February 2, 2014

Business briefs: Feb. 2, 2014


Appointments announced

PLATTSBURGH — Abbott Frenyea & Russell CPA’s PC have made the following promotions.

Jim Holmes, CPA, has become a shareholder in the firm. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting. He was the general manager of Hemingford Golf Club in Hemingford, Quebec, following graduation.

He joined Abbott, Frenyea & Russell in 2002 and became a licensed CPA in 2006. He is fluent in French and specializes in assisting Canadian companies doing business in the United States and U.S. citizens living abroad.

Holmes is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of CPAs. He is very active in the community and has served on a number of boards of not-for-profit organizations and is currently treasurer of Mountain Lake PBS.

Ted Doherty, CPA, has been promoted to senior accountant. He graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business. Following graduation, he joined Abbott, Frenyea & Russell and became a licensed CPA in 2013. He provides auditing and tax services to the firm’s clients.

Abbott, Frenyea & Russell offers a full range of business and personal financial services including financial reporting, tax planning and management-consulting services.

Photo exhibit

LAKE PLACID — To celebrate the Paralympic Games being held this March in Sochi, Russia, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is hosting an exhibit on the Paralympics. Spirit in Motion: A Paralympic Photo Exhibition will call the museum its home from now until April 1.

The exhibit will have 16 images on display, all taken by Lieven Coudenys, an official photographer of the International Paralympic Committee, during the Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010. Coudenys depicts the experiences of the Paralympic Games and raises questions of what it means to be an athlete today. There will also be Paralympic equipment on display to accompany the pictures.

In addition to the photo exhibition, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum will be co-sponsoring the screening of the award-winning documentary 1 Revolution at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on March 4 at 7 p.m. The film highlights Chris Waddell, the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimangaro. Waddell earned 17 Paralympic medals in seven Paralympic Games. Waddell will be at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts that evening to give a lecture and answer questions about the documentary.

The Paralympic Games is one of the most inspirational events to watch as a spectator as athletes demonstrate their determination and excellence in sport. The first Winter Paralympic Games were held less than 40 years ago in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 1976. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games are being held March 7-16.

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults/teens, $5 for juniors/seniors. For more information, visit

Business seminars

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host two business seminars this spring in coordination with the North Country Small Business Development Center. All seminars and workshops will be held at the chamber office located at 94 Montcalm St. in Ticonderoga

Social Media & Tourism; Tips to Attract Travelers to your Business will be held Tuesday, March 11, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. It is presented by Growtrends and refreshments are sponsored by Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga.

Participants will learn about effective marketing techniques to capture visitors’ interest. Charles Tagliarino, founder of Growtrends, a social-media marketing company, will help participants understand visitors’ online habits and how social media networks play a role in their decision making before, during and long after they return home. He will also share insight and best practices on how small businesses can use social networks such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, Pintrest, Foursquare and Google + to engage and attract travelers to their business.

Registration is required. Chamber members are free. There is a $10 fee for non-members.

A Start Your Own Business Workshop will be held Tuesday, April 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will be presented by the Development Center. Refreshments are sponsored by the Hot Biscuit Diner.

This workshop is designed to provide information needed to decide if small business ownership is for you. Come learn the basics of how to test the feasibility of your business idea and identify key factors that influence start-up success. Free one-on-one counseling with a business adviser is available as part of the workshop follow-up process.

Topics discussed will include Review of Legal Business Entities, Writing a Business Plan, Legal and Tax Requirements, Record Keeping and Financing Options Available for New Businesses.

Registration is required and will be at

Zumba party

PLATTSBURGH — A Zumba Party is taking place in center court in front of JCPenney on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Champlain Centre Mall.

The first party starts at noon and the second at 2 p.m. Each Zumba session will be led by licensed Zumba instructors. 

“This is another great community event that we look forward to hosting at the mall,” said Marketing Director Courtney Coryea. “This is an event that gets folks active and most of all is fun for the whole family.”

The Zumba sessions are free and all are invited to attend for one or both sessions. Free Zumba classes, Zumba Apparel and other great prizes will also be given away. 

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The series of events called Snowball was created to celebrate winter in the North Country throughout the month of February. There will be free to low-cost social, recreational, cultural and educational events every day of the month. From a winter carnival to story hours, an outdoor Adventure Course to launching rockets, Snowball has something for everyone. To learn more about Snowball and to view a complete calendar of events, visit

Kiwanis fundraiser

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club has started its Annual K-Melt Raffle, with two changes this year.

Each person who purchases a ticket will have a shot at guessing what date the 350 lb. “K” located on the pond at CVPH will fall through the ice. One winner will be randomly selected out of those who have correctly guessed the date. The winner will receive $1,000 as does the Foundation at CVPH. The remaining proceeds will benefit local charities and organizations supported by the Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis.

Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $10. Tickets are available from any Kiwanian or at the following businesses: Shumway Insurance, Dannemora Federal Credit Union, the Clinton County Treasurer’s Office and Nelson’s Flower Shop. 

Tickets will be available for purchase through March 20. Contact President Kimberly Davis at 536-0934 with any questions.

Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — PrimeLink, Champlain Telephone Co., Ground Round and Best Western Plus The Inn at Smithfield will co-host the chamber Business After Hours mixer this month. 

The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites area business people to the event on Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will be held in the Executive Suites of the Best Western Plus The Inn at Smithfield. 

This month’s theme is Back To the Future, and there will be triva games, drawings and more to keep participants entertained while they network with friends and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand business networks and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. The fee for Business After Hours is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without.

For more information, or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.