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SBA takes steps to improve first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:35 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking steps to improve the first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review so that small businesses have as much time as possible to access much-needed PPP funds.
Sweet success! Tops raises over $11,000 selling gingerbread houses for Oishei Children's Hospital
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:25 pm
Tops Friendly Markets has raised $11,950 as a result of its gingerbread house campaign for Oishei Children's Hospital. The fundraiser, which kicked off Dec. 1, welcomed families to purchase a gingerbread house kit at locations throughout the region, with a portion of the proceeds being donated back to the hospital. The kits came complete with gingerbread to build a house, sweet candy decorations, and delicious icing.
Cuomo announces expansion of Pine Pharmaceuticals in Tonawanda
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the expansion of Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC's manufacturing plant in the Town of Tonawanda. The drug outsourcing company - which moved to the 25,000-square-foot building at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Technology Park in May of 2018 - will be tripling the size of the facility.
Higgins & Buffalo State College SBDC to host virtual workshop preparing small businesses for funding opportunities
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins and SUNY Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) invite local small businesses to a free virtual workshop to help prepare for future funding opportunities by identifying and reviewing required documents and financial information for funding applications.
Rebranded Associated Press Organization will continue supporting journalists across New York
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 09:35 am
The New York State Associated Press Association, a nonprofit organization overseen by a volunteer board of journalists from Associated Press members across New York, is in the process of reorganizing and rebranding following the wire service's decision to no longer provide administrative support.
Tronconi Segarra & Associates, Acara Solutions team up for webinar on how Canadian companies can scale US operations
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 09:35 am
Tronconi Segarra & Associates and Acara Solutions have partnered together to conduct a free webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. Titled "U.S. Expansion: Scaling Your U.S. Operations," the event will shed light on how Canadian-based companies can establish their workforce and set up a physical presence in the U.S.
SBA proposes rule to eliminate regulations that exclude faith-based organizations from 7 SBA programs
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:00 pm
Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration invited public comment on a proposed rule designed to remove regulatory provisions that exclude certain faith-based organizations from seven business loan and disaster assistance programs.
Cuomo: $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding available to build resiliency in NYS communities
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding for local governments to make their infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.
FTC brings first-ever cases under BOTS Act
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:15 pm
The Federal Trade Commission is taking legal action against three ticket brokers based in New York who allegedly used automated software to illegally buy up tens of thousands of tickets for popular concerts and sporting events, then subsequently made millions of dollars reselling the tickets to fans at higher prices.
Report: Hotel and travel outlook in 2021
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) on Thursday released "AHLA's State of the Hotel Industry 2021" outlining the forecasted state of the hotel industry in 2021 and into the immediate future. The report examines the high-level economics of the hotel industry's recovery, the specific impact on and eventual return of business travel, and consumer travel sentiments.
Makeover planned at Schoellkopf Health Center
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Schoellkopf Health Center is about to get a $300,000 facelift.
Buffalo City Mission: $500,000 commitment from KeyBank & First Niagara Foundation
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The Buffalo City Mission on Wednesday announced a $500,000 financial commitment from KeyBank and its partner, First Niagara Foundation.
NYS: Senate majority looks to help small businesses build back
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The New York State Senate majority will advance major legislation to support the small businesses that have taken the brunt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo accepting letters of intent for 2021 competitive grant process
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:40 pm
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is accepting letters of intent for its 2021 competitive grant process through 4 p.m. Feb. 1.
EPA: $46 million in funding available to reduce emissions from diesel engines
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 10:30 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects that reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.
NHTSA announces 'historic rule' to modernize driverless vehicle safety standards
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a final rule to modernize numerous federal motor vehicle safety standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual driver controls.
SOTS proposal to safeguard data security rights
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced what his team called, "a comprehensive law that will provide New Yorkers with transparency and control over their personal data and provide new privacy protections," as part of the 2021 State of the State.
KeyBank Foundation donates $25,000 to The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the KeyBank Foundation is pledging $25,000 to The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Hotels offer 50,000+ properties to help with vaccine rollout across country
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 02:30 pm
The American Hotel & Lodging Association is reporting "hotels are uniquely positioned to help with vaccine rollout." Here's why:
Jacobs announces small business administration webinar
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 03:25 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, is announcing a webinar hosted by the Small Business Administration to discuss the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
Cuomo highlights environmental concerns in day 3 of SOTS
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday delivered his 2021 State of the State address. The governor's 2021 agenda - "Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew" - features a suite of initiatives to not only begin reopening New York as the state continues its work to defeat the COVID-19 virus, but also becoming a leader and growing the green energy economy.
EPA publishes 2019 annual Toxics Release Inventory report & analysis
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:05 pm
On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2019 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that EPA and companies that manage chemicals continue to make progress in preventing pollution. The report shows continued toxic chemical reductions in Region 2 and that between 2018 and 2019 total releases of TRI chemicals nationwide decreased by 9%.
CAO of WNY appoints new CEO & president
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 04:55 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY's board of directors has selected Thomas U. Kim as its new president and CEO.
DiNapoli: Read fine print on your holiday gift cards
Fri, Jan 8th 2021 01:25 pm
With the giving of gift cards during the holiday season increasing in popularity, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to read the fine print for details about fees and expiration dates. Even as some sellers of gift cards have eliminated inactivity fees, consumers should still ask whether fees apply. DiNapoli reminds New Yorkers to spend the gift cards in a timely fashion. If not, the money could eventually get turned over to his office of unclaimed funds.
ECMC recognized with Blue Distinction Centers+ designation for quality, cost-efficiency in bariatric surgery
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 02:15 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. is proud to be recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York with a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
NYS Tax Department reminds taxpayers to verify preparer credentials before providing personal information
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 11:00 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance recently announced it has issued $3,790,400 in fines to noncompliant tax preparers.
NU Family Business Center podcast
Mon, Dec 28th 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara University Family Business Center's next podcast will run from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. To preregister for the virtual presentation, CLICK HERE. Attendees will receive an email back from career services with log-in details.
Malatras: SUNY Upstate Medical University to partner with New York Power Authority to test essential utility workers for COVID-19 using top-ranked saliva test
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:45 pm
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras joined with Upstate Medical President Mantosh Dewan, M.D., and New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones in announcing a mandatory COVID-19 testing program for NYPA's utility employees who are essential to the operation and maintenance of the statewide power system.
National Grid alerts customers to holiday scams
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:25 pm
With the holidays in full swing and the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial stress on many individuals, National Grid is alerting customers about recent reports of scams where imposters are promising refunds or discounts. Here's how scammers are trying to prey on customers:
Higgins announces approval of 2021 budget package funding important to WNY
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 11:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, outlined components of the omnibus budget package of particular interest to Western New York. The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives, directs funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2021.
SBA announces appointment of Buffalo small business owner to Federal Regulatory Fairness Board
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 11:35 am
Buffalo small business owner Lisa A. Coppola, Esq., was appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region 2 Regulatory Fairness Board by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.
CAO of WNY appoints Tonya Kohlman Hargrove vice president of human resources
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 10:20 am
The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) appointed Tonya Kohlman Hargrove as vice president of human resources. She has worked with CAO for more than 20 years. Hargrove had her start at CAO in August of 2000 as a family partner and data entry clerk for the Head Start programming.
NYS Department of Labor: $15 minimum wage phase-in to continue; Ortt opposes measure
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 07:15 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the state's $15 minimum wage phase-in will continue, with the next stage taking effect Dec. 31.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections down 7.1% in November
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Local government sales tax collections declined by 7.1% in November compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. November's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for local governments statewide, $102 million less than in November 2019.
Evans Bank is Member of the Month
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Evans Bank in Tonawanda was named the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas December Member of the Month.
Consumer alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection reminds consumers of refund policy protections
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 03:00 pm
As part of its seven-part consumer alert holiday series, the Division of Consumer Protection is reminding consumers New York state law covers refunds.
HUNT Insurance announces leadership position updates
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:50 pm
HUNT Insurance Agency, a core business of HUNT Real Estate Corp., announced the appointment of multiple leadership positions within the organization.
1199SEIU issues statement on approved COVID-19 vaccine
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 10:00 am
Statement from 1199SEIU President George Gresham:
Calspan announces senior executive promotions supporting long-term growth
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 04:15 pm
Calspan recently announced promotions of two of its senior executives as part of the privately owned company's commitment to long-term growth and its company values.
NYS Division of Consumer Protection alerts consumers to privacy precautions with technology toys
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 10:40 am
As part of its seven-part consumer alert holiday series, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting parents and families that Bluetooth and technology-enabled toys may be fun for families to interact with this holiday season, but these toys are also easy for hackers to access and manipulate for nefarious means.

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