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Toys, chocolate and clothing are coming to the HARBORCENTER in downtown Buffalo. Clayton's Toys, Fowler's Chocolates and Modern Nostalgia are the latest retailers to sign three-year leases at the mized-use facility.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo Inc.

While many people fret about personal finances, some studies have shown that 60% do not have household budgets.

Conversion of old AM&A's building gets approval

May 5, 2015
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After about two months worth of trips to the Buffalo Planning Board followed by adjustments to the construction plan, final approval was given Tuesday morning to renovate the former AM&A's building at 377 Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

Golisano makes major investment in tablet-maker Bak USA

May 4, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano, whose history includes founding PayChex Inc. and ownership of the Buffalo Sabres, is making a "major investment" into a young Buffalo-based company.

Five vendors chosen for second small business 'Pop-Up'

May 1, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Beginning Friday and continuing for the next two months, a handful of local retailers will set up shop inside a storefront inside Buffalo's Pierce Building on Main Street. They're the participants in the second Queen City Pop-Up.

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Good news came to Buffalo's East Side today. Nine projects in the community will be funded with $11 million through the Better Buffalo Fund.

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New York state's effort to boost the economy by making the region a leader in advanced manufacturing continues moving forward.

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West Seneca-based Multisorb is being hailed as one of the success stories in New York State's In-State Private Equity Investment Program.

A statewide tourism group that lobbies on behalf of businesses within the industry is calling on legislators to enact regulations which put what it calls 'illegal hotels' on a level playing field with hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfast establishments and similar businesses.

The New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association is pointing to online services, naming the website Airbnb as a specific example, which link travelers to private owner-occupiers who rent spaces for short-term stays. These include rooms, apartments, or private homes.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains committed to giving women and minority-owned businesses their chance to earn billions of dollars in state contracts. That was a message shared in Western New York Wednesday morning by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took part in a roundtable discussion at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

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A trade deal that Washington is negotiating behind closed doors is raising concerns among organized labor, community activists and Rep. Brian Higgins.

Lloyd Taco clears hurdle for brick-and-mortar eatery

Apr 7, 2015
Photo by Michael Mroziak

Buffalo has become the home to numerous popular food truck companies. One of them, however, is about to join the ranks of the brick-and-mortar establishments.

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The Market Arcade on Main Street has long been known for under-performing establishments. But by the end of this summer, that may change.

Developers applaud budget's brownfield distinctions

Apr 2, 2015

Local developers are breathing a sigh of relief with the knowledge that new restrictions for brownfield development funding will apply only to the metro New York City area.

Erie County Legislature

A four-month study has concluded that creating a  municipal broadband Internet service in Erie County would boost the economy, create jobs and raise property values.

Erie County Legislature

The first phase of a plan to redevelop a one-mile stretch of Seneca Street is being launched as local leaders aim to make the long-neglected commercial strip a "small downtown."

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Larkinville in Buffalo continues to experience rapid growth. More and more, companies are selecting the downtown site to locate businesses.

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Local grocery stores are expecting heavy traffic through Sunday as shoppers stock up for their Super Bowl parties.

Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015

Jan 26, 2015
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A poll of upstate New York CEOs finds companies are more positive and prepared to do business in the coming year.

Report: KeyBank moving out of Key Tower

Jan 16, 2015
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Another Buffalo bank is reportedly moving out of its namesake downtown tower.

It’s no secret that consumers in Canada often pay higher prices for a product that sells for much less in the U.S. The Canadian government has introduced legislation to address what it calls the U.S./Canada price gap. But many say the new law comes with no teeth.

M&T offers assistance to businesses affected by storm

Nov 29, 2014
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M&T Bank has launched a new effort to help local small businesses affected by the snow storm. Business banking customers may be eligible for discounted rates on lines of credit and term loans.

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Some local stores and malls were taking heat over the past couple of weeks as public outcry called for the boycott of shopping on Thanksgiving day. With many stores choosing to open at 6 p.m. the night before Black Friday, WBFO’s Avery Schneider went looking to find out if employees think the choice was worth it…

In an effort to promote holiday shopping at small businesses, a new working group was formed in Clarence. Discover Main Street Clarence was created to brand the shops on Main Street as a major destination in the region.

Shoppers urged to support local merchants

Nov 25, 2014

As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, merchants and elected leaders are urging consumers to support local businesses.

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Through the Buffalo Billion and a number of other programs, there is a lot of state money pouring into Western New York . But there is a problem for small local governments without the staff to look for cash.

Hamister Group Inc.

A major new addition to Niagara Falls' historic core may be only a few days from final approval, with construction expected to start by late next spring.

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A lot of attention has focused on projects at Canalside. But a one-time industrial neighborhood not far from

Fashion Outlets unveils $71 million expansion

Oct 23, 2014
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The new wing of the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA made its public debut Thursday. The $71 million expansion brings 35 new tenants with 15 more to come in 2015.

Five companies join START-UP NY, pledge 123 jobs

Oct 21, 2014

Five companies affiliated with the University at Buffalo will be setting up shop as part of the state's START-UP NY tax incentive program.