Small businesses booming in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hundreds of people are attending a seminar to learn more about opening their own small businesses. This comes as thousands, total, are looking for tips on how to start their own companies right here in Western New York.

“Small businesses are really the locomotive that run the economy in the U.S.,” said Franklin Sciortino, the district director for the Buffalo chapter of the Small Business Administration. “It’s important to continue to foster assistance for small businesses to either start or grow or to stay in business.”

One person who knows about that is Therese Deuschlander. She owns Thin Ice, an art shop on Elmwood Avenue. This is her 10th year in business.

“I opened in 2006 during the recession so of course that’s not ideal,” said Deuschlander. “There has been such a surge lately especially in the Elmwood Village and also in the importance of shopping local and supporting small businesses so that certainly helps.”

Deuschlander said she feels Buffalonians appreciate and embrace small business owners’ concepts and that is why she and so many others are able to find success in the Queen City.

“I get to talk to people in the community and connect people with local artists,” said Deuschlander. “I’ve seen an improvement in the last 10 years. People have more mindfulness of where their money is going and supporting local artists and supporting local businesses.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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