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Rick Gardner is helping UB pave the way for entrepreneurs with a program dubbed the Cultivator, a nursery for sprouting startups and channeling the university's research and talent as a force for new growth across the Buffalo Niagara region.

Self-employed individuals enjoy the benefits of being their own boss but must also manage the stress of long hours, payday uncertainty, and an unclear path to success. These are the most entrepreneurial cities in America. 

While nationally the median income for entrepreneurs is the same as the median income for all workers, there are big differences at the state and city level. 

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LegWorks won the $10,000 grand prize at the Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo on Wednesday. The company, which has developed affordable, high-quality prosthetics, was among six companies that made pitches before an audience. The University at Buffalo event, held at Hotel Henry, showcased innovation in the region. Bitcrusher won the second-place prize of $5,000. The company makes a device for

As 43North prepares for the fifth year of the business plan competition, a new leader is taking the helm. Alex Gress will start as executive director in mid March. Gress said he is eager to build on what 43North has accomplished, both in helping its past prize winners develop and attracting a strong caliber of applicants. Gress, 44, knows the Buffalo Niagara region well. He grew

Who: Zachary P. Schneider, partner and CEO, Fifteen What he’s doing: Fifteen, an advertising and marketing agency in Allentown with a wide-ranging clientele, was launched by Schneider and a partner in 2009. Schneider is also an investor in companies such as Circuit Clinical, Piston and Ru’s Pierogi, and he has helped other startups secure funding and evolve strategically. Why he defines the entrepreneurial spirit:

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