December 23, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 23, 2012


---- — Recognition received

PLATTSBURGH — Deena Giltz McCullough, CIC, CRM, president of Northern Insuring Agency Inc., was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national insurance professional organization.

McCullough was awarded a certificate marking more than 15 years of participation as a designated CIC, which required annual completion of advanced education and training.

“Northern Insuring’s ongoing allegiance and support of the CIC program is a testament to the value the agency places on real-world education and customer satisfaction. Clients, associates and the insurance profession as a whole will benefit from such dedication,” said Dr. William T. Hold, president of the Society of CIC.

The society is a not-for-profit organization of The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, which is respected throughout the insurance industry for the high standards maintained in the hundreds of institutes conducted annually in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Donations accepted

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. is currently accepting donations for Operation Adopt A Soldier at all of its locations.

Since 2003, the Wilton-based nonprofit has been collecting supplies and shipping care packages to troops stationed overseas. The group currently mails to a list of up to 600 service members and has shipped 260,000 care packages over the last decade.

Operation Adopt A Soldier Co-Chair Terri Perry said monetary contributions are a great help, as are donations of items for the care packages.

“We couldn’t do this without the community support, and it’s been a wonderful 10 years,” Perry said. “The feedback we get from the troops is heartwarming and encouraging.”

For more information or to make a donation, stop by any Glens Falls National Bank office or call the bank at 793-4121. The organization can be reached directly to view a list of items needed for care packages by visiting

Glens Falls National Bank provides banking and financial services through 29 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties.

Company honored

PLATTSBURGH — Luck Brothers Inc. of Plattsburgh was recently honored by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont at its annual meeting Dec. 12. The association chose to award the company for Outstanding Quality of Effort and Work in Urban Highway Development for its efforts in reconstructing the North Main Street business corridor in Barre, Vt.

The $10.5 million project included complete reconstruction of all utilities, highway, lighting, telecommunications, sidewalk, curb, landscaping and amenities for 10 blocks of the downtown Barre Business District in 12 months of actual work. The project included extreme penalties for late completion and the company was able to turn it over 37 days earlier than required.

Several innovative construction techniques, scheduling and a great deal of recycling was used to help bring the project in on time. At one point, more than 60 men and women were on the project working around the clock six days a week to deliver what the Vermont Agency of Transportation described as the most complicated project in the history of the state. Workers accumulated more than 50,000 man hours without a single lost day to injury.

Honor received

PLATTSBURGH — Lia sophia recently announced top honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism. 

Having just joined the fashion-jewelry business, Charlene Barry of Plattsburgh has earned this accomplishment in the first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisors.

According to Aleks Bogdanovski, vice president of U.S. Sales for lia sophia, “This immediate success reflects hard work and dedication on the part of Charlene. Lia sophia is fortunate to have this individual as part of our team and we look forward to celebrating future successes.”

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 Charlene Barry at Charlene.Barry@Rocketmail.Com or visit

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

Health award

WEST CHAZY — The Clinton County Health Department has acknowledged the owners and staff of Guma’s Restaurant for their willingness to serve as a pilot location for the agency’s Healthy Plates Project.

By participating in this initiative, the restaurant serves as a community partner in the promotion and maintenance of healthy habits and lifestyles for all Clinton County residents.

Seminar, open house

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open house with the North Country Small Business Development Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Services provided by the Development Center will be available at the chamber office, typically on the second Tuesday of each month. In addition, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. the same day, the chamber in coordination with the North Country Small Business Development Center and Mannix Marketing will host a business seminar titled Facebook 101.

This seminar will cover the basics of setting up a Facebook page for a business or organization as well as using Facebook in a marketing plan.

Refreshments for this seminar will be provided compliments of Dunkin’ Donuts of Ticonderoga.

Grant received

PLATTSBURGH — Mountain Lake PBS has received a grant from the International Paper Foundation. The $780 grant will provide the Education and Outreach Department with funding for the station’s Imagine Yourself Reading program.

This program is modeled after the successful national PBS program Ready To Learn. The program is focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community by incorporating the latest research about early childhood literacy.

Imagine Yourself Reading workshops are held throughout the viewing area in partnership with schools, libraries, museums and other not-for-profit agencies. These workshops and events aim to teach research-based literacy strategies to parents as well as provide a free book and materials so that parents and caregivers can practice these strategies with their children.

”Support from companies like International Paper helps Mountain Lake PBS encourage literacy on the air, online and in the community,” said Jane Owens, Mountain Lake PBS’s director of outreach and education. 

The IP Foundation supports non-profit organizations within the communities where IP has operating facilities. IP gives back to communities through corporate donations, in-kind contributions, employee volunteerism and IP Foundation grants to provide more that $10 million to support hundreds of community-based educational, civic and cultural programs that do the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons.

For information about the education and outreach opportunities provided by Mountain Lake PBS, visit

Trade show

PLATTSBURGH — Looking to increase group travel and tourism to the Adirondack Region, area tourism professionals will be part of the more than 3,200 participants attending the 2013 American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 5-10, 2013.

Kristy Kennedy, group and event specialist for the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, will be at ABA’s 2013 Marketplace along with Tanya Brand, Warren County group tour promoter; Tim Bresett, general manager of Ausable Chasm; Allison Kaupelis, director of sales and marketing at Best Western Ticonderoga; and various New York State tourism representatives.

“Trade shows, such as this one are a vital way to connect with tour operators and keep the Adirondack Coast top of mind,” Kennedy said.

While at the trade show, regional marketing representatives Kennedy and Bresett will conduct more than 80 one-on-one scheduled appointments with tour operators. These meetings are designed to inform tour operators what the Adirondack Coast has to offer tour groups and to how it can help increase the tour operator’s portfolio.

“During these meetings, I get a sense of what the tour operators offer to their clients and how we can enhance their experience,” Kennedy said. “Many tour operators are familiar with the Adirondack Coast. It is my job to educate them on what is new and what sets us apart from other destinations.”

In 2013, representatives will be promoting the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail and the Champlain Valley International Wine Trail as well as the War of 1812 Bicentennial and Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend as new group activities on the Adirondack Coast. The ABA named the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend a 2012 Top 100 Group Event in North America. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, according to ABA, recognizes the quality entertainment and authentic experience the event offers to groups and individual travelers from around the world.

Award received

JAY — The Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) has awarded Terry Warner, retired merchandising manager for Ward Lumber, the 2012 Industry Excellence Award at the Northern New York Lumber Dealers Association’s Annual Meeting in Ogdensburg.

The award honors exceptional employees of the lumber and building-materials industry who have dedicated their lives to the industry and who are recognized with the utmost respect and regard by their peers.

“The association goes to great lengths to make sure that the unsung heroes of our industry are recognized,” Steve Ciccone, NRLA regional director, said. 

Warner’s career spans more than 30 years and began when he started working at Grossman’s in Plattsburgh. He worked at Grossman’s until joining Ward Lumber in 1996, where he worked until his retirement in 2011. Jay Ward, president of Ward Lumber, nominated him for the award.

“It was my pleasure to nominate Terry,” Ward said. “He’s very well respected in the industry and brought a wealth of knowledge to Ward Lumber and to the industry. He was very instrumental in the opening of our store in Malone and has certainly contributed to our overall growth.”

The NRLA was founded in 1894 and currently is a 1,150-member association representing lumber and building-material associations and suppliers in New York and the six New England states. The association provides educational, legislative and regulatory-reform services to members as well opportunities to network.

Outreach office

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) will host the North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by providing meeting space for their outreach office once a month starting in January 2013.

By coming to Lake Placid, the North Country SBDC hopes to better serve area entrepreneurs and facilitate small business growth.

Services provided by the SBDC will be available at ROOST/Lake Placid CVB offices typically on the third Tuesday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is located at 2608 Main Street in downtown Lake Placid.

The North Country SBDC at SUNY Plattsburgh is part of a statewide network of 24 regional centers located throughout New Your State and has more than two decades of serving the small-business community. 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. Due to this support, their services are free.

Topics commonly addressed by the SBDC business advisors include business-plan development, cash-flow projections, financial analysis, legal and regulatory information, marketing assistance and business start-up information.

To find out more, call 564-2528.