Ignite Buffalo seeks small business owners

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Representatives from 43North will hold several information sessions over the next two weeks to educate local small business owners about some grants they may be eligible to receive.

Ignite Buffalo is a small business grant program run by 43North in collaboration with Facebook and M&T Bank intended to "ignite growth" in our local small businesses.

Small business owners can apply to participate in the program and the chance to win one of 27 grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, a years worth of personalized mentorship and access to training from the program's national and local partners. Those partners include  Urban League of Metropolitan St LouisClaim AcademySavvyCoders, the Houston Area Urban LeagueFlatiron Coding SchoolCentral New Mexico Community College (CNM)New Mexico TechWorksCultivating Coders and Barelas Economic Opportunity Center.

Finalists will present their business plans live to a panel of judges at Facebook Community Boost in Buffalo July 9-11.

Anyone interested in learning more about Ignite Buffalo should attend one of the Ignite Buffalo 101 sessions below. Ignite Buffalo 101 sessions are free but registration is required.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Batavia City Center, 105 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-buffalo-101-tickets-46415850057

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
LEARN at The Innovation Center - 640 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-buffalo-101-tickets-46289389811

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, 332 East Utica,
Buffalo, NY 14208
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-buffalo-101-tickets-46377799246

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
The Foundry, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo, NY 14208
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-buffalo-101-tickets-46374213521

The application deadline for the Ignite Buffalo program is June 13 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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