WBFO Business & Economy Desk

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In Buffalo, about one-third of all residents have no computer access. That reality impacts city classrooms as students contend with the digital divide. Efforts are underway to overcome that deficit.

Tops Friendly Markets, a Western New York staple for decades, may be heading for bankruptcy. Bloomberg.com is reporting the supermarket chain could file papers this month seeking court protection from creditors. Following the story is  Jim Fink of Business First who believes the news may be premature. 

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Well-known Buffalo chef and restaurant owner Mike Andrzejewski  defeated celebrity chef Bobby Flay on national television Thursday night.

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Three area Wegmans will be closing overnights.

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Niagara University will host a one-day professional development course in downtown Niagara Falls next month, featuring one of the biggest names in the entertainment and leisure business. Local organizers hope that once the name attracts participants, those guests will also get a look at the Cataract City's assets.


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A new leader has been named for 43North, the state funded startup competition, headquartered in the former Trico Building, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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There's increasing concern around Buffalo about the effects of reassessment on property tax bills. The issue drew a large crowd Monday night to First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, including homeowners who are facing retirement and who are on fixed incomes.


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Potholes are as common to Western New York winters as gray skies and school closings. But commuters, street crews and auto repair technicians have reached a consensus that this year's pothole problem is one of the largest in recent memory. 

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Think all millennials are spending their money on expensive coffee and avocado toast? If so, you might be surprised by the results of a new Bank of America survey.

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A sidewalk along a busy stretch of Walden Avenue, in Cheektowaga, was the scene of a rally, Friday morning. Workers at Wendt Corporation say they're being mistreated.


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Frontier Airlines will soon be flying to more destinations from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

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While the use of technology continues to grow, a new survey of local CEOs shows many companies across the region are slow to change.


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Confidence in New York's economy among upstate CEOs is down compared to a year ago.

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A project designed to control invasive species in the Niagara River Gorge, and boost tourism, is set to get underway in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

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An aneurysm is essentially a bubble on a blood vessel. If it ruptures, about 40 percent of those people die. A local startup corporation is working on a simple blood test to detect these health threats in the brain.

A Republican candidate for governor is calling for hearings on controversial tourism signs on the New York State Thruway and other highways set up by the Cuomo Administration. The federal government says the signs are illegal and will withhold federal funds if they are not removed.


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For the third time in its 120-year history, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center aired a commercial during the Super Bowl. This year’s message was focused on hope and reaching a wide audience.

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New York’s economy benefits from immigrants more than any other state, according to a new national study.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, analyzed 19 metrics and assigned each state a score based on  the economic impact of immigrants. New York topped the list, followed by California and New Jersey.

The data weighed included immigrants’ household incomes, the number of jobs created by international students and their contributions to innovation.

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This spring, when you head into your favorite licensed establishment and look at the taps, you will see a new beer with an old name. Buffalo's Community Beer Works is reviving Iroquois Beer.

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A group of advocates say a state law that helps ensure employment opportunities for people with disabilities is in need of an overhaul.


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The head of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs said he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on the projects.


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Forty doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have been honored in an annual directory that recognizes physicians chosen by their peers.


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Reaching back half a century to Martin Luther King Jr., economic activists have revived King's Poor People's Campaign with the Truth Commission on Poverty.

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Pushed hard by Allentown residents, Buffalo's Common Council is now shoving back against the long and slow expansion of bars along Allen Street.

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Prosperity Fellows are at the Colored Musicians Club Thursday and touring the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor - talking to entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and other changemakers. It is part of an active effort to keep the people here who were educated in local colleges and universities.

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Construction continues on the Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo's East Side, a project that many look upon as the anchor of broader Northland Corridor redevelopment. On Tuesday, elected officials, labor leaders and representatives of the financial community announced that millions of dollars in new markets tax credits are fueling the project, warning that federal tax reform has threatened the future use of such credits.


For decades, Women and Children's Hospital was central to life in the Elmwood Village.  Though the massive structure currently sits vacant, the property still stands as a key part of the neighborhood's future. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First outlined developers' plans to transform the site into hundreds of residences.


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With the music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the singing of the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir, the community remembered M&T Bank Chairman Robert Wilmers, who died in December at the age of 83.

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M&T Bank Chairman Robert Wilmers was remembered during a memorial service Monday, but one of the bank's top officials says his way of running the bank and the way he treated people both inside and outside the bank will continue.

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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has awarded a contract to an engineering firm that will be responsible for overseeing numerous elements of a forthcoming construction in Buffalo's Canalside.


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