The new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino opened this week. The 67,000-square-foot casino is the first gambling destination in the City of Buffalo to offer table games and slot machines.
Original plans included a hotel, restaurant and entertainment venues, like the other Seneca casinos and resorts but plans were scaled back after legal challenges.
Rep. Chris Collins (R) said, “Compared with what was initially proposed, this fits a lot better.”
Manufacturers in the Buffalo area say business improved in July. Companies saw increased production and orders.
The July growth continued the fifth month of solid production. The National Association of Purchasing Management – Buffalo said its index of business activity at local factories show growth rose sharply during July to its highest level since July 2012, extending a growth streak that begin in March.
Empire Visual Effects will partner with Daemen College, located in Amherst, to create 150 new high-tech jobs in the Buffalo area over the next five years. The jobs will be focused creating special effects for television and movies.
This follows the Cuomo Administration announcement that the state will spend $4.5 million of the region’s Buffalo Billion investment to create a new visual effects studio and train workers in the field of post-production.
Financial incentives, in addition to the Buffalo Billion, include New York’s film industry tax credit program that provides a 45 percent tax credit on labor costs and possible participation in the START-UP NY program, which provides tax-free zones for start-up companies located on or near college campuses.
A pre-business start-up planning workshop, STARTING and MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS, will be held Wednesday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at The Buffalo Main Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203.
The workshop is sponsored by the SBA, SCORE and The Buffalo and Erie County Library. You will learn about business planning, marketing, market research, legal structures, insurance, taxes and more.
For reservations log on to BuffaloNiagara.Score.org. Registration is required. Current pricing is Veterans FREE and all others $30. If you would like the newest edition of the SCORE Business Plan Workbook, add $15.
Buffalo Business First has been answering a series of questions about Western New York this month. The latest is which Western New York community has the largest percentage of big homes. G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor for Buffalo Business First, defined a big home as a house with nine or more rooms. That number must include bathrooms, no?
Click here for the interesting answers.
G. Scott Thomas of Buffalo Business First is a terrific collector of facts, many of which shed light on the state’s economy and the people who live in Western New York. Today, he posted a report on which WNY community has the largest percentage of adults (25 or older) who’ve earned a high school diploma. Click here to find the very interesting answers.
Dr. Thomas Foels, chief medical officer of Independent Health (Buffalo), recently went before a congressional subcommittee to lay out what he programs he believes would “remove the annual threat of looming provider cuts by permanently repealing [the current “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula] and replacing it with a system that incentivizes quality care, not simply volume of service.”
Buffalo News reporter Jerry Zremski opined that Congress may have found ” anew way to pay doctors under Medicare.
Governor Cuomo held a 90-minute closed door meeting with Western New York lawmakers Monday, hoping to rally support for his stance on the controversial Peace Bridge improvements and expansion.
Click here to read the Buffalo News report written by Tom Precious.
The following story written by Stephen T. Watson of The Buffalo News is an interesting look at Catholic Health’s effort to provide important information to current and prospective patients which go way beyond doctor listings, descriptions of departments and directions to its hospitals. The health system will be providing important data that patients can use to make important decisions.
Click here to read more.
Uniland Development Co., a long-time member of The Business Council, is taking on a $5 million project in Buffalo to transform industrial properties into an “innovation hub for one or more technology companies,” writes Jonathan Epstein of The Buffalo News. The property on Ellicott Street is located near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
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