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ABC Companies' subsidiaries American Bureau of Collections, a Buffalo-based commercial debt collection service, and Amega Group, a commercial receivable management and business process outsourcing firm, have merged, forming ABC-Amega Inc.

Eric Mower and Associates was honored by the Promotion Marketing Association with a Silver Reggie Award for the "Fisher-Price Little People Club" sales promotion campaign the agency developed with Fisher-Price. The award, announced at PMA's annual conference in Orlando, recognized the campaign for its innovative concept, creative strategy and impressive sales results.

Attorney Sharon L. Black recently opened her law practice in the Law Center, 17 Beresford Court, Williamsville. The firm will practice general law. Real Info, a Western New York real estate automated valuation and data company and Kirchmeyer and Associates, a residential real estate appraisal company with offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, have formed a partnership to manage and monitor the entire appraisal and valuation process with increased efficiencies.

Intellectual Property Today in a recent issue listed Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel as one of the top law firms in the nation for trademark and copyright law. With a total of 126 new patents represented in 2002, the firm ranks at 170 out of a total of 356 law firms.

RCS Performance Systems, a Buffalo developer of custom training for critical industrial skills and knowledge, collaborated with Exposure Control Technologies of Cary, N.C., on an Internet training program for fume hood safety to be delivered to academic institutions and chemical and health-care industries who deal with hazardous agents.

General Transportation Services, a transportation company with a facility on Delavan Avenue, was named a Sears Partner in Progress for 2002. Sears, Roebuck & Co. presents this award annually to a select group of its more than 10,000 vendor companies that supply quality products and services.

Clinton Street Laundry, a laundromat at 1905 Clinton St. since 1988, received financial assistance from the Lovejoy District Neighborhood Revitalization Services Business Improvement/Attraction Matching Grant Program for roof repairs, new windows and doors and a new sign.

Algonquin Studios, a Buffalo technology company that produces software making it easier for companies to update information on their Web sites, designed a Web site for Enterprise Charter School, the first charter school to be approved by the Buffalo Public School Board. The site, developed using QuantumCMS, Algonquin's Web content management software, allows the school to manage, update and add to the site's content regularly.

TVGA Consultants, a consultant firm headquartered in Elma, was honored by the New York State Association of Consulting Engineers with a the Gold Award for Excellence for its role in the addition and rehabilitation of the section of the New York State Thruway between Interchanges 53 and 54. The firm also received the award for reconstruction of the 1.25-mile Hertel Avenue.

ACI Controls, a West Seneca-based distributor and manufacturer's representative of process control equipment and related instrumentation products, was selected by the Skinner Valve Division of Parker Hannifin Corp., a manufacturer of a line of solenoid valves for fluid power and fluid control systems, headquartered in Cleveland, as an authorized sales representative for the Western, Central and Easterns areas of New York State. The company was also appointed the exclusive, factory authorized sales representative for BS&B, a Tulsa, Okla.-based designer and manufacturer of rupture disks, explosion vents, safety heads, buckling pin relief devices, sensors and monitors for the territory.

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