For this niche chef, the bright ideas keep coming

By GREGORY ZELLER // The lightbulb moment was clear. But the lightbulb? That was more happenstance. Entrepreneurial chef Alaila-Lee Lawrence can trace the branches of her Clovesz beverage line straight through her family tree: her grandfather, the Orlando restaurateur; her cousin, the Canadian caterer; her grandmother, the matriarch who migrated from Jamaica to England to the United States to find a better life for her family. The heart of her drinks – sorrel, a perennial…

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Here’s to the winners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hundreds of Long Island’s top business and science minds gathered Tuesday for the 2017 Innovator of the Year Awards. Including Master of Innovation Robert Catell, the former KeySpan and National Grid USA chairman, some 36 top innovators were honored by Innovate Long Island at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. “Our honorees include first-time entrepreneurs, inveterate tinkerers and some who have made invention and innovation their careers,” said master of ceremonies…

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Stuff we’re thinking about going to

Medical schooling: The Stony Brook University Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and the university’s Center for Biotechnology present Medical Tech and Healthcare Innovations, a day-long symposium co-sponsored by Henry Schein Inc. Highlighting cutting-edge advances in the med-tech fields, the event is scheduled for March 28 at CEWIT. Scheduled speakers include Henry Schein Chief Innovation Officer Bruce Lieberthal, Softheon founder and CEO Eugene Sayan, Long Island Emerging Technology Fund co-director Peter Donnelly and Center…

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