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Businessman Sam Gullo wants a $300,000 loan from the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency to help him complete his purchase of the Champion Products plant in Perry.

Gullo's purchase of the plant would allow him to lease it back to Champion and keep 125 distribution and custom printing jobs there.

Earlier this year, Champion moved 345 jobs at the Perry plant to other facilities in the South.

Under the proposal, the Wyoming County IDA would loan Gullo $300,000 of the total $850,000 purchase price.

A public hearing on the proposed loan is set for 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Perry Town Hall, 22 S. Main St.

Commercial parkway opens on East Side

A $7 million commercial parkway that links American Axle with the former General Motors Harrison plant on the East Side has been completed.

Mayor Masiello and other officials participated in ribbon-cutting ceremonies Tuesday at the William L. Gaiter Parkway, a two-mile corridor that makes 40 acres of abandoned rail land viable for new use.

The highway connects East Delevan and Kensington Avenues, reducing truck traffic on 11 residential streets.

The project was launched last year and was financed by city, state and federal dollars.

Alan H. DeLisle, president of the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation, said future plans call for construction of an industrial park and small business incubator near the parkway.

The projects are being planned in cooperation with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and the federal government.

Colleges list non-credit courses

Area colleges are offering the following business-related non-credit and continuing professional education courses:

Erie Community College: North Campus -- "Excel 97 -- Introduction," Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $90; "Vision and Performance," Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., $24; "Financial Management For Women," Thursdays, (Sept. 10-24), 6:30 to 9 p.m., $45; "NY State Approved Property and Casualty Brokers Licensure," Mondays and Wednesdays (Sept. 9-Dec. 9), $300; "NY State Approved Life, Accident and Health (Prelicensing)," Mondays and Thursdays (Sept. 14-Oct. 22), 6 to 10 p.m., $160; "NY State Personal Lines Property and Casualty," Wednesday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., $99; 861-1800.

South Campus -- "Introduction to Authorware 4.0," Saturday, Sept. 9, noon to 3 p.m., $45; "Fundamentals of Purchasing," Thursdays (Sept. 17-Oct. 15), 5 to 8:30 p.m., $99; "AutoCAD Part I (Version 12)," Thursdays (Sept. 17-Oct. 1), 5 to 9:30 p.m., $162; "Understanding Purchasing," Tuesdays (Sept. 15-Oct. 20), 5 to 8:30 p.m. $135; "NY State Approved Property and Casualty Brokers Licensure," Tuesdays and Thursdays (Sept. 8-Dec. 8), 6 to 10 p.m., $300; "NY State Approved Life, Accident, and Health (Prelicensing)," Tuesdays and Thursdays (Sept. 8-Oct. 22), 6 to 10 p.m., $160; "Computer System Maintenance," Tuesdays and Thursdays, (Sept. 9-Oct. 15), 5 to 8 p.m., $359; 861-1800.

ATC Campus -- "NYS Security Guard Training Course," Tuesdays and Thursdays (Sept. 15-24), 5 to 9 p.m., $96; ""AutoCAD V.13 Parts I and II Certificate," Saturdays (Sept. 9-DEc. 12), 9 a.m. to noon, $399; 861-1800.

VTTC Campus -- "Fundamentals Engine Electronics Training," Tuesdays (Sept. 15-Nov. 3), 6:30 to 9;30 p.m., $275; 861-1800.

Genesee Community College: "Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality," Tuesdays and Thursdays, (Sept. 1-Dec. 17), 9:30 to 10:50 a.m.; "Principles of Travel," Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, (Aug. 31-Dec. 16), 10:10 to 11:05 a.m.; "Real Estate Salesperson," Mondays and Wednesday (Sept. 14-Nov. 9), 6 to 9 p.m., "General Insurance," Mondays and Thursdays (Sept. 14-Feb. 22), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; also a variety of computer courses and workshops; 345-6999.

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations: "Going Global -- Employment in Europe: A Practitioner's Guide to Setting up Business in Europe," Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave.; phone Pam Henderson or Rosemary Miller at 852-1444, Ext. 774 or 852-4191 (FAX).

Buffalo State College: "Success Skills for New Supervisors," Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, $159; 878-5906 or 878-5930 (FAX).

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