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LOCKPORT – Diversified Manufacturing, which has begun a nearly $5 million expansion of its metal fabricating plant, was approved for assistance from two Niagara County agencies last week.The Niagara County Development Corp., an arm of the county Industrial Development Agency, approved a $400,000, seven-year loan to the company, located on Ohio Street in Lockport.And Empowe…

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency may vote in August on changes in its policy on local hiring by recipients of tax breaks, and on rules barring undocumented immigrants from working on IDA-assisted projects.However, Stephen F. Brady, chairman of the governance committee of the IDA board, and the agency’s attorney, Mark J. Gabriele, raised concern…

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It’s the first thing budget advisers tell you to cut if you want to save money: take-out coffee.But for many Western New Yorkers, skipping our on-the-go specialty joe is simply not a sacrifice we’re willing to make.“Just like money has different meanings to different people, coffee means different things to everyone who drinks it,” said Amy Jo Lauber of Lauber Financial Pl…

I’ve been changing diapers for two years, seven months and 20 days straight.OK, that’s not true. My husband and I got a roughly month-long respite between the time Chloe started potty training and the time Sloane was born.Still, that’s a lot of dang diapers. And we’ve got another 10 months to go before we can even think about ditching them for good.But do you know what I h…

More than a year after regulators cracked down on Wall Street’s flawed home foreclosure procedures, authorities are stepping up pressure on debt collectors over a flood of lawsuits rife with unsupported allegations against delinquent credit card holders.State and federal regulators are increasingly alarmed that banks and debt collectors appear to be using faulty records in…

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Once used mostly to move luxury cars, leasing has reached record levels, helped by easing credit restrictions and a move downmarket.Leases on Jaguars and BMWs remain plentiful, but the most-leased cars in America are now the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata, according to Experian Automotive, an arm of the consumer credit-rating company.Consumers g…

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Tech companies have made hundreds of gadgets and applications for smartphone-addicted teenagers and young professionals. But now, there’s technology just for grandparents.New online and mobile services to help aging adults live alone in their own homes and ease the burden on their caregivers are cropping up. From in-home sensors that monitor when a senior leaves the house …

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Ryan Mathys spent weeks prospecting.He drove up and down the little avenue in Solana Beach, Calif., taking notes and knocking on doors. He scoured public records. He blanketed the seaside neighborhood in northern San Diego County with inquiries.All the detective work had a dollars-and-cents purpose: to find homes the owners would be willing to sell.Housing prices in many m…

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WASHINGTON – Consumers and companies are starting to act as if the economic expansion is here to stay.Purchases of new homes jumped in May to a five-year high, while business investment plans improved for a third straight month, figures from the Commerce Department showed last week. The last time households were this confident was in January 2008, according to another repo…

Last fall, it looked like the fate of the crumbling Erie Freight House along the Buffalo River could turn into a nasty fight between a local developer and preservationists.Today, it's looking like the Erie Freight House could stand as a shining example of how a developer and local preservationists can work together to make a project better.“It shows what coming together an…

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When Anthony Kissling took his first look at the former Remington Rand factory building along the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda, he didn’t see a dilapidated and decaying old abandoned warehouse.The developer from New York City, whose Kissling Interests company was still a relative newcomer to Western New York, saw opportunity.“The location was great. You’re on the water,” …

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Joan Graci, a self-proclaimed “career reformist” and president of APA Solutions, an Amherst-based recruiting firm, has spent the past 28 years researching the changing dynamics between employees and employers. She also teaches workshops as a career coach and helps people build sustainable careers. Graci’s new book, “No More Bad Advice” came out in April and is designed to …

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Delaware North Cos., the Buffalo-based hospitality and food-service giant with 55,000 employees on four continents, is preparing to transition to the next generation of leadership – a treacherous period for any family-owned business.The company has been run by the Jacobs family since three brothers founded the company in 1915. It has $2.6 billion in annual revenues from a …

Discount stores, low-income housing, loft apartments and a hookah lounge will take center stage at next week’s Buffalo Planning Board meeting.Board members will consider a proposal by David E. Pawlik’s Creative Structures Services to build a new Dollar General store, with parking, at 663 E. Ferry St. This will be Pawlik’s third Dollar General, part of a long-term, 15-year…

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Allegiant Air may not be the biggest or the best, but the Nevada-based airline is proving to be a soaring financial success.The tiny airline at the Niagara Falls International Airport flies just eight flights per week to Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, Florida. It has handled 4,251 outbound passengers from January to May of this year, according to C. Douglas Hartmayer, a s…