Welcome to Outlook 2021
Success in the business world requires a blend of intelligence, vision and real-world savvy, but never more so than during a pandemic.
Over the past year, these qualities have been more vital than ever before as the playing field has morphed into an ever-challenging place. But for those able to persevere, the rewards are all the more gratifying.
In this year’s Outlook, we’re introducing you to some Capital Region entrepreneurs, business leaders and thinkers who have seized the moment to shine brighter than ever before.
You’ll meet the owners of a new Saratoga County brewery that opened their doors in early 2020 only to close 23 days later under the lockdown orders of New York state.
Or the Schenectady entrepreneur who saw her skin- and hair-care business boom instead of tanking when she shifted most of her business online last winter.
You’ll find these and similar stories of pluck and persistence amid the pandemic.
- Schenectady: New head of Discover Schenectady looks to add events, expand appeal of current ones
- Schenectady: Scientist applying personal, professional experience to help lift local students in Schenectady
- Schuylerville: Family-run Bound by Fate Brewing in Schuylerville adapts, overcomes in 2020, sees bright future
- Johnstown: Broadalbin native able to build career she loves near home in Johnstown with Vireo Health
- Albany: New Center for Economic Growth exec. Newcombe found niche in regional rather than local development
- Albany: Pernicka finds niche as executive director of Albany nonprofit that works to defeat food insecurity
- Niskayuna: Owner of Niskayuna pizza shop adds immune-boosting products to repertoire
- Schenectady: Entrepreneur sees Schenectady skin- and hair-care business blossom despite pandemic’s limitations
- Niskayuna: Mid-career shift to eldercare proved to be right move for new Ingersoll Place director in Niskayuna
- Latham: Longtime educator, now excelling as workforce consultant in Latham, wins ‘Pitch Your Pivot’ prize
- Schenectady: Experimentation, hard work pay off as Saratoga Springs’ Darling Doughnuts become local favorite
- Ballston Spa: Ballston Spa woman using hand-drawn designs to help battle hunger in her community
- Capital Region: Business acumen helps chairwoman guide Make-A-Wish through pandemic twists and turns
- Schenectady: Cat-themed shop flourishing after pandemic move to Schenectady Trading Company
- Capital Region: Shen grad Aneesa Hussain, Girls Who Code strive to put more women in technology jobs
- Capital Region: Northern Rivers official works to make mental health services more accessible, acceptable
- Schenectady: Livingston Energy Group in Schenectady helping pave the way for electric vehicles, charging stations
- Capital Region: After twists, trends — and now, a pandemic — Minogue’s Beverage Center celebrating 100th anniv.
- Schenectady: Longtime Union College professor Butler is leader on advocacy, diversity
- Capital Region: After early pandemic glitches, Frank Adams Jewelers evolves, emerges even stronger
- Canajoharie: Delmar native, art history buff leaves mark by preserving past at Canajoharie’s Arkell Museum
- Amsterdam: St. Mary’s Healthcare leader Bruce tackling industry pressures head-on in Amsterdam
- Saratoga Springs: Pair come together during pandemic to create dance school in Saratoga Springs
- Albany: Albany Med exec Antonikowski leads effort toward linked goals of equity, diversity, inclusion
- Saratoga Springs: Saratoga Community Health Center is extension of doctor’s humanitarian, social justice efforts
- Amsterdam: Amsterdam funeral director betting that sustainable death care — ‘green burials’ — will gain favor