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Mom’s recipe becomes Worthy Jerky

Alex Krakoski was finishing high school in Switzerland on a scholarship when he ran short of money, and that is when he got in touch with his mother and asked her to send him the jerky recipe.

This was not just any beef jerky. This was the jerky his mother made for him as a kid using the best natural ingredients.

Describing what makes his mom’s jerky so special Alex said, “My mother was a dedicated cook and didn’t want me to eat junk food, so she would make this really good jerky with steak, fruits and vegetables and spices.”

Alex started making his mother’s jerky in Switzerland for about $3 a pound and began selling it to his fellow students for about six times as much. That generated the cash he needed for the trip back to the United States and it planted a seed that has grown into Worthy Jerky, a business that Alex and his fellow Cornell University classmate Benjamin Pham founded and continue to operate with a management team comprised of several other Cornell students.

Worthy Jerky is one of the newest members of The Business Council of New York State.

As with most startups, there is an idea guy and a business guy. Alex is the CEO and idea guy. Ben is the COO and business guy. Other students handle product development, creative strategy, public relations, finance, manufacturing, distribution and marketing.

Alex describes the nutritional value of Worthy Jerky as comparable to Chobani Yogurt in that both are made from natural ingredients.

The jerky caught on and Alex and Ben faced the happy decision of how to grow their business. “We had a choice to make,” Alex told a member of The Business Council staff during a recent visit to Albany. “We could drop out of college, open our own facility and produce jerky, or we could find a contract producer to make and package our jerky.”

They decided to stay in college and found a company in Sherill, N.Y. to handle the manufacturing and packaging of Worthy Jerky. Worthy Jerky is now sold in the Cornell Campus Store and P&C Fresh supermarkets in Ithaca and Cortland.

When this team of Cornell students graduates next year, they will not only have college degrees, they will have a business that is poised to grow and a fantastic experience with capitalism.

Visit Worthy Jerky’s website for more information.

Where IN New York joins Made in New York

IN_main_1Manhattan-based publishing company Where® IN New York recently joined The Business Council of New York State’s Made in New York program.  Made in New York is an exclusive benefit for The Business Council members who produce or manufacture products in the Empire State.

“Where® IN New York’s publications are essential guides for travelers to New York City,” says Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council. “Travel and tourism is a key sector of our state economy and Where IN New York’s inclusion in Made in New York showcases New York City’s best offerings to consumers around the state.” 

“This invaluable partnership is the perfect platform for Where® IN New York to promote our market-leading publications to members of The Business Council,” says Where® IN New York’s Senior Vice President Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Adeline Tafuri Jurecka. “Our publications and partners connect with more than 30 million travelers through several avenues, including concierge participation, and our goal is to provide the visitor market with the best the city has to offer.” 

Made in New York provides one-stop shopping for consumers interested in boosting New York’s economy and growing local jobs — both priorities of The Business Council.

Where® IN New York has been the leader in guiding travelers and residents to the best that New York City and the TriState area have to offer for more than 77 years and provides 20 jobs to New York’s economy. The company’s products featured on Made in New York include its monthly, consumer-style IN New York magazine; the annual Where Guest Book® New York; the monthly New York Where®, and the quarterly IN New York Map.

The Where® IN New York brand portfolio transforms Tri-State, national and international travelers into local spenders.  Where IN New York leverages special partnerships with the hospitality industry to help sophisticated travelers decide how to spend their time—and money.

To view Where® IN New York’s Made in New York page or for more information on Made in New York, visit www.madeinny.org.  For more information on Where IN New York and its publications, visit www.mvpny.net.

Taste NY debuts at Thruway’s New Baltimore service area

As we reported last week, the first Taste NY kiosk is up and running on the New York State Thruway. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New Baltimore Service Area on the New York State Thruway is the first location in the state to offer ‘Taste NY’ products year round. Additional locations will soon open at other Thruway service areas in western and central New York.

“With thousands of motorists traveling along I-87 every day, the New Baltimore Service Area was an easy pick for the first location to offer Taste NY products year-round,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Taste NY initiative is designed to highlight the tremendous products that are grown and produced right here in New York State, and doing so along major sources of travel is sure to grow the list of loyal consumers and support the state’s agriculture, culinary, and tourism industries.”

In his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades. ‘Taste NY’ is a key component of the nearly $60 million plan to grow New York industries, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State while promoting New York grown or produced products.

The goods that are currently available for purchase at the New Baltimore Service Area include products from:

· Ronnybrook Farms (Columbia County)

· Yancey’s Fancy New York Artisan Cheese (Genesee County)

· McCadam Cheese (Franklin County)

· Nelson Farms (Madison County)

· Red Jacket Orchards (Ontario County)

· Merle Maple Farm (Wyoming County)

· Mad Foodz (Allegany County)

· Joe’s Jerky (Oneida County)

· Rob Salamida Company (Broome County)

· New York State Maple Producers (statewide)

· New York Apple Association (statewide)

Bill to promote NY-grown products in restaurants passes Senate, Assembly

The Business Council has long supported the Dine: Pride of New York Program bill that was passed by both the Senate and Assembly Thursday. In a bill memo supporting the measure, The Business Council wrote, “Eating organic, the local food movement, and agri-tourism have all contributed to helping local restaurants succeed. The Business Council supports the Dine: Pride of New York program for continuing to find creative ways to bolster New York’s top industries.” Specifically, the memo notes, “This new program is intended to specifically help promote restaurants that use a substantial amount of New York State grown and manufactured ingredients in their menus. Although restaurants are permitted to apply and participate in the original program, the new Dine: Pride of New York program is specifically tailored to restaurants, and the promotional materials and marketing efforts can be used to attract both in-state residents and visiting tourists.”

Indeed, The Business Council’s own Made in New York initiative has gained much attention because of renewed interest by consumers to buy locally. Take a look at our Made in New York website and consider becoming a part of the Made in New York Movement. Promote your business, promote your products, promote New York.

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A rebound year for apples?

Central New York orchards celebrate a ‘normal’ spring

What a difference a year makes. As Don Cazentre of Syracuse.Com (Post-Standard) writes, “comparing the start of the 2013 growing season to the start of the 2012 season is like, well, comparing apples and oranges.”

Click here to read this interesting report.

There are approximately 694 commercial apple growers in New York, making the state the second largest apple producing state in the United States.

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U.S. manufacturing resurgent, advocate says

Matt Glynn of The Buffalo News had an interesting interview with Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Paul said the small companies face many of the same issues as large companies, including one The Business Council has been addressing, the difficulty in finding skilled labor.

Click here to read Glynn’s Q & A with Paul.

The Business Council created the Made in New York website to increase awareness of the many products and services that are made in New York. Click here to learn more about Made in New York.

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Made in America shop to open at Niagara Falls visitor center

Elma’s popular Made in America store will open a second location next week – one with a unique spin.

Located at One Niagara visitor center near Niagara Falls State Park, the souvenir shop will stock only merchandise that is completely American made, from its raw materials to its labor to its packaging.

The Business Council’s Made in New York website celebrates products made in New York. Click here to learn more about the site.

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Navy awards Lockheed Martin $57 million contract to upgrade ships’ electronic warfare systems

Rick Moriarty, reporter for The Post-Standard, reported on a new contract awarded by the U.S. Navy to Lockheed Martin. It’s a Made in New York story… Lockheed Martin’s facility in Salina will upgrade the U.S. Navy’s electronic warfare defenses.

Click here to read more.

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From savoring to security: new BCNYS members

Join us in welcoming GreyCastle SecuritySavor New York and Ashford Management Group, Inc. as the newest business council members. These three businesses represent some of the best of what New York Businesses offer.

GreyCastle Security can help your business meet your security needs – from remediation to management while Savor New York promotes the latest New York products from Buffalo to the Bronx.  Ashford Management Group, Inc. provides real estate management services.

Check out more Made In New York products on The Business Council’s Made In New York website.