Press-Republican

March 31, 2013

Business briefs: March 31, 2013


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Conference attended

PLATTSBURGH — Dan Beggs of Taylor Rental recently attended a two-day dealer orientation in Dallas, Tex., for their newest line of tractors, Mahindra.

The orientation and conference consisted of finance training, product and sales training, advertising and merchandising. Mahindra, is the world’s No. 1 selling tractor.

Beggs is Taylor Rental’s outside salesman for Plattsburgh and their newest location, Saranac Lake.

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Rating received

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. was recently recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank by the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm, BauerFinancial Inc. Glens Falls National has earned this designation for the past 24 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating, awarded in March, indicates Glens Falls National Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn 5 Stars, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

“Top-performing institutions, like Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co., maintain strong policies, prudent underwriting and responsible investment,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial.

Established in 1851, Glens Falls National currently operates 29 offices in five counties. More information can be found at gfnational.com.

Based in Coral Gables, Fla., BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com.

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Bank honored

PLATTSBURGH — NBT Bank has been approved as a Small Business Administration (SBA) Preferred Lender under the agency’s Preferred Lender Program, according to SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.

“Only the most active and expert lenders qualify for SBA’s premier streamlined lending program,” Paprocki said. “This status will allow them to assist even more small businesses in communities where they have a presence.”

Under the SBA Preferred Lenders Program, NBT Bank has been delegated authority by the SBA to approve loans, resulting in faster service to local small business owners in need of capital. The most experienced lenders are designated as PLP Lenders and delegated the authority to process, close, service and liquidate most SBA guaranteed loans without prior SBA review. With this new lending authority, SBA has authorized NBT Bank to make the credit decision without prior SBA review on most actions.

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Rotary support

PLATTSBURGH — The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh has given away a total of $1,500 to six local projects over the past six months.

The Northeast Radio Reading Service sponsored by the North Country Center for Independence has received $250 to support its reading service. This is a service where volunteers read newspapers, books and magazines over the radio for blind and visually impaired area residents.

Plattsburgh Rotary Club gave a gift of $250 to support the Adirondack Enrichment Experience, an educational and topical program for seniors held at senior-citizen centers in Clinton County.

The Clinton County Literacy Volunteers received a donation of $250 to purchase easy-to-read dictionaries for adult learners who cannot afford to purchase their own. As they are learning to read, these dictionaries become a valuable resource.

Both the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and the Twin River Boy Scouts Council received $250 to use as scholarships for local scouts who are in need of financial assistance to go to summer camp.

Clinton Community College received a grant of $250 in support of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Exploration program, which is a hands-on learning experience for fifth graders in the region.

The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is proud to be able to support local programs that benefit members of the North Country. Grants are available on an ongoing basis. Criteria are that: 

— The gift is not to exceed $500.

— The gift is given to a group serving a larger population and a greater good, not to an individual.

— The gift is given toward special projects, not general operations or fundraising for an organization.

— The club does not fund walks, runs tournaments etc.

Letters of request can be mailed to Plattsburgh Rotary Club, P.O. Box 86, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 12901. Individuals interested in becoming a member of the club can contact any Rotarian or visit www.plattsburghrotary.org.