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.

Read More


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."

Read More


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.

Read More


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. "

Read More


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.

Read More


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.

Read More


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.)

Read More


More Articles...