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A new popcorn stand is coming to 6610 Goodrich Road in Clarence. Michael Sendlebeck told the Clarence Town Board on Wednesday that the 10-foot-by-16-foot shed will be a permanent structure, but a seasonal business, from May through October. The stand will be adjacent to Sendlebeck's home, which is in a commercial zone. The board granted him a one-year, temporary conditi…

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The Old Red Mill Inn farmhouse is beginning its transformation to a new restaurant with a familiar name. Clark Crook, owner of the Bar-Bill Tavern in East Aurora, is moving ahead with plans to open a second location, Bar-Bill Northtowns, in Clarence on the site of the Old Red Mill Inn property at 8326 Main St. The Old Red Mill Inn closed in 2015. Crook said the or…

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The second annual Corporate Wellness Summit will take place at KeyBank Center next week, on the heels of two national reports that ranked Western New York poorly in terms of health and well-being. “It will take everyone working together to turn these figures around and touchpoints at every turn.  We know we have the knowledge and talent in the region to do so,” said Mar…

Buffalo

Developer Rocco Termini is pursuing a third business incubator on Chandler Street in North Buffalo, this time targeting a group of food-related businesses, even as he's still finishing up work on his first two projects on the street. Termini, who is known for his adaptive reuses of old commercial and industrial buildings in Buffalo, wants to convert a pair of warehouses…

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The Green Acres Animal Hospital will put its headquarters in the Town of Tonawanda, more than tripling the size of its current site at 2060 Niagara Falls Boulevard, from 4,500 square feet to 16,636 square feet. The Tonawanda Planning Board on Wednesday approved a two-story 12,136 square-foot addition to the current single-story site. Green Acres has three practices i…

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A plan to put a seasonal farmers market in the parking lot of the Eastgate Plaza on Transit Road got a tepid reaction Wednesday from the Clarence Town Board. James Bagioli of Benderson Development made the pitch during the board's regular meeting. He said the company has run a similar market for the past 10 years in the Tops Market parking lot in East Aurora. If the pla…

Business

Last June, hourly workers at Wendt Corp.'s manufacturing plant in Cheektowaga voted in favor of union representation. Seven months later, they're still trying to complete the next step: agreement on a first contract. The process hasn't been smooth, and reflects the friction that can arise in talks between a union and an employer for a first labor deal. The workers, r…

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43North is preparing to name a new executive director: Alexander Gress, who will join the organization from KeyBank, according to sources familiar with the decision. Gress will fill the vacancy created by the departure of John Gavigan. 43North hosts an annual $5 million business plan challenge, aimed at spurring entrepreneurship in the Buffalo Niagara region. This will …

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ACV Auctions, a Buffalo online auto auction business, has secured $31 million in funding that the company says will help it expand to the West Coast by year's end. ACV, which won the $1 million top prize in the 2015 edition of 43North, secured the funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Tribeca Ventures, Softbank NY and Armory Square Ventures. Since ACV was launched in …

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More than 2,300 hourly workers at General Motors' two area plants are eligible for profit-sharing checks of up to $11,750. GM announced the size of the profit sharing checks for United Auto Workers-represented workers on Tuesday, based on the automaker's full-year North American profits for 2017. GM said 1,325 workers at its Town of Tonawanda engine plant and 1,012 w…

A fast-growing Rochester-based marketing communications firm is expanding its downtown Buffalo presence with a new office on Delaware Avenue after outgrowing its initial location. Tipping Point Communications, a women-owned firm founded in 2005, entered the Buffalo market two years ago with an office at the Thomas R. Beecher Innovation Center. But it doubled its local r…

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Amherst-based United Auto Workers Region 9 has a new director. Jeff Binz, who lives in Burlington, N.J., was elected at a special convention. He fills a vacancy created when Terry Dittes was elevated to UAW vice president earlier this month. Region 9 covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and most of Pennsylvania, which encompasses more than 20,000 active UAW m…

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Employees of Five Star Bank’s parent company are the latest bank workers to cash in on the federal tax overhaul. Financial Institutions will award one-time $500 bonuses to about 70 percent of its employees, citing the financial benefit generated by the new tax plan. The bonuses will go to employees who are not covered by some of its incentive pay programs, the bank s…

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Citi doesn’t have any bank branches in the Buffalo Niagara region. Neither does HSBC Bank USA. But both companies are still major employers in the region. So is Geico, and Strategic Financial Solutions aspires to join their ranks as a big-time job generator. The region has attracted a number of employers with large numbers of what are broadly referred to as back-offi…

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Is competition actually growing in Buffalo banking? It depends on your measuring stick. One statistic – deposit market share – screams “no.” Just two banks, M&T Bank and KeyBank, controlled a combined 79 percent last year. Compare that to our Thruway neighbor Rochester, where that same percentage was spread among the top six banks. But consider this: In 2017, …