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USAN board approves items related to redevelopment of former Rainbow Centre Mall
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:40 am
The USA Niagara Development Corp. board of directors met Wednesday and approved items to advance key development projects in downtown Niagara Falls.
New York State Department of Labor announces initial unemployment insurance claims numbers in midst of the coronavirus pandemic
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:25 pm
The New York States Department of Labor on Thursday announced the initial unemployment insurance claims data for New York state for the week ending March 21, 2020 - the first week in which claims were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial unemployment insurance claims last week, increased over the past year by 520% in New York. Overall, more than 80,500 claims were filed last week. Initial claims for UI increased by a minimum of 284% in each of New York's 10 labor market regions.
Empire State Development announces new WNY talent initiative to train, attract & retain tech workforce that will 'power the region's continued growth'
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Empire State Development on Thursday announced the launch of the $12 million Buffalo-Niagara Talent Initiative to help cultivate Western New York's tech workforce. This new initiative is designed to train, attract and retain tech talent to fuel the region's continued economic transformation. The ESD board of directors met today and approved a $2 million grant to TechBuffalo, a not-for-profit that will partner with ESD and lead coordination and implementation for the initiative.
AHLA statement on Senate passage of CARES Act
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO, on the Senate passage of the CARES Act.
Jim Millard rejoins Catholic Health to support COVID-19 incident command
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 02:05 pm
Jim Millard, former president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, is coming out of retirement to rejoin Catholic Health to support the health system's COVID-19 initiatives. He will serve as executive leader and incident commander of the system staffing center, which has been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Tops: Pharmacy hours extended to align with senior shopping times on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 01:35 pm
"As we continue to best serve our community, beginning 3/24/20, all Tops pharmacies will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be in alignment with our new "senior only hours." On those days, pharmacies will also close at 8 p.m. or their normal closing time, whichever is earlier."
SBA implements automatic deferment on existing disaster loans through end of 2020
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 01:00 pm
Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through Dec. 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
Higgins announces SBA approval of disaster loan assistance for New York
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved New York's request for a disaster declaration based on economic injury caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Higgins and other members of the New York federal delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging approval of the disaster designation.
KeyBank announces additional steps to support clients and help protect teammates & communities from coronavirus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 01:10 pm
KeyBank today announced additional steps it will take across its network to support clients and help protect our teammates and communities from the spread of coronavirus. Starting March 19, all KeyBank branches will move to serving clients by drive-thru or in its lobbies by appointment only. This move will allow KeyBank to continue to offer full-service to its clients while also instituting appropriate social-distancing guidelines as recommended by local, state and federal health authorities.
National Grid implements additional actions to protect customers, employees during pandemic
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:30 am
National Grid has implemented additional steps to protect customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas across its Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island service areas. The company's employees will continue to focus on delivering essential customer services, while temporarily suspending nonessential work that requires access to customers' homes or businesses.
DiNapoli releases state revenue projection to reflect coronavirus impact
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 02:25 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has issued a revenue projection for the 2020-21 state budget, which reflects an estimate of the economic impact and ongoing volatility stemming from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
AAA WCNY offices to close for walk-in traffic, all business operations to continue
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:00 pm
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, AAA Western and Central New York will be closing all AAA Travel & Insurance Centers to walk-in traffic. This is an effort to keep our work environment as safe as possible for our hard-working associates and to protect the health of our members, as well.
National Fuel customer assistance centers to close
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:40 pm
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. will close its Customer Assistance Centers at 409 Main St., Buffalo; 2875 Union Road, Suite 44, Cheektowaga; and 1384 Peck Settlement Road, Jamestown, as part of its coronavirus response plan.
Niagara County reducing staff
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:20 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Cuomo issued several mandates in the continuing effort to control the spread of COVID-19. One such mandate requires local governments to reduce the number of people reporting to government offices for work by 50% in an effort to promote social distance.
CVS Health to assist with COVID-19 testing
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:15 pm
CVS corporate issued the following press release on Friday, in response to news its stores would serve as drive-thru locations for COVID-19 (the coronavirus) testing:
Cuomo: $5.89 million in Better Buffalo Fund awards
Wed, Mar 11th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 10 projects received awards totaling $5.89 million through the fourth round of the Better Buffalo Fund.
Empire State Development announces new leadership at Buffalo Manufacturing Works
Wed, Mar 11th 2020 12:30 pm
Empire State Development announced Henry Cialone, president and CEO of EWI, will relocate to Western New York and directly lead Buffalo Manufacturing Works as it enters "an important growth phase."
Entrepreneur series at NCCC
Mon, Mar 9th 2020 07:00 am
For those looking to enhance their business skills or strengthen an existing business, the Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College will offer an entrepreneur series this spring. The event is presented in collaboration with community partners from the Greater Lockport Development Center, the Niagara County Center for Economic Development, and the Lumber City Development Corp.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara to hold historic tax credit workshop
Thu, Mar 5th 2020 04:35 pm
Own a historic home listed in the National Register of Historic Places? Then you may have the opportunity to earn a historic tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures.
Eastern Niagara Hospital emergency department receives National Elder Mistreatment Grant
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
Eastern Niagara Hospital was selected as one of six hospitals across the nation to participate in a national pilot funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation to address elder mistreatment in emergency departments. ENH's participation, funded by a grant through the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, will enable ENH to serve as one of six pilot sites in the U.S. to facilitate and study the feasibility of an elder mistreatment emergency department care model.
Laura Jacobs promoted to vice president of e3communications
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 02:10 pm
e3communications announced Laura E. Jacobs was promoted to vice president of the company.
SBA: Funding competition for organizations providing training to women veteran entrepreneurs
Mon, Feb 24th 2020 02:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans and women military spouses.
lloyd announces location of third Taco Factory in Elmwood Village
Tue, Feb 18th 2020 02:30 pm
lloyd Products Inc. (, known for its innovative spin on Mexican-inspired fare, will open its third Taco Factory on Elmwood Avenue this summer: at 716 Elmwood Ave., the former site of Cecilia's Ristorante.
New Era Cap unveils first Official NFL Scouting Combine Collection
Mon, Feb 17th 2020 11:10 am
On Monday, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap, Co. Inc. premiered the first New Era Official NFL Scouting Combine Collection. Merchandise will be worn by some of the top football prospects before and after their workouts at this year's 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fans can purchase the collection at and DICK'S Sporting Goods.
Michael Freedman becomes 2020 president of local Public Relations Society of America chapter
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:45 pm
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter welcomes Michael Freedman as president for the year 2020. Freedman heads a 12-person board of directors, which was recently elected by the local chapter's membership body.
Catholic Health hospitals earn Blue Distinction Center designations for quality in knee and hip replacement and spine surgery
Tue, Feb 11th 2020 12:25 pm
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has named Catholic Health hospitals Blue Distinction Centers in knee and hip replacement and spine surgery as part of its Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Samana owner promoted by national association
Mon, Feb 10th 2020 04:45 pm
Cheryl Krouse, co-owner and educator at Samana Salt Spa in Lewiston, was recently named educational director with The International Salt Spa Therapy Association.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Island Family Eye Care opens with ribbon-cutting
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:00 am
At a ribbon-cutting for Island Family Eye Care on Jan. 29, owner Dr. Adrienne Manzo Cassata said it's been a "dream of mine for a long time. I worked for an ophthalmology practice for about 10 years and decided to branch out on my own, and I'm just so excited to be on Grand Island. It's really been a warm reception so far. ... I'm just really happy to be here serving this community."
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York announces 2020 board of directors & new chairperson
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 06:25 pm
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York announced the following local business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to serve on the BBB board of directors. BBB also announced a new board chair, Lynn Oswald, director of the Niagara Small Business Development Center.
New York Power Authority joins Climate Smart Communities program
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 06:10 pm
The New York Power Authority has joined the Climate Smart Communities program, an interagency effort to encourage and assist local governments in taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.
Empire State Development announces 2020 New York State Innovation Summit in the Mohawk Valley
Tue, Feb 4th 2020 12:10 pm
Empire State Development announced the 2020 New York State Innovation Summit, which will take place in the Turning Stone Resort in Verona on Oct. 27-28.
Several new appointments at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Fri, Jan 31st 2020 05:10 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced a series of staff moves on Friday.
Bonnie Rice named executive director of Workforce Development Board
Thu, Jan 30th 2020 04:00 pm
The Niagara County Workforce Investment Board today named Bonnie Rice as its new executive director.
HUNT Real Estate posts record 2019 in Western New York
Tue, Jan 28th 2020 01:15 pm
HUNT Real Estate ERA announced 2019 was a record year for the company in its Western New York market. The company sold 5,977 units, totaling $1.169 billion in sales volume in Erie and Niagara counties combined. The sales data was provided by Collateral Analytics for the time period of January through December.
7 new Pet Supplies Plus stores to debut in Western New York as local entrepreneur converts PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstores to largest independent pet retailer
Mon, Jan 27th 2020 08:35 am
Pet Supplies Plus will open seven new locations throughout the Rochester and Buffalo area by May. Local Rochester entrepreneur Russell Herman, who has operated PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstores in the area for the past 26 years, is converting six of his stores to Pet Supplies Plus and will build one new store in Webster. Herman made his decision to re-brand as Pet Supplies Plus to provide pet parents with competitive pricing, more selection and unmatched customer service training for his team.
New York consumers received more than $7.5 million in FTC refunds in 2019
Fri, Jan 24th 2020 04:15 pm
New data released by the Federal Trade Commission shows that consumers across New York received $7,508,818 in refund checks from the FTC in 2019.
WellNow Urgent Care named 'Official Urgent Care Partner' of Buffalo Sabres
Thu, Jan 16th 2020 11:45 am
WellNow Urgent Care - one of New York's fastest-growing urgent care providers - has been named the "Official Urgent Care Partner of the Buffalo Sabres" for the 2020-22 seasons. The three-year partnership encapsulates a one-of-a-kind partnership to help connect Buffalo Sabres fans with timely urgent care services.
Niagara County receives funding to support small business
Thu, Jan 16th 2020 09:35 am
The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday announced its Consolidated Funding Application for the Microenterprise Grant Program has been approved by New York, with $200,000 in funds being made available. The program will provide resources to support and foster the development of local microbusinesses.
Visit WilsonNY elects new officers
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
Visit WilsonNY (formerly known as Wilson Community Tourism), serving the Town and Village of Wilson, elected a new slate of officers with their terms beginning on Jan. 1.

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