January 2017

January, 2017

Each year I look forward to the Strictly Business Forum. It is a morning of conversation with people who are at the top of their game. We invite representatives from every segment of the regional economy – people who are making the decisions that will shape our future. I’ve always been struck by the enthusiasm read more


The Year in Focus

January, 2017

As the business leaders at Table One started reflecting on 2016 and talking about the year ahead, Rick Martindale quipped to Plattsburgh’s new mayor, “What hat are you wearing today, Colin?” The question drew laughs (and a suggestion of cloning), but as the morn- ing’s conversation progressed, it became clear that past success and future read more


Roll Call and Year in Review

January, 2017

The mood was optimistic at Table Two as the 27th Annual Strictly Business Forum opened for business in early December. A more diverse group would be hard to find at any gathering, but however varied their trades, from the non-profit sector to the arts to financial services, the mood was decidedly upbeat. The group was read more


Common Ground for the Year Ahead

January, 2017

The 27th Strictly Business Forum brought together a diverse mix of business, education and community leaders around Table Three. With extensive yet varied experiences in government, finance, human resources, banking, and technology, they found common ground in their passion for their work, successes during the past year and the challenges they face in the future. read more


Poised for a Promising 2017

January, 2017

With representation from the financial, political, government, real estate, hospi- tality, legal, global manufacturing, insurance, and communications industries, the discussion at Table Four during this 27th Business Forum was diverse, clear- sighted, and overwhelmingly optimistic for the North Country’s economic future. Profits in some businesses held steady for 2016, in others they increased. The plummet read more


What’s inside? Ice cream, NAFTA and Obamacare

January, 2017

First things first: What is your favorite Stewart’s ice cream flavor? Mike Carpenter’s is blue raspberry (sherbet cooler)—blue tongue and all! Stephens Mundy goes for chocolate trifecta. Mary Carpenter said salted caramel is really good. And Gayle Alexander, with apologies, admitted she’s just a Philly vanilla woman. With Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s Shops, at read more


Better Together

January, 2017

What do successful business people in the North Country understand that those who struggle don’t? We’re better together. It is that simple. We live in a vibrant community with a truly unique ‘je ne sais quoi’ spirit. We see it in public initiatives like Vision2Action, Downtown Rising, and the recent Plattsburgh Holiday Parade. Strictly Business read more


Pok-O-Maccready

December, 2016

A Camp for all seasons. When Strictly Business visited Pok-O-MacCready Camps and the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center on a sunny, late fall day, it was quieter than what you’d hear at the height of summer, when—from June through August—some 260 campers aged 6 to 16 populate the traditional Adirondack camp. Yet as I walked with read more


Let’s Go Explore

December, 2016

Most people who choose to live in northern New York want to spend more time exploring the natural beauty of the Adirondack mountains up close. Eager outdoor adventurers can be quickly dissuaded from planning an outing by a host of legitimate questions and concerns that quickly fill the mind: Where is the trail head? How read more


Roberts Sports Center: Pioneers Building a Legacy in Saranac

December, 2016

Roberts Sports Center has been doing business in the North Country since 1964. To trace the business’s history is to climb the family tree. Donald Roberts and his wife Catherine Roberts started the sports machine dealership in 1964 in a garage near their house. In that house they raised four boys: Donnie, Lloyd, Wayne and read more