African Americans.  However, with $800.00 borrowed from his family, he moved into an older Detroit house on West Grand Boulevard and the rest is history.

I think we often forget about the business behind the movie and plays we see. Broadway is a business.  The more tickets sold sends a message that quality African American stories are profitable and more are needed.  Please support the directors, actors and musicians in this production.  Help send a message that this part of the American story is valued.

Let’s make Motown history again!  Plan a trip to New York City to see this historical play and help brand it among Broadway’s long running productions.

View the video about Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical  
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
205 West 46th St. (bet. 8th Ave. & Broadway), New York, NY 10036

Previews from: March 11, 2013
Opening night: April 14, 2013

New York State MWBE Forum: A great learning and networking opportunity

“The New York State MWBE Forum is all about opportunity – Opportunity to make new professional connections, to learn new information, to become more competitive and to get new contracts.”

Where:  Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, NY

When & Where:
Thursday, October 25, 2012    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Hotel Albany,
Special Statewide Economic Overview and Cocktail Reception

Friday, October 26, 2012    9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Empire State Plaza Convention Center and The Egg

Saturday, October 27, 2012    8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

What: Workshops, Seminars, Exhibitions, Speed Networking, Networking Opportunities and more.

Who: An anticipated 2,000 professionals and government representatives will gather this year in Albany to examine new business opportunities in New York State.

Why: It’s the best opportunity to meet the right people, identify the latest projects and business opportunities, learn what you need to know about government procurement and leverage a three-day experience into 365 days of business success.

Visit the NYS NYS MWBE Forum HeaderMWBE Forum website for additional information and to register.