Small communities offer big opportunities

February, 2021

SARANAC LAKE | A four-day virtual conference showcasing opportunities for small businesses is set to run from Feb. 24 through Feb. 27. Sponsored by the North Country Center for Businesses In transition, or CBIT, this seminar is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs interested in establishing businesses in the northern New York area.

“Small Communities. Big Opportunities: Own a North Country Business” is structured around several one-hour sessions spanning four days, in an effort to accommodate participants’ work schedules. Customize your own participation by picking and choosing sessions as you learn from local business owners and support professionals. Discover ownership opportunities that are already available, and network with experienced (and retiring) business owners.

“There are thousands of business owners throughout the region who are ready now or will be ready to sell in the next few years,” said Danielle Delaini, business transition program coordinator for the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA). Acknowledging the growing numbers of entrepreneurs living outside the region who are considering operating a business here, she added, “This conference is designed to address these needs [as well] and ultimately invigorate local economies with new energy.”

Angela Smith, assistant director of SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), emphasized the benefits future business owners can garner by participating in this event: “The goal is to provide a space for entrepreneurs to explore opportunities . . . while providing tools and resources to help them realize their dreams,” a chance to “learn, ask questions and connect with regional businesses and support services . . . .”

Read the article in the Sun Community News.