Entrepreneur Roundtable: Oxford, NY

Real-life case studies in entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Roundtable: Oxford, NY

Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 7pm

Oxford Academy Primary School (Multipurpose Room), South Washington Ave., Oxford, NY

An informal Entrepreneur Roundtable for those interested in hearing from business owners about what it takes to launch and maintain a business will be held January 7, 2016 at 7 pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Oxford Academy Primary School.


Both adults and students are invited to hear a case study presented by one of a number of area business owners/entrepreneurs about their work, and learn more about what it takes to run that business. After the short presentation, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.


This is a chance to get a real-world overview of business details that matter: what's hard, what works, what's changing, and more.


Roundtable presenters available to share their stories include:



  • Sarah Smith with Bill Troxell of Strong Stone Pottery,
  • Heather Bartle of Bartles Pharmacy,
  • Rusty Smith of the Little Boys Shop,
  • Jan Ireland and Rick Warner of Canal Street Hardware,
  • Peter Van Buiten of Oxford Maple Products, and
  • Lori Johnson of Oxford Grooming.
  • Also participating will be Dominick Recckio, social entrepreneur and student educator from Ithaca, NY.



This roundtable is another event presented by a working group of leaders and networkers from all sectors of greater Chenango County, including the Oxford Academy Central School District, Town of Oxford, Commerce Chenango, local businesspersons, and other local foundations, community organizations, and higher education.

If you had local businesspersons sitting across the table, what would you ask?

How do you take over a family business when you only know a portion of it?

What happens when your business partner is no longer available and you are on your own?

How much guts and perseverance does it take to take on a business that's new to you?

How do you balance different professional interests (like racing and welding, or pottery and antique restoration)?

What are the benefits and challenges of working with family?

How do you manage a business that changes yearly due to evolving technology and policy?

How hard is it, exactly, to run your own business?

What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

Do you really need a plan?

When do you start to make money?


What do you want to know? Ask away.

Oxford Academy and Central School District

For more information about this event, including the participating local businesses, municipalities, and community organizations, contact Kathryn Rutz at 607-725-2488, or rutzk@dcmoboces.com.