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...]

Business Briefcase – July 2013

Honored by Hanover Insurance Group

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, an insurance agency with a branch in Watertown, has been recognized as the Northeast Regional Agency of the Year by the Hanover Insurance Group. The Hanover Insurance Group is a leading provider of property and casualty insurance products nationwide and presented the award based on Haylor, Freyer & Coon’s service and sales culture, commitment to insurance specialization, product expertise and demonstrated community support.

Haylor, Freyer & Coon is based in Syracuse and has six other offices in New York in addition to its Watertown location: Ithaca, Binghamton, Utica, Rochester, Oswego and Morrisville. It has about 200 employees spread over the eight offices. [Read more...]

Business Briefcase – June 2013

Watertown farm and craft market nets grant

The Farm and Craft Market in downtown Watertown kicked off its 36th season May 29 with 53 vendors on Washington Street.

Organizers have raked in money this year to promote locally grown food. The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce will soon hire an assistant market manager and bolster its advertising campaign for the market this summer thanks to a $9,961 grant from the state’s FreshConnect program.

Lynn M. Pietroski, the chamber’s CEO and president, said the funding will be aimed at spreading awareness to low-income families and providing better customer service. Additional checkout machines will be available for customers to make purchases with EBT cards, and the chamber will bolster its advertising campaign. [Read more...]

Business Briefcase – May 2013

Craft brewery plans opening in Lowville

A pair of Lowville entrepreneurs are trying out a new business venture in the village, and creating quite the buzz.

Dean and Shay Richards, a husband-wife team who owned Wildroot Bookstore and WaySeeker Custom Picture Framing, before it was lost to fire damage two years ago, have launched BarkEater Craft Brewery.

The brewery will be considered a nano brewery, meaning it is a small brewing operation defined by a less than four U.S. beer barrel brew system. Following the fire that damaged a considerable portion of the historic Times block in Lowville, Mr. Richards said he began working as a carpenter in Old Forge while his wife finished a bachelor’s degree through Pennsylvania State University online. He forged a business plan while commuting to and from the Adirondacks. BarkEater is the English translation of the Adirondack region. [Read more...]

Owner to add beer sales in building occupied by Arsenal Street Wine

Workers install the framework for the entrance to Bottle Caps Beverage Center, a separate business located in the same building as Arsenal Street Wine & Liquor Depot. The new business will enable all types of alcohol to be sold, without requiring customers to drive to a different location, while at the same time complying with state law. Photo by Amanda Morrison/Watertown Daily Times.

Under state law, beer and wine can’t be sold in the same store. But Mary R. Miles, owner of Arsenal Street Wine & Liquor Depot, found a solution to that problem.

Cases of cold beer will be sold by Bottle Caps Beverage Center, a convenience store being built in the basement of the building occupied by the wine store at 940 Arsenal St. An array of brews will be showcased in a large walk-in cooler at the business, a 2,400-square-foot retail space separated from Arsenal Street Wine that’s set to open at the end of May. [Read more...]

Fireside at Partridge Berry Inn closes restaurant; is now event center

The Fireside at Partridge Berry Inn, 26561 Route 3, Watertown, closed its restaurant last week to become exclusively an event center. [Read more...]