October 2015 Business History: Car-Freshner

An international icon

The CarFreshner corporation building at the Jefferson County Corporate Park.

The CarFreshner corporation building at the Jefferson County Corporate Park.

Car-Freshner’s ‘Little Trees’ a global brand

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business [Read more…]

October 2015: Business Scene

GWNC Chamber of Commerce Athena Award dinner at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce held its 2015 Athena Award presentation and dinner on Sept. 10 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton. [Read more…]

October 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Are you giving yourself away?

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

I frequently have conversations with people about the possibility of working together. I share with them what I do and ask them questions so I can understand what they need. In the end, not everyone is ready to invest and I can respect that. Not everyone is ready to step out and do something different and I respect that, too. What I don’t respect is when those who don’t want to pay for services continue to try and get information that paying clients receive. It’s a trend with some people, and it has me struggling between being a giving, loving person and being a responsible business owner. [Read more…]

October 2015: Small Business Success

Grant-funding your small business

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

Business owners who we work with at the SBDC are often looking for funding and ask us if there are grants available to start or grow a business. Unfortunately for a for-profit retail or service business, grant funding is unlikely. [Read more…]

October 2015: Business Tech Bytes

Impressive tech powers the USPS

Jill Van Hoesen

Jill Van Hoesen

Don’t you like to get mail and still check your mailbox every day? When was the last time you mailed a letter or received that package from your online purchase? Chances are your Postal Service had a hand in that delivery and technology was used get to that mail piece your home or business. [Read more…]

October 2015: Commerce Corner

Growth opportunities and cautions

Brooke Rouse

Brooke Rouse

At some point in the life of your business you will approach the question: Should we expand? Should we grow our business? The many economic development agencies in the region hope you do get to this point, and hope you will seek us out for assistance. If, or when, that question pops up for you, here are a few things to consider in the way you grow and the strategy and approach to how, when, where and what you end up doing. [Read more…]

October 2015: Agri-business

Dairy industry faces new challenge

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

At this time last year, dairy farms were enjoying record high prices for the milk they produced, somewhere around $26 to $27 for every 100 pounds, or hundred-weight, of milk shipped. Unfortunately, the old adage what goes up must come down tends to hold true in dairy farming, too. Data from the Federal Milk Market Administrator’s office indicates that farms are now receiving approximately $16 for every hundred weight of milk shipped. This change equals a difference of roughly $10 per hundred-weight from last year. We’ll examine briefly the impact this drastic a drop in prices has on our farms and some of the causes of the decline. [Read more…]

October 2015: Business Law

Final steps in the eviction process

Larry Covell

Larry Covell

This is the third in a three-part series concerning landlord-tenant evictions. My last column covered the proper methods of service of appropriate court papers on the tenant. It is a complicated procedure because in some circumstances, the landlord must give the tenant a predicate notice while in other situations, it is not. [Read more…]

October 2015: Economically Speaking

Hiring veterans: A positive impact

By Ray E. Moore III

While most veterans are highly competent, confident and agile, transitioning from an active duty service member to a veteran has major life-changing implications. Studies demonstrate that the transition to civilian life is the single hardest transition a veteran will make.

After years of intense specialized training and education, technical skills development, developmental leadership and management and organizational loyalty, every veteran is faced with the same question: “what do I want to do with the rest of my life”?

The majority of veterans are concerned with finding a rewarding career after their selfless service to our nation while attempting to translate and convey their military skills and training to civilian skills and related education. Veterans have made a commitment to serving our country; now they are looking to enter the civilian workforce and make a commitment to private-sector employers.

Two questions business owners and executives alike should ask: How can our organization assist veterans in finding a rewarding career? How can we capitalize on the education and skillsets veterans bring to the workforce? Below I will highlight some of these skillsets and traits.

Leadership — Taught through multi-level tiered classroom instruction, mentorship and years of hands-on experience to become personally and professionally competent leaders with the candid ability to guide and direct appropriate resources to accomplish tasks, mentor and counsel lower-level employees and possess a unique degree of adaptability. Composed, confident, resilient, interpersonal tact, sound judgement, sriven, two-way communication.

Accountability — Effective utilization of available resources and equipment, strategic planning, the employment of resources, organizing and simultaneously directing and controlling complex multiple tasking’s.

Teamwork — The core of military performance is teamwork. Veterans have had to work effectively together as a unit, with people from diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, agendas, positions of authority and skillsets. Veterans exemplify teamwork and know that teamwork is a key ingredient to accomplishing strategic goals and objectives.

Dependability — Veterans report early for work, ready to work, maintain detailed calendars, arrive early for meetings, work until tasks are accomplished, rarely use sick-time and they can be relied upon to perform their assigned duties with minimal supervision.

Trainability / Adaptability — Recently separated veterans were contributing members of a highly-trained, highly-skilled modern workforce that can train, perform, and sustain in any global environment. Active duty service members regardless of the branch train on a daily basis to learn new skillsets.

Gen. George Washington said: “When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.” As a result of being a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine our nation has highly skilled unemployed veterans — citizens — with experience in information technology, logistics, communications, accounting, human resources, management, security, science, medical, project management, contract management, finance, health management, command and control and more.

Incentives to Hire Veterans

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, enacted Nov. 21, 2011, provides an expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit to businesses that hire eligible unemployed veterans and for the first time also makes the credit available to certain tax-exempt organizations. The credit can be as high as $9,600 per veteran for for-profit employers or up to $6,240 for tax-exempt organizations. The amount of credit depends on a number of factors, including the length of the veteran’s unemployment before hire, hours a veteran works, and the amount of first-year wages paid. Employers who hire veterans with service-related disabilities may be eligible for the maximum credit.

Finally, hundreds of studies and anecdotal evidence directly support the advantages, positive impact, and value veteran service members bring to the civilian workforce. Veterans are agile, multi-skilled women and men who have strong moral character, broad knowledge, and keen intellect.

Hire a veteran today to improve a lifeline and positively impact your bottom line.

Ray E. Moore III is a project management officer for the North Country Initiative at the Fort Drum Rehional Health Planning Organization. He is a retired Army 1st Sergeant and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

October 2015: Nonprofits Today

Transparent nonprofits build trust

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

An employee of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center was recently arrested for allegedly stealing $45,000 from the bank accounts of JRC clients.

Such news is the last thing any nonprofit wants to hear. But the good news is that JRC did the right thing — it investigated the allegations, called police and is now letting the chips fall where they may. [Read more…]