PUBLISHER’S VIEW

October, 2021

While few of us have the skills or the time to take on home repair or renovation projects, it is good to know the North Country has a cadre of talented service providers who can. In this issue of Strictly Business, you will meet several of them. Our cover article features Jacki and Jim Wheelin, read more


A GROWING CONCERN

October, 2021

How did a hydrogeologist from Plattsburgh and an environmental well driller from Cazenovia end up owning a landscape company and a flower farm in Keeseville New York? It’s an interesting story! Keep reading. Jackie and Jim Wheelin met on the job in Central New York in the early 2000s. As the work progressed the two read more


THE TILE GUY FROM PERU

October, 2021

During the pandemic, many people took a look at their old bathrooms and kitchens and decided it was time for a change. When that happened it often meant a phone call to Kregg Bruno. Bruno opened Bruno’s Custom Tile Works 16 years ago during a rainy summer when his painting business was suffering. He was read more


ELEGANT SIMPLICITY: ADIRONDACK 1892

October, 2021

Like many inspirations, the name, Adirondack 1892, came to business partners Shon Parker and Tim Coughlin more than ten years before it became a reality. As Coughlin described it, “While wrestling with an interior design project for a home in the Adirondack region, we were having some issues finding products that not only exemplified the read more


DAN BOSLEY

October, 2021

FILLING MORE THAN PRESCRIPTIONS HOMETOWN: Mooers Forks, New YorkFAMILY: Wife Virginia Siskavich-Bosley, Parents Tom and Joan Bosley, and three sisters.EDUCATION: Northern Adirondack Central School; B.S. in Pharmacy, Albany College of PharmacyOCCUPATION: Pharmacist, business ownerCOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Various soccer, golf, bowling, and baseball, teams. Recently The Cornerstone Falcons — a Mooers soccer team. For more than two read more


PAINTING MIMICS LIFE

October, 2021

Look around you. It is likely what you are looking at is something ubiquitous. It’s obvious when it is done poorly, and almost invisible when done well. Painting! Beyond the design and construction of your home or business, there are few activities that more meticulously balance aesthetics, engineering concerns and solid craftsmanship than painting. But read more


THE DYNAMICS OF DIVERSIFICATION

October, 2021

I recently sat down with Pat Leary at his compound just south of Plattsburgh. Its physical footprint mirrors his business growth in the community. Leary, a North Country native, has a strong background in construction, knowledge and experience he put into a Roto Rooter franchise in 2010. Over the next decade he expanded, acquiring Shingle read more


INVESTING IN OUR MAJOR ASSET

October, 2021

Over the past couple of years, we’ve had time to reflect. Most of us found a lot of time on our hands,and many of us used that gift to enhance our most significant invest — the home that shelters us. You might wonder, isn’t a retirement account one’s major savings vehicle? Yes, it is an read more


THE STRATEGIC RETREAT IS BACK!

October, 2021

For at least twenty-seven years, the North Country Chamber’s board and management staff, along with a number of invited guests, had engaged in an annual Strategic Planning Retreat in the fall. Over that period, this process transformed our regional chamber from the old Clinton County version, created a set of economic development principles that guide read more


PUBLISHER’S VIEW

September, 2021

ACCORDING TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, in 2019 (the last year for which statistics are available) small businesses accounted for 44 percent of economic activity in the United States. They created two-thirds of new jobs and delivered 43.5 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product. In addition to keeping the economy running, small businesses read more