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Lecture series at Daemen to focus on entrepreneurship

Several small-business leaders will highlight the impact of entrepreneurship on the local economy during a three-lecture series at Daemen College.

The Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, featuring a range of Buffalo-based speakers, will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5, March 4 and April 2 in the Wick Campus Center’s Alumni Lounge. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The series will kick off with Kevin Hayes and Michael Gainer, co-founders of The Foundry and NET+POSITIVE. The Foundry is a 30,000-square-foot complex on Buffalo’s East Side that provides affordable work spaces for artists, artisans, tradespeople and small businesses. It is also a community space for meetings, theatrical productions and other events. NET+POSITIVE is focused on creating ecological, social and neighborhood prosperity through various activities, including affordable housing redevelopment, community education and greenspace design.

Emily Stewart and Victoria Kuper, co-founders of Breadhive Worker Cooperative Bakery, will be the featured speakers during the March 4 lecture. The Breadhive Worker Cooperative Bakery, owned and operated by its workforce, is located on the city’s West Side and aims to create jobs in the community.

Bernice Radle and Jason Wilson, co-owners of BuffaLove Development, will wrap up the series April 2. The pair established BuffaLove Development in 2012 to invest in projects, buildings and neighborhood activities that bring together historic preservation and sustainability.

The series is sponsored by Daemen Entrepreneurship Program. For additional information, contact Cathaleen Curtiss, coordinator of Daemen Entrepreneurial Program, at 566-7877 or email ccurtiss@daemen.edu.

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