PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College’s Global Center for Rural Communities and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation have partnered to launch an “Idea Lab” at Paul Smith’s College to support entrepreneurial efforts in the Adirondack region.


The lab is a satellite office for the development corporation designed to provide students and the local community professional feedback on new business ideas and technical assistance with launching a business or growing an existing company, including business plan development, access to capital and training.

The development corporation is currently based out of Saranac Lake and provides business training, lending, and technical assistance to underserved populations in 14 counties across the North Country, including Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

“AEDC is pleased to bring its services to the vibrant Paul Smith’s College campus,” said the development corporations’ Executive Director Victoria Duley. “We see a great opportunity to expand the entrepreneurial skills and spirit here for students and local community members alike.”


In 2018, Paul Smith’s formed the Global Center for Rural Communities in an effort to share ideas with global partners about how to create thriving rural communities that exhibit ecological, social, and economic resilience.

“We are very excited to collaborate with the AEDC, both regionally and right here on campus,” said Paul Smith’s College President Cathy Dove. “Not only is this an exciting resource for our students, but it also aligns well with our mission to support rural communities such as our own in finding ways to thrive.”


To learn more about the Idea Lab or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation, please contact the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation’s business counselor, Stephanie Donaldson, at 518-891-5523 or


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