Tapping the Family Tree

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Entrepreneur Josh Parker with wife Alessandra and son Rhett at the Parker’s Real Maple road side stand in front of his County Route 21 business in Canton.

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20 Questions: Family Vines Run Deep at Coyote Moon Vineyards

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Philip Randazzo, owner of Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton, holds onto a popular bottle of wine, left, and the new label wine being produced at the vineyard.

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For the Love of Food, Family and Fine Wines

DAYTONA NILES / NNY BUSINESS The Di Prinzio family stands in front of Di Prinzio’s Kitchen, located at 428 Riverside Drive in Clayton. The restaurant will feature outdoor seating in the summer.

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Keeping family in the business

 Thomas J. Cheney in the garage at his family’s Watertown business on State Street. Cheney Tire celebrated 60 years in business in March. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

Thomas J. Cheney in the garage at his family’s Watertown business on State Street. Cheney Tire celebrated 60 years in business in March. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

Succeeding generations often face challenges greater than ones before for family firms to flourish [Read more…]

Family firms have much to decide

When family members consider starting a small business, one of the first problems they encounter is deciding what type of business entity to use. Family members not only own their business, but work long hours in the business to ensure its survival since they derive their livelihood from the profits. One entity option is a close corporation.

When family members decide to incorporate their business, they should be aware of three important legal concepts. are three important legal concepts that they should be aware of. Under New York state law, a corporation is a separate, distinct legal entity from its owners. It is considered a “person” with many of the legal rights of a “natural person.” It can sue, be sued, pays taxes, has Constitutional legal rights and can even be charged with a crime. [Read more…]

Overcoming family biz challenges

Depending on what sources you refer to, 80 percent to 90 percent of all businesses in the United States are family owned. I think that trend holds true locally and may even range toward the higher percentage. The fact that the majority of our business community consists of family-run ventures doesn’t mean that being in the family business is easy. In fact, many entrepreneurial families will be quick to tell you that working with family is rewarding, but can also be challenging. [Read more…]

Business as usual in family firms

Family-owned businesses are an integral part of the economy and require hard work and determination on the part of family members who run them. [Read more…]

Keeping it in the family: Many north country business owners passing the torch to their offspring

Scott and Kelly Skinner and their daughter, Katie Skinner Youngs, in an aisle at their store. Photo by Amanda Morrison/NNY Business.

Operating a family business can be challenging and rewarding, yet at times, stressful and frustrating.

In many cases, families have to develop some type of “system” that allows them to work together during the day and still be talking to each other at night.

Several north country family businesses have not only made it work, but have been pretty successful at it. [Read more…]

A proud tradition: Fourth generation takes reins at Croghan Meat Market

John M. Campany and daughter Blaine E. stand behind the meat counter at Croghan Meat Market. Ms. Campany is purchasing the market from her parents, becoming the fourth-generation family member to produce Croghan Bologna. Photo by Justin Sorensen/NNY Business.

One of the north country’s most tightly guarded recipes is now in the hands of a new generation of family at Croghan Meat Market.

Blaine E. Campany, whose great-grandfather, Elmer “Buddy” Campany, purchased the market and the original recipe for Croghan Bologna in 1919, recently took the reins as general manager at the century-old store in the heart of the village’s downtown.

Ms. Campany, 23, is buying the business from her parents, plant owners John M. and Charmaine V. Campany. The move comes at a historic time for the Lewis County favorite as 2013 also is the market’s 125th year in operation, the past 94 by the Campany family. [Read more…]

Bruce funeral homes to stay in family

Jill C. Bruce-Wiley bought Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown, and Bruce Funeral Home, Black River, from her father, who has retired. Photo by Amanda Morrison/Watertown Daily Times

John P. “Jack” Bruce, 66, retired in December as the owner of two funeral homes that have stood the test of time: Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, 117 N. Massey St., and Bruce Funeral Home, 131 Maple St., Black River. But the funeral homes still will be in hands he trusts. [Read more…]