Access to Capital and Your Business: New York State has a solution

Empire State Development (ESD) will expand access to short-term Loans for New York State Certified Minority and Women-Owned firms doing business with New York State.
MORE INFORMATION on FLYER View by clicking link Bridge_Program no trufund

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ARE YOU GOING? NYS MWBE FORUM Oct. 1& 2 2014

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Recommendation: A must attend event to network and build business connection.

TIPS to Maximize your experience:

I. Be prepared – biz cards, brochures and Capability Statement

II. Practice your Biz pitch/ elevator speech

III. Review workshop line up – make a strategic decision what you must attend.


New York State’s MWBE Forum
is the largest statewide business opportunities event for MWBEs.  Learn about New York’s new projects, meet New York’s leading public and private sector leaders and procurement decision makers and identify the right opportunities for your company. This informative two-day event will help you chart a new
road map to business success.

REGISTER TODAY.      INVEST IN YOU.    INVEST IN YOUR BUSINESS.

For more information visit the event website at http://nysmwbeforum.org/.

CANALSIDE UPDATE: Canalside Buffalo a Waterfront destination

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Sheila E. Concert
Shelia E 4Canalside was the venue for one of Buffalo’s most memorable performances on July 23. The celebration included a ceremony where Mayor Byron Brown declared July 23rd as Sheila E. Day, and the talented musician returned the gratitude by delivering an electrifying performance to the crowd of thousands.

A Summer of Opportunities
Canalside’s commitment to providing a diverse experience includes offering opportunities to minority and women business owners. Here’s a brief glimpse of two current Canalside vendors:

Code Blu Juice Bar: “My exposure to the health and fitness community and expanding my visibility was a major factor in being a Canalside vendor. This summer exceeded my expectations! The Canalside team posted my business on their Facebook and Twitter pages weekly.” – DeChantell Lloyd, owner, Code Blu Juice Bar

• Golden Cup Coffee: “We are excited for the opportunity to profile our coffee products and brand to a broader audience. In addition, we are very proud and honored to provide the official coffee for Canalside. We were just informed that Canalside visitors will also be able to enjoy our coffees and hot chocolate during the winter months.” – Larry Stitts, co-owner of Golden Cup Coffee

Expanding the Security Safety Net
Canalside is excited to welcome Trace Assets Protection Service as a new security firm. The firm will provide safety and security for special events at Canalside. Ryan Coate, General Manager for Canalside said, “Trace security has been a great partner to ensure safety at our box office, for concert security and our food and beverage venture.

Events To Note – At Canalside there’s something for everyone! Here are a few events that are happening this month and beyond:

• Love Seafood and Ships?: Canalside will host the 2nd Annual Buffalo Maritime Festival September 19-21, 2014. Enjoy a full weekend of family-friendly fun!

• Happy Hour at Canalside: Break up the long work week with a beautiful venue, refreshing wine and delicious food at the new Clinton’s Dish beer/wine garden. Events include Barefoot Wine Wednesdays, HARBORCenter Happy Hours on Thursdays and Fridays at Canalside. Get the complete schedule and drink specials at http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/things-to-do/.

• Saturday Artisan Market: The popular arts and crafts bazaar will continue into September and October. Stop by to browse and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from local vendors.

• Ice Skating on the Canals: This winter, Canalside will debut outdoor ice skating on Historically Aligned Canals! The ice surface will be four times the size of Rockefeller Center in NYC!

Remember, the fun does not end with the summer, Canalside is open year round! Get more news about activities and business opportunities at www.canalsidebuffalo.com

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR RETAIL OWNERS: Queen City Pop Up Project

(Buffalo, NY) Buffalo is introducing a great opportunity for Business owners to introduce and expand your business. It’s the  new “Queen City Pop Up” Project, a unique opportunity for local retailers to receive FREE rent on Main Street in downtown Buffalo for the holiday season.

Queen City Pop Up RFP  Queen City Pop Up RFP 2014

MUST SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: All proposals should be submitted by Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 to:

Brandye Merriweather
Project Coordinator – Downtown Development
Buffalo Urban Development Corporation
95 Perry Street – Suite 404
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 856-6525 ext. 131
bmerriweather@ecidany.com

DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Two Empowering Events Hosted by Women in the Spot Light Going Global

IMG_15066330053559Join Women in the Spot Light Going Global for a weekend of workshops /panel discussions on…

  • Saturday 8/16 with award winning author and keynote speaker Jack A. Daniels.

Registration www.womeninthespotlightgoinglobal.com

 

July 23 – NYS MWBE event to help businesses leverage local new economy

New York State Western NY MWBE Outreach
Building Relationships and Making Connections for Success

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DASNY MWBE Outreach Event Buffalo July 2014 FINAL
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(Albany, NY) In support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to maximize opportunity for New York businesses, DASNY (the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York ) will host a business outreach and networking reception on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

DASNY has invited key state and local agencies and authorities; leading construction management companies and representatives from Buffalo’s major economic project drivers to join them for this complimentary and interactive MWBE event.

“Last year, under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s leadership, the utilization of minority-– and women- owned businesses in state contracts reached a record 21.06 %. In all, $1,488 billion in contracts from a total of 97 public agencies and authorities were awarded to Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in FY 2012-2013,” said DASNY President Paul T. Williams, Jr. “Events like this will help ensure that MWBE firms are aware of the possibilities available to them so that we can continue to build upon our past success.”

Information about upcoming procurement and bid opportunities will be provided, along with guidance on how to pursue new business opportunities in Western New York. Key presentations include: an overview of the NYS Contract System, including how prime contractors and subcontractors can benefit from it, and a panel discussion moderated by Michael M. Clay, DASNY Director,Opportunity Programs Group, where state and local agency MWBE representatives will discuss strategies for success in achieving 20% MWBE participation on projects.

The conversation continues after the presentations with a networking reception where attendees will be able to speak with key project managers and business owners.

Interested business owners are asked to send a RSVP to DASNYinWNY@gmail.com by July 18, 2014.

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Founded in 1944, DASNY is one of the largest higher education, health care and public-purpose issuers of public debt in the nation with an outstanding bond portfolio of approximately $45.8 billion as of March 31, 2014. DASNY is also a major public builder in New York State with a construction pipeline of 904 projects valued at more than $5.74 billion.