March 2017

March, 2017

The electronic version of The Development Corps’ monthly newsletter arrived this morning and in it was more news about Norsk. In recent years, the North Country has had some great news on the business front, much of it focusing on the large players. But make no mistake, the small businesses in the area are making read more

Living the Dream

March, 2017

Suzette Lomeli’s father always told her, “If you want to get anywhere in life, you have to do it yourself.” Growing up in Fontana, CA, in the suburbs of Los Angeles she took those words to heart. Ralph Lomeli, a Mexican immigrant, and his wife, Nelly, were determined that their children would get an education read more

A Store of Unique Gifts

March, 2017

A reformed Wall Street banker turned antiques dealer and bed and breakfast owner/operator, Kristen Hardman is a natural curator of beautiful things, and she has sprinkled her gifts throughout the North Country from Elizabethtown to Willsboro to Lake Placid and now, thankfully, Plattsburgh. Meeting Hardman for the first time is like meeting an old friend, read more

Best Practices

March, 2017

Throughout the past 25+ years profiling businesses and business leaders in the North Country, Strictly Business has learned a thing or two about what it takes to be successful. Small business owners in particular have a lot on their plates, simultaneously balancing the roles of CEO, payroll, benefits, purchasing, accounting, and countless other jobs all read more

Dena Archer

March, 2017

Hometown: Plattsburgh Current Occupation: Owner, Archer Bodyworks Family: Two school-aged daughters Education: B.A. in Human Services from SUNY Plattsburgh; licensed massage therapist Look no further than Dena Archer and Archer Bodyworks for a success story about small business growth in Plattsburgh. After graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Human Services, Archer realized that read more

Serendipity on Route 3

March, 2017

Julie Huttig came to the Syracuse area from Minneapolis, MN, 30 years ago, when Chrysler Corporation hired her as a service district manager. Her work brought her to the Adirondacks, where she met and married George Huttig and joined the Huttig team. She put her talents to work for the Huttig family business which, at read more

Trending in the Beauty World

March, 2017

When you arrive at the classic Adirondack log house on Peru’s Main Street, where Polished from Head to Toe is located, there are hints of a chic day spa outside. On the porch, a vintage iron chair beckons while tree branches twisted into archways and adorned with glinting white lights welcome guests. Once inside, rustic read more

Powerhouse Couple

March, 2017

The Vision I got a little winded just listening to Michelle Mosher list her impressive credentials and extensive experience in the health and fitness industry. Her formal education is in nutrition and she has been a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 20 years. She is a certified instructor in Pilates and Spinning. read more

Challenges for the U.S. – Canada Economic Partnership

March, 2017

There is no greater driving force in the North Country economy than our multi-faceted economic relationship with neighboring Canada. And no greater power behind our current and future opportunities for growth and progress. That is why the North Country Chamber works aggressively and constantly on all aspects of this connection. And in light of the read more

Business Confidence Remains High and Priorities are Clear

February, 2017

Earlier this month, the North Country Chamber of Commerce once again conducted its Annual Issue Survey, establishing the opin- ion of the regional business community on a number of key federal and state issues, while also establishing the 2017 Business Confidence Index. The Business Confidence Index combines those who expect their business activity to be read more