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Foreign-born entrepreneurs in recent years have added ethnic grocery stores and eateries to the area’s business landscape, but Bangladeshis – Buffalo’s newest immigrants – aren’t only food focused. They are establishing a diverse and rapidly growing collection of businesses – from a pharmacy and a driving school to construction companies and travel agencies – on the city’…

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A record number of tourists are pouring into the Buffalo-Niagara region, drawn by a mix of attractions from Canalside to Niagara Falls. “With so many new and revitalized tourist attractions, as well as huge increase of number of the hotels, it’s given us the ability to tell a new story to travel writers and event planners,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of the Vis…

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In the digital age, the advertising world is topsy turvy. Cord cutters abound, and ads are blocked or skipped. And one unsatisfied customer has the power to unravel a major corporation with an unflattering social media post that goes viral. “The biggest challenge for advertisers and marketers is that we’ve really lost control,” said Amy Durbin, partner and director of med…

Business

In the digital age, the advertising world is topsy turvy. Cord cutters abound, and ads are blocked or skipped. And one unsatisfied customer has the power to unravel a major corporation with an unflattering social media post that goes viral. “The biggest challenge for advertisers and marketers is that we’ve really lost control,” said Amy Durbin, partner and director of med…

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A record number of tourists are pouring into the Buffalo-Niagara region, drawn by a mix of attractions from Canalside to Niagara Falls.“With so many new and revitalized tourist attractions, as well as huge increase of number of the hotels, it’s given us the ability to tell a new story to travel writers and event planners,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of the Visit…

A record number of tourists are pouring into the Buffalo-Niagara region, drawn by a mix of attractions from Canalside to Niagara Falls.“With so many new and revitalized tourist attractions, as well as huge increase of number of the hotels, it’s given us the ability to tell a new story to travel writers and event planners,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of the Visit…

The Erie County Comptroller’s Office has launched new website to help previous property owners claim more $13 million left from foreclosure auctions.The page, Surplus Funds, includes a searchable database of the more than 1,300 properties sold by the city,county and mortgage companies, dating back to 2009, that netted surpluses. It also provides an overview of the surplus …

The Western New York Law Center has been inundated since news broke of $11.6 million in surplus auction money that foreclosed owners can claim, but the city never told them about.Hundreds of calls poured into the nonprofit after a Nov. 26 Buffalo News story revealed the staggering balance from Buffalo’s property auctions, from 2009 to 2014, in an account managed by Erie Co…

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Much of Broadway-Fillmore might seem like the poster child for blighted Rust Belt cities: criminals roaming the streets, boarded-up houses with plywood windows and empty storefronts separated by vacant lots. Urban decay replays block after block.But take a closer look and walk around Woltz, Loepere and Gibson streets, and you will find rehabbed houses, replete with fresh c…

Dozens of foreclosed suburban property owners – from Evans to the Town of Tonawanda – could claim $1.43 million in surplus money from Erie County’s annual in rem.But like Buffalo residents who lost their homes to tax foreclosure, they don’t know because they were never told. Also similar to the city, the county isn’t mandated to inform or notify them about leftover funds.“…

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A bill sponsored by State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan to give the City of Buffalo millions in surplus money from its annual property auctions has been amended to require the city to notify the foreclosed property owners that the money belongs to them. Also, under the revised measure, the city would only be able to claim excess proceeds from the sal…

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There is an $11.6 million pot of money that could be divided among people whose properties were sold at Buffalo’s tax foreclosure auctions over the past five years.But the city never told these people that the money is there for them to claim.And two state lawmakers are now proposing legislation that would allow the city, not the former property owners, to keep this money.…

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Before the bidding even began, a record was broken Tuesday at the city’s annual tax foreclosure auction in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.More than 1,000 people turned out for the first day of the three-day sale, which usually attracts 400 to 500 people each day. Seating was set up for 1,200, and only a few empty chairs could be seen.“This is the largest crowd I’ve …

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Larry Lamb, an East Side real estate investor, got into the business on the cheap – via the Buffalo and Erie County foreclosure auctions.Since 1995, he has amassed 12 homes, some for as little as $1,500.More than 2,100 Buffalo properties will be auctioned off this week, after their owners failed to pay city taxes, water bills or user fees.But you won’t see Lamb with a bidd…

Education

Last year, it was an all-boy excursion, and the 11 city high schoolers returned transformed.But next week, the Success Looks Like Me Role Model Program will take 14 local female high school students to General Motors Co.’ headquarters in Detroit to meet trailblazing women of color in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.The program aims to expose low…