Making Sure the Lines Are Always Open: Wells Communications

November, 2015

Coordinating emergency communication services during a record-breaking ice storm, installing and restoring emer- gency call boxes along the desolate areas of the Northway and assisting local authorities to communicate with over 1,300 law enforcement personnel during Prison Break 2015— the rain-drenched, three-week manhunt in remote Adirondack forest- land — show Wells Communications at its best. read more


Karen Stehlin

November, 2015

Karen Stehlin of the North Country Small Business Development Center Hometown: Greenlawn, New York Family: Husband Marty, two sons Martin (25) and Ryan (16) Education: Associate Degree in Business Administration SUNY Farmingdale, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing Management, New York Institute of Technology Karen Stehlin is a Long Island read more


Planning: Would Your Business Rise From the Ashes?

November, 2015

On a Saturday in July, Mary Anne Hawley left her store on Main Street in Lake Placid in the competent hands of her young employees to go home for a dinner break. When she returned a short time later, the building was on fire. In the end it was a total loss. “The emergency systems read more


Volunteers With a Plan

November, 2015

Hurricane Irene, in 2011, left the north Country with a renewed sense of what emergency preparedness menas. Her destruction hit communities, business and individuals with unimagined consequences and blew out of town leaving a gaping sense of vulnerability. “In the wake of the disaster, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contacted me to put together a read more


Escape Crisis and Lessons Learned

November, 2015

On June 6, 2015, an otherwise pleasant day signaling the dawn of an Adirondack sum- mer, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office was thrust into what would become the largest emergency it has ever dealt with. That sunny Saturday began a three-week manhunt that received national and even international media attention and involved a coordination read more


November 2015

November, 2015

Anyone who was living in the North Country during the Ice Storm of 1998 has powerful memories of that time. Dealing with issues many of us had never considered was certainly a wakeup call. In this issue of Strictly Business we bring you the stories of people, businesses and agencies that have faced adversities and read more


October 2015

October, 2015

There was a time when our economy drew its strength from manufacturing. Jobs were plentiful, but since 1980 the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs has decreased (although not here in the North Country) and the number of service jobs has increased. Today our economy and, for that matter the world’s economy, is increasingly a service read more


Rod Giltz

October, 2015

By every measure, Rod Giltz has successfully navigated his family business to become a thriving and respected resource and service for local businesses. A lifetime of hard work, professionalism and commitment to giving back to his community has positioned him well to kick back and retire (or put the pedal to the metal in his read more


Millennials and New Graduates

October, 2015

In any conversation about the future of the North Country economy, sooner or later you will hear of the importance of being attractive to “millennials”, defined as the generation that reached young adulthood around 2000, and the future ability to retain more of the graduates of our North Country universities. Well, two recent bits of read more


A Jack of All Trades and Master of Most

October, 2015

e’s in the air. He’s on the ground. He’s everywhere. Superman? No, it’s John Wheeler, owner of Commercial Site Services, Inc. I’m not sure if he’s faster than a speeding bullet, but he’s darn fast and a self-proclaimed workaholic. Wheeler can do just about anything your site and buildings require, including electrical and plumbing repairs, read more