Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – As August approaches, East Buffalo’s entrepreneurial services organization known as The Exchange at Beverly Gray is excited to celebrate Black Business Month with a lineup of events to pitch your ideas and learn how to grow your business.
The Exchange at Beverly Gray, located on West Utica Street on the east side of Buffalo near Jefferson Avenue, is WNY’s first incubator and co-working space specifically serving Black, Indigenous and Colored entrepreneurs. [BIPOC]. The exchange is committed to empowering local business owners through a range of services available to help grow their businesses through investments, programming, advanced technology and state-of-the-art multipurpose facilities.
According to Derrick Person, executive director of Exchange at Beverly Gray, the two companies have two goals.
“When it comes to coworking spaces, we rather want to grow a community. One of the things that is special is the fact that this is the only coworking space east of Buffalo. As they grow, we can help them find a bigger space.”
One of the businesses The Exchange has grown to scale is the Clementine Gold Group.
“They’re on pace to hit record numbers in terms of revenue, but they’ve only been in full-time business for a year or two,” Persson says.
Events to celebrate Black Business Month kick off with the kids on Wednesday, August 2nd, coinciding with The Business of Business: Youth Edition hosted by The Exchange.
“We celebrate all the young entrepreneurs, then the real estate business, then we have the food business, and then we have the cannabis business with the city, which is going to be particularly big too. From there towards the end of the month we have a celebration called the Black Business Block Party. “
Pull Up & Pitch winners will receive prizes including business capital, 6 months of free coworking space, free legal, financial and business development services, 6 months of business mentorship, and more.