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City Hallways (Sept. 28): Contest celebrates women- and minority-owned businesses

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A week dedicated to minority- and women-owned businesses in Buffalo continues today with a contest.

The PITCH: A collaborative MWBE Business Plan Competition will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

And on Friday, the last day of the weeklong celebration, SUNY Buffalo State's Small Business Development Center will host Big Opportunities for Small Businesses. The seminar will be held at Burchfield Penney Art Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The two events are part of MBE/WBE Week in Buffalo, which started on Monday "in support of the great value Minority-and-Women-owned businesses have to the community."

"One of my top priorities has always been to ensure that all businesses have the opportunity to compete and succeed," said Mayor Byron Brown on Monday while kicking off the special week. "Minority- and women-owned businesses are of great value to the city of Buffalo, and I thank our partners who are sponsoring events this week that help us with our ongoing efforts to grow small businesses locally and throughout our region."

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The City of Buffalo is hosting a free community shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the corner of Roebling and East Delavan avenues.

Acceptable materials are confidential and personal documents that include information such as account or Social Security numbers, bank or medical statements or tax documents.

Items like junk mail and magazines will not be accepted and should be placed in recycling totes.

For more information, call 311 or go to


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