Western New York Healthy Options Restaurant Week Returns

The Independent Health Foundation is hosting Healthy Options Restaurant Week, which runs March 4 – 10. 

Restaurants across Western New York are taking part in this week’s event.

Select menu items at participating restaurants have been analyzed by a registered dietitian from the Independent Health Foundation to meet Healthy Options standards for calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium.

“For two decades, the Healthy Options Buffalo program has helped the community make informed choices about healthy eating and we’re excited to once again highlight that work through Healthy Options Restaurant Week,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for families to try a healthy spin on their favorite foods – like grilled cheese, burgers, and pizza. We hope it will show people there’s no need to sacrifice flavor and fun when dining out.”

Participating restaurants include Avenue 29 Foods, Bratts Hill, Buffalo Plant Veggie Burgers, Carine’s Caribbean Cuisine, CEOKitchen, The Cheesy Chick, Fresh Catch Poke, Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta, Green Eats Kitchen and Juice Bar, Mario’s Bistro and Brews, Mister Pizza Elmwood, New Jewel of India, Sto Lat Bar, Sunshine Vegan Eats, and Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery.

“As research continues to show evidence of the impact of food and diet on health outcomes, we are proud to work with community-based partners, like the Independent Health Foundation, to create educational resources about, and access to, nutritious meal options,” said Beth Machnica, director of Health & Well-Being for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. “We hope Healthy Options Restaurant Week serves as a catalyst for Western New Yorkers to learn that it is possible to nourish yourself with tasty, healthy food and enjoy local restaurants.”

For more details, visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com/restaurantweek.

Healthy Options Restaurant Week

Monday, March 4 – Sunday, March 10.

Calling all restaurants! Share your healthy food with our community!

The Independent Health Foundation, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Appetit, and the Buffalo Urban League are excited to bring Healthy Options Restaurant Week to Buffalo! This spring, we

are encouraging our community to visit new restaurants and taste all the healthy food that Western New York has to offer.

Each vendor will be asked to serve one “Healthy Option” menu item, including an appetizer,

entree, and an optional dessert. If you don’t currently offer a healthy option, we will work with you to find an option that fits your menu! The Healthy Options Restaurant Week runs from Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 10.

More information can be found here, and at the Healthy Options Website here. You can also email info@healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.

IC Success Alum, Jillian Hanesworth, Nominated for Emmy Award.

Choose Love: Buffalo Bills Honor East Buffalo Video is Produced By Literary Freedom, LLC.

Jillian Hanesworth, founder of Literary Freedom LLC, is making waves in the literary world for her Emmy-nominated collaboration with the Buffalo Bills on the “Choose Love: Buffalo Bills Honor East Buffalo” video. An IC Success Business Accelerator Alum, Hanesworth is dedicated to expanding literary access to communities of color and historically excluded communities.

Literary Freedom LLC was established by Hanesworth in 2021 with the aim of providing educational tools and empowering individuals to use the arts to share their stories and uplift their experiences. Recognizing the pivotal role that poetry, music, visual art, dance, and traditional storytelling have played in sharing Black stories, Literary Freedom strives to uphold these traditions.

Under the umbrella of Literary Freedom, workshops, trainings, and lessons are conducted to reinforce the company’s mission of providing access to educational tools and helping individuals develop the necessary skills to use the arts to make a meaningful impact. By ensuring that marginalized communities have the resources and support to share their narratives and preserve their culture, Literary Freedom is working to dismantle systems of oppression.

Hanesworth’s collaboration with the Buffalo Bills, titled “Choose Love: Buffalo Bills Honor East Buffalo,” has garnered much attention and acclaim, earning her a well-deserved Emmy nomination. The video serves as a testament to the power of using art to bring about positive change and highlight the resilience and strength of communities.

As the Poet Laureate of Buffalo NY, Hanesworth has demonstrated her immense talent and commitment to using poetry as a tool for social change. Her work has touched the lives of many, and her inclusion in the Emmy nomination is a testament to her dedication and skill.

At BNMC we are building an Innovation Community where everyone can access great programming and the resources all entrepreneurs need to start or grow their businesses.

To date, BNMC has supported over 500 entrepreneurs, graduated 200 companies from their programs, and engaged more than 1,000 volunteers and supporters championing this effort.

IC Success: Back to School Business Academy Virtual Series Begins Oct. 6th

IC Success: Back to School Business Academy

This free, eight-week webinar series will help you build and grow your business. Now is the time to invest your time and effort in yourself!

The BNMC’s IC Success: Back to School Business Academy webinar series runs every Tuesday from October 6th – November 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom. See below for the topic each week.

Register now for the entire series.

Zoom links will be shared after registration. We recommend attending all 8 sessions to get the most out of this series.

IC Success is an education series started by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) in 2019 as way to create pathways and building blocks for success in the small business community. BNMC is committed to helping all small businesses, including women, minority, and Veteran-owned businesses and enterprises to reach their full potential.

Attend all eight sessions and receive one free month at dig at the Innovation Center, the region’s best co-working space!

October 6th – So You Want to Start a Business – Now What?

20 questions to ask yourself, including: Who is my customer and how can I make them feel valued?; What is my product(s)/service(s)?; and What type of legal structure would be best for me to operate my business?

October 13th – Working through Start-up Costs

To properly understand if this will ultimately be a profitable business, we must do an analysis of all of the costs you will encounter to start and run your business. We will work through those on a provided worksheet. This will ultimately help us to determine what the price should be for your various product(s) and/or service(s).

October 20th – Creating Pricing and Revenue Projections – Will This Company Be Able to Make Money?

We will use provided Excel worksheets to determine fixed costs and variable costs to set a price for your products and services. From there, we can create revenue projections. Also, if the company is profitable, what are some investment options to manage the excess cash flow?

October 27th – Putting It All Together and Creating Pro-forma Financial Statements

We will use our Projected Revenue worksheets created in Excel and our Fixed and Variable cost worksheets to create the major pro-forma financial statements including an income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow projections.

November 3rd – Marketing and Building Parts of the Business Plan

We will create a marketing plan including a definition of your customer and how to make those customers feel valued through customer satisfaction. We will include a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses and Threats) for your specific business.

November 10th – Management/Operations/Human Resources, Completing the Business Plan, and Legally Filing Your Business in Erie County

We answer questions such as, “Do I need a license to operate my business,” and “How do I file a business name in Erie County?” And, operationally, “What software packages can help me operate my business?” In addition, we will go over the “Guide to doing Business in Erie County” that is on the Erie County website. We will cover the major laws that you will need to know about if you hire employees, and how to retain and motivate those employees.

November 17th – Local Guest Speakers who have had Business Success

Open questions for entrepreneurs in our area who have already had success! Ask them what you would like to hear about! Perhaps, “How do you manage the life/work balance with this business operation taking up so much of your time.” Ask anything!

November 24th – Panel of Subject Matter Experts, Including CPA, Attorney, Insurance and a Banker

We will cover basics of taxes and the legal structure of your business. And, “Do I need an insurance agent, an attorney and a banker?”

This series will be led by Kerry Collard, MBA, a former banking executive who has taught in the field of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship for over nineteen years at local colleges in the Buffalo area.

M&T’s New Tech Startup Makes Business First

Congratulations to M&T Bank on its feature in Buffalo Business First for the establishment of new tech company Nota! Nota – a digital banking solution — functions like any other fast-growing startup in the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center. The only difference? It was created by one of the region’s largest companies. To read more about M&T’s new tech company, CLICK HERE!
(Pictured: Paul Garibian, who leads M&T’s new tech startup, Nota.)

IC Success to Kickoff 2020 Cohort

Are you an entrepreneur or business professional who needs to grow their network but have trouble starting a conversation with new people? Do you like to play Uno? If you said yes to either of these, join us at our IC Success 2020 Kickoff! This event will be held March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm in dig @ the Innovation Center (640 Ellicott St Buffalo, NY 14203). The first session of IC Success 2020 – Turning Passion in to Profit – will run March 17-April 7, 2020 with Power 93.7 WBLK’s ADRI.V the Go Getta facilitating. For more information, or to register for the networking event, please visit www.bnmc-connect.eventbrite.com.

IC Success Series Rewind

IC Success Series Rewind


The BNMC is proud to have launched our first IC Success series at the Innovation Center, a 6-week curriculum featuring two separate tracks on digital media marketing and financial literacy and credit building. These workshops were facilitated by all minority & women owned small businesses, and designed to inspire creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial thinking in an inclusive, welcoming environment. Stay tuned for brand new IC Success classes coming soon!

Your Innovation Center Presents: IC Success!

Your Innovation Center Presents: IC Success!

These NEW workshops are facilitated by minority & women owned small businesses, and designed to inspire creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial thinking in an inclusive, welcoming environment.

FREE childcare will be provided by ABC Learn & Play from 6:15-8:15pm for every session!

Registration is required via the links below.

Digital Media Marketing with Crews Control Media 

Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm  | October 15th-November 19th

Financial Literacy & Credit Building with Clarity Credit Repair

Thursdays from 6:30-8pm | October 17th-November 21st


Refreshments provided for attendees.

Plenty of on-street parking is available outside the Innovation Center, as well as in the parking lot across the street. We are also a short walk from the Allen/Medical Campus NFTA station and along several bus routes.

Medical Campus Drives Private Sector Growth

Companies on the Medical Campus

The Medical Campus is a dynamic consortium of world-class hospitals and health care facilities, exceptional education institutions, and innovative research institutions. Made up of 8 member institutions, the Medical Campus is home to hundreds of renowned physicians, clinicians, scientists, and researchers in oncology, neurology, immunology, vascular surgery, personalized medicine, cardiology, and beyond. The collaboration among our institutions combined with the significant research and clinical capabilities offered on the Medical Campus has led to the creation or co-location of more than 150 public and private companies including a dynamic and growing cluster of technology, life sciences, bioinformatics, energy, and social innovation companies, and not-for-profit organizations. View companies located on the Medical Campus below.

Member Institutions & Partner Organizations Located on BNMC

  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Buffalo Medical Group
  • Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center
  • Buffalo Manufacturing Works
  • Hauptman-Woodward Institute
  • Kaleida Health – Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, HighPointe, Oishei Children’s Hospital
  • Kevin Guest House
  • Jacobs Institute
  • Olmsted Center for Sight
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • St. Jude Center
  • University at Buffalo – Center for Biomedicine and Life Sciences; Center for Computation Research; Center for Material Informatics; Clinical & Translational Research Center; Educational Opportunity Center; Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Research Institute on Addictions; Ross Eye Institute
  • ZeptoMetrix

*For restaurants & other food options, visit www.bnmc-old.local/food

Innovation Center

  • 43North
  • 81 Eighteen
  • 911 Flex
  • Acara Solutions
  • ACV Auctions
  • AirExpert
  • All Pro Parking
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Apena Care Inc
  • Assisted Living Consultants, Inc.

    • Block Chain Resources Group LLC
    • Bozer
    • Boxcraft Studio
    • Brien’s Business Umbrella
    • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
    • Buffalo Niagara Sleep Center
    • Buffalo Perspective
    • CAI Gobal/Hope Buffalo
    • Canadian Consulate in NY
    • Capital Insights Group of WNY
    • Cheiron
    • Connare Tech, Inc
    • Crews Group
    • Debitrum
    • EB-5 New York State LLC
    • Everon Biosciences
    • Explora Connections
    • Forsake
    • Genome Protection
    • Girls Education Collaborative
    • Glide Health IT, Inc
    • Global Dyamic Group
    • GoBike Buffalo
    • Guideline Medical
    • HiOperator
    • Huntview
    • Immersed Games
    • Inside Insight LLC
    • Jeca Energy Bar
    • JMS Technical Solutions
    • Kangarootime
    • Kermis Profitability Solutions
    • Koobusoft
    • Lena Levine Studio
    • LenderLogix
    • Let There be Light International
    • Lincoln Archives Family of Companies
    • Lindquist
    • MED VAR
    • Med-Scribe Inc
    • Memory Fox
    • New York Technology
    • Niagara Share
    • OncoTartis
    • Parson Group
    • Produce Peddlers
    • Peeva LLC
    • PurEndo
    • Queen City Risk Management
    • Quidni Labs
    • Rel8ed.to Analytics
    • Robb Surgical
    • Rodriguez Construction Group
    • Secureware Technologies
    • Shared Mobility, Inc
    • SNAPCAP of WNY
    • SparkCharge
    • Squire
    • Suite It
    • Suncayr
    • Talking Pictues/ Randford
    • TARA. Ai
    • Tartis
    • Tarvos.io
    • Toca Travel Services
    • TrainSmart
    • Travel Healthcare Accrediation
    • TROVE
    • Vargas Associates, Inc.
    • Wesolowski & Associates PC
    • Western NY Environmental Alliance
    • White Buffalo Creative
    • WNY Works Staffing Placement
    • Wynne Creative Group
    • Your Corporate Agent/ Vonsway
    • Z80 Labs
    • Zany Nomad
    • Zwp-contentos

BioSciences Incubator at the CTRC

  • AccuTheranostics
  • NeuroTrauma Sciences
  • Neurovascular Diagnostics

UB Gateway

  • 3AM Innovations
  • Buffalo Employment & Training Center
  • Burner
  • Clean Capital, LLC
  • CleanFiber
  • Clearview Social
  • Decision Pace Inc.
  • Erie Niagara Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Femi Secrets
  • Garwood Medical
  • Helm
  • Ignition Life Solutions
  • Kickfurther
  • Launch NY
  • LegWorks
  • Magnusmode
  • Quantranalytic Corporation
  • Sedara, LLC
  • Silo City IT, Inc.
  • SomaDetect
  • UB Associates, Inc. (UBF) – UBMD
  • UB Emergency Medicine
  • UB Family Medicine (UBF)

73 High Street

  • 22nd Century
  • Buffalo BioLabs
  • Buffalo Molecular Design & Development
  • CH3 Biosystems
  • Cleveland BioLabs
  • CPL Associates
  • Photolitec
  • Robb Surgical
  • Tactiva Therapeutics

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Global Biotechnology & Cancer Therapeutics
  • MimiVax
  • Panacela Labs

Hauptman-Woodward Institute

  • HarkerBIO
  • OmniSeq
  • American Crystallography Association

Conventus at 1001 Main Street

  • Athenex
  • AMRI
  • KeyBank
  • UBMD Offices
  • Oishei Children’s Outpatient Clinic

UB’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

  • Acudex, Inc.
  • Aesku NY, Inc
  • AHRM, Inc.
  • AMI Oncotheranostics, LLC
  • Athenex, Inc.
  • Canget BioTekpharma, LLC
  • CH3 Biosystems, LLC
  • Chronicle Life Sci America Corp
  • Efferent Labs, Inc.
  • Enhanced Pharmacodynamics, LLC
  • Frontier Science & Technology Res Foundation, Inc.
  • Greenwich Geriatrics, LLC (dba Patient Pattern, LLC)
  • Qoma, LLC
  • Aigh StarPro, LLC
  • Sunstar, Inc.
  • Tactiva Theraputics, LLC
  • Veronomics
  • Zeptometrix, Corp.

Olmsted Center for Sight

  • Clean Slate
  • Last updated Feb 2018

Business First’s Annual “Start-Ups to Watch” List Includes Three Companies Located on the Medical Campus

Business First’s Annual “Start-Ups to Watch” List Includes Three Companies Located on the Medical Campus

There are more than 125+ companies located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus today, and while we may be biased, we think they are all ones to watch! But, we understand that sometimes you need to pare the list down, and are thrilled to see three of the companies on this list are located in our innovation district. Congratulations to SomaDetect, Tactiva Therapeutics, and Femi Secrets. 3AM and RepHike – you know where to find us if you want to be a part of the magic on the Medical Campus!

We are also hwp-contenty to see so more female entrepreneurs on the list this year. Let’s keep growing those numbers!


BNMC Institutions & Partners Host “Matchmaker Networking” Event

Minority, Women & Veteran-Owned Businesses Invited to Purchasing Event on BNMC


The BNMC will host a “matchmaker” networking event on Thursday, March 22 designed to connect owners of small, local businesses with professionals who make purchasing decisions for the institutions on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and partner organizations. The event is free and open to all local businesses, with a particular emphasis on those businesses that are minority, women or veteran-owned, while space allows.

WHEN: Thursday, March 22 from 2 PM – 5 PM, Sign-up for meetings beginning at 1:45 PM

WHERE: Gaylord Cary Room in the Research Studies Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Across from Main Hospital Entrance)

WHO: The matchmaker networking opportunity will provide short one-on-one conversations with purchasing executives at the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park, and Kaleida Health on the BNMC, and other large purchasers including M&T and Catholic Health System.

Informal networking and light refreshments will also be available to participants throughout the event.

The event is free but registration is requested: bnmcworksnetworking.eventbrite.com Space is limited

The event is designed for any local and women, minority and veteran business owners who want to learn how to do business with large institutions. This follows a highly successful event held in September that attracted nearly 70 participants.

Pre-Event Preparation: Interested participants are also invited to join a free pre-event webinar hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration on March 15 at 10 AM -11 AM to learn more about preparing materials, doing market research, creating a capability statement, and other issues pertinent to working with the Medical Campus institutions. The webinar can be found at http://events.sba.gov

The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) and Roswell Park. Download the flyer.


About the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.    

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC Inc.) is a self-sustaining social enterprise successfully combining innovation, job creation, and urban revitalization. It serves as the umbrella organization of the anchor institutions that make up the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus located within the 120-acre campus bordering Allentown, the Fruit Belt and Downtown. The BNMC Inc. fosters conversation and collaboration among its member institutions, its partners and the community to address critical issues impacting them, including entrepreneurship, energy, access and transportation, workforce and procurement, neighborhoods, and healthy communities, with the goal of increasing economic development and building a strong community. www.bnmc-old.local.


For more information, contact:

Marc Pope
Community Program Manager
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
mpope@bnmc-old.local | 716.218.7358