December 2017

Navigating a transition in business or in life can be a complicated process. In this issue of Strictly Business we introduce you to a number of people who have found their way through the process as well as businesses that help to facilitate the changes we all face at some time in our lives.

Our cover story focuses on the Hubbells—George, Kay and daughters, Christine and Erinn— and their business, Lake Champlain Pools, Spas & Stoves. Originally known as Lake Champlain Pools (founded by Wayne Spinks and me in the mid-1970s) it was purchased by George and Kay and over the last four decades they have worked hard to build an impressive reputation for quality products and service. Now it is time for the next generation to step into the leadership role.

Another first-to-second-generation business transition can be found in downtown Plattsburgh where Julie Woodley’s daughters have returned to the North Country to take on the challenge. Caitlyn and Jessica are creating DressCode magic on the corner of Bridge Street and City Hall Place with new ideas and new technology.

For those facing a time of personal transition, Lake Forest and Pine Harbour offer a comfortable place to relocate, as well as impressive amenities. From a friendly dog who meets you at the door, to a greenhouse that invites you in, to home-style meals served in a beautiful lakeside setting, both locations welcome you to visit. To learn more before you go, read new SB writer Robin LaBarge’s articles.

Being a caregiver is an overwhelming responsibility, but help can be found at the Center for Neurobehavioral Health in Sibley Hall located on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. Learn more about the Center and all it has to offer in this issue of SB.

If you are looking for guidance as you move toward retirement, a conversation with a financial planner could be a good move. The partners at Donlan & Barcomb, in downtown Plattsburgh, offer nearly 70 years of combined experience. You can read about them and their financial philosophy in this issue.

You will also find advice on handling transitions from attorney Jacki Kelleher in her article on the laws and regulations governing the hiring of staff to care for elderly parents. More complicated than you imagine.
Bonnie Black from Behavioral Health Services North offers thoughts on protecting your sense of self and Garry Douglas gives us his usual upbeat look at the Chamber’s 2018 strategic priorities.

And then there is our Insight conversation with Tom Bull, a behavioral support counselor and motivational speaker. Writer Michelle St. Onge uses words like “inspirational” and “uplifting” to describe Tom. I believe you will agree when you read her Q&A with him.

No one goes through life without facing transitions, and while they can be stressful, they can also bring new opportunities. Thoughtful planning and a positive attitude are always the best approach. There are ways to cope and people to help. And that’s good for business and for life.