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Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy was in Buffalo Wednesday to help launch Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s new Center for Personalized Medicine. Researchers in the center are trying to decipher patients’ genes, with the idea that better tests and treatments can be targeted to their genetic abnormalities.“I’m confident that it will result in a better, more effective and more …

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Upstate business officials don’t think the economy is in great shape, but they’re feeling better about their prospects – and efforts to improve the business climate here – than they were as the Great Recession was ending, pollster John Zogby said Tuesday.An unscientific survey of upstate businesses, conducted for the Accelerate Upstate conference held Tuesday in Bu…

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Consumers who are battling lawsuits, court judgements or garnishments over credit card, student, medical or car debts now have a new ally in court to fight off abusive creditors.Attorneys at the Western New York Law Center are promoting a new free consumer law service, specifically designed to assist consumers who are not represented by a lawyer as they battle debt collect…

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An outdoor public space that will feature fountains, seating and a tree grove just south of the former Donovan State Office Building is headed for construction this spring. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. representatives will appear before the Planning Board today to present plans for the $5 million East Canal park project at 125 Main St., part of the Canalside devel…

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After all the hoopla and rhetoric surrounding his release of the 2013-14 budget last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo must now sell it to an often skeptical business community.That’s exactly why he dispatched Kenneth Adams, president of the Empire State Development Corp., to the Amherst Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Lancaster. As Adams…

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Controversy over President Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board has drawn attention to a panel with two members who have Buffalo ties.The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., last week said Obama’s three recess appointments in early 2012 were “constitutionally invalid” because the Senate was not in recess at the time. One of the appointe…

Sunday's special Prospectus section looked at whether homegrown startups could hold the key to reviving the city's business ecosystem. Meanwhile, Alphonso O'Neil-White, chief executive officer of HealthNow, was the keynote speaker Jan. 24, 2013 at the 9th annual Buffalo News Prospectus Premiere kickoff dinner in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Lancaster. The head of the large…

NEW YORK – Manufacturers have been using technology to cut blue-collar jobs for years. Now they’re targeting their white-collar workers, too.Factory Automation Systems makes machines that help companies cut, bundle and load products faster and cheaper than humans can. But it didn’t realize how much technology could help its own business until the Great Recession hit.…

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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has made slow but steady progress over the years toward the goal of becoming a downtown hub of medical care, research and education. But 2013 promises to make slow and steady a thing of the past.A slew of projects are expected to get under way this year that will focus public attention and mark a significant turning point in developing th…

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A building boom has started in downtown Buffalo, ushering in a torrent of projects that will transform parts of the city and lay the foundation for the new century.At least 11 projects totaling more than $1 billion are in the works or have just been completed, most of it at the two ends of downtown Buffalo – the waterfront and the Medical Campus.Hard hats already dot the…

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December’s ugly employment numbers, which painted a picture of a region that’s shedding jobs and beset with the highest unemployment levels since the mid-1980s, make it look like the sky is falling on the Buffalo Niagara labor market. But local economists say they believe the picture is much brighter than what statistics from the state Labor Department show. They think…

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David Colligan is in a prime position to see the development of an entrepreneurial climate and angel investing community in Buffalo. After all, he started the Buffalo Angels group.A corporate attorney, Colligan is an angel investor himself, and chair of the Buffalo Angels group within the Western New York Venture Association. The group has 80 members.He's also one of the d…

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DRS Technologies will close its Cheektowaga location by year’s end, citing the negative impact of “market conditions and the industry environment.”The business is the former Sierra Research, founded in 1957 by engineers from Bell Aircraft Corp.“This difficult decision was made after much thought and consideration given the long-standing relationship that DRS has ha…

Moog Inc.’s first-quarter profits slipped by 6 percent, and the Elma-based motion control equipment maker trimmed its earnings forecast for this year as weakness in its industrial markets slowed its sales growth, the company said Friday.“We’re off to a slow start in 2013,” said John Scannell, Moog’s chief executive officer, in a statement.“The weakness in the m…

The head of the largest health insurer in the region is convinced that the ever-growing health care industry is going to be the key to fixing the ailing local economy at long last.Alphonso O’Neil-White, chief executive officer of HealthNow, was the keynote speaker Thursday at the 9th annual Buffalo News Prospectus Premiere kickoff dinner in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens,…