PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites area business people to Business After Hours on Aug. 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held under the big-top on the lawn at 61 Area Development Drive.
The Development Corp. and Taylor Rental Party Plus will co-sponsor the event. Participants will enjoy a BBQ-themed event featuring music by DJ Watty, food, networking and fun.
Attendees may bring a business card for a chance to win door prizes including two $400 gift certificates to Wilson Appliances 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 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.
PLATTSBURGH — In celebration of their 83rd year of business, Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits recently made an $830 donation to Behavioral Health Services North.
Carina Parrow nominated the organization for the prize donation at the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business Expo.
The contribution will be put toward the Supported Employment Program, which helps individuals purchase appropriate attire for job interviews as well as time-limited support with transportation to and from work such as bus tokens or taxi vouchers.
CHAMPLAIN — Champlain Telephone Company will celebrate its 110th anniversary with its annual Customer Appreciation Day and a fundraiser for local libraries.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Champlain Telephone will hold its Appreciation Day in conjunction with the Champlain Town-Wide Garage Sale and Champlain Day.
The employees of Champlain Telephone have donated gently used garage sale items and will participate in the town-wide sale on that day. All proceeds will be split evenly among the libraries located in the Champlain Telephone service area which includes Mooers, Altona, Champlain and Rouses Point. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day for a variety of prizes.
The festivities will include a number of free events including a performance by the Champlain Valley Irish Dancers at 10:30 a.m. and the band Overdrive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be food, a bounce house, face painting, bucket-truck rides and much more. Customers will be invited to enter a drawing to win a 32-inch IP-compatible flat-screen television. There will be interactive displays showing Champlain Telephone’s newest products and services, including DirecTV bundles and features, as well as what increased broadband speeds can do.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Champlain Telephone Customer Service Department at 298-2411.
PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Kristy Kennedy as vice president for marketing and director of the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau.
Kennedy has served as group and event specialist at the chamber since 2008, leading efforts to attract groups, sporting events, motorcoaches and meetings to the area. This has included the promotion of special events such as the Lake Champlain pro bass fishing tournaments, Velo Quebec and East Coast SnoCross among others.
Before joining the chamber, Kennedy worked as office manager and marketing coordinator for Fessette Realty. Prior to that, she held the role of marketing and promotions coordinator for 95 Triple X and 620 AM WVMT Radio in Burlington. A Plattsburgh native and graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, Kennedy was recently named a “Face of Our Future” by Strictly Business magazine.
“Kristy has been a terrific member of the chamber team and will be bringing solid experience and great energy to her new role,” said Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber. “We know she will sustain and build upon the high level of performance our Visitors Bureau has become known for. There’s no question that our current V.P. for marketing, Michele Powers, has taken our tourism marketing and development efforts to entirely new levels, and Kristy has been at her side as a full partner these last five years.”
Kennedy said she has been fortunate to work for the chamber as the group and event specialist.
“I have learned a tremendous amount about the area, our members and strategic tourism marketing. I look forward to my new role and to continuing the important work of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, furthering the vision of our Destination Master Plan.”
Kennedy will officially begin her new position as of Aug. 23.
WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration recently launched Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop website that will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete. The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps them provide affordable coverage options to their employees while still meeting their bottom line.
The site will act as a user-friendly hub that connects employers to informational content on tax credits and other provisions of the law from the Small Business Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury Department.
As part of the ongoing dialogue with leaders of the nation’s top businesses, this latest tool will help ensure that employers of all sizes know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and have the information they need to take advantage of the new benefits and opportunities under the law. The administration will work with the employer community to ensure the site continues to be a helpful resource for businesses and their employees, including updating the site with additional, timely information.
“As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, it is so important for us to work with the business community and provide employers with the information they need,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “The health-care website on Business.USA.gov/healthcare will be a tremendous resource for self-employed Americans and businesses of all sizes to learn what the Affordable Care Act means for them.”
WiFi at fair
MALONE — Slic Network Solutions is offering free high-speed Internet access throughout the fairgrounds during this year’s Franklin County Fair.
“Users will be surprised at how fast it is” said Jeff Yette, sales engineer.
Attendees are encouraged to connect to the free WiFi using their smartphone or tablet and then go to www.speedtest.net to see how fast it is. Some mobile devices like iPhones may require a Speedtest app to be installed.
Slic is offering the free service to help raise awareness for the need for true high-speed Internet. There are still many areas throughout the state that do not have access to wireline broadband Internet services, and even more areas that don’t have access to the speeds that fiber-optic networks can deliver.
Slic Network Solutions is preparing another grant application for many rural Northern New York areas, which will be submitted Aug. 12. Area residents are encouraged to go to http://broadband.ny.gov and click on the Report an Unserved Address button to fill out their information. This data will be used to help determine what areas of the grant application will receive funding.
Stop by the Windows Only booth on the walkway between the grandstand and the food vendors to pick up additional information.