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McJob makeover, Wilmers warning, and Gurney Becker & Bourne branching out...

From Business Today:

It appears the McJob isn't what it used to be. Once the object of derision as a dead-end, minimum wage drudge job, working at McDonald's is being re-branded MCDONALD'S as an attractive option for all kinds of job seekers: part-time workers, young people, retired people and even career minded restaurant folks. McDonald's staged one of the great public relations coups on Tuesday, hosting a nationwide hiring event with the goal of hiring 50,000 people. It worked. The event was covered around the nation with generally positive comments from job seekers and pundits. Of course, the fact that the nation is slowly pulling out  of a 'jobless recovery' helps. Any job looks good when the alternative is none.

M&T Bank Corp. CEO Robert G. Wilmers talks softly and carries a big message. When the dean of Buffalo banking delivers his annual meeting speech, people all over the land listen. On Tuesday, Wilmers Wilmers weighed in on the national debt crisis in no uncertain terms: "our engine of growth... has stalled." Getting the debt under control should be the focus of the government immediately, and partisan posturing must stop. The future of this great nation is at stake.

Gurney Becker & Bourne has been selling real estate in downtown Buffalo for 148 years, and doing it well. From mansions to office buildings, the familiar green and white signs FOR SALE have been a constant in the city's most posh neighborhoods. Now the venerable company is venturing into the suburbs, opening offices in Williamsville and Orchard Park. The battle to list your home is heating up.

Who  is getting hired, promoted and honored?

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