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Addressing the regional skills gap

This past weekend, I spoke at the Buffalo UnConference about workforce development and what the skills gap means to employers. In workforce development and staffing, the term “skills gap” has been used so often it has practically reached buzzword status – right next to “synergy” and “circle back”. While different

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Buffalo’s Leadership Coalition: supporting entrepreneurs

Today has been an exciting day for Buffalo Niagara’s entrepreneurs and start-up community. While we are excited about the announcement of the second year of the 43 North business plan competition, we are equally excited for the teams who have been living and working in Buffalo since January. The winning

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Say Yes Buffalo Business Council

Say Yes Buffalo and the support services they provide are helping to keep students in school and prepare them for post-secondary education. It is due to the successful efforts of Say Yes that we’re proud to partner with them to build a Business Council. The mission of the council is to increase

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Trade industry: growing job opportunities for students

If you have kept up with our blog, you have read about the importance of college and career readiness and why the Partnership advocates for pathways to graduation that include career and technical education. Lately, the national conversation has been changing to focus on the millions of high-paying careers that

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Professional development advice for young professionals

With the beginning of the new year comes a chance to stop and think about where you are and what you want to change. With many people working on their personal resolutions and goals, now marks the perfect time for young professionals to look at their career goals. As we

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Early childhood education: the economic impact

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is working to expand the Child Care Subsidy Facilitated Enrollment Program which offers families a convenient process for obtaining financial subsidies against the high cost of child care and information to help access quality an appropriate care for children. This program assists working families across

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BN360 Gives Back: finding your perfect volunteer match

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community while building your skills and network. Through our blog, our BN360 Spotlight Professionals have recently made the case for getting involved through volunteering and giving back to the community. The first, and often hardest, step is finding the organization

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43North: bringing 11 start-ups to Buffalo

After months of work, 6,900 applications were brought down to 11 finalists who competed for their portion of 5 million dollars. The best part? All 11 teams will be growing their start-ups in Buffalo. The culmination of the week of celebration was the Awards Ceremony at Shea’s on Thursday evening,

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Supporting a CTE pathway

As the skills gap across the nation continues to grow, many students are unprepared and ill-equipped with the skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce. Too many students graduate from high school unprepared the workforce, leaving employers without a pipeline of qualified job candidates. The New York State

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BN360 Young Professionals Week roundup

More young professionals are recognizing the value in engaging in community activities and networking with others to create strong relationships, seek out job leads, and career advice. Since 2008, the Partnership’s young professionals program, Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360), has served as the region’s premier young professionals program. As we enter

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