CANALSIDE UPDATE: Canalside Buffalo a Waterfront destination

September  2014 Edition       canalsideupdate_image163x100

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

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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.

 

Canalside Update: June 2014

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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.

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

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Black Capital Network Presents “Have You Heard About Buffalo” Networking Event

BlacK Capital Network Event     PRESENTS
The “Have You Heard About Buffalo” Networking Series

Join us for a Networking Event at Canalside

Liberty-Hound Restaurant Canalside     Photo Credit  - Visit Buffalo Niagara

A waterfront designation that is leading the New Buffalo Revival.
Please join us for an evening of delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, networking and overview about Canalside from Thomas P. Dee,President of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. 
 
 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
TIME:    5:00 – 7:30pm
WHERE:  Liberty Hound Restaurant
1 Naval Park Cove Buffalo, NY 14202
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FEATURED GUEST: Thomas P. Dee, President of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Enjoy….
• A beautiful venue
• Delicious Hors d’oeuvres
• PowerNetworking
• Cash BarCost: $20.00 (hors d’oeuvres, networking and presentation)

Be sure to RSVP – Limited Space. Email: jparker@thebcn.com