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From the earliest stages of development, UNY50 members have been actively involved in advising, mentoring and connecting us with the resources Vara needs to thrive. Through these trusted referrals, Vara has secured a lead investor, and built relationships with the NRA and some of the largest retailers in the industry. We could even be speaking with a potential acquirer! It’s all about helping each other out, and it works when we show up.”  Christine Tate, COO, Vara Safety

This was my first year attending UVC Upstate Unleashed, I was impressed, to say the least. Start-up, business, and entrepreneur events often leave me wondering if it was time well spent. I value getting out of the office and bumping into others on the same path, but that’s only really valuable when those individuals are truly on that path, and, for me, it’s rare to attend an event that attracts those individuals. Upstate Unleashed was that event.  Ron Pettengill, Strategic Consultant, Jorsek, LLC