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: 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

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
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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

July 17, 2014 HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT the NEW Buffalo Networking Event

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT …
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and dig

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Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus NEW innovative work space for entrepreneurs – dig

 

 

 

 

 

 

A HUB OF INNOVATION and OPPORTUNITY
Thursday July 17, 2014

  • Learn more about the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • *Take a tour of the Campus
  • Experience the surroundings of Buffalo’s newest shared mixed-use work space for innovative entrepreneurs

Featured Guests:
Matthew Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
Patrick Whalen,Chief Operating Officer

WHEN: Thursday, July 17, 2014
TIME: 5:00 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Innovation Center on the BNMC
640 Ellicott Street . Buffalo,NY, 14203

Enjoy….
* A unique venue
* Delicious Hors d’oeuvres and drinks
* PowerNetworking

COST: $20.00 (hors d’oeuvres,drinks,networking and presentation)
* Pay at the event

Be sure to RSVP – Register Online
Email: bcnparker@gmail.com

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

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
All interested in learning more about opportunities at the BNMC and Buffalo’s Newest
mixed use Workspace for Entrepreneurs

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