October 14, 2012

Business briefs: Oct. 14, 2012


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PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP are co-sponsoring a presentation on The Legal Impacts of Social Media. Companies using social media for business-to-business or business-to-consumer engagement should understand the legal implication of their on-line presence in order to limit liability while maximizing productivity and profitability. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the North Country SBDC office at 194 US Oval, Plattsburgh, Room 220.

This seminar is free and open to the public. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. with light refreshments provided by Whiteman Osterman and Hanna. The presentation will begin promptly at 8. 

To register, contact the North Country SBDC by calling 564-2042 or register by email at Visit the North Country SBDC at

The North Country SBDC is part of a statewide program funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Food drive

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga drive-in offices of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. collected dozens of coats, hats and other winter items for families in need as part of its Community Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 5.

The bank began accepting new and gently used winter clothing in September. The donations were presented on Friday to Winter Warmth for Kids, a local organization that distributed the items to 21 local children.

With the holidays approaching, the Ticonderoga office is now turning its attention to collecting nonperishable food items for the local food pantry. Anyone can contribute by dropping off canned or dry goods at 123 Montcalm St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays or 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through the week of Thanksgiving.

The Ticonderoga offices are among many Glens Falls National locations hosting Community Appreciation Days this year. The events are meant to show the bank’s appreciation for its neighbors while assisting local causes.

Glens Falls National Bank provides banking and financial services through 29 offices across five counties. 

Health program

PLATTSBURGH — MVP Health Care’s Medicare Advantage members now have another way to keep healthy and active. Partnering with Healthways, health-management company, MVP is introducing the new Well-Being Program, offering a comprehensive set of activities and resources to help Medicare members maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The signature piece of the new program is Well-Being ConnectTM, an online portal that allows members to create a tailored approach to accessing and improving their overall health. Along with the new portal, the program includes popular existing MVP programs such as wellness classes, the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program and outreach designed to help improve the lives of members living with chronic diseases.

The Well-Being Program is currently available to the approximately 85,000 Medicare Advantage members in MVP’s service footprint.

“This is an informative and fun new way for our Medicare Advantage members to be proactive about maintaining and improving their health,” said Patrick Glavey, executive vice president of government programs for MVP. “Our wellness and fitness programs are already so well utilized that we think our members will really embrace these new options for engaging with their health.”

Well-Being Connect can be accessed by Medicare Advantage members once they log into their MVP account at To begin using the new portal, members must first complete the Well-Being Assessment, a confidential questionnaire that evaluates their lifestyle and overall health. Once the assessment is completed, they are provided a full health report and customized action plan, which they are encouraged to share with their doctors.

Completing the assessment provides access to a number of online resources including weight, fitness and medication use trackers; videos and articles; recipes and meal ideas; and tools to help them quit using tobacco.

Additionally, members whose answers on the Well-Being Assessment show that they might benefit from health coaching (for tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, etc.) will be contacted by Healthways to participate in a coaching program by phone.

For more information about Healthways, visit or

Art show

PLATTSBURGH — The ARC Foundation and CFA Insurance Agency will present their 5th Annual Artists Supporting ARC Art Show and Wine Tasting with a special tribute to Sid Couchey including hors d’oeuvres, dessert and entertainment on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Rd., Plattsburgh.

Admission is $15. For advanced tickets, contact ARC at 563-0930 and speak with Beth (Ext. 304), Sharron (Ext. 124) or email or

Grant received

PLATTSBURGH — The Advancing BSN Education in the Champlain Valley Project at CVPH Medical Center has received grant funding of $93,021, which was awarded by the New York State Department of Labor’s H-1B Registered Nurse Upgrade Project.

The project will target 27 registered nurses at CVPH who provide or supervise patient care for residents of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

This project builds on a long-standing relationship between CVPH and Plattsburgh State University regarding nursing education. This includes clinical rotations and seeking ways to support RNs at CVPH Medical Center who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The PSU RN to BSN program has been on-site at CVPH since the fall of 2011. The grant will provide funds for this on-site cohort of RNs and RNs seeking their BSN through PSU’s on-line RN to BSN program. A cash match will be provided by CVPH in the form of tuition reimbursement as well as scholarships for the on-site program, which are provided by the Foundation at CVPH Medical Center.

The project will be managed by Julie Brunell, RN, PhD, associate vice president of clinical learning at CVPH. Significant efforts have been made for many years by leadership at the Medical Center through tuition reimbursement to encourage RNs to further their education. This endeavor will support CVPH’s strategic plan to improve patient-care outcomes. In addition, this project is in line with New York State pending legislation on RN to BSN requirements within 10 years of graduation and the Institute of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommendation that 80 percent of RNs in the United States should have a BSN by 2020.

Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — The Development Corp. and TwinState will co-host the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Development Corp., 190 Banker Rd., Suite 500, Plattsburgh.

The event will be catered by Irises with a fun harvest theme including a festive ‘Cidertini’ available at the bar. Don’t forget your business cards to enter for a chance to win door prizes such as a New Nexus 7 tablet and two rounds of golf at Adirondack Golf.

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

Winner announced

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau have unveiled the winner of the second round, called Adirondack Coast Harvest, in its Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project.

Focused on the region’s deep ties to agriculture, 21 entries were submitted, and Amy Guglielmo of Plattsburgh took first place with her artwork entitled “Adirondack Harvest.”

“I try not to take myself seriously and hope that my art makes people smile,” Guglielmo said. “I find inspiration in children’s art and ordinary objects. My paintings and collages are colorful, quirky, folky and funny because that’s how I see the world.”

Janine Scherline, executive director of the NCCCA, said the image uses the colors of late summer and early autumn with lush fields and mountains in the background. “It evokes the time in the Adirondacks where corn on the cob is being enjoyed and apples are ready for picking, and I think residents and visitors alike will certainly be able to relate,” she said.

Reproductions of Guglielmo’s artwork are available on posters that can be purchased at the center and chamber offices. This round’s agriculture theme inspired Vesco Ridge Vineyard to produce a red table wine featuring Guglielmo’s winning artwork. The colorful wine label informs buyers of the Adirondack Coast ARTWays project and can be purchased at the Vesco Ridge Vineyard tasting room.

ARTWays project sponsors include Mountain Lake PBS, CVPH Medical Center, Pfizer, Studley Printing/Lake Champlain Weekly, Best Western Inn at Smithfield, Ground Round Restaurant, Tip Top Frames Art Center & Gallery and Meadowbrook Healthcare.

Shred fest

TICONDEROGA — As part of its annual Credit Union Week celebration, the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) will host its third annual Shred Fest on Monday and Tuesday.

The free paper-shredding event aims to increase public awareness of identity-theft prevention. Community members are invited to bring their confidential documents to be shredded at their local TFCU office during event hours.

Documents will be shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck. The first 10 participants at each location will receive a free TFCU flashlight. Paper, folders, envelopes, check registers, paper bound by staples, paperclips and spiral bindings can be shredded. However, documents bound with metal binder clips cannot.

In exchange for the free service, TFCU asks participants to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local food pantries. All of the shredded paper will be recycled and the proceeds will be donated to food pantries in Ticonderoga, Moriah and Elizabethtown.

“Identity theft can destroy your credit and your good name,” said Shawn Hayes, TFCU president and CEO. “But through a few simple precautions, members can stand up to identity thieves and avoid becoming a victim.”

Shredding documents containing personal identifying information before throwing them away is one of the most important ways consumers can prevent identity theft.

Free shredding will be offered at the following TFCU locations: Ticonderoga office, 1178 NYS Route 9N, Monday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Port Henry branch, 43 Meacham St., Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m.; and Elizabethtown branch, 7519 Court Street, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.