February 2016

February, 2016

I read an interesting article recently that explored the idea of wellness. Let me summarize it for you. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are eight dimensions of wellness: Occupational: You enjoy what you do and recognize that it makes a contribution to read more


Collaboration Creates Success

January, 2016

Coming together at my table for this year’s Strictly Business Forum were: Bill Owens, former Congressman recently returned to Plattsburgh to practice law at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC. Owens has been involved with the economic development of the region for over 30 years and specializes in the practice of U.S./Canada business read more


Common Themes

January, 2016

The 26th Annual Strictly Business Forum kicked o on December 2nd under overcast skies. But the mood inside the Adirondack Room at the Butcher Block was anything but gray as representatives from the region’s business, education, media, healthcare, and government sectors came together to re ect on 2015. e group around Table 5 was in read more


Facing Challenges, Finding Solutions

January, 2016

In its 26th year, the annual Strictly Business Forum brought together an eclectic mix of business and community leaders from the North Country. At Table 4, we had educational, industrial, and business leaders whose long experience, love of the area and desire for new challenges led to a lively and insightful discussion. Colin Read, Professor read more


Serious Words from the Fun Table

January, 2016

It was a December morning, warmer outside than it should have been and too early to conduct business. But for 26 years Strictly Business has been inviting movers and shakers to the annual Forum round table discussions. This year was no different except for record high global warming temps and the palpable absence of the read more


Extending and Connecting

January, 2016

First we sipped co ee and chilled, pulpy juice, then lled our plates with fresh-cut fruit and scrambled eggs, a bagel or a bun, and a few sausage links. As we relished breakfast by the re in the early-morning warmth of the wood-paneled Adirondack Room at the Butcher Block, the consensus at Table 2 was read more


Success In Many Sectors

January, 2016

Allison Hulbert-Bruce Kitchen and Bath Showroom Manager, Hulbert Supply Allison Hulbert-Bruce’s original career plan may not have included a role in the wholesale plumbing and heating business that was founded by her grandfather in 1947. First she pursued an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Champlain College and then a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism read more


January 2016

January, 2016

or the first time in 26 years I did not attend the Strictly Business Forum held in December of 2015. Recovery from surgery kept me away, but the event went on without a hitch. The participants were as insightful and enthusiastic as ever. The moderators kept the conversations moving and we now have a great read more


Chamber Wise – A New Year and an Updated Agenda

December, 2015

Each year, the board and management staff of the North Country Chamber engage in a Strategic Planning Retreat, assessing our progress over the past year, looking at changing needs and opportuni- ties, and developing refined strategies and a comprehensive business plan for the year ahead. This year’s retreat was held in Lake Placid in November, read more


Personnel: An Essential Building Block for Strong Businesses

December, 2015

It’s impossible to discuss business in the North Country without the topic of workforce development creeping into the conversation. The economy is recovering, businesses are moving here from other regions, start-ups are up, and the manufacturing sector is growing. With all of these exciting developments, the conversation always turns to the challenges of staffing in read more