Thursday March 11, 2021
St. Patrick's Day Virtual Event! - NEXT WEEK!
Featuring MC Matt Boire and a crazy cast of Irish characters, the Luck of the Irish will "socially distance" celebrate a Chamber member at the Annual St. Patrick's Day event!

This special event is held each year to honor the Irishman of the Year, a tradition based on dedication of volunteerism, whether in business, the community, through civic activities or a combination of any of these.

Join us VIRTUALLY to honor this year's Irishman of the Year:
  • Date: Wednesday, March 17
  • Time: 8:00AM - 9:00AM
  • Price: $15 per person / $30 for not yet members
  • Proceeds will support the continued work of your Chamber during this time
We'd like to thank our sponsors for their generous support!
One listener will win this stocked fridge from DFCU and Kavanaugh Realty.
143,592 Doses Administered Across New York State in the Last 24 Hours
143,592 doses have been administered across New York's vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.12 million doses have been administered over the past seven days. The week 13 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week and is expected to finish arriving by end of day on Sunday, March 14.  
 
The 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:    
  • Doctor's letter, or
  • Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
  • Signed certification 
 
Vaccination program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state's vaccination program, and do not include those reserved for the federal government's Long Term Care Facility program. A breakdown of the data based on numbers reported to New York State as of 11AM today is as follows.   
 
STATEWIDE BREAKDOWN
  • Total doses administered - 5,941,072
  • Total doses administered over past 24 hours - 143,592
  • Total doses administered over past 7 days - 1,121,660
  • Percent of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 19.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 9.8%
VIRTUAL RESOURCE SERIES - SDVOB Benefits & Certification Process
Are you a Service-Disabled Veteran business owner with a current VA disability rating of 10% or greater? You may benefit from becoming certified with New York State as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)! SDVOBs receive preferred access to New York State contracting opportunities – in 2020, state disbursements to SDVOBs totaled just under $150 million! Certified SDVOBs can also access free seminars, workshops, and other services designed to assist your business.
 
Date: March 26, 2021
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Cost: FREE; registration required 
 
Join us for a webinar that will feature a speaker from the Office of General Services (OGS), Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development who will provide information on the NYS SDVOB Certification including: 
 
  • The Benefits of Becoming Certified 
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Where to Begin & Get Assistance
  • Common Application Pitfalls
  • Success Stories
  • Business Development Resources & Contacts

Questions? Contact Sue Matton today by phone at 518.563.1000 or by email below!
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Why COVID -19 Vaccine Rollout in Canada is Lagging Behind
The U.S. was vaccinating an average of 1.7 million Americans per day this week, and had administered at least one dose to more than 12 per cent of its population as of Friday.

Canada, which recently dealt with weeks of shipping delays and disruptions from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, has doled out nearly 1.4 million doses since its rollout began mid-December, covering about 2.65 per cent of its population with at least one dose.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday vaccine delivery is set to rapidly increase, however, with provinces preparing to roll out almost a million and a half doses over the next three weeks.

The Americans have many factors in their favour when speeding up vaccine distribution, experts say, including a much more expansive supply than Canada’s that’s bolstered by production from U.S.-based Moderna.
Adirondack Council Offers Micro Grants for Agriculture & Producers
Micro-grants for Adirondack Farms and Value-Added Producers will offer grants up to $1,500 per applicant for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects on Adirondack farms and by value-added producers, the Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute (EFI) announced.

The EFI is seeking applicants for the 2021 micro-grant cycle, beginning March 1. Applications will be accepted until the end of March.

For the 2021 cycle, the grant program will award up to $1,500 for projects that will support farms with adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change, projects that support overall environmental health of the Adirondack landscape and its communities.
Olympic Center Overhaul Begins
This week major construction projects began on several of the Lake Placid Olympic Center’s historic ice rinks, refrigeration system and amenities. It is all expected to be finished by 2022, before the Winter World University Games come to town in January 2023.

This is the latest in a string of updates to state Olympic Regional Development Authority winter sports venues in recent years. The Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg has added a new lodge, biathlon shooting range, Nordic ski race stadium, snowmaking, ski trails, bobsled practice house and a mountain coaster ride for tourists. The ski jumps have gotten on-slope refrigeration, a gondola and a zipline ride, and their landing hills are being regraded. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center overhauled its Base Lodge, replaced its Midstation lodge and is replacing its gondola. New York’s governor and Legislature have so far invested hundreds of millions of dollars in these upgrades in advance of the World University Games.

The latest annual round of funding was proposed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021-22 Executive Budget in January, which included $92.5 million for ORDA winter sports facility upgrades, including the Olympic Center. The Legislature has not signed off on that yet but in past years has approved Cuomo’s ORDA funding proposals.
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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.
Today's Dose is Generously Supported By:
QUICK LINKS:
  • NYS Vaccination Updates: Official Site for making an appointment to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.
  • NYS Travel Advisory: Stay up to date on the latest NYS Travel Advisory Updates.
  • 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: Small business owners are resilient and can power through this challenging time, with SCORE by their side.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce
518.563.1000