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NEW YORK — Packaging Corp. of America, the fourth-largest U.S. producer of corrugated shipping boxes, has agreed to buy container board-maker Boise Inc. for about $1.27 billion in cash to add capacity in the Pacific Northwest and Europe.Packaging Corp. will pay $12.55 a share, the companies said Monday in a statement, 26 percent more than Boise’s Sept. 13 closing price. Th…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsThe Professional Insurance Agents of New York State elected Tony Kubera of Hamburg president-elect and Fred Holender of Williamsville to its board of directors. Kubera is director of business development for Russell Bond & Co. in Buffalo. Holender is director of administration for Lawley Service in Buffalo....Phillips Lytle partner Richard E. Honen w…

The Elma-based Made in America store is expanding yet again, this time with a location in Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence.The mall store expects to have a soft opening in early to mid-October, followed by a grand opening in late October or early November. It will be located between Sears and Bon-Ton.Mark Andol, the owner of Made in America, said shopping malls from around the…

A biotech conference next month in Rochester is drawing life-sciences companies, research universities and other industry representatives from across the state. The MedTech trade association is holding its annual conference Oct. 7 and 8 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester, and a number of companies and institutions with ties to the Buffalo area are participating. The c…

The state's insurance exchange, a key component of the Affordable Care Act, has opened a customer service center to address questions from the public about the new health-insurance marketplace. The exchange, recently rebranded as NY State of Health, today announced the opening of the center and publicized its toll-free number, (855) 355-5777, which is staffed 8 a.m. t…

Five people with ties to Western New York appear on the latest Forbes list of the richest people in America.Warren Buffett, 83, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and The Buffalo News, is ranked No. 2, with a net worth of $58.5 billion, up from $46 billion last year. He is behind Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, with $72 billion, up from $66 billion. Buffett is an Omaha, Neb., r…

Candymaker Wythe Will Tzetzo is getting more than $5.1 million in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for its $18.7 million project to build a sprawling factory and warehouse in the Town of Tonawanda.The IDA approved the tax breaks Monday for a project that will allow the company to consolidate its three local facilities in Tonawanda, Cheektowa…

A former executive at Five Star Bank’s parent company will receive $525,000 under a separation agreement with the bank.Warsaw-based Financial Institutions announced last April it was removing Karl F. Krebs as executive vice president and chief financial officer. His departure was among several management changes the bank made after replacing its chief executive officer.Kre…

A Women of Influence awards luncheon Tuesday will benefit a tree planting on Buffalo’s waterfront this November.Lake Shore Savings Bank, the presenting sponsor of the annual event, being held in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Lancaster, will donate funds in honor of 25 women to restore the tree canopy at an entranceway to the outer harbor in the Old First Ward. The planting …

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Mon, Sep 16, 2013

A common misconception is that you have to take your car to a dealer for maintenance and repair work to keep its warranty valid. In fact, not only can you take your car to an independent mechanic, but most car owners say they prefer those shops for repairs, often because they’re less expensive than dealers.That’s what Consumer Reports found in its latest service satisfacti…

Hate to haggle? You’re not alone. Consumer Reports’ recent national survey found that just 48 percent of shoppers tried bargaining for a better deal on everyday goods and services in the past three years, down from 61 percent in 2007. But if you’re chicken, you lose. Eighty-nine percent of those who haggled were rewarded at least once. Successful furniture hagglers saved $…

Much has been made of the financial hammer that will fall on people who can afford to pay for health care under the Affordable Care Act but choose to forgo coverage.Starting next year, individuals and their dependents are required to have minimum essential health insurance unless they qualify for an exemption. That’s why you are hearing so much about the new health care ex…

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You won’t get rich sharing your opinions with market research firms. Indeed, sometimes giving your two cents literally pays two cents.But if you’ve got time on your hands and don’t mind clicking on bubble after multiple-choice bubble answering questions about your personality, habits, experiences and preferences, completing online surveys could be a fun way to earn some ex…

• Beware crazy promises. Panelists can expect reasonable compensation for completing surveys, but if someone claims you can make a living doing it, that’s a huge red flag.• It’s better if you initiate contact with a market research firm. If you’re solicited by a company, check them out before going any further.• Look for a privacy policy. Reputable companies should list…

In college, the old cliche was that when someone was desperate for money, they would sell their platelets.Amateurs!When I was in school, I knew the real money was in research studies – being a guinea pig for some graduate student gathering data.The first one I tried was through the University at Buffalo. It paid me, like, $200 to carry around a PDA and answer questions abo…