Posts Tagged ‘ANCA’

Thursday, August 11, 2022

ANCA to host Cooperative Housing 101 Learning Session on Aug. 17 in Lake Placid

It’s no secret that finding quality, affordable housing is a struggle that many people are facing in our region. Community leaders and organizations are working on ways to help ease that burden for local individuals, families and employers. All are invited to participate in a community conversation that will explore an approach that is not yet fully developed in our region — cooperative housing.

ANCA and the Cooperative Development Institute invite you to learn more:

What: Co-op 101 Learning Session
When: Wednesday, August 17, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Placid Central School District Auditorium
Optional Registration here: bit.ly/3AV5hC9

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

ANCA to Offer Free Small Business Buyers Training Series

Do you dream of owning a small business, but find the idea of starting from scratch daunting? You can make your dream come true by purchasing an existing business. Join the Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) partnership for a three-part virtual training that will get you up to speed on the small business buying process and current business transition environment.

  • What: Basics & Beyond for Small Business Buyers
  • When: Mix & match individual training sessions to complete the 3-part series. We are offering Tuesday evening & Wednesday morning options to work with your schedule:

Session 1: May 31, 5:30 to 7 pm or June 1, 7:30 to 9 am

Session 2: June 14, 5:30 to 7 pm or June 15, 7:30 to 9 am

Session 3: June 28, 5:30 to 7 pm or June 29, 7:30 to 9 am

  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: FREE

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Monday, May 9, 2022

How the Adirondack Folk School gained digital marketing skills

adirondack folk school digital marketingDigital marketing builds success for North Country small businesses and organizations

By Olivia Dwyer, ANCA CPR Program Navigator

A flooring factory seems an unlikely place to find a social media mastermind. But that’s exactly where Scott Hayden headed soon after he became the executive director of the Adirondack Folk School (AFS). It was June 2016, and Hayden wanted to meet Eric Matthison, the owner of Square Nail Rustics, and learn how he’d used Facebook to find customers and grow his business.

After Matthison cut the ribbon at the new site for his wide-plank flooring and rustic furniture business, Hayden asked if he could buy Matthison lunch and talk social media. In December 2015, Square Nail Rustics had 20,000 likes; that number would double by December 2016. In the midst of that growth Matthison said he was too busy for lunch breaks, but Hayden could bring lunch to the shop if he wanted to talk. Hayden did, and he still remembers what Matthison said. “He said focus on the who, not the what,” said Hayden. “That stuck with me.”

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

ANCA’s 2022 Adirondack Buyer Days set for March 29 and 30

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced that Adirondack Buyer Days, its annual business-to-business trade show that features the work of artisan makers from across the Northeast, will take place in-person this spring in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. As the COVID pandemic loosens its hold on New York State businesses and communities, regional retailers are invited to connect directly with local makers and purchase handcrafted gift products for their shops.
The annual show, which was canceled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the pandemic, will return to its longtime home at the Saratoga Springs City Center on March 29 and 30, 2022. Artisan vendors will showcase handmade products from a variety of categories including housewares, spa, stationery, apparel, accessories, specialty foods and more. Registration is open for buyers at bit.ly/adkbd.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The next generation of entrepreneurs

business transitions martins pretzel business grand opening

By Zach Hobbs, Center for Pandemic Response Outreach Coordinator

“For me and my family, the ability to do what we love and share it with others is a legacy we all want to be part of. Personally, it is very fulfilling to be back in operation and continue the family tradition for another generation.”

~ Josiah Martin, Martin’s Handmade Pretzels, Moira, N.Y.

This month, ANCA’s Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) announced the successful transitions of three Franklin County businesses to new ownership.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Nonprofits announce new hires

lake george land conservancyLake George Land Conservancy Announces Michael Horn as Executive Director

BOLTON LANDING, NY—The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) announces the hiring of its next Executive Director, Michael (Mike) G. Horn, effective January 1, 2022. Mike Horn is succeeding Jamie Brown who served as LGLC’s Executive Director from 2015 to October of this year.

“Jamie did a fabulous job protecting the land that protects the lake,” said Mike Horn, “while building a very strong financial foundation to support the LGLC’s ongoing efforts. I am honored and excited to be the LGLC’s new executive director and continue this positive momentum.”

For the past four years Mike Horn has been Conservation Director of Saratoga PLAN, an accredited land trust in Saratoga Springs, NY. Prior to pursuing his passion for land conservation, he had a successful management career in the renewable energy field at GE.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Free 8-week digital marketing class for small businesses

ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association LogoWant to improve your digital marketing skills? Join ANCA’s Center for Pandemic Response (CPR), the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Workshop for an 8-week Virtual Digital Marketing Training Series.

This program will help you and your business or organization find and attract new customers by taking your digital marketing strategy to the next level.

You can attend for FREE once you begin the ANCA CPR enrollment process. Fill out the inquiry form today.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Shop local for the holidays

Show your love of local businesses

It has been nearly two years since the COVID-19 pandemic entered our communities, and small businesses are still coping with disruptions it has caused.

As we prepare for another unusual holiday season, it’s important to remember how much our support means to local businesses and the communities they serve.

Whether you do most of your shopping online or in brick-and-mortar stores, please remember to #clicklocal, #shoplocal and #eatlocal. Your support makes all the difference.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ANCA’s Center for Pandemic Response (CPR) helps businesses thrive post-COVID

By Zach Hobbs, Center for Pandemic Response Outreach Coordinator, Adirondack North Country Association

CPR home officeIn graduate school, I studied the concept of risk and resilience as it relates to the development of children and young adults. Put succinctly, the healthy development of humans is slowed by risk factors and promoted by resilience factors. Understanding these factors allows us to address risks and encourage resilience, either generally or in very specific ways.

This rather academic concept was far from my mind 19 months ago when my boss, in another city and in a different capacity, called me across the office for an unscheduled meeting. A growing global concern over a mysterious virus meant we needed to press pause on big ideas and major projects and prepare to respond to a looming crisis.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Business ownership: the key to retaining a young population?

By Dana Bamford, ANCA 2021 Summer Fellow

Having grown up in suburban Boston, it was a real change moving to northern New York.

Not because of the swarming Yankees and Mets fans and not even because of the dreaded winters —  those I’ve had my fair share of in Boston. The biggest change for me was the shift to a more rural lifestyle.

Before moving up to the Adirondacks and working with ANCA this summer, I attended Colgate University, which is located in a pretty isolated location. At Colgate, I got used to driving an hour to the closest Target, or thirty minutes to the best ice cream spot. Thirty minutes to the nearest gas station, however, came as quite the shock despite my rural-life grace period at school.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Housing in the Adirondack region: one crisis away from crumbling

House fire adirondacksBy Alexis Subra, Membership & Events Coordinator, Adirondack North Country Association

The COVD-19 Era is not the first time a large crisis spurred an affordable housing shortage in the North Country. From pandemics to terrorist attacks, communities across the Adirondack Park have felt the economic shockwaves of global events. As a region, as long as we remain passive towards the issue of accessible housing and the negative impacts it has on our workforce, we will always be one crisis away from crumbling our economy.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Calling all entrepreneurs (and would-be ones)

Small Communities. Big Opportunities: Own a North Country Busine Virtual Conference

Are you or someone you know interested in owning a North Country business?

The Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) is hosting a FREE four-day virtual conference — designed to empower those who live here and those who want to live here to realize their dreams of business ownership.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Public Feedback Sought for Scenic Byway Signs

Sign designs The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Adirondack Research, LLC are seeking public input on a series of interpretive signs that will be placed along the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway — a scenic corridor that follows Route 28 through the Hudson River watershed.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Commentary: Attracting young people to the region

By Connor Smith, 2020 ANCA Graduate Fellow
My introduction to the Adirondack Park was made through a summer camp in 2016 when a friend convinced me to work in Saranac Lake. As a resident of the West Coast, I was excited for an opportunity to explore the East as I knew nothing about the area. Somewhere along the way, I must have caught the Adirondack bug, because four years later I am back in the area.

I’ve been working this summer as a Graduate Fellow at ANCA, supporting the work of  the Center for Businesses of Transition. As I ponder what my future will look like upon the completion of my fellowship, moving to the North Country is an option I am considering. I do have reservations about transitioning to full time life inside the Blue Line. Here are some of the questions I ask myself:

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Supply chains, from global to local

Hi! My name is Maura Maguire and I graduated this past May from Clarkson University with a Bachelor’s in Global Supply Chain Management and will start my Master’s in Environmental Policy in the fall. During this lengthy economic pause, I have had a lot of time to reflect on my experiences as a supply chain major and watch local and global supply chains alike falter under the pressure of a pandemic.

What is a supply chain? 

The concept of supply chains is thrown around a lot in industry, and it can be difficult to find a clear and concise definition on the topic. I will admit that I chose to be a Supply Chain Major without knowing what a supply chain was! All I knew is that I wanted to work in business and engage in activities that help businesses and communities run efficiently.

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