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DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up more than 17% in November
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:30 pm
Statewide local sales tax collections grew by 17.5% in November compared to the same month in 2020, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced. Overall, local collections totaled almost $1.6 billion, up $235 million from November of last year. Collections for the month were also notably robust when compared to prepandemic levels, up 9.2% (or $133 million) from November of 2019.
Ortt & Morinello recognize Voz Cycle City
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am
Over the weekend, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello recognized Voz Cycle City as the "Small Business of the Month" for December.
Buffalo City Mission announces donation drive, $5,000 donation from Northtown
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 01:20 pm
The Buffalo City Mission on Friday announced a monthlong donation drive set up by Northtown Automotive Companies.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides tips for buying gift cards & gift certificates this holiday season
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 10:40 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) released tips to inform and empower New York consumers purchasing gift cards and gift certificates this holiday season. Gift cards are increasingly popular, so it is important for consumers to understand the pitfalls surrounding gift cards in order to avoid scams.
M&T Bank expands ATM service in New York in partnership with Delta Sonic
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 08:50 pm
M&T Bank continues to make investments in its branch and ATM network. On Thursday, the company announced it has added 20 ATMs to its network in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, and Erie, Pennsylvania, through a partnership with Delta Sonic, the region's largest automatic car wash and gas station chain. The new ATMs expand surcharge-free account access for M&T Bank customers.
Higgins leads push to support 'Buy American' provisions in new 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law'
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is leading a push to maximize and expedite U.S. "Buy American" policies as the country prepares to rebuild thanks to the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Hochul: Minority and women-owned business enterprise utilization rate leads nation at 30.51%
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state has surpassed its official utilization rate goal for minority-and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) on state contracts with 30.51% - the highest in the country - for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Additionally, more than $3 billion in state contracts were awarded to MWBE firms during the same time period, with more than $21 billion in state contracts awarded since 2011.
Wegmans increases investment in employee scholarship program
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 12:05 pm
Wegmans Food Markets announced it is increasing the annual award for recipients of the Wegmans Employee Scholarship. Applications for the 2022 scholarship award open in January to current part- and full-time Wegmans employees working in Wegmans stores, distribution centers and corporate offices.
State legislation in place to protect credit & gift card holders
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a package of legislation to protect consumers from exploitative credit and gift card practices in New York. Legislation S.133-B/A.5698-B protects credit card holders by creating a grace period for the use of reward points after the closing of an account. Legislation S.3467-B/A.4629-C prohibits fees and expiration dates on gift cards and gift certificates.
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.
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.
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."
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.
 

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