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No Frills Buffalo Releases Poetry Collection and Introduces eBook Service

No Frills Buffalo Releases Poetry Collection and Introduces eBook Service

No Frills Buffalo, a publishing company founded by Mark Pogodzinski, has released a collection of poetry by Buffalo native Frederick E. Whitehead. 

“Orbs” is Whitehead’s third collection of poetry. It follows the 2009 release of “Songs/Cradled,” made up mostly of song lyrics written by Whitehead. This is the second edition of “Orbs;” the first edition was available in 2011 in eBook form only. 

Mehaffy Reports on Green Code to Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group

Mehaffy Reports on Green Code to Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group

Brenday Mehaffy, Buffalo's head of strategic planning, will be providing an update on the re-write of the City's archaic zoning ordinance.  The event is sponsored by the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute. 

The one hour presentation takes place on Thursday, March 29, at noon in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership offices, 665 Main Street.  Price is $5 dollars for ULI members, $15 for non-ULI members, with lunch included.  Space is limited.  Please register in advance as there will be no on-site registration.

Buffalo Company Receives Two Awards

Buffalo Company Receives Two Awards

Urban Valet Cleaners has grown since its creation in 1995 to include three retail stores, and several home delivery routes.  In 2000, Urban Valet began a new division helping families who had experienced fire or water damage.  The company's RESTORE IT! program cleans clothing, bedding and other textiles that have been affected.

Because Urban Valet works with many insurance companies on these jobs, they are active members in many local insurance associations, including the Insurance Women of Buffalo.  The IWOB is a local chapter of a national organization, the International Association of Insurance Professionals.

"Survive and Thrive" Small Business Workshop

"Survive and Thrive" Small Business Workshop

The Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center will host the second edition of the small business training workshop, "Survive and Thrive: Essentials for Starting Your Own Small Business." The event will be held on Wed, April 11 from 8:30 a.m.

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile Opens in Elmwood Village

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile Opens in Elmwood Village

By Nina Barone

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, a full service, European inspired, neighborhood cheese and specialty food store, recently opened in the Elmwood Village. In 2010, the Elmwood Village Association conducted a consumer needs survey and identified a cheese shop as one of the top five businesses people would like to see open on Elmwood Avenue. Respondents identified the need for five specific niche businesses: cheese store, hardware store, sporting goods store, butcher shop and seafood store.

Located at 423 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile’s current hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.

New Facebook Pages

You may have heard about the new changes to Facebook pages, are you ready? Facebook has announced that all Pages will be upgraded to the new Timeline layout on March 30th. 

The new Facebook page layout is designed to provide brands with a space for outlining events and milestones with images that will turn communicate a story for audiences to be part of therefore creating a deeper level of engagement. Brands are likely to appear more human which in turn, will help with growing more meaningful connections with consumers that feel like a relationship rather than just an impression.

Facebook "Timeline": It Does Not Work, No Opt Out

Facebook "Timeline": It Does Not Work, No Opt Out

Every single person, organization and business using Facebook Pages will be forced on March 30, 2012, WITHOUT CHOICE, to use a timeline that is not necessary, impedes communication, and affects privacy and malfunctions.

You can see a preview of timeline here: https://www.facebook.com/about/timeline

The Facebook timeline has been put in place for business, organization and community pages. The timeline hampers communication, is technically faulty, graphically heavy, and is not user friendly. Regardless of how the technology functions, users do not have a choice. This is against net neutrality, an Internet principle that Facebook supports.