News & Press Releases

23 September 2016

Success is Just the Right Topping for Dairy Queen Franchisees

With the help of Watertown SBDC advisor, Robin Stephenson, Sonja and Damon Draught are “living the dream” and own two Dairy Queen franchises.

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3 December 2015

2015 Boots to Business Instructor of the Year lauded for helping Soldiers, Families

"This year, the SBA recognized five instructors from across the nation as “Boots to Business” Instructors of the Year, including Robin Stephenson, an advanced certified business adviser for the New York Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, Watertown."

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23 November 2015

SBDC Advisor at JCC receives national award

Robin Stephenson, a business advisor at the Watertown SBDC at Jefferson Community College, was named the recipient of a 2015 Boots to Business Instructor of the Year Award by the SBA.

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5 November 2015

SBA Thanks Boots to Business Instructors of the Year

Watertown SBDC's Robin Stephenson is honored as one of SBA's four "Boots to Business" instructors of the year. "Before the Boots to Business program began, Robin Stephenson and the New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) had already been offering a three-hour entrepreneurship training seminar on a quarterly basis at Fort Drum. When the Boots to Business program was rolled out in 2013, Robin was able to make the transition go smoothly, allowing Fort Drum to have the new program “go live” more than a full year ahead of many other locations. Robin currently spends several days a month at Fort Drum working with the Soldier for Life/Transition Assistance Program. "

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29 June 2015

Lowville vineyard to expand processing facility

Tug Hill Vineyards, an award winning business working with the Watertown SBDC, was awarded a US Department of Agriculture grant to will help increase their capacity from 2,500 to 5,000 cases of wine.

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29 September 2014

Small Business Success: Trust me, it’s not me, it’s really you

Watertown SBDC advisor Sarah O'Connell explains how online marketing requires businesses to think about the needs of their customers and to make online content answer customer questions.

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30 May 2014

Business heats up for The Spciy Wench

A profile of Christine Hoffman and her pepper jellies business, The Spicy Wench. Hoffman worked with the advisors at the Watertown SBDC and was the 2014 New York SBDC Female Entrepreneur of the Year. (Full text available to subscribers only.)

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19 February 2014

Start-Up NY committee developing tax-free zone within 3-mile radius of JCC

"Vacant properties and office space within 3 miles of Jefferson Community College are being identified by a committee of economic development officials, who hope to launch a Start-Up NY tax-free zone here to attract new businesses and create jobs."

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20 August 2013

Registration open for SBDC fall entrepreneurial training courses

"The New York State Small Business Development Center will offer its entrepreneurial training course in classroom and online formats this fall. The classroom course will be held Thursday nights over seven weeks from Sept. 5 to Oct. 17 at Jefferson Community College."

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19 January 2013

Experts say entrepreneurs need standout business plans to succeed in commercial real estate market

"One of the main aspects of starting a business is developing quality business plans that lenders are seeking, said F. Eric Constance, regional director for the Small Business Development Center in Watertown. The center, which counsels entrepreneurs seeking to start businesses, is recommended as the first stop for new investors in the community to form business plans."

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9 September 2012

How is new tech helping your biz?

"How is technology helping you operate your small business? What can you do, or add, to make you more efficient and better able to serve your customers or clients?"

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13 May 2012

Conley’s Rental Management wins small business award

"Conley’s Rental Management, Watertown, was honored May 4 with an SBA Small Business Excellence Award in East Syracuse. Owned by Michael J. Siptrott, the business was nominated by state Small Business Development Center."

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27 March 2012

Small business event uses best of speed dating and 'Shark Tank'

"Most anyone who's started up a small business knows how hard it can be if you don't know the right people. Sometimes it's impossible to get your product past the office assistant. But small business owners in the North Country are trying out a pretty unique way to bridge the gap. As our Brian Dwyer tells us, think Shark Tank and speed dating."

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27 February 2012

SBDC to help small wineries export products to China

"...The SBDC in Albany has made an agreement with Chinese agencies to launch a New York state wine outlet at the free trade zone in Shanghai, giving the state’s 300 wineries a chance to export their wines to a booming marketplace overseas, said Jinshui Zhang, director of international development for SBDC."

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25 November 2011

Watertown’s SBDC sees strong client numbers, increasing workshop attendance

"When Chuck and Lynette Fowler have ideas for their business, they weigh them with their adviser at the Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, Watertown..."

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1 November 2011

Sports Center to Open in Former Lowville Catholic School

An article that discusses the imminent opening of a sports center in Lowville. The business plan for this center was created with help from the Watertown SBDC.

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11 October 2011

Event Puts Women in Focus

“A lot of small businesses are represented here,” said organizer Sarah C. O’Connell, business adviser for the Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College. “Small businesses can be somewhat isolated, so this is a chance to really find support from each other and find valuable connections.”

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23 March 2011

Sellers, agencies to gather

The seventh annual Selling to the Government and Matchmaking Event will be held Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community College. The Watertown Small Business Development Center and the North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center are presenting the event. Twenty one agencies and prime contractors have signed up for the event, along with a dozen corporate sponsors, allowing valuable networking opportunities for small business owners.

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16 November 2010

Businesswomen learn, share at conference



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29 June 2010

Business earns statewide award

"Pine Camp Contracting LLC epitomizes quick growth: from three employees when it was founded in 2007 to 42 employees now. The flooring and painting contractor has grown so fast that it was recognized by the state Small Business Development Center system with the Growth Company of the Year Award."

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24 May 2010

SBA Honors Counseling Champions for Contributions to the Nation's Small Businesses

"The Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award honors a SBDC Service Center for providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. The Watertown SBDC has a proven record of helping small businesses create jobs in rural upstate New York..."

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6 April 2010

Watertown SBDC Selected 2010 National SBDC Center of the Year



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5 April 2010

Business center receives top honor

The Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY will receive the SBA's Service Excellence and Innovation Award, honoring it as the top center in the nation.

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