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Business Beat

March 7, 2012

Business Beat: 10 businesses seek funding through program

About 10 pre-applications have been submitted for the city's Microenterprise Assistance Program, according to a city official who said the approved funding may be available from the state any day.

Applications are still being accepted, Jeff House of the Oneonta's Office of Community Development said Tuesday. Existing and new businesses may apply. Under other criteria, a business must have no more than five full- and part-time employees, including the owner, a media release said, and must create at least one full-time equivalent job for low-to-moderate income people.

Funding will be in the form of conditional grants of between $5,000 and $35,000 with a required owner match of 10 percent, the release said. Funds may be used to buy equipment, fixtures, inventory advertising and other working capital.

The city's $200,000 in funding for the program was among $60.2 million awarded for projects in the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. House said a similar program assisted about 10 businesses last year, he said.

For more information, call House at 432-0114.*

Walton hospital upgrades with technology

The emergency department at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton is using a new technology to improve patient care, a media release this week said.

The hospital recently implemented Med Host, an all-inclusive electronic emergency department system, Mary Doig, a registered nurse and director of ambulatory and emergency services, said.

"Using electronic medical data management, we can increase patient safety and track trends, which will help with staffing," Doig said in a prepared statement. "Our emergency services patients traditionally have high levels of satisfaction, but this new technology allows us to prepare a printed discharge summary with easily understandable and legible instructions for each patient to take home, making the patient experience even better."

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, is a 25-bed facility that offers diagnostic and treatment services, acute and 24-hour emergency care.

Governor proposes `farm brewery' license

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation Tuesday for a "farm brewery" license that would promote the growth of craft breweries, a media release said.

The proposed license would allow craft brewers that use products grown in the state to operate like wineries, leading to increased demand for locally grown farm products, as well as expanded economic development and tourism, the release said. He also proposed legislation to exempt farm wineries and distilleries from a costly and burdensome tax filing requirement of sales to restaurants, bars and other retailers.

Among provisions, the bill would allow farm breweries to sell New York state labeled wine at their retail outlets; allow farm breweries to obtain licenses to operate restaurants, inns or hotels on or adjacent to the brewery; and allow on-premise tastings.

To receive a license, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products, among other stipulations. The legislation is modeled after the 1976 Farm Winery Act, which spurred the growth of wine production in this state.

Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau, said he was pleased that Cuomo had taken such a marketing initiative.

"We've seen tremendous growth opportunities for our farmers from alcoholic beverage license categories that are specifically linked to locally produced farm goods _ from the growth of farm wineries to the relatively recent trend of farm distilleries," Norton said in the release. "This is an opportunity for local farmers to bring New York back to being the premier hops-growing state that we once were, creating added value markets and new jobs."

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, e-mail details to drichardson@thedailystar.com or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

*Changed at 10:12 a.m. March 9 to correct phone number.

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