Chris Kelley Hired as Security Specialist at GreyCastle Security
Troy BID hosts Business Boot Camp
Bank donates for new scoreboard in Gavin Park
StartUp Weekend to be held in Saratoga this November
StartUp Weekend International is a collaborative and an intense 54 hour event which focuses on innovation and the formation of credible businesses over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings people with different skillsets together to formulate and to present successful ventures to launch. Manufacturing, IT, medical, finance, media and software are some of the industries that are expected to be represented. This year, the event will be part of Global StartUp Week which includes an international video presentation competition also.
Lead organizer and facilitator, Robert Manasier of In Focus Brands, states: “We are very
excited to be running our 3rd StartUp Week which includes an international video competition for our participating teams. David’s (Fragomeni) location is perfect since for the 1stwork throughout the 54 hours. Also, it is very relevant to startups as the building is going through a massive renovation that ties in nicely to the feel of entrepreneurship. This event will unite a number of our local initiatives: with our growing involvement with Troy’s Center of Gravity; our successful launch of Aqua Punching Bag ( which brought together our dream team of an industry expert, a local manufacturer and our branded acceleration systems) plus a number of our international clients and experts.”
David Fragomeni, an organizer and coach for the event, added “It’s exciting to see a group of unassociated individuals team up to formulate a plan with the common goal of launching a business. The video aspect to the event adds another layer of access to possible funding and interest for our participants this year.”
This StartUp Weekend will showcase viral video creation, all teams uploading video to be part of the Global StartUp Competition, a possible regional competition for the winners and we are exploring skyping in experts from around the globe to coach.
Up next, the prize packages for the top 3 winners of the event, coaches, sponsors and judges will be announced. A video training seminar will also be announced to prepare local participants and businesses in the proper video creation elements by IFP Films.
Registrations & sponsorships are available at:
More doughnuts in the Capital Region
"With the opening of Cider Belly, we don't just get to see the growth of downtown Albany, we get to smell it as well," said Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan in a press release. "As we work to draw more visitors, residents and employees to this area, it is businesses like this one that prove our Capital City and its culinary choices are ever-evolving and growing."
“Their shop is evolving into a hot spot for warm, fresh doughnuts but it’s also adding to the growing inventory of creative, modern retailers that are critical to the growth of a City,” explained Georgette Steffens, executive director, Downtown Albany BID. “The Novaks’ thought through their business model from concept to design to implementation, incorporating the attributes of downtown Albany into that model.”
Their Downtown approach identifies anyone not on a diet as their clientele, catering to individuals, businesses and groups including weddings, birthdays, showers, holiday parties, school functions etc. Already they have established ongoing daily orders for area companies and hotels for multiple dozens of doughnuts. They anticipate that their delivery efforts and order will expand rapidly over the next few months.
"Since day one, downtown Albany and the Capital Region have given Cider Belly a supportive welcome and a feeling that we are really wanted in Downtown,” said Jennifer Novak. “My brother and I love providing the area with sweet (and savory) treats as well as a daily dose of ‘Happy’. It's great to see so many smiles walking in and out our door each day."
The official grand opening of Cider Belly Doughnuts is at 11:30 a.m. on at 25 North Pearl Street.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting will be followed by live music by Irish Band “Blame Arthur Guiness”, prizes, contests, coupons and activities for both children and adults.
Tang Teaching Museum announces new hires and promotions
- Megan Hyde, Museum Educator for Public and College Programs, will work with the Skidmore community and the broader region in making the museum an integral place for learning. Formerly, she worked for six years as the museum's Curatorial Assistant.
- Michael Janairo, Assistant Director for Engagement, will oversee our education department, media relations and digital media. He joins the museum after 15 years in journalism, most recently as the arts and entertainment editor at the Times Union in Albany, N.Y.
- Jessica Lubniewski, Assistant Registrar for Collections, will work with Skidmore faculty and students to find ways to make the Tang collection an essential part of the curriculum. Most recently, she worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Berea College Art Gallery in Berea, Kentucky. Lubniewski is also a 2006 graduate of Skidmore College, with a degree in classics.
- Talia Steinman, interim Curatorial Assistant, will work with the curatorial staff in helping to prepare future exhibitions. She is a 2014 graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in art history.
- Cynthia Zellner, Assistant Building Manager/Senior Preparator, will help maintain the facility and work with crews in installing and de-installing exhibitions. She formerly worked in the position on an interim basis.
Cohoes' Mohawk Introduces New Line of Inkjet Media at Graph Expo 2014
Colonie Chamber of Commerce October Networking Mixer at Reel Seafood Co.
OCTOBER NETWORKING MIXER
Reel Seafood Co.
195 Wolf Rd. Albany, NY
Come Join us at our Colonie Chamber of Commerce October Networking Mixer as we visit the newly renovated Reel Seafood Co. A staple for amazing seafood in the Albany area for over 25 years, Reel Seafood Co. has recently undergone a series of changes and updates to both the dining area and menu that we are eager to experience.
For the evening, the following specials are being offered:
$3.00 drafts of Coors Lite, Sam Adams & Bass
A choice of 2 premium wines @ $6.00 a glass, both a Red and White will be available.
Members: $5.00 (Online) & $10.00 (At the Door)
Foodie event brings wing lovers to downtown Schenectady
Men have new shopping option in Collar City
Ribbon-cuttings set for two new Troy businesses
New butcher in town
Christian store celebrates 30 years
With gratefulness to God, The Living Word Parable Christian Store will celebrate its 30 year anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 27. The community is invited for an all-day event-filled celebration
which includes drawings for great products, activities for children, and as always, a great sale as well as a FREE gift for first customers of the day. Local authors will be present to meet customers and discuss their books. Children will have an opportunity to learn how to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child as well as learn about the ministry of Lifewater and the importance of clean water in other countries.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. at 952 Troy-Schenectady Rd. in the Peter Harris Plaza in Latham, and continue throughout the day. Drawings will be held all day for products including Bibles, books, music and gift products. The Living Word has moved and expanded four times throughout its 30 years of business and ministry.
The store began in Defreestville with a small space, moved to East Greenbush and is now in its seventh year in the Peter Harris Plaza in Latham.
Owners Rich and Debbie Cretaro thank all their loyal and faithful customers for their prayers and support for them and the store.
New World catering expansion
Porktoberfest at Brown's new space
KeyBank Unites Operations across New York into Single Cohesive Region
Local chamber #1
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 on Thursday, September 18, 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,” says President / CEO Pete Bardunias, "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. None of this would have been possible without our dedicated staff, a strong and
supportive board, and every single one of our members, partners and sponsors. Thank you to
Heather Briccetti and the Business Council of New York State for bestowing this great honor
The Business Council Chamber of the Year Award is given each year to a Chamber of
Commerce that displays a positive commitment to pro-business activities within their community
and the state. Nominated Chambers are judged on factors including: the quality programs and
services provided, fiscal responsibility demonstrated, and commitment to membership and the
In the past year, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County has grown its membership by 2.4
percent, adding 25 net new members, and in the past three years the membership growth has
been 14.3 percent, from 927 to 1060. The Saratoga County Community Development Program,
conceived in 2012 and funded in part by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, has resulted
in several initiatives including the Historic Lock 19 preservation (2012) and bridge construction
(2013), the Brookside Museum Oral History Project (2013) and Long Room restoration work
(2014), initial recovery work at the Historic Mechanicville Train Station (2013), the Waterford
Community Business Alliance (2013-’14), Charlton Community Business Alliance (2014) and
the partnership with the VT Sail Freight Project to deliver Saratoga County Farm products to
downstate consumers. The Chamber is also a leading advocate for the Capital Region Maritime
Center and efforts to assist the US Navy in better utilizing the facilities at their Alplaus, NY
location, and is pursuing alternative-energy fueled marine delivery vessel startups with several