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Hard work, commitment pays off for Certified AutoBrokers owners
Sat, Apr 16th 2022 07:00 am
On a Monday morning 12 years ago last month, Chris Taylor and Travis Smith sat in a very small office in a strip plaza at 1703 Grand Island Blvd., and began their own automobile-selling business with two preowned cars parked next to a motel down the street.
Rolling out the rides: Niagara Amusement Park adding features for new season
Fri, Apr 15th 2022 07:00 am
The water park, Kiddy Land and Western Town will reportedly be the main focus when Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World reopens on Memorial Day weekend for the second season under new management, the park has told local media in recent weeks.
Island Ship Center celebrates 16 years in business
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 10:25 pm
The Island Ship Center began with "a dream and a storage unit and fax service" on Baseline Road sixteen years ago, said Fahim Mojawalla, who co-owns the business with his wife, Seema. In 2016, the business moved to its present location on Whitehaven Road, where it began changing and growing.
Rock on, 'Shreddie Van Halen': Internet names local electronics recycling shredder
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 08:15 pm
Sunnking's livestreaming electronics shredder has a new name after the company announced its first "Name the Shredder" contest winner.
Hochul announces approval of first adult-use cannabis conditional cultivation licenses to farms in New York
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 07:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the Cannabis Control Board approved 52 adult-use cannabis conditional cultivator licenses across the state. These are the first adult-use cannabis licenses granted in New York, and they advance the Seeding Opportunity Initiative.
National Fuel reminds public to 'Call Before You Dig'
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 02:55 pm
April is Safe Digging Month. In recognition, National Fuel is reminding homeowners and professional contractors to "Call Before You Dig."
Gas prices continue to drop
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 01:30 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.11, down 8 cents change from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.86. The New York state average is 4.22, down 7 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.89.
Learn to hire and keep employees amid 'Great Resignation'
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 01:10 pm
Area leaders will learn key strategies to attract and retain high-quality workers for their organizations during a free evening of professional development presented by M&T Bank and the University at Buffalo School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
Great Place to Work names Wegmans a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, ranking No. 3
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 01:10 pm
Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine have honored Wegmans as one of this year's 100 Best Companies to Work For. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Wegmans has been on the list every year, and this year ranks No. 3. Earning a spot means that Wegmans is one of the best companies to work for in the country.
AAA: When it comes to new vehicle technology, practice doesn't make perfect
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 01:10 pm
Owners of new vehicles equipped with driving assistance technology may understand it better after six months of use, but the depth of their knowledge is limited.
Hochul announces highlights of New York budget; GOP, state leaders react
Mon, Apr 11th 2022 10:55 am
Over the weekend, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced highlights of what her team called an "historic" fiscal year 2023 budget, which "blends record investments into the long-term future of New York along with significant one-time aid to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented fiscal responsibility."
First time all Catholic Health hospitals named 'LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer'
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 03:05 pm
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Mount St. Mary's Hospital have all been named a "LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer" in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 15th anniversary edition of its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
Guzman announces expanded efforts to 'aggressively crack down on bad actors and prevent fraud in programs'
Tue, Apr 5th 2022 02:25 pm
Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced an "all-hands-on-deck, multifaceted expansion of efforts to identify and support the SBA inspector general's recovery of fraudulently obtained COVID economic relief funds and to prevent potential future theft of taxpayer dollars."
File your tax return simply, quickly, and for free with these tips
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 02:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminds taxpayers that its website,, can help make filing personal income tax returns simple, fast and free.
UB players 'Sack Hunger,' team with Price Rite Marketplace to aid local food pantry
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 02:55 pm
Price Rite Marketplace and the University at Buffalo football program once again teamed up to fight against food insecurity through the annual "Sack Hunger" campaign.
Spring Showcase: Canterbury Place owner retiring after 30 years of service to Lewiston community
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 11:20 am
One of Lewiston's most popular merchants is calling it a career. Pamela Karski is retiring and closing Canterbury Place - the 2018 Lewiston Business of the Year.
DEC announces adoption of regulations to significantly reduce electronic & foam packaging waste
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 10:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced the finalization of two regulations designed to help reduce waste going to landfills. The adoption of requirements to reduce electronic waste (e-waste) and enacting the Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Loose Fill Packaging Ban are intended to promote recycling and help prevent foam litter from affecting communities.
Administration expands SBA pilot program targeting access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs
Wed, Mar 30th 2022 12:55 pm
Vice President Kamala Harris and Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), are announcing reforms to the agency's Community Advantage (CA) loan program, an SBA tool for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Companies (CDCs), microlenders and other mission-based lending partners, that prioritizes equitable access to capital for low-income borrowers and those from underserved communities.
Take advantage of New York's triple play: e-file, Free File and direct deposit
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation Finance reminds taxpayers they can save money, prevent errors, and receive their entire refund sooner by e-filing with Free File software and choosing direct deposit.
Economic development awards support more than 2,300 jobs, $671 million in capital investments
Tue, Mar 29th 2022 02:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved economic development awards to 17 companies that will support more than 2,300 jobs - nearly 1,600 newly created - and spur more than $671 million in capital investments.
DiNapoli: Despite progress, pay gap for women persists
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 01:35 pm
Median earnings for full-time working women in New York were 86 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2019, an annual wage gap of $8,821, according to a new analysis by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Report: Business travel helps organizations get competitive edge
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 09:55 am
An analysis conducted by the San Diego State University School of Hospitality & Tourism Management on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that in-person business travel and meetings have undeniable advantages over virtual options, and that businesses and organizations that resume business travel and meetings more quickly are likely to have a competitive edge over those that do not.
Taxpayers: Attorney General James reminds crypto investors to pay taxes on virtual investments
Wed, Mar 23rd 2022 09:50 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued a warning to virtual currency investors and their tax advisers to make sure they accurately declare and pay taxes on their virtual investments.
Survey: 77% of business travelers, 64% of workers say return of business travel more important than ever
Mon, Mar 21st 2022 01:40 pm
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) finds that sentiment around business travel is shifting, with 77% of business travelers and 64% of employed Americans agreeing that it is more important than ever to bring back business travel.
Developers bring new life to old Kmart site in Niagara
Fri, Mar 18th 2022 10:00 am
After several years of dormancy, the former site of Kmart on Military and Packard roads in the Town of Niagara is seeing activity.
Over $500 million in pandemic relief distributed to nearly 29,000 small businesses throughout NYS
Thu, Mar 17th 2022 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly 29,000 small and micro-businesses throughout New York were awarded more than $500 million in grant funds through the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program.
NYS OASAS announces launch of new campaign to raise awareness of Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 04:20 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced the launch of a new media campaign to raise awareness of the Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit.
National gas price average increases 26 cents
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 01:05 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.33 ($4.325), up 26 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.86. The New York state average is 4.45, up 19 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.90.
AAA celebrates 120 years, helping travelers see the world - and driving change for traffic safety
Mon, Mar 14th 2022 01:05 pm
This month, AAA celebrates 120 years of advocating for safe mobility for drivers and travelers alike at the national level. Started in 1902 by automotive enthusiasts who wanted to chart the path for better roads in America, AAA has transformed into one of North America's largest membership organizations, providing roadside assistance, travel, discounts, financial and insurance services to enhance the life journey of more than 62 million members.
'Tops Totes for Change' continues to aid local charities by raising over $400,000
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 07:20 pm
A little over two years ago, Tops launched "Tops Totes for Change." This program encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for $1.99, with $1 of the proceeds donated back to four local community organization. Since its inception, Tops is proud to say that more than $403,000 has been raised for area charities.
DMV has recovered $1.65 million for consumers from auto dealers & repair shops
Mon, Mar 7th 2022 01:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced that more than $1.65 million in goods and services have been recovered for New Yorkers who received faulty or fraudulent service from auto dealers and repair shops. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles helped customers recover titles when dealerships closed abruptly, assisted people to get repairs or refunds, and in some cases, dealerships bought back vehicles to settle disputes.
Morinello: Economic development is a team sport
Mon, Mar 7th 2022 01:10 pm
One of the top agenda items for anyone in elected office is promoting economic development. After all, every community wants the investment, tax revenue and jobs that come from new projects. The question is, what can elected officials actually do to impact economic development?
Cryptocurrency scams climbed to second riskiest in 2021, according to BBB report
Mon, Mar 7th 2022 12:10 pm
Scams related to cryptocurrency jumped from the seventh-riskiest scam in 2020 to the second-riskiest in 2021, according to the 2021 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, released Monday.
BBB tips on donating to help Ukraine relief activities
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 12:40 pm
News reports of Russia's attack on Ukraine may encourage concerned individuals to reach out and help victims affected by the conflict. Concerns grow about the current and potential emergency needs of the Ukrainian people. Generous donors want to help by supporting charities that are raising funds for assistance.
New high-speed chargers for electric vehicles now operating in Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 04:00 pm
The New York Power Authority on Wednesday announced the first fast charging stations open to any make or model of electric vehicles (EVs) on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.
Newsweek recognizes Tops Friendly Markets GasPoints as top loyalty program
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 09:50 am
Tops Friendly Markets was listed as having one of the best loyalty programs for its GasPoints program, according to a recent America's Best Loyalty Programs Survey. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.
'FAST NY' grant program designed to attract key industries to shovel-ready sites
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced plans for the new Focused Attraction of Shovel-Ready Tracts New York ("FAST NY") grant program to attract and expand key growth industries to New York. The governor announced the program at the New York State Economic Development Council Conference in Albany.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation welcomes new executive director
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 12:40 pm
Catholic Health and the Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation welcome Ashley Misko as the new executive director of the Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.
$2 million in federal funds available to Great Lakes fisheries industries impacted by pandemic
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 12:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced nearly $2 million in federal funding is available for the New York Great Lakes Fisheries Relief Program, provided through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Gas prices continue to increase amid global turmoil
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 11:55 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.61, up 8 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.72. The New York state average is $3.80, up 5 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.78.

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