SEDC: Business And Job Retention Are Critical In County's Development Efforts

October 8, 2014

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SEDC's Dennis Brobston talks about the local economy at a September luncheon
The efforts of the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. is focused on job retention and maintaining the businesses that already exist in the county, its president told a group of local business people in September.

At a luncheon at Longfellows Hotel and Conference Center, SEDC President Dennis Brobston unveiled the results of an Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis the agency commissioned to substantiate their efforts in Saratoga County.

He addressed the audience at the luncheon, noting the impressive impact of the SEDC over the last 26 years, but also said the agency has to "balance the work we accomplish. Retention and attraction projects seem to come in cycles. You read about the attraction [of new businesses] in the paper most of the time. We need to be concerned about our existing companies, that we retain them in Saratoga County."
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Chamber of Southern Saratoga County Garners State's 'Chamber Of Year' Award

October 8, 2014

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Chamber CEO Pete Bardunias (right) poses with Marsha Gordon of the Business Council of Westchester and Mick Fleming of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County is the winner of the Business Council of New York State's Chamber of the Year award for 2014. This award, presented at the Business Council's 2014 annual meeting in September, honors an outstanding Chamber of Commerce and its leadership team.

"We are really proud to be longtime supporters of the Business Council of New York and very humbled by this prestigious award," said Pete Bardunias, president and CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. "We worked very hard to become leaders in marine, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and community/microeconomic development and are thrilled that these efforts are being recognized."
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Chamber Official Speaking Oct. 21 Says Women At The Top Is Good For Businesses

October 8, 2014


"Advancing Women to the Top," a research study of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will be discussed by Roberta Zenn Phillips, executive director of the Center for Women in Business of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at the annual fall luncheon of the Women in Business Committee of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County on Oct. 21 at the Century House in Latham.

The study identified and analyzed 12 Fortune 1000 companies that successfully included women in their "top teams" and on their boards of directors to discover how they achieved that success and the impact on the company.
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Mom And Pop's Cafe Opens In Ballston Spa

October 8, 2014

Mike Venturiello and wife Donna, right, with Catina Stewart at Mom and Pop's Cafe

A new diner, Mom and Pop's Café in Ballston Spa, offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options for customers.

Mike and Donna Venturiello started the restaurant in June. The couple, who live in Ballston Spa, have decades of experience in the food industry. Mike Venturiello has been involved with restaurants since he was a teenager, previously working in Italian restaurants and pizzerias. His wife worked as a food service worker for Wesley Community Center. Now that their children are older, they were interested in opening their own business.

"We both have been in the business and have food industry knowledge," said Venturiello. "We were interested in being our own bosses."
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Library Offers Better Access To Financial Information Via National Library Program

October 8, 2014

The Saratoga Springs Public Library will start a program to give people access to better financial and investor information.

The library was one of 17 public libraries nationwide chosen through a competitive process to receive a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) as part of "Smart investing@your library" program.

This grant will help to build the capacity of the library to provide effective, unbiased financial and investor education to the community, library officials said.
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Walton's Sports Shop Moves Into Larger Maple Ave. Facility, Away From Downtown

October 8, 2014

From left, Jeff Yattaw, Neal Pickus, owner Tom LeCours and Kim Lambert stand outside the new Walton's Sports Shop on Maple Avenue (Route 9) in Saratoga Springs.

Walton's Sport Shop, long a fixture on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, has moved away from the downtown area to 640 Maple Ave. Walton's opened on Maple Avenue on Aug. 1.

The Lake Avenue building will eventually house Kane's Fine Wines and Spirits. The interior of the building is being renovated. The bigger space gives more room for his onsite production. LeCours said business at Walton's this far is ahead of last year's numbers.

He currently employs four full-time employees and two part-timers. Because 75-80 percent of orders come in by email and another 10 percent via phone, the loss of foot traffic from the downtown area is not much of an issue.
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Entrepreneurship, Business Management Certificate Offered At SUNY Adirondack

October 8, 2014

SUNY Adirondack is offering a one-year Entrepreneurship and Business Management certificate program intended for those who desire to enter business immediately upon graduation or who are currently employed and who seek to obtain formal education in the field of business to enhance their prospects for employment and promotion.

Officials said the program also supports those who seek to own and operate their own businesses or go into an existing family business.

The coursework required for the certificate program prepares students for employment in a broad range of business fields and provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to assist in various management functions, according to the college.
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Grant From NY-Sun Program Will Result In Solar Power At Saratoga's City Landfill

October 8, 2014

The city of Saratoga Springs will soon move forward with a project creating a 2-megawatt solar array to provide power at the city landfill.

City Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan said the city's contractor, SunEdison, was successful in obtaining support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through the Governor's NY-Sun Competitive PV Program.

NY-Sun is a $1 billion initiative of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to advance the scaleup of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. According to the governor's office, SunEdison and the city of Saratoga Springs were selected among a competitive field of applicants.
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Dunkin' Store, Destroyed By Fire, Returns 'Bigger, Better' As Store And Huge Bakery

October 8, 2014

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From left, McKenzie Burke Klopstock, Jerry Burke, Tom Burke and Tom Burke III, all of Burke Companies, pose in the new store with Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus
Nine months after his restaurant, central bakery and corporate headquarters were destroyed by fire during the holiday season, Dunkin' Donuts franchisee Jerry Burke joined community leaders from Saratoga County to celebrate the opening of a new facility double the size of the former building at 509 Route 67 in Malta.

Located on the same site of the restaurant and bakery gutted in a pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 19, 2013, the new, two-story building is more than 14,000 square feet, including a 7,000-square-foot central bakery.

That bakery supplies baked goods for nearly two dozen Dunkin' Donuts restaurants owned by The Burke Companies in Saratoga and Warren counties.
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Alternative Medicine, Metaphysics Are At Core Of Tushita Heaven On Broadway

October 8, 2014

Tushita Heaven at 423 Broadway in Saratoga Springs features a variety of spiritual items, such as Raku pottery, singing bowls used for meditative purposes, incenses and natural oils

Tushita Heaven reopened in a larger location at 423 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, offering a variety of rocks, crystals and other supplies for those who are interested in metaphysics and alternative medicine.

Dawn Hall opened the store in 2005, when her family was living in California.

Hall used the store to operate a wellness center where she devoted her time to practicing alternative medicine, as well as selling retail products. In 2011, she moved the store to Saratoga Springs, where her husband grew up. Hall is from Maine. The space she has now on Broadway is much larger.
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