People, Not Felons

South Avenue restaurant offers employees stability, a second chance Omanii’s Lemonade Heaven restaurant doesn’t just serve the best lemonade in town. It has helped resurrect the lives of a dozen South Side felons over the last 18 years by giving them a place to work. “Before I was surviving, now I am living,” said Westcoe Williams, 54, the head chef ... Read More »

All On Her Own

Brenee Jones wanted a hair salon of her own, so she saved enough money to rent shop space. After one year of careful saving, a Syracuse beautician realized her dream of opening her own hair salon. The skills she honed dressing customers’ hair at her home, she says, will now be put to use at her new business, the Brenee ... Read More »

Business With a Pop

A Community Test Kitchen Helped Echols Gourmet Desserts Get Started In the fast-paced era of frozen meals, Echols Gourmet Desserts offers a taste of the good old days, when most food was made from scratch. Charlene Echols-Barnes founded the wholesale dessert company 15 years ago in Syracuse. She decided to pursue a family dream of opening up a bakery after ... Read More »

Startup Success

Business Incubator helps aspiring entrepreneurs put ideas to action Bennie McDonald says he runs his company the way he was trained to act in the military — with structure and discipline. “The difference between myself and Bill Gates is that he makes more money than me, but I have to have the same structure set up,” said McDonald, president of ... Read More »

Housing Visions Opens Satellite Office on Syracuse’s North Side

New location to serve as main rental office for South Side residents Housing Visions is pleased to announce the opening of its sixth satellite office on Dec. 27, 2011. This office serves as the main rental office for its North Side and South Side residents in the city of Syracuse, as well as the residents of Auburn, and represents another ... Read More »

Branding Business

Leather store provides tools to craft own pieces Tandy Leather Factory, a branch of a national chain and a South Side fixture for 26 years, is the only branch in the entire state. “There used to be one in Rochester, Albany, Binghamton and New York City, but they kept the Syracuse one,” said Donald Sell, 29, Tandy Leather’s new manager. ... Read More »

Housing Visions Inducted into the Institute of Real Estate Management

Housing Visions was officially inducted into the prestigious Institute of Real Estate Management as an Accredited Management Organization (AMO) on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. The event, held at Syracuse’s Dinosaur Barbecue, included recently accredited Certified Property Manager Rebecca Newman, Housing Visions Vice President, pledging to uphold the ethics and commitments of IREM.  Read More »

Fresh Thinking

Food Cooperative’s mission to ease access to fresh produce and empower community The Southside Community Coalition is nearing the end of its design phase for the planned Food Cooperative to be constructed on the South Side, expecting to break ground in mid- to late April. Read More »

Rising to Success

Kevin Henry used an adverse situation to his advantage, creating two popular community businesses To describe Kevin Henry as a city official is just a small part of his story. Henry has been working as a superintendent for buildings and grounds for four years, supervising a total of 70 employees. He is also an entrepreneur. And he’s a mentor, each ... Read More »

The Joy of Online Marketing

Count It All Joy was able to grow from an at-home business into a full-fledged brand Over the past year, Joyce Boahene, the founder of Count It All Joy, Inspirational Products, LLC, has embraced social media in every way. “I do a Twitter every day. My blog I update on a weekly or monthly basis, usually with an inspirational message,” ... Read More »