We are pleased to announce that Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara, the region’s nonprofit economic development organization, has been elected by his peers to Chair the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
This week Buffalo will host the 7th Annual Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo, an event designed to connect startup companies in Buffalo, New York with potential investors. In addition to a keynote address from Bill Rancic, the original Apprentice, 32 competitively selected companies will deliver 5 minute and 90 second investor pitches.
Nearly 40 people from more than 25 Buffalo Niagara organizations attended Collision to promote opportunities in our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and encourage startups to apply to the 43North Business Plan Competition by May 31, 2016.
Since 1999, Invest Buffalo Niagara (formerly Buffalo Niagara Enterprise) has worked to attract more than $4.4 billion in new business investment to the region. With 81 Canadian-based expansion projects during that time, significant investment has come from north of the border. There are many reasons for a Canadian company to expand into the US such as “Made in US” requirements, reaching a market 10 times the size of Canadian market, growing US sales, bridge delays, and raw materials coming from the US.
Buffalo Niagara is a region on the rise. We are enjoying incredible new venues and amenities at locations like Canalside and Larkinville and Business First recently reported that Buffalo Niagara is the hottest construction market in the northeast according to latest employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Buffalo, is up 28.6% from 21,000 construction jobs in October 2010 to 27,000 jobs in October 2015.
Do you have a dynamite business idea? Do you want to be part of the new Buffalo momentum? Check out these incredible opportunities that reflect the changing tide and join the growing community of entrepreneurs who are living their dreams, contributing to the region’s renaissance and growing jobs in Buffalo Niagara.