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Nanotech booms in WNY

The nanotech industry is growing across the state with facilities starting up in Buffalo, Rochester and Utica. All of it is the offshoot of SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, which employs 3,000 people and represents $17 billion in public and private investment.

Alain Kaloyeros, the CEO of the nanotech center, says the facilities across upstate are reaching a critical mass and that the Start-Up NY program will help them along.

This could help turn around the state’s decline in manufacturing. Along with job creation, the nanotech industry expects the growth will lead to opportunities for higher education and research facility growth.

Two WNY medical centers named Blue Distinction Centers+

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York announced yesterday that the Gates Vascular Institute/Buffalo General Medical Center and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo have been named Blue Distinction Centers+.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program recognizes hospitals across the country that have a proven track record for delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions.

The hospitals were recognized for excellence in cardiac care and are the only in in the Buffalo/Niagara region to receive this designation.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year.  Cardiac procedures, including bypass and cardiac stent placement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the US health care system, with more than 1 million procedures performed annually.  These cardiac related procedures cost the nation more than $28 billion annually.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this cost by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care needs.

For more information about the Blue Distinction Program and to see a list of Blue Distinction Centers, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

Business workshop in Buffalo

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.


Business Council on repowering Dunkirk

An op-ed written by Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs for The Business Council, was published yesterday. The op-ed focuses on energy costs associated with repowering the Dunkirk facility, the need for the energy market to remain competitive, and the impact that energy costs have on industrial and commercial businesses, many of whom are Business Council members.

Pokalsky writes, “The Business Council believes that creating an economically competitive business climate is the only long-term solution for the upstate economy. New York needs to promote private sector investment and private sector jobs. Adding unnecessary costs and financial exposure to the electric ratepayer is contrary to that goal.” He added, ” requiring businesses and individuals to buy their energy from specific sources is not a minor adjustment, and would have negative ramifications for a market that is working well.”

Read the full op-ed on our website.

Manufacturers In Western New York having difficulty finding qualified workers

On its website, WKBW-TV Buffalo, NY (3/1, Carey) reported that a report in last week’s Buffalo Business First follows WNYers who have lost their jobs and are now trying to get back into the workforce. The report shows how the local unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, but The Manufacturing Institute estimates 82 percent of the region’s manufacturers struggle to find qualified candidates.

Business First reporter Dan Miner wrote the very good story about filling the skills gap. Click here to read more.

WNY cheesemaker could triple its plant size and double its workforce

Yanceys Fancy Logo 900James Fink, reporter for Buffalo Business First, writes about an expansion plan that would triple Yancy’s Fancy’s plant size and double its workforce. Yancy’s Fancy makes more than 45 different flavors and types of cheeses.

Click here to read Fink’s article about this major development in WNY.

Hochul, Collins election tab topped $10 million

The cost to elect a congressional representative in New York state’s newly formed 27th district surpassed $10 million over the past two years.

A review of federal campaign finance reports by Gannett found that Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, a Chris Collins, a Republican who captured the seat in November, spent $10.5 million. That was one of three congressional races across the state that ended with more than $10 million in spending.

The report, found here via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, showed that Hochul spent $4.8 million to first win the seat in a special election and then to try and maintain the seat last fall. Collins spent $1.42 million in his campaign. In addition, outside sources, including political groups, shelled out $4.48 million on the candidates.

Made in WNY: Mike’s Homemade Candies

Last year, The Business Council launch the Made in New York movement, the centerpiece of which is the Made in New York website. It features those products and services that are produced by business in New York. That’s why the following story caught my eye this morning. Elizabeth Carey, reporter for Buffalo Business First, wrote about a western New York company – Mike’s Homemade Candies. A terrific story. Here it is:

There are certain things that consumers are willing to go out of their way for and good, quality chocolate is one of them. Just ask the owners of Mike’s Homemade Candies. The store has been a fixture at 2110 Clinton St. near the city line for more than 40 years. Before that, the candy shop was on Sycamore for about 10 years.

In that time, not much has changed. Apparently, that’s the just the way the owners and customers want it.

“We never changed our chocolate, first of all,” says co-Founder Anna Melithoniotes. “All of those years, we get it from the same place and try to keep it the same.”

That flavor dates back decades. Melithoniotes founded the business with her late husband Mike, who learned his trade in Greece where he made Greek and European candies. The couple came to the U.S. in the late 1950s. Mike continued working in the candy industry until he could open his own business.

His daughter, Susan Walter, grew up in the sweet surroundings perfecting recipes for homemade caramel, marshmallow and more. “My dad taught me everything,” she said. “We don’t change anything. We stick to original recipes with quality chocolates.”

That means no machinery or production line. “We dip chocolate everyday by hand. We cook our own sponge here and cut it everyday and dip it by hand,” Walter explains. “We have milk chocolate, orange chocolate, dark chocolate. It keeps us busy everyday.”

Walter says the process also allows Mike’s to offer fresher candies to customers who count on quality. “I’ve tried other ones and this is the best one I’ve come across so far,” says Gordon Gold. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t come all the way down here.” Gold lives in Clarence and goes out of his way to get to Mike’s regularly.

Click here to read more.

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See the full list of WNY’s 200 most influential people

Last week Buffalo Business First rolled out the names, at a clip of 40 a day, of the 200 most influential people in Western New York.

Now you’ve got the opportunity to see the entire list. Just follow these links to the slideshows counting down the Power 200 from No. 200 all the way to No. 1:

Nos. 200 through 161

Nos. 160 through 121

Nos. 120 through 81

Nos. 80 through 41

Nos. 40 through 1