The Year in Focus

As the business leaders at Table One started reflecting on 2016 and talking about the year ahead, Rick Martindale quipped to Plattsburgh’s new mayor, “What hat are you wearing today, Colin?” The question drew laughs (and a suggestion of cloning), but as the morn- ing’s conversation progressed, it became clear that past success and future read more



Common Ground for the Year Ahead

The 27th Strictly Business Forum brought together a diverse mix of business, education and community leaders around Table Three. With extensive yet varied experiences in government, finance, human resources, banking, and technology, they found common ground in their passion for their work, successes during the past year and the challenges they face in the future. read more


Poised for a Promising 2017

With representation from the financial, political, government, real estate, hospi- tality, legal, global manufacturing, insurance, and communications industries, the discussion at Table Four during this 27th Business Forum was diverse, clear- sighted, and overwhelmingly optimistic for the North Country’s economic future. Profits in some businesses held steady for 2016, in others they increased. The plummet read more


What’s inside? Ice cream, NAFTA and Obamacare

First things first: What is your favorite Stewart’s ice cream flavor? Mike Carpenter’s is blue raspberry (sherbet cooler)—blue tongue and all! Stephens Mundy goes for chocolate trifecta. Mary Carpenter said salted caramel is really good. And Gayle Alexander, with apologies, admitted she’s just a Philly vanilla woman. With Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s Shops, at read more