Show Me The Money

The government hands out grants, loans and awards in neighborhoods across America.  If you want to know where the money is in your neighborhood just check out this link:

Show me the money!

Interesting stuff.

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The Huffington Post Sold For $315 Million

AOL will be adding Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington to its arsenal. 
AOL will be adding Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington to its arsenal.

The Huffington Post is a very well read website.  It’s owner, Arianna Huffington, has accepted a $315 million offer from AOL to purchase the site.  Huffington will be the media group president.  THe huge new media company will potentially reach 270 million people globally.

The deal caps off a meteoric rise for the news and analysis website founded in 2005 by Arianna Huffington and Kenny Lerer as a more liberal alternative to the right-leaning Drudge Report. In five short years, the site has grown from aggregator to a news reporting site that averages 25 million visitors a month.

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Sarah Palin Spouts Nonsense – Again

Tea Party darling Sarah Palin recently took shots at President Obama - and the protesters in Egypt.
Tea Party darling Sarah Palin recently took shots at President Obama – and the protesters in Egypt

Sarah Palin was on the Rev. Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network over the weekend, another soft television place for her to land.  Robertson probably appeals to Palin because he gives her confidence a boost.  If he could run for President, anyone can.

After she got done with questioning the motives of the protesters in Cairo, she started swinging away at the President as if he were another fish flopping around on the deck on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

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Green Bay Packers Defeat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25

Congratulations to Super Bowl Champions, the Green Bay Packers.  Niagara Falls nativeJames Starks has brought home great pride to the entire area.  Many WNY’ers watched the game while cheering for Green Bay. 

Nicely done.  Go Packers!

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Five myths about the Super Bowl

A challenge to everything you think you know

What is the truth behind the naming of the “SuperBowl”?  Who coined the name and how did it develop a world of its own?  Here are the explanations behind five big myths about the Super Bowl:

1. The game wasn’t called the “Super Bowl” until 1969.
2. It’s the world’s most-watched sports event.
3. The crowd attending the game is corporate and uninvolved.
3. The crowd attending the game is corporate and uninvolved.
5. The game is usually a letdown.

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U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops To 9 Percent

There is a “good news/bad news” scenario going on.  According to a new report that gives a muddled picture of the state of the labor market, U.S. job creation came nearly to a halt in January, yet the unemployment rate plummeted to 9 percent.  Let’s hope the good news, the new lower 9percent unemployment rate is stronger than the bad news.

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A Journalist From Western New York Is Shaken After Violent Encounter In Egypt

The danger in Egypt is grwoing worse day by day.  Journalists are usually allowed to move about fairly easily but not any longer.  On Thursday a WNY native, ABC News Producer Brian Hartman, was on his way from the Cairo airport to downtown when he was stopped at a checkpoint by men he thought were citizen police.  Hartman and his photographer, who was also in the car, was taken to a compound full of angry Egyptian men.

“A man in a police uniform about as angry as I’ve ever seen anybody in my life looking me in the eye. He couldn’t control himself. He was so angry at the media bias and coverage he thought that our cover was bias. He says so help me god I will cut off your head and all the people around us were saying cut head now, cut head now,” Hartman said.

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Before Sunday, a Taste of the Bowl

One of the two new commercials for Bridgestone tires that is to run on Sunday.

Many advertisers are offering previews of their commercials in an effort to build buzz before the kickoff.  Some are actually putting the full versions of their spots online.

For decades, most Super Bowl advertisers followed a simple rule: Keep commercials under wraps until the moment they go on the air.

But social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have ushered in a new era, and marketers are doing what was once unthinkable. In addition to offering sneak peeks of their spots and revealing contents of the commercials, many, like the vacation rental company HomeAway, are going the full Monty and sharing the entire ads in advance.

Brands like Audi, Best Buy, Budweiser, CareerBuilder, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, E*Trade, GoDaddy, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Snickers, Teleflora, 20th Century Fox and Volkswagen are all over social media trying to drum up interest in the commercials they plan to run during Super Bowl XLV on Fox on Sunday.

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Chamber to Present “Hard Hitting HR”

AMHERST, NY- The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and special guests Elizabeth Warren & Janet Owczarczak of Employer Services Corporation (ESC), will present the informative workshop “Hard-Hitting HR: What Every Business Owner Needs to Know” on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Trocaire College’s Russell Salvatore School of Hospitality & Management, 14 Freeman Road, Lancaster.  Registration for the workshop will begin at 8:15 am and the workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

“Hard Hitting HR” is the second presentation in the Chamber’s spring series of educational workshops.  In this seminar, participants will learn how to minimize liabilities and maximize returns by consistent application of HR best practices.  Attendees will develop an understanding of the employment rules and regulations with which they must comply, as well as how to best manage the people cycle, from recruiting and interviewing, to hiring and orienting, to managing and coaching and through separation.  Finally, participants will discover how to develop a dynamic people-strategy that will lead to a significant positive impact for their business’ bottom line.

Jan Owczarczak is the VP of Business Development for ESC.  She brings over 29 years of technical, consulting, operational and business development skills to ESC’s business development team.  Liz Warren is the VP of Human Resources at ESC.  She has served in this role since January of 1999.  Prior to that, she served as a Human Resources Consultant for ESC in a similar capacity.  Liz brings over 26 years of human resources experience to the ESC Executive Team.

ESC acts as the outsourced human resources department for hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses, helping them achieve profitable growth by focusing on their people – a company’s most valuable and expensive asset.

To register or learn more about this or any of the Amherst Chamber’s upcoming workshops, please visit us online at or call 716.632.6905.  “Hard Hitting HR” is $5 for both members and non-members of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  For more information on joining the Chamber, please call 716.632.6905.

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Chamber to Host Networking Event at Quaker Steak & Lube

AMHERST, NY- On February 15, 2011 the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours event from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The evening of networking will be held at Quaker Steak & Lube, 6727 Transit Rd., Lancaster.

Quaker Steak & Lube is America’s #1 Motorsports themed family restaurant.  They are famous for their award winning sauces, which helped them coin the term “Ain’t no secret, it’s the sauce!”  Quaker Steak & Lube has over 30 locations in multiple states across the US and serves of 70 million wings annually.  They have bottled sauces for retail sale, won the title of “Best Wings USA,” and have over 100 local, national and international awards for their sauce recipes.

The After Hours will also feature Erie County Legislator Dino Fudoli as honorary host.  He currently serves on the Legislature’s Health & Human Services and Community Enrichment Committees.  Fudoli’s district covers the towns of Lancaster, Alden, Elma, Marilla, Wales, Holland and Sardinia.

Members of the Amherst Chamber are encouraged to invite non-member guests to this event.  For more information or to make a reservation for February’s Business After Hours, please visit or call 716.632.6905.  For more information on joining the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, please contact Kim Whelan at the Chamber.

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