About

Our Story so far...

GROW Buffalo Business was founded as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our founders set out to help businesses in any way they could, as they acknowledged the major difficulties ahead and it was important to each one of them to provide support to small businesses wherever they could.

Here is some data on how far GROW Buffalo Business has come since 03/26/2020

  • 1,700 FB Group Members – Over 1,300 active members
  • Non-Profit Corporation – July 2020
  • 4 board members – Connie Whitesell, Kanishka Wanninayaka, Mike Anderson, and Eric Vallone
  • 130+ virtual events
  • 120+ speakers
  • Intern Program
  • Volunteer Program
  • Speaker Committee, membership committee & social media committee
  • Multiple Partnerships with other organizations

 

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Facebook Members

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Active Members

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Board Members

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Virtual Events

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Speakers

Michael Anderson

Co-Founder

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Kanishka Wanninayaka

Co-Founder

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Connie Whitesell

Co-Founder

Eric Vallone

Co-Founder

Our Values

Give First Mentality

Have an altruistic and selfless nature by always focusing on what you can do for others with no expectations of anything in return. Be generous and do what you can to help others excel.

Education

Heavy focus on continuing to develop business owner’s skills through workshops and other events. Continually looking to improve the value, education, and growth that is regularly provided to members

Community

This is an organization built around the members, by focusing on building connections, providing resources, listening to others, helping others, and finding ways to positively impact one another. We must always value the community and look to the community for help, support, and advice.

Adaptability

Always willing to make changes and not be too stubborn on anything we are doing, by being proactive, listening, dedication, and putting forth effort to always try new things and always put forth effort to always bring more value

Collaboration

We do not look at any other business groups as competitors, as the more we work together, the more we can achieve and help small business owners. Our partnerships are key for success, whether it be with experts, non-profits, or other organizations.