BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is requesting nominations for its 2021 Property Beautification Awards in Ballston Spa. The awards are given in recognition of the restoration, renovation, new build, and beautification efforts by homeowners and businesses, which have enhanced the Ballston Spa area within the past 2 years. 

Visit and click “Job Zone.” It’s possible we’ve never had as many job openings posted on this exclusively local online job portal since it was first created.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Race Course will open all sections at 100 percent capacity, the New York Racing Association announced June 16. The update was made one day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the immediate removal of COVID-19 protocols and restrictions for nearly all activities as the benchmark was met of 70 percent of adult New Yorkers receiving at least one shot of the vaccine.

One of the biggest challenges small business owners faced during the COVID-19 pandemic was having to rethink their business, while providing the same level of service and quality customers have come to know and expect. 

Friday, 11 June 2021 17:41

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Homes flying off the market have been nothing out of the ordinary this past year; an unexpected side effect of the ongoing Covid-19 global health crisis. Unfortunately, inventory has not kept up with demand and it has created a sellers’ market like we haven’t seen in quite some time, and it is presenting significant challenges for buyers.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stewart’s Shops has purchased the Blueox Neighborhood Market convenience store chain.

Saratoga Springs — Dr. Steven Yarinsky of Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC has been named a Top Doctor® for 2021 by Castle Connolly and earned the titles of “Best in Plastic Surgery” and “Best Spa” by Saratoga TODAY. 

ALBANY — The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference (VETCON) is returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference seeks to assist veterans in their transition from service to everyday life, focusing on providing financial tools, resources, and support returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The farms of Saratoga County have, in some cases, been producing food since the days of the American Revolution, and some families can indeed trace their lineage back that far. Today’s farmers markets are one way that these family farms continue to sell their wares to the public, although wholesaling and larger farm stores have become the main way to buy from local farms these days. And of course there is always Stewart’s Shops, which brings local dairy and meat products to each of its convenience stores in our region and beyond.  Not including the Saratoga Race Course, Agriculture accounts for over $100 million annually in terms of business conducted in Saratoga County alone, and $5.4 billion statewide. According to the Farm Bureau, 98 percent of farms in the state of New York are family owned.

I recently spoke with WRGB Channel 6 about how Teen Workers could find themselves in high demand this summer. The Wall Street Journal reports that this year is shaping up as a boom year for summer jobs for young people. Industries that traditionally hire teenagers, like hospitality and retail, are rapidly expanding again. Millions of young adults have been vaccinated against COVID-19, making them more comfortable than they were last year with high-contact, in-person jobs. Youth summer employment has been trending downward since the 1970s, according to monthly data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In July 1978, 71.8% of workers aged 16 to 19 participated in the labor force. In the 2010s, that number never topped 45%. This year could begin to reverse that trend.

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