The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is pleased to announce their Fall/Winter Fundraiser “Five Hundred Dollar Fridays.” Every Friday in December, TACC will give away $500.00. For a $20.00 donation you will receive a ticket for a chance to win. “Five Hundred Dollar Fridays” tickets will be available at the TACC office throughout the months of October and November as well from TACC Board Members, Ambassadors, and Volunteers.
Only 300 tickets are available. Stop by to make your donation and get a ticket for a chance to win before they are gone. Drawing dates are as follows: December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 2017. All money will be given in the form of a TACC check. Each ticket will have a coordinating number. Tickets will be hand drawn at random every Friday in December. All proceeds to benefit the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce in their efforts to serve, market and promote the Ticonderoga Area.
Fall Into Fun! Everything you want to see and do in the Ticonderoga Area! The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is pleased to promote many of the events happening within the Ticonderoga Area this fall.
Fall Into Fun Events 2017: Fall Into Fun Events Rack Card
“We extend a heartfelt greeting and invitation to community members and visitors to experience all the area has to offer. Whatever the season the Ticonderoga Area offers a wide variety of scenic beauty, rich history, arts & cultural opportunities, recreational activities and of course fantastic events,” stated Matthew Courtright - TACC Executive Director.
Details as well as a Fall Into Fun Rack card can be found online at www.ticonderogany.com. Printed versions are available at the Chamber Office and will be distributed throughout the area and region.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is thrilled to welcome Katelyn Chevier as their newest staff member. Katelyn has joined the team as the Chamber's Administrative Assistant. Katelyn will be assisting the current staff with an array of projects, events, services, partnerships, and much more.
Katelyn is originally from Massena, NY. She currently resides in Moriah, NY with her husband Tyler Chevier who is employed by International Paper Company in Ticonderoga. Katelyn graduated in 2015 from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Degree. This past summer Katelyn also served as the Arts Director for the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum Children’s Summer Workshop Series.
“Please join the Chamber in giving Katelyn a warm welcome to our team. Katelyn will bring much needed assistance to the Chamber to continue to serve, market, and promote our Members, Partners, and the entire Ticonderoga Area. As the Chamber continues to grow in capacity we will be able to offer new and expanded benefits to our Members as well as continue to serve the Ticonderoga Area in new ways. We are excited to see Katelyn grow here with us at the Chamber. She brings a set of skills that will continue to enhance the TACC Team,” shared Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
The Chamber has grown significantly over the last 7 years increasing from 140 Members to over 250 Members. In addition, the Chamber has expanded upon partnerships, created new partnerships, and is currently in the process of formalizing additional partnerships. The Chamber has strived to strengthen and expand upon the benefits they offer to their Members and Partners as well as the services they provide to the entire Ticonderoga Area. The TACC serves, markets, and promotes the Ticonderoga Area including Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah, and Putnam, NY.
“I am looking forward to working with the community through the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and helping to cultivate growth of the Chamber and within the local business community. The Chamber provides an array of support and services to the area and I am thrilled to be part of the TACC Team,” commented Katelyn Chevier – TACC Administrative Assistant.
Over the past seven years the Chamber has also focused more on their future to provide the needed services to their members and the entire Ticonderoga Area.
TACC Tagline: Business Focused. Community Minded. Future Driven.
TACC 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.
TACC 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.
Did You Know the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce: Serves, Markets and Promotes the Ticonderoga Area including Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah, and Putnam, NY. Initiates & Provides programs, services, and leadership. Provides an array of benefits for its members including member business referrals, marketing, trainings, support, and much more. Provides a variety of business support, services, and resources. Serves as the Visitor & Business Center for the Ticonderoga Area. Answers many visitor and community questions and requests via phone, email, walk-in, and mail. Sends visitor information packets upon request. Assists area organizations with their events and projects. Maintains the areas online calendar of events. Assists in maintaining the Lake Champlain Region Calendar & Business Directory. Serves as the Community Coordinator for all Ticonderoga Area & Lake Champlain Region Fishing Tournaments. Plans and hosts free community events and events to draw visitors. Maintains the information booth located at Liberty Monument, the Information Hut at the Fort Ticonderoga intersection, and an Information Board at the Amtrak station in Ticonderoga. Affiliated with the Lake Champlain Region Visitor Center. Partners with the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Champlain Region Visitor Center, Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (serves as the TMSP Coordinator), North Country Small Business Development Center, and eVision Digital Marketing / Ticonderoga360.com. Works closely with other area organizations and economic development agencies on a regular basis. Provides copying, faxing, and scanning services. And More!!
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) will continue to partner closely with the North Country Small Business Development Center (NCSBDC) and the North Country Chamber of commerce (Health Insurance Services) 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 and the North Country Chamber of Commerce for a number of years. 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.
2017 NCSBDC Dates/Times:
September 12th from 11 AM – 4PM, October 10th from 9 AM – 3 PM , and November 14th from 11 AM – 3 PM. 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. 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.
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 and 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 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, and Import/export assistance / Government procurement.
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.
2017 North Country Chamber Health Insurance Dates:
September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, and December 6th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM by appointment only. Appointments must be made by calling 518-563-1000 and asking for Lisa Bedard-Dupee, Director of Health Insurance Services
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.
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 was 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.
For answers to questions about the health insurance market, assistance with enrollment, or to make an appointment, contact Lisa Bedard-Dupee at the North Country Chamber at 518-563-1000.
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