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.
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:
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.
As the North Country region is in the process of re-opening, the team at Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) wants to hear from small business owners.
They ask that business owners take a minute for a CARES Act Survey: Second Edition. This short survey follows up an April 17 poll, with an expanded focus on North Country businesses’ experiences with emergency relief funding and the reopening process.
Responses will help ANCA better understand how North Country businesses are faring through the crisis and how we can best advocate for resources at the state and federal levels.
Also from ANCA, a compilation of upcoming webinars/virtual events:
ANCA stands with our Black sisters and brothers in this time of nation-wide grief and protest that have resulted from the murders of George Floyd and so many others. We stand with our Black sisters and brothers in declaring that Black Lives Matter. We stand with our Black sisters and brothers as America faces an inflection point, ready to do the hard work of making much-needed change.
This moment demands intentionality. Intentional language, intentional strategies, and intentional action to disrupt 400 plus years of racism and to dismantle the structural inequities that plague our nation.
Friday, June 12, 9:00-10:00 a.m.:Virtual Meet & Greet with Local Web Developers In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many North Country small businesses are looking to expand their online presence. ANCA can help you find the right person to help build or expand your website. Join us via Zoom to meet “face to face” with local web developers.
This April, shoppers throughout the country faced empty milk shelves in their grocery stores, while at the same time, North Country dairy farmers dumped tens of thousands of gallons of their herds’ daily production down the drain.
Why did this happen? Why are farmers dumping milk when store shelves just a few miles away are empty?
The North Country is beginning its four-phase reopening process, and as we adjust to the new normal, it is important to work together and develop a plan with the help of guidelines from New York State, our local governments, chambers of commerce, IDAs, SBDCs and other organizations dedicated to supporting businesses.
As small, local businesses continue to look for new ways to reach customers, more e-commerce opportunities are coming to fruition. Keep engaged in your community with the #ClickLocal effort and check out the following endeavors, provided by Adirondack North Country Association:
Adirondack Buyer Days: ANCA is sharing a catalog of handmade gifts from its annual Buyer Days show (which didn’t take place this year due to COVID-19). The catalogue features artisans from around the region (such as Adirondack Peach, shown here), making a range of products such as jewelry, cards, soap, candles and chocolate. Browse the online catalogue here and support regional artists.
The Hub Online Market: The Hub on the Hill’s new online ordering system offers local food and products with the added convenience of home delivery, within 100 miles of its location in Essex. (Place orders by Monday and then choose a delivery day.) The project was made in collaboration with ANCA and received support from the Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts fund, and Well Fed Essex. If you are a food producer located in the Champlain Valley/Adirondacks, you are welcome to apply.
Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.:Conversation with our Legislators (Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec, Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner), hosted by Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Back to Business: What You Need To Do Before You Reopen, hosted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Register ahead for the morning training or the afternoon session.
In a recently conducted survey help better understand the impact the CARES act is having on North Country businesses, ANCA learned the following:
that out of the 119 business that responded, 3% were unable to apply due to limitations during the application process.
95% of businesses applied to EIDL, PPP, or PUA programs, and of those that applied,
62% did not hear from the program they applied to.
21% have heard that they were approved for assistance,
and 8% received assistance.
ANCA staff will be following up with respondents of the survey during the coming weeks to continue to gather information about their experience with the stimulus programs. If you would like to contact ANCA and contribute your CARES act experience but did not take the survey, you can contact them at [email protected].
Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m.: Marketing for Small Business, hosted by Adirondack Economic Development Corporation in partnership with U-First Federal Credit Union and Boire Benner Group. Email [email protected] to register.
On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, I think about my sister’s prescient and intentional decision to live a life that is marginally dependent on global systems, as locally sourced as possible, and with as light a carbon footprint as she can muster.
My sister lives on a high mesa in Utah. Her home sits 16 miles up Sand Flats Road, just outside of Moab. She has no power, no water, no cable or WiFi, or connections to the normal things that link most of the rest of us to greater dependence on global systems.
She built the house herself. Since she had no power and everything had to be sawed by hand, she designed the house using standard-sized lumber which required minimal sawing.
If you are a small business owner looking for help troubleshooting your current e-commerce set up, in need of a website, or if you just need advice and support at a free or reduced cost, then are eligible to apply for assistance provided by Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Clarkson University in partnership with the Center for Businesses in Transition. The first round of applications are due Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. (futures rounds TBD).
ANCA and Clarkson University, in partnership with the Center for Businesses in Transition, is providing support services to help small businesses become more e-commerce savvy. These informational sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for free.
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