November 24, 2013

Business briefs: Nov. 24, 2013


---- — Small Business Day

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is supporting Small Business Saturday in Plattsburgh on Nov. 30.

The event is dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year marks the fourth annual Small Business Saturday, held on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The chamber is encouraging residents and visitors to support these shops by doing some of their holiday shopping on this day.

Local businesses have seen the positive effects.

“We saw a 30 percent increase in sales on Small Business Saturday in 2012, which is a direct result of the local commitment to supporting small businesses,”  said Susan Coffey of the General Trading Company. “This year we are planning more promotions on that day featuring drawings, giveaways and refreshments to encourage everyone in our communities to shop local.”

Kim Murray from Champlain Valley Electric has also seen the benefits.

“Our Small Business Saturday events in 2012 consisted of raffles and giveaways along with sale pricing on many beautiful pieces in our lighting showroom,” she said. “In celebration of the event in 2013, we plan to expand on that, with some special surprises showcasing other products and services from area small-business vendors in our showroom. In addition, we hope to have some of our products and literature on display at various venues around town.”

These small businesses create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country, according to the chamber. For a list of participating businesses and for more information, visit

Contributions bestowed

PLATTSBURGH — A Halloween Festival was held Oct. 26 at Plattsburgh Housing Outlet. With the $4,700 collected this year, the company has donated more than $52,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Burlington, Vt., to continue their support of families in need, including a majority from upstate New York.

A total of 475 children and their families enjoyed the festivities. Participants were asked to make a $1 donation to trick or treat in Plattsburgh Housing Outlet’s display homes, staffed and sponsored by area businesses and organizations. Many of the businesses got into the spirit by decorating the porch and dressing in costume.

Children participated in arts and crafts and enjoyed cider and munchkins. The kids also enjoyed a magic show in the service waiting area in Della Honda. A raffle and games helped send additional funds to the Ronald McDonald House.

District 3 Fire Department gave fire-truck tours and gave out fire-safety information. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department offered fingerprinting and child IDs.

“It is a fun community event where children can trick or treat in a controlled environment and families can learn valuable safety lessons. I am humbled by the generous donations of our business and community partners despite the economy,” said Michelle LaBounty, marketing director for Plattsburgh Housing Outlet.

LaBounty presented the proceeds to Pam Fenimore, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, contact LaBounty at 563-6250, Ext. 21.

Holiday party, fundraiser

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals (ADK YP), a local nonprofit organization focusing on attracting and retaining young professionals in the area, will be wrapping presents at the Champlain Center Mall on Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations for The Christmas Bureau will be accepted at this event.

ADKYP also invites the public to join them for their holiday party at the recently rebranded Plattsburgh Brewing Company on Dec. 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. The theme of the evening is “Ugly Sweater Party.” The event is free to members and $5 for the public.

Attendees are invited to come down and share a drink with other young professionals and learn more about what the ADKYP can do.

For more information, contact Hannah Provost at (802) 355-8578 or via email at Or, visit their Facebook page at for additional information.

Award received

LAKE PLACID — Spafinder Wellness 365, the world’s best resource for feeling good and living well all year, has announced that the spa at Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid has been named a 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winner. The 2013 awards attracted an unprecedented level of worldwide consumer participation, providing the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa and wellness market available.

This is the first year awards were presented to fitness, yoga and nutrition locations and programs in addition to spas. The evolved awards reflect the company’s mission to make keeping well more accessible each day.

“We believe that keeping well is not a luxury, but a necessity for people to live their fullest and best lives possible,” said Spafinder Wellness Inc.’s Chief Brand Officer Mia Kyricos.

This most recent accolade is added to a list that includes a listing in the Top 100 spas in the country by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, a Spafinder Award for its Signature Maple Body Scrub and reinforcement by the readers of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise as the Best Spa in the Mountains.

“The staff works very hard to bring the highest quality services and experiences to every guest,” said Spa Manager Annie Brucker. “Coming from Lake Placid, we represent all that’s great about the mountain lifestyle and enjoy helping people stay healthy and relaxed while they participate in all the activities that are available here.”

New therapist

PLATTSBURGH — Locally owned Pearl Physical Therapy has added Stacy Herron, DPT, to their team of therapists.

Herron is a native of Dannemora. She attended Utica College where she earned her doctorate in physical therapy in 2011. Herron has worked in a variety of in- and out-patient settings. She has a particular interest in balance restoration and orthopedics. 

Pearl Physical Therapy provides a wide range of services for acute injuries as well as treatments to manage chronic conditions. The team promotes overall good health through preventive therapy, health screenings and education.

Holiday donations

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Bank’s branch located at 38 Hadjis Way in Lake Placid is participating in the Angel Tree Holiday Program to help provide clothing and toys to children in need in the community through Families First of Essex County.

This organization provides wish lists for each child that includes their age and gender. Anyone wishing to participate can stop into the branch, pick up an angel and deliver the corresponding gift back to the branch any time during normal business hours between now and Dec. 18. For more information, call 523-3344.

Also, Adirondack Bank’s branches located at 67 Main St. and 139 Church St. in Saranac Lake are assisting two different organizations for this holiday season by acting as a collection site for donations.

The Tri-Lakes Humane Society is in need of dry and canned dog and cat food, pet treats, toys, new or used towels, blankets, pet beds and cleaning supplies. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 20.

The bank is also assisting the Holiday Helpers Program, which distributes toys, clothing and food baskets to families in need within the Saranac Lake Central School District. Those wishing to donate may stop by one of the branch locations to pick up a tag which contains the age and gender of the child they will be assisting. All donations will need to be dropped off at the branch by Dec. 11 for distribution.

Call 891-2323 for more information.

Adirondack Bank is a full-service community bank with 18 locations throughout upstate New York. It currently employs more than 170 people.

Contributions accepted

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Christmas Bureau is accepting donations through Dec. 20 at the following Glens Falls National Bank locations: 5023 US Ave., 25 Margaret St., and 308 Cornelia St.

Toys, batteries and monetary donations are appreciated, and all donations will stay in Clinton County.

Meat-cutting contest

PLATTSBURGH — Nate Kelly from Plattsburgh is advancing to Round Two of the Texas Roadhouse National Meat Cutting Challenge.

Kelly competed against seven other skilled meat cutters from Texas Roadhouse restaurants in New York and Vermont recently at Maines Paper and Food Services Inc. in Conklin.

On Feb. 25, he will meet again to face off against other regional winners in Orlando, Fla. Here they will compete for the chance at the finals to be held on April 27 at Amelia Island, Fla. The winner of the national competition receives a grand prize of $20,000 and is crowned Meat Cutter of the Year.

New director

LAKE PLACID — Adworkshop, an award-winning digital-marketing agency, has appointed Andy Tinti to its Lake Placid office as its director of digital marketing.

A previous employee of Adworkshop from 2008 to 2011, Tinti returns in his new role as an agency director after playing an integral role in a Rochester-based media agency where he was an account executive and senior digital media planner and buyer.

In the past, Tinti has worked in a media buying and planning capacity with clients across a number of industries. More recently, he managed campaigns for regional and national clients, including State Farm, Kodak and Century Link, creating and managing social-media accounts, overseeing media buying and planning and implementing overall strategic planning efforts.

In his new role, Tinti oversees the strategic and creative planning behind digital marketing campaigns encompassing search engine marketing, public relations, content, social media and paid media for clients in tourism and destination marketing, healthcare and banking.

“With the evolution of digital marketing, integrated agencies such as Adworkshop need to remain agile,” said Darcy Norfolk, executive director. “With Andy’s strategic direction and great work ethic, we are poised for quality outcomes in paid, owned and earned media.”

Fundraiser held

PLATTSBURGH — UFirst Federal Credit Union will begin accepting donations to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta beginning Monday through Dec. 31. Each year, more and more children in the community are affected by cancer, and attending this camp allows them the opportunity to engage in everyday life experiences and activities.

“Our goal is to raise $2,500 to send a child to summer camp in 2014,” said Linda Bourgeois, president and CEO. “I know that together, with the members of our community, we can reach this goal and help make a difference to a child. That is what credit unions are all about, people helping people.”

Donations can be made at UFirst Federal Credit Union offices located at 274 Rugar St. in Plattsburgh or 72 Champlain St. inside the Cornerstone Pharmacy in Rouses Point.

For more information, contact Jody Carpenter, vice president of marketing and business development, at 324-5700 or

Insurance workshops

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is conducting several free workshops on What You Need To Know About Changes in Health Insurance during December. 

The workshops will take place at the North Country Chamber, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at  noon, and Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.

Additional workshops will also be scheduled during the month of January.

Each workshop will feature a presentation on the Affordable Care Act and the new state health insurance exchange by the Adirondack Health Institute, and a review of the plans and choices available for 2014 by the licensed health insurance specialists of the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., the North Country Chamber’s heath-insurance service. Its specialists are trained and approved to assist groups and individuals with health insurance in the new market, both within and outside of the new state exchange system.

The workshops are free. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Interested businesses and individuals are invited. To register or to obtain more information, contact the chamber at 563-1000.

Scholarships offered

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) is again offering local high-school seniors the opportunity to win several scholarships toward tuition at a two- or four-year accredited college.

TFCU student members will be competing with students from credit unions statewide for $1,000 Credit Union Association of New York awards. In addition, they will be competing regionally within the Adirondack District for a $500 scholarship and locally among TFCU members for $500 scholarships. Three $500 TFCU scholarships were awarded in 2013.

To be eligible, students must be college-bound high-school seniors at the time of application, attending college for the first time in the fall of 2014, and members of the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union.

Applicants will be judged based upon their academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities and the quality of a written essay. Applications will be judged by representatives of the New York State Credit Union League located in Albany and winners will be announced in the second quarter of 2014.

Applications are available at Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union’s home office located at 1178 Rt. 9N, Ticonderoga, and at their branch locations at 43 Meacham St., Port Henry, and 7519 Court St., Elizabethtown.

Applications and instructions may also be printed from the credit union’s website. Visit to download an application. Applications must be returned to any TFCU office, ATTN: Pamela Nolan, no later than Jan. 31, 2014.

For more information, visit a TFCU office or call a member service representative at 585-6725.