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/.

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Canalside Update: June 2014

canalsideupdate_image163x100Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is building a new destination

JUNE UPDATES

The Canalside Team is Growing. Shaping Canalside presents many possibilities for resourceful entrepreneurs. Several local companies have been hired, including Classic Construction, Iroquois Bar, Apex, Watts Engineering and Singleton Construction.

New Additions. On June 2nd, Clinton’s Dish, Canalside’s on-site eatery began serving breakfast. The new menu includes caffeinated beverages from Golden Cup Coffee Co.

Lauren-Byrd-Headshot163x100 Lauren M. Byrd, founder of the Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week, joins the Global Spectrum team as senior corporate sales manager.

Canalside is Hiring. There are still full- and part-time jobs available at Canalside. View employment opportunities at http://tinyurl.com/CanalsideJobs. Canalside is currently looking for volunteers to work at its information tent and assist with game rentals. Volunteers can earn VIP concert tickets, preferred parking and free lunch. To sign-up email volunteer@canalsidebuffalo.com.

SAVE THE DATE. Global Spectrum is hosting a vendor meeting for MBE/WBE businesses on June 24, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Room 101F. Representatives will discuss current and upcoming opportunities. Details to be announced soon.

MBE/WBE Website. Canalside will soon launch its newly redesigned website. It will include a tab dedicated to providing small-business owners with important announcements, work opportunities and information to help you get involved.

Canalside Concerts2014 Canalside Summer Events Schedule
Canalside recently announced the 2014 Summer Concert Series acts. The complete concert and event schedule can be found at www.canalsidebuffalo.com. Many of Canalside’s daily events are free and open to the public.

Have You Heard About the New Buffalo? `Thomas P. Dee, president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., Canalside’s parent, recently spoke at the Black Capital Network’s “Have You Heard About the New Buffalo” event. Dee shared insights into the development of Canalside and spoke with M/WBE business owners and professionals about their projects.

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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Business Contract Opportunity: SUNY at Buffalo Hayes Hall Pre-Bid and Meet & Greet

SUNY at Buffalo Hayes Hall Pre-Bid and Meet & Greet 
Tuesday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Hayes Hall—UB South Campus 3435 Main St., Buffalo

Attached find the official Pre-Bid Announcement along with the Notice to Bidders for SUNY at Buffalo Hayes Hall
Phase II (A SUCF Project)
.

  • We strongly encourage MWBEs to attend the Pre-Bid/Meet & Greet Conference in order to make arrangements with potential Primes.
  • All MWBE participation on this project MUST be NYS certified.

Project Features
The building is occupied by the School of Architecture and Planning and contains approximately 82,000 gross square feet. Hayes Hall was constructed in 1874. The project includes replacement and upgrading of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, structural improvements, upgrades to finishes and infrastructure, replacement of doors, hardware, flooring, and ceilings, improved building accessibility, restroom renovations, abatement of asbestos and hazardous materials, correction of non-code compliant facilities, new stair towers at each wing and replacement of slate and membrane roof systems. The campus will provide equipment and furnishings through separate contracts.

***Please note that PPE will be required for the walk-through including safety glasses, hard hats, vests & steel-toed shoes.

 MWBE & EEO Goals
Firms must be currently NYS certified by the Division of Minority and Women Business Development (DMWBD) (Certified Firms may be searched at Empire State Development’s website https://ny.newnycontracts.com/ )

 Minority Business Enterprise
(MBE) goal:12%

Women Business Enterprise
(WBE) goal: 8%

Equal Employment Opportunity(EEO) goals:

Minority Workforce: 20%

Female Workforce: 5%

 * Interest in this project should be addressed to the following:

Robert Peters, Project Manager
Ph. 716.855.1200 or Email: rpeters@lpciminelli.com

Stephanie Pennington, Compliance Manager MWBE/EEO
Ph. 716.855.1200 or Email:spennington@lpciminelli.com

DOCUMENTS TO REVIEW:
Hayes Hall_pre-bid

SUCF Hayes Hall Notice to Bidders