April 21, 2013

Business briefs: April 21, 2013


Realty awards

PLATTSBURGH — For the past 10 years, Fesette Realty has been among the top producing real-estate firms in Clinton County. They once again maintained that consistent success through 2012. Neil Fesette, broker and owner, acknowledged his company’s achievements at their annual awards banquet, recognizing several of his agents as multi-million-dollar producers, including Karen Gosnell, who led the way as the top producing residential agent in Clinton County.

“Two-thousand-twelve was a solid year for Fesette Realty. Our associates have battled through the economic downturn, maintained focus on customer service and will continue to flourish in an improving marketplace,” Fesette said. “In addition to our sales force, our staff performs at a high level to assist us in achieving our clients’ goals.”

Gosnell matched her 2011 success as the county’s top-producing residential agent for the second year in a row.

Fesette also acknowledged multi-million dollar producer Jessica Coffman, who accomplished her highest sales production since entering the business.

Among Fesette Realty’s other multi-million-dollar producers are Judy Gugliemo, Mary Kay Murphy, Andrew Castine and Steve LaBombard. Gugliemo and Murphy finished in the top ten of all licensed agents in Clinton County. Castine and LaBombard finished in the top 25.

The team of associates at Fesette Realty and Fesette Property Management provide comprehensive real-estate services in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Their offices are located at 176 US Oval in Plattsburgh.

Visit them at and

Successful book

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. William Caldon, DMD, of High Peaks Dental has had his latest book, “Out Front,” placed on an Amazon bestseller list.

The co-authored book (released in October 2012) focuses on a range of successful business and interpersonal success strategies. Caldon has spent more than 37 years repairing smiles and is proud to contribute to the now national conversation regarding image in the workplace. After a brief book-signing tour, Caldon has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox to discuss the book and its theories.

An awards ceremony is slated for September of this year in Los Angeles.

”Out Front — Business Strategies from Frontline Entrepreneurs” is available online at and as well as the convenient High Peaks Dental locations.

Service expanded

WATERTOWN — The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced that the North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has expanded its primary service area to include Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Herkimer and Onondaga counties.

The center is hosted by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber and continues to serve the original area of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oswego and Oneida counties. The North Country PTAC provides free technical assistance and counseling to businesses interested in selling to the government (federal, state, local, and military).

The program is federally funded and within the first four years of the program, PTAC clients have reported contract awards totaling more than $100 million.

For more information, visit or contact Stephen Barr, program manager, at or 788-4400.

Technology showcase

CHAMPLAIN — From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, Champlain Telephone Co. will host the 2013 Technology Showcase at the Champlain Knights of Columbus.

The purpose of the event is to allow consumers to see, touch and experience a variety of technologies powered by the Internet firsthand. Those that are interested in learning more about how the Internet can make their life easier will love this opportunity. Topics covered through interactive displays and presentations will include computer know-how and frequently asked questions, an overview of mobile devices including tablets and smartphones, social media, alternatives to pay television (video content over the Internet), and Internet speeds and what you really need.

The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about the latest technology is encouraged to attend. No experience or special knowledge is required.

Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be offered. Door prizes will be awarded to attendees.

An RSVP is required. Call 298-RSVP (7787) to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

Business workshops

LAKE PLACID — The North Country Small Business Development Center, NBT Bank and Adworkshop will co-host two workshops to celebrate entrepreneurship.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they are responsible for creating two out of every three jobs each year. The informative events are designed to help small businesses grow and succeed.

The free workshops, presented at the Lake Placid Beach House at 49 Parkside Drive, are for everyone thinking about starting a new business or considering expanding an existing business.

Branding & Social Media Marketing takes place on Tuesday, May 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and will be presented by Adworkshop’s Darcy Norfolk, president, and Emily Schwartzburg, PR, Content and Social Supervisor.

Preparing a Winning Business Plan follows on Wednesday, May 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will be presented by the North Country Small Business Development Center.

NBT Bank will sponsor both events and will be providing light refreshments. To register or for more information, contact the SBDC at 564-2042 or at

Seminar offered

PLATTSBURGH — UFirst Federal Credit Union is hosting a free Homebuyers Workshop on Thursday, May 16, at The West Side Ballroom at 253 New York Road, Plattsburgh.

Guest speakers are Chris McKenna, a licensed mortgage officer, and attorney Gary L. Favro of the Law Offices of Gary L. Favro PLLC.

Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the workshop is from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop is open to the public.

Anyone getting ready to buy a first home or who wants to learn more about the loan process will learn what they need to know from these experts. Space is limited so early sign-up is encouraged.

To reserve a spot, contact Jody Carpenter at 324-5700 or by May 10 and leave your name, email address and phone number. Those wishing may also stop by one of the branches at 274 Rugar St., Plattsburgh, or 72 Champlain St., Rouses Point.

Ireland webinar

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Lake PBS are teaming up to offer a group travel experience.

Discover Ireland, A Free Informational Webinar will be held on May 1 from noon to 1 p.m. Participants may use their own computer at home or at the office, or may join the group at the Chamber of Commerce office, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh.

The webinar will give details about a nine-day, seven-night tour of Ireland that begins Oct. 30. The itinerary includes Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Cong. While in Ireland, attendees will visit the Waterford Crystal Visitors Center, Muckross House, Kylemore Abbey, Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, The Irish National Stud and more. There will be a dinner at Ashford Castle.

Indus Travels is organizing this trip for the chamber and Mountain Lake PBS. Seats must be reserved before May 17 for $2,575 per person based on cash discount and double occupancy. Everyone is invited, participants don’t have to be chamber members to join.

To learn more or to register, visit or call 563-1000.

Presentation offered

PLATTSBURGH — Mary Isbister, a 1986 SUNY Plattsburgh alumna and vice chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, is returning to campus to discuss her journey from graduate to professional.

Isbister will present From Here to There: The Journey from SUNY Plattsburgh Graduate to Successful Business Owner from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

Her address is part of the Distinguished Visiting Alumni Program, which brings notable alumni to campus, allowing them to meet with students, faculty, staff other alumni and community members, sharing ideas, experiences and accomplishments. In doing so, they both showcase and foster SUNY Plattsburgh’s efforts to prepare students for academic, professional and personal success.

A former chemistry major, Isbister is now president of GenMet, a small metal-fabrication company in Mequon, Wisc. Under her watch, the company has quadrupled revenue, become ISO certified, undergone a lean transformation and been named the 2010 Fabricator of the Year by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.

In addition to serving as vice chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which reports to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Isbister has been appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to serve as the chair of that state’s Council for Workforce Investment.

This event is sponsored in collaboration with the Plattsburgh Alumni Association, the Department of Chemistry and the School of Business and Economics.

Festival announced

PLATTSBURGH — This September, the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Plattsburgh will welcome the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) to the shores of Lake Champlain. AWT, presented by Trade Wind Events, is going into its fourth year and has previously held events throughout California, Hawaii, Mexico and Peru.

On Sept. 29 and 30, Lake Champlain will be filled with free, nonstop windsurfing action and fun for all skill levels including freestyle; bump-n-jump; slalom/formula racing; windsurfing, kiteboarding and paddleboard exhibitions; Cumberland Bay long-distance race; family fun race; demos and clinics; pancake breakfast with proceeds supporting the Imaginarium Children’s Museum; awards, prizes and raffles; evening music; and a barbecue.

For more information on the American Windsurfing Tour and the Lake Champlain Wind Surfing Festival, visit