Thursday, October 15, 2020
Essex County Back on Vermont Travel Restrictions
The state of Vermont has again imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex County.
The restrictions were imposed as Essex County sees its number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise. As of Tuesday, there were 11 active cases countywide, seven new ones since Friday. Four people in Essex County are hospitalized with COVID-19, with one new hospitalization since Friday.

Note: Warren County, NY is also on the Travel Restriction list.
NYS Issues Trade School and Private Instruction Guidance
Trade school and private instruction guidance has been posted on the New York Forward statewide guidance webpage. The direct link to the detailed guidance can be found here.  
Montreal's Tourism Industry Broke Records this Summer, But Not in a Good Way
Tourisme Montréal announced on Wednesday that the summer of 2020 saw a number of records shattered for the city’s tourism industry — all of them bad.

The agency noted that never in its more than 100 years of existence had so many drops in activity been recorded, be it in traffic across the Quebec border, passenger traffic at Montreal’s airport, the number of tourists visiting the city or the occupancy rates of local hotels.
Clarkson Professor Launches Wastewater Surveillance Program to Detect Coronavirus
Nasal tests are the leading way health officials are finding and containing coronavirus cases before they spread. But there’s another way to catch the virus early. It shows up in people’s poop.

A new initiative by researchers at Clarkson University is monitoring sewage to test for traces of COVID-19.
WEBINAR: Financial Management for Small Business
Financial management includes bookkeeping, projections, financial statements, and financing, which forms the foundation for reaching your goals through sound business decisions. Quality financial management offers many benefits to you as a business owner, including how to know if you are making a profit.

You need sound financial information to plan for overall business growth, for diversification, or for reaching new markets and helps you decide which products, services, and markets are profitable. Effective financial management gives you tools to chart your course into the future, adjust your direction when needed, and help you find your way through challenging times (which we all could use right now). 

We are excited to have Kevin Kilelee and Patricia Porter, both from Citizens Bank, as our speakers for this lunch & learn session about financial management for your small business.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 20th
  • Time: 12p-1p

In this session, you will learn:
  • Basics of budgeting & bookkeeping
  • The 3 basic financial statements (Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Projection, and P&L)
  • The basics of business financing & loans

Did we mention that it's free?! All you need to do is register!
Might This Be an Opportunity For Your Business?
A beautiful new facility is available at Plattsburgh International Airport, for potential creative use by a regional business or organization. Bright, spacious, modern with possibilities including small business, offices, a studio, use by a non-profit, a public sector use.Check out the link below for information and contact us if interested.
Course Description: Lift truck operation can present a very high exposure to serious injuries and death if safe practices are not observed or if operators and pedestrians do not understand the dangers of these vehicles. This course will provide individuals that are involved with safety training at their worksite, the basic knowledge and tools necessary to provide adequate classroom training to all mobile equipment operators and to employees who work around mobile equipment. Anyone who may be involved with lift truck operation, and safety committee representatives, will benefit from this course. It covers all of the OSHA required elements for classroom training . All attendees will receive a Lift Truck Train-the-Trainer certificate that can be used as documentation of qualification to perform in-house class room training.

  • Date: October 27, 2020
  • Time: 8:00AM-12:00PM
  • Cost: $79.00 (member) // $125.00 (non-member)
All attendees will receive a Lift Truck Train-the-Trainer certificate that can be used as documentation of qualification to perform in-house class room training. In addition, a detailed training handout with material and forms will be provided to assist with the in-house training.
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.

  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce