Building Back in the North Country: New center focuses on post-pandemic business recovery

May, 2021

May 27, 2021 — North Country businesses are starting to look beyond surviving the pandemic to building back. A regional economic development not-for-profit is set up to help them, thanks to a $1 million federal grant.

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is creating a Center for Pandemic Response. 

The new center will expand what ANCA can do for businesses coming out of the pandemic. Dani Delaini is the director of business transition programs at ANCA.

"As we’re talking to business owners in 2021 so many of them have turned from surviving their business and treading water and making it through the year, if they were lucky enough to do so, to having to kind of think ahead to try to cushion the fall and think about future hurdles," she said.

The new center will team up with other organizations around the region to offer businesses help with strategic planning or developing a cooperative or business plan development. 

"Time and space and capacity to think through a plan for the future," Delaini said, "that’s something that every business owner needs to do which is so easy for me to say, so hard to do when you’re an actual business owner because you spend so much time working in your business that it’s difficult to work on your business."

The new center will also offer new programs that focus on the logistics in the food system, things like shared equipment or services. The goal is to be one-stop shopping for small business development.

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