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Below is a list of Summit Mall stores' new locations. Though most merchants have already moved out of the bankrupt mall in anticipation of the announced June 6 closing date, the mall will remain open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Sears, The Bon-Ton, Save-A-Lot, M&T Bank, Bank of America and Summit Pediatrics will remain …

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   It's all about the knowledge-based economy.    The unintended theme of The Buffalo News Business Today section the last two days has been a rebuttal to the old idea that, when it comes to getting ahead in the world, it's not what you know, it's who you know.   Now the people you should know if you want to get a good job aroun…

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   On the financial side of the ledger today, we've got bad debts and worse debt collectors, and state tax collectors who are eager to send some people some of their money back. - 3 WNY debt collectors agree to reform after $245,000 fine   Three Western New York debt collection agencies have agreed to “substantially reform their business practices”…

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   Overall figures for manufacturing in the Buffalo area still show the sector in a slump. But one area company is betting on a turnaround based on things that spin. - Local manufacturers feel recession’s pinch in May    An index of business activity among local manufacturers fell to a four-month low in May, signaling that the recess…

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In Monday's MoneySmart section, Emma Sapong wrote a great consumer story on how to contract concrete work at home without getting ripped off.   Did Emma's tips come too late for any of you? Do you have any horror stories of crooked contractors or cracked concrete you'd like to share? ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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   In what passes for good news these days, today's Buffalo News big story is- Powertrain surviving but shrinking   The General Motors Corp. engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda did not escape unscathed Monday when the auto giant entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.   The plant will remain open, but it is facing layoffs of 25 to 30 …

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Now on The Buffalo News Web site:- GM Tonawanda plant to trim workforce up to 30 percent   General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine is being kept open by the automaker, but the site is preparing for a significant reduction in employment.   About 25 to 30 percent of the Tonawanda plant's work force of 872 people will be laid off, linked to the …

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   Sometimes it is hard to imagine that breaking news this important can come with such little shock. But this morning General Motors, once the colossus of the industrial world, filed for bankruptcy.   A look around the Web yields a lot, starting with the Associated Press: - General Motors files for bankruptcy   General Motors filed for C…

My friend from college developed Primer Magazine as an online weekly guide aimed at guys too old for Maxim but too young for GQ - so we're talking mid-20s, independent from the parents and graduated from college. It seems to be taking off. The content is getting consistently better and more focussed. One of its most popular topics is money saving advice. Take Fri…

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  Rhode Island-based specialty ice cream maker GaGa is teaming up with Wegmans today through Sunday to give away 11,000 pints of their newest flavor of frozen dessert, Rainbow. But here's the catch--they're not announcing which Wegmans stores at which they'll be giving the ice cream away. So if your Wegmans has gone GaGa, please give us a heads up…

In a nod to skyrocketing unemployment levels, Office Depot is offering free photocopying of resumes and free faxing until the end of 2009. "Office Depot is dedicated to helping our customers take care of business through these tough times and we know that by extending this offer we are providing even more tools and resources that can help people secure the job t…

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  We all knew it was coming, but closure of The Summit, formerly known as The Summit Park Mall, makes me sad nonetheless. Once a bustling retail center, The Summit has limped along for years. But, just as The Summit's tagline suggests, to me it was "More than a Mall." I guess you can say The Summit is my Buffalo Memorial Auditorium . I will m…

When Chrysler LLC announced hundreds of dealership cuts, only two were in the eight-county area of Western New York. And as GM targets 1,100 dealers to cut nationwide, only two in the region say they were affected. It's been reported that domestic vehicles here have a market penetration of 62 percent, which could speak to why so few area dealerships are bein…

The United Auto Workers said it has reached a tentative deal with General Motors on contract modifications. The details have not yet been released, and members still need to vote on it. But it is seen as a necessary step toward GM's restructuring. Do you think members will approve the changes, and what do you think it will mean to the future of GM and its UAW members?…

The credit card reform bill expected to be signed by the president Friday is intended to protect consumers from abusive credit card practices.      It prohibits companies from implementing surprise or retroactive rate hikes, giving credit cards to teenagers without jobs, slipping gotcha terms into the fine print and other protections consumer advocates…