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David Robinson is the deputy business editor for The News, where has worked since graduating from Syracuse University in 1985. A New Hampshire native, he started out in the News' Tonawanda bureau and moved into the business news department in October 1987, exactly a week after the stock market crash.


The 43North business plan competition is gearing up to select the latest crop of winners in the $5 million contest. This year, organizers are hoping to add more drama to the contest’s finals, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Instead of just three companies making a pitch for the $1 million grand prize and …

Two Buffalo companies are among the 16 finalists that will compete for a $1 million grand prize in the 43North business plan competition next month. The finalists will compete for eight cash prizes during a daylong pitch contest on Oct. 5. In addition to the $1 million grand prize, the runner-up will get $650,000 and the third-place finisher will receive $550,000. Five …

Local development officials are putting a priority on community development as they gear up for the next round of state funding for economic development initiatives. The wish list of projects seeking state money in the upcoming round of economic development funding is largely centered around projects that lay the groundwork for further investment and creating other type…

The long-awaited start of production at the Tesla Inc. solar panel factory in South Buffalo is fast approaching. Here’s what’s happening and what to expect in the coming months. It’s Panasonic, not Tesla, that is starting production first. Panasonic, a Japanese consumer electronics and energy products giant, has a deal with Tesla to operate in a portion of t…

Lower sales of its equipment to protect buildings and bridges from damage during high winds and earthquakes caused a 23 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits at Taylor Devices, the North Tonawanda shock absorber manufacturer said Tuesday. Douglas P. Taylor, the company's president, said the drop was not unexpected, since Taylor Devices had record-setting sales last yea…

A top executive at a Cincinnati workforce development agency has been hired to lead the Western New York Workforce Training Center that will be part of the Northland Avenue economic development complex on the East Side. Stephen Tucker, the assistant executive director at the Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnati, has been named president and CEO of the …

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers are on a prolonged growth spurt. With production rising, hiring on the upswing and new orders steadily flowing in, business at the region's manufacturers improved for the 11th straight month during July, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. The July gain was further evidence of an upswing at local manufacturers that has rever…

With Labor Day fast approaching, some of the happiest workers are likely to be the ones who just got hired. That’s because earnings for new hires – a group that includes people who are starting their first job and those who are moving from one job to another – have been rising almost three times faster than inflation since 2010. Just as impressive, that earning…

There's no disputing that the Buffalo Niagara region isn't Silicon Valley. It's not even close. But officials at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are hoping to shine a spotlight on the region's undersized tech sector and try to give it a boost by hosting a global contest for the technology industry's top developers, designers and data scientists in October. The …

Ellicott Development is getting $225,000 in tax breaks for its $7.2 million project to renovate the the Buffalo Christian Center at 512 Pearl St. as part of a larger, $75 million project to build a new 12-story building on the same block. Ellicott, owned by Carl and William Paladino, received sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Develo…

The Western New York Foreign Trade Zone in Lackawanna is getting nearly $360,000 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for a $1.8 million expansion project. The trade zone plans to build a 20,000-square-foot addition to its existing warehouse operations at 10 Gates Ave., which are at full capacity. The trade zone's customers – 60 perce…

Developer Rocco Termini is getting more than $94,000 in tax breaks for his $4.7 million project to convert an old industrial building on Chandler Street into the new home of Thin Man Brewery and a business incubator. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday approved the sales and mortgage tax breaks for Termini's project to renovate a long-vacant and f…

Back in January 2016, when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks for Gordon Restaurant Market in North Buffalo, the plan was for the store to be a wholesale supplier for restaurants and local foodservice firms, open only to people affiliated with a restaurant. But not long after the store opened last October, Gordon shifted gears at the Elmwo…

Seven Buffalo Niagara pediatric offices are being combined into a single practice the Medical Health Associates of Western New York. The new practice will have 50 health care providers, including 35 physicians, and 200 support staff members. The merger was the result of more than two years of discussion. The combined practice will be led by Dr. Colleen Mattimore,  t…

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region keeps creeping higher. The local jobless rate rose to 5.3 percent in July, up from 5 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The local jobless rate has increased for four straight months as the pace of job growth acros…