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Pre-game KanJam in at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dpstyles/">Dennis Crowley</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Pre-game KanJam in at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Dennis Crowley, CC some rights reserved

"KanJam": once a "waste" of time, now a sport

"Trash Can Frisbee" dates back to the late 1980s, when a few college friends in Buffalo started tossing discs toward, not surprisingly, trash cans.

For years, the game was mostly played in backyards around the city.

But now, it's a sport, known as KanJam, and is played at tailgates and parties all over the country. It's also a company, based in Buffalo, where the KanJam world championships also take place.  Go to full article
What we need here in New York state is an understanding that the business community is not the enemy. -Brian Sampson, Unshackle Upstate

Manufacturers say they face challenges in Washington

Leaders in the New York manufacturing sector say their businesses struggle against a two fold handicap in Washington: too much regulation and not enough bi-partisan support.

The Rochester Institute of Technology hosted manufacturers and business leaders this week in Rochester. They want the state to help smooth their way, and they targeted taxes.  Go to full article
[This is a] very important step toward...retaining hundreds of jobs in the North Country.

NY State praises Ticonderoga company for switching to natural gas

State officials in New York are praising International Paper for converting the company's mill in Ticonderoga from oil to natural gas.

IP plans to use natural gas supplied by a company in Vermont, using a pipeline that will be laid under the water of Lake Champlain.

In a statement issued yesterday, Empire State Development Commissioner Ken Adams called the move a "very important step toward securing the company's presence in the region and retaining hundreds of jobs in the North Country."

Natural gas is cheaper than oil and produces fewer emissions. The pipeline under Lake Champlain will require approval by regulatory agencies.  Go to full article
Pres. Obama on a visit to Schenectady in 2011. Photo: Matt Ryan, Innovation Trail
Pres. Obama on a visit to Schenectady in 2011. Photo: Matt Ryan, Innovation Trail

President Obama praises New York State tech businesses

President Obama was in Albany yesterday and gave a speech taking aim at Congress. But as the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports, the President also touted the region's growth in high-tech manufacturing.  Go to full article
Jeremy Morrow works at his shop in Canton.
Jeremy Morrow works at his shop in Canton.

Framemaker business means good, steady work

Continuing our occasional series on North Country entrepreneurs, we talk with Jeremy Morrow. Morrow owns the Harvest House framing shop on Main Street in Canton.

He's had a couple locations in the last few years: his shop was in a restaurant that closed down, and now he's on the second floor of a building that doesn't get much walk-by traffic. Although he says he's tried advertising, he gets most of his business from word-of-mouth.  Go to full article
Small business groups say New York's 19th century Scaffold Law is arcane and unfair. Photo: Plains Art Museum
Small business groups say New York's 19th century Scaffold Law is arcane and unfair. Photo: Plains Art Museum

Business groups bring priorities to Albany

Small business leaders were in Albany Wednesday for their annual day of lobbying. As the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports, one of their top priorities relates to an obscure 19th century labor law dealing with scaffolding.  Go to full article

Expansion of Boonville springwater company set to create 60 jobs

A spring water company plans to add 60 jobs at its bottling plant near Boonville. Right now, Nirvana Water employs about 125 people in the area. With help from US Senator Charles Schumer, the company has been approved for a $4.3-million loan from the Small Business Administration.

It's set to invest about $10 million in expanding, so the company can do more of its own bottling and packaging, and make its own bottle caps.  Go to full article

Help with starting a new business

This week, the Cuomo administration kicked off a series of workshops to help New Yorkers start and grow their own small businesses. The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports.  Go to full article
Lander's clothing store in Jamestown prepares for a "cash mob" to descend last week. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
Lander's clothing store in Jamestown prepares for a "cash mob" to descend last week. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

Cash mobs boost local business, community

You may have heard of "flash mobs," where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene. Now the idea has been turned on its head by "cash mobs," where large crowds of consumers show up at small businesses to spend money.

But as the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, it's not just about propping up the local economy.  Go to full article

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