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Press 2023

WKBW Channel 7 News: December 12, 2023

Organizations to recruit migrants to help with restaurant industry shortage in WNY

The WNY Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association is making ways to combat the shortage in the restaurant industry by partnering with other organizations to recruit migrants and refugees coming to America and here in Buffalo.


Niskanen Center: November 21, 2023

Examining the Refugee Microenterprise Development Program, its successes, and opportunities for further impact

Grantees are local NGOs providing broader social services, such as the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) in Buffalo.

Buffalo Business First: July 13, 2023

Announcing the 2023 Women of Influence honorees

Betsy Mitchell, WEDI founder, board member and capital campaign leader, has been named a 2023 Woman of Influence in the  Inspiration category.

Buffalo Magazine: April 17, 2023

WEDIfest 2023

WEDIfest took over the new Downtown Bazaar at 617 Main Street on Friday, April 14—the weekend before this food destination opened to the public—for its annual fundraiser. The evening featured food from Bazaar vendors including former West Side Bazaar staples Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine, Nile River Restaurant and Pattaya Street Food along with newcomer Pinoy Boi.


April 17, 2023

Plans announced for the transformation of North Aud Block at Buffalo's Canalside

Pennrose NY Developer LLC was selected as the preferred developer of the North Aud Block and is working with MSquared and the Westminster Economic Development Initiative on the project.

WKBW Channel 7 News

The Buffalo News


Oswego County Today: April 16, 2023

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $117 Million To Help NYS Businesses In Underserved Communities Recover From Covid-19

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that 43 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) across New York State will receive $116,822,564 in federal funding to help low- and moderate-income communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

WGRZ Channel 2 News: March 29, 2023

ATHENA Awards 2023 recognizes exceptional women and organizations

The Athena Awards are celebrated around the world and recognizes the contributions of women and organizations that advance the status of women. WEDI was awarded the ATHENA Organizational Award Non-Profit.

Off Road with Peter Palmisano: January 23, 2023

Featuring the Story of WEDI

As one of the most influential programs in the city, WEDi has been instrumental in offering critical assistance to small businesses and young students who would otherwise be lost in a foreign city, unable to even understand the language. In this episode of OFF ROAD, Erin Kelly, its Director of Internal Relations, explains WEDI's mission and its undeniable importance.

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