Niagara Gazette —
Tickets are available through the chamber office, 895 Center St., Lewiston, at $95 per person. The evening is held to celebrate the business community and those citizens who help contribute to the success of the region
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will be presenting awards to:
• Chairman’s Award – Great Lakes Real Estate
• River Region Partnership Award – Brett’s Tent & Awning
• Lewiston Business of the Year – Water Street Landing
• Youngstown Business of the Year – Bandana’s Bar & Grill
• Ransomville Business of the Year – Patti’s Cut Above
• Sanborn Business of the Year – Sanborn Old General Store Antique Co-op
• Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year – James R. Franey
• Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year – Tina Oddy
• Town of Porter Citizen of the Year – Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company
• Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year – Lee Simonson.
The gala is open to the public. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through the chamber office, by calling 754-9500.
UB website provides small business help
The debut of a new website connecting current and would-be entrepreneurs to upstate New York resources offering business assistance, has been created by The University at Buffalo and Launch NY.
The website, www.upstatenyresources.org, is structured according to five stages of business development: explore, start, demonstrate, launch and grow. Each stage has recommended activities and resources listed.
Development of the website is part of a two-year grant awarded to a consortium of UB entities by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The funds created the Innovation Hub (iHub) Accelerator, which is aimed at fostering innovation, job creation and capital investment in 10 Western New York counties.
“In addition to helping entrepreneurs flourish, we hope this online ‘one-stop shop’ will lead to increased collaboration among business venture assets,” said Timothy Leyh, executive director of iHub Accelerator and TCIE. “We would like for it to attract the attention of other resource providers and stakeholders as well – such as policy makers, regulators and public officials – to further boost Western New York’s innovation infrastructure.”