27 Jun

Is Buffalo still a blue collar town in America’s Rust Belt?

The stereotype of Buffalo is that it is a town filled with blue collar lunch bucket factory workers with a love of chicken wings and Canadian Beer. Well, the wings and beer thing is true, but Buffalo is home to a growing and thriving community of new economy.

Purpose: To showcase 20 of the region’s most progressive new economy companies to demonstrate that we are rapidly building a burgeoning entrepreneurial sector in Western New York.

This will be a networking event at which larger companies can show the way to success, mid-level companies can reach out to new customers, find talent, locate real estate, and smaller companies that are just starting out can find some investors or just share their plans.

The event will be interactive with questions from the online community via text and Twitter, live attendees, and the whole event will be streamed online via,, and

It’s about building a community of entrepreneurs and young professionals who are looking to generate local wealth which can be used to put people to work, and build the foundation of our community. Instead of looking to traditional power structures and politicians, these are driven companies which seek to build upon Buffalo’s legacy of entrepreneurialism. Let’s look forward, work together and build the city in our own vision.

When we’re done, we’ll upload each presentation to dozens of viral video sites to spread the word about Buffalo’s business future.

Presenters: WNY’s 20 most innovative technology, design, social network, creative and media companies. Click here for more details on our presenters.

Audience: Local, regional, and national venture capitalists and angel investors, members of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, InfoTech Niagara, local entrepreneurs, general public, online participation. Attendance is 100% free and registration is NOT required. We just ask you to join us in person or virtually!

When: June 27th, 2008 9AM-2PM

Where: Statler Golden Ballroom, Statler Hotel, Buffalo, NY



3 Responses to “BTEC 2008: TODAY AT THE STATLER”

  1. Julia June 27, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Thinking of perception of an area, pride, and establishing a cheerleader base, check out what the folks in Rochester announced yesterday. The official site –

  2. Colin June 27, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    Why do we have to be one or the other? Isn’t it possible to honor our blue collar past — and even preserve it where we can — and still create space for “new economy” whiz kids?

  3. Starbuck June 27, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    By the way…… cool name there – “BTEC” 😉

    “Thank you, Starbuck.”

    No prob.

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