BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo School of
Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) will
host an information session for individuals interested in learning
more about the 2015 Allstate Minority and Women Emerging
Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program.
Women and minority business owners are encouraged to attend the
information session, which will run from 5-6 p.m. on May 21 at the
UB Downtown Gateway, 77 Goodell St., Room 208, in Buffalo.
Thomas Ulbrich, executive director, and Alex Cleary, program
coordinator, will provide an overview of the program and answer any
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The MWEE program is a joint venture by the UB School of
Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and
the UB Center for Urban Studies. The mission of the program is to
construct a pathway that enables these entrepreneurs to move their
companies to the next stage of development.
“The program is an excellent opportunity for minority and
women entrepreneurs to forge relationships, be mentored, network
and get technical advice about running their businesses,”
says Ulbrich. “It also helps them develop clear objectives
and business strategies to achieve them.”
Participants in the nine-month, fee-based MWEE program are women
and members of recognized minorities whose Buffalo-Niagara region
businesses are still in the fledgling stages of growth.
Initiated in 2004, the program is modeled after the CEL’s
Core program, which is designed to enhance the management abilities
of business leaders, the profitability of their firms and the
development of business relationships through an expanded network
A key feature of the program is the protégé/mentor
collaboration between MWEE participants and CEL Core graduates.
This relationship gives MWEE participants the unique opportunity to
develop a plan to advance their business and learn related skills
in partnership with successful business leaders in the region. It
also introduces them to a support network from which they will
benefit for years to come.
In addition to the benefit to individual entrepreneurs, by
providing opportunities to bolster the development of their
companies, the program helps to create viable and sustainable
businesses in Western New York, strengthening the economy of the
The Allstate Corporation supports the program through The
Allstate Foundation, which provides philanthropic grants to
nonprofit organizations whose programs fit within specified
criteria for community development; tolerance, inclusion and
diversity; and economic empowerment.
Established in 1987, the CEL provides participants with
individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. More
than 1,200 CEL alumni employ more than 22,000 Western New Yorkers,
and their businesses are worth more than $2 billion to the local
economy. For more information, visit
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News and World Report for the quality of its
programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates.
For more information about the UB School of Management, visit