Change: It’s All About Listening

September, 2016

When organizations (or families) are facing something different, the natural reaction is to hunker down and grab on to the “known.” We close out what feels different and many have an initial reaction of digging in their heels. A few, though, will get a glint in their eye and walk toward the challenge. WHICH REACTION read more


Upcoming Legal Changes May Result in Salary Compression

September, 2016

With the new requirement raising most exempt employees’ minimum salaries to $47,476 per year beginning December 1, and the NY minimum wage going to $9.70 an hour beginning December 31, wage compression is becoming a real concern to companies throughout the region. Suddenly, New York employers are facing serious salary compression, where employees in lower-level read more


WILLIAM (BILL) L. OWENS, ESQ.

September, 2016

Job Title: Senior Partner and Co-Managing Partner at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC; Senior Advisor at Denton’s (working out of the Washington, D.C. office) Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Manhattan College, J.D. from Fordham University Military Service: United States Air Force active duty at Wurtsmith Air Force Base 21st District (Michigan) read more


Building Confidence For Career Navigation

September, 2016

In an economy where college costs are sky-rocketing and the job market is changing rapidly, preparing students for the workforce has become a key selling point for higher education. Students and their parents want reassurance that they’ll get a good return on that degree investment—in the form of a job. To find out how career read more


September 2016

September, 2016

Change affects us all and it comes to us in many ways. In this issue of Strictly Business we focus on how a number of North Country businesses have met the challenges of change, embraced them and benefited from them. Our cover feature Dr. Julia Overton-Healy talked to SB writer and editorial coordinator Kristin Cleveland read more


Designers of the Future

August, 2016

As the North Country embarks on a new age of growth and prosperity with innovative companies poised to locate in our region, it is worthwhile to reflect on the companies who have called Plattsburgh home for decades. These companies took root here for many of the same reasons our locale is desired today: proximity to read more


A World Apart

August, 2016

The Mirror Lake Inn is only about 50 miles from Plattsburgh, but visiting the resort that overlooks its namesake on Mirror Lake Drive in Lake Placid feels like a whole different world. The ether of the AAA Four Diamond Inn and all of its extravagant glory transports you to a place far from home. From read more


A Hometown Brand

August, 2016

It’s hard to hear the name Bill Santa and not mentally add “Pontiac” at the end. Bill Santa Pontiac was a hometown brand that was so brilliantly marketed back in the day that it has stuck decades after the business shifted into park for good. They don’t even make Pontiacs anymore. The old car dealership, read more


Collaboration Pays Off

August, 2016

Bruce Carlin — Carlin Media Bruce Carlin embodies the saying, “When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.” A graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh in the early 1980s Carlin went to work for WPTZ, Channel 5 “way back when they actually used film!” The years passed and Carlin decided it read more


Meaningful Storytelling

August, 2016

converge (v): to come together and unite in a common interest or goal; to gradually change so as to become similar or develop something in common (Merriam-Webster, Third edition). Media is converging and murky, and marketing it is also changing,” said Erik Nycklemoe, president and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS as he spoke to SB read more