Fans Support Fort Erie Race Track, Family Business Booms

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM EDT

After a winter of uncertainty, Fort Erie Race Track is now open for its 116th season. Officials estimated that 5,000 people hit the track for Sunday's opening day. On-track waging was up 28 percent compared to last year. Those numbers could have been higher, but new Ontario regulations limit the track's races to eight per day instead of 10. The long term future of the track is still uncertain, but 49 live racing dates remain for this summer.

A special report in this week's Business First looks at family businesses in WNY and how to pass the company from one generation to the next. The report says the key is to make sure the next generation is trained and prepared for the job, not "knighted" into it. Advisers say that will gain support of long term employees.

The paper is complete with a list of multi-generational family businesses. Brown's Berry Patch and its Orchard Dale Fruit Farms dates back to 1804. Mayer Brothers - 1852. Walsh Insurance Group - 1860. Eastman Machine - 1888. Funeral home Loomis Offers & Loomis - 1890.

You can get the complete list in this week's Business First.

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