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For years, one of the big voids in the Buffalo Niagara economy has been its dearth of entrepreneurs willing to take a chance that could turn a good idea into a thriving business. Now, the state is putting up $32 million over five years to provide funding for those entrepreneurs and give them the work space and support services they need to build a successful business. …

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The financially troubled CCS Oncology, once one of the region's largest private cancer practices, will shut down operations next week. CCS Oncology and CCS Medical, its non-oncology branch, began mailing notices of the closing to about 1,000 patients on Thursday, two weeks after the practice filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That figure includes patients activ…

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Campus Dining and Shops at the University at Buffalo announced that Registered Dietitian, Lori Bendersky has been certified as an Allertrain Master Trainer through Allertrain by MenuTrinfo, LLC. As an Allertrain Master Trainer, Bendersky will be able to teach and certify Dining Services staff on food allergies and Celiac disease.

Heidi Martin has been named Delaware North’s director of internal audit. In her role, she is responsible for managing the annual risk assessment process, developing and executing the annual audit plan, identifying and coordinating special projects, and coaching and developing staff.

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Matthew C. Wagner has joined Delaware North in the newly created position of senior vice president, business builders. He will lead the new business builders group, working in collaboration with the business development and corporate development teams.

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Jeff Wilkinson has joined Delaware North as chief information officer. He has oversight of the companywide IT functions and infrastructure, and leads the strategy and management of the company’s technology infrastructure and innovations.

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Colby Development, LLC announced Stephen Walters, Esq. joined the company in the position of partner and chief legal officer of the full-service commercial Real Estate Development Company. He will focus on site plan reviews; on special, restricted and conditional use permits; and on area and use variances; and on rezonings.

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To Gina Pennock, a proposal to rewrite the state's labor rules to require extra pay for last-minute scheduling is a solution to her "horrible life-work balance." She works at a screenprinting shop in Buffalo and often finds out from her boss what time to report back the next day. But to Bob Confer, the new rules are "frightening." He owns a plastics factory in North Ton…

Michael Lewis, Ph.D., LN '16, Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" at the Annual Leadership Niagara luncheon.

Buckle, Inc. announced that Robin Donovan was named manager of the Walden Galleria store in Buffalo. Robin began her career with Buckles in 2017. She was a management trainee at the same store location before being named manager.

Brian Mata M.D. joined the Great Lakes Physician Practice. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine where he also completed an orthopedic surgical residency. He currently serves as the team physician for the US Lacrosse team and provides coverage for the Washington National and Baltimore Ravens.