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A sign maker and a culinary program receive Seed Capital Accelerator funds

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and First Niagara Financial Group announced awards to Public Health Communications LLC and F Bites from the Seed Capital Accelerator Program.

Public Health Communications, led by John Seman and working with the county health department, received $9,900 for a pilot project to deliver public health, safety and wellness information via digital signs in physician waiting rooms, health care clinics, emergency rooms and other health-related areas.

F Bites, a nonprofit culinary vocational program for at-risk youth, led by chef Bobby Anderson, will receive $10,000. The company has been in operation for five years in Niagara County and is seeking a larger presence in Erie County.

F Bites will use its funding for business consulting and operating expenses, including hiring attorney services to obtain 501(c)3 status. The company also plans to open an eatery on or near the medical campus, to provide healthy food options prepared and served by the youth in the training program.

First Niagara provided funding for the program, to support new and existing start-ups that are affiliated with the BNMC’s Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center or entrepreneurship programs. For information, visit