15 May 2012
Event brings angel and venture capitalists to region with funding opportunities for start-up companies.
Williamsville, NY (May 15, 2012) Superior Group (Superior), an international workforce and business solutions provider, has once again signed on as a Growth Stage sponsor of the 2012 Venture Forum, a partnership between two well-established venture forums: Buffalo Niagara’s annual Bright Forum and Albany’s SmartStart UNYTECH Forum, happening in Buffalo, NY on May 16 – 17, 2012. The event connects early stage, high-tech start-ups with venture and angel investors from across New York State in the hopes of igniting new business partnerships. Once funding is established, Superior will offer recruitment and outsourcing services to assist fledgling start-ups reach their next growth stage.
This year’s forum has an expanded reach across New York State, with the inclusion of the Center for Economic Growth’s SmartStart and UNYTECH. This addition is a positive step toward establishing an entrepreneurial ecosystem for Western New York and increasing the need for skilled resources across multiple disciplines beyond the sciences, including IT, marketing, manufacturing, and research.
“Given our expanding business in applying human resources solutions in regional and global high-tech sectors, our firm sees creative partnerships like the Venture Forum as a critical piece of growing a knowledge-based economy,” said Scott Stenclik, president of Superior Technical Resources.
Superior’s relationship with the Bright Forum began in 2010 in partnership with its lead organizer, UB’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CoE). Recognizing the significant growth opportunity life sciences could bring to the region, the workforce solutions company designated an onsite staff member at CoE’s home office in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to provide client support. Service offerings include customized staff augmentation solutions, as well as human resources, consulting, and back office administrative needs. Superior leverages proven business acumen to allow lean, start-up companies to build strong foundations without a lot of overhead. To date, over twenty life sciences companies have engaged with Superior on talent needs.
“Events like Venture Forum are putting Buffalo on the map for innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, but there is more to a successful business than just a great idea,” said Marnie LaVigne, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the University at Buffalo. “Superior’s human resources services allow organizations to concentrate on their core competencies and to focus efforts on fundraising, product development, and other critical pieces at the early-stage.”
This year’s Venture Forum comes after the second round of Regional Economic Development Councils, where Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the NY Works Task Force, which is aimed at bringing together industry leaders from the public and private sectors for coordinated economic development, strategic plan implementation, and job creation across the state.
As a member of the Western New York Job Readiness work group, Mr. Stenclik will concentrate his efforts on increasing workforce opportunities, improving the New York State Department of Labor’s job board, and providing training for emerging industries like the life sciences and other high-tech sectors.
About Bright Buffalo
Bright Buffalo Niagara aligns investment with innovation, connecting high-tech entrepreneurs in energy, life sciences, IT and advanced manufacturing, with angel investors and venture capitalists. Now in its 4th year, Bright has joined SmartStart and UNYTECH in hosting a premier 2012 Upstate New York Venture Forum, May 16-17, in Buffalo, NY. http://www.brightbuffaloniagara.com.
About Superior Group
Founded in 1957, Superior offers a full spectrum of workforce and business solutions, including contract and direct hire, payrolling, recruitment and business process outsourcing, independent contractor compliance and risk mitigation, as well as managed services programs automated by its proprietary vendor management system, Work Nexus®. With offices throughout North America—as well as in Argentina, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom—Superior delivers cost-effective and efficiency-generating solutions on behalf of many Fortune 500 customers.
Media Contact Information:
Director of Communications