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Building entrepreneurial relationships

Meet the makers (in person!) at Adirondack Buyer Days

Since 1986, ANCA has hosted Adirondack Buyer Days, where retailers meet local makers of gift products including specialty foods, home decor, apparel, jewelry, bath & body and more.

This year, the business-to-business trade show will once again be in-person at the show's home in Saratoga Springs.

If you are a maker looking to wholesale or a buyer seeking quality, locally handcrafted goods for your store — sign up today!

Learn more & sign up
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What: 2022 Adirondack Buyer Days 

When: Tuesday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Wednesday, March 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Retailer registration is open

Sign up now for this opportunity to meet the makers, view their products and stock your shelves with local goods.

Cash and carry is available at the discretion of individual vendors. Minimums may apply. Buyer registration is free.

Photo: The Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake carries a variety of gifts made by Adirondack Buyer Days artisans.

Buyer registration
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Accepting vendor applications

This is a juried show. New vendors are invited to apply soon, before booths and product categories fill up.

More info about eligibility, exhibiting and the application process can be found on the event webpage.

Returning vendors may bypass the application process. Contact Lauren Richard at

Photo: Adirondack Patch Company

Apply here

Business transition success stories

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Silver Bay General Store & Point au Roche welcome new owners

We love sharing stories about successful business transitions in our region. Each sale takes thoughtful planning, dedicated entrepreneurs and a strong support team.

The Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) is so happy to welcome and congratulate the new owners of Silver Bay General Store, Paul and Joanne Rudd, and Point au Roche Lodge, Jess and Yuri Bouharevich. We wish you the best of luck in your new ventures!

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Photos: Left: Silver Bay General Store owner Paul Budd. Right: Karen and Creston Billings, left, passed Point au Roche Lodge on to its new owners, Jess and Yuri Bouharevich and their daughter Rey.

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On February 15, ANCA and CBIT hosted a virtual matchmaking event that brought together business owners who are ready to sell and aspiring entrepreneurs interested in purchasing an established business.

Are you interested owning an existing North Country business?

Check out the CBIT webpage to learn about ready-to-buy businesses that participated in the matchmaking event and how the CBIT partnership can help you make your business ownership dreams come true. 

Learn more

Growing employee engagement

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Participatory management training

Would your small business benefit from improved hiring and retention, personally invested employees, increased business resilience, or preparing employees for business ownership?

Learn these tools and more in our upcoming Participatory Management Training offered in partnership with the Cooperative Development Institute.

This training will be FREE for ANCA CPR clients.

Enroll in ANCA CPR

Learn more about worker ownership

Friends and partners at the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provide useful expertise and insight about employee ownership, how it works and how these alternative models can benefit businesses and communities.

Learn more in these recent articles:

• What is a worker cooperative? by Jennifer McCluskey, New York SBDC, in NNY Business, NNY360

• How to Save Jobs and Build Back Better: Employee Ownership Transitions as a Key to an Equitable Economic Recovery by Rob Brown, CDI, in the Maine Policy Review

Photo: Ward Lumber staff celebrated their conversion to a worker-owned cooperative at a June 2021 board-cutting ceremony.

ANCA CPR works with North Country businesses and nonprofits to access business services and plan for the future. Whether you’re tackling a business challenge, which may or may not be pandemic-related, or taking advantage of an opportunity to grow, ANCA CPR’s free and low-cost work groups, webinars, and one-on-one consultations can support your work. Service providers from ANCA and partner organizations are helping businesses with:

  • strategic planning
  • reducing energy costs
  • improving supply chains
  • identifying and applying for disaster-related funding assistance
  • transitioning to new ownership
  • employee development
  • improving welcoming and belonging

Want to learn more? Fill out a brief inquiry form today to be begin the enrollment process.

Begin the enrollment process today

Clean energy corner

Kudos to Clean Energy Communities

Congratulations to the following communities who are earning credit toward clean energy project grants through NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program, while saving money and greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Town of Champlain
  • Town of Chazy
  • Town of Essex
  • Town of Lewis
  • Town of Lewis
  • Town of Saranac
  • Village of Waddington

Recent CEC grant projects include:

  • Town of Schroon: energy conservation upgrades at old fire house
  • Town of Saranac: air-source heat pump for community center
  • Town of Willsboro: reserve fund for LED replacement lighting in town buildings
  • Town of Champion: LED replacement exterior lighting of municipal building
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The sun shines down on the Village Hall of Deferiet as the Village work towards CEC Designation. So far, they have completed one High Impact Action, Benchmarking, and are in the process of completing another, LED Street Lights.

Learn more about CEC

Funding for community forests

In its efforts to assist communities in the conservation of local forests to create opportunities for public access, protect natural areas from development, and encourage sustainable management of forested lands, the NYS Department of Conservation is welcoming applications for its Community Forest Conservation Grant Program.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 13.

Learn more & apply

CEC overview and Q&A

Join ANCA, the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board and Mohawk Valley Economic Development District for a presentation to the Tug Hill Commission about the CEC Program. The virtual event will cover different types of grant awards, as well as clean energy actions municipalities can implement to earn credit toward grants.

  • What: CEC Program Overview and Q&A
  • When: Thurs., Feb. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register:
Register today
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Join ANCA's Clean Energy Team!

We are excited to announce a new Climate Leadership Coordinator/ Energy Circuit Rider position to support the development of ANCA’s Clean Energy Program as part of ANCA’s mission to improve the economic viability of North Country communities.

We are accepting applications through March 12, 2022.

Learn more & apply

Food justice summit

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ANCA is proud to sponsor the 2022 Food Justice Summit. Sign up today for the 2-day virtual event where regional experts, local food leaders and farmers will discuss issues around food access, farm viability, climate change and innovation.

  • What: Food Justice Summit
  • When: Wednesday-Thursday, February 23-24, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: virtual via Zoom
  • Cost: $20; $10 for students; free for farmers
Learn more & register

Equitable financing of local food

On Thursday, February 24, ANCA Local Food System Director Adam Dewbury will be joined by Michael Reilly of Foodshed Capital and Bill Creighton of Adirondack Foundation to present:

Equitable Financing of Local Food Systems: A Conversation about Access to Capital and Investment Opportunities

Learn more about this and other Food Justice Summit sessions that will address food security, equity, farmer resiliency and more.

Summit agenda

Adirondack Diversity Initiative

Communication for Change: nonviolent communication training

Please join ADI, in collaboration with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, for Communicating for Change Summit: A facilitators training on nonviolent communication, where we will learn communication and facilitation practices that help us engage productively with conflict and challenge. 

Many thanks to Paul Smith's College for a generous pledge and co-sponsorship for the training.

Learn more & register

Diversity in Death

Learn from featured speaker Doug George Kanentiio about the Mohawk funeral ritual in this presentation, hosted by the Adirondack Death Care Community and co-sponsored by ADI.

What: Diversity in Death- Discovering Diverse Practices and Perspectives

When: Sunday, Feb. 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Where: Lake Flower Landing, Saranac Lake 

Doug comes from Akwesasne Mohawk roots and is Vice President at Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and an author, public speaker and activist who brings awareness towards indigenous injustices past and present. 

Learn more & register
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Creative February

Join Takeyce Walter live from her studio as she completes her final daily painting of Creative February 2022.

What: Creative February — Daily Painting Demonstration

When: Monday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. 

Where: virtual via Zoom

Takeyce is an award-winning Jamaica-born American painter and art instructor, living and working in upstate New York. Working with oil paint and pastels, Walter creates paintings that present the landscape in all its glory—flowing rivers, majestic skies, and picturesque lakes.

This is a program of ADKX, co-sponsored by ADI. 

Learn more & register

Rights of Nature Symposium

Save the date for the North Country Rights of Nature Symposium, where a panel of traditional knowledge holders, legal experts, and community organizers — including ADI Director Nicky Hylton-Patterson — will discuss how to create an ecocentric governance system for the region's waterways.

The conversation will cover topics ranging from the environmental threats facing our rivers and watersheds, the global "Rights of Nature" movement, indigenous stewardship practices, and how to reframe the relationship between people and the rivers. 

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What: North Country Rights of Nature Symposium

When: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual

Learn more & register

ICYMI: here's what we're reading

The jobs connection

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Check out our jobs page for openings with member and partner organizations and regional nonprofits:

  • Business Development Coordinator: Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board
  • Communications Director: ICA Group
  • Clean Energy Jobs: New Yorkers for Clean Power Green Jobs Map

Have an opening you want to promote? Send a web link to

Job opportunities

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ANCA members are growing the region's New Economy by building strong, resilient and equitable systems for local food, clean energy and small businesses. Become an ANCA member today.

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