The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is continually working to improve the Ticonderoga Area Calendar of Events to remain the central calendar for the area. TACC is looking for area businesses, organizations, and committees to share their event information as well as a schedule of upcoming special events. The calendar will serve as the central location for the Chamber, community members, and visitors in finding events within the area and answering event questions, as well as a referencing tool used when planning future events in the Ticonderoga area.
“It is important to keep a centralized calendar, where information about events can be shared, not only to promote the area, but to eliminate as many scheduling conflicts as possible. We strongly encourage area businesses and organizations to share information in regards to their 2017 events as soon as possible. In addition we encourage everyone to use the calendar and contact the Chamber when choosing dates to host an event. Molly Bechard the Chamber’s Visitor & Member Service Manager along with the Administrative Assistant Kaylene Ross keep the calendar as up to date as possible. We also assist in keeping the Lake Champlain Region calendar up to date. In addition Sun Community News uses are calendar to assist them in keeping their calendar updated. Please help the Chamber showcase all the events the area has to offer by providing event information on a regular basis,” stated Matthew J. Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) will continue to partner closely with the North Country Small Business Development Center (NCSBDC) by providing their services directly at the Chamber office throughout 2017. The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office is located at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1 in downtown Ticonderoga. Appointments are recommended.
The TACC has been working closely with the NCSBDC since 2010. The NCSBDC is a partner of the Chamber that offers an array of business support, services, and counseling to existing businesses and potential new businesses. Typically dates are set for each month but with some temporary staffing changes adjustments have been made for 2017. Appointments are recommended for all of the dates listed above to provide the best possible service to all clients. Appointments can be made by calling the NCSBDC at 518-564-2528.
2017 NCSBDC Dates/Times & Business Seminars Dates (Schedule is subject to change):
January 17th from 10:00 AM – 3 PM
February 14th from 9 AM – 3 PM
September 12th from 11 AM – 4PM *Evening Seminar TBA.
October 10th from 9 AM – 3 PM *Morning Seminar TBA.
November 14th from 11 AM – 4 PM *Evening Seminar TBA.
For the months of March, April, May, June, July, August, & December services are by appointments only and specific dates have not been arranged due to a maternity leave and staffing.
In addition, the Chamber is working with the North Country Small Business Development Center to host a series of business seminars in the fall of 2017. All seminars are free for Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce members. Look for information on the 2017 Fall Business Seminars to be announced. All attendees must register prior to the seminar directly with the TACC.
The North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Plattsburgh is part of a statewide network of 24 regional centers located throughout New York State. The New York State SBDC (NYS/SBDC) is accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) and has more than two decades of serving the small business community.
Their core services are:
Free and confidential one-on-one counseling,
Market/industry research assistance
Customized business training seminars
The North Country SBDC is supported by the State University of New York and the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide high quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Due to this support, their services are free of charge. Their staff is comprised of business professionals with either small business ownership or executive management experience. They can help you develop practical solutions to deal with the challenges of starting and operating a successful business.
The NCSBDC is physically located at 194 US Oval at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The SBDC business advisors provide support to North Country entrepreneurs by providing information, counseling, technical assistance and training to help them meet the challenge of today’s complex economy.
Counselors will tailor one-on-one counseling to meet your needs. Some topics commonly addressed include:
Business plan development / Cash flow projections
Financial analysis / Legal and regulatory information
Marketing assistance / Business start-up information
Buying and selling a business / Human resource development
Import/export assistance / Government procurement
“We are honored and excited to continue our wonderful partnership with the team at the North Country Small Business Development Center. Through our partnership we are able to offer all of the services available via the NCSBDC in a convenient location to our members, Ticonderoga Area Businesses, and potential new businesses. I would like to thank the NCSBDC for their continued dedication to the Chamber and the Ticonderoga Area Business Community. Whether you are thinking of starting a business or have been in business for years, the NCSBDC and the Chamber can offer you assistance and guidance in an array of areas. Make your appointment today,” shared Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
For additional information on the North Country Small Business Development Center or to make an appointment with their staff while they are at the Chamber Office call 518-564-2524 or visit www.northcountrysbdc.org.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is pleased to announce they will continue to host monthly Health Insurance Services at the Chamber Office for their members and the Ticonderoga Area business community in coordination with their partner the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.
Health Insurance services will typically be available the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM by appointment only (unless otherwise indicated). The TACC office is located at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1 in Downtown Ticonderoga. Services are by appointments only. Appointments must be made by calling 518-563-1000 and asking for Lisa Bedard-Dupee, Director of Health Insurance Services.
2017 North Country Chamber Health Insurance Dates (schedule is subject to change):
January 11th (2nd Wednesday), March 1st, April 5th , May 3rd , July 5th, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, and December 6th.
Through its licensed subsidiary, the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., the Chamber is offering health insurance assistance throughout the North Country region to small businesses, non-profits, employers of all kinds, self-employed people, individuals and their families. Its trained and licensed professionals can answer questions and assist with available health insurance choices both on and off the new State Exchange, all at no cost to the client. The North Country Chamber and its service corporation are the official providers of health insurance services for many partner chambers in the region including the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. Information, guidance and assistance with health insurance for businesses as well as individuals on and off the New York State Health Benefits Exchange will be available.
“Everyone at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce goes above and beyond to provide services and information to the members. Our focus is the same. The partnership we have allows us to offer members across the region not only access to health, vision and dental policies, but to information as well. If you own a business be aware of when your health insurance anniversary is. Let us help you review your plan, look at your options and any new plans available. No one should be without health Insurance. Give us a call and make an appointment. We will help make health insurance stress free for you,” shared Lisa Bedard-Dupee, Director of Health Services - Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.
It’s Health Insurance Open Enrollment Time. Open enrollment is the yearly period when individuals and their families can enroll in a health insurance. You can enroll if you don’t have health insurance through your employer or your spouse’s employer, you don’t have government coverage such as veterans, Medicare and Medicaid, or you are over age 26 and can no longer be on a parent’s health insurance. Open Enrollment Period is through January 31, 2017.
Be aware when you enroll your coverage does not start immediately. If you sign up between December 16, 2016 and January 15, 2017, your coverage will start February 1, 2017.
If you sign up between January 16, 2017 and January 31, 2017, your coverage will start March 1, 2017.
If you miss open enrollment you may have to wait for another full year to sign up unless you qualify for a special enrollment period. Insurance policies can be purchased from the New York State of Health Marketplace or directly through an insurance company. Lisa Bedard-Dupee at the North Country Chamber of Commerce is a licensed insurance broker and certified navigator available to help you with enrollment on or off the marketplace and to determine if you are eligible for a tax credit.
Penalties are imposed for not having health insurance coverage. The 2016 penalty is 2.5% of your income or $695 per adult (whichever is more) and the penalty for each child in the family without coverage will be up to $347.50. If you owe a penalty it will be taken from your tax refund. *Hardship exemptions are available for specific situations.
Anyone currently enrolled in a health plan through the New York State Marketplace must go on to the website and update their information and income levels. This will help to reconfirm that you are getting the most from your tax credit and make necessary adjustments to avoid penalties. Changes to the plan you selected can be made at this time. All individual plans renew on January 1 and rate increases will apply. Be aware there may be changes to your plan, copays, co-insurance, or drug coverage. Be sure to review the details. Monitor your mail and emails for information regarding these changes.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held their annual Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites. The Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony gave the Chamber & Ticonderoga Area community members a chance to honor and thank all those who give of themselves for the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area. Over 100 people were in attendance for the event. Assisting TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright as masters of ceremonies were Scarlette Merfeld of Sun Community News/Times of Ti, Kristin Thompson of Inter-Lakes Health and Mary Pat McDonald from Senator Little’s office.
The evening began with a brief welcome from TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright
“Welcome everyone to the 2016 Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appreciation Dinner & Awards Ceremony. We are honored and delighted to have you all here tonight. I would like to welcome all of our guests, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and committees who without your support and dedication so much would not be possible. We would also like to welcome Mary Pat McDonald representing Senator Little who is our special guest this evening. Assemblyman Dan Stec was not able to attend tonight due to the weather. All award recipients tonight in addition to the awards given will be receiving citations from both the NYS Assembly and the NYS Senate,” stated Courtright.
Courtright also shared a quote from his favorite author. “Devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives purpose and meaning,” Mitch Albom.
Courtright thanked the Best Western Plus for hosting the event. Courtright also thanked the many businesses and organization who made donations for the event. All TACC staff, board members, ambassadors, and committee chairs were recognized prior to the award ceremony.
All awards recipients were nominated and voted upon by chamber members, the community and the Chamber Board of Directors.
2016 Award Recipients:
2016 Business of the Year: Libby’s Bakery Café
(Katy & Andrew Rasmus, and Claire Brown accepted the award)
“The 2016 Business of the year award goes to a business that is a wonderful support of not only the Chamber but of the Ticonderoga Area as a whole. They donate and participate consistently both with time and talent, and donations to Chamber events, community events/fundraisers, and charities. They have also hosted a number of events for the Chamber. All three owners of the business are Chamber Ambassadors and between them are involved with the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ticonderoga Historical Society, and more. The recipient of this year’s award is consistently there when needed with continued dedication and support to the Chamber and the community. The business owners and staff always go above and beyond. For their continued commitment to the growth of the Ticonderoga Area and their business, for their positive contributions to the community, and for their unwavering support of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and our mission and vision, and for being a true business leader by living by example, we are pleased to present the 2016 Business of the Year award to Libby’s Bakery Cafe,” shared Scarlette Merfeld.
2016 Organization of the Year: Ticonderoga Festival Guild
(Judy Walker, Vincent Smith, & Sue Liddell accepted the award)
“The 2016 Organization of the year award goes to an organization that is a wonderful support of the community and the Ticonderoga Area as a whole. This organization works continually to provide high quality performance arts programs for both children and adults year round. This organization is always willing to partner on events and projects to benefit the community. They truly showcase the meaning of partnering with other organizations. This organization is always there when needed,” shared Kristin Thompson.
2016 Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Jodi Gibbs
“Chamber volunteer of the year is an individual that has been actively involved with the Chamber, participates in and assists with functions and events, shows spirit, enthusiasm, and energy. The award recipient is always there when needed specifically for chamber events and supporting the Chamber staff. She never asks, wants, or looks for recognition which is a sign of a true volunteer. This person is often behind the scenes making many things the Chamber does possible including this evening,” said Scarlette Merfeld.
2016 Community Volunteer of the Year: Eric & Jessica Stoddard
“This award goes to a couple this year that as community members have changed the community for the better. This couple does this by serving on committees, donating time and energy, and has worked effortlessly for the betterment of the community. This couple volunteers with the Chamber Ambassadors, Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op, Ti’ Coustics, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, as well as visits the nursing home. This couple is actively involved with other committees and organizations for the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area,” said Kristin Thompson.
2016 TACC Appreciation Award Recipients:
John & Emma Williams
Ticonderoga Historical Society
Lake George Land Conservancy
Chilson Volunteer Fire Department
Adirondack Trail Riders
Essex County Industrial Development Agency
2016 Special Recognition Awards:
“Thank you to all of the amazing businesses, organizations, committees, and volunteers for all that you do for the Ticonderoga Area. I am proud to be working with you to serve the Ticonderoga Area. Your support along with our Members and Partners allow the Chamber to live our mission and strive each and every day to reach our vision. You make all of our efforts possible. I want to extend a special Thank You to all of the area businesses and organizations that donated the menu items for this evening to show their support and appreciation to all of the areas volunteers. I would also like to thank Lohr McKinstry who volunteered to take all of the photographs at the event. ,” shared Courtright.
The businesses and organizations that made donations to make this event possible included: Community Bank NA, Inter Lakes Health, Keith's Market, Sun Community News/Times of Ti, Walmart of Ticonderoga, Hot Biscuit Diner, AmeriGas, Gunnison’s Orchard & Bakery, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Montcalm Manor, McDonald's of Ticonderoga, Libby's Bakery Café, Emerald's Restaurant, Glens Falls National Bank, Subway, Knights of Columbus, House of Pizza, Happy Star, Eddie's Restaurant, Corner Market, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Century 21 Adirondacks, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, International Paper Company, Lohr McKinstry, Burleigh Luncheonette, Silver Bay YMCA, Crown Point Citgo, Debro's On the Way Café, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Maddens Pub, and Bodette's Barbeque.
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