Livablecny.com recently profiled Salt Works on their website in the article, Wood Work: Artisanal Craftsman Jobs for Syracuse Immigrants. They beautifully capture the stories of Pedro Ignacio Díaz Ramos and Luis Vilella, two of the craftsman behind Salt Works’ sustainable furniture. “Before becoming a carpenter with Salt Works, the most extensive woodwork Pedro Ignacio Díaz Ramos had done was chopping down trees to sell as firewood in his hometown of Guantánamo, Cuba. Whenever money was tight, which was often, he would bike nearly 10 miles to the mountains where the wood made for good kindling—not far from the mountain range where Fidel and Ché plotted the Cuban Revolution. “Day after day, my situation—my life—became much harder,” said Ramos. While Ramos, 47, sold the bundles of wood for only 20 cents each in Guantanamo, he now helps pull in several thousand-dollar woodworking projects for Salt Works . . .” Read the entire article here.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
We’re excited for SyracuseFirst’s annual fundraiser, the Buy Local Bash, presented by AmeriCU: a celebration of all things local, complete with food and beverage tastings, shopping, and live music. This year, the party will be held at the Landmark Theatre and will feature a special toast sponsored by the Syracuse New Times and a short performance by dancers from Syracuse Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Some of our Northside businesses will be in attendance, including Laci’s who will be sampling some of the menu items for their new lunch spot and Rocky’s News and Cigars who will be collecting donations to the Food Bank and giving away custom-branded Buy Local Bash cigars with every donation. Our UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs will also be at the Bash, giving out samples of food and coffee and selling bags of beans and jewelry.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • November 17, 2014
This Work Train update was originally published in CenterState CEO’s November/December newsletter, CEO Essentials.
As of early October, there were more than 430 unfilled manufacturing-related jobs in Syracuse, Liverpool and East Syracuse alone, according to the New York State Department of Labor Job Bank. Many of these employers may pay above minimum wage, offer fringe benefit packages and support continuing education for employees in good standing. Some operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet customers’ needs. Others face potential expansion but worry about not being able to fill orders if they cannot hire the right people in time.
At the same time, there are many un- or underemployed individuals in the community. Given the right training and support, these people could be excellent candidates for local employers seeking to fill jobs.
Enter Work Train—a CenterState CEO-led initiative that cultivates industry partnerships to create a pipeline of job applicants to fill positions that might otherwise go unfilled. Work Train works with businesses to identify and aggregate employer hiring needs. Once the skills have been documented, Work Train networks with community-based organizations and educational institutions to identify, recruit, assess, prepare and then refer potential job candidates for interviews with employers that have job openings.
Work Train is looking for manufacturing sector businesses that want to be part of this process. To learn more about participating, contact Rosemary Jonientz, Work Train assistant director, at email@example.com or call 315-460-5507.
Work Train’s Roots: Work Train initially piloted this platform on the North Side of Syracuse with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in health care and construction jobs. Work Train is now scaling up its efforts, most recently partnering with Loretto to hire certified nursing assistants for The Cottages in Cicero. Work Train is staffed by CenterState CEO and guided by a collaborative consisting of leaders from business, philanthropy, economic and workforce development, training and education, local government, and community-based organizations.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • November 13, 2014
Last week, Syracuse.com featured an article on a new Northside restaurant: the Red Dragon House. Located at 1614 Lodi Street, the business is named after the symbol for Bhutan and serves up a variety of Bhutanese dishes.
“Like many of the best ethnic restaurants we’ve enjoyed, this one is small and plain, and the food is exciting and delicious.
We were fortunate to arrive on the first night of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. The restaurant was decorated, the staff dressed in black suits with red ties, and traditional music came from the back room set for the celebration.
The menu is brief, offering different sizes of many dishes. Unfamiliar with the cuisine, we sampled the smallest portions available of several typical dishes. One of the most interesting, fun parts of the experience was discovering that some of the food served looked very different from the menu’s pictures.”
Read Jane Marmaduke’s entire article HERE.
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Tomorrow evening, our fall Northside Networking Event will take place at Sparky Town from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Property and business owners and elected officials are invited to stop in and enjoy light fare, a cash bar, and good conversation. No registration is required.
This event is hosted by the Northside Business Partnership (NBP), a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that work to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses.
This week there are three free events hosted by our NBP member businesses: The Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College (SBDC), ArtRage, and Vinomania. Check out the details below.
Free Small Business Training
Thursday, November 13 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Northside CYO, 527 North Salina Street
SBDC, in partnership with Office of New Americans, is offering a free class for entrepreneurs to learn more about starting their own business. No registration is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
“What If . . .” Film Series: Urbanized
Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 PM
ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue
Check out the last film in ArtRage‘s “What If . . .” Film Series. Urbanized follows cinematographers Gary Hustwit and Luke Geissbuhler as they travel around the world to interview people and film specific urban design projects representing the issues facing cities today. The world’s population is in the midst of a massive migration to urban areas, and the design solutions our cities implement in the next 20 years will be critical.
Free Wine Tasting
Saturday, November 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Vinomania, 313 East Willow Street #109 (Entrance on Pearl Street)
Stop by Vinomania to taste a selection of Gary’s wines and sample sweets from Lune Chocolat. $1.00 from each bottle sold will benefit the CNY Cat Coalition.