"Any great small town or village is inexorably defined by it's small businesses" ~AA
About the SMALL BUSINESS EDITION
At it's core, the "Small Business Edition" of Discovering WNY is simply about getting to know the small Mom & Pop businesses we are fortunate enough to have throughout WNY. Whether they're rural, suburban or urban (as in the Elmwood Village & the Hertal area) I try to cover as many of them as I can.
Although this show initially started out as a show entirely devoted to showcasing WNY's small towns & villages, I ask you... can you have an awesome small town & village without awesome small businesses? And of course, that answer is a resounding NO! And hence... the Discovering WNY "Small Business Edition" was born!
The long and short of it is, that I had been traveling around the WNY region selling sponsorships for my kids TV show for a few years and was having these amazing long-form conversations with hundreds of small business owners, and one afternoon it dawned on me that perhaps the viewers parents would like to get to know and understand their local merchants in a much more intimate way too.
As much as any one group or people can be, these are my people and this... is my tribe. I come from a longtime small "Mom & Pop" restaurant that was based here in South Buffalo and the Southtowns for over 32 years and if there's one thing I know understand, it's small business owners. So when I say, "these are my people" I mean it, in every sense of the word. After all.. this here, is just another very small business too.
Initially, the idea was that these conversations, tours and profiles were intended to be much, much smaller, more succinct integrated pieces that were tucked into the town & village shows, but ultimately, as I started editing the first few dozen or so, the path was completely clear as to what would have to happen with all of this great content. And I always listen to what life tells me I need to listen to.
While I was sitting here editing deep into the night, every night, over the last year or so, pouring though and making the very difficult choice as to what to leave in and what to leave out of these amazing conversations with these amazing people and the amazing businesses they have built, it had become way to obvious that these people and businesses needed... no... deserved... to have their very own show. If, for no other reason that it would allow us to stretch out and take the very necessary "deep-dive" into the sometimes treacherous but ultimately triumphant life and times of the small business owners you may see everyday or at least on an occasional basis.
So, please spend some time watching these videos here and getting to know your local merchants. These folks are about as busy a group as can be and were generous with their time to share their stories, thoughts, struggles, dreams, failures, ultimate success and the hard-won wisdom they earned along the way. In my opinion (however biased it may be) these conversations are all definitely worth a moment of your time in return.
Sometimes I might have co-hosts, sometimes, I am a ghost and you only hear me and won't see me, sometimes you do... and sometimes it's a bit of both. But whichever the case, these are the type f conversations that allow us to get a glimpse into the lives of the people that are investing their hearts and souls back into our communities here in WNY and making them a much more beautiful place it's worth a watch and a listen!
Although this is a very personal journey that I am sharing with all of you, I would love to hear from you to see what businesses all of you find most interesting in your towns and villages. This isn't about the obvious though. It's called "Discovering"... for a reason. So keep that in mind. If you have any ideas for small WNY businesses you'd like me to cover in your town and village or really anywhere, please send an email along to: firstname.lastname@example.org .