SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College is introducing its first ever awards program, recognizing successful women-owned businesses in the Western New York area, and we are seeking your support to help us fund future programming and events to support these businesses.

Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to succeed through education, connections and community.  We do this by developing leaders, fostering opportunities and building collaboration.

This will be a different kind of event!  This event brings together the services that entrepreneurs need with the women business owners who need them for a mentoring and networking opportunity during lunch.  We encourage your company to send staff who will be seated at tables with other non-competing businesses and at least two small business owners.  Members of our Advisory Board or staff will also be at the tables to help facilitate conversation and connections.

Platinum and Gold sponsors are invited to nominate one woman-owned business for an award to be given out that day at the luncheon.  The business you nominate will be honored on stage with a short presentation about your organization and the business you have nominated.  This allows for a majority of the time to be used by your staff members to get to know and interact with the small business owners who are seated with them at the luncheon.

The WBC Ignite Awards is a not-for-profit event that funds itself through the generosity of sponsors.  We are seeking cash and in-kind sponsors to help cover primary costs for the event.  All the WBC Ignite sponsorships include prominent recognition, leading up to and during the event.

Why Should Your Company Support This Event for Women-Owned Businesses?

Women-owned businesses employ 8.9 million employees and generated $1.6 trillion in total receipts.  According to the most recent data in 2015, women-owned businesses saw a 35% increase in receipts compared to male-owned businesses, which saw 33%.  In NYS 36% of businesses are women-owned, making it 4th in the nation with more than 725,000 firms.  All indications are that these numbers will continue to grow across both NYS and the US.

The WBC recognizes the critical role these businesses play in our community and to our economy and invites your organization to join us in honoring several of the key women business owners in WNY.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Each level includes recognition on our website, social media and all print materials distributed for the promotion of and at the event.

PLATINUM
(Only 5 Available)

  • Considered a primary sponsor for the WBC Ignite Awards Luncheon
  • Have the opportunity to recognize a woman-owned business of the sponsor’s choosing for a highlighted award
  • The event is listed as “sponsored by COMPANY NAME”
  • Logo prominently displayed in larger font on all marketing materials for the event
  • Logo prominently displayed on all event signage and on all print materials distributed at the event
  • Full-page color ad in the WBC Ignite Awards program or half page color ad and a feature article in the program booklet, highlighting your business (text provided by your business).
  • Logo on WBC Sponsor page with link to sponsor’s website
  • Mention of organization by emcee during the event, and recognition of those in attendance from organization
  • Eight (8) tickets
  • Logo displayed on-stage prior to and following the WBC Ignite Awards event

GOLD
(Only 10 Available)

  • Considered the secondary sponsors for the WBC Ignite Awards Luncheon
  • Have the opportunity to recognize a woman-owned business of the sponsor’s choosing for a highlighted award
  • Logo prominently displayed on all marketing materials related to the event throughout the year
  • Logo prominently displayed on all event signage and on all print materials distributed at the event
  • Half-page ad in the WBC Ignite Awards event program
  • Logo on WBC Sponsor page with link to sponsors’ websites
  • Six (6) tickets
  •  Logo displayed on-stage prior to and following the WBC Ignite Awards event

SILVER
(Only 10 available)

  • Logo displayed on all marketing materials related to the event
  • Logo displayed on all event signage and on all print materials distributed at the event
  • Quarter-page ad in the WBC Ignite Awards event program
  • Logo on website sponsor page with link to sponsors’ websites
  • Four (4) tickets
  • Logo displayed on-stage prior to and following the WBC Ignite Awards event

PROGRAM AD ONLY

  • Full Color
  • Business Card Size