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43North has announced 27 finalists for the first Ignite Buffalo competition, with $1 million in total prize money from Facebook to be handed out. Seven of those companies will be called to the stage at the finals on Wednesday, to pitch for four $50,000 grants and three $100,000 grants. The other 20 companies will receive $25,000 grants. The event is part of Facebook Com…

Facebook will partner with Erie Community College to create a digital marketing certificate program. The 30-hour program will be available through ECC's workforce development department. A start date has not been set. ECC described the program as a noncredit workforce certificate, rather than an academic program. Participants can receive continuing education credits. …

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Allegiant Air pilots have authorized a strike at the airline, should their union decide to call one. The pilots are members of Teamsters Local 1224, and voted 93.5 percent in favor of authorizing a strike. The union wants the airline to negotiate changes to its scheduling system, which the union says goes against industry standards and disregards pilots' seniority and p…

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It's showtime for a three-day event designed to help small businesses improve their digital skills and grow. Facebook Community Boost kicks off Monday at Erie Community College's downtown campus, at 121 Ellicott St. Registration, which is free, is available through the event's website. Facebook is holding similar Community Boost events in cities around the country. …

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Athenex Inc. has received a $100 million investment from a New York City-based hedge fund that will support the Buffalo drug development company's operations and growth. The investment by Perceptive Advisors is a combination of $50 million in equity and $50 million in debt. "We are impressed by Athenex’s robust clinical stage product pipeline and its unique business mod…

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Call it an unlikely mini-wave of construction: new bank branches. Northwest Bank last week broke ground on an East Side location, on Jefferson Avenue between Eaton and Northampton streets. Northwest plans to open the location by late this year. "We don't view this as just another branch, but rather as a critically important gathering space for our community that will…

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The state Department of Health says the East Side of Buffalo and western Cheektowaga have elevated cases of six different types of cancer, and it will study the reasons for those trends. A public meeting to launch the study will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 19 at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. The Health Department is launching cancer st…

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Sixty Hebeler Corp. employees will be laid off at two sites, starting in late September, unless the company can bolster its business volume over the next few months, Hebeler announced. The Town of Tonawanda-based metal fabricator said the layoffs may start in late September, "due to a recent and unexpected significant decline in business volume with one of our major cus…

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Bankruptcy filings in the Buffalo-Rochester region dropped 10.4 percent in June, to 337, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Western District. The number of cases filed through the first half of the year declined 6 percent, to 2,065. On a year-over-year basis, the number of cases has fallen in five out of the six months this year.

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LAKEWOOD – Inside the offices of Cummins Inc.'s Jamestown engine plant, photos of the 10 previous plant managers line a wall. Each represents a piece of the plant's history back to its start in the 1970s. Each of the photos are of men. But the 11th picture will be of a woman, Anna M. Dibble, who was recently named plant manager. It is a breakthrough for manufac…

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How satisfied are you with your bank? J.D. Power asked customers that question, and Northwest Bank scored best among banks with a Buffalo Niagara presence. J.D. Power surveyed bank customers about six different categories, for a possible top score of 1,000 points. Northwest recorded the best score — 840 — of any bank in the Mid-Atlantic region. That region covered 27…

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Another bank is making a big contribution to the National Comedy Center, which is preparing to open in Jamestown. M&T Bank's $200,000 donation establishes the Buffalo-based bank as the sponsor of the center's Stand-Up Lounge and Late Night exhibits. "Once the center is open, it will attract audiences from all over the world and is one giant step toward a stronger…

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Would you pay $1 million for two Dodge cars? If you're Clarence businessman and avid car collector Dan Snyder, the answer is yes. Snyder was the winning bidder for a 2017 Dodge Viper and a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at a charity auction held Saturday in Connecticut. What made the vehicles special? They were the last vehicles off their respective production lines…

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KeyBank is donating $250,000 to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, which is set to open Aug. 1. Key is making the grant in conjunction with the First Niagara Foundation. The public gathering area in front of and adjacent to the comedy center's welcome hall will be called KeyBank Plaza. It will feature two large, high-definition video screens, speakers embedded thr…

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The Better Buffalo Fund will give $7.7 million worth of financial support to 11 projects aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods within the City of Buffalo. The fund, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion program, supports housing, retail and business projects near public transportation. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the third round of award recipients. …