April 23, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:04 pm

First Niagara ponies up $150K grant to SAMA

Connecticut's Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) got a $150,000 grant from Buffalo's First Niagara Bank to teach computer literacy to low- and moderate-income businesses and startups, authorities say.

The grant covers three years from First Niagara to help support SAMA's 13-year-old Empresario Computer Training Program in its offices in Hartford, New Haven, and Willimantic.

The training program includes classes on several Microsoft software programs and the Quickbooks accounting software program.

Empresario was established in 1999 and is offered twice a year in each of SAMA's offices.

First Niagara entered Connecticut's banking market through its 2011 acquisition of former NewAlliance Bank.

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