Since 1999, Invest Buffalo Niagara has assisted 414 businesses expand or startup in the region, attracting or retaining 45,528 jobs and $6.09 billion in capital investment. Here's a look at two of our 65 advanced business services past wins and where they are now.
Buffalo Niagara has a rich history of manufacturing success. As an important industry in our economy, manufacturing companies have a plethora of resources available in our region to help their manufacturing companies grow and evolve. The Shift program through Buffalo Manufacturing Works is one of those great programs.
Economic Gardening is an economic development program focused on helping Second Stage companies grow. Traditional economic development focuses on recruiting companies to come to town (economic hunting). This program focuses on growing local companies (economic gardening).
While travel over the Can-Am border remains restricted, the Toronto Blue Jays have decided to call downtown Buffalo their home for the time being. This new American headquarters for the Blue Jays allows for easier travel between cities and a home base for its players.
The first stage of business expansion planning we focus on with Canadians is what we call “cross border due diligence”. This consists of meeting with experts in various fields to discuss best practices and tips for setting up your U.S. facility. If you are still not able or comfortable traveling the border, that’s totally fine.Lots can be accomplished from your Canadian headquarters. Here’s a few things you can work on for your U.S. expansion from the comfort of your virtual office (you won’t even need to change out of your pajamas!)
Buffalo Niagara’s proximity to the Canadian border sometimes makes it easy to forget our communities are in separate countries as we visit, shop, and attend sporting events across the border with relative ease. However, as Canadian business owners consider Buffalo Niagara for U.S. expansion, it is important to remember there are many HR differences between our two countries. Understanding these differences is key to finding and retaining good talent and successfully running operations on both sides of the border. We cover many of these differences and other HR related topics in our Canadian Guide to Business Expansion Vol. 3: Workforce and Workplace but I thought I’d highlight a few of the major differences between HR in the U.S. and Canada below.
Frank Ralphs, a company out of Montreal, manufactures composite panels used predominantly in the rail industry as well as other industrial applications. Companies in the rail industry find that having a “Made in the U.S.A.” label can be beneficial to growing their business and sales in the U.S. There are many opportunities for U.S. government contracts for public transit projects. Frank Ralphs was interested in capturing more of this business and adding final assembly in the U.S. to their offerings.
Our region has a lot of things to boast about (like our 9-3 Buffalo Bills), but what you may not know about the region is that it is a great location for companies in the Agribusiness sector. I thought I would run through some of the things you may not know that makes Western New York (WNY) the right choice for your food processing company.