Believe

August, 2016

Boire Benner Group was given an amazing honor earlier this year. The North Country Chamber of Commerce announced their group “Small Business of the Year.” Winning this award was a special moment for the Group. They knew they couldn’t have won the award without the support of local businesses and the community as a whole; read more


Are You Ready for the $47,476 Minimum Salary?

August, 2016

On the heels of New York’s increase to the minimum wage, the U.S. Department of Labor has significantly increased the minimum salaries for exempt employees. Effective December 1, 2016, most employees cannot be categorized as exempt from overtime unless they make a minimum of $913 per week or $47,476 per year. For highly compensated exempt read more


Welcome to the Adirondack Coast

August, 2016

There was a time when front line staff at local hotels told visitors they would have to go elsewhere to find things to do, but all that has changed. Training programs, developed by the North Country Chamber of Commerce, equip line staff with the knowledge they need—knowledge about the Adirondack Coast and everything it has read more


Maria Alexander

August, 2016

Executive Director, Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County Hometown: Lowville, NY Family: Husband, Ray Alexander Education: B.A. in Child and Family Services from SUNY Plattsburgh Community Involvement: Board memberships with JCEO, the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired and the Samuel F. Vilas Home; President elect of Plattsburgh Noon Rotary, Girl Scouts Women of read more


One Man’s Vision

August, 2016

Global Sugar Art has no traditional storefront and few people in Plattsburgh are aware of the huge cake decorating company located in a 20,000 square foot building in The Development Corporation property on Route 3. That’s because Global Sugar Art’s presence is on the internet and other digital mediums. Nor are local people aware that read more


August 2016

August, 2016

One of the best things about Strictly Business is our ability to bring you an inside look at the workings of North Country companies. In this issue we look at how some of the area’s leaders market their products. Alan Tetreault and his cake decorating company may be a well-kept secret in this area, but read more


Rendezvous Plattsburgh – Longueuil II

July, 2016

Last November, the City of Plattsburgh and the North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted a first summit between Plattsburgh and Longueuil, Quebec, the main city encompassing much of the south shore of Montreal. The connection had been brought to us by our partners at the Pole d’excellence quebecoise en transport terrestre — the organization linking read more


The Right Stuff

July, 2016

There’s a distinct sense of positivity when you visit the North Country Regional Blood Donor Center. Apheresis machines provide a lot of the hum, but the Center’s staff members practically hum too—with an effciency borne of the ease and expertise that comes from doing a job they love. While phlebotomist Martha Alger checked in on read more


Before, During and After

July, 2016

“Didn’t you just want to take home the smoked tomato sauce?” “The fresh arugula under the so shell crab was from their own garden!” “The mint in the homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream was also from the garden!” “Where else can you find venison and wild boar and have it consistently well-prepared?” These are read more


Nurturing Pet Families

July, 2016

“Our animals are our family,” said Jennifer Fitscher, DVM, Chief of Staff at Champlain Valley Veterinary Services. “I make time to talk to people. The medicine is important, but the best care is very much about building a bond. I try to educate the pet owner to make sure that, when they leave here, they read more