Business

State Unemployment Rate Falls To 4.6 Percent

New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased slightly in December. The state’s unemployment rate dropped .1 percent, going from 4.7 percent to 4.6 percent, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor. From December 2016 to December 2017, the ...

Lessons From The School Of Life

Editor’s note: Periodically, this weekly business column will feature a respected leader in the region who has been in their career long enough to have learned a lesson or two worth sharing. This week features Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney. You will have the opportunity to gain a deeper ...

Amazon’s Quarterly Profit Tops $1 Billion For First Time

NEW YORK — It was a prime holiday season for Amazon: The online retailer’s quarterly profit soared past $1 billion for the first time in its more than 20-year history as it sold more voice-activated gadgets, enlisted new Prime members and benefited from its recent purchase of Whole ...

Global Development

BEMUS POINT — Despite searching throughout the country for a place to house his new technology company, Jamestown native Tim Town and his business partners have opted to base their operations within Chautauqua County. Spartara, which offers digital and software development to companies to ...

Lakewood Business Image Embroidery Under New Ownership

LAKEWOOD — An established embroidery one-stop-shop is under new ownership as of this year. Andrea Conklin and her husband took over Image Embroidery in Lakewood earlier this month and said the transition has been going well so far. Conklin said she had known the previous owner for several ...

Is Your Employee Ready To Jump Ship?

A new year has just begun. Like most of us, your employees likely enjoyed a holiday season filled with celebration and time with loved ones. The start of a new year often inspires time for self-reflection as we gear up for a new year to begin. Of course, we all have the best of intentions when ...

CCB Adds Two To Management Team

Cattaraugus County Bank has added Sean Connor and Tricia Moore to its management team. Both managers hold the title of assistant vice president, business development and lending. Connor heads up the bank’s Jamestown branch while Moore assumes leadership of the Dunkirk office. Connor ...

Roll Out The Barrel

DUNKIRK — The Kettle & Keg is proud to announce its grand opening on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Established originally in the late 1970s as Dunkirk’s favorite local bar and restaurant, it is once again open for business with an updated decor and menu featuring some old local favorites. ...

Merritt Strikes Gold In California, Again

FORESTVILLE — Merritt Estate Winery’s Vidal Ice Wine placed in the top five winners out of almost 7,000 entries in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The largest competition of American wines in the world brought a panel of more than 67 judges from across the country. Held ...

National Grid Earns Emergency Response Awards

National Grid has received Edison Electric Institute’s emergency assistance and emergency recovery awards for its response to damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes that struck the upstate New York region in May and July 2017. The awards are presented to member companies to recognize efforts ...

Career Lessons From A 20-Year-Old

When I was 20 years old, I interned at a well-known advertising agency. It was my first taste of a professional gig, and the first time I traded my college summer waitressing job for an unpaid work experience. I made sure that I looked the part with a wardrobe of new business attire, and even a ...

Briefly

Weber Knapp Names New Pres. The Weber Knapp Company Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Rhonda M. Johnson to the position of president of the Weber Knapp Company effective Jan. 1. Johnson will be succeeding Rex E. McCray, who will continue in the role of chief executive ...

Passion Fish

A passion for fish has led William Smith of Jamestown into a new, unique career path as an aquarium service technician for his new business Something’s Fishy. Ten years ago, Smith began collecting fish and maintaining his own aquariums while working as a computer technician at Cummins ...

Southern Tier Partners With Artist For Double IPA Can

LAKEWOOD — Southern Tier Brewing Company introduces a new 16-ounce double India Pale Ale can collection. The brand new “Science is the Art” collection showcases their brewers’ scientific exactitude through distinctive commissioned artistry. Featuring vibrant and energetic graphic ...

Leveraging Credit Without Borrowing

As average credit scores for Americans continue to rise, the question for many becomes how to use their excellent credit rating to optimize their lives without borrowing money or adding risk. Capitalizing on great credit doesn’t have to mean incurring great debt; instead, it’s about using ...

Salsarons Multicultural Food Coming To Jamestown

Ron Vaughn has been cooking since childhood. Vaughn, owner of Salsarons Multicultural Food Products, said his passion for cooking started by watching his mom in the kitchen. Using that knowledge and flair for flavor, Vaughn started his own company, focusing on multicultural sauces and ...

Lutheran Receives Employer Award From Job Corps

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy is currently ranked in the top 15 of the nation’s 125 Job Corps centers, and it recently held a special community relations council dinner to thank some of the agencies and people who have helped make their success possible. Among the honorees was Lutheran ...

Business Mentorship Programs

Ahh ... the start of a new year full of new possibilities for you and your organization. The timing couldn’t be better to contemplate how you can invest in growing your team through mentorship. January is National Mentoring Month. Although this annual campaign is intended to raise awareness ...

Area Native Named Partner

SEATTLE, Wash. — Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that 18 counsel and senior counsel have been promoted to partner. The new partner class of 2018 included former resident of Jamestown Priscilla (Polly) E. Hampton. “The members of Perkins Coie’s 2018 partner class are highly talented ...

Dealership Star

LAKEWOOD — A recent West Coast journey has come to prove that one Ed Shults Hyundai employee is the best in the country at what he does. Michael Butterfield of Lakewood put his skills to the test in the final round of the 2018 Sonata Better National Walkaround Competition at Hyundai Motor ...