June 2016: Business Briefcase

American Wine Society honors Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon Vineyards’ 2013 Marquette Special Reserve was named among the “Top 21 Wines to Watch” by Ellen Landis of the American Wine Society’s Wine Journal.

This marks the third time in four years that a Coyote Moon wine has been included in the Society’s list. The Clayton winery’s Frontenac and Brianna wines have also been listed, and the Marquette was also featured among Landis’ favorite wines on her blog ellenonwine.com.

The “Top 21 Wines to Watch” list is published quarterly and features 21 of the best up and coming wines from across the globe. The list often features wine from locations including California, Washington, New York, France, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand and South Africa.

NNY businesses win SBA small business awards

Two Jefferson County businesses and one St. Lawrence County business were recognized during National Small Business Week at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 18th annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse last month.

Small businesses are selected for the awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment and ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

The New York Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, honored Gram’s Diner, Adams, for maintaining the existing hometown atmosphere, its reputation for good food and participation in community events and fundraisers.

Colleen’s Cherry Tree Inn in Henderson received its award from Watertown Savings Bank for its operation as a cozy gathering place known for a casual dining experience at a reasonable cost.

The New York Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton awarded 2 Mama Birds, Winthrop, with a 2016 Small Business in Excellence Award to recognize a thriving boutique where local artisans can feature their work, as well as the business contribution to more than $5,000 to local charities.