Shop Talk

News from around the Spotlight Shop

November 22, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – we’re talking about Shop Small Saturday, of course! In preparation for November 28th, we asked small business owners and shoppers what makes them want to sell or shop small. We have those answers – and five ideas...

November 16, 2022

Do you have a passion that keeps you up at night wondering whether it’s something that you could turn into a business? Has not knowing how to actually get started kept you from taking the leap? Well, we can help with that. For years, M&T product owner Cori Fenster...

November 1, 2022

Generating new business can feel daunting. After all, new customers don’t just grow on trees. (But wouldn’t that be nice?)

The truth is, your business isn’t the only business in the market, no matter how niche your offerings are. You need to leverage your marketing strategy to identify...

October 20, 2022

It can happen in an instant and without any maliciousness on the part of an employee. It can be as simple as someone clicking the wrong link. The fact is, cybersecurity incidents aren’t just happening on their own; people are easily falling for...

October 4, 2022

Marketing to your target audience is important. As you build your business, you build connections with your customers. You learn little things about their lives like what team they cheer for and how many grandkids they have. But how much do you really...

September 20, 2022

Almost every business will struggle to increase foot traffic, online traffic – or both – at some point. Here are 15 online and in-person ideas to attract more customers. You may already be implementing some of these...

August 31, 2022

In 2016, chemical engineer, Blake Crawford, and molecular biologist, Mike Roosevelt, came up with a new hypothesis: creating the first craft brewery in Bergen, NJ, would increase happiness. And to no surprise...

August 12, 2022

Have you heard? The M&T Spotlight Shop is back! After bringing the shop online to support local businesses through the pandemic, we’re happy to announce that our in-person Spotlight Shop is back for the first time since 2019, starting in Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport, Connecticut and then...

January 24, 2022

As the pandemic continues and economic uncertainty remains, M&T Bank’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Banking Team continues to work tirelessly providing opportunities for the historically underserved to help small business owners achieve their dreams. Our current climate offers...

December 14, 2021

I spent much of my childhood in a button factory in Rochester, New York. Not just any button factory, a world-renowned factory run by my legendary grandfather. I always dreamed of carrying on my family’s legacy but there was one problem...

November 9, 2021

As the son of a first-generation coffee farmer, I grew up in Colombia knowing exactly where my organic food and coffee came from. My family instilled the importance of serving the local community through quality products and transparency.

I moved to the tri-state area in the 1980s with a deep longing to bring these values to my new country. Chasing the true American Dream...

November 3, 2021

In the business world, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many gaps in service and tested what we thought was true. The foundation of many businesses has felt the weight of the pandemic’s impact on our economy – and, unfortunately, in some cases...

September 29, 2021

While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one positive outcome is the soaring numbers of dog adoptions from people in need of comfort and companionship.

Growing up, I was absolutely petrified of dogs both big and small. I would never have guessed...

September 15, 2021

M&T Bank is a bank for communities. Communities of builders. Communities of dreamers. Communities of achievers.

There is one community we at M&T have paid particular attention to during the past 16 months of the Covid-19 pandemic – the business community. Through the federal Paycheck Protection...