Boosting Cross Border Business

September 27, 2013 Updated May 19, 2010 at 7:19 AM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 19, 2010 at 7:19 AM EDT

A report in this week's Business First shows how it can be a challenge to break into a cross border market like Canada. Many area health care companies are using marketing campaigns like billboards, radio, television and print advertising to do so. The report says Mount St. Mary's and the Catholic Health System are serving Canadian patients who are willing to pay cash for necessary medical tests. Kaleida Health says it got 7,500 hits through April this year for its kaleidahealthcanada website.

Construction continues at the Canadian plaza at the Lewiston-Queenston bridge. The $130 million project is supposed to ease traffic into Canada and should be complete in 2012. Then the U.S. plaza could see improvements. Business First says the bridge commission has applied for $117 million in funding for a potential future project.

A Canadian family, that owns two Canadian hotels, has acquired two closed Niagara Falls, New York hotels: The Inn on the River and the former Fallside Inn. $23 million in renovations should be complete in 2011 and 2012.