Small businesses across the North Country are in need of support in developing and/or expanding their e-commerce functionality in order to remain afloat in the wake of COVID-19.
ANCA and Clarkson University, in partnership with the Center for Businesses in Transition, is providing support services to meet this immediate need.Whether you are a business owner who wants to increase cash flow during this trying time or a business owner looking to retire who wants to increase the value of their business through ecommerce; we want to support you.
The e-commerce program has added value to local businesses in transition, like Circle Court Motel in Ticonderoga. Owners Jerry and Barb Greer are actively investing time and effort in developing the value of their business through this initiative, even as they seek new owners and prepare for retirement
“We are extremely excited about our new website,” said Barb Greer, who worked with Nicole Ouellette of Breaking Even Communications to improve the motel’s online presence. “The appearance and ease of use will definitely enhance our business in these trying times. We are most appreciative to Nicole, ANCA and Clarkson for providing this service.”
The Greers said the program will not only help them through this COVID-19 crisis but will also increase the value of their business and make their transition to new owners easier. The new Circle Court Motel website can be viewed at www.circlecourtmotel.com.
Five other websites have launched in June through the program: McLane Power Equipment in Plattsburgh (mclanepower.com),Bookburgh Books in Plattsburgh (bookburghbooks.com), Chicken Fried Quilter in Burke (chickenfriedquilter.com), Underwood Herbs in Plattsburgh (underwoodherbs.com), and Snipe Clan Botanicals in Hogansburg (snipeclanbotanicals.com)
Upcoming educational opportunities:
Learn about e-commerce educational opportunities through the following webinars:
Getting Paid Online:
Covering topics including the use and selection of Point of Sale (POS) systems, online-only processors, money transfer apps, digital wallets, subscription services and more. Presented by Breaking Even Communications.
Intro To E-commerce:
Want to learn the difference between carts and payment forms? How to know if a third party system like Ebay or Etsy versus having something on your own website is the right choice for you? Presented by Breaking Even Communications.
Technical support services:
Are you a small business owner who needs assistance troubleshooting your current ecommerce setup? Do you need a website?
If you need to sell online and would like expert advice and support at free or reduced cost- apply today!
Round One Applications Due: Wed, April 15, 5:00 PM
Our capacity to deliver this support is limited and is based on need.
Additional resources will be available to early applicants that may not be available for Round Two applicants (such as the development of a full website).
It is strongly recommended that you watch the two webinars provided above before submitting an application for assistance.
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*Please note that these listings are listed by the developers themselves and have not been vetted by ANCA or anyone else. They may or may not be offering discounts to local businesses in the wake of COVID19.
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Interested in supporting North Country small businesses with their e-commerce needs?
Please note that this is a pilot project with capacity to deliver a suite of limited services. If you are interested in providing marketing or web support for a reduced rate to North Country Business Owners or would like your name listed as a web developer available for contract in the North Country, please fill out this form.
We will be posting this list on this website (updated automatically). Access it here.
We will also follow up with you individually, dependent on the needs and volume of inquiries received.
Thank you to the community liaisons, lead partners and organizations who make up the Center for Businesses in Transition partnership: