April 2016: Nonprofits Today

Working for north country businesses

Editor’s note: The following information was presented March 3 during the Business of the Year Awards given by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce. The United Way of Northern New York was named the Small Nonprofit of the Year at the event.

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

Every day the Watertown Daily Times prints the names of people charged with driving under the influence. It’s easy to dismiss the names as representing the dregs of society.

But if you are in management around here long enough, one day one of those names will belong to one of your employees, a person who is crucial to the success of your business. [Read more…]

April 2016: People on the Move

Named RBC branch director of the year

B_POM_CyrilMouaikel_0416 WEBCyril Mouaikel, branch director for the Watertown office of RBC Wealth Management, was recently named Branch Director of the Year for RBC Wealth Management – U.S., CEO John Taft announced in a letter to clients. [Read more…]

April 2016: Top Transactions

The following property sales were recorded
in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office in the month of February:

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April 2016: Small Business Startup

Creative Colors International of Lowville

Tim Bush conducts his upholstery business from inside his van, which transports everything he needs to repair furniture to car interiors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Tim Bush conducts his upholstery business from inside his van, which transports everything he needs to repair furniture to car interiors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

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April 2016: Business Tech Bytes

Modern classrooms require good tech

Jill Van Hoesen

Jill Van Hoesen

You have heard it before: technology is everywhere. It is part of your everyday life and it affects most every facet of it. Technology is a valuable learning tool and with the ever-increasing presence in our lives today, how can it not become part of every student’s curriculum? [Read more…]

April 2016: Commerce Corner

Six ways colleges impact local economies

Brooke Rouse

Brooke Rouse

The north country is fortunate to be home to many institutions of higher education. Many businesses in college towns feel the ebbs and flows of a “semester-based business cycle” and periods of particular peaks during move in, move out, graduations, family weekends, reunions and sporting events. The influx of students and their families, as well as a constantly revolving pool of faculty and staff, presents challenges and tremendous opportunity for the local economy. Here are six ways that colleges help to drive the local economy: [Read more…]

April 2016 20 Questions: William Fox, St. Lawrence University

A higher ed calling

William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University’s 18th president, discusses his tenure leading the university and his own undergraduate experience as a member of the class of 1975 in his Canton office last month. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University’s 18th president, discusses his tenure leading the university and his own undergraduate experience as a member of the class of 1975 in his Canton office last month. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

William Fox, SLU ’75, leads university steeped in tradition to new, lasting heights

When St. Lawrence University president William L. Fox first arrived on campus in 1971 for a visit during his senior year of high school, he instantly knew that he’d found his undergraduate home. Fast-forward some 38 years to 2009, and Mr. Fox, a 1975 graduate, made a serendipitous return to campus as the university’s 18th president. With the nation’s economy in a tailspin, he’d take the reins at the storied institution while facing incredible challenges as the university’s endowment plunged 35 percent, losing nearly $100 million. But, as Mr. Fox tells it, the perseverance of an academic institution revered by its alumni helped to carry it through hard times. Now in his seventh year at the helm, Mr. Fox and the team he leads have set a course of innovation and adaptation that he believes will propel St. Lawrence well into the future. We sat down with Mr. Fox last month for a conversation about what makes St. Lawrence a jewel in the crown of higher education. [Read more…]

April 2016: Business Scene

GWNC Chamber Business After Hours at Carthage Savings and Loan

Carthage Savings and Loan Association hosted the March Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at its Arsenal Street offices on Wednesday, March 16. Photos by Karee Magee, NNY Business. [Read more…]

April 2016: Guest Essay

Connecting education with business, industry

Tracy Gyoerkoe

Tracy Gyoerkoe

Career and technical educators have been connecting education with business and industry almost since their inception. In today’s world, it’s even more important for these connections to remain strong, and more and more, all educators are working to connect learning to the real world of work. [Read more…]

April 2016: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Release your expectations and enjoy

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

The large majority of us have dreams.

Wait, scratch that.

Every single one of us has dreams. Desires. Goals. A things-to-do list or bucket list or whatever-you-want-to-call-it list. For many of us, we make a plan to attain a particular desire or goal and then we attach an expectation to that desire or goal. When that goal isn’t met, then the expectation isn’t met. That’s when we crumble. We die inside. We whine and cry and decide to give up, all because we attached an expectation to the end of our desire. But here’s the tried-and-true secret to life: If we release the expectation or outcome of any scenario, some seriously incredible and beautiful things can happen. [Read more…]