SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College is hosting the 4th 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 honor one woman-owned business for an award to be given at the luncheon.  Your honoree will be presented with her award on stage along with a short presentation about your organization and her story that led her toward business success. After the inspiring presentation, the majority of the time will 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.  New this year, our Silver sponsors can submit a nomination for an honoree. Selected nominees that will become honorees will be chosen by a WBC committee and notified prior to the event. 

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 and our important programs for our local women entrepreneurs.  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?

According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express, 4 out of every 10 businesses in the US are women-owned.  Women-owned businesses employ 9.2 million people and generated $1.8 trillion in revenue.  Did you know that 62% of women entrepreneurs depend on their business as their primary source of income? Yet at the same time, 88% of women-owned businesses generate less than $100,000 in revenue!

The WBC recognizes the critical role these businesses play in our community and to our economy and in every way possible create opportunities to drive their growth.  We invite your organization to show your support as well.  Come to the table and sponsor as you are able.

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 program for the WBC Ignite Awards Luncheon
  • 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
  • Ability to have a sponsor table or booth, with one administrative ticket to the lunch
  • Ten (10) tickets

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 program for the WBC Ignite Awards Luncheon
  • Ability to have a sponsor table or booth, with one administrative ticket to the lunch
  • Six (6) tickets

*Special BONUS EVENT for the Gold level sponsorship – a separate event with a greater focus on you and your client! This is a Spotlight Panelist opportunity at a W.E. (Women Entrepreneurs) Thrive event in 2020 for a representative from your organization and a thriving woman-owner that you choose (this may or may not be your Ignite Awards Honoree). Benefits also include:

  • 10 (ten) guest invitations to your WE Thrive event
  • Logo or company name prominently displayed on all marketing & print materials related to the event
  • Logo or company name displayed at the event

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 program for the WBC Ignite Awards Luncheon
  • Four (4) tickets

*New This Year – our Silver level sponsors can now submit a nomination for a woman-owner of your choice to be a potential Ignite Awards Honoree!  Selected nominees will be chosen to become honorees based on the information provided on the nomination forms, through a WBC Board committee. Nomination forms are due by January 31.

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 program for the WBC Ignite Awards Luncheon
  • Two (2) tickets

PROGRAM LISTING
$125

  • Logo and company name
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