Table Six: United in Purpose: Bright Shining Moments in the North Country

January, 2018

The Strictly Business Forum is a phenomenon. There is no other event that gathers the diverse slice of North Country leaders from businesses both large and small, private and corporate, elected officials and public servants, non- and for-profit heads of state in one room to discuss their shining moments, concerns, hopes and dreams for the read more


Table Five: Up, Flat, but Never Down

January, 2018

The 28th Annual Strictly Business Forum brought together some of the brightest business minds in the region with the goal of giving them the opportunity to do one of the things they do best: work collaboratively to discuss problems and propose solutions. We looked back at business in 2017, and ahead to the challenges of read more


Table Four: Meeting Challenges, Striding Forward

January, 2018

With representation from the financial, government, education, media, insurance, not-for-profit, and environmental industries, the discussion at Table Four during this 28th Strictly Business Forum was convivial, insightful, and stimulating. There was a shared sense of expectant optimism for the North Country’s economic future, and infectious energy among the participants. While 2017 was not without challenges, read more


Table Three: Engaging for Ultimate Success

January, 2018

On the first Wednesday in December, I had the good fortune of sitting among some of the business decision-makers of the North Country. This year there was a focus on best practices with reference to employee retention, promoting awareness of area business advocacy programs, and rethinking what success looks like—not only as individuals but as read more


Table Two 2017: A Year of Growth and New Challenges

January, 2018

In a room full of local leaders, innovators, strategists, and passionate community advocates, a bystander would have been remiss in not taking advantage of the opportunity to engage. Against the backdrop of a continuously changing modern economy, Forum participants voiced both unique and unanimously shared challenges throughout the room. Table Two included a dynamic and read more


Table One – A Mix of Optimism and Caution

January, 2018

At Table One, the 28th Strictly Business Forum brought together a mix of financial, legal, business, employment, agricultural, and government leaders from the region. By sharing their considerable experience, they found much in common, especially their various successes during the past year, which led to a decidedly optimistic discussion. Jesse Ringer, President of Jeffords Steel read more


Guest View – Michael Carpenter

January, 2018

I am honored to have been asked to write the first Guest View in the 28-year history of Strictly Business. Herb didn’t ask me to write this because I am his son; he asked me to write it because I have a unique understanding of a topic that was discussed at every table during December’s read more


Navigating the Waters

December, 2017

Sitting with the Hubbells in the back office of Lake Champlain Pools, Spas & Stoves (originally Lake Champlain Pools) it’s noticeable that their family has the right formula: a positive work culture, engaged employees, years of industry knowledge, and a plan for the future. Years ago, George and Kay Hubbell decided it was time to read more


December 2017

December, 2017

Navigating a transition in business or in life can be a complicated process. In this issue of Strictly Business we introduce you to a number of people who have found their way through the process as well as businesses that help to facilitate the changes we all face at some time in our lives. Our read more


Tom Bull: Positively Empowering

December, 2017

As a teenager, Tom Bull was one of those kids who struggled with young adulthood and nearly failed out of school. His own challenges as a young adult are part of the reason why he’s so effective at working with troubled teens today. He can see himself in the young people he works with as read more