small business


Mon October 14, 2013

Immigrant businesses prosper at multicultural market

Owner of Anokha Leewu Pou Ma
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Local markets often provide a setting for refugee and immigrant-owned businesses to flourish. The Westside Bazaar is a multicultural marketplace in Buffalo that showcases food, merchandise and crafts made by people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

Pou Ma is the owner of a gift shop at the Bazaar. She came to the United States from China several years ago when her husband was offered a job in Buffalo. Today, Ma is building her business around selling a range of items hand-crafted by family and friends.

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Fri September 27, 2013

Homemade Niagara-themed chocolates making it big in primetime

Owner of Niagara's Honeymoon Sweets Mary Ann Hess
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

One small Niagara Falls business owner is taking her sweet treats and positive attitude nationwide. It doesn’t matter whether Owner of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets Marry Ann Hess is shaking hands with celebrities, molding chocolates or cutting hair, she’s gushing about western New York.

“I’m just a barber that made candy on the side for friends, now they’re calling me the first lady of chocolate in California,” said Hess.

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Tue July 16, 2013

Pet pharmacy vows to donate all net profit to animal shelters

Glenn Buckley with Roz (left) Scott Buckley with Geri (right))
Ashley Hassett WBFO

The Innovation Trail’s Ashley Hassett reports on a pet pharmacy in western New York that has plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s animal shelters.

It costs about $2 billion a year to deal with the country’s homeless animals. A pet pharmacy in western New York plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s 5,000 animal shelters.

“Every year in the United States five to seven million pets are surrendered or turned over to shelters, roughly 60 to 70% of them never find a home. As a veterinarian I’ve walked in shelters, volunteered my time, when you see those faces and you see those tails wagging, and some are so happy and some are so scared it cannot help, but make an impact on what I felt I could do as a veterinarian,” says Dr. Glenn Buckley.

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Mon June 17, 2013

Business 'localists' argue public policy slanted towards large corporations

Stacey Mitchell speaking with attendee
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Buffalo hosted the 11th annual Business Alliance for Local Living Economies or the BALLE business conference this year. The event brought together over 600 self-described “localists” from around the continent who all share the idea that local businesses are key to solving community problems.

Director of the Sustainable Business Alliance in Oakland, California Erin Kilmer-Neel, spoke at the conference.

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Mon April 29, 2013

'Buy local' promoter to hold local economy summit in Syracuse

Syracuse First founder Chris Fowler announces The New Economy Summit to be held next month.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A promoter of the buy local movement in Syracuse will hold a regional summit next month to promote local business and encourage entrepreneurs to set up shop.

Syracuse First announced The New Economy Summit at a press conference Monday. It will be held May 22 at the Genesee Grand hotel in Syracuse.

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