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By Sara DiNataleNews Business ReporterHeather Huhman, an experienced hiring manager, views employability as a puzzle, and a college degree is only one piece of it.It didn’t used to be that way.The days of sending in hardcopy resumes are long gone, but in today’s changing job market, the vast majority of 18- to 34-year-olds think they have the skills, education and experien…

Time Warner Cable will increase its Internet retail rates by an average of $3 per month, beginning with the billing cycle dated on or after Aug. 9.The company said the rate hike is necessary to keep up with the growing demand for more bandwidth.“Our customers are using Internet more than ever before and with more high-bandwidth applications such as gaming and streaming,” s…

West Herr Automotive Group was No. 26 in the nation in retail used-car sales in 2012, according to an Automotive News ranking of the top 100 auto dealer groups.West Herr sold 13,908 used vehicles in 2012, Automotive News said. That was up slightly from 13,887 vehicles the year before, but its ranking still fell from No. 22 the year before.West Herr’s retail used car revenu…

Warsaw-based Financial Institutions Inc., which operates Five Star Bank branches in Western and Central New York, has appointed Martin K. Birmingham, the company’s president and chief executive officer, to its board of directors.The appointment takes effect immediately, expanding Financial Institutions’ board to 11 seats. Birmingham was named CEO and president of Financial…

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Graham Corp. is getting off to a strong start in 2013, and Chief Executive James R. Lines expects the Batavia manufacturer’s business to keep growing for at least a few more years.“The market is becoming more favorable, and customers are more apt to place orders” than last year, when the hesitancy by some customers to commit to projects kept a lid on Graham’s sales growth …

Stronger sales of its custom folding cartons helped Mod-Pac eke out a small profit during the second quarter as the Buffalo specialty printing company moved a step closer toward scheduling a vote on the proposed acquisition by its top executives.Mod-Pac said it earned $19,000, or a penny per share, during the second quarter, a significant improvement from the loss of $120,…

NIAGARA FALLS – The City Council majority wants more money for the city-owned land in a $25 million proposed downtown development project, but the developer said publicly Wednesday that he won’t pay any more than what already has been offered.Mark E. Hamister, chairman and CEO of the Hamister Group, said he’s not ready to walk away from the project despite the delay in obt…

Financial Institutions, the Warsaw-based parent company of Five Star Bank, reported second-quarter net income of $6.9 million, up 3 percent from $6.6 million a year ago.Its diluted income per share for the quarter ending June 30 was 47 cents, up from 46 cents a year ago and exceeding analysts’ estimate of 45 cents.Martin K. Birmingham, Financial Institutions’ president and…

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Corporate chain Panera Bread is now taking on the local restaurants and markets on the Elmwood Strip.Panera on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its newest and largest Western New York location at 765 Elmwood Ave.The new location, in the former Blockbuster video store, is directly across the street from Globe Market and restaurant mainstays Cecelia’s and the Acropolis. And it’s …

An 18-unit Elmwood Village apartment complex has sold for $2.85 million.The Whitesand Family L.P. bought 305 W. Utica Apartments from FJF Development-Utica Street Condominium LLC, which consists of five equity partners.The two-building complex just west of Elmwood Avenue was completed in 2011. It consists of 16 two-bedroom units and two ground-level, studio-size units, acc…

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A bureau that targets scammers, helps resolve disputes between customers and merchants and provides other assistance to consumers is witnessing an increased demand for its services. In 2012, the Better Business Bureau serving upstate New York experienced a 30 percent jump in the number of service requests over the prior year.Warren E. Clark is regional president of an agen…

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People are finding jobs in the region.The jobless rate in the Buffalo Niagara region fell to 7.4 percent last month, a six-year low for June.It’s also the first time in 18 months that the region’s jobless rate is less than the unemployment figures both nationally and across New York State.“Basically, the people looking for jobs found them,” said John Slenker, the state Lab…

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A $21 million project to open a workforce-development center in the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital in Buffalo is getting $500,000 in funding through the New York Power Authority.The agency also awarded $300,000 to Ascension Industries, a North Tonawanda manufacturer of industrial, filtration and separation equipment, for its $2.7 million initiative that will make equipme…

Community Bank System, which has 34 branches in Western New York, reported second-quarter net income of $21.1 million, unchanged from a year ago.Diluted earnings per share were 52 cents, topping analysts’ estimates of 50 cents and down slightly from 53 cents a year ago.Community Bank System is the DeWitt-based parent company of Community Bank. Its president and chief execu…

Five Star Bank will close two branches, in Pavilion and North Java, this fall.Customer accounts and employees of the two branches will be transferred by Oct. 31. All eight employees of the two branches have been offered jobs elsewhere in the branch network, the bank said.“A continued shift in centers of commerce caused us to carefully consider the long-term viability of ou…