Entrepreneurs & Community Leaders Wanted!
2017 Annual Meeting: Pioneers of the New Economy
WHEN: September 22, 2017, 1-4 pm
WHERE: Massena Neighborhood Center, 61 Beach Street, Massena, NY
ANCA's 2017 Annual Meeting will focus on the "Pioneers of the New Economy," highlighting the successes and challenges within our region's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us for this opportunity to network; learn from experts, peers and community leaders. Leave with tools for advancing your business ideas.
We will dividing into informal workgroups centered around the different stages associated with owning or starting a business in our region. Join the discussion and meet some of the pioneers who will be sharing their successes and challenges. They are looking to you, their peers and neighbors, to glean insight and inspiration.
Here are just some of our innovative guests...
What prepares a great leader? Abrahm DiMarco of DiMarco Consulting Group, a North Country pioneer, is trying to answer that question with his business, “We put people in leadership positions based on their technical expertise, but what are we doing to prepare them for the added responsibilities of leadership?” He has been able to break into educational settings but wants to know how to get more Government contracts.
There is nothing like a little protein testing first thing in the morning. Laurie Stephen of Ampersand Biosciences makes and tests kits and reagents for measuring levels of protein in blood. Laurie is experiencing early growth and trying to balance the short term and long term potential of the company. When will be the right time for the business to expand its staff?
Maple syrup isn't just for pancakes anymore. Josh Parker’s company, Parker’s Real Maple, is a national food company sharing real maple with more people in more ways. During the quick growth he is experiencing, keeping up with production is a priority and a challenge.
A potent holistic marvel. At Birch Boys Chaga, Garrett Kopp sells Chaga tea to local and national retailers and consumers. In the process, he is educating the world about Chaga and its benefits, such as an antioxidant concentration higher than ANY food on Earth. As a junior at Clarkson University, he has leaped from being stocked in 30 stores to 125 and is looking to balance the stress with the exhilaration of being a young entrepreneur in the North Country.
It doesn’t have to be harmful to be effective. Randy Cross of Carpe Insectae manufactures all-natural insect repellents. No man-made chemicals; no DEET, pyrethrins or permethrins; only steam distilled plant extracts and water. The business is looking forward to expanding into more international markets next year, and is faced with obtaining the registration numbers required for Health Canada to grow exponentially in that region. He is looking to the community to share his experiences and gain insight from attendees.
Changing the cycle of drug abuse with a little bottle. James Ducatt of Prescription Control Systems seeks to reduce the number of patients addicted to prescription narcotics by having pharmacies fill prescriptions in a portable device, which dispenses the drugs only at the rate designated by the prescribing doctor. Learn about their journey to bring controlled dispensers to market.
Clinical decision-making made simpler. Ali Boolani of PsychTech Solutions designs software to help clinicians make more informed decisions. They hope to provide easier access to electronic medical records through mobile solutions. The business is just starting out and they are working to get the bugs out of their product before going live with a website and promotion. Meeting attendees will be some of the first to hear about this unique concept and the early stage obstacles that they have already overcome.
Easing discomfort- one prosthetic limb at a time. Bryan Costello of Costello Prosthetic Warmers is the brains behind a medical device start-up dedicated to making life more comfortable and less painful for amputees. To ease his own suffering from phantom limb pain, nerve pain and coldness in his residual limb, he developed a heat sleeve that goes on the outside of the prosthetic socket. He is looking for a pathway to the market.
A book is worth a thousand words...or more… Art Bell of Lexingford Publishing began a publishing company 18 months ago and since opening for business has been publishing 2-3 books per week. They publish all genres, from business trade books and textbooks to novels, children's literature, biographies, self-help books, and historical non-fiction. Art notes that MANY regional authors can't get the attention of the few remaining Manhattan publishers (McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall, etc.), and are now looking for a mid-sized, local publisher who will actually read their manuscript, meet with them in person, and pay 60 percent royalty. That's them! But how do they expand to meet the demand?
Get your motor running...more efficiently. Russ Marvin at LC Drives has developed the next generation of electric motors that are smaller, lighter, and more efficient than any others in the world. He is experiencing early growth with his company and is looking towards the future with aspirations to hire and solicit additional funding.
Not your average modular home. Tim McCarthy of New Leaf Homes is in the pre-venture stage with his patent-pending, highly engineered, fast to erect, super insulated, framing system for an entire house that is similar to what is used in the roof truss industry. While he is currently building a model for a client he is also navigating the certifications required for the state and that ever present question of funding to build the business further.
Mobile apps for everyone. Andrew Davis of Jack of Trade Apps has created a software development company specializing in mobile apps. They do custom design and development as well as create, market, and sell their own product lines. As they experience early growth, they are faced with that classic chicken and the egg problem - the need to generate sales to hire sales people to make sales.
Capturing life at it's most real moments. Josh Clement of Josh Clement Productions LLC founded his video production service for individuals, businesses, communities, and not-for-profits seeking compelling videos to enhance their message and resonate in the digital world. He believes the art of creating video is a two-way street where the producer and subject come together to tell a story that is natural and real. Josh is experiencing early growth and while relying on creativity can be challenging, the rewards far exceed a more "cookie cutter" approach.
There is more to manhole covers than meets the eye. Jim and Liz Suatac of Suatac Inc. mainly manufacture patented (US and Canada) adjustable manhole covers in Turkey and supply to municipalities in Ottawa, Ontario. They are currently looking to create jobs in Ogdensburg, NY. With 7 patent pending designs under their belt to create renewable energy in general and to create jobs in the northern part of New York State they hope to be innovators in the North Country economy.
Sorting out the beginnings of a business... Charlie Robinson at MISTER builds instrumented counting and sorting tables for beverage recycling centers using commercial electronic components for ease of on-site maintainability. They are at the pre-venture stage of their business but the early feedback has been positive. Among supported employment centers state-wide, there appears to be great interest for their product and their approach, as these would enable the centers to profitably employ individuals with mental disabilities given the new Federal requirements that all receive a minimum wage.
Straight from the honey mines and into the hopper... Nick Delaini and Ethan Mikesell are building a brewery in the Saranac Lake Region that doubles as a agri-tourism apiary destination. Hex and Hop is passionate about developing a strong sense of community and the location will showcase the agricultural and craft experience allowing customers to appreciate the passion that goes into their favorite beers, drinks, and food. They are still looking for that perfect location...
Other Entrepreneurs/Business Leaders to meet will include:
Pat and Kelli Curran of Curran Renewable Energy
The stories and experiences you bring to the meeting are what will make it successful. We want to hear from you! We want to hear your stories, your successes in overcoming obstacles, your resources, and your unique experiences.