Ignite 2023 – Awards Luncheon

Friday | May 12, 2023 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | Science Hall Commons at Canisius College

This Year's Honorees

Sherita Anderson-Bailey

Sherita Anderson-Bailey

Renovated Soul Marriage And Family Therapy

Brandi J Barrett

Brandi J Barrett

Barrett & Benitez Development

Alexa Jovanovic

Alexa Jovanovic

Aille Design

Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller, Inc.

Shannon Traphagen

Shannon Traphagen

Write Life Media Marketing & The Game On Glio Podcast

Please join the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College as we seek your support for our 6th Annual Ignite Awards Luncheon on May 12, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons at Canisius College. 

There is a real need for the greater business community in WNY to come together to celebrate and support Women-Owned Businesses. Since 2016, the annual growth rate for the number of women-owned firms has doubled annually and now make up more than 42% of all businesses in the U.S. However, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the diverse challenges that working women and female entrepreneurs face daily.

During the pandemic, the WBC served nearly 350 unique individuals/businesses which resulted in: 12 new businesses launched, access to 29 new business loans, and over $29 million in gross revenues. With a focus on inclusion, 43% of WBC businesses are self-described as Black or minority-owned.

There is a real need for the business community in WNY to come together to celebrate and support women-owned businesses. Whether you come for the inspiration of the honorees’ success stories or the networking opportunity — this is one event you don’t want to miss! The energy will be palpable, and meaningful connections will be made by all, as this very unique event will match up attendees at the tables with potential clients, partners and/or mentors.

Let’s take this opportunity to join forces to create greater success for us all!

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Date & Time:

Friday | May 12, 2023 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Science Hall Commons at Canisius College



Come Celebrate Women Business Owners of WNY

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.

The Women's Business Center