Daemen Lecture Series Focuses on Entrepreneurship and the Community

January 14, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – Several innovative small business leaders will share their insights on the positive impact entrepreneurship has on the Western New York community in a three lecture series being held at Daemen College.

Featuring a range of Buffalo-based speakers, all presentations in the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center’s Alumni Lounge.

“Communities greatly benefit from entrepreneurs with vision, like the exceptional speakers slated in this series, who recognize the potential that exists in our neighborhoods, whether it’s through revitalization efforts, new programming, job creation, or collaborative endeavors,” said Cathaleen Curtiss, program coordinator of entrepreneurial studies.

The series will kick off on Feb. 5 with Kevin Hayes and Michael Gainer, co-founders of The Foundry and NET+POSITIVE.

Located in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side, The Foundry is a 30,000-square-foot building being transformed into office and workspace for artists, tradespeople and small businesses. It will also serve as a multi-function community space for performance, educational events and public gatherings.

Their work with NET+POSITIVE is focused on creating ecological, social and neighborhood prosperity through various activities, including affordable housing redevelopment, community education and greenspace design.

Featured speakers for the March 4 lecture will be Emily Stewart and Victoria Kuper, co-founders of Breadhive Worker Cooperative Bakery. Owned and operated by its workforce, the West Side business is founded on cooperative ethics and is also helping to generate jobs in the community.

Closing out the lecture series on April 2 will be Bernice Radle and Jason Wilson, co-owners of BuffaLove Development, which they established in 2012 to invest in projects, buildings and neighborhood activities that bring together historic preservation and sustainability.

Sponsored by the Daemen Entrepreneurship Program, the lectures are free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Curtiss at 566-7877 or e-mail ccurtiss@daemen.edu.

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