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

• 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



(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

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


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.

        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


*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.


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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 )

 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:

Stephanie Pennington, Compliance Manager MWBE/EEO
Ph. 716.855.1200 or

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SUCF Hayes Hall Notice to Bidders

The City of Buffalo is Open for Business – Learn more on August 6, 2013

Be In the Know…  Great Things are HOverview of Buffaloappening in Buffalo, New York!

The City of Buffalo has invested over $30 million dollars to return cars to Main Street. Businesses are soon to follow.

Join Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday, August 6th at 8:00 a.m. to learn more about the Cars Sharing Main Street project and the resources available to start a business in the City of Buffalo.

Event Location: Market Arcade Building
617 Main Street

The City of Buffalo has invested over $30 million dollars to return cars to Main Street. Businesses are soon to follow.

Join Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday, August 6th at 8:00 a.m. to learn more about the Cars Sharing Main Street project and the resources available to start a business in the City of Buffalo.

Learn More about this Event.