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May
1
Mon
Small Business Festival: Sales & Networking @ John W. Danforth Company
May 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring sales, business development and networking for small businesses from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

Why your sales aren’t growing the way you want them to

Working the room – professional networking training

Playing the long game for new customers

Why should someone do business with you

The event is part of a series throughout May 1-5. Learn more ->

Small Business Festival: Startup Growth @ LaunchNY, The Gateway Building
May 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring entrepreneurship, start-ups and growth from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

How to create your one page business plan

Win $1M? Upstate Business Plan Competitions 43North and 76West and Meet a Winner

The event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area from May 1-5. View all ->

Small Business Festival: Traditional Marketing @ Conference Center Niagara Falls
May 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring traditional marketing strategies for small businesses from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

Strengthening your brand

Marketing vs PR – which way do I go?

Great storytelling = business growth

Are you selling a product or an experience?

This is part of a series of small business events between May 1-2 in the Buffalo area. View all -> 

Small Business Festival: Understanding and Using Data @ Microsoft Store
May 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring understanding and using data to grow small business from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

How secure is my computer’s data?

Using data to grow your small business

Data overload! What’s relevant to me?

Turning social media data into sales

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area May 1-5. View all ->

Small Business Festival: Starting a Business – Early Years @ Larkin Center of Commerce
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring strategies for starting and growing a business from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

When to turn your side hustle into a business

Disrupting your market

5 mistakes to avoid (because I’ve made them for you)

Anything that can go wrong…might

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area from May 1-2. View all ->

Small Business Festival: Celebration and Reception
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Small Business Festival and the Small Enterprise Alliance of Western New York (SEAWNY) for a reception celebrating small business in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Featuring great networking, music by Invisible Touch, food by Current Catering, brews by Rusty Nickel Brewing Company, wine by Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and a special presentation of the most popular promotional items being used by small businesses around the country!

Register for any #SBF716 community event track and receive a code to access the Small Business Celebration and Reception at the beautiful 500 Seneca Atrium.

Learn during the day – relax and network with us at night!!!

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area from May 1-2. View all ->

BGS Music Meetup
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Are you a musician interested in writing songs for games? A chiptune enthusiast? Or just interested in video game tunes? Then come meet likeminded creators and listeners at our monthly BGS Music Meetup! BGS Music Meetup is a free and open to the public event.

May
2
Tue
Small Business Festival: Workplace Culture @ Canisius College Science Hall
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring creating a strong workplace culture for small businesses from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

Hiring the right people for your business

Designing a position workplace culture

Owning leaderships

Getting the most out of the “new” workforce (managing millennials)

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area from May 1-2. View all ->

Small Business Festival: Startup Growth – Track 2 @ Launch NY, The Gateway Building
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring entrepreneurship, start-ups and growth from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

How should I fund my startup? What type of capital and sources are right for me?

Crafting the right pitch

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area from May 1-2. View all ->

Small Business Festival: Digital Marketing @ The Foundry
May 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring digital marketing strategies for small businesses from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

The value of search engine marketing

Social media 1 – Platforms (where are your customers?)

Social media 2 – Content (what inspires your customers?)

Podcasting – Who, what, where, when, why and how?

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area on May 1-2. View all ->

Small Business Festival: Doing Business in the Canadian Market @ Niawanda Park Pavilion
May 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Small Business Festival for a series of events exploring doing business in the Canadian market for small businesses from multiple perspectives.

One RSVP gets you access to all four talks; stay as long as you’d like.

Registration to any SBF Buffalo Niagara Community Event gets you access to the Small Business Celebration and Reception on Monday, 5/1 at 500 Seneca!

Schedule includes:

Defining the Canadian market

Immigration and workforce

Marketing and outreach

CanAm Trade and the future of NAFTA

This event is part of a series of events in the Buffalo area from May 1-2. View all ->

3D Character Design in ZBrush
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Learn the essentials of sculpting 3D character models in this workshop on the powerful digital sculpting program ZBrush! For more information on the BGS 2017 Workshop Series, visit http://blog.buffalogamespace.com/2017/02/13/bgs-2017-workshop-series/ Want to attend all our workshops? With the new Season Pass, now you can! For only $240, you can attend every workshop in the series AND get three months of Bronze-tier membership at BGS! Click here to get your Season Pass today! Cost:  • $40 for non-members  • $24 for Bronze Members  • $20 for Silver Members  • $10 for Gold Members

May
4
Thu
Monthly Bitcoin Meetup
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BGS Project Night
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join BGS for an open night of free coworking! Bring your workstation with you and set up shop for the night to work on your current game project, or start a new one with other developers and artists! Get input from peers on your game, gain knowledge from experts, and help out beginners as all work towards making awesome games.
BGS Project Night is a free and open to the public event.

Buffalo WordPress Users/Bloggers Meetup
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This Monthly Meetup is generally targeted towards users who are using WordPress (or looking to learn about it) for Blogging and Content Management. Discussion about Blogging with WordPress, Using WordPress on your own sites, easy security tips, what to look for in themes and plugins when installing them, and much more. General topics will be focused more on content and basic information about plugins and themes. If you’re using WordPress to power your blog, business site, or just want to learn more about it, then this is the meetup you’ll want to attend. You may still see some short bits of code during talks or questions, but stick with us and we’ll promise you wont drown. You can always give both this and the design/dev meetup a shot and see where you feel more comfortable (or attend both each month). For more in-depth discussion in theme design, plugin development and other more advanced topics, check out the other meetups running every 3rd Thursday each month named the “Design/Dev” Sessions.

May
5
Fri
BGS Arcade
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Just want to unwind and play some games? Come to BGS and do just that! We’ll be rolling out our tables and chairs, powering up our arcade cabinets, hooking up consoles and opening our doors to all for a free evening of gaming. Bring your friends, favorite games (video games, tabletop games, card games, whatever you like!) and have some fun at BGS Arcade! BGS Arcade is a free and open to the public event.

May
8
Mon
BGS Visual Arts Meetup
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Are you an illustrator? A sprite artist? A 3D modeler? If you work with any visual medium, this meetup’s for you! Meet other visual artists in the area, showcase work, solicit feedback, and learn new tips and tricks every second Monday of the month at the BGS Visual Arts Meetup.

May
9
Tue
The Buffalo PHP User Group Monthly Meetup
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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* 6:30 Intro to PHP * 6:45 Tips & Community News * 7:00 Introductions * 7:15 Presentations * 7:45 Networking

Source Control
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Discover how you can save your projects from a fate worse than total deletion in this crash course on Source Control! For more information on the BGS 2017 Workshop Series, visit http://blog.buffalogamespace.com/2017/02/13/bgs-2017-workshop-series/ Want to attend all our workshops? With the new Season Pass, now you can! For only $240, you can attend every workshop in the series AND get three months of Bronze-tier membership at BGS! Click here to get your Season Pass today! Cost:  • $40 for non-members  • $24 for Bronze Members  • $20 for Silver Members  • $10 for Gold Members

May
10
Wed
Western New York Venture Association Forum @ The Buffalo Club
May 10 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Western New York Venture Association Forum @ The Buffalo Club | Buffalo | New York | United States

Networking for entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals. Featuring presentations by Field Nimble and GapGrid.

May
11
Thu
BGS Game Development Meeting
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come join us at our Bi-Weekly Meeting!
Here we discuss game development techniques, art, music, news, show off member projects and most importantly, have a great time.
BGS Game Development Meeting is a free and open to the public event.

May
13
Sat
The 2017 BGS Showcase
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets available now at http://buffalogamespace.bigcartel.com/product/2017-bgs-showcase-presale-ticket Want to show your game? Submit your info at https://goo.gl/forms/f6XmJZYN2WzpSiWq1 On Saturday, May 13th, come to Buffalo Game Space for our second annual Showcase! We’ll be featuring the latest games being made in and around Western New York, and you’ll be able to meet the creators and play their games! Plus, we’ll have a basket raffle full of exciting goodies from local orgs and ample drinks at our cash bar. So if locally-made games, good drinks and cool prizes are your thing, then you can’t miss this event! Presale tickets are available now at $5 off the door price, and each ticket comes with two drink tickets and a raffle ticket to boot – get yours today! Doors open at 6pm. Attendees must be 16+ or accompanied by an adult.

May
15
Mon
BGS Unity Dev Meetup
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join other Unity developers at Buffalo Game Space to share projects, discuss techniques, and learn something new about one of the most popular game development engines in the world!
BGS Unity Dev Meetup is a free and open to the public event.

May
16
Tue
First Person Level Design
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Get a hands-on lesson on game flow and design in this workshop by creating a level for a first-person game! For more information on the BGS 2017 Workshop Series, visit http://blog.buffalogamespace.com/2017/02/13/bgs-2017-workshop-series/ Want to attend all our workshops? With the new Season Pass, now you can! For only $240, you can attend every workshop in the series AND get three months of Bronze-tier membership at BGS! Click here to get your Season Pass today! Cost:  • $40 for non-members  • $24 for Bronze Members  • $20 for Silver Members  • $10 for Gold Members

May
18
Thu
BGS Project Night
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join BGS for an open night of free coworking! Bring your workstation with you and set up shop for the night to work on your current game project, or start a new one with other developers and artists! Get input from peers on your game, gain knowledge from experts, and help out beginners as all work towards making awesome games.
BGS Project Night is a free and open to the public event.

Buffalo WordPress Designer/Dev Meetup
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This is our monthly Designer & Developer WordPress Meetup.
Discussion in Theme Design, Plugin Development, advanced Security, and other more advanced elements to WP.
This meetup is catered towards designers and developers. Whether you’re a designer new to WordPress, or an experienced Developer this is the meetup you’ll want to attend. A basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP to get the most out of the Designer/Dev Meetups. Feel free to give it a try if you’re on the fence and you can also attend the User meetup to see where you feel more comfortable.
Also newly added, is our rule during the Designer/Developer Meetups, of NO SEO discussion. We’re adding this simply because while SEO can go hand-in-hand with WordPress, it often overruns everything else discussed. We are a WP Meetup, not an SEO Meetup.
If you’re looking for something directed towards content editing, blogging, and less development based elements to WordPress, try our User Meetup running the 1st Thursday of every month.

May
19
Fri
BGS Arcade
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Just want to unwind and play some games? Come to BGS and do just that! We’ll be rolling out our tables and chairs, powering up our arcade cabinets, hooking up consoles and opening our doors to all for a free evening of gaming. Bring your friends, favorite games (video games, tabletop games, card games, whatever you like!) and have some fun at BGS Arcade!
BGS Arcade is a free and open to the public event.

May
23
Tue
Intro to VR Development
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Take a dive into the exciting new world of creating games and projects for Virtual Reality platforms like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift! For more information on the BGS 2017 Workshop Series, visit http://blog.buffalogamespace.com/2017/02/13/bgs-2017-workshop-series/ Want to attend all our workshops? With the new Season Pass, now you can! For only $240, you can attend every workshop in the series AND get three months of Bronze-tier membership at BGS! Click here to get your Season Pass today! Cost:  • $40 for non-members  • $24 for Bronze Members  • $20 for Silver Members  • $10 for Gold Members

May
25
Thu
Startup Grind Buffalo with Rachel Jackson of Rachel’s Remedies @ DIG at the Innovation Center
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rachel Jackson is the founder and CEO of Rachel’s Remedies, LLC, a medical device company. She invented Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs to fill a significant gap in the marketplace for the treatment, relief and prevention of various breastfeeding conditions. Rachel’s Remedy is currently sold nationally through Target, Babies R Us and other national stores, and will soon be sold internationally. Ms. Jackson is currently developing additional health and medical device products.

Rachel Jackson has been practicing corporate law since 2000, and has been a Member of Jackson & Jackson LLP since 2005. She is an experienced corporate attorney and concentrated her practice in all aspects of business, including, start-up, partnership and shareholder related issues, business operations, business acquisitions, mergers, sales, reviewing and negotiating, leases, business negotiations, intellectual property protection, licensing and registration. She has considerable experience in preparing and negotiating many different types of contracts.

Ms. Jackson received her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2000, where she was a published member of the University of Toledo Law School Law Review, and where she started and headed the law school’s ACLU chapter. Ms. Jackson received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Startup Grind Hosts Rachel Jackson of Rachel’s Remedies
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THIS IS A PAID EVENT – PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE Startup Grind Hosts Rachel Jackson of Rachel’s Remedies Rachel Jackson is the founder and CEO of Rachel’s Remedies, LLC, a medical device company. She invented Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs to fill a significant gap in the marketplace for the treatment, relief and prevention of various breastfeeding conditions. Rachel’s Remedy is currently sold nationally through Target, Babies R Us and other national stores, and will soon be sold internationally. Ms. Jackson is currently developing additional health and medical device products. Rachel Jackson has been practicing corporate law since 2000, and has been a Member of Jackson & Jackson LLP since 2005. She is an experienced corporate attorney and concentrated her practice in all aspects of business, including, start-up, partnership and shareholder related issues, business operations, business acquisitions, mergers, sales, reviewing and negotiating, leases, business negotiations, intellectual property protection, licensing and registration. She has considerable experience in preparing and negotiating many different types of contracts. Ms. Jackson received her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2000, where she was a published member of the University of Toledo Law School Law Review, and where she started and headed the law school’s ACLU chapter. Ms. Jackson received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Agenda 6:00 pm Networking and Food 7:00 pm Fireside Chat 8:00 pm Networking Speaker Rachel Jackson – Rachel’s Remedy Hosted By David Longhini, Buffalo Co-Director I’m a Salesforce Consultant by day and an obsessed Tim Ferriss fanatic by night. You can find me either out exploring new ways of living, running a life experiment, or reading books ranging from self-improvement, to human nature, to fantasy. Get at me! Twitter: @longhinid Sean Heidinger, Buffalo Co-Director Coming soon! Twitter: @digbuffalo Global Partner Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Partners We specialize in making the value of your product or service into an easy-to-understand, wide-spread marketing message. Nickel City Graphics is – Marketing, simplified. The Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center, an entrepreneurial hub in Buffalo, is a LEED-certified incubation space housing more than 100 companies including those in life sciences, biotech and social innovation, as well as businesses offering support services like IP attorneys, talent acquisition, sales, and marketing. The collaborative and entrepreneurial setting provides an excellent environment for businesses to grow and network. What is Startup Grind? Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 200 cities and 98 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

2017 Upstate Unleashed & Awards

2017 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards - Nominate

UVC Photo Gallery

Serial entrepreneur will meet with 12 startups on upstate New York tech tour
SciTech Panel at LeMoyne College
Steve Raines - UNY50 Leadership Network
Become a UVC Community Connector
Ryan Miller @ 2015 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards
13th Annual Frank Fernandez Dinner at Le Moyne College
Ecovative Founder at Cornell
Syracuse CoWorks Members
NEXUS-NY Judges
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The Thrive Project Team
Hoffman Awards 2