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Making Buffalo’s Waterfront More Accessible

I am sitting in the fog and rain of a Buffalo spring at the Outer Harbor on Lake Erie waiting for Pierre Wallinder to arrive for our meeting. I am thinking of how little I have really enjoyed the waterfront in all my years living in Buffalo. Coming here from Sweden, Pierre has a passion for our natural resources that I think many of us have taken for granted. He started Sail Buffalo, and has joined forces with the Cazenovia Community Resource Center and Buffalo will soon be much the better for their efforts.

4. Sail Buffalo- A Community Boating Center PP Presentation-2013-2-12_43. Sail Buffalo- A Community Boating Center

Thanks to the Greenway Commission, more of us have a chance to fully enjoy the beauty of our waterways. Recent approval for grant funding will expand the Cazenovia Community Boating Center and Sailing School, allowing their Pavilion to be converted into a science lab, building of a greenhouse and an upgrade to the docking system to allow safe access for people with disabilities.


This is the second year the Cazenovia Community Boating Center will be operating out of the location they operate as licensees from the United States Coast Guard. It is the site where the lighthouse ship was docked over 100 years ago.


“My dream is everybody’s dream, to have a spot created for generations, that will provide community access under the safest possible conditions. The reality of Buffalo’s weather conditions cannot be underestimated, but with careful planning and the right team spirit, we wanted to show that it is possible,” Pierre said.

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The Cazenovia Community Boating Center (CCBC) offers a series of programs that combine to offer holistic wellness. Eventually, the components of the project will develop all the skills needed for a successful sea voyage. Nutrition is an important part of that equation, hence the greenhouse.


The project has brought together the efforts of a strong board and several community leaders to develop a shared vision of a brighter, more sustainable future for Buffalo’s Waterfront.

From Steel to Chocolate?

Ingeri Eaton

Meet Ingeri Eaton. She worked for years in the steel business, at American Brass. She liked to bake cakes and cookies for people’s birthdays, and other special occasions and bring them to work to share. Then one day she got bored with the baked goods, and started making chocolates.

Word spread like through the plant and people started coming up to her and asking her to make chocolates for them. Eaton Chocolate opened on Hertel Avenue four years later.

Well, it wasn’t all that easy.

The Real Beginning

Ingeri was a single mother when she started working at American Brass sixteen years ago. With no college degree, the Steel business was a good opportunity to support her daughter, despite the heavy lifting involved. She met the man who would become her husband there a few years later.

Both Ingeri and her husband started working there about the same time. Over the years, even though they are part of a  union, they have both experienced layoffs several times, and sometimes both of them were laid off at the same time. They know the myth versus reality of job security in today’s economy.

The Big Shift

A few years ago, Ingeri was injured at work. She had to have surgery on her rotator cuff and was on restricted duty for seven months. At around the same time, she turned forty, and her daughter gave birth to her first grandchild.

She tried to take an unpaid leave, she needed to regroup and rethink her life, as she felt pulled in different directions. That was not in the cards. In the meantime, she and her husband found a location and opened Eaton Chocolate. They worked opposite shifts so they could cover the store hours.

Then Ingeri’s workman’s compensation claim came through for her.  They took the leap and she quit her job, investing part of the claim award into the business.

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She explains they offer customized orders. And yes, they do offer chocolate covered bacon! They also include Lake Effect Ice Cream on the menu.


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Where Do You Start?

When it comes to pursuing the dream you have, it may be hard to figure out where to start. Depending on your dream, you may have a hard time discerning your options, or you may have too many choices. Where do you begin?

The best approach is to envision the elements of your dream and work backwards. What are the keys to making this life work the way you want it to? Are you interested in making a lot more money, but doing it on your own schedule? Are you trying to make a real difference in people’s lives? Are you passionate about creating something?

You could be a freelancer, a contractor, an affiliate marketer, a franchiser, a moonlighter, an owner/operator, or a founding member. A lot depends on where you are now, as well as where you want to be.

There are  a lot of franchise opportunities that do not cost a fortune. Are you looking to take a system that has been tried and tested and apply it and run with it? This is a franchise model.

If you are looking to build something “on the side” while you continue to work your “day job” you may want to look at affiliate marketing opportunities. However, if it is all about you, and your particular skill or talent, then you may be looking at contract work, or freelancing.

No matter which way you go, you are part of the wave of the future. More and more people are creating their own opportunities. Some in highly creative, dynamic ways, that include collaborating with others and forming “co-operative” business models.

Where will your dream take you? How can I help you get there? My passion is for research and writing projects. I enjoy learning new things and sharing what I have learned in a variety of formats. Contact me if you have an idea that needs development.

I Was on the Radio!

It was so exciting to be featured on Dale Martin’s radio show this morning. I will be posting the recording as soon as it becomes available. It made me realize I needed a better way for people to contact me, so I created a new e-mail address for this blog. It is freedompowerjoy@gmail.com so contact me there if you like!

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