From Business Today:
Motivational sales expert and author Grant Cardone spoke to about 250 attendees at Statler City Wednesday. It was one of 20 pro-bono stops on his speaking tour, donated to churches, schools and communities. His message incorporated the usual get-you-hyped-up stuff, but also tied in references to the recession and Western New York's challenging economy. He encouraged attendees to see both as an opportunity to be bold when their competition is being defensive.
For the first time in five years, consumer confidence in the Buffalo Niagara region is on the upswing. A survey of 400 people conducted by researches at Siena College has revealed that consumers here are more willing to make purchases than they have been during any year since the first quarter of 2007, before the Great Recession hit. Shoppers here are especially willing to buy furniture and pay for home improvements, the survey said.
Three local banks have been ranked among the best performing in the nation by Virginia-based industry research firm SNL Financial. Buffalo-based First Niagara Financial Group, Community Bank System of DeWitt and NBT Bancorp of Norwich ranked in the top 25 regional banks based on profitability and other factors, according to SNL.
West Herr Automotive Group has opened its new Mercedes-Benz of Rochester dealership, which employs 52 people. West Herr bought Mercedes-Benz of Rochester and BMW of Rochester from Holtz House of Vehicles in 2010. It leased that facility while it completed the new one at 4296 West Henrietta Road in Henrietta.
Who is getting hired, promoted and honored?
Grant Cardone uses a video of his child crying to help him close sales. When one client hesitated to pay his full speaking fee, he sent a link to this video and told him, "You're not paying me to speak. You're paying me to leave my family."