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Contractor: Same project that cost $2,300 in the spring, now goes for $8,300 By Ken Sturtz In the spring Joe Spereno furnished an estimate for a woman who wanted a


By Ken Sturtz As the COVID-19 virus upended day-to-day life and plunged Americans into financial calamity, nonprofits sprang to action: emergency food, mental health care, medical treatment, social services, education,

Ryan Galloway, right, joins the business started by Thomas Galloway (seated) and run by his father, Bill Galloway.

Third-generation real estate specialist ramps up role at Century 21 Galloway Realty When Thomas Galloway and his late wife Bridget began independently selling real estate and insurance out of their

Me’Shae Rolling

Me’Shae Rolling became president of Upstate Minority Economic Alliance in September. She shares her plans to grow the group, which already has about 150 members By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Me’Shae

Fake news

President Trump popularized the term ‘fake news’ but fabricated news articles have been around for a long time By Bruce Frassinelli ‘We are living in a new political world

Al-amin Muhammad

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant When Al-amin Muhammad hands out a lunch or clothing to a homeless person, he knows firsthand what it feels like to need and receive this kind

COIDA supported 23 projects that have or will be investing more than $111 million in Oswego County. L. Michael Treadwell Agency’s programs supported creation of 238 new jobs, retention

Staff at the river’s end bookstore in Oswego. “Through the initial lockdown right up to the present day, our community has responded by taking advantage of our curbside service, home delivery and competitive shipping rates,” said store manager Emil Christmann.

By Tim Nekritz ‘With reading books among the reported trends as people spend more time in their homes, how did that impact local booksellers and libraries?’ The pen, the

Front of the current J.C. Penney store on the east side of Oswego. 

Surviving COVID-19

As Oswego J.C. Penney lingers, ex-employees recall retail of yesteryear When J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year, many wondered about future of the department store

Early retirement

Veteran teachers across the region who might have otherwise continued working have decided to retire early By Ken Sturtz When the Mexico schools ordered its students home in mid-March due



By George Chapman Special for Oswego County Business These are the words of our soon-to-be former president at a campaign rally just days before the November election. It was said

Money in health

Healing the Budget

Hospitals are (almost) like businesses. They need to generate revenue to stay afloat. How do they do that? More and more they rely on additional revenue streams By Deborah Jeanne


By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Why does hospital ownership matter? New York state prohibits publicly traded corporations from owning and operating their own hospitals. Most states allow investor ownership of hospitals.

We just published our 27th annual Business Guide. A thank-you note to our advertisers is in order. Without those who advertise we would not be able to publish this annual


All four counties that make up the Central New York/Syracuse metropolitan area have lost population since 2010, according to Census figures. Cayuga and Oswego hardest hit By Aaron Gifford The

The current health and economic crisis is a stark reminder of the importance of an emergency fund. Randy L. Zeigler ‘It’s difficult to predict when things will return to some


Interviews by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant “I want him to not raise taxes and maintain low regulations on businesses. Any businessman wants that. Maybe he should rebuild the infrastructure of the


Janet Clerkin

Tourism industry in Oswego County hard hit by pandemic; event promotions currently on hold, says tourism and public information coordinator By Lou Sorendo Q. Can you describe how badly the

Brown Dog Wood Products

Patty Smith

Co-owner of Brown Dog Wood Products in Central Square specializes in kiln-dried lumber, custom moldings By Lou Sorendo ‘COVID-19 has actually meant better business for us because people are home.

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Bernie Paprocki leads the U.S. SBA office, which has served as saving grace to those financially hobbled by global pandemic