Chamber to award Mazzullo & Sons longevity award 

The Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2018 Longevity Award will be presented to Mazzullo & Sons Carpet One. 

The award will be presented at the 2018 chamber dinner Nov. 2, at the Kallet Civic Center.

The Longevity Award is presented to a business for their long-standing dedication to the Greater Oneida area for more than 25 years. 

Mazzullo and Sons is a third-generation flooring store owned by John and Michael Mazzullo. The store was opened by their grandfather in 1948 and passed to John and Mike from their father and uncle in 1992.



MPW Marketing wins international awards

MPW Marketing is the recipient of two international awards highlighting recent client projects both in videography and website development.

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, one of the largest, oldest and most respected evaluators of creative work in the marketing and communication industry, reviews entries for both international awards. MPW Marketing is one of only two American companies to win the Videographer’s Award for Distinction in Cinematography. The winning submission was an online video campaign created for client Liberty Tabletop, the only flatware company based in the U.S, made exclusively with high-quality American materials. This campaign consisted of seven videos.

MPW Marketing won a Gold dotCOMM award recognizing excellence in website design for client Emergent, a leadership, team and organizational development business in Central New York offering an array of services to effect both individual and organizational transformation.



Industrial Development Agency named member of the month

The Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce has named Madison County Industrial Development Agency member of the month for September.

The Industrial Development Agency is a public benefit company that leads economic development initiatives for Madison County. Key to its mission is the creation and retention of jobs, diversification and strengthening of Madison County’s economic base, and developing the local economy in a planned, organized and environmentally compatible manner.

As a public benefit company, they can assist businesses with site selection services, introducing businesses to local government and business leaders, and providing financial incentives. Available incentives include taxable and tax-exempt bond financing, elimination of sales tax on material and equipment used for manufacturing, the establishment of payment in lieu of taxes agreements for the reduction of property taxes, and the elimination of the mortgage recording tax.  Madison County IDA can assist manufacturers and other nonretail business.

Madison County IDA is also considered a satellite office for the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The IDA can be reached at 315-697-9817 and found online at



Chamber to award HipStir Cafe new business award 

The Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2018 New Business Award will be presented to HipStir Café. 

This award is presented to an outstanding business that has been open for less than three years. 

Hipstir Café opened in December of 2016 as a joint venture between Dr. Patrick Costello and Jennifer DiGiorgio. DiGiorgio, a professional chef trained at the Culinary Institute for America, and Dr. Costello, a local physician who is dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Oneida, partnered to create a café in downtown Oneida as a local spot to grab a cup of coffee, a bite to eat and connect with friends and colleagues. 

In the fall of 2017, HipStir expanded to add a larger dining area that can double as a party room to better serve their patrons.

The New Business Award will be presented along with the Distinguished Service Award and Longevity Award at this year’s Annual Dinner.  The award dinner will be run 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Kallet Civic Center, Oneida. Ticket prices are $50 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 



Solid Waste Authority announces business certifications

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has announced that many local businesses have obtained the Authority’s RecycleOne Business Certification.

The RecycleOne Business Certification requires an on-site review from Authority staff to verify that specific solid waste management, recycling and energy reduction criteria have been achieved. If the criteria have been achieved, the Authority will issue the facility or business an official RecycleOne Business Certification.

The Authority has awarded the following businesses with a RecycleOne Business Certification:

A&P Master Images - (Utica), Covey Computer Software - (New Hartford), Alder Creek Beverages, LLC. - (Forestport), The Fountainhead Group, Inc. - (New York Mills), Bank of Utica - (Utica), Holland Farms Bakery & Deli - (Yorkville), Bartell - (Rome), McCraith Beverages - (New York Mills), Bernie Bus Service Inc. - (Rome), MetLife - (Oriskany), Bonide Products Inc. - (Oriskany), Mohawk Valley Community College - (Utica), BME Inc. - (Marcy), Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute - (Utica), CABVI - (Utica), Pratt & Whitney - (Clayville), Café Domenico - (Utica), Reaves Dental - (New Hartford) , Capitol Theater - (Rome), Rome Memorial Hospital - (Rome), CCNY Tech - (Utica), Roser Communications Network Inc. - (Utica), Champion - (Sangerfield), Saranac - (Utica), Charles Gaetano Construction Corporation - (Utica), Total Solutions - (Clinton), CNY Green Cycle, Inc. - (New Hartford), Utica National - (New Hartford), Colonial Pharmacy - (Whitesboro), Utica Zoo - (Utica)  and Cornerstone Wellness - (Herkimer).     

For more information on the Authority’s RecycleOne Business Recycling Program, contact Emily Albright at 315-733-1224 ext. 1600 or visit to download the RecycleOne Business Recycling Program Guide.



Nation recognizes 350 employees with years of service 

Oneida Indian Nation recently had its annual Service Award Gala, recognizing more 350 employees who are celebrating milestones of 10, 15, 20 and 25 years working for the Oneida Nation. 

Employees spanned across all of the Oneida Nation businesses, including Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Market and SavOn Stores.
The Service Awards Gala is a long-standing annual event to thank employees for their hard work and dedication.   


Online applications avaiable for Commercialization Academy cohort

The AFRL Commercialization Academy is looking for startups in cybersecurity, big data, information systems, and UAS to apply to the next cohort, that could lead to a $200,000 in prize seed funding from IDEA NY.

Startup teams will enter a Commercialization Academy cohort and then compete at a Demo Day for $300,000 in prize seed funding, with $200,000 going to the overall winner and $100,000 going to the runner-up.

After Demo Day, eligible teams will participate in the year-long IDEA NY accelerator program. Additional assistance will be provided to the teams through the Griffiss Institute, the Griffiss Institute Business Incubator, a Certified NYS Business Incubator, and Mohawk Valley EDGE. Participating teams will be required to reside in the Mohawk Valley region for a 12-month period after Demo Day.

For more information on the AFRL Commercialization Academy, the IDEA NY Mohawk Valley accelerator program, or to answer any questions, email



Upstate Empire Fitness Gym celebrates grand opening

The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce along with its staff, board, ambassadors, and catalyst celebrated the grand opening of Upstate Empire Fitness Gym on Oct. 1.

The gym operated as Powerhouse Gym for 28 years prior to being acquired by Brian and Alyssa Devins on Aug. 31. The gym has been renovated with state of the art gym equipment and features group fitness training, child care, tanning and 24/7 access to the gym.

There are nine certified Les Mills Group Fitness Instructors on staff whose primary focus is to lead members toward their personal cardio and strength-training goals. Experience is not needed, and coaches cater the classes to both new and experienced participants. Each of the six different class types are offered on a set schedule that can be found in the gym posted for members to review and sign up the day of the class.

Other features include a full smoothie bar with several protein snacks and pre-workout drinks available.