Business briefs: May 27, 2018 | Local News

Grant awarded

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership recently received a grant for $1,500 from the Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.

Stewarts matches customer donations made in all of its shops from Thanksgiving through Christmas. The program raised a record $1.89 million in 2017 and has donated $26 million to local area nonprofits since it began in 1986, all for the benefit of local area children.

The funds are used by the partnership to organize another event in conjunction with local high-school students and teachers to shop for and donate non-perishable foods to the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. Several groups of students are given the same dollar amount to shop for as much food as possible. The students are organized into teams and compete to see who can buy the most food while staying within their budget.

Teachers serve as mentors and encourage the teams of students to make maximum use of coupons, discounts and sales. Ticonderoga High School students and teachers also do the Stuff-A-Bus for the Food Pantry in December.

This “shopping spree” is a second event that is timed for when the Food Pantry’s shelves tend to run low. It serves as a learning exercise for the students as well as a community service for needy families in the area.

The partnership is an all-volunteer organization that works to improve the community and to revitalize downtown Ticonderoga. It seeks to create meaningful, long-term change in Ticonderoga’s traditional business district and to promote economic revitalization.


Business Expo

PLATTSBURGH — There are only a few booths left for the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, the largest business-to-business event in Northern New York.

Sponsored by Twinstate Technologies, Sun Community News & Printing, Local 22 & Local 44, ETS, Agency Insurance and Community Bank, the Expo offers an easy way to connect with the business community of the North Country.

An 8-by-10-foot booth costs $450 for chamber members and $550 for nonmembers. Registration information can be found at

Business Expo will be held on June 7 at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House. This event is a chance to showcase products and services. More than 150 businesses will be on display. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to participate in the Exclusive Networking and Leads Session from 10 a.m. to noon.

Doors open to the public from noon to 4:30 p.m. Participants may show off a new product, educate attendees about their services and build relationships with current and potential customers. Free coffee will be available throughout the day courtesy of La Quinta Inns & Suites.

Assistance is available to those who need advice on how to maximize their success at the Expo. Call the chamber at (518) 563-1000 for more information.

Businesses of every type and size will be at the Expo. Booths can be reserved by visiting or calling the chamber office.


Board appointment

GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. has appointed Gregory J. Champion to its Board of Directors.

Champion is the managing member of the Albany office of the Bond, Schoeneck and King law firm. He has been with the company for 25 years.

A native of Glens Falls, he graduated from Glens Falls High School before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. He then graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.

Champion is an active member in the community, serving on the boards of Glens Falls Hospital and Fenimore Asset Management Inc. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association and Warren County Bar Association. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America Corporate Law for 10 years.

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust provides banking, investment, insurance and other financial services through 30 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties. It is rated a 5-Star Superior institution by BauerFinancial.

More information can be found at


Funding bestowed

LAKE PLACID — FuzeHub, a not-for-profit organization responsible for assisting small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York State by matching them with technical and business resources, recently awarded nearly $300,000 to six companies through the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund.

Among the recipients is Create Orthotics and Prosthetics of Lake Placid, which will work closely with Clarkson University to finalize the design, sourcing and manufacturing plan of the company’s 3D printing systems.

This project will lead to increased profitability at Create O&P, new manufacturing jobs in New York’s North Country Region and the commercialization of Create’s cutting-edge fused deposition modeling printer-head technology. Additionally, students at Clarkson University will benefit from real-world experience in product design, process design, product sourcing and value engineering.

The Innovation Fund, consisting of $1 million annually for five years, supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State. FuzeHub is administering this fund as part of its role as the Empire State Development-designated statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership center.


Program supported

KEENE VALLEY — The Keene Valley Library Association has received $750 from the Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program to support fall 2018 children’s programs in the library’s new MakerSpace.

The Holiday Match collection program, where individual customer donations are matched by Stewart’s Shops, runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day to raise money for children’s nonprofits. In 2017, Holiday Match raised more than $1.89 million and provided funding to more than 1,400 organizations that work with children under 18 years old.

The Keene Valley Library acts as a community hub for the Town of Keene’s residents and visitors and serves as the school library for kindergarten through sixth graders at Keene Central School. The new MakerSpace will be finished in summer 2018, part of renovations completed through the association’s $1.5 million Securing the Future capital campaign.

A MakerSpace creates an area for people with shared interests to gather with specialized equipment for creative projects.

This project is also made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

From September to December, the library will offer monthly after-school programs in the MakerSpace. These will be led by instructors recognized for their artistic and teaching work in weaving, 3D printing, painting and clay work. Each workshop will include four sessions for 10 to 15 students at no cost to participants. Holiday Match funds will cover instructor fees and materials.


Nominations sought

SARANAC LAKE — In planning for its 2018 Annual Dinner, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

The awards, which will be presented at the dinner to be held on June 28 at the Porcupine Inn, will go to the chamber business member and community member who have shown significant contribution to the Saranac Lake community and its surrounding area.

“We are searching for businesses and champions who stand out as positive influences on our community through the creation of local jobs, community involvement and other accomplishments,” said chamber Executive Director Adrienne Relyea.

All nominations and bios should be submitted to the chamber by Friday, June 1, by mailing nominations to the chamber at 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, 12983, or by emailing


Conference attended

LAKE PLACID — Burnham Benefit Advisors executive team members Mark Crawford, Tish Biesemeyer, Ian Coryea and Kory Hosler recently attended the 14th annual broker conference expo in San Diego, Calif. 

The expo gathered leading industry practitioners creating a robust workshop designed to update brokers on future trends in health care, leading-edge benefit-cost strategies and how to follow the best practices in the industry for employers within the regional and national markets. 

Keynote speakers included Bobby Jindal, former governor of Louisiana and 2016 presidential candidate; Donna Brazile, veteran political strategist and interim chair of the Democratic National Committee; and Gurpreet Dhaliwal, professor of medicine and expert on human decision making.

Burnham considers this type of event to be crucial in providing its clients with a state‐of‐the‐art benefits program where employers are provided the best possible benefit solutions for their employees at a competitive cost.

Headquartered in Lake Placid, Burnham has been focused on employee benefits since 1977 specializing in brokerage, consulting, compliance and HR services for both public and private employees.


Sponsors needed

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals (ADKYP) are seeking sponsors for their upcoming 11th Annual Economic Forum at the Butcher Block’s Adirondack Room at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.

The featured topic is What’s on the Menu? An Appetite for Change about the area’s key agriculture players who will talk about the unique challenges and successes impacting the North Country’s oldest and most widespread industry.

New York State Assemblyman Billy Jones will moderate as conversations among panelists explore historic and recent developments in the multifaceted agriculture economy. Raffles and networking will follow the presentation.

Panelists include Mandy Snay, director of Health Planning and Promotion, Clinton County Health Department; Alyssa Senecal, assistant director of tourism, North Country Chamber of Commerce/Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau; Carol McClean, owner of Irises Cafe and Wine Bar; Darcy Pray, head grower at Pray’s Farm; Ben Clark, owner, Sacred Roots Maple; Chris Trombley, division manager, Country Malt; and Dan Meier, owner of Meier’s Artisan Cheese.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event will have three sponsorship levels to consider with various promotional benefits included at the $500, $250 or $100 levels. Checks can be made payable to ADKYP and mailed to 35A Smithfield Blvd., Box 232, Plattsburgh, 12901.

For more information and the latest updates regarding this event and others, visit the official Facebook event at or visit


Manager appointed

PLATTSBURGH — The Commercial Sales Division of Taylor Rental is opening a new store in South Burlington, Vt., and has appointed the management position to Mark Shepard, a native of the surrounding Vermont area for the past 40 years.

Shepard’s past experience and knowledge from a previous management position made it an easy choice to find the right person to kick off the new commercial sales location.

“We look forward to working in the Green Mountain State and serving a new customer base,” according to a company spokesperson.


Youth benefited

TICONDEROGA — PRIDE of Ticonderoga recently received a $1,750 grant from the Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.

Through the program, Stewart’s matches customer donations made in all of its shops from Thanksgiving through Christmas. The program raised a record $1.89 million in 2017 and has donated $26 million to local area nonprofits since it began over 25 years ago, all for the benefit of local children.

The grant funds will be used to help children from income-eligible families attend the Ticonderoga Summer Youth Program and enjoy the supervised recreation programs of the day camp and swimming at the Ticonderoga Beach. PRIDE’s assistance reduces the daily fee for the program to only $2 per day, which enables many more children to attend. This assistance comes via PRIDE’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors program.

The Summer Youth Program runs for five weeks starting July 9 and ending Aug. 10. Program registration forms and applications for PRIDE assistance are available at the Ticonderoga Town Clerk’s office. In addition to the supervised activities, the program includes breakfast and lunch each day.

The cafeteria at Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School is an open site, which means that any child 18 and under can go the Ticonderoga Middle School and receive a free breakfast and/or lunch. However, transportation to and from this site is not provided.






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