Anthony Manetta

Manetta merges with Harris Beach advisory

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island public affairs veteran Anthony Manetta has hitched his wagon to legal powerhouse Harris Beach. The former executive director of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has merged his Melville consulting company, Standard Advisors Group, with HB Solutions LLC, a non-legal consulting affiliate of Rochester-based Harris Beach. The law firm, which represents 10 of the Fortune 25 companies, was founded in 1856 and maintains offices across Upstate New York and…


Books with a surprise beginning

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “lifetime” in the book business and five-plus years as a parent have led entrepreneur Eric Shmuely to a surprising new development. Literally. Following a “very soft launch” for friends and family in December, Shmuely has officially uncovered Story Surprise LLC, a children’s-book distributor based on the monthly subscription-box model. Offering new, high-quality kids’ books from virtually all publishers at rock-bottom prices, the startup thickens the plot with an element of mystery:…