November 3, 2013

Business briefs: Nov. 3, 2013


Certification earned

PLATTSBURGH — Local dog trainer Deborah Jay DeSilva, CPDT-KA, of Canine Adventure LLC in Plattsburgh, recently completed the requirements for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

She received her international certification after completing more than 300 hours of handler/dog-training experience and a rigorous four-hour psychometrically sound and science-based comprehensive exam testing her knowledge of learning theory, ethology, instructional skills, animal husbandry, ethics and equipment.

This exam was developed by a task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog-training professionals and animal behaviorists who worked for three years in researching and developing this comprehensive examination. Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) administers the exam to ensure the process meets professional testing standards. Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer — Knowledge Assessed and may use the designation CPDT-KA after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing-education credits to maintain their designation or take the examination again in three years.

DeSilva is the only Certified Professional Dog Trainer in New York within a 125-mile radius of Plattsburgh. She provides small-group classes, private training, behavior assessments and consultations serving Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. She has been a communications professor at SUNY Plattsburgh since 1990 and is the president of the Clinton County Canine Club.

For training, assessment and consultations, contact Canine Adventure at 562-0552, or DeSilva directly at 293-7619.

New manager

PLATTSBURGH — Taylor Rental and Party Plus have appointed a new party and event manager.

Jenna Beauregard is the newest member of the Taylor Rental team with a background in party and event planning for the Crowne Plaza Resort in Lake Placid and corporate meeting planning for Schluter Systems.

Taylor Rental focuses not only on weddings but also corporate functions, business after hours and birthday parties to name a few. The newest location in Saranac Lake will be expanding its party showcase.

With two locations, Beauregard can be reached by phone at 324-5100 or by email at Also, customers may visit Taylor Rental on the web where they can view their inventory at .

Security course

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Small businesses can help keep their business information safe and protect their online information with a new free course from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The course will provide an overview on how to secure business information, identify security threats and guard against cyber-attacks.

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses is one of SBA’s newest online courses to help business owners safeguard their information from computer attacks and determine their readiness against security breaches. The course, available at, teaches best cybersecurity practices and protection against cyber threats for the nation’s small business community.

The protection of sensitive data such as business invoices, payroll records, client and employee data and other proprietary information is essential to a company’s success. A computer failure or other system breach could undermine a company’s reputation, expose it to costly recovery expenses and disrupt the business’ overall operation.

Course participants can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA. The SBA Learning Center offers free courses covering topics such as Starting, Managing and Financing a Business and can be found at

Child-care seminar

PLATTSBURGH — The Child Care Council is sponsoring a day-long seminar for family child-care business owners on the topics of taxes, record keeping, budgets and contracts.

The presenter for this seminar will be Tom Copeland, JD, a premier expert on the business side of family child care. The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Child Care Council, 194 US Oval, Plattsburgh. Accountants and tax preparers who work with family child-care professionals may also wish to attend.

The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required by sending the $50 registration fee to the Child Care Council, P.O. Box 2640, Plattsburgh, 12901. For more information, call Colbie Mason at 561-4999.