Business Beat: 2016 Year in Review

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The year began with a resolution at Family First Fitness in Schenectady. It was the first of more than 40 companies featured this year on the Capital Region Business Beat.

"I believe that the first step is making health a family commitment," said owner Guy Waltman.

We filled our appetites with Nut Zez almond butter of Cohoes and washed it down with JUST Water in Glens Falls and ChugaChaga, a tea made with local mushrooms.

"We went hiking on a mountain in the Adirondacks and we discovered chaga," said co-owner Luke Evans.

Over the summer we went to the Saratoga Race Course and showed you how Parting Glass Racing makes owning a racehorse a reality.

"This is another aspect of sports entertainment or sport that you can be part of for a nominal fee," Parting Glass Founder Tom Gallo said.

No Saratoga meet would be complete without a stop at Hatsational.

The Biz Beat also made stops at local classrooms, like the Craft Brewing program at Schenectady County Community College, and a marketing class at La Salle Institute in Troy that gives high school students hands-on, professional experience.

We went behind the scenes at Rotterdam's new Via Aquarium, took you to Double M Rodeo, celebrating its 50th year in business, and inside Quad/Graphics in Saratoga, printing your favorite magazines.

"Everyone's familiar with People Magazine, Sports Illustrated; we do Entertainment Weekly, Business Week, The Economist," said Quad/Graphics Executive Plant Director Dan Frankowski.

Saratoga County is also home to Odd Networks, which is changing the way we watch TV, and Kellogg Karpet, giving a car wash for our rugs for almost 100 years.

Leet Systems in Albany showed us how it's being paid to hack companies before hackers do.

"We get paid to break security. I love it," said Leet Systems Founder Tyler Wrightson.

We rounded out the year showing off Troy's Ilium VR and its gun controllers, making virtual reality even more realistic.

There's many more stories where those come from. You'll want to stay tuned in 2017.

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