Archive for January, 2012

Land owners invited to land management workshop

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
THOMAS DIMOPOULOS — tdimopoulos@poststar.com The Post-Star | Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 7:10 pm

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GREENWICH — Against a backdrop of declining farmland statewide, a free workshop geared toward farmers and other landowners will take place in Greenwich Wednesday.

“We’re doing a series of workshops to help educate rural landowners,” said Meegan Finnegan, program manager at the Agricultural Stewardship Association. The forum, co-sponsored by the ASA and the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District, will provide information on land management and financial options that may be available to landowners, Finnegan said.

Washington County’s farm economy produces more than $100 million in farm product sales annually, according to the 2007 census. The census also showed that, from 1997 to 2007, New York state farmland declined by 613,500 acres.

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Heating Oil Costs Surge, and Many in Northeast Can’t Switch – NYTimes.com

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Heating Oil Costs Surge, and Many in Northeast Can’t Switch – NYTimes.com.

Washington County Fair seeks entries for 2012 logo contest

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

GREENWICH — The organizers of the Washington County Fair are seeking entries for this year’s logo, which will be featured on the cover of the exhibitor’s handbook.

This year’s contest focuses on a general fair scene. Entries are due by Feb. 20.

Rules for the contest include:

* The words “Washington County Fair” must be included in the design.

* Logo design should be no more than 7 inches wide by 5 inches high, appropriate to fit on the size of a normal sheet of paper. (The size of the logo also allows for fair information to be included on the cover.)

* Logo design must be black and white.

* Must be original artwork.

* Contest open to Washington County residents of any age.

* Printed copies should be submitted on 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper.

* Digital copies should be copy ready for multiple size uses.

* Name, address and phone number must be attached to the entry.

Entries can be delivered between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the Washington County fairgrounds at 392 Old Schuylerville Road in Easton or mailed to the same address.

The Washington County Fair runs from Aug. 20 to 26 this year.

For more information on the Washington County Fair, call 692-2464 or visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com.

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It Takes Millions of Entrepreneurs

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Daily Brief
by Kent Hoover
 
About 388 million people around the world started businesses or were running new ventures in 2011, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

Of these new business owners, 165 million are between the ages of 18 and 35, and 163 million are women. Those are interesting demographic statistics, but other numbers may be more important to the economies of the 54 countries that were part of the GEM survey: More than 140 million of these early-stage entrepreneurs expect to create at least five new jobs over the next five years; and 69 million are offering innovative products or services that are new to the marketplace.

“These figures and growth projections affirm that entrepreneurial activity is flourishing across the globe and that entrepreneurship, as an economic engine, is the best hope for reviving a weakened world economy,” said Donna Kelley, associate professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College.

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How to create an employee retirement plan – The Business Journals

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

How to create an employee retirement plan – The Business Journals.

Wal Mart Launches Entrepreneurial Idol Like Contest – Daily Brief – Portfolio.com

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Wal Mart Launches Entrepreneurial Idol Like Contest – Daily Brief – Portfolio.com.

Energy audits available to small businesses – Times Union

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Energy audits available to small businesses – Times Union.

How to Diagnose What’s Wrong With Your Business

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
By JAY GOLTZ
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Over the years, I have met a lot of entrepreneurs who have been frustrated by low profits, lack of growth, or the stress of the never-ending demands. Many struggle with all three. While every business is different, there are common denominators. In fact, I believe there are 10. The tricky part is that failing to have a handle on just one of these areas can result in mediocre performance, a stressful existence, or ultimate and intimate failure. That is one reason the failure rate for small businesses is so high (here are some others).

This is the checklist I review when I’m not satisfied with my company’s performance.

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Bids to be sought for initial phase of firefighter training center

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Bids to be sought for initial phase of firefighter training center.

Working on a park, Fort Ann group hears comments

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
JAMIE MUNKS – jmunks@poststar.com The Post-Star | Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:10 pm

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FORT ANN – Public comments made Wednesday night to a committee will be used to create a concrete plan for a waterfront park.

“This is about economic development and capturing tourists,” said Cindy Allen, chairwoman of the Fort Ann Waterfront Park Advisory Committee. “People aren’t stopping here, they’re going through – we need to bring them into Fort Ann, if only for a couple minutes.”

A park would be located along the Champlain Canal, next to the Clay Hill Bridge. At the committee meeting Wednesday, representatives from the LA Group, a landscape architecture and engineering firm, presented three different concepts for the park and listened to feedback about the design and amenities.

The committee is trying to entice people traveling by boat, car, bicycle or on foot to stop in the community. Allen pointed out that thousands of cars also travel through Fort Ann daily on routes 4 and 149.

The idea for the park and other Fort Ann improvement projects originated several years ago with a revitalization plan. A streetscape project that the LA Group is also working on seeks to improve the downtown with lighting and landscaping improvements, to prompt businesses to invest in George Street too.

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