JCJDC to Choose from Four New Business Venture Award Nominees

One of four companies in Jefferson County will be named New Business Venture Award winner by the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation in January. The award will go to a county business, two to four years old, that is growing.
The nominees are:
  • Better Farm, Redwood, run by Nicole Caldwell
  • Fourth Coast Inc., Clayton, run by Augusta L. Withington.
  • LLREEDWELL, Adams, which operates Cafe Mira, owned by Lisa A. Reed and Lori A. Wells.
  • North Croghan Outpost, Natural Bridge, owned by Teri L. Ellis.

“We have businesses that are from around the county and in different business sectors,” said Mary Anne Hanley, director of marketing for JCJDC. “There are many opportunities in many fields and these business owners had an idea and a dream and they went for it.”

The winner, who will receive $1,000, will be announced at the annual corporation membership meeting, at noon Jan. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

North Croghan Outpost was a nominee last year, and Ms. Caldwell was given a Young Professionals Award by the Greater Watertown Jaycees in October.

“They’re growing and showing what it takes to be a successful business,” Mrs. Hanley said.

The corporation will also give Business of Excellence Awards, which recognize businesses whose corporate actions show a commitment to the county and its economic health, to the following businesses:
  • Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors PLLC, Watertown, whose partners are Michael L. Aubertine, Patrick J. Currier, Brian A. Jones, Matthew R. Morgia and Jayson J. Jones.
  • Lake Ontario Realty, Chaumont, owned by Amanda J. Miller.
  • Transitional Living Services, Watertown, led by Executive Director Stevie Smith.
“We’re hoping to inspire other people with the entrepreneurial spirit,” Mrs. Hanley said. “All of these people have worked very, very hard and I’m always amazed by them.”
Originally published in the Watertown Daily Times.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.