Buffalo First -- a local organization dedicated to bringing more local business and a green economy to Western New York -- is hosting an event on Tuesday, July 21st, to introduce small business owners to the waterfront and its potential for development. The event will begin at 5:30PM at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewer
y, located at 76 Pearl Street.
Amy Kedron, executive director of Buffalo First
, said: "Local business is literally the spine of our community. They are the beating hearts of our neighborhoods; it's where culture unfolds." Independent businesses also drive economic development and maintain sustainable practices much more than large corporations. Kedron said every dollar spent at an independent store circulates through our local economy three times more than money spent at a major retailer.
The event is divided into three parts: a waterfront tour, an information session, and a mixer. The event will kick off with a tour of Buffalo's waterfront from an independent business perspective. Next, Buffalo First will give a presentation on model waterfronts found in other cities and what components are missing on our current waterfront. Kedron said the goal of this section is to show that current plans for Buffalo's waterfront can be improved. "We need to build on the unique character of the city," Kedron said, "Other waterfronts have independent businesses that reflect the best the city has to offer and that'd be a great choice for this development."
As part of Buffalo First's regular "Local Herd" mixer series, this event will also conclude with a mixer to give business owners a chance to interact, share their own thoughts and meet others from the area. There will be a cash bar and free appetizers, served courtesy of the Pearl Street Grill. Business owners can bring business cards to pass around if they wish.
Currently, Kedron expects more than 50 local businesses to be represented at this event, including Talking Leaves...Books, the Caz Coffee Cafe and Charlie O'Brien's. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at Buffalo First's Web site
or by e-mail