The Owning It Speaker Series

NAWBO Buffalo Niagara and The Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. have partnered on a speaker series on business development. “NAWBO’s overarching goal with this Series is to share the wealth of information and experiences of our women entrepreneurs. We believe collaborating and partnering with Buffalo’s emerging entrepreneurial community makes everyone...

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#OwningIt, Nancy Rizzo

Business: Nancy Rizzo Life & Mindset Navigation Coach Founder: Nancy Rizzo Industry: Life Coaching Nancy Rizzo is a Certified Life & Mindset Navigation™ Coach with trademarked systems that have created life-changing results for her clients over the past nine years. They answer the important question “How?” How do we successfully navigate and overcome...

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#OwningIt, Lynne Bona

Business: Mallare Enterprises, Inc. & Clean Sweep Industries of WNY, LLC (CSI) Founder: JoAnne Mallare (Mallare Enterprises, Inc.) & Michael, Jimmy, Jim, & Tom Mallare & Lynne Bona (CSI) Industry: Trucking/Transportation & Street and Parking Lot Sweeping   Lynne’s mother started the company in 1994 after raising 5 kids (4 boys and Lynne)....

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#OwningIt, Zandra Cunningham

Business: Zandra Founder: Zandra Cunningham Industry: Skin Care Products   Zandra Cunningham is a 16 year old entrepreneur. Zandra’s fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was 9 years old; inspired by a simple “no” from her dad. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center program at Buffalo State College just shy...

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#OwningIt, Barbara Oliver

Business: Barbara Oliver Jewelry Founder: Barbara Oliver Industry: Jewelry   When Barbara opened her own jewelry shop in 2003, she realized a dream that began as a small girl growing up in Tonawanda. While her friends played with dolls and dressed up, Barbara immersed herself in gemological books and discovered a passion for...

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#OwningIt, Denise Gueli

Business: The Bonadio Group Partner: Denise Gueli Industry: Accounting   When Denise decided to pursue a career in accounting, she thought having a secure job was a fair trade-off for not having much personal interaction in her work life. She isn’t afraid to admit she was wrong. As a partner at The Bonadio...

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#OwningIt, Janna Willoughby-Lohr

Business: Papercraft Miracles Founder: Janna Willoughby-Lohr Industry: Stationery Store, Bookbinder, Wedding Store Janna Willoughby-Lohr is the owner and artist behind Papercraft Miracles, where she creates handmade books, stationery and paper creations for everyday use and special occasions. Janna studied bookbinding and paper arts at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. She has been...

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#OwningIt, Laura Zimberg

Business: Green Pastures Still Waters Massage Therapy Founder: Laura Zimberg, LMT Industry: Massage Therapy/Bodywork   Green Pastures Still Waters Massage Therapy has two locations and has been serving WNY since 2005. It is committed to creating a truly holistic and unique experience in a caring and professional environment. Its mission is to be...

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#OwningIt, Debby LaMendola

Business: Mary Kay Owner: Debby LaMendola Industry: Skin Care, Cosmetics   Debby began her Mary Kay business 20 years ago when she was employed as the RN Executive Director of a local branch of a large home health care agency. With a background in nursing, Debby was drawn to the Mary Kay heritage...

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#OwningIt, Paula D’Amico

Business: Blessings By Nature Founder: Paula D’Amico Industry: Natural, Herbal Creations Paula D’Amico is on a mission to inspire and energize while delivering hope, healing, and success into people’s lives. She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Speaker, Teacher, owner/creator of Blessings by Nature® and the current President of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce-Downtown...

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