Skip to content

Minority Business Initiative

In February 2022, the BNP announced the first 5 participants in their new Minority-Owned Business Initiative (MBI).  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 success.

Read the MBI launch press release here>

Meet our first Cohort

Kiper Moving and Transportation

Deidre Batson Griggs is president of Kiper Moving and Transportation, a company she founded with her husband Dante that offers a full range of residential and commercial moving services, including long-distance and international moving.

Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC

Darrin Strickland is the founder and CEO of Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC, a Buffalo-based company providing health and safety preparedness programs and services to clients across New York State.

Blanc Photographie

Yves-Richard Blanc first started taking photographs when he was 15. It quickly became his passion and, after earning a degree in commercial photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, he turned that passion into a career of 30-plus years.

Right Fit Recruiting, LLC

For more than two decades, Thaddeus Dunn has recruited and placed executive-level professionals in positions across the country, in industries from medical and financial to non-profit and education. Now, he has established Right Fit Recruiting, LLC here in Buffalo Niagara, bringing his expertise to the local business community with added measures of personalized service and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in executive roles.

Be part of the next phase

With the success of our first cohort, we are excited to announce that we will soon be accepting applications for the program's next phase.

Interested in participating in the next cohort?  Download our Fact Sheet to learn more>

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

From the Blog

The Art of Storytelling: An Interview with Facilitator Herb Escher, CEO, Dale Carnegie

By communications@thepartnership.org | September 27, 2022

BN360 is proud to present The Art of Storytelling on Friday, September 30th at noon. This virtual webinar will give you the tools to transform the way you connect with people and jump-start your professional development. We sat down with facilitator, Herb Escher, CEO of Dale Carnegie of WNY and the Greater Boston Area to find out why you should attend this event.

Read More

BNP’s Minority Business Initiative: Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities –

By communications@thepartnership.org | 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.

Cultural humility. The term may be unfamiliar, but it is a critical component to any organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Read More

Introducing Minority-Owned Business Initiative Participant: Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | March 3, 2022

Darrin Strickland is the founder and CEO of Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC, a Buffalo-based company providing health and safety preparedness programs and services to clients across New York State. From authorized and certified CPR/AED training and workplace emergency preparedness, to defensive driving courses and babysitter certification, Strickland and his staff help businesses, schools, and individuals be safe and be ready in critical situations.

Read More

Introducing Minority-Owned Business Initiative Participant: Right Fit Recruiting, LLC

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | March 3, 2022

For more than two decades, Thaddeus Dunn has recruited and placed executive-level professionals in positions across the country, in industries from medical and financial to non-profit and education. Now, he has established Right Fit Recruiting, LLC here in Buffalo Niagara, bringing his expertise to the local business community with added measures of personalized service and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in executive roles.

Read More