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August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM EDT

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM EDT

Business First is recognizing outstanding women in the community. Business First will present awards to more than two dozen area women for their contributions to the community. The Women of Influence Awards are sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank.. They will be presented to 25 women in September. Aesthetic Associates Centre is the gold sponsor this year. The awards recognize the business efforts and community spirit of the women. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges. Colleen DiPirro, the longtime president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Women of Influence Awards, will be presented at a luncheon on Sept. 17 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. You can call 541-1631 for more information.

It's a new era for BlueCross BlueShield of WNY. David Anderson is the new president and CEO of its parent company, HealthNow New York. Anderson took over yesterday and succeeds Alphonso O'Neil-White, who served at HealthNow for 16 years, ten as president. BlueCross BlueShield is the Western New York region's largest health insurer, with 600,000 members. The company had operating gains last year of $25.6 million.