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February 24, 2013

Business briefs: Feb. 24, 2013

Business competition

PLATTSBURGH — The Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department at SUNY Plattsburgh will be teaming up with Clarkson University’s Reh Center for Entrepreneurship to host the North Country Regional Business Plan Competition at Clarkson University’s Student Center March 29.

The contest is open to all students who are enrolled in North Country colleges or universities during the current academic year.

The top teams from each of the 10 regional competitions will be awarded $20,000 in funding and will be invited to compete for the grand prize at the statewide 2013 New York Business Plan Competition April 26 in Albany.

In all, more than 300 student-led teams are expected to compete in the regional and statewide competitions for more than $225,000 in available funding.

Students will be able to choose from the following six ventures: Biotechnology-Healthcare, Energy/Sustainability, Information Technology/Software, Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology, Products/Services and Social Entrepreneurship/-Non-Profit.

For more information, visit www.clarkson.edu/entrepreneur/funding/nys_about.html or http://www.nybplan.com/.

Trade show

SARATOGA SPRINGS — For 26 years, the Adirondack North Country Association’s Buyer Days trade show has connected retailers with regional artisans from across upstate New York and parts of New England, making it easier for consumers to purchase local products.

The 2013 show will be taking place March 27-28 at the Saratoga Springs City Center in downtown Saratoga Springs.

More information is available at www.adirondack.org.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The public is welcome.

The doors will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

Drawing buyers from gift shops, restaurants, museum shops, farm stands and other independent retail outlets, the show is a great opportunity for vendors to access new markets and for retailers to buy directly from artisans, meet the producers and learn the stories of their unique wares.

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