OSWEGO – Six Acres Farm Brewery, North 40 Clover and Moth & Flame Base Camp were named the 2021 winners of the Oswego County ‘Next Great Idea’ (NGI) County Business Competition at a reception on Tuesday, November 16 at the Lake Ontario Center event and conference in Oswego.
The winning businesses received cash and business services totaling $ 90,000 to expand their businesses in Oswego County.
“It was a great honor to present our fifth NGI Award on National Entrepreneur Day,” said Austin Wheelock, President of NGI and Deputy Director of Operation Oswego County. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our county’s growth. We believe these three companies are great examples of this and will be great “Next Great Idea” ambassadors for Oswego County. “
The $ 50,000 first place winner, Six Acres Farm Brewery, founded by Jenna Behling and head brewer Denyel Busch in Mexico City, NY, is the first niche craft brewing company of its kind to develop beers infused with fruit with locally grown fruit and proprietary methods to naturally create flavorful fruit beer drinks. Already producing 13 unique recipes on site at Behling Orchards, the owners see an excellent opportunity to capitalize on the growth of the nascent craft beverage industry in Oswego County and build on our existing agri-tourism assets.
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunities NGI has provided our business and are delighted to begin the expansion of Six Acres Farm Brewery,” said Jenna Behling of Six Acres Farm Brewery. “Winning the NGI will open up the possibility for us to increase our brewing production and expand our brewery. This will be very beneficial as we are planning to open a tasting room in the region.
North 40 Clover On Site Hydraulic Hose Repair & Fabrication, a start-up created by James Macklen of Lacona that will use the NGI award to grow his mobile hydraulic repair and manufacturing business that serves many industries including manufacturing, operations mining, road snow removal, agriculture, trucking and logging operations around Oswego County and the north of the country. This mobile business is especially needed in rural areas where prolonged downtime due to remote repair services can be catastrophic for the business. Mr. Macklen sees multiple future opportunities for expansion in this industry that the NGI Award would allow him to accomplish.
The third winner valued at $ 15,000 in cash and business services was Moth & Flame Base Camp, a uniquely concepted glamping company developed by co-founders Amanda McLaughlin and Paula Barreto to keep visitors , play and support local businesses in the beautiful outside of Oswego County while having a unique and safe stay and experience in a vintage RV, draft and eclectic structure ” glampground ”. The company will use social media and technology platforms to market to the rapidly growing target segment of “glampers”. The co-founders will use the award to develop distinctive fully furnished base camps in a scenic location that will complement the growing outdoor recreation and event tourism industry in Oswego County.
The judges for this year’s event were selected based on their knowledge and expertise of local businesses in the areas of operations, management, finance and entrepreneurship. These judges were Ed Alberts, local entrepreneur and former NGI winner; Mike Backus of Oswego Health; Rich Burritt of Burritt Motors; Allen Chase of Chase Enterprises, Nate Emmons, county lawmaker; Karen Goetz of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation; Keiko Kimura of the Fulton Campus of Cayuga Community College; Kevin LaMontagne of Operation Oswego County; Liz Lonergan of the Watertown Small Business Development Center; and Tim McKernan of EJ USA.
“The prizes of $ 90,000 in cash and business services were collected in partnership with local businesses, private banks, trade organizations, and public and private institutions who see the importance of investing in future entrepreneurs and the economy of Oswego County, ”said Wheelock.
Sponsors included the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Advance Media NY, Operation Oswego County, SUNY Oswego, Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center, Small Business Development Center at SUNY Oswego, Pathfinder Bank, National Grid, C&S Companies, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Chirello Advertising, Kyle Ridlon Productions, and Oswego County Business Magazine.
In addition to Wheelock, NGI’s board of directors includes Pamela Caraccioli, Fulton Savings Bank; Steve Chirello, Chirello ad; John Halleron, SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center; Katie Toomey, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Evelyn LiVoti, Operation Oswego County; Ron G. Tascarella, Pathfinder Bank; John Trimble, C&S Companies; Tim Stahl, Town of Oswego Economic and Community Development Office; and Garrette Weiss, Center for Education, Technology and Innovation.
For more information, visit the website at www.oswegocounty.org/NGI/index.htm or contact Austin Wheelock by phone at 315-343-1545 or by email at [email protected]
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