August 2016: Small Business Startup

Happy Sailors Daycare

Christine Sharlow gets hugs from Eliza Compo, Hudson DeSilva, and Noah Sharlow at Happy Sailor Daycare in Chaumont. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Christine Sharlow gets hugs from Eliza Compo, Hudson DeSilva, and Noah Sharlow at Happy Sailors Daycare in Chaumont. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

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August 2016 Feature Story: Urgent Care

An acute care backstop

Dr. Walter Mineart, M.D., owner and physician at North Country Urgent Care opened his practice in 2003. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Dr. Walter Mineart, M.D., owner and physician at North Country Urgent Care opened his practice in 2003. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Urgent care facilities ease strains on hospital ERs

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

Although a recent phenomenon in the health care industry, urgent cares have been on a roller coaster journey since the concept began in the 1970s, but after a decline in the ‘80s, they didn’t take hold in the U.S. until about two decades ago. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Nursing Shortage

Closing the workforce gap

CNA student Kasey Rivers practices for his clinical skills test at Samaritan Medical Center last month. Samaritan manages its own resident CNA training program. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

CNA student Kasey Rivers practices for his clinical skills test at Samaritan Medical Center last month. Samaritan manages its own resident CNA training program. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Aging population drives demand for health workers

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

The U.S. health care industry has found itself in the midst of a dilemma. As baby boomers age and the need for health care grows, the nation is struggling to expand capacity, particularly in nursing. [Read more…]

July 2016: Business Scene

Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at IMEC

The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce held its June Business After Hours on Wednesday, June 15, at Independent Medical Evaluation Company, Carthage, which marked its 10th anniversary. Photos by Ken Eysaman, NNY Business.  [Read more…]

July 2016 Feature Story: Craft Beverage

Tapping into agri-tourism

From left, Kaneb Orchards owners Edward Kaneb Jr.  and Elizabeth  Kaneb  with Kaneb Orchards marketing/sales manager Nancy Badlam at their Massena cider operation. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

From left, Kaneb Orchards owners Edward Kaneb Jr.and Elizabeth
Kaneb with Kaneb Orchards marketing/sales manager Nancy Badlam at their Massena cider operation. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Region’s craft beverage industry diversifies as it grows

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

Twenty-one years after the north country’s first craft brewery, Sackets Harbor Brewing Company, opened in 1995, the craft beverage industry in the region has hit its stride as a major contributor to agri-tourism. [Read more…]

July 2016: Small Business Startup

Laughing Dogs Lodge

“I know how stressed out dogs get, and people. I wanted the dogs to feel like they were in a home and not in a cage.” — Patti Gorby, owner, Laughing Dogs Lodge, Glenfield. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

“I know how stressed out dogs get, and people. I wanted the dogs to feel like they were in a home and not in a cage.” — Patti Gorby, owner, Laughing Dogs Lodge, Glenfield. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

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July 2016 Feature Story: Saint Lawrence Spirits

The ‘Spirit of the River’

St. Lawrence Distillery owners Jody Garrett, left, and his son, Bill, in the taproom at the Clayton facility. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Saint Lawrence Spirits owners Jody Garrett, left, and his son, Bill, in the taproom at the Clayton facility. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Hyper-local farm distillery to open in Clayton this summer

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

Sitting outside Fairview Manor in Clayton and looking out over the St. Lawrence River, there couldn’t be a better place that encompasses the feel of the Thousand Islands region, which was Jody Garrett’s plan design from the beginning for his distillery. [Read more…]

June 2016: Small Business Startup

Trillium Center for
Yoga and Health

From left, Shannon Miller, Terry De La Vega, and Jean Benvenuto stand in front of their business, Trillium Center for Yoga and Health, at 25 Market Street in Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

From left, Shannon Miller, Terry De La Vega, and Jean Benvenuto stand in front of their business, Trillium Center for Yoga and Health, at 25 Market Street in Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

THE INITIAL IDEA

Timing was everything for the founders of Trillium Center for Yoga and Health in Potsdam. Shannon Miller, an occupational therapist, and Terry del la Vega, a nurse practitioner, were passing the idea of opening a yoga studio back and forth and the concept even led them to checking out a location before it was tabled. [Read more…]

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…]

May 2016 Cover Story: Economic Development

Securing a stronger future for the north country

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Despite workforce challenges, regional economic development continues to power positive growth across Northern New York

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A rural and historically challenged region where economic development was often stagnant, the Great Recession dealt a significant blow to New York’s north country as its counties saw a spike in unemployment and manufacturing jobs disappear, including about 600 from Jefferson County alone. [Read more…]