June 2015: Agri-Business

Manure lagoons: Fact or fiction?

Columnist Jay Matteson

Columnist Jay Matteson

With a strong dynamic agricultural industry based on livestock, one question always rises, how do farms manage the manure livestock produce? We are fortunate in Northern New York that we have a strong viable and successful agricultural industry that creates jobs and supports our schools and communities. About 200 dairy farms in Jefferson County provide more than 600 million pounds of milk a year to our dairy manufacturers, employ nearly 1,000 people and support our local schools and municipalities through the large amount of taxes they pay. [Read more…]

June 2015: Small Business Success

Business networking with Facebook

Columnist Jennifer McCluskey

Columnist Jennifer McCluskey

One of the benefits of running a business in the North Country is being able to build strong face-to-face networking connections with others living in your small town. I often attend business networking groups, chamber of commerce events, shows, and the like where business owners interact together to build both their businesses and the communities. After one of these groups approached me recently to create a presentation about networking with each other through Facebook, I realized that this is an area that may be lacking in our business community. How can these businesses who have formed strong relationships with each other in-person continue to build on their networking with social media? [Read more…]

June 2015: Guest Essay

Developing local tourism products

Guest writer Gary DeYoung

Guest writer Gary DeYoung

As a destination marketing organizations, the task Thousand Islands International Tourism Council is to market the region as a visitor destination. The postcard scenery of the Thousand Islands, its historic character, its rural charm, its recreational opportunities are all attributes have long been used to draw visitors who spend money. In the end, money is what tourism about. It is not about simply drawing visitors, it is about drawing the money they spend while visiting. How do you monetize the St. Lawrence River? How do you cash in on history? How does fishing on Lake Ontario translate into local jobs? [Read more…]

June 2015: Economically Speaking

Embrace change as an opportunity

Columnist Tracy Leonard

Columnist Tracy Leonard

There is nothing more constant than change. It is happening all around us, every day, all of the time. Yet, why do so many people fear change? When things take us out of our comfort zone, we may feel uncomfortable or have difficulty adjusting. Our options are to embrace it as an opportunity or to resist it out of fear. [Read more…]

June 2015: Executive Corner

Common sense change management

Columnist Bill Murray

Columnist Bill Murray

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today.” — Isaac Asimov [Read more…]

June 2015: Business Tech Bytes

4G LTE can help bolster efficiencies

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

The brand 4G stands for fourth-generation wireless technology. First-generation wireless was the standard analog voice service. Remember when your old analog cellphone would no longer work and “digital” was arriving on the scene? That was second generation, or 2G wireless, this included not only digital voice but data service. [Read more…]

June 2015: Business Law

Small business law for landlords

Columnist Larry Covell

Columnist Larry Covell

One type of small business owner is a landlord who may have one or more residential units for rent. If a landlord has been in the residential rental business for any length of time, he or she will have had the unpleasant task of evicting a tenant. Evictions are governed by the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law. It establishes the legal framework for when and how an eviction is to occur. The legal term for an eviction is called a summary proceeding and it is designed to grant the landlord possession of the rental unit, a money judgement for unpaid rent, and a warrant of eviction. [Read more…]

June 2015: Commerce Corner

Be the change, make a difference

Columnist Lynn Pietroski

Columnist Lynn Pietroski

As I reflect upon my career, it seems ever-apparent that leaders commonly face several major changes or transitions in their working lifetime. With each change, a new set of skills, behaviors, attitudes and way of thinking accompany this challenge, but not without reasons. [Read more…]

May 2015: Small Business Success

Take some time to renew yourself

Columnist Sarah O'Connell

Columnist Sarah O’Connell

In my last column I talked about making resolutions in our personal and business lives to improve our productivity and organization; I wrote about de-cluttering and prioritizing. That’s still going really well. This month I said I’d tell you about my third resolution: trying new things. [Read more…]

May 2015: Business Tech Bytes

Vendor management made easy

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Large, small or in-between, an increasingly common thread among all organizations is information technology vendor management. Vendor management finds most in the role of customer as your business navigates your numerous IT provider offerings, while trying to integrate the best functions and features from each so your business operates effortlessly. [Read more…]