NAmTrans In High Gear

September, 2019

Two years ago, the North Country Chamber of Commerce announced the planned creation of the North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment — NAmTrans for short. The Chamber subsidiary is modeled after the Center of Excellence for Land Transportation in Quebec which mentored our early plans, and is now an organizational framework for linking, read more


Major Changes to New York’s Harassment Laws Make Administrative Claims More Likely

September, 2019

On Monday, August 12, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a major expansion of the state’s workplace harassment and anti-discrimination laws. The amendments continue to expand employer obligations to prevent and prohibit all forms of harassment based on protected characteristics. The mandatory sexual harassment and discrimination training, together with headline news around the country read more


How Mortgage Brokers Help with Financing

September, 2019

In the world of home buying, life used to be simple. Savings and loan associations would take in savings deposits and lend that money out to finance a home purchase. Savings and loans, or thrifts, provided straight amortized loans, with regularly scheduled payments on both interest and principal, set up over a 20- or 30-year read more


Julie Edwards

September, 2019

Title: Owner, Willow Hill Farm in Keeseville, NY Family: 3 adult children, 5 stepchildren, and many foster children over the years. Hometown: Hydesville, Maryland Education: B.A. in philosophy from the University of Delaware Community Involvement: 25 years of involvement with U.S. Pony Club – a national organization dedicated to teaching children about horses and riding. read more


We Are Family

September, 2019

Paul Calkins was an anchor in the North Country business community. Beginning in the 1950s he founded and ran an auction house, an insurance business and a realty brokerage with his wife Florence. Sadly, in 1980 Paul died unexpectedly. Suddenly widowed, Florence made the decision to focus on the real estate business. While building Calkins read more


Creating Community: A Delicious Destination

September, 2019

“When a person sells a house, it is a life event. I enjoy helping people work through a time of substantial change and readjustment,” said Joey Trombley, owner of Kavanaugh Realty. “It is especially rewarding to help a family achieve the dream of home ownership. Depending on the situation, sometimes we talk people out of read more


The Best Job in the World

September, 2019

“Some of the most gratifying experiences I have had in my career have occurred when I accidentally met former clients while I was out and about town,” Donald Duley, owner of Duley & Associates Real Estate said. “Folks have come up to me and said I sold them their house years ago, and that they read more


September 2019

September, 2019

In 2018, 5.34 million existing homes and 667,000 newly constructed homes were sold in the U.S. There are currently about two million active real estate licensees and 86,004 real estate brokerage firms operating in the country. In this issue of Strictly Business we look at some of the North Country’s real estate firms as well read more


Small Business is a big Chamber Priority

August, 2019

From restaurants and hospitality businesses to contractors, professional services and even manufacturers, small businesses have always made up the great majority of the North Country Chamber’s membership and they always will. And our many direct business support services as well as activities, such as our advocacy efforts in Albany and Washington, reflect this. As we read more


Out on a Limb

August, 2019

Steve Frazier is a professional climbing arborist. He owns and operates Arbor-Ops LLC, an expert tree service, out of Keeseville, NY. “By the nature of my job I am considered an industrial athlete, my gym is your yard,” said Frazier. He acknowledges that tree climbers are a breed apart, and he may just be more read more