Delaware County has good news

Infrastructure funding in Delaware and Orange counties is good news for SBOs. And a national honor is good news for a Delaware County egg producer.

Broadband coming to Delaware County outskirts

Delaware County SBOs are going to get high-speed internet access. Three local utility companies are partnering to bring fiber-optic broadband internet access to outlying areas of Delaware County and adjacent parts of Sullivan, Ulster and Schoharie counties.  The partners in the effort are the  Delaware County Electric Cooperative, the Delhi Telephone Company, and the Margaretville Telephone Company.

Town of Wallkill gets water system aid

The Orange County Town of Wallkill  won a $2.93 million package of a $716,000 grant and a $2.2 million, no-interest loan to upgrade its water supply system. The upgrade is necessary to attract businesses, town officials said.

Delaware County bed tax gets Cuomo OK

The Delaware County bed tax, capped at 2 percent, approved by the legislature in June got Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature last Friday. The tax revenue will be dedicated to promoting and developing tourism. The county must pass a local law before the occupancy tax takes effect.

Egg business gains national recognition

Handsome Brook Farm in Delaware County is one of America’s 500 Fastest Growing Businesses according to Inc. magazine.  A national supplier of pasture-raised eggs, the Franklin, NY, farm operation ranks 391 on the 2015 list.

Eco-tourism businesses eyed for Mamakating

The Sullivan County Town of Mamakating wants to build an eco-tourism based economy. It passed legislation recently to protect Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, but a local group fears that’s not enough to prevent damage to the nature preserve, which is in Sullivan and Orange counties.

Webinars for military community SBOs,  others

The Small Business Administration  and the Veterans Business Resource Center are offering a free webinars small business topics  most Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. (EST). The next webinar in the series is “How to Promote Your Business with Little or No Money.” View the whole list of topics and register at for those you want to attend.

Sticky notes get attention and action

Need someone to complete respond to printed information? Attaching a sticky note to the page increases the likelihood that the recipient will comply even if you don’t write anything on the note.  Write something on the stick and compliance goes way up.  Stickies also affect how quickly folks respond. The research is in Harvard Business Review.


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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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