Sunday, March 31, 2019

Business Transition Workshops Announced

Center for Businesses in Transition community liaisons and other community leaders gather in the ANCA officeThe North Country Center for Businesses in Transition has announced a series of monthly workshops that hope to meet the needs of local entrepreneurs as they plan for the future.

The Center for Businesses in Transition, a collaborative partnership led by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), is invested in the retention of businesses in North Country communities. The Center’s partner organizations and community liaisons provide resources and networking opportunities for business owners looking to transition their operations to new owners or ownership models.

The first workshop in a five-part series — “Business Transitions Overview: Where do you start?” — will take place at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) on Wednesday, April 3rd from 8 to 10:30 am. Retiring business owners and entrepreneurs interested in taking over existing businesses are encouraged to participate. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The Center is offering different ways to participate in the workshops, including in-person attendance and online viewing parties with partner organizations. Workshops will also be recorded so that interested participants can view them at their convenience and as needed in the future.

At each workshop, invited panelists will share their experiences with selling a business, taking over an existing enterprise or supporting small businesses through ownership changes. Panelists for the April 3rd workshop include Renee Scuderi, new owner of Tromblee’s Greenhouse in Crown Point; Jerry Greer, owner of Circle Court Motel in Ticonderoga; and Carol Calabrese, co-director of the Essex County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

Four additional monthly workshops include the following:

May 8, 2019: “Preparing to Sell Your Business,” hosted by the Franklin County Local Development Corporation and County of Franklin IDA at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake.

June 5, 2019: “Transitioning to Worker Ownership,” hosted by Hamilton County IDA at the Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

July 10, 2019: “Intergenerational Family Transitions, Creative Solutions and Alternative Structures,” hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at Anchorspace in Potsdam.

August 21, 2019: “Entrepreneurs: Taking Over an Existing Business,” hosted by Lewis County Economic Development and IDA at their Center for Business office in Lowville.

North Country business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to contact the Center at ANCA’s office at or (518) 891-6200 for more information or to be connected with a community liaison. Information about the Center’s workshop series and how to register can be found here.

The Center for Businesses in Transitions partnership includes ANCA, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Franklin County Local Development Corporation, Hamilton County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Hamilton County Industrial Development Agency, Lewis County Economic Development and IDA, St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the New York State Small Business Development Center .

Photo of Center for Businesses in Transition community liaisons and other community leaders gather in the ANCA office on January 14, 2019. Left to right: Danielle Delaini, RaChelle Martz, Christy Wilt, Matthew Courtright, Molly Bechard, Angela Smith, Mike Besaw, Brittany Davis, Kelsey O’Shea, Dan Kelleher and Russ Kinyon. Courtesy ANCA.

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