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Niagara Falls aims to connect customers with small businesses

The City of Niagara Falls will pay for services to help small businesses, including e-marketing and promotions, with the costs to be reimbursed by the federal government.

The City Council on Monday approved a one-year contract with Chris R. Stoianoff, whose work will be aimed at connecting local businesses with customers, according to a memo to lawmakers from Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

The job was created in consultation with local business associations, according to Dyster's memo. Stoianoff, a former city historian and a partner in NiagaraHub, will be supervised by Seth A. Piccirillo, director of the city's Department of Community Development.

The position was created during the preparation of last year's Community Development budget and will be funded with federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

Lawmakers unanimously approved the contract.

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