Carolyn Powell Business Development Manager

Buffalo native Carolyn Powell is a member of Invest Buffalo Niagara's Business Development team, where she focuses on the Canadian market. She is an integral resource to Canadian companies seeking to establish a U.S. location, especially as they navigate issues of international due diligence such as immigration procedures, business setup, workforce, and locating needed local resources. Since joining Invest Buffalo Niagara in 2008, Carolyn has helped 40 Canadian companies expand into the Buffalo Niagara region, representing over $500 million in investment and more than 1,400 jobs. Carolyn also works with businesses involved in food processing and agribusiness, such as yogurt, protein products, and vegetable processing. Many of these companies are headquartered all over the world. In addition to providing expertise on supply chain resources, logistics, and other issues, she educates businesses on state and local incentives available in the Buffalo Niagara region, such as low-cost hydropower for manufacturing. Prior to joining the Invest Buffalo Niagara, Carolyn served as General Manager at HQ/The Regus Group, providing Fortune 500, mid-size, and start up American and Canadian companies with executive office space and US Address services. Carolyn was a member of the Leadership Niagara Class of 2010, is certified as an EDFP (Economic Development Finance Professional) by the National Development Council, has completed courses with the New York State Economic Development Council, and earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management from Canisius College. Carolyn's professional organization involvement: board member and chairperson of the PR Committee for Working For Downtown, strategy leader for Leadership Niagara's ongoing classes, and former Associate Director and current member of New York State Commercial Association of Realtors.

“There is no better place to work and live than Buffalo Niagara. From wonderful family and friends, to beautiful golf courses, ski resorts, beaches and boating on the lake, to scenic hikes and parks, I can be anywhere in an hour or less. The amazing four seasons are the icing on the cake.”