From antelopes to zebras, vet gives the OK before they can cross the border

WELLESLEY ISLAND — Dr. Jeffrey J. Huse, 59, inspects all creatures, great and small, as a veterinarian at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry.

“You wouldn’t believe the stuff he has to check here,” said Shawn P. Lewis, a Canadian trucker waiting for Dr. Huse to approve the load of cattle he was taking south on Thursday morning. [Read more…]

Community Foundation eyes former Black River Valley Club building

WATERTOWN — After less than two months on the market, the building that once housed the Black River Valley Club might once again have a promising future.

The Northern New York Community Foundation announced Wednesday that it is “actively exploring” the 110-year-old building as a potential site for a nonprofit resource center. [Read more…]

St. Lawrence County legislators want Amish to install orange triangle signs on back of buggies

CANTON ­— A long-standing controversy has resurfaced over whether St. Lawrence County’s growing Amish population should be required to display triangular slow-moving vehicle signs on their buggies. [Read more…]

April 2015 What’s Happening Here: South Jeff Wine & Liquor

South Jeff Wine & Liquor

Construction continues on the new South Jeff Wine & Liquor, 32-34 W. Church St., Adams, next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The 5,250-square-foot retail outlet is slated to open as early as late spring. Owners William J. and Gordon G. Bonisteel are moving their existing wine and liquor store at South Jeff Plaza. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Construction continues on the new South Jeff Wine & Liquor, 32-34 W. Church St., Adams, next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The 5,250-square-foot retail outlet is slated to open as early as late spring. Owners William J. and Gordon G. Bonisteel are moving their existing wine and liquor store at South Jeff Plaza. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

What: Retail wine & liquor store.

Location: 32-34 W. Church St., Adams, next to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Owners: William J. and Gordon G. Bonisteel, former owners of Big M Markets in Adams and Sandy Creek. South Jeff Wine & Liquor is presently located in the South Jeff Plaza, Route 11, Adams.

Size: 5,250 square feet.

Cost: $175,000 to $200,000, estimated construction value.

Builder: D.C. Building Systems, Watertown.

Completion: Late spring 2015

Local Jobs: Several dozen construction jobs; handful of full- and part-time retail jobs upon opening.

Features: Open floor plan.

April 2015 Business History: F.X. Baumert and Co.

A family dairy dynasty

Above, the F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and  office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century the factory was the largest of its kind in the country. Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

Above, the F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century the factory was the largest of its kind in the country. Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

F.X.Baumert and Co. introduced Muenster cheese to the U.S.

By Lenka Walldroff, NNY Business

From the mid-19th century until about 1930, Jefferson County reigned as the “Cheese Capital of the World.” In fact, at the time, more cheese was bought and sold on the Watertown Cheese Exchange than anywhere else in the world. Jefferson County’s cheese notoriety came from humble origins, however, with the first dairy farm opening in Rutland in 1834 with 20 cows. As road conditions were often poor, or roads were non-existent, travel took significantly longer in previous centuries than it does today. In pre-refrigeration times, this proved problematic for farmers trading in perishable goods like milk. [Read more…]

April 2015: Small Business Success

Set an effective marketing strategy

Columnist Jennifer McCluskey

Columnist Jennifer McCluskey

As spring dawns and businesses prepare for the summer season, it’s a good time to review your marketing strategies and evaluate their effectiveness. The goal of marketing is to get your name out there and have your brand become more recognizable in the marketplace. More importantly, you want to reach the right customers, make sales to them and help them turn into referral sources for future customers. As Andrew Klausner wrote in an April 2013 Forbes.com article, “developing awareness of your brand — who you are, what you do and why you are uniquely qualified — should in turn help you generate leads which will lead to more clients.” As you begin to lay out your marketing plan, be clear on specific goals and action steps, timing, your budget and message. [Read more…]

April 2015: Business Tech Bytes

Wait and see with Microsoft in ’15

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Since, at times, my column’s subject seems to follow my day job, I’ve been spending a lot of time poking around Redmond lately. You know Redmond, Wash., the home base of software giant Microsoft. [Read more…]

April 2015: Agri-Business

Our region is one with the military

Columnist Jay Matteson

Columnist Jay Matteson

On March 20, we saw an enormous effort by the Northern New York community to demonstrate support for our men and women who serve at Fort Drum. Much is at risk for our community with potentially 16,000 soldiers being removed from the north country. Even if the Department of Defense cut 5,000 soldiers, our community would suffer devastating economic and social impacts. Before the March 20 public rally, someone asked me how a troop reduction would affect our agricultural industry. I explained that because we, unlike many military bases, are one community, agriculture would also feel a significant impact from a troop reduction. [Read more…]

April 2015: Commerce Corner

Family businesses need a solid plan

Columnist Lynn Pietroski

Columnist Lynn Pietroski

When many people think of businesses, they often ask if it’s a non-profit, a for-profit, or a corporation. We rarely really ask if it’s a family-run or owned business. Family-owned businesses are all around us, from small mom-and-pop stores to local restaurants such as Momma’s Kitchen or Shorty’s Diner, or larger ones like BMW, Walmart and Raymour and Flannigan.

But what does it mean to be a family-owned business? [Read more…]

April 2015: Business Law

Maintain clear shareholder pacts

Columnist Larry Covell

Columnist Larry Covell

In February’s column, I discussed options of an owner who wants to withdraw from a Limited Liability Company when there is a falling out between any of its members. If the LLC operating agreement has contract language on member withdrawal, the matter is easy since the method has been established. However, when an operating agreement fails to address it, the member who wishes to withdraw faces an uphill legal battle. [Read more…]