Lisbon Coffee Roaster Expands with Help from SLCLDC

Through hard work, quality products and great customer service Tim Gardner has turned what began as a hobby into a noteworthy and flourishing microenterprise business.  In 2008 Tim took his love for coffee to the next level by converting a portion of his garage into a small scale coffee roasting operation and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters was born.  Since then Tim and his specialty coffees have been making names for themselves throughout the North Country and the business is poised for an expansion.

A $10,000 loan from the St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation provided working capital and assisted with the purchase of a larger roaster.  The funds will help Tim to increase production capacity needed to support his growing business which provides micro-roasted coffee to wholesale customers in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Franklin counties.  “The new roaster will enable me to roast larger batches of coffee that will improve quality and reduce waste,” says Gardner.  “In addition, spending less time at the roaster will free up more time for me to build customer relations and focus on new opportunities.” 

“The St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation is pleased to continue our support for St. Lawrence Valley Roasters,” states SLCLDC Chief Raymond Fountain.  “Tim is constantly pursuing opportunities to improve his knowledge and strengthen his business.  He serves as a great example to other entrepreneurs and small business owners, which is why the IDA selected him to be recognized earlier this year for his contributions to the St. Lawrence County economy.”

“The staff at the IDA has been tremendously helpful to me as I have been building my business,” Gardner continues.  “They always stay in touch and offer suggestions.  St. Lawrence Valley Roasters wouldn’t be where it is today without them.” 

In addition to his wholesale accounts Tim partners with the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University to provide their Entrepreneur Coffee, and with Big Tupper Brewing of Tupper Lake to roast their unique private label blends.  His products are available for retail sale at a number of locations around the North Country including Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, the Potsdam Food Co-op and Maple Run Emporium in Potsdam, Wanakena General Store, Oswegatchie Coffee in Gouverneur, Valley Greenery in Parishville, Artworks Creperie in Waddington, and The Mustard Seed in Watertown.  He is frequently found at Farmer’s Markets and various artisan and food shows around the region.  Orders can also be placed online with free shipping being offered through the end of the year.

For more information Tim can be reached at (315) 250-7650,,, or on Facebook. 

About the St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation

The St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation which administers a Microenterprise Revolving Loan Fund and a Microenterprise Grant Program.  The primary goal of these programs is to stimulate the inception and growth of private sector microenterprise businesses owned and operated by low-moderate income persons, or which create jobs for persons of low-moderate income.  The Local Development Corporation is administered through a partnership with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.


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December 7, 2018 Meeting Notice

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency is scheduled to meet on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM at the Ernest J. LaBaff Industrial Building, 19 Commerce Lane, Canton.  Meetings of the St. Lawrence County IDA - Local Development Corporation, St. Lawrence County IDA - Civic Development Corporation and St. Lawrence County Property Development Corporation will immediately follow.