2:00 pm14:00

Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo

  • Hotel @ The Lafayette

Event Highlights Include:

  • 30, 90-second and five, five-minute live pitches from 35 entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneur trade show and cocktail reception
  • Keynote address from Bill Rancic, New York Times bestselling author and winner of NBC's breakthrough program "The Apprentice"
  • Award ceremony including grand prize of $20K*, a half hour one-on-one mentoring session with Bill Rancic, and an automatic pass into the 43North semifinals round
  • Plus, $5K People's Choice prize


*In order to be eligible for either cash prize, Bright winners must submit a W9 that includes a valid Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN). Award recipients will need to spend entire cash award within one year, and will be required to submit receipts and final report showing how funds have been spent. Detailed requirements will be provided upon award receipt. If requirements are NOT met, awardee will be taxed on award amount.

8:30 am08:30

43North Finals - Pitch Sessions and Awards Ceremony

  • Shea's Performing Arts Center

Join an intimate audience on the magnificent stage of Shea's Performing Arts Center and watch the 11 finalists pitch their ideas in front of a team of star
judges. Be there when 43North awards $5 million in prizes - including a top prize of $1 million - to some of the best entrepreneurs from around the world.  Registration is free and open to the public! 

For more information and to register, visit


8:30 am08:30

The Startup Co. Seminar Series: "Best Practices for Hiring - Transitioning from an Entrepreneur to an Employer"

  • Baird Research Park Suites 206/208

As your business grows, you will transition to being an employer by hiring employees. Growing your busi-ness comes with responsibilities! You will want to be armed with relevant information to consider when you are ready to hire your first employees. Come join this session where many of these relevant considerations will be reviewed, such as:

  • Understand the difference between an employee and a 1099 service provider
  • Review of filing for federal and state registration numbers
  • What Insurances do you need?
  • New Hire paperwork requirements and record keeping
  • Important Labor Laws regarding pay
  • What are payroll tax liabilities and the tax reporting requirements
  • Using a payroll service

At the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of the necessary documents, record keeping requirements and tax liabilities involved in being an employer.
This is a free event designed for management personnel in technology and
life science start-up companies. Free parking and light refreshments are provided. Limited space is available.

To register please click here. 


Linda Crist has been an account manager with ComputerSearch Payroll services for 4 years. Her role is to assist new business’s with their start-up payroll needs. In addition, she has previous experience in advertising sales, event man-agement and sales management. She has her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from SUNY Fredonia.