Lively Run Wins 2015 NYS Ag. Business of the Year

Lively Run was recognized for their 2012-2014 expansions of their cheese facility, products, and cheese shop, growth of their agritourism business, and 450% increase in net income.2015 NYS SBDC Agricultural Business of the Year The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) awards yearly honors, including awards for Growth Company, Start-Up Company, High Tech Company, Manufacturer, Agriculture, Minority, Veteran and Woman Entrepreneurs of the Year.Lively Run Dairy has expanded their cheese plant production facility with assistance from Ken Homer of Binghamton SBDC to produce hard cheeses using cow’s milk, and make cheese under private labeling for other farms. They have gotten involved in agritourism, expanding their facility with a retail tasting room and store, bus parking, and are preparing to provide meals for tourists in the Finger Lakes.Over the years, Lively Run Dairy has been featured in many national publications, including Gourmet, Food and Wine, Saveur, Edible Finger Lakes, and the nation’s leading artisanal cheese publication Culture Magazine. Lively Run has increased its net income by a factor of about 450% from 2012 to 2014.The Lively Run family traveled to Saratoga Springs in April to receive their award and celebrate with other members of New York State SBDC. About Lively Run Dairy:Lively Run Goat Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in New York State in 1982 and pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. Their delicious artisan goat and cow cheeses have become a staple in kitchens across the Finger Lakes and beyond. Their products contain no preservatives, no food coloring, no artificial additives of any kind, and use only vegetable rennet. About New York SBDC:The New York State Small Business Development Center (New York SBDC) – the premier business assistance organization in New York State – provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses across the state. Since 1984, the NY SBDC has worked with 400,847 businesses, helping them to invest $5,464,324,837 in New York’s economy and create or save 177,095 jobs. Through a network of 24 regional centers, the New York Small Business Development Center delivers high quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.# # #If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a member of the Lively Run Dairy family, please call Katie Shaw at 570-772-3011 or email Katie at katie@livelyrun.com. For updates about the farm, please sign up for our newsletter at www.livelyrun.com/visit-us/contact-us.

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