Author: Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli is an author, speaker, coach, marketer, and business development strategist. Her professional consulting company, MEMC handles all aspects of marketing and business development planning and implementation, assisting with strategic planning initiatives and the creation of marketing action plans, as well as planning and executing private and public events, including: the coaching of individuals, multi-day conferences, as well as other development initiatives. In addition to her work with MEMC, Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic marketing efforts at Local Matters, Inc. the parent company of Buffalo Rising. She is active in her community and serves on several non-profit boards, such as WNY Heritage Magazine, O'Connell & Company Productions, and the Women's Business Center (WBC) Advisory Board. She is also a Democratic Committee Member in the Town of Tonawanda. Most recently, She has been asked to serve as the Marketing Consultant for the WBC's COVID Recovery Task Force.

Buffalo Rising and The Terrace at Delaware Park present, A Very Groovy New Year’s Eve, on December 31, 2021 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Guest’s may recall our previous New Year’s Eve event as, A 007 Affair. After taking a pause on last year’s event due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, this year we wanted to do something more broad, joyous, and campy as a way to encourage attendees to let loose after what has been an extremely difficult and serious year. This event will require proof of COVID-19 Vaccine and ID checks will be done at the door. All…

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The Witches Ball at Statler City is back and ready to offer you “A Bloody Good Time” on Saturday, October 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Buffalo’s best immersive Halloween experience features dozens of the most ‘bloody brilliant’ local artists, actors, drag queens, musicians, DJs, psychics, mediums, and more shockingly good performers for one night only! Dance the night away, see your future, voyeur the macabre, and enjoy the music all night long. It’d be hell to miss it! This year is an homage to the 1970s and 80s British Invasion known as the New Wave movement which featured…

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It’s starting to feel like fall in WNY, and hands down, it’s my favorite season – bring me all the black leggings, boots, chunky knits, and layers. Personally, I would categorize myself somewhere in the “sweater-weather” camp, although not full “Pumpkin Spice.”  I love everything about the autumn aesthetic, the weather, décor, colorful foliage, the smell of the air, as well as all the delicious seasonal food and beverages. In fact, here at Buffalo Rising, we are deep into planning our large annual Halloween event, The Witches Ball, which will be held this year on Saturday, October 30 at Statler…

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This series is sponsored by Project Best Life. Buffalo Rising and Project Best Life have teamed up to produce a series on wellness inspiration and advice to direct readers to the people, places, and experiences in Buffalo and beyond that will help them fulfill their health, nutrition, and wellness goals. For more information on how you can live your best life, subscribe to the Project Best Life newsletter.  Join us for a Happy & Healthy Wellness Event sponsored by Project Best Life and Buffalo Rising, hosted by The Terrace Buffalo on Wednesday, July 21 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. July marks the one year anniversary since Buffalo…

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Western New Year offers plenty of wonderful opportunities to relax, explore, and learn. Whether its strawberry picking, brunch, and enjoying bottomless cidermosas at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, selecting a new objet d’art at the Garden Walk Buffalo’s annual Art Sale at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens which features dozen of vendors in a wide array of mediums, take a waterfront walk and use this free guide to discover 41 species of trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers, vines, and perennials in the free guide “Working with Nature: A Guide to Native Plants for New York’s Great Lakes Shorelines,”…

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For 85 years, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has been providing Western New York with some amazing music. This unprecedented year has presented many challenges for those in performing arts, but we are beyond thankful for the dedication of organizations like the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra who have given back to our community generously, to lift our hearts and heal our spirits. The switch to virtual concerts has had some advantages, through their BPOnDemand series, The BPO has offered a magical gift of classical music enjoyed from the comfort of our homes. This concert, filmed at the Buffalo and Erie County…

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Regional advertising and strategic marketing agency, FourthIdea, celebrated its 10th anniversary by launching a new division called FourthIdea+, specifically to support professional services firms in their strategic marketing and business development efforts. Manufacturing no longer drives the economy. Professional services and health services are the the greatest job generators in the WNY region. However, up until now they have been largely treated the same way by local in-house marketers and agencies. FourthIdea+ will provide an additional level of support and directly address the unique marketing and business development challenges faced by these industries. FourthIdea+ services will combine marketing insight and…

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On Saturday, January 30, Graycliff will host a saucy fundraising event via Zoom that includes a virtual wine tasting experience led by Mark Fornatale, Italian Portfolio Manager at Skurnik Wine & Spirits, plus a layer of culinary education with Tom and Caitlin Moriarty of Moriarty Meats. Get Sauced! Wine & Meatballs With Graycliff  begins at 7:00 PM. There are a variety of ticket options, one of which includes three bottles of premium Italian wine —one white and two red. A very limited number of Wine Tasting + Meatballs Packages remain, which includes the wine and eight Moriarty Meats meatballs along…

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In the up-and-coming Black Rock Neighborhood, nestled at the intersection of Amherst, Military, and Kail streets is a safe place for original and aspiring artists of all walks. Owner, Valerie Meli opened Hot Mama’s Canteen in June of 2014, and takes great pride in presenting a comfortable atmosphere, with generous cocktails, amazing service, and fresh, tasty food, including her own brand of Hot Sauce. A self-described, “All-Inclusive-Everyone-Welcome kind of joint” where live music can be heard weekly, Thursday through Sunday. “We wanted to open our doors to all the forms of art and music that our building can support.” Val…

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Kick-off the summer festival season on June 16 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with a spectacular evening of music and art! Their annual music fundraiser, Rockin’ 2019, will feature Death Cab for Cutie, Tank and the Bangas, and Phosphorescent. Gates open at 4:00 PM. Don’t miss out on seeing the concert of the summer in one of the most unique concert venues in the city! Death Cab for Cutie, an American indie rock band, just kicked off the summer leg of their 2019 tour supporting their ninth album, Thank You For Today. As a touchstone indie band of the 2000s,…

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