BNP’s Minority Business Initiative: Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities –
September 15, 2022
The Minority Owned Business Initiative (MBI) is entering its second year in 2023. This initiative seeks to help break through the barriers that have historically challenged minority business ownership and create a pathway to board membership for participants. By giving minority-owned businesses greater access to BNP’s resources, the program’s underwriters aim to help multiply the participant’s accomplishments.
Our goal is to double the number of participants in 2023 due to the success of the program in 2022.
What can participants expect?
One of the key benefits of this program is that it allows instant engagement of the business owner into the fabric of the BNP and all that we offer. It is also an excellent opportunity for all employees of the participating organization, as they are entitled to member benefits.
Once accepted, business owners and their entire staff qualify for membership benefits. Plus, the business owner gains a seat in Executive Exchange. This program allows the business owner access to other business owners and high-level executives across a variety of businesses, industries, and professional services. This allows for personal growth and opportunities for critical conversations that affect their business.
How can you get involved?
Refer A Business
We are encouraging all members to recommend a minority-owned business(s) for this program. Take a look at your suppliers, associates, friends and family for potential companies that would benefit from this program. Complete the application to apply on their behalf.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership announces second cohort of Minority-Owned Business Initiative Program Expanded to Respond to Applicant Needs
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s (BNP’s) Minority Business Initiative (MBI) strives to eliminate the obstacles that have long hindered minority business ownership by providing minority-owned businesses access to BNP’s extensive resources and networks to build their business. The 2023 cohort was announced at today’s DEI Symposium and includes two tracks to better serve participant needs. The MBI Program is funded through generous underwriting of Bank of America, National Grid, and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
At Bank of America, investing in our teammates’ wellness and professional development is the first step toward building a better Buffalo for all. By actively seeking out and empowering a diverse pipeline of talent and the next generation of leaders, we can help drive responsible growth both internally and in our local communities.
The BNP is pleased to welcome Beth Sullivan, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources at United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, as a panelist for the 2023 DEI Symposium. We will be helping you get to know each presenter, panelist, and moderator in the weeks ahead, leading up to the June 1st event.
The BNP is pleased to welcome Mauricio C. Diaz, Program Director, Buffalo Procurement Initiative as a Speaker at our 2023 DEI Symposium. We will be helping you get to know each presenter, panelist, and moderator in the weeks ahead, leading up to the June 1st event.