The Flower Stand, owned and operated by Ellen Krzemien of Ellen K Design, was named one of the 27 finalists in the Ignite Buffalo, small business grant competition presented by 43North.

The final competition will take place on Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. as a part of the Facebook Community Boost event held at Erie Community College, at 121 Ellicott Street in Buffalo and livestreamed on the Facebook Business page

Ignite Buffalo is a partnership between 43North, M & T Bank, and Facebook and serves as a mentoring program that awards $1million in prize money to 27 local small businesses. 50 small businesses out of 477 applicants advanced to the first round of judging that took place Monday.

Each finalist advancing to the next round is guaranteed at least $25,000. Seven of these businesses will have the opportunity to present their pitch to a live audience for the chance to win one of four $50,000 grants or three $100,000 grants.

“I’m so humbled to be selected as a finalist alongside such worthwhile small businesses” said Ellen Krzemien. “The opportunity to compete for this award has been such a wonderful learning experience and I’m so excited for the possibilities this award will bring for the future of the Flower Farm and bringing people all over Western New York to Springville.”

The list of finalists competing on Wednesday night are: Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine, Always Something Farm, Barrel + Brine, Black Monarchy, BreadHive Bakery + Cafe, Buffalo All Star Extreme, Buffalo Distilling Company, Casa Azul, Crown BFLO, Dani-fit, Ellen K Design and The Flower Stand, Executive Sweeps, Get Fokus’d Productions, Gro-operative, Groundwork Market Garden, Jeca Energy Bar Company, La’Movement Fitness, Mobile Eco Steam, Om Nohm Gluten Free, Oxford Pennant, Papercraft Miracles, Revolution Spinning, Rooted Locally, Spoke & Dagger, The Law Office of Stephanie Adams, TopSeedz, and Whole Nine Wellness.

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