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Press Releases and Advocacy
June 29, 2021
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal legislation, which includes $1.7 million to help small businesses in Western New York, has crossed an initial legislative hurdle. A House Appropriations subcommittee approved a bill including $950,000 for the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) to support the expansion of the West Side Bazaar and $750,000 for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Buffalo State to help small businesses in Western New York expand e-commerce and grow an online presence.
Buffalo News Story: January 28, 2021
The push for diversity has been going on for years. And advocates say Buffalo Niagara's workforce still has a long way to go to truly become more equitable.
Buffalo News Opinion Piece August 30, 2020
In Buffalo and across New York State, small businesses are not only exposed to risks posed by Covid-19, but also to deception and harm from predatory lenders.
Avoiding Scams and Unethical Lending Practices June 2020
Repudiated: "Unbankable" Business Owners June 2020
Starting and operating a small business is becoming increasingly difficult in today's world. Many individuals with aspirations of self-employment and entrepreneurship are being turned down by banks and other credit lending institutions.
Buffalo Protest Response June 4, 2020
In light of the events that have transpired this week in both Buffalo and across our nation, I would like to take a moment to recognize the significance of what has brought us to this point as a society.
Buffalo News Story: June 29, 2021
An effort called Open4 has awarded about $3 million in funding. Open4 chose to distribute the funds among three Community Development Financial Institutions serving Buffalo and Rochester: the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Pursuit, and PathStone Enterprise Center.
Buffalo News Story: June 23, 2021
The restaurant food court inside West Side Bazaar is welcoming customers through its doors again, for the first time in more than a year.
WGRZ Channel 2 News: May 4, 2021
A recent White House decision to increase the number of international refugees allowed into the US from 15,000 up to over 62,000 may mean more will resettle here.
Tripsavvy: April 27, 2021
Buffalo’s food scene is so much more than just wings, and the indoor West Side Bazaar proves it.
WGRZ Channel 2 News: April 27, 2021
The restaurants are ranked based on how well they're reviewed, weighted by the number of reviews they get.
Buffalo News Story: April 7, 2021
The food and retail business, which helps small businesses get a start, is moving from Grant Street to a new home at 1432 Niagara St.
Stepout Buffalo: March 23, 2021
The search for good Chinese food within a reasonable (whatever that means to you) radius of your house is basically a rite of passage when you move. So whether you’re moving or just still haven’t found "the one", we’re here to help.
Niagara Frontier Publications: March 23, 2021
M&T Bank announced it has donated $417,000 to support communities in Western New York as they continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic
Buffalo Business First: February 17, 2021
The entries have been reviewed and the calculations completed. Eighty-two companies will be honored as Best Places to Work 2021 finalists at a virtual celebration on March 31.
Buffalo News Story: February 9, 2021
It started, like so many food stories do, with a hungry reader’s question: Where can I get dim sum in Buffalo?
WGRZ Channel 2 News Story: February 6, 2021
Of the 200 businesses, more than 100 are in the city, 52 percent are owned by women, and 43 percent are owned by people of color.
Buffalo Business Blitz WIVB Channel 4 Story: January 14, 2021
The Buffalo Business Blitz is continuing to help small, local businesses by giving out small business grants of up to $2,500.
Buffalo Business Blitz Ready for Applications: Buffalo News January 13, 2021
Family Desinations Guide: January 12, 2021
Curiously named after the American bison, the city of Buffalo is famous for its chicken wings, natural wonders, and cultural diversity.
The Batavian NYS Small Business Truth-In-Lending Act: December 24, 2020
Channel 7 News WKBW Buffalo Story: October 15, 2020
The Kiosko Latino restaurant on Buffalo's West Side is not just surviving, but thriving during this pandemic. That success has led the owner to make a big move for her business.
Channel 2 News WGRZ Buffalo Story: October 12, 2020
Maria del Carmen and Alain Rodriguez have officially moved Kiosko Latino to its own brick and mortar at 345 West Ferry Street.
Channel 4 News WIVB Buffalo Story: September 25, 2020
Families across Western New York are being challenged by virtual learning, especially those who don’t speak English as a first language. A brother and sister in Buffalo are trying to change that.