April 2016: Commerce Corner

Six ways colleges impact local economies

Brooke Rouse

Brooke Rouse

The north country is fortunate to be home to many institutions of higher education. Many businesses in college towns feel the ebbs and flows of a “semester-based business cycle” and periods of particular peaks during move in, move out, graduations, family weekends, reunions and sporting events. The influx of students and their families, as well as a constantly revolving pool of faculty and staff, presents challenges and tremendous opportunity for the local economy. Here are six ways that colleges help to drive the local economy: [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Oct. 2013

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program honored

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program has been named in the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. It ranks 14th on both publication’s 2014 list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs” based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 2,000 institutions.

The lists are based on schools’ level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects, according to a release from the university.

Clarkson was also ranked first on U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of schools that produced the largest percentage of interns among the class of 2011, with 86 percent. The university reports that 96 percent of students in its class of 2012 who used the campus Career Services Center said they were placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation. [Read more…]

Reh Center honors Waddington businessman

Mark Scott, Waddington town supervisor and owner of Artworks Creperie, 2 Main St., Waddington, will receive Clarkson University’s Reh Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award April 19 at the annual Entrepreneur Recognition Dinner. Photo by Jason Hunter/Watertown Daily Times.

WADDINGTON — From its walls peppered with paintings and watercolors by local artists, to its Black Forest crepe topped with chocolate mousse and maraschino cherries, Artworks Creperie, 2 Main St., has become a unique stop for travelers along Route 37.

Although owner Mark Scott is not an artist, he does recognize the importance of investing in local talent — be it the three employees who craft his crepes or the dozens of artists whose works line the walls of his restaurant and gallery. [Read more…]

Clarkson gives boost to entrepreneurs

POTSDAM — For those intrepid enough to forge a small business, the north country seems an unlikely crucible — sparsely populated, relatively poor and saturated with a mixture of independent and corporate stores. However, local entrepreneurs have a powerful ally.

Clarkson University’s Reh Center for Entrepreneurship has helped place scores of entrepreneurs on the path to success through its My Small Business 101 courses. [Read more…]

Growing entrepreneurs

At Clarkson’s Reh Center, Director Marc Compeau develops problem solvers  

Marc S. Compeau, director of Clarkson's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, in his office at Clarkson. Photo by Jason Hunter.

Clarkson University is on the cutting edge of a lot of things these days. Once known primarily as an engineering school, in recent years, officials have sought to leverage technical strengths to create opportunities in business, innovation and entrepreneurship. We sat down with the director of Clarkson’s Reh Center for Entrepreneurship to learn how it has become an influential and relevant force in north country business.

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The push for business innovation

How Northern New York is learning from Silicon Valley to become a test market for the next generation of great ideas

Mark Cornett, NexID Biometrics general manager, left, and owner Michael Schuckers hold fingerprint scanners with co-owner Stephanie Schuckers in a biometrics lab at Clarkson University last month. NexID Biometrics develops and licenses detection software that enables fingerprint-scanning technologies to function with greater accuracy by avoiding spoof-related risks. Photo by Jason Hunter.

Few would argue that Northern New York is a far cry from Central California. What with below-zero degree days the norm during a New York January, but a 50-degree day being considered a California cold snap.

However, the two regions have more in common than one might think. Linked by a shared passion for innovative ideas and an overwhelming entrepreneurial spirit, the relationship between Silicon Valley and the north country is growing surprisingly closer. Will Northern New York ever be deemed the next Silicon Valley? Not likely anytime soon. Although, local entrepreneurs say that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The advantages that the business environment throughout the north country offer cannot be found in the high-pressure, high-turnover world of California’s tech universe.

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Potsdam library and Clarkson University partner for My Small Business 101

The Potsdam Public Library and the Potsdam Computer Center have partnered with the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University to offer the upcoming  My Small Business 101 series at no charge.

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North Shore Solutions: A balancing act

Rising Clarkson junior grows Web biz while taking full course load at school

Clarkson University junior Matthew Turcotte developed his own web development company, North Shores Solutions, when he was 16. He sold a stake of the company to Clarkson in exchange for tuition. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago.

At 16, most teenage boys are worried about getting their driver’s license and how late they can stay out on school nights.

Instead, Matthew Turcotte was developing a business plan for his website design company, then-named North Shore Web Development. Now a rising junior at Clarkson University, Potsdam, Mr. Turcotte has not only made a name for himself in north country web circles, but in the business community as well. North Shore Web Development has grown and expanded since the company’s founding and is now called North Shore Solutions, offering website design and development, site hosting, logo design and branding work, backup services and specializing in website design for municipalities.

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Survey hopes to gather information about village of Potsdam business climate

Clarkson University wants to better understand the business of Potsdam.

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Reh Center honors Lisbon roasters

By Amanda Purcell
NNY Business

Timothy T. Gardner shows off his coffee roaster at his Lisbon home. Mr. Gardner and his wife, Lisa, own St. Lawrence Valley Roasters. Photo by Jason Hunter.

Timothy G. Gardner began roasting coffee in a popcorn popper as a hobby.

Three years later, he’s running a $100,000-a-year business and is the recipient of the Clarkson University Reh Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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