Celebrating Women Business Owners of WNY

Ignite Awards 2023

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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


Alexa Jovanovic

Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller, Inc.



Alexa Jovanovic

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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