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Employ Buffalo Niagara

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Employ Buffalo Niagara is the region’s largest employer-led talent initiative. We partner with employers and leaders in the education, government, and non-profit sectors, right here in your community.

Representing the current interests and needs of large and small businesses, Employ Buffalo Niagara offers multiple workforce development programs. In different ways, these programs all work to create sustainable solutions for barriers to employment, upskilling low-wage earners and preparing job seekers to meet companies’ evolving expectations.

Interested but don’t know where to start?
There are various ways you can get involved to make workforce development better for employers, employees, and job seekers:

Learn which program best fits your needs

Community Coalition

Community Coalition

Finding solutions together.

Started in 2015, the Community Coalition (formerly known as the Employ Buffalo Niagara Coalition) is an employer-led initiative that brings the private and public sectors...



Career Pathways

Attract. Retain. Promote.

Looking for more talent to walk through your doors—and stay there? Career Pathways is a 2-3 month intensive program that develops a custom career progression for your company...



Talent Pipeline Management

Preparing talent for today’s workforce.

What if you could build the ideal employee and have them at the ready when you need them most? Our Talent Pipeline Management program is a 1-2 year workshop


Workforce Policy Advocacy

Your workforce policy report.

In our pursuit of regional prosperity, we are constantly reviewing the new legislative workforce policies to ensure they align with employers’ needs, promote economic mobility, ...


HR Toolkit

Finding policies that better support all your people

Employ Buffalo Niagara’s HR Toolkit is a go-to source of vetted HR policies that are designed to retain employees and help them advance in your company. Now you can ensure your company’s practices and offerings match your employees’ needs as closely as possible with this easy-to-use interactive tool.


Benefits Cliff Calculator

Making economic mobility possible.

Because many low-wage employees are wary of taking promotions for fear of losing other financial supports, the Benefits Cliff Calculator will identify whether certain promotions would disqualify an employee...


Earn & Learn

Growing the Next Generation of your Company

Now you can reach potential talent earlier with Earn & Learn—a series of programs focused on finding creative ways to combine training and employment opportunities to sustainably fill your talent pipeline.

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From The Blog

Workforce Policy Update March 2022

By | March 8, 2022

The BNP works closely with government leaders to keep them informed of employer challenges and to advocate for policy that would ease the workforce crisis. The BNP supports legislation that expands access to education and training, makes quality childcare more accessible, removes barriers to workforce participation, and reforms our immigration system to meet our region’s workforce needs.

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Career Pathways

BNP Career Pathways Build Momentum

By | October 19, 2021

Attracting, retaining, and promoting the right employees continues to challenge employers in every sector of the Western New York economy. As we all navigate COVID-19-related changes to the workplace, new workforce development and advancement tools will be needed to move our region forward.

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9.28.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS To Raise Minimum Wage

By | September 28, 2021

The New York State Department of Labor announced a forthcoming increase in the minimum wage across upstate New York.

On December 31, the minimum wage in our region will rise to $13.20 per hour, a 70-cent increase from the current rate.

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Creating Career Pathways

By | July 19, 2021

How can we connect a job seeker to an employment opportunity that can lead to a long and rewarding career?

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