Working with WEDI

This summer I’m volunteering with Westminster Economic Development Initiative ( – they have a site but no content), a nonprofit organization that works to improve the West Side neighborhood of Buffalo, an area with very high rates of poverty and joblessness. I’m working in the economic development department helping Bonnie Smith, director, with small business startups. I’m focusing on helping the startup clients with QuickBooks but I’m also checking out WEDI’s various projects, including the International Marketplace Bazaar. They’re hoping the bazaar becomes a small retail business incubator by offering low-rent spaces in a commonly managed building. At an open house held 7/11, they signed up five potential small businesses.

Carmen’s Kitchen, a Puerto Rican/Mexican takeout/delivery joint, opened in late May.
Opening 7/24 (if all goes well): Tango’s Pet Store 246 Massachusetts Ave. (at Normal Street), Buffalo, NY 14213. Michelle, the owner, raises fancy birds, although the store for now is just pet supplies, not live pets. (Sorry about the bad cell phone shots!)
This is Tango the parrot

Tango’s children, 10 weeks old at the time of the picture

The boy baby parrot enjoyed having his belly feathers stroked!

Pretty white bird

My finger petting the pretty white bird

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