Insurance broker Brown & Brown turns 75

Brown & Brown Insurance celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.  The company began in 1939 as a small, family-run, single office in downtown Daytona Beach, Fla., along what is now known as International Speedway Boulevard. Annual sales for the agency totaled only $61,000 in the first year. Its profit: just $1,400.  Today: Brown & Brown has 189 offices in 41 states and three... 4:00pm 02/19/16

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Solar projects hot at Camden Renewable Energy

CAMDEN — Camden Renewable Energy System has completed numerous residential, commercial and municipal solar arrays throughout the state since its start in 2013. The business, 9008 Route 13, has already installed three systems this year and is booking for spring installations. Solar energy is the most popular product category at Camden Renewable Energy. The company says that... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Tent Gallery has special occasions covered

HOLLAND PATENT — The Tent Gallery has been providing Central New York with premier tent rentals and party equipment since their founding in 1989. The business carries a variety of tents, tables and chairs, as well as dance floors, lighting, heating and other accessories to make all aspects of their clients ‘special day successful, no matter what the weather brings. Tent... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Rome company gets on Uncle Sam’s radar

Radar is involved in many different parts of people’s daily lives, such as the Doppler radar used to forecast weather or automatic position sensing in automobiles. An acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging, radar describes the energy that detects a target’s range and motion. One small business in Rome, Helios Remote Sensing Systems, Inc., is taking radar technology to new... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Hamilton College students shadow resident physicians

Five Hamilton College students interested in health careers recently spent a week shadowing physicians in the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. This is the 11th consecutive year for the program titled “A Week in the Life of a Family Medicine Resident.”  Students participating were Milinda Ajawara, Emily Chan, Sarah Macy Lawler, YingBin Mei and Tshering Sherpa.... 4:00pm 02/19/16

CABVI honored for success in sustaining, increasing jobs for people who are blind

The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired was honored by National Industries for the Blind, the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, with the 2015 Employment Growth Award. The award recognizes CABVI’s efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind. “We are proud to provide employment... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Nunn’s earns honor, adds Syracuse location

For Nunn’s Home Medical Equipment, its biggest accomplishments last year were being named Business of the Year by the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, and opening a second location in Syracuse. Regarding the chamber award, “it was very humbling to be recognized for such an honor,” said Nunn’s Chief Operating Officer Erin E. Weiman. The 1340 Floyd Ave. company “networks with the... 4:00pm 02/19/16

David Bruce’s American Martial Arts

David Bruce’s American Martial Arts, 143 W. Dominick St., is continuing to grow the athletic skills and the character of its students. Its effectiveness as a teaching center has also allowed it to grow as a business. “Our major accomplishment in 2015 has been continued growth of our student body and our programs,” Bruce said. New among those programs is ‘Introduction to... 4:00pm 02/19/16

New developments springing up at Olney’s

New and exciting plant selections, new product lines, and new shopping display areas are just some of the changes that await customers this spring at Olney’s. Inside the Olney’s Flower Shop atNorth James Street and Black River Boulevard, there’s a new display to showcase floral arrangements.  Additionally, there are new lines of giftware. There’s a luminous display of Edison... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Nationwide: Integrity equals insurance plan plus insurance service

The American Heritage Dictionary defines integrity as “1. Rigid adherence to a code of behavior: probity. 2. The stats of being unimpaired; soundness. 3. Completeness; unity. Synonyms: Honesty” A plan providing insurance protection for your family must have integrity. When you purchase a new home, the lending institution will require a hazard insurance policy from an approved... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Rome Chamber continues to provide opportunities

As a business organization, the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for members to reach more customers while advocating for programs and legislation that will reduce their costs of doing business and allow them to be more competitive in the marketplace.   The chamber says there has been continued growth at Griffiss Business and Technology Park and stability... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Colorectal cancer screening: Early detection saves lives

Every year March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. “Oftentimes colorectal cancer has no symptoms until it has spread and become life-threatening,” said Phyllis Ellis, Oneida County Health Departmen director. “Health... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Fort Stanwix celebrates milestones

This year is Fort Stanwix National Monument’s 40th anniversary, in concert with the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. That means a host of programming all year. Both the site and the agency achieved record attendance figures last year. More than 305 million people visited national parks in 2015, eclipsing the all-time visitation record that the National Park Service saw... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Mohawk Valley to add Community School

Mohawk Valley Community College is among three county colleges to share a state grant as part of the new “Community Schools” program. The programs, which will launch this year, are expected to increase college access and support degree completion by providing comprehensive wraparound services for students such as child and elder care, transportation, health care services,... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Pic & Pay ready to help DIY projects

Looking to remodel or decorate that newly remodeled home? Then Mark Brady, office manager at AAA Pic & Pay Lumber Co., 6895 Rome-Oriskany Road, promises his business has a little something for do-it-yourself construction needs. AAA Pic & Pay Lumber has offered building supplies to area residents for 21 years. Brady said they have a knowledgeable staff and services that aren’t... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Revolve offers new, old consignment items

Revolve Consignment Shop bills itself as an “upscale consignment shop for the savvy shopper.” Located at Ridge Mills Corners (2051 N Madison St.), Revolve carries a selection of designer and brand name clothing, handbags, jewelry in a range of sizes and styles, with new items arriving daily. “We are very selective about what ends up on our racks and best of all, you can get... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Oneida Healthcare adds Rome to its ‘circle of care’

Oneida Healthcare continues to strengthen its “circle of care” in Rome and surrounding communities. In 2015 Oneida Healthcare opened an additional Women’s Health Associates office in Dr. Paul Temple’s former location on Turin Road, extending its comprehensive care for women to the Rome area. Drs. James Pfeiff, Krislyn L. Flint, Hazam Qalla and Mehri L. Del Pino, and nurse... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Cardiologist joins Crouse medical practice

Dr. Riya Susan Chacko, board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, has joined Crouse Medical Practice Cardiology in Syracuse. She earned her medical degree from the Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess... 4:00pm 02/19/16

Griffiss test site offers resources, expertise to help drones integrate into U.S. airspace

The conventional view on drones is that their future popularity is all but assured, with various industries plotting their use.  But one of the biggest problems with putting unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones, in the air is that there is today no consistent way for an aircraft without a person on it to obey the rules of the sky as currently written. To that end,... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Contracts keep Premier Aviation flying

With two major contracts flying in a steady stream of planes, 2016 is off to a strong start at Premier Aviation Overhaul Center at Griffiss international Airport. Two agreements took effect in January, one that extends a relationship with long-time customer Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. the other with newcomer Republic Airways. The latter agreement not only increases... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Yellow Brick Road partners with local brewery

The Yellow Brick Road Casino, the Wizard of Oz-themed casino located in Chittenango, is partnering with the Canastota-based Erie Canal Brewing Company to offer its Amber Waves of Grain brew to guests.  The brew, an amber ale with a deep caramel flavor cut by earthy Mt. Hood hops, will be offered at the Heart and Courage Saloon. Erie Canal Brewing takes a unique approach to... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Rome Research awarded Navy subcontract

Rome Research Corp., a subsidiary of PAR Technology Corp., has been awarded a five-year, $3 million subcontract from Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC of Colorado Springs, Colo., to provide operation and maintenance of telecommunications systems at the Naval Radio Transmitter Facility (NRTF) Dixon, Calif. Dixon is the primary Navy High Frequency Global Communication Systems... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Sculpture Space heats up with new boiler

Sculpture Space in Utica is starting off the year on a hot note. It has received a $10,000 legislative grant to enable the arts group to purchase a high- efficiency heating system, said Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica. “Sculpture Space is one of the gems of the Mohawk Valley’s vibrant arts and culture scene,” said the state legislator. “Many of its artists work... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Indium salutes 2015 Silver Quill Award winners

Indium Corp. has named Derrick Herron, Christopher Nash, Raymond Luo, and Andy Wei the winners of the 2015 Silver Quill Award. The program encourages individuals to write technical reports, presentations, articles and books. It then honors the most effective works based on their relevance to, and impact on, the industry.  Co-authored by Herron, Nash, Luo and Wei, the paper,... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Bassett opens primary care center in Oneida

ONEIDA — Bassett Oneida Health Center, located in the Dreamcatcher Plaza on Genesee Street, is now open seeing patients. The health center’s opening marks the completion of phase one of a project jointly announced with the Oneida Indian Nation last summer to bring two new health care facilities to the region, meeting a need for additional access to primary care for Oneida... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Hospitals awarded $22.4M for quality improvements

Forty-one upstate New York hospitals and health centers last year earned $22.4 million in quality improvement payments from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as part of its performance incentive program. Since 2005, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s program has paid out more than $210 million. “To provide the best value for our customers, collaboration with our provider partners is... 4:00pm 02/12/16