November 17, 2013

Business briefs: Nov. 17, 2013


Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will co-host the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer this month.

The chamber invites area business people to the event on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Perrywinkle’s.

Catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, this summer picnic-themed event is a chance to make new business contacts while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, door prizes and more.

Everyone who brings in a new, unwrapped gift for a child will be entered in a special drawing to win a Perrywinkle’s Gift Card. All gifts will be donated to JCEO and the Christmas Bureau. Everyone who attends will receive $50 off a purchase of $200 or more made that night.

Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand business networks and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Non-members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. The fee for Business After Hours is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without. For more information or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.

Appreciation event

TICONDEROGA — Hundreds of Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) members and others from the community participated in the annual Credit Union Week Celebration Oct. 15 to 19. This year’s celebration included three member-appreciation BBQs, the Credit Union’s 4th Annual Shred Fest and a carnival-themed Member Appreciation Event.

“Credit Union Week provides an opportunity for our staff to interact with our members on a different level and give back to the community,” said Shawn Hayes, TFCU president and CEO.

The Community Appreciation Event was a family-friendly, carnival-themed activity that took place Oct. 19 at the Best Western. One attendee, Dawn Davis, was randomly selected to win an iPad.

The Shred Fest was a free paper-shredding event aimed at increasing public awareness of identity-theft prevention. It produced more than 5,600 lbs. of shredded paper resulting in a $443.10 donation to be split among three area food pantries. Non-perishable food donations were accepted in exchange for free paper-shredding. 

TFCU operates three offices at 1178 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga; 43 Meacham Street, Port Henry; and 7519 Court Street, Elizabethtown. For more information, visit or call 585-6725.

Bank recognized

PLATTSBURGH — The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Adirondack Bank as atop small community lender in Central New York.

The bank approved loans totaling $6,295,000, outperforming all other small community lenders with an asset size of less than $1 billion in the Central New York Region. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Adirondack Bank has received this distinction.

“Small business is the backbone of the communities we serve and being a financial resource to our neighbors has always been a priority for us. We are proud to partner with the SBA to provide these programs in support of our customers in and around Central and Northern New York,” said Adirondack Bank President and CEO Rocco F. Arcuri Sr.

Adirondack Bank has served the consumer and business community for more than a century operating 18 branch offices throughout Central and Northern New York. It is a locally owned and managed community bank with its executive headquarters in Utica.

 Money raised

PLATTSBURGH — Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub has raised more than $530,000 for almost 70 local chapters of the Boys & Girls Club in communities throughout New England and New York during the Fourth Annual Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser in October. This year marks the 17th year of service to the organization and another company-wide fundraising record.

“Over the many years I have been with the Ninety Nine, I have seen October become a very special month for the company,” said Ninety Nine President John Grady. "This year, my final year as president as I retire, I challenged our team to surpass all previous goals, and they have done just that. We thank everyone for their generosity in donating and know that the funds will go towards programs that really have a positive impact on children across New England and New York.”

Each Ninety Nine Restaurant has a significant relationship at the local level with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the oldest and largest organization that has a primary mission of service to youth and the public school system in the community.

The company is New England's first locally based casual restaurant chain established in 1952 at 99 State Street in Boston. Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., it currently operates 105 restaurants throughout New England and upstate New York.

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook at

Resort honored

LAKE PLACID — When it comes to weddings, The Knot, on, says the Whiteface Club and Resort is unparalleled for its beauty, accompanying scenery on Lake Placid and the staff’s attention to detail.

In’s Best of 2014, brides and The Knot have rated the Whiteface Club in the top one percent of its market category. In addition, it is the only property in Lake Placid to receive this award and marks the third consecutive year that it has been honored by The Knot.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award from The Knot as they are the pre-eminent wedding information source for brides throughout New York and Vermont,” said Mark Sperling, general manager of the Whiteface Club Companies.

“This award belongs to an extraordinary team led by Events Coordinator Kristin Parker, Executive Chef Phil Smith, Head Gardener Annoel Krider, Grounds and Facilities Manager Frank Zeske and their respective staffs," he said. "Our objective each year is to continue to grow and exceed the expectations of our clients and their guests.”

For more information on weddings at the Whiteface Club and Resort, contact Parker at 523-2551, Ext. 412, or email Or, log on to

MemberCard offered

PLATTSBURGH — Mountain Lake PBS is offering the re-launch of the popular member benefit, the Mountain Lake PBS MemberCard. Beginning this month, donors will receive a MemberCard by making a gift of $75 or higher, or by becoming a Sustaining Member starting at only $5 per month.

The MemberCard offers a full year’s worth of 2-for-1 savings benefits at more than 150 restaurants and arts and culture locations throughout the Mountain Lake viewing area, as well as 11,000 additional savings opportunities available across the U.S. and Canada. Members find that by using the Mountain Lake PBS MemberCard just a few times, their savings can easily add up to the amount they contributed and more.

By visiting the new Mountain Lake PBS MemberCard page at, members will not only be able to access information about their local savings benefits, they will also have the opportunity to set up a personal account and enjoy members’ only savings at more than a thousand online merchants like Target, Best Buy, Home Depot and more.

As members shop using the website, they accrue loyalty rewards. Rewards points can be given as a contribution to Mountain Lake PBS, used towards future purchases, or redeemed for cash via a Discover debit card or PayPal.

“All of us here at Mountain Lake PBS are very excited to bring the MemberCard back to our viewers. I think our members will be especially pleased with the new online additions to the program. Our popular local discounts are now joined by these terrific online rewards and we’re pleased to share these with our members as a way to extend the value of their support.” said Alice Recore, president & CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.

The card is administered by Member Benefits Inc., which has more than 20 years’ experience in managing MemberCard donor-loyalty programs for public media and non-profit organizations. MBI’s services include benefit recruitment, program administration and marketing assistance. Currently, an estimated 1 million donors to client organizations enjoy local MemberCard savings benefits coast-to-coast.

Community Day

PORT HENRY — The Port Henry Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. will host a pet-themed Community Appreciation Day on Friday.

The event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4307 Main St. will include free food and refreshments including donuts, popcorn, cupcakes, hot dogs and chips; a drawing for a fall gift basket; and other giveaways.

In addition, the North Country SPCA will be on-site with adoptable pets from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees who bring a donation of any kind for the SPCA, including pet food and supplies, will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card from one of nine local businesses. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the nonprofit.

For more information about the Port Henry event, call 546-3312.

Glens Falls National Bank provides banking and financial services through 30 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties. It hosts community days throughout the year as a way to show appreciation for its customers and neighbors and assist local causes.

Pies offered

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s auxiliary is taking orders for its selection of homemade pies for Thanksgiving.

Now in its ninth year, the Thanksgiving pie sale is one of the auxiliary’s most popular fundraisers. The auxiliary produces cherry, apple and pumpkin pies for purchase by community members. Each pie costs $12 and comes boxed and labeled. Last year, the group produced 108 pies.

“The pie-making process is quite a production,” said Auxiliary President Laura Sells-Doyle. “But we really have an incredible organized system. It’s quite an accomplishment to prepare and bake that many pies in eight hours.”

Last year, the group received many donations of pie-making supplies including apples from Sullivan Orchards in Peru and flour from Champlain Valley Milling in Westport. This year, many of the pumpkins that were used as decorations at the Crete Center’s Halloween event were donated for the auxiliary to use.

Orders for pies will be taken until 3 p.m. on Nov. 22. Payment is due when the order is placed. Pies are made on Nov. 26 and may be picked up in the hospital lobby on Nov. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary participates in fundraising efforts throughout the year, and proceeds go to support the hospital. The group donates clothing and snacks to those who need emergency room care, offers care packages to chemotherapy patients and gives gifts and flowers to patients in the hospital at Christmas. They also provide scholarship funding and purchase equipment for the hospital’s various departments.

Contact Jane Hooper to place an order at 873-3003.

Loans for vets 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000. This initiative will start on Jan. 1 and continue through the end of the fiscal year.

“Our nation’s veterans are highly skilled and highly trained leaders in their communities,” said Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit. “This initiative will set fees to zero for SBA Express loans to veterans up to $350,000 and is part of SBA’s broader efforts to make sure that veterans have the tools they need to start and grow a business.”

Of all SBA loans that go to veterans, 73 percent are $350,000 and below. The SBA Express Loan Program, which supports loans under $350,000, is SBA’s most popular loan delivery method, with nearly 60 percent of all 7(a) loans over the past decade being authorized through the program. Since the program’s inception, it has also been one of the most popular delivery methods for getting capital into the hands of veteran borrowers.

Building on SBA’s recent announcement that for the current fiscal year, fees on loans for $150,000 and under are set to zero, this policy announcement means that veteran borrowers will no longer have to pay an upfront fee for any loan up to $350,000 under the SBA Express program. This new initiative will go into effect Jan. 1 and extend for the duration of the fiscal year. This will make the loans cheaper for the borrower, another way SBA is looking to serve small business owners as they look for ways to access capital.

The announcement comes during SBA’s National Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of the U.S. Small Business Administration to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and business owners. During the week, SBA staff all across the country have been working with partner organizations on educational efforts, mentoring and training to make sure veterans have the tools they need to start or grow their business.

For more information about these and other SBA programs, visit the SBA website at or contact the SBA Syracuse District Office at 446-1118 or online at