SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College is hosting the 5th 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.

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.

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***An important note on luncheon seating: to help foster relationships and meaningful business connections, the WBC will arrange table seating to match attendees in the greater business community with small business owners. Each table will include small business owners who are looking for mentoring and networking opportunities to grow their businesses. Members of the WBC’s Advisory Board or staff will be seated at each table to help facilitate conversation and connections. Bring plenty of business cards!

PLATINUM
$5,000

  • 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
  • Ability to have a sponsor table or booth, with one administrative ticket to the lunch
  • Six (6) tickets

The Platinum level also includes year-round recognition on the WBC’s website and sponsorship of one (1) Event in our Business Recovery Series with a speaking opportunity. Benefits also include:

  • 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

GOLD
$2,500

  • 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
  • Ability to have a sponsor table or booth, with one administrative ticket to the lunch
  • Six (6) tickets

The Gold level also includes year-round recognition on the WBC’s website and sponsorship of one (1) Event in our Business Recovery Series with a speaking opportunity. Benefits also include:

  • 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

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 Honors event program
  • Four (4) tickets

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 Honors event program
  • Two (2) tickets

PROGRAM LISTING
$125

  • Logo and company name
The Women's Business Center | Canisius College | Buffalo | New York
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