September 23, 2012

Business briefs: Sept. 23, 2012


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PLATTSBURGH — Three national experts on crowdfunding — a new method of raising money for small, growing businesses — will present a seminar from 5 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the SUNY Plattsburgh’s Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center.

Headlining the event are David Drake, chairman of LDJ Capital and founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series; Enzo Villani, CEO of Villani Advisors and a professor in the college’s Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship; and Christine Landon, founder and CEO of WebFinancial LLC (, a crowdfunding-based financial system startup.

The seminar will cover the basics of crowdfunding and explain how to benefit from the Jumpstart our Business Startups — or JOBS — Act, which was signed by President Obama in April 2012.

During the seminar, the latest developments in crowdfunding, specifically what it means for entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists, will be tackled. Attendees will learn how to take advantage of the opportunities created by the new law to help grow and expand their businesses in the North Country and around the world.

“Our expertise is in helping small- and medium-sized enterprises and startups find capital formation solutions,” said Drake, who frequently shares his knowledge on “crowdfunding best practices” in the United States and abroad.

“Crowdfunding is changing the capital formation process all around the world,” according to Villani, the newest faculty member in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at SUNY Plattsburgh. “If our business students at SUNY Plattsburgh are to succeed in their entrepreneurial pursuits, they need to enter the business world armed with knowledge of the newest sources of capital — crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.”

The program is open to the campus and to the general public. Admission is $25 for the general public and free for college students. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. All proceeds go to the Plattsburgh College Foundation to benefit entrepreneurship and marketing student activities. For reservations and more information, call Dr. Nancy Church at 564-4169 or email her at

Vendors sought

MALONE — Titus Mountain Family Ski Center is holding its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 6, and is looking for local and regional vendors to participate.

There is no charge for vendor participation. Vendor types include but are not limited to arts, crafts, jewelry, face painting, food, produce and woodworking. Vendors can set up outside and there is limited space available inside. Setup is at 8 a.m. and the event runs until after the fireworks display at dusk.

Thousands of people attend the Titus Oktoberfest each year. This year features local talent, demonstrations, beer and food concessions, a ski and board swap, and seasons passes will be on sale. For vendor information and registration, contact Shantell Smith at 483-3740 or email

Locally owned and operated by the Monette family, Titus Mountain Family Ski Center is located at 215 Johnson Road in Malone. Located at the north end of the Adirondack Mountain range, its terrain faces northeast, providing access to more natural snowfall. Additionally, Titus is known for impeccable grooming.

Titus Mountain is the only ski area in the Adirondacks featuring night skiing. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Titus has a two-lane Snow Tubing Park with Tubing Tow. XC Skiing and Snowshoeing can be found at the adjacent Malone Fish and Game Club.

Anniversary celebrated

LAKE PLACID — Adworkshop, the North Country’s employee-owned digital-marketing and public-relations agency, will celebrate its fifth anniversary as an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) in October during National Employee Ownership Month.

To commemorate this milestone, Adworkshop’s 30 employee-owners will participate in ESOP education and community-minded activities focused on supporting local thrift stores and food pantries preparing for the holiday season. A month of activities, community outreach and ESOP education are in the works, as well as planning for an “Adirondack Safari — Employees Gone Wild,” featuring a scavenger hunt and photo contest.

Each October, employee owners across the United States celebrate National Employee Ownership Month. It was established by the ESOP Association to celebrate the spirit of employee ownership and to educate employee owners and the public about the tremendous benefits of ESOPs.

Open house

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Fall Chamber and Insurance Open House from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. The event will take place at the chamber office at 94 Montcalm St., Suite 1.

The open house is open to all chamber members who want to learn more about their benefits and any businesses or organizations interested in joining. Light refreshments will be available.

An Insurance Open House will also take place. “One of the benefits of being a chamber member is insurance eligibility through our partnership with the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce. Please stop by to speak with Sandy Duquette, the chamber’s health insurance administrator,” said Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Chamber executive director.

Chamber members receive an array of benefits including marketing, promotion, publicity, and exposure, credibility, member referrals, access to marketing and networking opportunities, a commerce-card discount program, health-insurance eligibility, energy-savings eligibility, small-business support and services, seminars, trainings, chamber communications and more.

In addition, members are supporting the chamber and the community in many ways. Members’ investment allows the chamber to plan and host free community events that draw area visitors and assist area organizations with their events and projects. In addition, they able to provide small-business support, services and resources, business referrals and answer many community and visitor questions and requests via phone, email and mail on a daily basis.

It also enables the chamber to send visitor area information packets upon request, keep an online calendar of events and provide an array of benefits for all its members.

To make an appointment, contact the chamber office at 585-6619 or Walk-in visitors for the open house are welcome. For more information, visit or the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce facebook page.

Real-estate conference

LAKE PLACID — Select Sotheby’s International Realty , a luxury real-estate firm covering upstate New York, recently participated in the 2012 Sotheby’s International Realty Leadership Forum, which brought together more than 220 network members worldwide.

This three-day event, which was held Sept. 10 to 12 in Chicago, provided an opportunity for Sotheby’s International Realty brokers, owners and managers to network and share best practices.

“The annual Leadership Forum provides a great value to our firm,” said Joanne DiMarco, Select Sotheby’s International Realty broker/owner. “It offered the opportunity to network with some of the world’s most talented real-estate professionals and learn more about the industry and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s vision for the future.”

“We represent some of the finest regions in upstate New York and the Global Leadership Conference provides us with the opportunity to promote our region” said John Burke, also a broker/owner.

For additional information, contact DiMarco at (518) 210-3649.

Bed Race

PLATTSBURGH — Due to severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings, the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh was forced to cancel the 3rd Annual Rotary Bed Races, which had previously been scheduled during the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend. The city has given the organization approval to reschedule the races for Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on City Hall Place.

Rotary Bed Race Co-ChairAshley Cousens said she is hopeful that all 32 teams that had registered will still be able to vie for a first-place prize of $500. There is also a second-place prize of $250 and a third-place prize of $100.

“We are sure that our teams will be ready to compete for the top prize of $500. And, we are also looking for the group with the best theme-entered bed, which could net a team the Golden Bed Pan along with $150. We are very excited to have a second opportunity to make this great event happen for the community,” she said.

Teams will race their beds down to a midway location line approximately 30 yards from the starting line. Once the bed crosses the midway finish line, the team will then return it to the original starting line. The bed crossing the initial starting line will be declared the winner.

“Seems simple, but it all depends on teams working together,” said Bed Race Co-Chair Courtney Chandler. “We’ll see what teams will be able to keep their beds in motion and the rider remains intact.”

The “king” race sponsor is Wendell’s Furniture along with “queen” sponsors PrimeLink Inc. and UFirst Federal Credit Union. Media sponsors include Y106.3 and Denton Publications.

Proceeds are used to support many worthy causes in the community including Beartown Ski Area, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, Literacy Volunteers, North Country Mission of Hope and for academic scholarships for students attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College and CVPH Medical Center Radiology School.

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