SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College is hosting the 2nd Annual Ignite Awards Luncheon, 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 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.

If you are interested in finding out more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the WBC at wbcinfo@canisius.edu or call (716) 888-8280.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Each sponsor level includes prominent placement on the WBC’s website, social media and all print materials distributed for the event.  Availability is limited; please contact us as soon as possible to secure your sponsorship.

**An important note about luncheon seating:  This very unique event will match up the small business attendees at each table with non-competitive business support services, along with a table facilitator to encourage an easy and productive conversation.  Bring plenty of business cards!

PLATINUM
$5,000

  • Recognize a woman-owned business of the sponsor’s choosing for a highlighted award
  • Listed as a main event sponsor in media announcements
  • Logo or company name prominently displayed in larger font on all marketing materials for the event
  • Logo or company name prominently displayed on all event signage and on all print materials
  • Logo or company name displayed on stage
  • Full-page color ad in the WBC Ignite Awards program book
  • Logo or company name listed as a Platinum Sponsor on WBC’s event website with link to company website
  • Recognition during the event of your company and executives in attendance
  • Six (6) tickets:  1 for honoree plus 5 additional tickets for your company representatives or guests
  • Included in the Platinum Level sponsorship:  Join Buffalo Rising and the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College in celebrating women business owners who have carved their path to success, and support the women-owned businesses that are now looking to grow.  The 2018 Ignite Series will celebrate women business owners in WNY.  Sponsor one monthly article, featuring a video interview conducted by the WBC of a different locally owned, woman-lead business.  The monthly sponsor benefits will include:
    • A new article featured on Buffalo Rising with sponsor name and logo highlighted under the byline
    • Platinum Level Advertising, 25k impressions generated per month
    • Sponsor profile of 250-300 words included in the article
    • Ability to insert a 15-second pre-roll commercial before the video
    • Article published in the Daily Digest email blast to nearly 10,000 BR subscribers
    • Logo/sponsor name tagged in all social media posts to over 100,000 BR followers and a boosted post on Facebook
    • Dedicated ads for the series on BR featuring the sponsor name/logo
    • WBC email blast to its member base and social media updates
    • Sponsor name and logo featured on the WBC website directing readers to the monthly series on Buffalo Rising

GOLD
$2,500

  • Recognize a woman-owned business of the sponsor’s choosing for a highlighted award
  • Prominent placement of your organization’s marketing materials at the event
  • Logo or company name prominently displayed on all marketing materials related to the event
  • Logo or company name prominently displayed on all event signage and on all print materials
  • Logo or company name displayed at the event
  • Logo or company name listed as a Gold Sponsor on WBC’s event website with link to company website
  • Half-page ad in the WBC Ignite Awards event program
  • Six (6) tickets:  one (1) for your honoree and five (5) additional tickets for your company representatives or guests

BRONZE
$500

  • Logo or company name listed as a Bronze Sponsor on WBC’s event website with link to company website
  • Logo and company name in the WBC Ignite Awards event program
  • Two (2) tickets

 

SILVER
$1,000

  • Logo or company name displayed on all marketing materials related to the event
  • Logo or company name displayed on all event signage and on all print materials
  • Logo or company name listed as a Silver Sponsor on WBC’s event website with link to company website
  • Logo or company name displayed at the event
  • Quarter-page ad in the WBC Ignite Awards event program
  • Four (4) tickets

PROGRAM LISTING
$125

  • Logo and company name
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