Corporate Challenge runners brave the rain for the Exchange

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Royce Woods, Executive Director of The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center at the finish line

Businesses from all over the Buffalo area took part in the 39th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, which was held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Delaware Park.

Almost 14,000 participants took part in the 3.5 mile race to raise money for the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center. “We’re very appreciative and humbled by the opportunity to be the beneficiary of this year’s Challenge grant,” said Royce Woods, Executive Director of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange center. “The funds received today will support our general operations and allow us to continue serving the minority and women business owners in our local community”

Woods and the Beverly Gray Business Exchange team have been working with local businesses since the fall of 2018. Business owners like Nina Hardy have connected with the Exchange to access services that help with crafting business plans, designing pitches, and finding and applying for funding. “Since the day I met Deputy Director Matt Revere, he and the Exchange have been a great resource for me and my business,” says Nina, owner of Divinity Holisitics and Beauty. “No matter how big or small the question, I can ask him and he’ll respond right away.”

“As a start-up organization, the exposure from this year’s Corporate Challenge race will be extremely helpful,” Royce Woods said. “We are working diligently to communicate to the community the resources that are currently available for entrepreneurs to take advantage of.  This platform will allow us to do that.”

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