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A family-owned supermarket on Syracuse’s west side, which has been open for nearly 100 years, is expected to close its doors next month. It is a loss for residents in an area with some of the highest concentration of poverty in the city.

Nancy Gardner has been living on the west side and coming to the Nojaim Brothers Supermarket her entire life. She said it was a shock to hear they are closing.

“This is like close to home where you can shop," Gardner said. "I don’t know what people are going to do without. Because there is no other shopping near here.”

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Members of the New York State Inspector General's office searched the Port of Oswego's administrative offices for several hours Wednesday. Terrence Hammill, the port board of directors chairman, says the state seized the director's business cellphone and computer, but he says he's in the dark about why they were there.

"We’re a little bit mystified," Hammill said. "There’s nothing going on that would come across our mind as an issue for the inspector general’s office."

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A plant in the North Country that produces the famous Philadelphia-brand cream cheese has triggered a mandatory water conservation order in the Village of Lowville, and the issue may have been a result of a misunderstanding between village leaders and the owner of the plant.

When Kraft-Heinz announced in 2015 that the company would make a $100 million expansion of its Lowville plant, the village's mayor Donna Smith says they were aware that it would require more water. But Smith says there was a discrepancy on how much they would choose to use in a given period of time.

Vernon Downs Racing Casino and Hotel

The owner of Vernon Downs Jeff Gural says without intervention from state lawmakers, his business will close.

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State and local officials in the Mohawk Valley say a Danish company's decision to come to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute's campus in Marcy bodes well for the site's nanocenter. 

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The del Lago Casino in Seneca County has opened its doors. The  $440 million facility is one of several casinos opening in upstate after after New Yorkers approved a referendum in 2013 that allows for the creation of four non-Indian casinos upstate.

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At an economic forecast luncheon in Auburn, local officials were optimistic about Cayuga County's recovery. The county has recouped more than 90 percent of the jobs it lost in the recession and the unemployment rate continues to decline. Now the challenge is preparing the local workforce for those openings.

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As friends and family return home for the holidays, one event in Syracuse is trying to convince them to stay. The “Come Home to Syracuse” event connects former residents with employers in the area.

Believe in Syracuse Executive Director John DeSantis said the event targets individuals that used to live in Syracuse and tries to get them to think about the Syracuse community and the idea of moving back.

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The proposed nanotechnology center in Marcy is losing its main investor after the project has become entangled in the state corruption scandal involving the governor’s upstate development programs.

The Austrian company AMS, AG has pulled out of the 450-acre Nanocenter, a chip fabrication project at the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Destiny USA blog.

Destiny USA announced that they are partnering with Embassy Suites by Hilton on the 200-room hotel that's been under construction in the Inner Harbor since June. A 12-year, $7 million tax deal was granted to the Destiny hotel by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency earlier this year.

Community benefits included in the tax deal require that 15 percent of the 200 construction jobs on the hotel go to women and minority-owned businesses. Destiny USA’s David Aitken said while the company has not hit that target yet, they still intend to.

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is ordering the central New York aluminum manufacturer Novelis to work with its employees to create a union. 

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Now that a $7 million tax deal has been approved for a new hotel at Destiny USA, construction is expected to begin on it in June. Controversy remains over which of the region's development agencies should be approving these kinds of tax deals.

Opponents say that for the last three decades, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, which unanimously approved the Destiny Hotel deal, have traditionally deferred city projects to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency.

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CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson said despite encouraging economic developments in central New York over the past few years, the economy and population of the region is stagnant. Simpson said the current trajectory of Syracuse and Onondaga County is not sustainable.

“Does our community have the appetite to disrupt this cycle, this system, of economic stagnation, or don’t we?” Simpson asked.

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There are six hotels currently under construction in the Syracuse area and one in Cazenovia, some of which are receiving or could soon start receiving tax breaks. The hotel building boom in Syracuse is part of a trend happening in cities across the state and nationwide.  

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There will be some life at the former Hotel Syracuse this weekend for the first time in over a decade. Hotel Developer Ed Riley is allowing the the St. Patrick’s parade committee to hold a couple of private events in the hotel’s lobby Friday and Saturday.

“This year it’s just very low key," Riley said. "It’s really for the parade and the parade committee to assist them with maybe raising some money and maybe making sure that continues on as a Syracuse tradition for many years.”  

Riley said the historic hotel is already booked a couple of days.

Destiny USA

Two years ago, Destiny USA proposed building a $75 million hotel with about 250 rooms. Destiny is now renewing its request for a tax deal with the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency.

It’s a slightly scaled back version of the original proposal. A $48 million project with 209 rooms. Destiny wants an estimated $6.8 million in tax relief from the county agency over the next 12 years. David Aitken of Destiny said it is about growing the region’s tourism industry. 

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is encouraging small business owners to take advantage of a free training program that he says is helping revitalizing downtown Syracuse.

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Protesters came to a new hotel being built at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor to voice their opposition to a multi-million dollar tax deal. They are upset because currently the developers are not required to hire local workers. The city of Syracuse is in the middle of a lawsuit with the COR Development Company, which has already started a $340 million mixed-use project.

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A family-owned supermarket in Syracuse is implementing a numerical rating system that helps people choose products that are more nutritious. The system is showing big differences in products that look nearly identical.

The Nojaims Brothers Supermarket on Syracuse’s Near West Side has been around for 97 years but owner Paul Nojaim wanted to try something new.

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A Democratic senator and Republican congressman in central New York stood at the same podium this week, pushing a bi-partisan effort to help create more manufacturing jobs.

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The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency has approved a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes or PILOT deal for a Price Rite grocery store to be built on the city’s southwest side. The area being developed has been described as a “food desert” for decades and the grocery store is meant to give people access to healthy and affordable fresh food.

In a show of the different levels of government coming together, Ben Walsh, the executive director of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, said the grocery store is moving forward thanks to help from the state, county and city.

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Medical marijuana dispensaries opened across New York state in January despite the low number of registered patients, doctors that will prescribe it and locations to obtain it. The owners of one dispensary in Syracuse said the program is just in the beginning stages and they expect it will continue to grow. 

The Syracuse location is the third medical marijuana dispensary in New York State for Hillary Peckham’s company, Etain. She said right now she only has 25 registered patients in the two that have opened so far.

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Construction is picking back up on the controversial Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County following the New York State Gaming Commission's decision to license it in December. At a public ceremony last week, Lago officials said the casino will be a catalyst for economic growth in the region. Owner Thomas Wilmot Sr. thanked the crowd of locals for standing with the project.

Plowz & Mowz website.

With the recent warmer winter weather and lack of snow in upstate New York this year as compared to last year, you would think a company that provides plowing services would be hurting. But one Syracuse-based company is seeing an increase in demand. Plowz & Mowz is an app that delivers on-demand plowing and mowing services by connecting contractors with customers.

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Construction is underway on the Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County. But, that isn't stopping other casinos in the region from rallying to  block it.

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An organization on Syracuse's southwest side is tackling the neighborhood's unemployment problem from all different angles. It hopes a new grant from the state will help.

A former funeral home on South Ave. in Syracuse is the headquarters for Jubilee Homes, which is receiving a $3oo,ooo grant from the New York State Department of Labor, to start their Build to Work program. Kristin Davis is one of the job coaches and said they hope to place more than 50 people into long-term employment.

Everyone Needs a Boss

Oct 19, 2015

Everyone needs a boss.

At least that is what my dad used to tell me.

For most of us, the boss is the person we report to at our jobs – the manager, director, vice president, or CEO. Someone who provides guidance, direction, and yes – occasionally reminds us of some key priorities, whether we like it or not. But for the person that starts their own business, who serves that role?

It's 4:15 am and I am having trouble sleeping. Nearly every morning I am scheduled to fly I wake up early, full of anticipation, anxiety, and excitement. It's been that way ever since I began this flight journey a few years ago. I hope the feeling never goes away.

As an older first-time pilot, I sometimes wonder if I'm alone with this ceaseless excitement; however the majority of my pilot and instructor friends tell me that it's nothing more than a sign of the addiction that comes from the passion to be in the sky. And I've got it bad.

Over the last several years, I have facilitated hundreds of groups for multiple reasons – CEOs, board members, consumers, members of the U.S. military, marketing and communications leaders, students, faculty members, and others. The groups have considered how to approach a strategic opportunity, key market decisions, or how to work their way through a difficult and sensitive situation. Sometimes the role of facilitator has been assigned to me - other times it was simply something that seemed to occur.

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The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce held what they're calling "chamber day" for the first time on Thursday. The goal was to connect local businesses in the Utica area to each other.

 

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