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Olivia Hill


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The Importance of “Shift” for Buffalo Niagara Manufacturers

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. 

 Tags: Manuacturing

Olivia Hill   |     Oct 14, 2021

What is Economic Gardening

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).

Olivia Hill   |     Jun 23, 2021

Blue Jays migrate to Buffalo, your company can too

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.

Olivia Hill   |     Jun 09, 2021

5 Virtual steps to jumpstart your Can-Am expansion

The U.S./Canadian border remains closed as COVID and its uncertainty have followed us into 2021. But that does not mean progress has to stop on your U.S. expansion plans. 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!)

Olivia Hill   |     Feb 04, 2021

HR Differences between Canada and the U.S.

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.

Olivia Hill   |     Aug 13, 2020

Can-Am Business Expansion Through Acquisition

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.

Olivia Hill   |     Jan 08, 2020

4 things you didn’t know about agribusiness in Buffalo Niagara

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.

Olivia Hill   |     Dec 12, 2019

Standard benefits for manufacturers in New York State

Wouldn’t it be nice to lower your cost of doing business? Wouldn’t it be even nicer if you didn’t have to do anything special to get these costs lowered?

Olivia Hill   |     Oct 09, 2019

4 common mistakes Canadian companies make when expanding to the U.S. (and how to prevent them)

We've helped over 100 Canadian companies expand to the Buffalo Niagara region. We know the process-- the steps to take and order in which those things must happen.

Olivia Hill   |     Aug 16, 2019

Learning to lead in Buffalo Niagara - May

As you may have read in our previous blogs, Greg Pokriki and I are participating in Leadership Buffalo and Leadership Niagara, respectively.

Olivia Hill   |     May 24, 2019

From the Innovation Lecture Series

Yesterday, Invest Buffalo Niagara attended the Innovation Lecture Series hosted by the University at Buffalo (UB) Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

 Tags: startup

Olivia Hill   |     Feb 09, 2018

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