Business

Small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack


NEW YORK (AP) — Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers’ heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide. Store owners are going well beyond the usual holiday decorations and music. Among their plans: ...

Warehouse, infrastructure owners buck sluggish REIT market

While the broader stock market has been steadily racking up gains and posting new highs, companies that own real estate have been lagging, with some notable exceptions. Losses by struggling mall and shopping center owners have weighed on real estate investment trusts, offsetting healthy ...

Get Started: Survey finds businesses vulnerable to disaster

Most U.S. small businesses aren’t prepared to cope with a disaster, severe weather or the absence of most of their workers. That’s the finding of a survey released last week by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife. The survey of 1,000 owners or operators of small companies found that ...

Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen

TOYOTA, Japan — At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care. The big moment on the assembly line comes when two bulbous yellow tanks of hydrogen ...

Sports betting case could pay off for internet gambling

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Internet gambling in the United States has been limited to just three states since it began in 2013, but it could soon get a big boost from an unlikely source: the U.S. Supreme Court. Some gambling industry officials, regulators and analysts think that a favorable ...

Surprise: Companies are making bigger profits than were expected

NEW YORK — Corporate profits keep chugging along. Companies have lined up in recent weeks to tell investors that they earned more during the summer than Wall Street had forecast, and the big numbers offer some reassurance for the market’s skeptics. Stock prices tend to track corporate ...

A couple’s guide to money myths and misconceptions

The wedding was complicated and expensive. But it’s over, and now it’s time to settle in and enjoy your new life together. Lucky for you, I’m here to warn you about some common money myths that newlyweds have been known to bring with them into their marriage. ∫ Myth: Double the ...

Holiday juggling: A balance of customer, worker needs 
 


NEW YORK — Before the holiday season, employees at Andrea Correale’s catering business get an email reminder that in December, “we need all hands on deck.” Elegant Affairs Caterers often has 12 events in a single day during the holidays, so Correale needs her staff of 230 to show up ...

Five tips for shopping for beauty products

NEW YORK — Want that charcoal mask or the smoky-eye look but don’t want to spend a lot? There are lots of options to look your best for the winter holidays, and the beauty shopping experience is becoming more enjoyable. Both Walmart and Target are revamping their beauty areas, adding ...

Panera Bread founder to step down as CEO; company buys Au Bon Pain

NEW YORK — Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich is stepping down as CEO and the company is buying Au Bon Pain — bringing together two chains the executive helped build. The companies did not disclose on Wednesday how much Panera was paying for Au Bon Pain, an acquisition it says will boost its ...

Waymo rolls out autonomous vans without human drivers 


DETROIT — A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. The move by Waymo started Oct. 19 with an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the ...

X Days With iPhone X

NEW YORK — The future of the smartphone, as Apple calls its new iPhone X, means breaking old habits. With no more home button, this mostly means replacing presses with swipes and the fingerprint ID sensor with facial recognition. In my 10 days with the iPhone X, I tried to fool its Face ...

Face to Face with Nest’s new home security camera


SAN FRANCISCO — Nest’s new home security camera is supposed to be so smart that it can identify people it’s been introduced to. That skill comes from facial-recognition technology made by Nest’s sibling company, Google. The Nest Cam IQ camera is so slick that it carries a premium ...

New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users

SAN FRANCISCO — Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook. Twitter is rolling out a 280-character limit for nearly all its users, abandoning its iconic 140-character limit for tweets. And ...

Pictured at the ribbon-cutting event, from left are Chamber Ambassador Jenny Rulison-Fisch (State Farm Insurance); Chamber staff member Becky Dutcher; Richard Clemente; Chamber Board member Dr. Irina Gelman (EMVI Chocolate); Charlie Potter, Fulton County Board of Supervisors; Chamber President/CEO Mark Kilmer; Holiday Inn owners Angelo Solomos; Helen Shahda-Articolo; Attorney Mike Albanese, Patricia J. Albanese; Jim Landrio (Owner and General Manager); Assemblyman Marc Butler; Holiday Inn owners Nanette Albanese and Nadine Albanese-McDermott; Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson; Sydney Labore from IHG; Chamber Ambassador Michele Harder (River Ridge Living Center) and the Chamber’s Gina Dabiere-Gibbs. (Photo submitted)

50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Holiday Inn Johnstown-Gloversville celebrated its 50th year in our community with an open house on Oct. 18 and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the event with a ribbon cutting. The Open House was attended by Holiday Inn owners and family, elected ...

Pictured at the ribbon cutting, from left, are Chamber President/CEO Mark Kilmer, Perth Motors' Ian and Aaron Thompson, and the Chamber's Alexandra Ruggeri. (Photo submitted)

10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Perth Motors is celebrating its 10th year in business and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate this anniversary with a ribbon-cutting event. Perth Motors provides quality antique and classic auto repairs, sales and service in its convenient location near the Perth ...

Chamber continues to bring value to members with leadership academy

Most times when I write an article I will typically either start or end it with our mission statement, “We are the leading voice of business in the region providing advocacy, resources and solutions for our members.” Based on many recent initiatives and programs, it might be appropriate to ...

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

VanNostrand & Co., CPAs in Johnstown celebrated their new offices at 105 S. Comrie Avenue with a ribbon-cutting event with the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. VanNostrand & Co., CPAs is a full-service accounting and bookkeeping firm, including payroll services. They ...

NBT Bank Affordable Housing Originator Al Wells and Albany County Rural Housing Alliance Executive Director Judith Eisgruber are shown with a $1,000 check to the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance, Inc. on Aug. 28 as part of NBT Bank's Home in the City Program in Amsterdam, Gloversville and Johnstown. (Photo submitted)

MAKING A DONATION

NBT Bank Affordable Housing Originator Al Wells and Albany County Rural Housing Alliance Executive Director Judith Eisgruber are shown with a $1,000 check to the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance, Inc. on Aug. 28 as part of NBT Bank’s Home in the City Program in Amsterdam, Gloversville and ...

Luxury Trucks

By 
DEE-ANN DURBIN The Associated Press DETROIT — Heated and cooled seats. Backup cameras. Panoramic glass roofs. Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that’s what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, ...