Business Spotlight

January 15, 2012

Business briefs: Jan. 15, 2012

New associate

PLATTSBURGH — Century 21 Foote-Ryan has hired Sonya Rule-LaRoche as a full-time sales associate.

Rule-LaRoche grew up in the North Country and graduated from Plattsburgh State. She recently retired after a 20-year career with the New York State Police. Her knowledge of the area and strong connection with the community has given her a solid foundation as a Realtor.

Rule-LaRoche currently resides in Rouses Point.

Promotion announced

MALONE — Beardsley Design Associates Architecture, Engineering & Landscape Architecture, P.C., has promoted Michael N. Reynolds to a senior associate of the firm. In this capacity, he will assist the Board of Directors in leading the company.

Reynolds has been with the firm for 11 years, is an award-winning designer and project manager and serves as the manager of the firm's Malone office.

For more information, visit

Workshop offered

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Small Business Development Center is hosting a workshop titled Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners, to be presented by Chris Huchro, partner at West Bay Financial Group, LLC, from 7:30 to 11 a.m Tuesday, Jan. 24, at North Country SBDC, 194 U.S. Oval, Conference Room 220, Plattsburgh.

The cost is $15 per person, pre-registration required. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, call 564-2042 or email

The workshop will help small-business owners learn what they can do now to be better prepared for retirement.

Topics include Estate Planning Strategies, Retirement Planning, Executive Benefit Planning, Qualified Retirement Plans, Tax Benefits of a Qualified Plan and Defined Contribution Plans.

Travel opportunities

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is offering two travel opportunities this year. Everyone is invited to attend the information sessions to learn more about trips to Italy and China.

ITALY — Oct. 12 to 20. The chamber has teamed up with Mountain Lake PBS to offer this trip. For $2,849, tour members will visit Venice, Rome, Florence and more. A free information session will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Mountain Lake PBS studios.

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