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BNP Releases Results of 2020 WNY Diversity & Inclusion Business Community Assessment

An extension of the BNP’s diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, the assessment complies the sentiments of employers of various sizes throughout Western New York representing several major industries. More than 260 employers participated in the assessment providing statistically significant data that can be applied to the Buffalo Niagara employer community as a whole.


Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Business Task Force (“Task Force”) co-chairs Scott Pallotta and Brenda McDuffie, and 43North President Colleen Heidinger were joined by multiple partners today at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance in Buffalo to announce the creation of the Erie County Back to Business Grant Program, a relief program targeting small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in coordination with 43North, Erie County is committing $20 million in U.S. CARES Act funding for direct financial assistance to eligible small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The grant program aims to disburse funds to businesses with the greatest need while distributing the aid to as many small businesses as possible in amounts that will create a meaningful impact.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership initiates distribution of 2,500 ‘It’s Our Job’ small business kits

Through the support of a grant from Univera Healthcare, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has produced 2,500 small business kits as part of the “It’s Our Job” campaign. Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Art Wingerter, president, Univera Healthcare joined Public Espresso co-owners Sam Scarcello and James Rayburg, on Thursday, Sept. 24 for a coffee and to demonstrate the kits.