Mon October 14, 2013

Immigrant businesses prosper at multicultural market

Owner of Anokha Leewu Pou Ma
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Local markets often provide a setting for refugee and immigrant-owned businesses to flourish. The Westside Bazaar is a multicultural marketplace in Buffalo that showcases food, merchandise and crafts made by people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

Pou Ma is the owner of a gift shop at the Bazaar. She came to the United States from China several years ago when her husband was offered a job in Buffalo. Today, Ma is building her business around selling a range of items hand-crafted by family and friends.

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Thu May 16, 2013
Migrant workers

Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms

New York's dairy farmers have a challenge finding guest workers because existing programs don't allow year-round workers.
Matt Richmond WSKG

As lawmakers in the Senate's Judiciary Committee debate the immigration reform bill released last month, farmers in New York State are hoping to find enough workers to fully staff their operations.

It's a yearly struggle in New York and nationwide and according to a report by Farm Credit East, more than 1000 farms in New York could close or shrink by two-thirds if immigration laws were fully enforced.

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Wed April 24, 2013

EPI report finds little evidence to support expansion of guest worker programs

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) says there is little evidence to support the expansion of high-skilled guest worker programs, like those proposed in the immigration bill being debated in the Senate.

The study shows there are more than enough U.S. graduates in the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - to meet industry demand, but only one in two are actually getting hired.

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Wed April 17, 2013

Small businesses push for further reform in New York state, including immigration

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Small businesses from around the state took their concerns to legislators in Albany Wednesday. The message from leaders in the agricultural industry particularly highlighted the need for reforms to support small farms, and boost local economies upstate.

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Tue April 9, 2013

Exiting Buffalo Niagara Partnership head boosts region, supports immigration reform

Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Ashley Hassett WBFO

He’s spent over 20 years with Buffalo’s employer-funded economic development organization and retires in June. The Innovation Trail’s Ashley Hassett sat down with the Partnership’s outgoing President and CEO Andrew Rudnick to put a cap on his tenure there.

In a couple of months, Andrew Rudnick will be trading in his trademark bow ties for golf shoes. Rudnick has been in charge of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, which doubles as the regional chamber of commerce, since 1992. 

Video of the full interview can be viewed below.

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