April 2016: Business Briefcase


NNY Builders Exchange recognizes local A&E firm

Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers, & Land Surveyors, Watertown, recently received the Excellence in Craftsmanship award from the Northern New York Builders Exchange for its work on phase two of the Clayton Riverwalk project. The Watertown firm was responsible for the design, construction administration and inspection for the project.

This portion of the Riverwalk picks up where the previous portion left off at the Frink Park Pavilion. The goal of the project was to create an uninterrupted visual and physical connection to the St. Lawrence River for pedestrians walking between the village’s existing commuter docks and the recently completed Frink Park Pavilion and Thousand Islands Regional Docks.


Citizens Bank earns top rating

Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent was awarded BauerFinancial Inc.’s highest five-star superior rating in March.

Citizens Bank has earned the five-star rating for 105 consecutive quarters since June 1990.

The bank also achieved “Best of Bauer” status, a designation reserved for banks that have earned a five-star rating for 25 straight years or longer.

Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent was established in 1919 and operates three branches in Cape Vincent, Chaumont and LaFargeville.

BauerFinancial has been the nation’s leading bank rating firm since 1983.


Carthage Citizen of the Year nominations sought

The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for its 36th annual Citizen of the Year award.

The award recipient will be chosen based on community activities and involvement by the nominee during the 2015 calendar year. Past accomplishments may be included to support the nomination.

Nominators should submit the entry form and supporting documentation by April 20. News clippings, photos and supporting documents can be included. A review board of seven community leaders will meet April 21.

An annual award banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at the Carthage Elks Lodge.


Historical Society nets grant

The Jefferson County Historical Society recently received a $750 grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match program.

The JCHS was one of 1,500 organizations in New York and Vermont to receive a grant from the 2015 Holiday Match campaign.

The Stewarts Holiday Match program received $1.74 million from customer donations and the Stewart’s Shops match. Program money benefits children within the community in which they are won.

The Historical Society grant will help to fund children’s programs inside the Paddock Mansion and historic campus on Washington Street, Watertown.

February 2016 20 Questions: John L. Blevins, Blevins Motors

Rolling with Change

John L. Blevins, Blevins Motors owner and general manager, Potsdam, talks about challenges and opportunities the auto industry faces as vehicles become more efficient with advanced technology. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

John L. Blevins, Blevins Motors owner and general manager, Potsdam, talks about challenges and opportunities the auto industry faces as vehicles become more efficient with advanced technology. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

For Blevins Motors owner, automotive industry is one innovation after another

Forty-seven years after Leland Blevins opened his standalone Dodge dealership, Blevins Motors, Inc., has transformed through decades of change in the auto industry to a multi-brand dealership with an eye for new prospects, including an RV dealership and partnering with Farmers Insurance to open Blevins Insurance Agency. Owner and general manager of Blevins Motors, Inc., John L. Blevins, sat down with us to discuss the evolution of the auto industry and how local dealerships can succeed in a highly competitive, shifting landscape. [Read more…]

January 2016: Small Business Success

It’s Maine-ly business in New England

OConnellWebLast October, I took a 1,500-mile solo road trip through New England to visit a small entrepreneurial venture way up in Down East Maine, and I’ll be sharing his story in my March column.

For now, I want to share a little bit of my adventure through the beautiful state of Maine. What I discovered was, you can take the small business advisor out of the office, but you can’t take the small business perspective out of her. [Read more…]

November 2015 Business History: Oneida

A storied past

A postcard dated June 26, 1907, shows the  Oneida Community  Home Building in  Kenwood, N.Y.,  near Oneida. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com.

A postcard dated June 26, 1907, shows the Oneida Community Home Building in Kenwood, N.Y., near Oneida. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com.

Oneida flatware was necessity for utopian society

By Lenka Walldroff, NNY Business

There are few people today who have not used or at least heard of Oneida cutlery. The flatware is ubiquitous in restaurants, hotels, and kitchen drawers worldwide. Since its founding in the 19th century, Oneida Limited flatware has become something of an American tradition, although its roots are anything but traditional. [Read more…]