Small Business Breakthrough

The Buffalo Breakthrough Brunch Series

October 4: A Rising Tide Raises All Ships

The Breakthrough Brunch Series is comprised of high-value events designed for forward-thinking entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders. Held on a Saturday every other month or so at various locations, each event will have a specific theme and provide a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with other individuals and groups in the business community committed to new ways of thinking, new approaches and new results.

In our third event, we will be exploring ways of designing our businesses and projects to make a difference for everyone involved-- and even people who aren't. We will debunk some myths and expose some outdated models regarding success and business. We will learn learn about some of the new business models being pioneered from a couple of tremendous people who are already doing it: Dan Gigante of You And Who ("buy one, give one") and Patrick Finan of Block Club Creative ("triple bottom-line"). Then Patrick will lead an exercise to support you in creating a vision for your business and making an impact beyond the traditional bottom-line. This event is being held at DIG, the innovative new co-working space, which you will have an opportunity to tour, explore and enjoy.

Onward we go: sign up, strap in and get ready to play it forward. You can register yourself below or contact us if you have any questions. See you at brunch!



Join Us

$20.00 Regular Admission

$10.00 DIG Member


Open Networking

11:00am-11:30am » Get Connected and Get Comfortable

In the first part of our event, you will have the opportunity to mingle and make new connections in a relaxed and yet energetic atmosphere. Food and beverages are provided by (TBA-- surprise!). Treat yourself-- it is Saturday, after all.


11:30am-12:00pm » New Perspectives, New Possibilities

Paul Greiner will start us off and introduce what the event and series are all about through examining some myths, models and mindsets that are inhibiting our individual and collective ability to truly alter the path we're on.

Dan Gigante will then talk about the creation of You And Who, what he loves about the "buy one, give one" approach, and the ups and downs of starting and running a business/project that's about more than money.

Patrick Finan will share about the "triple bottom-line" model, what implementing it actually looks like, and how it's been going so far.


12:15-1:00pm » Creating A New Vision

What's YOUR vision? Is it clear, moving and doable?
Patrick Finan will lead an interactive exercise to help you envision (or re-envision) the future of your business or project. Lay out a picture of what you're committed to, get feedback from Patrick, our other speakers and your fellow brunchers, and put yourself on a path to a new future.


Patrick Finan

Patrick Finan

Block Club
Marketing, Progressive Business, Pro-local Economies
Dan Gigante

Dan Gigante

You and Who
Business Startups, Marketing, Crowdfunding
Paul Greiner

Paul Greiner

ALS Consulting
Leadership Development, Business Coaching, Performance Consulting
CJ Maurer

CJ Maurer

Of The Sea, LLC
Identity, Marketing, Writing
Neil K Carroll

Neil K Carroll

Nickel City Graphics LLC
Small Business Marketing, Video, Design





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