CEDC Rapid Recovery Loans available to county small businesses

HUDSON – Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has established a $300,000 Rapid Recovery Loan Program to support small businesses in Columbia County.

The new Rapid Recovery Loan Program offers low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to qualified applicants.

Businesses must be located in Columbia County, be in operation for at least 2 years, and have 25 or fewer full-time employees. Complete loan criteria is available online at: www.columbiaedc.com. Read more…

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Don’t go in the sun unprotected

NEW YORK CITY—Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and a healthy immune system. While a limited amount of the vitamin can be obtained from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the suggestion that the best way to obtain vitamin D is through sun exposure is both misleading and dangerous, according to a May 4 press release from The Skin Cancer Foundation.

The health risks of UV exposure—including skin cancer—are serious and well-documented. While many people have found their time outdoors severely limited because of Covid-19, some may misguidedly forgo sun protection completely in an effort to obtain vitamin D. Instead of damaging one’s skin, The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests people get their vitamin D from sources like oily fish, fortified dairy products and cereals, and supplements.

“Too many people believe that exposure to the sun’s radiation is the optimal way to obtain vitamin D, and that using sunscreen leads to vitamin D deficiency. In reality, unprotected UV exposure can put people at risk for potentially life-threatening skin cancer, and it isn’t the most effective way to reach your vitamin D quotient,” President of The Skin Cancer Foundation Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, said in the press release. Read more…

Tierra Farm opening Latham distribution center

Reprinted with permission from the Times Union

VALATIE – Tierra Farm, the Valatie-based organic food company, has signed a lease on an 11,000-square-foot distribution center on Sicker Road, about two miles from Albany International Airport.

The new facility will handle the growing company’s East Coast distribution, and eight to 12 employees will staff the site. The company currently employs 60 people and will be hiring new employees to adjust to the expansion, though an exact number is not set, Tierra CEO Todd Kletter said.

Mr. Kletter said the new facility will be an upgrade over Tierra’s Valatie distribution center, which he said wasn’t designed to handle the company’s current levels of production. The center will be the company’s third, after Tierra opened an Aurora, Colorado facility to serve the West Coast market. Read more…