November, 2022

By Garry Douglas Issue: November 2022 When I started at the Chamber in 1992, it already had a tradition of holding an annual overnight Strategic Planning Retreat for its Board and staff at a location outside of Plattsburgh. The first one I organized along with Herb Carpenter and Mark Barie was at the old Wawbeek read more

Our Financial Landscape

November, 2022

By Colin Read Issue: November 2022 It has been a year of nervousness and anticipation for those who depend on financial markets for mortgages, loans, even retirement savings. Many shoes have dropped, and there are more to come. Few similarities exist between the causes of this year’s financial pain and those of 2008. Malfeasance and read more

Through Feast & Famine

November, 2022

By Nick Southwick | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Issue: November 2022 Construction work has evolved from the days of one crew doing everything to now when different work crews have specialized training and are hired by general contractors. This specialization can result in a higher quality finished product for consumers and a faster turnaround time of the read more

No “I” In Team

November, 2022

By Connie Mandeville | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Issue: November 2022 After working for a local HVAC company for 12 years, Matt St. Clair decided to go out on his own and open Be Cool Air Conditioning, LLC. At first it was just him, his truck and a single axle trailer. Now, after six years, the business read more

Donny Phaneuf

November, 2022

By Michelle St. Onge | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Issue: November 2022 Hometown: PlattsburghFamily: Wife Kim, adult children Jacob and JonahOccupation: Former owner Lake Champlain RoofingCommunity Involvement: Captain and Training Officer Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department,member Professional Roofing Advisory Council Donny Phaneuf has the North Country covered. You can’t drive far in the North Country without passing read more

New Technology & Old-Fashioned Service

November, 2022

By Rachel Dutil | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Issue: November 2022 For more than 60 years, there has been a gas station on U.S. Avenue in Plattsburgh caring for drivers and their vehicles. The company’s core values have always been about providing a positive customer experience. In 1960 Jim Dubrey Sr. purchased the station. He had served read more

Teamwork: The Key to Success

November, 2022

By Mary Carpenter | Photo by Jessica McCafferty Issue: November 2022 While home ownership is one of the principles of the American Dream, most any home owner will admit there is a great deal of work involved in the upkeep of their dream home. There is plumbing to maintain, walls to paint, kitchens and bathrooms to update, read more

Consistency & Precision

November, 2022

By Chris Chamars | Photo by Ty Kretser Issue: November 2022 In the world of project management, there is a triangle that exists: time — quality and cost – and you can only pick two. Northern Blacktopping has found a way to change that formula and keep all three, consistently delivering high-quality projects with a fast turnaround read more

Publisher’s View

November, 2022

Posted on November 2, 2022 The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the North Country. In this issue of Strictly Business, we bring you the stories of seven men who started out working for others and then were inspired to set out on their own. Our cover article features Corey Trombley, owner and president read more


October, 2022

By Garry Douglas Issue: October 2022 The North Country Chamber has the privilege of serving as the Tourism Promotion Agency for Clinton County and as an I Love NY partner with the state. In this capacity, our Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the Chamber, carries out an active and diverse marketing effort each read more