Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series Will Focus on Incentives for Individuals in Business

Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series Will Focus on Incentives for Individuals in Business


“Entrepreneurism: One Man’s Journey” Will Focus on Building a Business


February 11, 2011



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                 Director-College Relations




           Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62 studied social studies and economics at the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College. Through a new lecture series that bears her name, Mrs. Gacioch hopes to provide a significant incentive for individuals in the area of business entrepreneurship.  


           Widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County, Nancy and Bill Gacioch have had enormous success in creating a business that employs 300 people and provides housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country. National Property Management Associates (NPMA), now headquartered in Orchard Park, was founded by Bill Gacioch more than 45 years ago. 


           Bill Gacioch will be the inaugural speaker in the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, which begins this spring at Daemen College. The Brown Bag Lunch will be held on Friday, March 4 at 12:30pm in Alumni Lounge in the Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. Beverages will be provided.  Mr. Gacioch’s talk, "Entrepreneurism: One Man's Journey" will focus on building a business and living an entrepreneurial life, and will be free and open to the public.


           “I began with nothing but the encouragement of very poor parents, who insisted that going to the right schools and taking the right approach to having a better life would pay off. They were right,” He said.


           The main theme, Mr. Gacioch wants to emphasize, is the importance of leveraging financial strength to build a business. “How to obtain capital and loans and how to use outside capital, which will allow investors to see a good return, while at the same time building the business. The talk won’t be limited to real estate,” he explained. Bill Gacioch envisions his inaugural Entrepreneurship Speaker Series talk as informal, practical, and designed to encourage discussion and questions from an audience of both college members and the community at large.


           “There ought to be a significant incentive for women, especially, in the area of business entrepreneurship,” Mrs. Gacioch added. To prove her point, her endowment of a scholarship fund bearing her name is now helping women in the program with tuition and other program financing needs.


           Many areas of the Buffalo and Western New York community have benefited for years from the Gaciochs’ philanthropy. Their commitments have been especially evident in the areas of children’s advocacy, education, and preventing animal cruelty.  


In addition, the Gaciochs’ philanthropic spirit has been felt at the Buffalo City Mission;  the Salvation Army; and the Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross. She’s getting involved in a new entity – Cradle Beach – and has been an ardent supporter of the Child Advocacy Center, now under the umbrella of Child and Adolescent Treatment Services. The Gaciochs are also working with the Wounded Warrior Project to assist Western New York military personnel. 


           Mrs. Gacioch earned her bachelor’s degree in social studies from Rosary Hill in 1962, and taught first and second grades for two years after graduation. “We really do feel good about being able to do this – to give people the means to keep these many worthwhile community programs going,” she added. The Gaciochs say they will continue with the same financial and heartfelt strength, thanks to their children – who work in the family business – and, eventually, their 13 grandchildren, as well, as they pass along the family tradition of giving back, and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

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