SUNY Canton business students helping area enterprises be more profitable
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:25 pm

CANTON -- SUNY Canton's business management program is helping area enterprises identify ways to become more profitable.

"Students are able to apply what they learned in class to real world business problems," said Prof. Charles R. Fenner, who teaches business management classes. "It's this application of theory to practice that is at the heart of SUNY technology sector education while preparing the students to follow their entrepreneurial dreams."

Three students in the program have direct ties to area businesses and are using the course's objectives to grow their enterprises.

• Kevin B. Kingsbury of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing, who is working on his second major at SUNY Canton, is using his coursework to determine his operational capacity, a business management term for how much revenue a business can produce at a given moment, and to create a plan for growth.

"I'm trying to gear the whole project to grow our business into a medium-sized operation with 15-20 employees," Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury hires graduates of SUNY Canton's heating and plumbing program to work at his company.

• Maria B. Vecchio of Sergi's Italian Restaurant in Canton used her senior project to create a survey to find out more about their loyal customer base. As part of the survey, she had SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran hold a drawing for pizza rolls, one of the local restaurant's signature servings.

• Students in Prof. Fenner's class on strategic policies and issues class helped Rick Gilchrist IV develop a plan to build upon his successful business, Perry's Market in Norwood.

"It started as a brainstorming session about ways I could expand into other areas," Gilchrist said about his time with the class. "The students created the beginnings of a solid plan, and I was able to finish it."

Previously, students in this curriculum have partnered with the owners of Gamer Craze and Luna Boutique in Canton to develop new business strategies, according to a press release from the college.