What to know about the week ahead for Buffalo Niagara business

What to know about the week ahead

Contract talks between Kaleida Health and the unions representing thousands of its workers are coming down to crunch time.

Negotiations are scheduled daily this week after the two unions and Kaleida decided not to extend the existing contract beyond July 31, aiming to reach an agreement soon.

While the union says a strike is a last resort and the contract expiration doesn’t automatically trigger a strike vote, it raises the urgency on the talks.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Western District of New York on Monday is scheduled to release bankruptcy filing statistics for July. Through the end of June, the number of cases filed in the Buffalo area were down 10.4% from the same period a year before.

Finger Foods is having open interviews from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 6400 Inducon Drive West in Sanborn. The manufacturer of the Original Pizza Logs says it has openings for all skill levels due to expansion and upcoming retirements. If you are interested and unable to attend, call Amy at 716-870-2045.

43North is hosting a meetup for marketing professionals to network, share ideas and ask questions from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Seneca One, 1 Seneca St.

Evergreen Health is holding open job interviews Wednesday with a chance to be hired on the spot. The health care provider is seeking people interested in care coordination positions – specifically care coordinators and clinical care coordinators to help create care plans for patients, assist with navigating the healthcare system and link patients to services and providers.

The open interviews are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Evergreen Health’s service center at 282 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Jobs include generous benefit packages with options for hybrid (remote and in-person) schedules.

The University at Buffalo is holding online workshops on using virtual reality as a teaching tool from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Both will be presented by Dr. Archana Mishra, a clinical associate professor who serves as associate program director for the internal medicine residency at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Monday’s session, “Let Us Play to Learn! Escape Rooms for Engaging Learning Activities,” builds on simulation as an effective tool for students to begin to understand what challenges they may face with their future patients, while also learning about working in team-based environments. The workshop is targeted to faculty, but anyone can attend. Register here.

Tuesday’s session, “Immersive Xperiences: Shifting Time, Space, Things & Learning,” is about creating 360-degree virtual tours. Participants will use the Google Street View app and a smartphone to create 360-degree images and construct virtual tours using freely available online software to add interactive elements including text, photos, video and other information.

A smartphone or mobile device with the ability to install relevant apps/software is needed. A cardboard-type VR viewer makes the experience more immersive, but it is not required. Learn more and register here.

Igniting Hope 2022 will take place Aug. 13 in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. The conference, titled, “Advocating in a New Reality: Breaking Barriers, Maintaining Resilience and Reconstructing a Community of Care,” is free and open to the public. It can also be attended virtually. Registration is at

New car wash locations hiring: GO Car Wash is preparing to open two new locations in Western New York and is looking to hire workers.

The Boulder, Colo.-based company, which bought Rochester-based Royal Car Wash in October, will host job fairs from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 at 1343 Union Road in West Seneca, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at 447 Southwestern Blvd. in Hamburg. GO is looking to hire general managers, assistant managers and shift leaders for its stores. Both locations will open Sept. 1.

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