Seasonal clients benefit everyone

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Warmer weather is finally returning to Northern New York and it’s not just us natives who appreciate the beauty of our region during the summer months. Tourism is one of the north country’s largest industries and it’s not only the communities that offer seasonal attractions that can benefit from the influx of summer visitors. More and more, travelers are looking for an authentic, localized experience and many small businesses in our communities are well poised to offer just that. [Read more...]

4G LTE network good for business

Jill Van Hoesen

Jill Van Hoesen

What is 4G LTE? The term “4G” stands for fourth-generation wireless technology. First-generation wireless was 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. Unfortunately, the data download was still very slow and clunky on a cell phone and we were definitely not all toting around iPads and tablets since data speeds were roughly equivalent to dial-up. [Read more...]

A different type of regional toursim

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

Each year thousands of people travel to Northern New York to enjoy the beauty of nature and the relaxing climate and culture that places like the Thousand Islands region offers. With more than 150 miles of shoreline along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Jefferson County certainly offers opportunities to sit and watch sunsets, fantastic fishing, and many other water-related opportunities. Inland, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties boast the foothills of the Adirondacks, hundreds of miles of forested trails, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and other types of tourist related opportunities. Traditional tourism is a big part of our north country economy. There is another type of tourism that is slowly growing here. [Read more...]

Policies, procedures guide business

Lynn Pietroski

Lynn Pietroski

What are policies and procedures? [Read more...]

Understand risk of loss to cut costs

Larry Covell

Larry Covell

Shipment of goods by common carrier can be a major part of small business transactions. The goods could be manufactured, inventory for resale, or office equipment. One key concerns that a small business owner should be aware of in shipment of goods is risk of loss.
Many risks are unforeseen such as weather, fire or theft; and the loss may not be covered by the business owner’s insurance policy or if the loss is covered, the policy may be insufficient to cover the entire amount. If the value of the shipped goods is insufficient, there is little impact on business operations. However, if the value of the goods is significant, the loss could seriously impact the survival of the business. [Read more...]

Destination marketing grows visits

Gary DeYoung

Gary DeYoung

Northern New Yorkers traveling outside the region are often surprised to discover that many people have never heard of the 1000 Islands. But, that’s not uncommon for tourism destinations that are regionally popular. As a Wisconsin native, I’d never heard of the Muskokas before moving to the Canadian border. Likewise, few people in the 1000 Islands seem to know about Door County, Wis., which is one of the most popular vacation regions in the Midwest.
These experiences illustrate that establishing a tourism “brand” that has broad reach is a challenge that requires significant resources, persistence and a focus on telling the brand’s story to out-of-area audiences. Even well-established tourism destinations have to work hard to keep their brand visible in primary markets and expand awareness in secondary markets. [Read more...]

Consider needs, options in search

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

Recently, I had the chance to participate in an unusual activity for me — house hunting. Even more unusual, the house is one that neither I, nor any family member, will probably ever live in. How did this come about? [Read more...]

Prepare for your visit to the bank

Sarah O'Connell

Sarah O’Connell

Applying for a business loan can rank right up there with a doctor’s visit or a dental exam in terms of stress. But you can get through it much more easily if you are properly prepared. Here are some things to consider before you make an appointment with your commercial loan officer to see about a start-up or expansion loan.
What bank should you choose? [Read more...]

Vigilance key to safe online activity

Jill Van Hoesen

Jill Van Hoesen

Internet threats constantly emerge and the latest two are no exception. Are you still browsing the Internet using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer? It really is time you move to Chrome, Firefox or even Opera and this is especially true if you are still running Windows XP. [Read more...]

Where’s the beef industry in NNY?

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

Northern New York is well known for its dairy farms and great-tasting dairy products. Part of the reason for this is our region has a climate and soils well suited to growing great grass. I mean the kind of grass that cows like to eat. In fact, within 100 miles of Watertown, there are 275,800 dairy cows. Northern New York is ranked as one of the leading milk producing areas in the United States.
But our ability to produce high-quality forage doesn’t only benefit dairy cows. [Read more...]