“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.”

~ Anthon St. Maarten

One of the hallmarks of the so-called NAWBO sisterhood is support. It comes in all sorts of forms, too, some that don’t always immediately come to mind.

It’s easy to see support when a member reaches out to another to share a referral. Support also comes in the form of enthusiasm and excitement over a colleague’s successful pitch, presentation, or new client. Then there’s the more subtle support – this is the sort of support that I believe makes us as NAWBO Buffalo Niagara unique.

For instance, we see it in our #OwningIt Series featuring education and support for new entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Westminster Economic Development Initiative and the West Side Bazaar. We observed it in profound and meaningful ways when we joined our refugee-now-entrepreneur sisters at our recent Partners at the Table discussion.

We anticipate it at this year’s Each One Reach One Event, presented by General Motors Tonawanda Engine, on March 8th when more than 350 women and men will participate in Western New York’s largest progressive dinner networking event. We especially will feel it that day with our new friends from the West Side Bazaar as we celebrate Women Doing Business Day on what is – most serendipitously – International Women’s Day as well.

So join us, won’t you? See the power in Buffalo Niagara’s women entrepreneur community. And even if you don’t {yet?} own a business, we’ll support you and extend a hand. It’s what we do best: we lift each other up as we climb and celebrate our collective successes.

Register for Each One Reach One today!


My best,

Lisa Coppola
Buffalo Niagara President 2016-2017