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Business Beat

April 20, 2013

Florist moves to Sidney's Main Street

Lifescapes Florist has moved to a new location at 85 Main St. in Sidney.

The business had been at 358 Main St. in Otego.

“We did this to expand our showroom in a beautiful new way, in a location that would add exciting and new potential business opportunities,” owner Rick Lawson said.

“Sidney’s downtown merchants are working diligently together to revitalize the Main Street experience, and we are glad to be a part of this positive energy.”

Lawson said a grand re-open is scheduled for from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

The new location will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Lifescapes offers, among other services, custom-designed floral creations for home décor, weddings, gifts, funeral tributes. Lawson said the business delivery rates to Otego and Oneonta would not change.

Lifescapes website is

Social-media webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group are launching a five-topic social-media webinar series to help small businesses use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and mobile marketing, to grow their businesses.

Social media ‘s role in the success of small businesses is growing. It provides the opportunity to build deeper relationships with customers, increases sales and to reach new markets in a cost-efficient manner.

The first webinar, titled, “Introduction to Social Media: Helping You Get Started,” will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT. To register, visit:

Free energy assessments

Homeowners have an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of their houses and save money on their utility bills under a government program that offers free energy assessments.

The Home Performance with Energy Star Program offers free energy assessments of homes by accredited contractors. It also helps homeowners through the process of financing their home improvements with grants of $5,000 to $10,000, low-interest loans, and an on-bill repayment program, which allows customers to pay for the financing of improvements directly on their energy bills.

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