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From Business Today:The region's job scene could be getting slightly brighter. The latest State Labor Department report shows that private sector hiring picked up in October. The increase is slight - enough to offset a drop in government jobs- but it is a step in the right direction. The Avant Building on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo has been an exemplar …

"30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin is showing up on TV in an unlikely spot -- in ads for Wegmans. The actor in May made an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman," when he mentioned his mother didn't want to move from Central New York to California because she didn't want to leave Wegmans behind. In this Wegmans video, Danny Wegman ex…

From Business Today:Public subsidies for private development have become the way of doing business in Western New York. Few projects get done without some sort of public investment, usually through tax abatements, but also through direct investment. The request for state money to help with the preservation and development of the Statler Towers sparked a heated debate …

Two landmark churches in Buffalo will receive state money for significant repairs and restoration work on their historic buildings.The state's Environmental Protection Fund will provide $526,796 to Trinity Episcopal Church on Delaware Avenue and $200,000 to Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church at Lafayette and Elmwood avenues.Representatives from the two churches…

Chrysler LLC has published a complete list of the 130 dealers that will sell Fiats in the United States, and New York state is one of its top choices. West Herr Automotive Group was already announced as the lone choice for Western New York, in Orchard Park. In all, 10 Fiat dealers were named in New York state, but few Upstate. One each was selected for the R…

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From Business Today:Delaware North may seem like a quaint company on the corner of Delaware Avenue  and North Street in Buffalo, but it is an international giant in the food service industry. It handles food service at more than 150 parks and sports stadiums around the world. The company brought its managers from all over to its food and beverage summit at the Bu…

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From Business Today:Anyone have a "here we go again" feeling about the Statler? The deadline for closing the purchase of the landmark overlooking Niagara Square was extended on Monday, and it is almost certain to be extended again.  The underlying challenge in the effort to save the 18-story abandoned hotel is that it is such a HUGE LIFT to renova…

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From Business Today:The Innovation Center at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus provides   a home for numerous health sciences companies that have outgrown the incubator stage but can still benefit from being near other like companies. Amherst-based North Forest Office Space is betting that its model of small, affordable office space popular with smallc…

  Big biz news out front today, and deserves to be: - 'A runaway train' of soaring costs - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News  If you felt sticker shock when you opened up your health insurance packet from your employer, you were not alone.  Western New York workers will see their insurance premiums rise by as much a…

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   In Business Today: Plans for reviving one old Buffalo building look iffy. Plans for another have taken root. - Statler buyers eye deadline extension - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News  The prospective buyers of the Statler Towers are trying to rally public support for their efforts, amid the possibility they will seek an extension of a key deadl…

   In Business Today, Verizon gets its tax breaks, and is still hungry. While a company that makes cardboard wants its cut. - Verizon granted tax break for center - Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News   Verizon Communications was granted a 20-year tax break for its $4.5 billion data center in Somerset on Wednesday, but the company is tryi…

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    Buffalo. Can't figure out to do with what was once a major hotel. Losing a long-time downtown business. But can't keep up with the demand for more medical facilities. - Statler buyers face Monday deadline - The Buffalo News   Six days and counting.   That's how much time U.S. Bankruptcy Court has given Mark D.…

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   In Business Today, the merger of banks goes forward. Except when it doesn't. - Suit filed in M&T’s buyout proposal - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   M&T Bank Corp.’s planned acquisition of Delaware’s largest bank is facing its first legal challenge.    A stockholder of Wilmington Trust Corp. sued th…

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   In Business Today, a deluge of tax breaks: - County IDA OKs tax help for urgent care unit in city - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   Western New York Immediate Care's plans to open an urgent care facility on Delaware Avenue won more than $450,000 in tax breaks Monday from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, despite the obje…