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27 Buffalo Area Small Businesses Advance in Ignite Buffalo Program


By David Jakubowski, US Publisher Programs Director

We’re delighted to celebrate the 27 companies who have been named finalists in the Ignite Buffalo Program.

Ignite Buffalo is a mentorship, sustainability and capital infusion program led by 43North, in partnership with Facebook and great organizations like M&T Bank, Quickbooks, Amazon Web Services, WordPress.com and WooCommerce  to help equip the city’s small businesses to ignite growth and succeed in the digital economy.

Over the past three months, hundreds of Western New York small businesses applied to the program at ignitebuffalo.org for the chance to receive between $25,000 – $100,000 in grants, access to 12 months of personalized mentorship and access to training from the program’s national and local partners.

At the Ignite Buffalo finals on Wednesday, July 11, seven of the 27 finalists will discover that they’ve been chosen to pitch for four $50,000 grants and three $100,000 grants, live on stage that same evening. The remaining 20 finalists will be awarded with $25,000 grants.

Ignite Buffalo Program Finalists

  1. Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine
  2. Always Something Farm
  3. Barrel + Brine INC
  4. Black Monarchy
  5. BreadHive Worker Cooperative
  6. Buffalo All Star Extreme
  7. Buffalo Distilling Company
  8. Casa Azul
  9. Crown BFLO
  10. Dani-Fit Inc.
  11. Ellen K Design – The Flower Stand
  12. Executive Sweeps LLC
  13. Get Fokus’d Productions
  14. Grooperative Inc
  15. Groundwork Market Garden
  16. Jeca Energy Bar Company, LLC
  17. LaMovement Fitness
  18. Mobile Eco Steam llc
  19. Om Nohm Gluten Free
  20. Oxford Pennant
  21. Papercraft Miracles
  22. Revolution Spinning
  23. Rooted Locally, LLC
  24. Spoke & Dagger Co.
  25. The Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC
  26. TopSeedz
  27. Whole Nine Wellness

The Ignite Buffalo finals kick-off at 6PM at Facebook Community Boost at the SUNY Erie City Campus. Hosted by Bill Maggio, immediate past Chairman of 43North and Managing Director of Lorraine Capital, the event will feature participation by Ignite Buffalo finals judges, Jamil Crews, Head of Social Media for the City of Buffalo, Eric Feldstein, Head of Business Banking at M&T Bank and Colleen E. Heidinger, Vice President of Programming and Community Strategy.

We congratulate the 27 Ignite Buffalo grant program finalists, and look forward to Wednesday’s excitement as we celebrate Buffalo and Western New York small businesses at Facebook Community Boost.



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