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.
Ticonderoga, NY - September 24, 2014 - The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is thrilled to announce they have recently launched their new website (www.ticonderogany.com) to better serve their members and the Ticonderoga Area as a whole. The Chamber’s new website will allow the Chamber to better fulfill their mission and achieve their vision. The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce serves, markets, and promotes their members and the Ticonderoga Area including Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah, & Putnam, NY.
The Chambers site has a whole new design, feel, and technology built into it. The site now serves their members in a new capacity with a new business directory, business search tool, expanded categories, and more. In coordination with the website the TACC Team has also launched and integrated a Chamber database program. The database program is connected with the website to create the business directory, calendar events, and allows the Chamber to keep all business and event information updated daily. The website also creates a central point of entry for the Ticonderoga Area connecting other organizations and communities via the site.
Visitors and community members can now directly request area information and events can be submitted directly online to the Chamber. The site is full of useful information for members, the community, and visitors. Content is being updated daily and additional information and links will be added. Press Releases from the Chamber are also uploaded to the site the same day they are released to the media.
The launching of the new site and database is just the first step of the Chambers plans. Both will allow additional resources for members and the area as a whole. Eventually each member will have their own log in area, where they can update information, offer specials and promotions, and more. In addition the Chamber plans to launch a marketing package on the site which will allow members to have additional advertising opportunities on www.ticonderogany.com. The database program will also eventually do all billing for the Chamber as well as allow them to provide additional information and communication with their members.
The site is a Responsive web design (RWD). RWD is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience allowing easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors).
“We are extremely excited to have launched our new site and database program to better serve our members and the entire area. We will continue to update the site regularly and add new features for our members. The process of creating the new site has been long as we had to balance many duties, projects, initiatives, and events but it has arrived. We are truly honored to work for our members and the Ticonderoga Area a whole. We look forward to further growth of the area and the Chamber as we strive each and every day to live our mission and reach our vision as an organization ,” Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
TACC Mission & Vision:
Mission: To initiate and provide programs, services, and leadership which will enhance a cooperative business community and create a vibrant economy, making the Ticonderoga Area an exceptional place to live, work, and visit.
Vision: The TACC will be the leading advocate for business, serving as a driving force in the economic vitality of the greater Ticonderoga Area, uniting communities and maximizing resources.
Chamber members are asked to keep the Chamber updated with new information, hours of operations, special events, and more. Members are also encouraged to take advantage of the Monthly Member News. Information must be submitted to the Chamber by the first Monday of each month. A Weekly Memo is sent to members to keep the informed of upcoming events, projects, seminars, marketing opportunities, and business concerns. Ticonderoga Area business, organizations, and committees are asked to submit event information on a regular basis to the Chamber for the central calendar of events.
Ticonderoga, NY – September 5, 2014 - The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce September After Business Mixer will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM a the BEST WESTERN PLUS Ticonderoga Inn & Suites/Burgoyne Grill. The BEST WESTERN PLUS is located at 260 Burgoyne Road in Ticonderoga. Sponsors providing door prizes will be Fort Ticonderoga, George Sperry Marine Surveys, Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe, and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.
“The BEST WESTERN PLUS Ticonderoga Inn & Suites/Burgoyne Grill is pleased to host the September ABM. We appreciate all the work that the Chamber does on behalf of the local businesses and we are so happy with the progress made over the last few years. We are looking forward to continuing to be a vital member of the community both through the Hotel and Burgoyne Grill, and can't wait to see what the future holds. We are lucky enough to work hand in hand for many of the Chamber sponsored events that continue to benefit our fellow businesses and community as a whole, and would like to thank both the community and the Chamber for all their support over the last six years,” shared Allison Kaupelis Director of Operations
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Ticonderoga is an awarding winning 54 room hotel with an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. The Best Western Plus also has banquet rooms that can accommodate up to 220 guests for special events such as weddings, meetings or other parties. Their full service Burgoyne Grill restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious dishes along with a variety of local brews. The BEST WESTERN PLUS would like to welcome you and your family to their establishment for all of your needs.
“Networking is a key component of Chamber membership and marketing your business. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend the September After Business Mixer. We encourage all TACC Members, the business community and their employees to join us. Networking gives businesses and organizations a chance to learn more about one another. Not only is it a perfect opportunity to network, but a chance to support another dedicated business. In addition it is a chance for businesses and organizations to discuss common issues and concerns and provide this information to the Chamber. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. The BEST WESTERN PLUS always provided a great atmosphere and appetizers as well as a perfect setting. We appreciate their continued support of the Chamber and the community,” stated TACC Executive Director, Matt Courtright.
The Chambers After Business Mixers provide a networking forum for area business people in addition to showcasing the site of the host as well as promoting the door prize sponsors. All area business people, chamber members, and their employees are invited to attend. Chamber members and area business people are encouraged to take advantage of this and all networking opportunities.
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