May 2016: Small Business Startup

Finally Fresh Barbershop

Ray Cruz, owner of Finally Fresh Barbershop, puts the finishing touches on a client in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Ray Cruz, owner of Finally Fresh Barbershop, puts the finishing touches on a client in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

THE INITIAL IDEA

Massena native Ray Cruz, owner of Finally Fresh Barbershop, experienced his first shave by a professional barber as a child visiting his grandfather in New York City for two months in the summer. [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…]

March 2016: Small Business Success

Maine-ly business with some extra salt

Sarah O'Connell

Sarah O’Connell

This is part two of my 1,500-mile solo road trip through New England to visit a small entrepreneurial venture way up in Down East Maine. The story begins when it seemed that everyone I knew started touting “Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.” I don’t exactly possess the palate of a gourmet, so I’m thinking, “Isn’t salt just salt?” Because basically, all salt was originally sea salt, whether it’s mined from deep beneath the earth or extracted from the ocean. But connoisseurs of salt believe that there are big differences in taste, mineral content and processing, and they are willing to pay the big bucks to have their condiment transported 7000-plus miles. [Read more…]

March 2016: Small Business Startup

A Wholesome Glow

Carmen Gendebien, Co-Owner of Glow Skincare and Spa, poses for a portrait with her lavender camomile milk bath at her farm in Lisbon. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Carmen Gendebien, Co-Owner of Glow Skin Care & Spa, poses for a portrait with her lavender camomile milk bath at her farm in Lisbon. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

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February 2016: Small Business Startup

Attic Treasures Antiques and Gifts

Susan M. Sunderland, owner of Attic Treasures Antiques and Gifts in Evans Mills, and Dale Munn, brother and business partner. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business Magazine.

Susan M. Sunderland, owner of Attic Treasures Antiques and Gifts in Evans Mills, and Dale Munn, brother and business partner. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business Magazine.

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November 2015 Business History: Oneida

A storied past

A postcard dated June 26, 1907, shows the  Oneida Community  Home Building in  Kenwood, N.Y.,  near Oneida. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com.

A postcard dated June 26, 1907, shows the Oneida Community Home Building in Kenwood, N.Y., near Oneida. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com.

Oneida flatware was necessity for utopian society

By Lenka Walldroff, NNY Business

There are few people today who have not used or at least heard of Oneida cutlery. The flatware is ubiquitous in restaurants, hotels, and kitchen drawers worldwide. Since its founding in the 19th century, Oneida Limited flatware has become something of an American tradition, although its roots are anything but traditional. [Read more…]