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Burt Notarius, president of Prime Wines & Spirits, has been named Retailer of the Year by Beverage Dynamics, the nation's leading beverage merchandising magazine.

Known as Premier Liquor for almost three decades, the store at 3445 Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda changed its name four years ago. The magazine credited Notarius, 55, for opening one of nation's first wine and spirits superstores and for being one of the first retailers in the state to discount distilled spirits and wine and advertise prices.

Notarius' sons operate Premium Wine & Liquors at 7980 Transit Road in Amherst.

Federal disaster loans available in 4 counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that federal disaster loans are available to small, non-farm, agriculture-dependent businesses in Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Monroe counties.

The disaster declaration was issued as a result of the frost and freezing that occurred Feb. 1-April 30, 1998.

Eligible small businesses may qualify for loans of up to $1.5 million. The loans are available at 4 percent interest with loan terms of up to 30 years.

For additional information, call 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Disaster Area 1 office at 360 Rainbow Boulevard South, third floor, Niagara Falls.

Directory lists women-, minority-owned firms

A new directory has been published that lists more than 350 minority and women-owned businesses in Erie County.

The free directory was made possible by a grant from the Citibank Foundation and city and county funding and was put together by the Office of Urban Initiatives, a local community economic development corporation that provides assistance to minority and women entrepreneurs.

The annual directory is being distributed at more than a dozen sites and is also available on the at www.buffalo-oui.com. For more information call the OUI at 829-2306.

Sheraton Inn becomes Four Points Hotel

The Sheraton Inn -- Buffalo Airport on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga has become a Sheraton Four Points Hotel.

The Four Points franchise was introduced by ITT Sheraton in 1995 and has become one of the nation's fastest-growing chains.

The identity change comes with no alteration to property or services. The hotel continues to offer 292 rooms, a full-service restaurant and 12,000-square-feet of meeting space.

Women's Hall of Fame puts area exec on board

Marsha Henderson, KeyBank's Western New York District president, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

Ms. Henderson will chair the eight-member board's finance committee.

The hall is a not-profit educational institution and museum celebrating the achievements of American women. It was established in 1969.