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

(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.


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: June 2014

canalsideupdate_image163x100Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is building a new destination


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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The 5th Annual MTA Conference in NYC

Meet MWDBE and Top GCs at

As a construction professional, you won’t want to miss the 5th annual MTA MWDBE conference: Fast Track To Your Success, being held May 8, 2014 in New York City. Register today to secure your seat and to have face-time with the MTA and all of their agencies. Be among the first to hear the details of the 2015-2019 Capital Plan and the billions of dollars in contracts related to it. We look forward to seeing you there.

As an attendee you will:

  • Hear about upcoming projects across all MTA operating agencies
  • Meet with the MTA directly and learn about new opportunities
  • Get a first glimpse of the upcoming 2015-2019 Capital Plan
  • Learn how to be a part of the Small Business Mentoring and Federal Programs
  • Network with hundreds of general contractors and subs
  • Have access to an in depth, post event certification workshop hosted by the MTA

We are planning a great program that you won’t want to miss so secure your space today.
Additionally, the MTA will be announcing exciting changes in their programs and will be presenting MWDBE’s with new and exciting opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to get in front of this audience.

This is a great program that will deliver the audience you WANT to meet-there is no other event like the MTA MWDBE Conference.

For more information or to register by phone, please contact Olivia Perez at (800) 371-3278 or email her today.

Interested in reaching this audience? Contact Stephanie Massoud for marketing opportunities at the event.

WNY MWBE Opportunities EXPO on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Empire State Development’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development Presents – The Western New York MWBE Opportunities EXPO on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 8:30am to 3:30 pm.


NY State MWBE WNY ForumPurpose of the MWBE Opportunities EXPO   

Co-hosted by ESD’s Western New York Regional Office and Erie County Medical Center (ECMC),this one-stop shopping opportunity will feature several workshops designed to deliver important information about New York State’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification Program and business development resources that can help your company grow and increase awareness of State procurement opportunities.


  • You will also meet procurement officers from New York State agencies and authorities active in the Western New York area at the exhibit expo.

For information, please visit the Expo landing page at www.nysmwbeforum.org/expo

  • New York State (NYS) MWBE Boot Camp

Schedule some time to join us at the NYS MWBE Boot Camp. At the Boot Camp, you will have the opportunity to access local resources available for MWBE firms, including the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, the Professional and Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) and the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) center network.


To register for the Expo please visit: www.nysmwbeforum.org/expo/register

If you have any questions, please email expo@nysmwbeforum.org


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

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SUCF Hayes Hall Notice to Bidders