Heineken CEO Dolf Van Den Brink Named to Adweek’s Young Influentials List 2013; Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown Wins Second Place in America’s Best Espresso Competition
PLUS: Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester grows; Borders Building in Mount Kisco sold
Laura G. Alcott is now co-chair of Dorf & Nelson’s Real Estate Department. Alcott is the founder of WIRE—“Women In Real Estate,” an entity formed to promote the interests of women in real estate. Alcott also continues to serve the real estate community by lecturing, providing continuing legal-education seminars on current topics and new trends, and hosting regular roundtable forums at which members of the business community can network, discuss issues, and formulate effective business plans.
NEW BUSINESSES, RELOCATIONS, OPERATIONS
MDxpress has opened a new facility at 1030 West Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. The new walk-in medical facility with onsite digital X-ray and lab facilities is open seven days a week including holidays. Top doctors and medical assistants treat a variety of pediatric and adult non-life- and -limb-threatening injuries and illnesses, including cuts requiring stitches, flu, strep and sore throats, sprains, burns, headaches, stomachaches, asthma, allergic reactions, and more. Walk-ins and scheduled appointments are available.
Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester (VNSW), the largest nonprofit, community-based, Medicare-certified home-healthcare provider in Westchester and Putnam Counties, has expanded its visiting nurse and other home-healthcare services to include residents of the Bronx, as well as Dutchess and Rockland Counties.
The Wartburg’s longterm residential-care program was listed again this year by US News & World Report as among the best nursing homes in the New York metro area. The publication said that The Wartburg received five stars, the highest possible rating, from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The area’s 579 nursing homes were ranked based on health inspections, nurse staffing, and other quality measures.
First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG), has introduced new checking options for small-business customers. The company added a small-business segment in 2012 by adding more than 40 experienced bankers across the Northeast. The BIZ200 and BIZ500 checking options are designed specifically for the company’s growing small-business customer base. BIZ200 is designed for companies with up to $250,000 in revenue per month and includes such features as 200 free transactions per month and no minimum balance requirements or monthly account-maintenance fee. The new BIZ500 product was developed to address the needs of growing small businesses and features 500 free transactions per month.
A foreclosure sale of the Mount Kisco retail property formerly owned by Borders Books and Music at 62 East Main Street is underway, following the default of the bankrupt bookseller’s $6.3 million mortgage loan. Borders vacated the approximately 21,500-square-foot space in September 2011 when the company declared bankruptcy and closed all of its locations. Mount Kisco village officials have said they expect a new tenant will replace the downtown retail anchor in 2013.
Tarrytown-based Coffee Labs Roasters took second place in the America’s Best Espresso Competition at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City on March 8.
Curtis Instruments has been named one of 50 Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2013. Created in 2007 as a partnership NYS-SHRM, Best Companies Group, Journal Multimedia Corporation, and The Business Council of New York, these awards are a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. Curtis Instruments has been located in Mount Kisco, since 1960. The company produces instrumentation, battery monitoring, and motor-speed controllers for electric vehicles of all types, including forklifts and related material-handling equipment, wheelchairs, neighborhood electric vehicles, golf cars, aerial lifts, industrial and utility vehicles, and airport vehicles.
President and CEO of HEINEKEN USA Dolf van den Brink has been named to Adweek’s Young Influentials List (ranked No. 6 out of 20). Adweek’s list celebrates thought leaders of marketing, media, technology, and top consumer brands under 40 years old. HEINEKEN USA was the only alcohol-industry company included, as well as the only Consumer Products Group company highlighted.
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Pressure mounts on Governor Cuomo to raise the minimum wage; Elderly residents on fixed incomes sing the praises of Shiloh Baptist Church’s New Rochelle housing project; Yonkers legislators are irked at perceived slight by Legoland.
New York State is a bit closer to raising the minimum wage. On March 11, the State Senate included a gradual increase (though did not specify an amount) in its budget proposal. Meanwhile, President Obama has proposed increasing the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, and state leaders have indicated they may wait until Congress acts. Governor Cuomo included a minimum wage of $8.75 in his budget proposal released in January, but indicated that it’s uncertain whether a minimum-wage increase would be included in the budget or dealt with later in the year.
The Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle recently opened 39 affordable senior units in New Rochelle. Citing the need for affordable housing for seniors on low fixed incomes, the Shiloh Community Development Corporation, an arm of the church set up to create the housing, spearheaded the project along with Westhab, the Elmsford-based nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and support services in Westchester County. Criteria for residency includes having a head of the household at least 62 years old and an income less than half the area’s median income (no more than $37,800 for a single person or $43,200 for a couple). The residents pay 30 percent of their income in rent.
Yonkers Councilman John Larkin is calling for the Legoland located at Ridge Hill to be called, “Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers,” and plans to introduce legislation regarding the matter. The attraction, slated to open March 27, is currently known as “Legoland Discovery Center Westchester.” The Yonkers location is the only Legoland in the world not named after a city. Regarding the omission of Yonkers from the name as a form of disrespect, Larkin maintained that the company should be proud to be in Yonkers. For its part, Legoland responded that the name simply was meant to reflect the attraction’s regional appeal.
HOT PROPERTIES—914INC.’S COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE
Property: 369 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
Brokered by: Mark Turken, Westchester Realty NY (917) 359-1962
Availability: 376 square feet
Selling points: Bright office available in a convenient location in Dobbs Ferry. Ideal for small businesses, it offers easy access to the New York State Thruway and the Saw Mill River Parkway. The landlord is open to customizing with a longer lease. Reasonable rent. Includes heat, maintenance, and parking.
Downside: Parking can be limited during peak times.
914 DATEBOOK—UPCOMING BUSINESS EVENTS
914INC.’s Building a Successful Business
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, 455 S Broadway, 7:30 am - 9 am. Experts from the fields of accounting, law, commercial lending, marketing, and more will be leading this power breakfast/panel discussion, hosted by 914INC., that will tell you all about how to start and grow a successful company. Guests register free online, but seating is limited. Register at email@example.com.
PWW Hosts: You’d Be a Fool Not to Network with Us!
BUtterfield 8, 147 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, 6 - 8 pm. An evening of networking, $15 per person for members and $20 per person for non-members. Registration is mandatory; to register: professionalwomenofwestchester.com.
Treats, Toys, and Business Tools—From Stress To Success
The Digital Arts Experience, 170 Hamilton Ave, White Plains, 6:30 pm. The average person spends half of his or her waking hours using technology—either online, on a phone, or watching TV—and studies show that heavy technology use can lead to sleep disorders, mental health issues, and increased stress. To help small-business owners turn this stress into success, The Digital Arts Experience, Constant Contact, and theONswitch Marketing will debut “Treats, Toys, and Business Tools” at 6:30pm on April 10 at The Digital Arts Experience studio and co-working space. Note: This was rescheduled from a March date due to weather issues. Register here.
WLS Book & Author Luncheon
CV Rich Mansion, 35 Ridgeway, White Plains, noon - 2pm. The Westchester Library System (WLS) will hold its 22nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon. The event celebrates National Library Week and features authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe, and Dorothy Wickenden, who will discuss their newly published books. The luncheon will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:15am. General-admission tickets for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (914) 231-3226 or visit westchesterlibraries.org
Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit XI
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, 455 S Broadway, 8 am - 4 pm. The 11th Annual Summit will unite volunteer and professional leaders in the non-profit sector to identify emerging challenges and opportunities, shape new leadership strategies, and build organizations that excel. This year’s keynote speaker is author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. The Summit is presented by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam and the Westchester Community Foundation. The cost is $30 for the first reservation and $20 for additional reservations from the same organization; $35 at the door (space permitting). For more info, call (914) 997-6700, ext. 704, or visit uwwp.org/summit.shtml
United Way’s “Day of Golf” Outing & Dinner
Westchester Hills Golf Club, 401 Ridgeway, White Plains. Enjoy a great day of golf, fine dining, prizes, and a silent auction at one of Westchester’s most beautiful courses. Proceeds will help United Way of Westchester and Putnam serve local communities. Individual golfer: $300. Foursome: $1,100. For more information and to register, visit uwwp.org/golf.shtml. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Peter West at (914) 997-6700 ext 732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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