December 2015: Business Briefcase


St. Lawrence County sales tax revenues down

Sales tax revenues in St. Lawrence County are continuing to decline compared with a year ago. [Read more…]

2015 Class of 20 Under 40


This year’s class of 20 Under 40:

A development director, a news anchor, an assistant principal, an operations and IT supervisor, an advertising account executive, a financial director, health care professionals, a chief of staff and business owner, a village mayor, a civil engineer, an installation forester, a company president and a few directors.

Our fifth annual 20 Under 40 class was the most competitive field yet, and these individuals represent a snapshot of Northern New York’s most accomplished, dedicated and involved young professionals, across three Northern New York counties and across a wide range of nonprofits, businesses.
All of these young men and women are involved in some shape or form in their community, whether by serving on an organization’s board, creating an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosting a polar bear dip, or something as simple as helping to coaching a community basketball team or participating a charity 5K run/walk.

All of these leaders, who are between the ages of 25 and 39, were chosen not only by the editors and staff of NNY Business magazine, but by virtue of glowing recommendations from their peers and employers. And not only do these emerging leaders, who embody the prized north country values of compassion, hard work and selflessness, make time in hectic schedules to volunteer in the community, they give their very best in challenging career fields each and every day, all out of an effort to make the place they have chosen to stay in and call home the very best place it can be.

December 2015: Business Tech Bytes

Maintain digital security this season

Jill Van Hoesen

Jill Van Hoesen

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. The most wonderful time of the year for cyber criminals, that is. ThreatMetrix, a digital identity company, recently released a report predicting a 25 percent increase in cyber attacks during the 2015 holiday season alone. Holiday scams of seasons past have been limited to telephone and direct mail, but cyber criminals will be in overdrive this holiday season trying to scam you and yours. [Read more…]

December 2015: Agri-Business

How will $15 wage impact farms?

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

According to Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau, “New York farmers are simply unable to afford a $15 minimum wage in this day of national and global competition that already leads to razor-thin margins.The governor’s proposal will increase costs on farms across New York by $500 million, when our business environment is already suffering. This is not the way to invest in the upstate and rural economy.” [Read more…]

December 2015 Feature Story: Patterson’s Taxidermy

A mounting success


At age 45, Maxwell J. Patterson, owner of Patterson’s Taxidermy, 144 Church St., Alexandria Bay, decided to turn his passion for taxidermy into a full-time business. “My grandfather taught me when I was about 12 years old,” he said. Photo by Anthony Machia, NNY Business.

Taxidermist turns passion into business

By Norah Machia, NNY Business

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December 2015: Strategic Planning

The season is now to make a plan

Paul Luck

Paul Luck

Making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out …

Welcome to the holiday season: family gatherings, big meals, shopping, parades, bowl games, shopping, presents, pageants, concerts and Tom & Jerry’s — did I mention shopping? — and so much more to add to the anxiety of life. [Read more…]

December 2015: People on the Move

Firm adds new counsel

Burrows2 WEBConboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall recently announced that James A. Burrows recently joined the firm. [Read more…]

December 2015: Executive Insights

Are you a manager, a leader or both?

Columnist Bill Murray

Bill Murray

According to Stephen Covey, management is a bottom line focus: How can I best accomplish certain things? Leadership deals with the top line: What are the things I want to accomplish? [Read more…]

December 2015: Economic Snapshot

Economic indicators

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December 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Are you a multi-passionate leader?

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

I’ve often thought something was wrong with me because all my life I’ve had so many interests in so many things. I wanted to be a singer. An actress. A comedian. A writer. I wanted to be an incredible speaker and travel the world. I wanted to write books and screenplays and teleplays and stage plays and be a star. I remember standing outside my grandmother’s house watching “Solid Gold” through the living room window when I was 12, my heart aching to be recognized like those dancers. I would watch the show from outside so I could dance like the ladies on TV without anyone seeing me. Which is good, because I am not a dancer. [Read more…]