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Cross-border trade is part of the everyday rhythm of business for many companies in the Buffalo Niagara region and Southern Ontario. John Darby, president of Niagara Transformer Corp. in Cheektowaga, has experienced that firsthand. His family-owned manufacturing company sold its first transformer to a Canadian customer in 1947; today, Canada accounts for 30 percent o…

A new grab-and-go cafe is open in the lobby of the Conventus medical office and research building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But customers will have to wait a little longer for tables and chairs. Dining furniture to accommodate up to 24 people at the 1,200-square-foot cafe has not yet been delivered but is expected sometime next week. While waiting f…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted its plan to build a subdivision of 133 single-family homes on the Muir Woods property for review by the Amherst Planning Board. The board could start to review the project's environmental impact at its June 15 meeting now that Ciminelli has filed an application with the town's Planning Department. It is the first of several rev…

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Thursday approved nearly $183,000 in tax breaks for a Rochester-based mortgage company to support its 2-mile move from Amherst into a former bank branch in Clarence. Premium Mortgage is expected to spend about $3 million to purchase and upgrade the former KeyBank at 4401 Transit Road, near Main Street, an…

Seal & Design, the Clarence-based gasket and seal maker, has received $26,000 in sales tax breaks from the town's Industrial Development Agency to support $300,000 in infrastructure improvements to the company's production facility. The incentives will retain the 88 jobs at the company's Clarence location and create three jobs, according to Paul Leone, a consultant …

Eric Fenar is a Type 1 diabetic who exercises regularly, rigorously measures his blood sugar levels and takes other steps to stay healthy. Still, he says, "In life, it's tough to eat tofu and salad and grilled chicken every day." He likes Asian food, pizza and beer too much for that. This is why Fenar has become one of the biggest volunteer pitchmen in the co…

Melodie Baker has accomplished a lot in her 35 years. The Bennett High School graduate earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Buffalo State College in 2005 before going on to earn a master’s degree in executive leadership in 2008. Currently the director of education at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, she designs, implements and secures fund…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute calls it "Chapter 2," and it's a healing weekend of meditation, yoga, nutritional expertise, expert speakers and more for cancer survivors and patients. "'Chapter 2" is more comprehensive and more hands-on than anything we’ve done before," said Mary Reid, Roswell's director of cancer screening and survivorship. The event, planned for …

Legal documents explaining efforts to dissolve the famed Cellino & Barnes law firm not only remain sealed, but officials have now removed references to documents in the case from the court system website following challenges filed by The Buffalo News and two New York City tabloids. The News – along with the New York Daily News and New York Post – continues to qu…

Tops Markets is in the process of buying the Shurfine Foods store on Route 5 in Angola. Tops has the store under contract and is expecting to have its due diligence completed by the end of the month. It hopes to close on the deal during the first week of June, it said. In April, Shurfine began cutting down its hours and closing earlier. Right now, it is in the pro…

Grand Cayman wants Western New Yorkers to come visit, and perhaps the feeling is mutual. This summer, Southwest Airlines will add new flights to the Cayman Islands from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman. Western New Yorkers can catch connecting flights at the Florida airport, which is serviced by the B…

Hydrangeas, lilacs and sugar and spice foamflowers are among the 18 plant varieties that will add a new touch to Kenmore Mercy Hospital this summer. Visitors will be able to visit a new healing garden lined with lanterns, wooden tables and benches, and take a seat near a bubbling, obelisk-style fountain. Five “rocks” sprinkled among the foliage – actually speakers…

What do 43North and Praxair have in common? The Buffalo-based $5 million startup competition and the industrial gas company are teaming up as part of a new initiative to encourage startup companies that use medical gases to enter the fourth annual 43North competition that awards cash to leading entrepreneurs and startups from around the world. If any of this year's 4…

Buffalo is KeyBank's second-biggest market, and the city made an impression on its top leaders this week. KeyBank brought its annual shareholders meeting here on Thursday, the first time since 2006 the bank has held the gathering outside its home base of Cleveland. "The message was hopefully, unmistakably, how important Buffalo and Western New York are to Key and the…