Small Business

Will the CARES Act help keep companies afloat?

Apr 16, 2020
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It goes without saying that many local businesses have been suffering since the novel coronavirus hit. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy Security (CARES) Act to help. It includes low-interest loans and tax credits for small companies. But will it be enough for those who need it? 

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The Queen City Pop-Up market opened Friday for the holiday season at The Shops at Market Arcade in downtown Buffalo.

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Millions of dollars to revitalize Buffalo's East Side are on the way from Albany.

A new nationwide index of small business job growth and wages is showing the pace of those numbers slowing.

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The Internal Revenue Service is extending deadlines to file business income tax returns for small businesses affected by wind and snow storms in the state.

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.

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.

Local businesses cope with winter weather

Jan 7, 2014
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As the frigid temperatures and blowing snow move through western New York Tuesday many local businesses are still working hard. The restaurant Just Pizza says they’re delivering food to areas without driving bans.

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One small Niagara Falls business owner is taking her sweet treats and positive attitude nationwide. It doesn’t matter whether Owner of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets Marry Ann Hess is shaking hands with celebrities, molding chocolates or cutting hair, she’s gushing about western New York.

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It costs about $2 billion a year to deal with the country’s homeless animals according to the United States Humane Society. A western New York pet pharmacy plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s animal shelters to help chop down that cost.

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If you are going to start a business, the University at Buffalo can help for you get going and stay successful. / U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced plans this week to make it easier for start-ups to get funding. Among the changes the SBA would like to implement this year are less paperwork and changes to rules about affiliations with other businesses.

Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul spearheaded an opportunity for area small businesses to learn how they can tap into the international marketplace here in this region.

"Canada is such a strong partner of ours, and for an opportunity for our local business to learn how to export into Canada," noted Hochul.

The Small Business Export Forum was held on Saturday at ECC's North Campus. The forum was established as a means for introducing the region's business people to the available resources that will pave the way for broadening the audience for their products.