May 2015: Business Briefcase


Grant funds tourist attraction in Clayton

National Grid and the Thousand Islands Inn recently announced a $100,000 Main Street Revitalization Program incentive to offset construction costs associated with the inn’s renovation. [Read more…]

April 2015: Business Briefcase


Credo tapped for national tobacco control initiative

Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions was recently chosen as the state’s only organization to participate in the 2015 National Behavioral Health Network’s Tobacco and Cancer Control Community of Practice. [Read more…]

March 2015: Business Briefcase

TI Realty joins national franchise network

Melanie Curley, who opened Thousand Islands Realty in 2006, will lead the office now known as Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Islands Realty.

Melanie Curley,Weichert Realtors – Thousand Islands Realty

Weichert, Realtors recently welcomed Thousand Islands Realty and its team to the national Weichert franchise network. [Read more…]

February 2015: Business Briefcase

GYMO changes structure

Based on legislative changes finalized in 2012, Watertown-based GYMO, Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying’s business status has changed, resulting in a shift in corporate business designation to GYMO, Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, D.P.C., or Design Professional Corp.

This state-authorized change allows non-licensed staff to have the opportunity to participate in ownership of the firm, which previously was only available to New York-licensed professionals. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – January 2015

Victims Assistance Center receives donation

Sylvia-Firlik-Buckingham, left, presents Jill L. Parker, executive director of the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, with $1,732 donation on behalf of the Laureate lota chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Sylvia-Firlik-Buckingham, left, presents Jill L. Parker, executive director of the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, with $1,732 donation on behalf of the Laureate lota chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Laureate lota chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held its 30th annual craft fair at the Dulles State Office Building with the Victims Assistance Center, receiving the proceeds of $1,732.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization of women interested in local service and social activities. The organization has five chapters with approximately 60 members in Watertown. For more information on Beta Sigma Phi, contact city council president, Kim Rodriguez, at 489-9855, or Sylvia-Firlik-Buckingham at 783-7833 or [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Sept. 2014

Massena orchard earns best craft cider award

From left, New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Edward Kaneb Jr., Nancy Badlam, Elizabeth Kaneb and Jim Trezise. Courtesy Kaneb Orchards.

From left, New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Edward Kaneb Jr., Nancy Badlam, Elizabeth Kaneb and Jim Trezise. Courtesy Kaneb Orchards.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation presented Kaneb Orchards, Massena, with the New York Best Craft Cider Award last month during its 2014 Classic in Watkins Glenn.

Called St. Lawrence Cider, it is the first hard cider released by Kaneb Orchards.

The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy during an awards ceremony along with the best wines, distilleries and breweries from across the state.

Kaneb Orchards, 182 Highland Road, grows its own apples and presses cider on location.

The cider house offers tastings for patrons 21 and older. It is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday through Nov. 2. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – November 2013

Aire Serve of NNY owners honored

Jeffrey and Joyce Combs, owners of Aire Serve of NNY, received the Top Gun Award from Aire Serve Corporation during The Dwyer Group International Conference in late September in San Antonio, Texas.

Top Gun recipients represent the top 10 percent of the global company’s franchises across North America in sales and operation benchmarks. The designation was inspired by the 1980s movie of the same name and was created by the late founder of Aire Serve’s parent The Dwyer Group, Don Dwyer.

Aire Serv franchises provide installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems at more than 175 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Aire Serv of NNY serves Jefferson and Lewis counties and the surrounding areas. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Oct. 2013

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program honored

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program has been named in the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. It ranks 14th on both publication’s 2014 list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs” based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 2,000 institutions.

The lists are based on schools’ level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects, according to a release from the university.

Clarkson was also ranked first on U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of schools that produced the largest percentage of interns among the class of 2011, with 86 percent. The university reports that 96 percent of students in its class of 2012 who used the campus Career Services Center said they were placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Sept. 2013

Lewis Chamber accepting nominations for Business Person of the Year Award

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is accepting nominations for the Lewis County Business Person of the Year Award for 2013. This is the 32nd consecutive year the award will be presented to an individual that has demonstrated outstanding civic contributions to the Lewis County community.

Candidates will be judged on business and community involvement, as well as on leadership, dedication, motivation, achievements and citizenship.

The award will be formally presented at the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Person of the Year Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 21. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Aug. 2013

Lori Gervera partners with Keller Williams

Lori Gervera Real Estate, Watertown, has partnered with Keller Williams Realty, International, which has about 700 offices and more than 80,000 associates worldwide.

Ms. Gervera said in a statement that the franchise partnership will give her team the opportunity “to better serve their customers and clients with the latest in cutting edge technology and specialized services new to the area.”

The real estate company has been in business in Watertown since 1993 and has four licensed real estate salespeople in addition to Ms. Gervera. [Read more…]