CYBERSECURITY: A Never-Ending Battle

September, 2020

THE WAYS IN WHICH EVILDOERS, COMMONLY CALLED HACKERS, CAN ASSAULT YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM ARE MYRIAD AND IMAGINATIVE. SOMETIMES THEY ACT TO STEAL FINANCIAL DATA OR CUSTOMER INFORMATION, AND SOMETIMES JUST TO DESTROY OR VANDALIZE. EVENTS LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES ATTEMPTING TO INTERFERE WITH ELECTIONS HERE IN THE U.S. OR A TEENAGER RAISING HAVOC WITH TWITTER ARE read more


NEW OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE

September, 2020

Over the summer, the North Country Chamber of Commerce concluded, signed and launched an innovative new Partnership Agreement between our Chamber and SUNY Empire State College. Based in Saratoga Springs, Empire State College has long been a special part of the SUNY system, devoted primarily to distance learning. Its long-standing specialization in on-line college classes read more


Let Go of PERFECTION: Find Good Enough

September, 2020

Ever hear of “Analysis Paralysis” as it relates to Time Management? I certainly have experienced it myself – sending an email or report just in the nick of time because I ruminated over it until the last minute. Perfectionism is an obsession to work something to the end, to do one more thing, to verdo, read more


2020 Women of Distinction

September, 2020

ASSEMBLYMAN BILLY JONES has announced the winners of his 2020 Women of Distinction Awards, which recognize extraordinary North Country women who have gone above and beyond to help local communities prosper and thrive. Community members were asked to submit nominations for women who have made a significant impact on their lives or the lives of read more


STRATEGIES for a Lifetime

September, 2020

Do you recall the 1980’s Smith Barney ads on television? The late actor John Houseman assured viewers, “They make money the old fashioned way. They earn it.” The ads conveyed a sense of conservative, careful investing and although Smith Barney is gone, most investors still want honest, sound advice from a person they know and read more


LISA ROBERTS

September, 2020

Lending A Hand Hometown: Mooers Forks, NYFamily: Husband of 31 years, Gregg; three adult children and two granddaughtersEducation: B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY PlattsburghOccupation: Senior Lender, Champlain National BankCommunity Involvement: Current president of the Plattsburgh CommunityHousing Board; 20 years of service to the former Rotary Club of Rouses Point; past treasurer for Champlain Children’s Learning read more


Thoughtful Tools for CORPORATE BANKING

September, 2020

REMOTE DEPOSIT CAPTURE, ONLINE BANKING, AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE (ACH) TRANSACTIONS, ENHANCED FRAUD PROTECTION SYSTEMS, AND STREAMLINED COMMUNICATIONBETWEEN BANKERS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE SOME OF THE WAYS FINTECH (COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO THE ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS) IS EXPANDING AND SUPPORTING CORPORATE BANKING. TO DISCOVER WHAT IS HAPPENING LOCALLY, STRICTLY BUSINESS INTERVIEWED REPRESENTATIVES OF read more


BRICKS, MORTAR & COMMUNITY

September, 2020

When Maggie Pope began working as a teller at the Peru Federal Credit Union (PFCU) in 2005 the financial cooperative was tucked into a tiny space behind the McDonald’s restaurant on the Bear Swamp Road. “It was so small,” she reminisced. Since that time the PFCU has received a community charter and Pope has gone read more


Publisher’s View

September, 2020

The theme of this issue of Strictly Business is FinTech. Haven’t heard the term before? Let me explain. FinTech includes new applications, processes, products, and business models in the financial services industry. The technology is used to automate investments, insurance, trading, banking services, and risk management. In this month’s issue we introduce you to some read more


Publisher’s View

May, 2020

I believe in forward thinking, planning for problems before they occur. Protecting our data? We have a plan for that. A fire or natural disaster? We have a plan for that. Unexpected personnel changes? We have a plan. A pandemic? I have to confess that never occurred to me but we are dealing with it read more