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October 7, 2012

Business briefs: Oct. 7, 2012


The North Country SBDC is supported by the State University of New York and the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide high-quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Services are free of charge. They are located at 194 U.S. Oval at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. 

Some topics commonly addressed include business-plan development, cash-flow projections, financial analysis, legal and regulatory information, marketing assistance, business start-up information, buying and selling a business, human resource development, import-export assistance and government procurement.

For more information about the open houses, visit, email or call 585-6619. For additional information on the SBDC or to make an appointment with their staff while they are at the chamber office, call 564-2524 or visit

Course offered

SARANAC LAKE — The influx of French-speaking Canadian tourists is becoming a more significant factor in the economic engine of the area’s tourism industry each year, and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to help foster and promote the financial impact the local economy enjoys from its neighbors to the north.

A French language seminar geared especially for hospitality businesses but appropriate for any business will be presented Nov. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The seminar is in partnership with Anne Sterling, owner of the Left Bank Café. Sterling is bi-lingual in English and French with expertise in the hospitality and culinary areas.

The seminar, which will be held at the Left Bank Café, 36 Broadway in Saranac Lake, will be an educational experience as well a social event with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine at a reduced rate. Participants will be given printed material that will include common French words and phrases with proper pronunciation, and ample time will be allotted for practicing French pronunciation in a social setting. In follow up to the seminar, the chamber will make available to area businesses written French language services for menus, signage and promotional materials.

The seminar is free for chamber members and $25 for businesses that are not yet members. To register, call the chamber at 891-1990 or email 

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