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No. 287: MDs on the fast track, IPS in the Smithsonian, new hope for the nipple and ESD doesn’t mean to brag, but…

Welcome to Wednesday: And over the hump we go, dear reader, as another week of innovation and socioeconomic progress plows forward. And we do mean plows. When’s spring start, anyway? Passing Go: March 7 is another big date for historical innovation. Charles Miller kept them in stitches when he patented the first U.S. sewing machine in 1854, Alexander Graham Bell let his fingers do the walking when he patented the telephone in 1876, and while…


No. 276: John Kominicki remembered and Island manufacturing re-imagined, with just two minutes left until the apocalypse

Happy Friday, everyone: And welcome to another well-earned weekend. Tribute To A Friend Friends and colleagues of Innovate Long Island founder John Kominicki are invited to a memorial remembrance on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. We will talk, share stories and celebrate his life. Friends may remember that John liked to dress casually, and had a couple of sartorial preferences: a silk pocket square stuffed…


‘Scary optimism’ as local business girds for 2017

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island business leaders gave the local economy a resounding thumbs up on Thursday, predicting growing revenues, profits and pricing power at an annual economic forecast breakfast hosted by accounting firm AVZ. The less good news: 58 percent of business managers responding to AVZ’s accompanying economic poll said they have no plans to hire additional workers in 2017, and 5 percent said they expect to cut staff during the year. Another…


HIA-LI gala shines light on hunger, LGBT rights

By GREGORY ZELLER // Community-minded Long Island business leaders will take a bow under the HIA-LI spotlight. The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island has filled an impressive dance card for its annual Those Who Make a Difference Gala, scheduled for Dec. 14 in Smithtown. In addition to posthumous awards for two well-respected Island professionals lost in 2016, the HIA-LI will honor a wide range of volunteers and professionals covering a spectrum of critical social…


Bob Quarté wants 10 minutes of your time

Accounting firm AVZ launched its annual economic survey and opinion poll in 1994 as a way to take the pulse of local business and, hey, if it happened to generate a little buzz for the practice, so much the better. Since then, the survey has become required reading for business people trying to gauge the local economic climate and a favored source for local pols, economic development agencies, the media and others. More from AVZ managing partner Bob…


LI economy: Fair to partly cloudy

By GREGORY ZELLER // The regional economy got a little good news on Thursday, as AVZ presented its annual economic survey and opinion poll. The Hauppauge accounting firm’s 22nd annual assessment of the Long Island economy was chock full of glad tidings, including boosted confidence in the regional and national economies – the highest since the start of the recession in 2008 – and rising revenue and hiring projections. While the numbers were still, in…


AVZ promotes 5 to partner team

Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co. may need to change the type size on the letterhead. The Hauppauge-based certified public accounting and business-advisory firm has promoted five longtime principals – Jill Gunzel, Kenneth Laks, Lawrence Lucarelli, James O’Connor and Thomas Ruggiero – to its partner team. The quintet grows the partner team ranks to 17 professionals offering a range of services to businesses and industries throughout Long Island and the Metro New York region. The promotions…