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The Small Business Administration's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center in downtown Buffalo has added 63 temporary employees to its staff of 130, in response to Hurricane Florence and other recent severe weather. The center has another 25 temporary employees who have been cleared to hire, but does not yet have a need to bring them aboard, said Colleen Hiam, the …

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The U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center will add up to 100 temporary jobs, in anticipation of helping people impacted by Hurricane Florence. The center, located on South Elmwood Avenue, currently has 135 employees and expects to increase that number to about 200 to 235 people, said Colleen Hiam, the center's director. The new h…

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