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It’s fairly certain that the more than 100 participants in the recent Buffalo Niagara Partnership forum left with one clear conclusion about this year’s candidates for Erie County executive: Mark C. Poloncarz and Lynne M. Dixon approach business and economic development very differently. And the participants were probably also convinced the pair will follow divergent pa…

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A growing regional chain of pet supply stores is opening its second Buffalo-area shop in Amherst. Healthy Pet Superstore, founded in 1994, has four stores in the Rochester suburbs and opened its first store in this market in May in Orchard Park. Company representatives and local officials on Friday will cut the ribbon on their store in Williamsville Place at 5397 She…

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Hover Networks, a cloud phone service provider, has broken ground on its Amherst headquarters. The provider of hosted voice-over-internet phone services was founded in 2009 and has been located for years in the Gardenville Commerce Center in West Seneca. It services 24,000 phones nationwide. The company plans to move in the spring into its new building at 475 Lawrenc…

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It's time to sell off the family jewels. Crinzi & Gullo Jewelers will close after 75 years in business. Alex Crinzi opened the store in the Ellicott Square Building at the end of World War II as a wholesaler catering to jewelry retailers. It began selling directly to consumers in the 1980s and moved to Orchard Park in 2011. Current owner Sam Gullo began working a…

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Fearing the deposit of toxic waste from solar panels, the Niagara County Legislature this week unanimously declared that the county will offer no property tax breaks to solar power projects unless the developer posts a bond that would pay for the complete removal of the panels and associated equipment. State regulations require developers to submit a fully funded decomm…

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After years of neglect, developers are once again giving their regards to Broadway. From the edge of downtown Buffalo to the neighborhood surrounding the Broadway Market, one of the city's primary routes through the East Side and into Cheektowaga is finally getting attention from several developers – albeit slowly. But it's extending the city's redevelopment boom int…

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The Buffalo Niagara region’s job market is cooling off. The latest job data from the Labor Department shows that hiring during September once again slowed from its accelerated pace during June and July as employers struggled to find qualified workers to fill open positions. The region added jobs at a 0.5% annualized pace in September, down from a 0.7% gain in August…

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A crush of first-day customers beyond expectation surprised the owners of the new Chef's On the Go Thursday at Williamsville Place on Sheridan Drive, following a grand opening that caused some loyalists to wait all night for the big moment on a nearby sidewalk, as recounted in my column today. The place was forced to close its doors with many orders still outstanding fo…

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An alleged fraud by an Indiana-based payroll processor has cost KeyCorp $123 million in the third quarter, erasing gains in fee income from investment banking and dragging the Cleveland-based bank's earnings down. Key reported net income of $383 million, or 38 cents per share, down from $468 million or 45 cents per share a year ago. Without the pre-tax fraud charge — wh…

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Catholic Health is reopening its search for a new chief operating officer after the health care executive hired to fill the role recently informed the system she no longer can accept the position. Mark A. Sullivan, the regional health system's president and CEO, this week told Catholic Health executives and managers that Dr. Hui Jiang-Saldana would not serve as COO and …

Frontier Science Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin, has received a $12 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The five-year grant will support Frontier as a data management, auditing and coordinating center for the Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network of the United States. The network performs early-phase clinical trials to find…

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M&T Bank Corp. is ramping up its spending on technology and staffing - including at its planned tech hub in Buffalo - and that's taking a toll on the bank's profits. The Buffalo-based bank reported a 9% drop in its third-quarter profits on Thursday, falling short of analyst forecasts. That sent M&T's shares tumbling by more than 4%. M&T reported net opera…

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The rising demand for data analytics and cybersecurity workers could open the door to more students for Trocaire College. The college renovated the second floor of its extension center in Lancaster to create its Technology Institute, outfitting the space in the college's red and black colors and filling the rooms with tools of the technology trade. The $1.6 million p…

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Scott Stenclik spent 14 years living away from Buffalo for school and work before he came back in 1986 to take a position at his family's company. Now, the 61-year-old city resident wants to help many others get jobs, while boosting the fortunes of his hometown. And as CEO of Aleron Group – the global staffing firm founded by his parents in 1957 – he's in a great positi…