July 2016: Business Briefcase


Community Broadcasters expands into Florida

Watertown-based Community Broadcasters, LLC, has purchased four signals from Apex Broad Broadcasting, Inc., in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla., market and filed for transfer of the licenses pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission in June.

Community Broadcasters is in partnership with Northwood Ventures of Syosset.

The company owns and operates 16 signals in Upstate and Northern New York, 16 radio stations, seven translators and three TV construction permits in South Carolina.

The Apex Broadcasting purchase adds four new signals to its radio group bringing its total holdings to 46.


SUNY Potsdam concludes $33m capital campaign

The State University of New York concluded its Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam fundraiser on June 30 after raising $33.5 million to support scholarships and programs at the college, eclipsing its final goal by $1.5 million.

The campaign began in 2013 and exceeded its original goal of $27 million one year after launching, which prompted the college to increase the goal to $32 million.

The campaign received donations from nearly 14,000 and brought in $4.3 million in fiscal year 2015-16 alone.

The Take the Lead Campaign garnered 186 Leadership Donors who gave $20,000 or more, of whom 57 were named to the Chancellor’s Circle that recognizes donors who gave $100,000 or more. The college also received eight gifts in excess of $1 million during the campaign.

The strategic priorities of the Take the Lead Campaign were academic excellence, scholarships, student experiences, the arts and the Annual Fund for Potsdam. The college exceeded its fundraising goals for all of these categories, including the establishment of 96 new endowed scholarships and the creation of 48 additional program endowments.


J&B Meats relocates

Needing more space and place to call his own, John Bushey has moved his J&B Meats from the Valero station across the bridge to 118 Canal St.

After working as a local grocery store butcher for nearly 30 years, Mr. Bushey opened his meat market featuring marinated chicken and jerked meat in March 2015.

With the expanded new space next to Rite Aid, Mr. Bushey hopes to better serve the community and has added fresh produce from Bush’s Gardens, Deer River.

In the future, he plans to add breads and beverages. Eventually he wants to serve soup and sandwiches at the shop.

Fuller Office Supply under new ownership

Fuller & Sons Office Supplies is under new ownership.
Bobbie Stokes has bought the business at 272 State St. The new owner has expanded the hours of business and plans to add inventory to include school supplies and products for the home.

The store is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Coyote Moon Vineyards wins international contest

Coyote Moon Vineyard’s Island Mama wine won a Best of Class and a Chairman’s award at the Dan Berger International Wine Competition in California’s Sonoma wine region in June.

The winery also earned Best of Class awards for Moscato, River Time, River Run and Fire Boat White; Chairman’s Awards for La Crescent and Brianna; Gold medals for Marquette, and Fire Boat Red; plus five Silver and five Bronze medals for various other wines.

Restaurant to open in Stateway Plaza

Prabin Bhat, a retiring Fort Drum soldier, is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Mr. Bhat intends to open a restaurant with Indian and Nepalese cuisine in a Stateway Plaza storefront.

His grandfather owned a restaurant in Nepal and his father was a master chef for an Indian restaurant in Chicago for more than 25 years.

“My father is moving here to help me,” Mr. Bhat said, adding that Watertown doesn’t have an Indian restaurant.

Called B-Hat’s Curry House, the restaurant will offer curry, chicken and pork entries and other Indian dishes that Americans have become familiar with in this country.

It will also serve Nepalese items such as lentils and rice, known as Dal Bhat, and curried vegetables, called Takari. Mr. Bhat also pointed out his grandfather was an expert in Nepalese spices.

His father Govinda will be B-Hat’s primary chef, while his wife Baranga and mother Gita will also work at the restaurant. In all, seven or eight people will be employed there.

Last month, the Watertown Local Development Corp., also known as the Watertown Trust, approved a five-year, $25,000 loan that carries a term of 5 percent interest. He intends to use the funding for inventory, interior renovations and working capital.

Seating about 50 people, the restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. He chose the location – between a Dollar General store and a day care center — because it’s in a strip plaza and he received “a great deal” from the plaza’s owner, Mr. Bhat said.

He’s also expecting a loan from the Watertown Savings Bank to help finance the $70,000 project to get the restaurant off the ground.

To learn about starting and opening a business, the soon-to-be retired Fort Drum soldier got help from the Small Business Development Center and through the Boots-to-Business program at Syracuse University.