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.

 

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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(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.

Canalside Update: July 2014

canalsideupdate_image163x100Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is building a new destination

Great things are happening at Canalside! The summer concerts are off to a great start. But Canalside is so much more than concerts. Canalside is quickly becoming Buffalo’s most popular destination for year-round activities, events and business opportunities. Here’s a quick snapshot of the recent and upcoming activities at Canalside:

BusinessOpportunities_1600x535New M/WBE Online Resource: Canalside has launched its new website! It includes a tab dedicated to providing business owners with important announcements, work opportunities and information to help you get involved. Check it out at www.canalsidebuffalo.com/Get Involved.

Coming Soon: Local Chef Bobby Anderson, who appeared on Hell’s Kitchen, brings exceptional health and wellness to the Western New York region through quality food, nutrition and innovation. This summer, Chef Bobby is bringing “The 20/20 with F Bites” to Canalside as a culinary experience for youth that will include culinary training and advanced cooking courses. Canalside patrons can enjoy fitness challenges, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and free food samples. The event will run every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from July 1 to August 26.

Open for Business to All: On June 24, Global Spectrum hosted an M/WBE and small business update meeting at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Attendees gained insight into current and upcoming opportunities, and learned about the necessary steps to do business at Buffalo’s waterfront destination.

New Opportunities: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has announced two new construction opportunities for projects related to the Canalside Grain Elevator Illumination. Details for each of these opportunities are posted on the NYS Contract Reporter website, http://www.nyscr.org, under the following titles:
– Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator Illumination: General Construction Due Date: July 10, 2014
– Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator Illumination: Electrical Construction Due Date: July 10, 2014
Questions regarding this opportunity can be directed to kchmura@esd.ny.gov or by calling 716-846-8200.

Get more news by following Canalside on Facebook or at www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

 

Black Capital Network to Host Event Series that Showcases the Projects that are Shaping the “New Buffalo”

WHAT/WHYBuffalo med campus invite FRONT: On Thursday, July 17,2014 the Black Capital Network will host its second “Have you Heard about the New Buffalo” Networking Series that offers local business owners an opportunity to network with local influencers and get a glimpse into the “New Buffalo.”

The networking series features key development locations in Buffalo with the goal of updating and connecting professionals and MWBE business owners to the project decision makers.

The July 17, 2014 event will feature the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the newest innovative co-working space dig.  Featured presenters include: Matthew Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc and Patrick Whalen, Chief Operating Officer

“We encourage guests to attend and experience a hub of innovation and opportunity.”
The cost is $20.00 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, presentation, great networking and a tour of the BNMC campus.

WHERE:  dig at the BNMC
Innovation Center
640 Ellicott Street  –   Buffalo,NY, 14203

WHEN:       Thursday, July 17 at 5pm -7:30 pm.

WHO:  
        Local business owners
Jennifer Parker, founder of the Black Capital Network and owner of Jackson Parker Communications
Matthew Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc
Patrick Whalen, Chief Operating Officer

ARE YOU GOING? Email: bcnparker@gmail.com to RSVP!

*Walking Tour of BNMC – Tour will be offered after the presentation. Please bring low heeled shoes for the walking tour.

A “Have You Heard about the NEW Buffalo” Networking Series
Hosted by the Black Capital Network

PRINT or SAVE POSTCARD and SHARE:  Buffalo med campus invite FRONT

The Power of Networking and Your Business Growth

As diversity flourishes, so does business

As Buffalo’s field of dreams grows along the waterfront and Medical Campus, some involved in the long struggle to get minority-owned businesses a share of the action say the answer increasingly is “yes.”

Maybe that explains the turnout this week when Global Spectrum, the company managing Canalside, held an outreach meeting in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to lay out some of the business opportunities. About half of the more than 50 entrepreneurs who showed up were black.

It was the second such meeting the company has held since being hired by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. in January. The temptation is to dismiss such events as dog-and-pony shows – until you hear stories such as Anita Sanders’.

Sanders went to the first meeting in March, heard about the opportunity to supply everything from food and uniforms to paper products and cleaning supplies, and then posed an inquiry. “I just asked the question, ‘Do you need security?’ He said, ‘Yes,’ and it went on from there,” said Sanders, who used her experience as a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police officer and her master’s degree in management to start Trace Assets Protection Service two years ago.

Now she has a contract with Canalside for Thursdays at the Square and weekend events, guarding everything from ticket receipts to bank deposits.

Her advice to other minorities looking to get a foot in the door? “Make sure you follow through … and go to the meetings,” she said, echoing the advice of Jennifer Parker, who was hired by Eric Mower + Associates to put together an outreach effort to minority and female entrepreneurs for Canalside.

READ THE  ENTIRE ARTICLE

http://www.buffalonews.com/columns/rod-watson/as-diversity-flourishes-so-does-business-20140625

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