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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Mayor Brown & The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center Announce Small Business Week

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May 2nd kicks off an important week for the nation and for Buffalo, NY Small Business Week. Small Business Week is dedicated to the celebration and appreciation of small businesses. This year, in honor of Buffalo’s small businesses, Mayor Brown and the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center are hosting events that connect business owners to local support available and how to unlock corporate and government contracts.

Mayor Brown said, “This year, Small Business Week is especially significant as we recognize the resiliency of local businesses that made it through the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognize that many small businesses had to downsize or close their doors. These stores, restaurants, and service providers are a vital part of our community, making Buffalo a special place to live, work, and visit. My administration will continue to prioritize services and programs that help small businesses survive, and thrive.”

The week-long events will kick off on May 4th, at 12PM. Matt Revere, Deputy Director of The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center will join Lisa Hicks of Mayor Brown’s Office of Strategic Planning, Sherri Falck of Pursuit Lending, and Megan McNally of The Foundry, to discuss small business resources in the Buffalo region. Small Business owner, Anita Sanders of Trace Asset Protection Services, will share her experience working with various local business support organizations. Register for this virtual event here.

On May 6th at 12PM ET, the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center will host an event in conjunction with Next Street, a mission-based firm focused on mobilizing capital, customers and capabilities to small businesses that have been systemically held back. The event, a virtual roundtable discussion, will focus on winning more corporate and government contracts. Monica McCoy, of Monica Motivates, will talk about pitching. Shatorah Donovan, the City of Buffalo’s Chief Diversity of Officer, and Antonina Simeti, of the Buffalo Purchasing Initiative, will talk about how to get contractor-ready for government and special programs. Donna Hager and Dolly Randle, two veteran small business owners, who have been successful in accessing large contracts, will share their experiences.   Register for this virtual event here.

In addition to these events, the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center will support Start Small Think Big’s How To Transition to Doing Business Online webinar on May 3rd. Register for this virtual event here.

Small Businesses are an important part of the economy and a key driver of job growth. Across the US, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create nearly two out of every three jobs in the US each year. Across Buffalo, thousands of businesses create economic opportunities for residents within the area. In the Buffalo MSA alone, small businesses employ over 87,000 people.

 For more information on Buffalo’s Small Business Week activities, visit the All Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center events are free.

 About the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center

 The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center serves small businesses on Buffalo’s East Side and throughout Western New York. The Exchange is a one-stop technical resource center, focusing on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB). The Exchange delivers expert guidance to help entrepreneurs succeed and foster inclusive economic growth in Buffalo and Western New York.

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