Winter Film Festival Success

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The board of directors for the Snowtown Film Festival (from left) Marc Knapp, President, Steve Hunt, Member, Kylie Peck, Treasurer, Jason Maurer, Vice President, and Terry Brennen, Secretary.

Snowtown Film Festival sells record number of tickets drawing large crowds to downtown Watertown

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Watertown chamber celebrates homecoming and grand reopening

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce hosts an open house at its Coffeen Street Office, which it will move back into this spring.  (Wolf)

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce hosts an open house at its Coffeen Street Office, which it will move back into this spring. (Wolf)

Board members, business owners and city council members cheered for the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce and its return to Coffeen Street as President and CEO Kylie S. Peck and Board Chairwoman Jill Parker cut the ribbon at the chamber’s open house and grand reopening Thursday afternoon.

Chamber staff welcomed both business members and interested residents to their renovated office space and offered discounts for advertising and memberships. Everyone gathered in the welcome area to talk business and celebrate the chamber’s homecoming.

“It feels so amazing and exciting to be back home,” Ms. Peck said.

The chamber officially moved back to its former office, 1241 Coffeen St., on Sept. 1, and several staff members said that walk-ins and requests for chamber services have increased.

Amber Stevens, who manages the chamber’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, said she receives about five walk-ins each week. John “Jason” J. Ryder, director of marketing, said that more members have contacted him for market services.

“The old location is dark and gloomy and hard to find,” Mr. Ryder said. “I love being in this building.”

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce hosts an open house at its Coffeen Street Office, which it will move back into this spring.  (Wolf)

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce hosts an open house at its Coffeen Street Office, which it will move back into this spring. (Wolf)

Both business owners and city council members complimented the chamber’s decision to move back to its former office from the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center.

Lynn E. Krafft of Krafft Cleaning Service Inc. said he liked the office because it was located along the “main drag.” City Council members Stephen A. Jennings and Teresa R. Macaluso said that the chamber will be able to provide more promotion for Watertown businesses with its increased visibility.

“It provides an opportunity to showcase what Watertown has to offer,” Mr. Jennings said.

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…]

March 2016: Commerce Corner

North country women ahead of the curve

Kylie Peck

Kylie Peck

Women have been a part of the working class for decades. Today they represent almost 47 percent of the labor force in the United States, according the U.S. Department of Labor. Historically, women have served as secretaries, administrative assistants and receptionists, as well as nurses and teachers, but there has been a radical change in how women in the workplace are perceived. [Read more…]

Business of the Year award recipients honored by Watertown chamber

Krafft Cleaning services’ Lynn E. Krafft, left, and Justin Krafft receive the For Profit, Fifty or Fewer Employees Business of the Year Award Thursday from Kylie Peck, president of Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce at Savory Downtown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Krafft Cleaning Services’ Lynn E. Krafft, left, and Justin Krafft receive the For Profit, Fifty or Fewer Employees Business of the Year Award Thursday from Kylie Peck, president of Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce at Savory Downtown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

With roots in the city that go back to 1915, RBC Wealth Management was among the 2015 Business of the Year award recipients honored Thursday by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce. [Read more…]