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National gas price average drops by 3 cents again this week
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.52, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.26.
Warren's Village Hardware for sale
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 07:00 am
In Lewiston, the answer to "Who you gonna call" isn't Ghostbusters. It's Warren's.
Buffalo Bills & Sabres announce partnership extension with Seneca Gaming Corp.
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:30 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment announced a five-year partnership extension with Seneca Gaming Corp. as the "Exclusive and Official Casino Partner" of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. This extension is part of a decade-long history together, further solidifying the relationship into the future.
WEDI: Additional $1 million investment in new West Side Bazaar
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:30 pm
Carolynn Welch, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), announced an additional $1 million in new gifts have been pledged to "Building Community, Building Opportunity, Building the New West Side Bazaar," its $7.5 million capital campaign. This round of funding puts the campaign at $4.5 million, well past the halfway mark of the $7.5 million campaign.
Christina P. Orsi named new president of The John R. Oishei Foundation
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 11:15 am
The board of directors of The John R. Oishei Foundation announced Christina P. Orsi will lead the region's most comprehensive private foundation. Named as the new president, Orsi will be the first woman to hold that title in the organization's history, succeeding Robert D. Gioia, who retires in January 2022 after 15 years of service.
Hochul signs package of legislation to support small businesses
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation to increase state agency support of small businesses in New York. Legislation S.033/A.3456 will create a small business liaison with the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, Labor, Transportation, and Taxation and Finance.
ESD announces application period now open for 5th round of $40 million Better Buffalo Fund
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the application period is open for round 5 of the $40 million Better Buffalo Fund, which is dedicated to projects that revitalize neighborhood commercial districts and encourage density and growth along transportation corridors.
Christmas spirit photo contest returns to CountryMax
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:20 am
Now through Christmas Eve, all CountryMax stores are hosting a holiday pet photo event. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their furry friends - in their favorite festive holiday outfits - for a photo with Santa.
#KeyBankAssists launches in Buffalo on #GivingTuesday to provide support for small businesses, nonprofits & families
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 04:50 pm
KeyBank said it is launching its #KeyBankAssists program, which supports small businesses, nonprofits and families in Buffalo, as well as across several communities the bank serves. So far, in response to the impact of COVID-19 on communities, the #KeyBankAssists program has provided more than $1 million through unique consumer and small business giveaways, as well as donations to front-line workers and local charities.
$1,000,000 patronage dividend paid to members of Western Division Federal Credit Union
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 03:20 pm
A patronage dividend of over $1,000,000 was paid to the members of Western Division the week of Thanksgiving. Since 2003, Western Division members have received more than $10,000,000 in patronage dividends.
Island Shoppe offers vivid colors for Small Business Saturday
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
As visitors enter the Island Shoppe, at 2335 Grand Island Blvd., they are greeted by a large, pink Christmas tree placed in a predominant position. The store's owner, Josephine Ciffa, explained why she decided to put a personal flair on the Christmas tree concept.
Bear Bottom Wholesale taking over Scott's Furniture
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
Scott's Furniture, located at 4419 Military Road, has been purchased by Larry Bryer, owner of Bear Bottom Wholesale of Lockport. Bryer said he has been keeping an eye out for a second location and, when he came across Scott Furniture, it was just what he was looking for.
Holiday sales could see double-digit growth over last year, UB expert says
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 05:35 pm
This holiday season should be strong in terms of spending and consumer confidence, according to Charles Lindsey, an expert in retail marketing strategy, brands and consumer behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Management.
Prices rise, sales fall in New York state in October
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:45 pm
Closed sales have continued to drop across the Empire State while home prices have risen for 18 consecutive months, according to the housing report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers tips for a safe & happy holiday shopping season
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:30 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection alerted consumers to issues impacting the holiday shopping season. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday shopping season will be rife with delays, higher prices and potential scams. Consumers should expect to have a lengthy wait for goods and holiday presents due to the continued supply shortages and shipping backlogs.
NYS: Support our farmers by shopping with Taste NY this holiday season
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:25 pm
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball encouraged holiday shoppers looking for that perfect last-minute gift to visit a Taste NY Market and buy local this holiday season in support of New York's farmers. New York's regional welcome centers' Taste NY markets and Taste NY stores around the state offer specialty gift items as well as premade and customized gift baskets.
Buffalo Bills & Sabres announce partnerships with Austin Air
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:45 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment welcomed Austin Air Systems as the Official Clean Air Provider of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. It said, "Austin's air purifying systems, clinically proven to remove pollutants, are now improving the quality of air inside the Bills and Sabres team facilities."
In meeting with Canadian Minister of Public Safety Mendicino, Higgins discusses need for speed on border passenger rail crossings
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:45 pm
During meetings between North American leaders, Congressman Brian Higgins met with Canada Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino to discuss topics of binational interest. The conversation included the need for binational coordination to allow for expedited cross-border passenger rail service.
Tops supports 'RockOut Cancer,' BPO bicentennial performance
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 10:00 am
DiMino Lewiston Tops was a major sponsor for the recent "RockOut Cancer" event at the Lewiston Stone House. On Wednesday, owner Anthony DiMino presented a generous donation to the Lower Niagara Community Survivors, which organized the fundraiser.
Niagara River Region Chamber supporting local merchants on Small Business Saturday
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 09:55 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce has once again joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition and, together with American Express, supports this year's Small Business Saturday celebration on Nov 27.
Higgins meets with Trudeau, responds to changes to Canadian government testing policy at northern border
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins was among a bipartisan group of approximately a dozen members of the House of Representatives meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Trudeau is visiting the U.S. Capitol for North American Leaders meetings with President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Hochul announces acceptance of Canadian vaccination credentials for business entry in NYS
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Canadian provinces and territories that adhere to SMART Health Cards specifications will immediately be accepted through the state's Excelsior Pass scanner application. Following the reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border, this means fully vaccinated Canadians can use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York.
Rural Sourcing to establish Buffalo location, create 150 new jobs
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 03:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced Rural Sourcing Inc. - a leader in onshore digital engineering - will establish a software development center in downtown Buffalo, creating 150 new positions.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos properties stand out in annual 'Best of Slots' from Strictly Slots Magazine
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 12:25 pm
When it comes to the best in gaming excitement, it's tough to beat what you find at the three Seneca Resorts & Casinos properties. So says Strictly Slots magazine, which recently presented its annual "Best of Slots" awards to the Western New York sites.
New York Power Authority invests $500,000 in Power Vista upgrades
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:00 pm
The New York Power Authority invites visitors to rediscover its Power Vista Visitors Center in Lewiston, following an infusion of $500,000 worth of upgrades, including the addition of two new games to add to its roster of multimedia experiences designed to make learning about clean energy fun for all ages.
BBB scam alert: Think twice before buying from social media ads
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 03:40 pm
Social media advertising is an effective way for small businesses to get the word out about their products. Unfortunately, the same goes for scams. BBB Scam Tracker has received thousands of complaints about misleading Facebook and Instagram ads. In fact, the 2020 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report found that online purchase scams were the most common cons reported to Scam Tracker and the category with the most victims, and online purchase scams have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tops to bring spirit of the season alive with gingerbread houses to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 04:10 pm
Tops Friendly Markets will once again support Oishei Children's Hospital in a "sweet and delicious way." Until supplies last, Tops is helping families bring the spirit of the holiday season alive by selling gingerbread house kits - with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Oishei Children's Hospital.
Wegmans Food Markets tops on list of 2021 Best Workplaces in Retail by Great Place to Work & Fortune
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine have ranked Wegmans No. 1 on the list of the 2021 Best Workplaces in Retail. The award is based on analysis of survey responses from more than 1.3 million current employees working in the retail industry. This is the sixth consecutive year Wegmans has ranked No. 1 on this list.
Welcome to Lewiston, Trait-Carré
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 08:50 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon-cutting at Trait-Carré, a boutique shop located at 480 Center St., in the Village of Lewiston. The retail business is owned and operated by chamber board member Matt Villnave. Trait-Carré offers a personally curated collection of soaps, candles, aromatherapy and skincare products.
SBA announces $44.8 billion through signature lending programs
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 02:10 pm
U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the agency reached $44.8 billion in funding to small businesses through more than 61,000 traditional loans for fiscal year (FY) 2021.
Gas prices continue to rise, but at a slower pace
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 10:05 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.40, up 1 cent from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.13. The New York state average is $3.55 - up 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the New York state average was $2.23.
$1 million grand-prizewinner of 43North's 7th annual startup competition announced
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the winners of the seventh annual $5 million 43North startup competition, including the grand-prizewinner of a $1 million investment, and the seven other companies that each won investments of $500,000.
Welcome to Youngstown, Barker Outdoors
Thu, Oct 28th 2021 07:20 pm
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon-cutting with new member Barker Outdoors. Board members, elected leaders, business owners, friends and family celebrated alongside owner Jeffrey Barker and his family.
SBA to host National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 1-5
Thu, Oct 28th 2021 07:15 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of veteran small business owners during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 1-5.
Research and Design brings life to vacant Lewiston space
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 11:00 am
Lewiston residents Rani (Somayaji) and Dennis Salemi recently opened Research and Design inside the former HSBC Bank on Center Street. The interior redesign is, quite frankly, shocking, as the space that once housed teller windows, cubicles and a conference room now boasts a mural; an open retail design with designer clothing, shoes and jewelry; and a children's room brimming with toys and Lewiston-branded shirts.
October declared Disability Employment Awareness Month
Tue, Oct 12th 2021 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.
43North announces 2021 startup competition finalists
Wed, Oct 6th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the 19 finalists for the 43North seventh annual startup competition. The finalists will be coming to Buffalo later this month to pitch for one of eight investments totaling $5 million, including a top prize of $1 million.
BBB: Don't forget to check with bureau before you hire a snow plow contractor
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 05:35 pm
We know that winter isn't too far away in upstate New York. Even though the leaves are just starting to fall, now is the time to start looking at hiring a snow plow contractor for the winter season.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA welcomes Ardene
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 05:35 pm
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA has announced plans to open multiple new stores this fall - starting as soon as Oct. 8 with the grand opening of Ardene, a Canadian-based clothing store. Ardene, which touts an offering of comfy basics to the latest trends, specializes in apparel, accessories and footwear for women and girls - with a growing selection of Ardene men's clothing options in select stores.
SBA loans available to help businesses, individuals impacted by flooding
Fri, Sep 24th 2021 07:00 am
Back in July, I wrote about the terrible storms and flooding that did tremendous property damage across Niagara County. The torrential rainfall hit in a line from Lewiston to Lockport, wreaking havoc on many areas below the escarpment. Thank you to everyone who took time to file damage reports with Niagara County Emergency Services.
 

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