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Legislature Committee Hosts 'Erie County: Open for Business' Workshop


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                    Erie County Legislature chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) addresses the “Erie County: Open for Business” workshop held at the Frank Merriweather Library in Buffalo June 27. Joining her in addressing the workshop are, from left at the table: Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), Erie County Division of Equal Employment Opportunity Director Jesse L. Burnette, and County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s Legislative Liaison, Brian Bray.   

                The Erie County Legislature Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Committee was pleased with the turnout and information shared at the “Erie County: Open for Business” workshop it held at the Frank Merriweather Library in Buffalo June 27.

                The workshop, cosponsored by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, discussed minority and women’s business opportunities pertaining to securing contracts, project bidding, bonding and joint Erie County/City of Buffalo certification.

                “The best way for minority and women-owned businesses to actually participate in county projects is to know how to take part in the bidding for and securing of projects,” Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo), who chairs the MWBE Committee and is a small-business owner, said. “The information and advice representatives from the Erie County Departments of Public Works, Highways, Buildings and Grounds, Sewerage Management, Purchasing and Equal Employment Opportunity provided should prove invaluable to businesspeople making their first forays into government contracts as well as companies who have already starting taking part in this process.”

                “The workshop attracted a wonderful, diverse turnout of people; it was great to see small businesses in Western New York come out to get this information,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), an MWBE Committee member, said. “They left with the impression that Erie County truly is open for business. It is important to follow up with these businesses and community leaders to see that we are meeting their needs; small businesses are the backbone of our community. I encourage these businesspeople to get involved and get on the MWBE purchasing list.”

                Along with Chairperson Grant and Legislator Hogues, the County Legislature Democratic Majority is represented on the committee by Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda).