Issues: Small Business

Support our Community. Shop Local this Holiday Season.

By SENATOR TIM KENNEDY

Like so many other families across our state and nation, my family gathered together this Thanksgiving to celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings and gifts we have enjoyed over the past year. 

I feel so very fortunate to have three beautiful children, a loving wife, a tight-knit family and parents who taught me the value of hard work and community service. I am also grateful for all of the support I’ve received throughout Western New York over the course of my first term in the State Senate. Thank you.

As the Holiday season continues, I look forward to more time spent with my family, and I wish you and your family many more happy, fulfilling and relaxing days together.

December 6, 2012
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Seward Taps Into New Business

 

ONEONTA, 12/05/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today marked “Repeal Day” by visiting the under-construction Roots Brewing Company in Oneonta.

“Repeal Day” commemorates the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5th, 1933 ending prohibition.

New York’s craft brewing industry is expanding statewide, with several growing breweries locally,” said Senator Seward.  "Microbreweries and brewpubs, like Roots, meld together small business and agriculture while also expanding on the tourist trade - all mainstays of our local economy.”

December 5, 2012
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MediSked Celebrates Grand Opening

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak at the grand opening ceremony for MediSked, LLC, located on University Avenue. MediSked, LLC was born out of a partnership between provider agency management and proven success with software engineering. The founders of MediSked started the company as a research innovation at RIT in Rochester, NY back in 2003. What started out as an exhaustive search for an existing agency management software solution specific for home and community based provider agencies, quickly turned into the creation of MediSked and its one of a kind software solution that manages the unique workflows and requirements of such agencies.

December 4, 2012
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BUFFALO BILLION INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan - Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee

December 4, 2012
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NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BRING JOBS TO ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Merger of Canton and Michigan Based Firms Will Create New Opportunities

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently celebrated the merger of two engineering firms which will create a number of new jobs and opportunities in St. Lawrence County.

Burley-Guminiak & Associates, Consulting Engineers, P.L.L.C. of Canton will now operate under the Michigan-based firm C2AE and become “Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering.” Officials say the merger will allow both to expand and enhance their services. 

December 3, 2012
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Visiting Jane’s Pantry in Mount Morris

Senator Cathy Young and Senator Pat Gallivan visit with Jane Oakes, owner of Jane’s Pantry at 84 Main Street in Mount Morris, during a walking tour of downtown. Jane, whose expertise in specialty foods makes her the “Queen of Licorice," carries a vast variety of New York State-produced, delicious food products in her shop. Mount Morris has become a destination for tourists and shoppers because of its restaurants and unique stores in the newly-restored historic downtown. The Senators, who passed legislation to leverage private sector investment for downtown revitalization that has grown small businesses and jobs in Livingston County and around the state, saw firsthand the positive results from their initiative. Congratulations to Jane and all of the downtown merchants!

November 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates New Hyde Park Business

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Jamaica Bearings, located at 1700 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, for the Defense Logistics Vendor of Excellence award.

Jamaica Bearings is a family-owned business that was started 78 years ago by Frank Negri. Now, Jamaica Bearings stands as the preeminent supplier of bearings and related products to the aerospace, military and a host of major industries around the world.

Under the leadership Peter Negri, the company continues to pride itself on being a family-owned business that provides quality and reliability.

November 28, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Announces Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is informing the community that the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have agreed to establish a $10 million small business emergency loan fund to provide immediate financial assistance for businesses impacted by Storm Sandy.

November 14, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS RESIDENTS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN FUND TO ASSIST BUSINESS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that a new $10 million emergency small business emergency loan fund has been created to provide financial assistance for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to http://www.esd.ny.gov or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.

November 14, 2012
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WebTitle Agency Opens New Corporate Offices

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the grand opening ceremony for WebTitle Agency's new corporate office, located in Brighton. WebTitle and partner companies Cascade Settlement Agency and Customized Lenders Services are now located at 500-A Canal View Boulevard. The new corporate headquarters occupies approximately 31,000 square feet with 37 separate offices, multiple training rooms with versatile conference space, Wi-Fi access and upwards of 200 parking spaces. This new facility will allow the staff of 160 to better integrate the three business units, further enhance the products/services offered to better serve the needs of their client partners and allow ample space for continued expansion.

November 14, 2012
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Oppenheimer Small Business Forum Highlights Role of Social Media in Marketing Small Businesses

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) hosted a successful Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October 23rd at the White Plains Public Library.  This was the Senator’s 21st small business conference, which has been co-sponsored for a number of years by WEDC with the generous support of Capital One Bank.

A capacity crowd filled the library auditorium to hear keynote speaker, Kris Ruby, President and Founder of Ruby Media Group, a premiere full service Public Relations and Social Media agency, discuss the state of social media and small business in today’s digital age. In a talk punctuated by sound, practical advice, Ms. Ruby encouraged small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to incorporate social media into their overall marketing and communications strategies.  As a first step, small business owners should identify their objectives in using social media, whether it be to increase sales, improve customer service, increase traffic on the company’s website, public relations or search engine optimization. 

November 13, 2012
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Senator Co Hosts Yonkers Small Business Resource Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Mayor Mike Spano, along with co-sponsors Empire State Development, Women’s Enterprise Development Center, New York State Department of Labor, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Yonkers City Council President’s Office, the Yonkers City Council and other co-sponsors hosted a small business resource forum for small business owners and those interested in learning more about starting a small business in Yonkers.

November 8, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Carlucci Law to Help Small Business

Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 462 of 2012 that will continue, for four more years, the improvements made to agency regulatory agendas (SAPA Section 202-d).  The new law will also improve the effectiveness of the current "five-year review" process by providing for better outreach and more timely initial review of rules that impact small businesses and local governments.  The legislation was supported by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Business Council of New York State.

November 7, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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Unemployment Assistance Now Available to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Federal disaster unemployment assistance is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

This assistance will supplement New York’s existing unemployment insurance system and will expand eligibility to include individuals who might otherwise not be covered. The United States Department of Labor has committed to providing additional assistance if needed.

Department of Labor staff will be deployed to hard-hit communities to help register impacted New Yorkers for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in person.

November 5, 2012
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As NHL Lockout Drags on, Senator Kennedy Urges State Action to Provide Emergency Support to Local Businesses

Kennedy calls for an end to the NHL lockout before more economic damage is done. Without relief for local businesses, lockout threatens continued private investment at Canalside.  

As more games get canceled, Kennedy wants state’s top economic development agency to be ready to support local businesses. 

Kennedy: NHL Lockout is Putting Small Businesses in the Penalty Box; Relief is Needed to Prevent ‘Lockout’ on Local Economic Progress.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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LARKIN URGES EMPLOYERS TO FILE MTA PAYROLL TAX REFUND CLAIMS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today is encouraging employers subject to the MTA payroll tax to file a protective claim for refund with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance before November 2, 2012.

“The MTA is currently appealing a judge’s ruling which found the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional,” said Senator Larkin.  “Should this ruling stand, employers may be eligible for a MTA payroll tax refund, and filing a protective claim is the way to get it.”

October 24, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Small Business & Economic Development Forum

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) are pleased to announce that they will host a Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October  23, 2012, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains.  This is the 21st small business conference hosted by the Senator, which is  held again this year with the generous support of Capital One Bank. 

October 23, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Oppenheimer and WEDC Host Small Business & Economic Development Forum in White Plains

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) are pleased to announce that they will host a Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October  23, 2012, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains.  This is the 21st small business conference hosted by the Senator, which is  held again this year with the generous support of Capital One Bank. 

This year’s forum will focus on “Making Social Media Work for Your Small Business” and will feature Kristen Ruby, the founder and CEO of Ruby Media Group.  Ms. Ruby will discuss the state of social media and small business in today’s digital revolution.  Her interactive workshop will assist small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on how to successfully market and grow their businesses through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. 

October 22, 2012
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