December 2018

December, 2018

Check the internet for information about the longevity of small business start-ups and you will find an estimate that says approximately 50% will still be in operation in five years. While that is a daunting stat the desire to start your own business and be your own boss is still alive and well. In this read more

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

November, 2018

According to the Surgeon General’s report, “Facing Addiction in America,” addiction is a chronic, but treatable, disease of the brain’s reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. It is not a moral failing. In fact, genetics and life circumstances play a major role in someone’s susceptibility to addiction. For example. those who have difficultly connecting with read more

Seton Academy + Seton Catholic = Success

November, 2018

The merger of Seton Academy and Seton Catholic this past year was no easy task ac- cording to interim principal Mary Forbes but with a great deal of help from students, parents, teachers, alumni, maintenance staff, volunteers, and local businesses it was accomplished – under budget and on time for opening day. According to Forbes, read more

Worldwide Connectivity From Plattsburgh

November, 2018

ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE In 1978, the Air Deregulation Act (ADA) provided airlines with the autonomy to choose which markets they wish to serve within the United States. This posed concern for rural communities being left by the wayside. To ensure rural communities were supplied with a minimum level of service, the Essential Air Service (EAS) read more

Expanding the Caring – The Alliance for Positive Health

November, 2018

SNAP SHOT The North Country has been impacted by the national opioid epidemic. Whether it has wreaked havoc, or simply touched us negatively, there has been an impact. As a community we are working diligently to insure resources are available for all who are looking to make choices more in keeping with health and wellbeing. read more

Things Are Brewing On The Corner

November, 2018

The corner of Peru and Broad Streets in Plattsburgh, New York has been an iconic spot for restaurants over the years. It was home to the popular Mexican restaurant, the Tijuana Jail, and some residents still use that as a reference when giving directions. Then came Geoffrey’s, another longstanding favorite serving pub fare. Next it read more

George Barnett Sr.

November, 2018

HOMETOWN: Beekmantown EDUCATION: B.S., Business, Bradley University, Peoria, IL OCCUPATION: President, Touraid Travel PAST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Elk’s Club, Rotary Club, North Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, numerous United Way committees From retail to real estate to tourism, George Barnett, Sr. has a storied career that has made an impressive impact on the greater read more

Combatting Sexual Harassment in New York State

November, 2018

In April of this year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law as a part of the 2018 Women’s Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity. This law focuses on combating harassment in the workplace. Previously, it was only recommended that employers provide training against sexual harassment. Now it is required. read more

The North Country and Canada: Back To Business

November, 2018

As we note so often, there is no greater driving force in the North Country economy and no greater source of our best economic opportunities for the future than the U.S.-Canada economic partnership. For the first time in a generation, a serious cloud came over this crucial dynamic in the past year as the negotiations read more

November 2018

November, 2018

Our topic for this issue of Strictly Business, Paradigm Shifts, offers us an opportunity to present the stories of businesses and not-for-profits that have made major changes in their business models over time. Our cover feature, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers based in Saranac Lake, brings you an eye-opening look at this amazing read more