Archive for the ‘Business’ Category


Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Choir of the Liverpool School District

One of the great benefits of having a local pro sports franchise in your city is being exposed to lots of local talent. A choir from the Liverpool School District, including middle school student Geoffrey Race (center) and his sister Sophia, sang the National Anthem at last night’s Silver Knights game at the Onondaga County War Memorial. We’d also love to see a kinetic marching band take the field for a future home game.


Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Some people make a great first impression.

Check out this update on former SCSD head Dr. Sharon Contreras as she leans in and brings her administrative magic to the Guilford County Schools (NC). We didn’t realize that the Guilford system was also a Say Yes to Education community. Keep an eye on this up and coming education leader, who made history as the first woman and first Latino superintendent in Syracuse.

We hope High Point University and Nino Qubein will host Contreras for their Lessons in Leadership series in the near future.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
Early wake up call

Early wake up call

Week in Review

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

South Side Innovates from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Bright Future

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Jim Bright led a tour of Brighton/Salina Corridor earlier this week.

Jim Bright led a tour of Brighton/Salina Corridor earlier this week.

The tour, which was part of SUNY ESF’s Center for Community Design Research Visioning Voices Community Speaker Series, highlighted neighborhood properties such as People’s AME Zion Church, the South Side Innovation Center Dunk & Bright, the South Side Communications Center, the Mary Nelson Youth Center as well as a handful of projects in progress (Shawn Casey Building, Aspen Heights and Salina Crossing). Dunk & Bright has been a family business for nearly 100 years and the location on South Salina Street is 90,000 square feet.

Lighting the Fuse of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Carl Schramm,author, professor and founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week, gave a lunchtime talk at Bird Library on Monday.

Carl Schramm,economist, author, professor and founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week, gave a lunchtime talk at Bird Library on Monday.

Some ways to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, according to Carl Schramm, Syracuse University Professor and Lemoyne College grad, are as follows:

  • Make economies grow
  • Restore local banks (funding)
  • Have less government involvement and reduce regulatory burdens

More start-ups equals more jobs, and at their best entrepreneurs are synthesizers, he said.

The Syracuse-native and former head of the Kauffman Foundation started Global Entrepreneur Week back in 2007. As part of his remarks on Monday, he also talked about our legacy of innovation here in the Salt City.  Syracuse , now known for eds and meds, was once fertile ground for start up enterprises.  In the days of the Erie Canal, he said, New York State was like Silicon Valley.  Together pioneering ventures such as Sanderson Bros. Steel and LC Smith Typewriters helped solidify our region’s national reputation back in the day.

One business leader in the audience hinted that manufacturing may be poised for a healthy resurgence in these parts.

Schramm wouldn’t directly answer if Syracuse was a fast city or a failing city, but to read his commentary on our recent situation, click here.

The ideas and dialogue from the Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University continues thru Nov. 18.

Neighborhood in Transition (part 23)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Alan Rothschild gave a detailed history of businesses and demographic changes in his history of the East Genesee Street business district during a meeting at the Community Folk Art Center on Tuesday.

Alan Rothschild gave a detailed history of civic improvements in Midtown during an East Genesee Regents Association meeting at the Community Folk Art Center on Tuesday.

Rothschild, who owned a medical supply business along East Genesee Street, also runs The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum. The Museum is the largest privately-owned collection of United States patent models in the world, containing over 4000 patent models and related documents.

Below check out the audio clip of University Hill Corporation President David Mankiewicz give a short history of some of the hits and misses from the neighborhood’s development since 1990.


Monday, October 31st, 2016
Tree Removal (Hawley Green)

Tree Maintenance & Removal (somewhere above Hawley-Green)

College to Corporate America (and back to College)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

On the Dixon Schwabl podcast (Syracuse’s) Donna McLaren gave some great advice for managers and business leaders courting new challenges.

Some Meals are Legendary

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Best of Breakfast: Wake Robin Vanilla Yogurt Parfait (Baliwick Market Cafe, Elbridge, NY)

Best of Breakfast: Wake Robin Vanilla Yogurt Parfait (Elbridge, NY)

Thanks to the Bailiwick Market Cafe (Elbridge, NY) for the hospitality and great food.