Table Six: United in Purpose: Bright Shining Moments in the North Country

The Strictly Business Forum is a phenomenon. There is no other event that gathers the diverse slice of North Country leaders from businesses both large and small, private and corporate, elected officials and public servants, non- and for-profit heads of state in one room to discuss their shining moments, concerns, hopes and dreams for the read more



Table Four: Meeting Challenges, Striding Forward

With representation from the financial, government, education, media, insurance, not-for-profit, and environmental industries, the discussion at Table Four during this 28th Strictly Business Forum was convivial, insightful, and stimulating. There was a shared sense of expectant optimism for the North Country’s economic future, and infectious energy among the participants. While 2017 was not without challenges, read more



Table Two 2017: A Year of Growth and New Challenges

In a room full of local leaders, innovators, strategists, and passionate community advocates, a bystander would have been remiss in not taking advantage of the opportunity to engage. Against the backdrop of a continuously changing modern economy, Forum participants voiced both unique and unanimously shared challenges throughout the room. Table Two included a dynamic and read more


Table One – A Mix of Optimism and Caution

At Table One, the 28th Strictly Business Forum brought together a mix of financial, legal, business, employment, agricultural, and government leaders from the region. By sharing their considerable experience, they found much in common, especially their various successes during the past year, which led to a decidedly optimistic discussion. Jesse Ringer, President of Jeffords Steel read more


Feelings and Sense of Self: Handle Them Before They Handle You

I recently watched two YouTube videos I came across while doing some background work on a training topic I was to deliver at a local workplace. Listening to the content, I thought I would share the highlights which, although these were very different professionals speaking to divergent audiences, seemed to be sending a similar message read more


Does Caring for Aging Parents Mean Becoming a Small Business?

Recently, a friend asked some questions about employing in-home help for her elderly parents. The family wanted to do everything in compliance with state and federal tax and employment laws, and she asked me to look over her questions. Little did I suspect that finding the answers the question “How to employ help for your read more