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Andy Toy fixes up a drawing that's gotten smudged. Photo: Sarah Harris
Andy Toy fixes up a drawing that's gotten smudged. Photo: Sarah Harris

Chalk is Burlington-area amateur artist's favorite medium

During his day job, Andy Toy is a salesman. But he's has always been a doodler, an amateur artist. He just never thought he'd make any money at it.

A few years ago, Andy was working an overnight shift at a hotel in Williston, Vermont. There was an empty chalkboard -- which Andy filled with intricate drawings, usually detailing the weather forecast and events around town.

His drawings caught people's attention, and now Andy creates chalkboard art for several Burlington-area businesses, including Hotel Vermont and the Burlington Beer Company.  Go to full article
Home page of <a href="http://43north.org">43North.org</a>, where businesses can apply to compete for the million-dollar prize.
Home page of 43North.org, where businesses can apply to compete for the million-dollar prize.

Buffalo business contest luring worldwide interest

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo's competition to attract business to Buffalo is drawing contenders from 48 states and 56 nations.

Cuomo said Tuesday that thousands of applicants have submitted business ideas hoping to win the contest's top prize of $1 million.  Go to full article
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein

"We struggle early, finish strong": Lessons learned on a Lisbon farm

With highs in the 40s all week, it looks like the weather has finally broken. It's springtime in the North Country. But it could still be weeks before the soil is warm enough to plant crops. Farmers are starting seeds now. They're planning. And they're worrying.

All this year, David Sommerstein is sending monthly stories from one organic vegetable farm, Kent Family Growers in St. Lawrence County. He'll follow the seasons, the crops, the labor, and the business of making a living being an "eat local" farmer. This time of year, all the action's in the greenhouse.  Go to full article
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

Canton teen is young maple syrup entrepreneur

Joshua Parker doesn't have his driver's license yet, but he's a young maple syrup entrepreneur with big plans. At 16, he's one of the country's youngest maple producers.

Joshua catches rides with his dad and neighbors to check the taps in his sugar bush. And even though he relies on advice from more experienced maple producers, he's the boss and owner of Parker Maple Farm, near Canton. Five years ago, he started tapping sap with 10 buckets, as a hobby. Last year, he got serious and installed a tubing system with 3,500 taps. He created a business plan, borrowed money for state-of-the-art equipment (with help from his parents) and is waiting for the sap to start flowing.  Go to full article
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."  Go to full article
Convergys is buying out Stream Global Services in an $820 million deal.
Convergys is buying out Stream Global Services in an $820 million deal.

Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream

There have been a lot of questions in the wake of an announcement that the Watertown call center Stream will be sold. The company that's buying it says if anything, the sale should make workers optimistic.  Go to full article
The new study found that non-profits drive nearly half a billion dollars of economic activity in the North Country.
The new study found that non-profits drive nearly half a billion dollars of economic activity in the North Country.

Non-profits grow up into major North Country industry

When a lot of people in the North Country think about non-profit organizations, the image that comes to mind is the local community theater or small social-service groups or environmental activists.

But non-profits have grown into one of the region's biggest economic forces. A new study released last week found that one out of every seven jobs in the private sector in our region is provided by a not-for-profit.

Leaders of non-profits gathered last week in Tupper Lake to talk about their impact and their challenges.  Go to full article

Books: When Men and Mountains Meet

Next Monday marks a little known event in American history. On November 25, 1783, the last of the British forces departed from Manhattan and the last shot of the Revolutionary War was reportedly fired. A new book tells the story of attempts to settle and industrialize the Adirondacks after the end of the war.

Todd Moe talks with historian and author Glenn Pearsall about his book, When Men and Mountains Meet. It focuses on the history of the Adirondacks, from 1790 to 1820, when the region became a land of opportunity for businessmen and land speculators.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed

New York launches tax-free business zones

New York's plan to attract new business and jobs to the state by offering them tax free space at public colleges is underway. Officials Tuesday outlined for the first time specifics about how the program will work. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

Comptroller: NY looking to invest in more entrepreneurs

The state Comptroller says he's looking for more start up companies and entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state's pension fund and private equity managers.  Go to full article

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