May 20, 2012

Business Briefs: May 20, 2012


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New executive

PLATTSBURGH — Local financial advisor Adam King recently joined The Investment Center Inc. to provide investment and wealth-management services at its Plattsburgh office.

"We are delighted to welcome Adam to The Investment Center," said Ralph DeVito, president of center. "His knowledge of the financial-services industry and strong connection to the Plattsburgh region make Adam a valuable asset to the firm."

King earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from St. Michael's College where he has earned professional designations of Certified Annuity Specialist, Certified Fund Specialist, Certified Income Specialist and Board Certified in Estate Planning.

Located at 171 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh, King, through The Investment Center, provides wealth-management services including financial planning and investment- management strategies to individuals, families and businesses in and beyond the Plattsburgh area. He is committed to providing the most appropriate investment opportunities and superior client service and has been doing so for more than 14 years.

For more information, call 561-7000.

Fundraising party

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary is making plans for its eighth annual Dinner@8 fundraiser on Aug. 11. This year offers a break from tradition, with one large cocktail party for all participants as the main event.

Dinner@8 is a way of raising funds by involving members of the community. Historically, a series of private parties took place at the home of event hosts. Those invited to private parties were also welcome to attend a complimentary cocktail party to which everyone was invited.

"We understand that people are incredibly busy in the summer with family commitments, vacations and other events," said auxiliary member Gayle Alexander. "This year, we intend to make it simple. Event hosts don't have to commit to hosting a party at their home. Instead they can attend the cocktail party on Aug. 11 with their friends and simply enjoy the evening."

The auxiliary is still hoping to find hosts, people who will be willing to invite their friends to the auxiliary's cocktail party at the Hand House in Elizabethtown. The hosts are asked to develop a list of friends, acquaintances and associates who would be interested in learning more about and supporting the hospital.

The auxiliary will send out invitations to the cocktail party on the host's behalf, including basic information about making a donation. A number of hospital representatives will attend the cocktail party including board members and management staff.

According to Auxiliary President Laura Sells-Doyle, the auxiliary is hoping to introduce more community members to the hospital, its services, staff and the role that the auxiliary performs in regard to fundraising.

Contact Anne Marie Denton at 873-6402 or Jane Hooper at 873-3003 for more information.

Canadian promotion

PLATTSBURGH — Victoria Day is quickly approaching and the Plattsburgh area is ready to welcome the influx of Canadians visiting each year with its famous Adirondack hospitality. Canadians can expect to find even more savings this Victoria Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer.

New York State recently eliminated the state sales tax on all clothing items and shoes under $110, making cross-border shopping even more attractive. In addition, the new Canadian federal budget is now equalizing the thresholds for applying duty and taxes to goods purchased by Canadians in the United States. Starting this June, the Canadian thresholds will match the U.S. thresholds, creating relative equity for Americans and Canadians going back and forth and making cross-border shopping and commerce all the more natural. This should also help to expedite the movement of cross-border traffic entering Canada as well, as there should be less need for border personnel to spend as much time valuing purchases and collecting money.

"We're already witnessing a strong start to the summer tourism season in respect to Canadian visitors," said Michele Powers, vice president of marketing for the North Country Chamber of Commerce and bureau director.

Honor received

ROUSES POINT — Lia sophia recently announced top honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism. Having just joined the fashion-jewelry business, Rose Letourneau has earned this accomplishment in the first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisors.

"This immediate success is a result of Rose's hard work and dedication," said Jim Turner, executive vice president of global sales and marketing,

All new lia sophia advisors have the opportunity to increase their earnings and earn free jewelry as part of the Excellent Beginnings Program. The plan celebrates the success of advisors who stay on track in the first four months in business. Lia sophia provides ongoing opportunities for recognition including monthly, quarterly and annual awards.

For more information about lia sophia, contact Letourneau at www.lias

Lia sophia is a direct-selling opportunity offering fashion jewelry through personalized in-home demonstrations.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-487-3323.

Appointments made

PLATTSBURGH — A number of administrative changes designed to help CVPH Medical Center succeed in the future have been made, according Stephens Mundy, president and chief executive officer.

Two vice-presidents, Debra Donahue and Joyce Rafferty, earned promotions. Donahue is now senior vice president/chief operating officer while Rafferty is senior vice president/chief financial officer.

Rosemary Reif is the new vice president of patient services, while Michelle LeBeau has been named vice president of human resources.

Julie Brunell has been named associate vice president of clinical learning and development with responsibility for all education within CVPH.

Carrie Howard-Canning has been promoted to associate vice president of patient services.

John Zelinski, associate vice president of patient services, and Shawn Rogers, associate vice president of operations, have added responsibilities with additional departments and programs reporting to them.

Business workshop

MALONE — The North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is sponsoring a workshop for business owners who want to have customers come back. The focus will be on knowing what customers want and implementing a customer-service culture to meet expectations.

The desired results will bring bottom-line growth along with a positive working environment.

Examples of successful businesses today, and a step-by-step process, makes real customer service a reality for more businesses every day. The workshop will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at OneWorkSource, 158 Finney Blvd., Malone.

This workshop is free and open to the public. To register, call the Malone Chamber of Commerce, 483-3760, or register at director@

The North Country SBDC is part of a statewide program funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

YMCA fundraiser

PLATTSBURGH — During Healthy Kids Day, the Dodge brand, a national supporter of the event, in conjunction with Durocher Auto Sales Inc., hosted the Dodge Ride and Drive at the Plattsburgh YMCA.

The full line of 2012 Dodge vehicles were on site and available for test drives. For each test drive, Dodge made a donation of $20 to the Plattsburgh YMCA to help support local kids and families in need. The event resulted in 52 test drives and a final donation of $1,040.

Dodge and the YMCA are committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Special Olympics support campaign

PLATTSBURGH — TD Bank will be joined by TD Ameritrade and TD Insurance to support Special Olympics through its annual Be a Fan campaign beginning May 14.

"Our customers and employees have made this campaign a great success every year since 2009, and we look forward to supporting Special Olympics athletes throughout the TD Bank footprint," said Fred Graziano, executive vice president.

The campaign encourages TD customers and employees to raise funds for their local Special Olympics chapters. Green and white wristbands featuring TD Bank and Special Olympics logos as well as the Be a Fan slogan will be available for $5 each at all TD Bank stores with all proceeds going to Special Olympics.

Last year, more than 168,000 wristbands were purchased, contributing to the more than $1 million raised for Special Olympics chapters.

Customers and non-customers may also use Penny Arcade to count and donate their loose change with the standard fee being waived for non-customers.

The campaign runs thrugh June 30.

Rotary mixer

PLATTSBURGH — Both Plattsburgh Rotary Clubs are holding the second annual Meet & Greet for individuals who are interested in learning more about the service organizations.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 20, 162 Quarry Road, Plattsburgh.

Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

To pre-register, contact James Snook at 645-6900 or or Bob Parks at 565-4130 or

You can also email to info@plattsburgh or visit Facebook (Plattsburgh Rotary).

The evening will include a formal presentation regarding the work of Rotary in the local community, as well as the opportunities offered for national and international service.

All are welcomed to attend. Attendees will be matched up with a current Rotarian who will act as the host for the evening.

The club supports many charitable local organizations including the Clinton County Christmas Bureau, the YMCA, the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee, the North Country Mission of Hope and the Boy and Girl Scouts.

More information is available online at