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Newport award for local light design

In a bright advance for boater safety, an innovative dome light for powerboat and sailboat cabins created by two Long Island companies has been honored by judges at the Newport International Boat Show. The Largo Tri-Color LED Dome Light, named best new navigation product at the prestigious Rhode Island showcase, was honored for its customer value, safety and aesthetics, according to judges. Hauppauge-based design-and-development ace Intelligent Product Solutions partnered on the Largo with Holbrook’s LED…


Auto app wins Buffalo’s $5M biz contest

Buffalo’s ACV Auctions was the grand prize winner of this year’s 43North business plan competition, which bills itself as the richest biz contest in the world. And maybe it is: ACV won $1 million, with another $4 million going to top winners, including three Canadian firms that have agreed to move to Buffalo for the minimum one-year stay stipulated by the rules. Other winners are from Israel, Virginia and Boston. ACV is a live wholesale…


Squeezing an A into STEM

Education and workforce development come together Nov. 17 to explore the future world in which science and creativity happily co-exist. Popularly called STEAM, the movement aims to build well-rounded workers of tomorrow who embrace the hard skills of science, technology, engineering and math but haven’t lost sight of the undisputed value of the arts. “I believe this is the first Long Island conference that brings educators, technology companies and businesspeople together to discuss the significance…


Carolyn Schwartz and the road taken

By GREGORY ZELLER // Poems By Carolyn got its start churning out rhymes for bar and bat mitzvah candle-lighting ceremonies, along with the occasional Sweet 16 sonnet. Fifteen years later, Carolyn Gilbert Schwartz’s professional network includes major regional event planners, and her business list has swelled to include startups and national corporations. And poems are just the half of it: Penning everything from marriage proposals to snappy website content, the entrepreneur has thought about changing…


Pathways to technological success

Two Long Island businesses, an Island college and one of LI’s largest school districts are among the organizations winning “partnership awards” through the third round of the New York State Pathways in Technology program. All told, seven regional winners – each including businesses, institutions of higher learning and public schools – were named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who designed the P-TECH partnerships to provide over 10,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and…


On LI, it’s hip once more to grow hops

By JIM MCCUNE // It’s been nearly three years since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State farm brewing law to spur demand for locally grown products and increase the economic impact of the burgeoning craft brewing industry. And it’s apparently working, at least here. Long Island already has a dozen farm breweries, with a dozen more in the planning. The law created a new brewery license that, among other things, allows farm-based breweries…


A way to keep construction projects on traxx

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If You Want Something Done Right file comes a startup determined to keep alternative-energy construction projects on track – starting with work done by the cofounders’ other company. Incorporated in September in Florida, Iontraxx is an offshoot of Orlando-based clean-energy firm Sybac Solar, which custom-designs and installs solar-powered energy generators. Its mission: streamline the construction process by helping solar-energy contractors keep track of their stuff. The need for such…


Northrop Grumman out-guns rivals for B-3 contract

Northrop Grumman won the contract to build the Air Force’s next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber, beating out a rival bid from a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. While it’s too soon to start gearing up local assembly lines, several Long Island defense firms said privately they expect to see future work from the contract, which will likely extend for a decade or more. And Jamie Moore, president of Hauppauge-based ADDAPT, an alliance of technology…


Add a little amber to the orange and blue

The Blue Point Brewing Co. is going to the World Series. A pint (or six) of the Patchogue craft brewery’s flagship Toasted Lager is on the line – along with other spoils from across the Empire State – as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s World Series bet with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. In addition to wearing the other team’s jersey to work, the loser will deliver a care package of home-grown goodies. In Cuomo’s case, that…


Applied DNA takes on missile defense

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Department of Defense is calling on Applied DNA Sciences to secure the electronic guts of the nation’s missile-defense systems. As part of a two-year contract with the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, the Stony Brook-based biotech firm is partnering with Hi-Rel Group, a Connecticut manufacturer of highly specialized metal components for what’s known as microelectronic packaging, to produce seals marked with SigNature DNA, Applied DNA Science’s flagship authentication product. Specifically,…


Web4Sign: A signature addition to Start-Up NY

By GREGORY ZELLER // Web4Sign Corp., an Italian import that’s looking to re-set the data security sector, expects to move into Stony Brook’s center for wireless and information tech sometime in December. January, maybe. The firm, launched earlier this year by Raffaello Galli, is one of 15 new Start-Up NY companies announced in September, and Galli is eager to get moving on his promise of creating at least eight new jobs and investing $650,000 in…


Re-Nuble: Not your average high-growth company

By GREGORY ZELLER // Tinia Pina didn’t set out to create a supercharged organic fertilizer for hydroponic agriculture. It just worked out that way. Pina’s initial concern was the tons of food wasted annually by relatively well-fed Americans. Turning it into organic fertilizer isn’t an entirely new concept, but taking it where Pina and her team are going is wholly innovative. Pina’s Re-Nuble Inc. actually represents “an amalgamation of a lot of different interests,” the…


Henry Schein launches prosthetics partnership

A partnership between a Melville-based medical supplies giant Henry Schein and a foundation focused on an emerging American Dental Association specialty will help usher computer-aided design into dental schools. Schein announced Friday that it will work with the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation and donate at least $1.25 million to the American College of Prosthodontists. The gift will help the college develop “a groundbreaking new curriculum” that makes heavy use of computer-aided design and…


LI Tech Day readies Nov. 10 bow

Billed as the region’s “biggest tech expo,” Long Island Tech Day is an opportunity for startups and established Island tech firms to showcase their tools and talents. Slated to run 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the county-owned Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, Tech Day is expected to attract a capacity crowd of buyers, media types and “high-caliber investors,” according to the event’s organizers, which includes a team of executives who advise…


No questions, please, at First Niagara

First Niagara Financial Group announced earnings of 15 cents a share on Friday, in line with expectations. But the big question was about the Buffalo-based bank’s future, specifically a rumored sale to Long Island’s New York Community Bank Corp. or Canada’s TD Bank, also with a large Island presence. And, no surprise, there was no big answer to the big question. “First Niagara has a long-standing policy that we simply do not comment on market rumors or…