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Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Introducing new column: Ask the Local Doctor

post by Howard B. Owens in Ask the Local Doctor, business, insource, medicine

Next week, look for a new feature on The Batavian: "Ask the Local Doctor."

This will be a new weekly feature on The Batavian sponsored by Insource Urgent Care.

Readers of The Batavian are invited to e-mail medical questions to [email protected] and the professional staff at Insource will review the questions and pick one each week to answer in the "Ask the Local Doctor" weekly column.

Insource is tied into a network of local providers as well as partnering with some of the leading clinics and specialists in Western New York such as the Dent Neurologic Institute, Excelsior Orthopedics, UB Neurosurgery and Dr. Ross Sherban, a spine surgeon with Simmons and Sherban Spine and Orthopedics.

The column will give readers access to this broad and deep wealth of local medical knowledge so that a range of medical issues can be addressed.

If a reader's question is selected, the reader will be eligible to receive a free flu shot from Insource.

Of course, questions will be published without the name of the reader who submitted the question.

The e-mail inbox is open. Submit your questions to [email protected]

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Dunkin' Donuts plans to open location in Le Roy by the spring

post by Howard B. Owens in business, Dunkin' Donuts, Le Roy

It's not just an Internet rumor -- Dunkin' Donuts is indeed going to open a location in Le Roy.

Reached at home this evening, Le Roy's code enforcement officer Jeff Steinbrenner confirmed that a representative of the new location brought plans before the Town Planning Board Oct. 15.

He said the shop should be open by spring.

The location is between Pizzaland and Townsend Energy on West Main Street, in the Village.

The lot has been vacant for probably 30 years, said Mayor Greg Rogers. Longtime residents will remember it as the spot of the old Grove Motel.

No further information is available at this time.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hawley praises law capping assessment increases for farmers

post by Howard B. Owens in agriculture, business, steve hawley

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) expressed pleasure today at the news that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation creating a 2-percent agricultural assessment cap into law. Hawley, a cosponsor of this cap, sees this as crucial to ensuring our farming families can afford to maintain their operations for generations to come.

“Our local farms have felt the squeeze from constantly escalating taxes in recent years,” Hawley said. “The agricultural assessment will be crucial in giving our farming families some financial breathing room, allowing them to stay on their land for generations to come and continue doing what they do best: producing the locally grown, healthy products our state relies on.”

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

Liberty Pumps names new CFO

post by Howard B. Owens in bergen, business, liberty pumps

Message from Charlie Cook, CEO of Liberty Pumps:

I am very pleased to announce that Dennis Burke has been promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Liberty Pumps effective October 1.

Dennis has been with the company for 21 years serving in a wide variety of roles. He is currently our Manager of Finance and Human Resources, which includes the management of our Accounting department. His new position and title more accurately encompass and acknowledge those responsibilities among several others. He is an essential member of the Liberty management team. A 1985 graduate of Byron-Bergen, Dennis has a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. John Fisher College and an MBA from the University of Buffalo. He also has his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a member and past president of the GAPA Human Resources Association. Dennis is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Genesee and is very active and involved in the community.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Batavia Downs shows off modern new casino room during grand reopening ceremony

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, business

This afternoon, Batavia Downs hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening of its casino room expansion on the first floor of the historic facility.

The new gaming area has been open for a week and that first week of revenue exceeded by 20 percent the previous record week for Batavia Downs, said Ryan Hasenauer, marketing director for Batavia Downs.

The expanded casino area also includes a new sports bar called Rush 34, officially hosted by former Bills great Thurman Thomas.

Ribbon cutton: Assemblyman Steve Hawley, State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, State Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer and Maurice Gardner, representing the City of Buffalo.

Speaking is State Sen. Patrick Patrick Gallivan, who represents Erie and Wyoming counties, which are counties that also benefit from revenue generated by Batavia Downs.

Speaking, Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

Among the amenities in the expansion is a water fountain that drops water in sculpted form, be it letters spelling out Batavia Downs, symbols from slot machines or geometic patterns. Here's a video of the fountain:

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

Batavia Downs announces grand reopening for this afternoon

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, business

Press release:

Batavia Downs Gaming will be celebrating it Grand Reopening Celebration with a ribbon cutting and reception beginning at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Attending will be members of the Western New York legislative delegation including State Senators George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Michael Ranzenhofer as well as other local dignitaries including Assemblyman Steven Hawley. Former Buffalo Bill Ruben Brown will also be in attendance.

Following the ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. in the lobby, attendees are invited for tours of the facility and of Thurman Thomas’ new Sports Bar; 34 Rush. Drawings for Free Play and other Grand Reopening giveaways will occur on the gaming floor.

As a public benefit corporation, all profits from Western OTB and Batavia Downs Gaming net expenses are contributed back to the 15 counties and two cities of Western New York.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

GCEDC offering two free training seminars to help small businesses make more money

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) announced that registration is  open for two free upcoming training sessions designed to help small business owners identify new opportunities for increasing profitability: “Selling to the Government – The Whole Story,” and “Foreign Trade Zone Basics: What is an FTZ and Does it Make Sense for My Company?”

Selling to the Government – The Whole Story” will offer unique insights and strategies for small business owners to sell their goods and services to the federal government. The seminar, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GCEDC’s headquarters  (99 MedTech Drive, Batavia), will provide the steps necessary to explore the marketplace and existing opportunities, including:

  • What the government looks for in a prospective contractor How to research the market to find opportunities and required registrations;
  • How to capitalize on those opportunities to generate results.

Presenters will include Paulette Birch, program director of the Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); and Jean Kase, a government contracting specialist also with the PTAC.

To learn more and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.monroecountyfingerlakesptac.org/node/89

“The federal government is the largest purchaser in the world, spending nearly $540 billion per year on goods and services,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of the GCEDC. “There are tremendous opportunities for large and small businesses to find success in the market selling goods and services to the federal government.”

The second free seminar, “Foreign Trade Zone Basics: What is an FTZ and Does it Make Sense for my Company?”, will provide an detailed introduction to and description of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), offering insights into how business owners leverage Genesee County’s FTZ status to receive tax breaks and other benefits such as avoiding customs duties or government excise taxes.

This seminar will be held on Oct. 23 from 9:30-10:30am at Moon Java Café, located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia. To register, contact Chris Suozzi, vice president at the GCEDC, at 585.343.4866 or [email protected] ; or Julie Pacatte, economic development coordinator at Batavia Development Corporation, at 585.345.6380 or [email protected]

“Understanding what Genesee County’s FTZ status means as far as tax incentives and other benefits is absolutely critical for business owners whose goods are transported to and/or from this area,” Hyde said. “Because an FTZ is considered to be outside the customs territory of the United States, there are huge cost savings that potentially exist for those conducting business in this region, and we want to make sure business owners understand and take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Griffith Energy supports breast cancer research, has new pink propane delivery truck for this region

post by Billie Owens in business, griffith energy

Press release:

Griffith Energy, a Superior Plus Company, has announced the introduction of its first pink propane delivery truck to the greater Rochester market to generate funds in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). Since 2010, Superior Plus Energy Services—the parent company of Griffith Energy—has donated over $200,000 to fund research to prevent breast cancer and find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime through clinical and translational research worldwide.

The new truck, known as a bobtail, is the first propane delivery vehicle in Company’s pink truck fleet, and the first pink truck program vehicle to serve the Genesee Valley region. Other pink Company trucks deliver heating oil to customers in New England, Pennsylvania and Central New York. For every gallon of fuel delivered, Griffith Energy and Superior Plus donate $0.05 to BCRF, with a minimum annual donation of $50,000.

“We all have acquaintances and loved ones who have had to live with the terrible implications of breast cancer,” said Ray Eighmey, Griffith Energy Customer Service Center manager for the Rochester region. “We are very proud of our pink truck program. While we’re helping our customers warm their homes or businesses, we’re fueling the research and education needed to create a world without breast cancer."

Customers who receive a Griffith Energy propane delivery off the pink truck will receive a special pink bag, reminding them that their delivery supported breast cancer research. 

About Griffith Energy and Superior Plus Energy Services

Superior Plus Energy Services is a leading supplier of quality energy products, including propane, heating oil, gasoline and diesel, as well as kerosene, electricity and natural gas in select markets. Since 1922, Superior Plus has served residential, commercial, industrial, government, transportation and agricultural customers in the northeast and mid Atlantic regions. The company, which operates as Griffith Energy and Burnwell Gas in Upstate New York, also installs and services heating and air conditioning equipment. Superior Plus Energy Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Superior Plus Corp (Trading Symbol: SPB on TSX). For more information visit www.superiorplusenergy.com.

 About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has raised more than $450 million in the last 20 years to advance the world's most promising breast cancer research to achieve prevention and a cure in our lifetime. In 2013, BCRF will commit $45 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers at major medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible charities. It has earned four stars from Charity Navigator since 2002 and is the only breast cancer organization awarded an "A+" from CharityWatch. For more information, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Batavia-based healthcare practice joins HEALTHeLINK

post by Billie Owens in business

Press release:

Nearly 3,000 physicians throughout Western New York are utilizing HEALTHeLINK to improve the quality of care, enhance patient safety and reduce health care costs. Batavia-based practice Ladies First, Krysten Schmidt, MD, is the latest to participate in HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange.

HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among the region’s hospitals, health insurance plans, physician offices, and other health care organizations to allow medical information that has been recorded electronically to be accessed by the physicians who need it, when they need it and where they need it. With HEALTHeLINK, physicians can have immediate and secure access to this information and can quickly and safely treat their patients by avoiding harmful drug interactions or other potential complications.

Authorization is needed to provide treating medical professionals access to the information needed to care for you more effectively. More than 500,000 Western New Yorkers have completed a HEALTHeLINK consent form to date. Ask your physician or download one at wnyhealthelink.com.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Local tattoo artist opens own shop on West Main Street, Batavia

With the encouragement of friends, her father, as well as her fiancée, Lisa Vokes decided start her own business and recently opened House of Kolor at 218 W.Main St., Batavia.

Her own full-service tattoo and piercing job shop seemed like the logical next step in her career, she said.

"I had reached a plateau and I wanted to branch out on my own," she said while creating a cover-up tattoo on the back of Brad Strzelecki.

Vokes worked locally for six years before deciding to strike out on her own, but her father was encouraging her to apply her artistic talent in body art for years before she took up the craft.

"Ever since I was young, my dad wanted me to be a tattoo artist," Vokes said. "He used to tell me he would buy me my own kit and we could sit at the kitchen table and I could tattoo him all day if I wanted to."

Vokes never took Pops up on the offer, but after she finished school, she deciding becoming a tattoo artist would be a good career choice.

"My father couldn't be prouder of me now," Vokes said.

As a young artist she loved drawing dog portraits and that quickly became one of her specialties in body art as well.

Creating meaningful tattoos for people is gratifying, Vokes said.

"It's amazing the connections you make and the people you get to meet," Vokes said.
"It's unreal.

"I love doing tattoos for people when they have meaning," Vokes added. "I've had several people who I've done memorial pieces for and they've actually gotten up and been in tears and given me a hug and said thank you. It's a great thing. People really appreciate it when you do things for them that have meaning. It's awesome."

Vokes said she's grown a lot over the past few years as a tattoo artists and appreciates the chance to do good work for people, especially when given the chance to do something unique, one-of-a-kind.

"Honestly, I really like to freehand on people now," Vokes said. "I don't like using the stencils anymore, so it's more like my art and it's going on their body forever. It's a special thing."

Vokes thinks it's important that no matter where somebody goes for ink, they make sure they like the artist, both as a person and their style, and that the parlor is following proper and safe procedures.

"It's important to find artists you like and are comfortable with and that you look at their portfolio and like their style," Vokes said. "If you're not comfortable with somebody, it's not worth going to them.

"It's going on your body for life and you want to make sure they're doing the right job," she added.

Vokes with her fiancée and business partner, D.J. Snyder.

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