Loan Financing Available
The Essex County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has been awarded funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand the IDA’s revolving loan program. The loan fund can be used for:

  • Machinery and equipment
  • Working capital (term up to 7 years)
  • Furniture and fixtures
  • Real property (term up to 15 years)

Minimum loan amount: $10,000. Interest rate: 4%. Eligible for profit businesses must employ less than 50 persons and have less than $1 million in projected gross revenue. This is an Equal Opportunity Program. For more information, please contact Carol Calabrese at 518-873-9114 or
Are you looking for employees to join your company? The North Country Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that this year’s job fair will take place VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, November 18th from 2-4pm.

This year, the Chamber has partnered with BoothCentral whose platform will allow us to create a safe, virtual environment where employers and job seekers can connect face-to-face via video. 

This year’s virtual job fair will allow you to: 

  • List open positions and gather resumes
  • Meet with applicants and conduct interviews
  • Display your products and network with other companies
  • Have your company name listed in event advertising materials

November 28, 2020

Make the most out of Small Business Saturday with free resources in the Shop Small Studio section of American Express's website, including customized downloadable digital marketing materials and SBS 101 blogs.

Some IDA project updates...
Saranac Waterfront Lodge, a unique 63,000-square foot, four-floor hotel with 93 rooms, a ballroom and an event space, a pub, a professional kitchen, a hot tub, a pool and a fitness center is slated to have a soft opening in November. Room rates range from $192 to $440 a night. Hotel Website Click Here

With the support of the Essex County IDA, the Town of Essex has obtained a $10,000 grant from the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board to investigate the feasibility, and determine public interest in purchasing and developing the properties into a destination for residents and vacationers. RFP Information Click Here

Join the North Country Chamber of Commerce and SCORE for a webinar that will cover the most recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program including the new forgiveness application/procedures for loans of $50,000 and less. 

  • Date: November 10, 2020
  • Time: 2:00PM

Staff from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on the call to provide the most up-to-date information to our members and business community, as well as, answer your questions. 

Questions will be accepted ahead of time, using the “REGISTER HERE” button below. Due to time constraints, questions submitted during the webinar may not be answered. Any questions, please contact Joel at or (518) 563-1000.
Sarah LaFountain, Office Manager

Carol Calabrese, Director & CEO

Jody Olcott, Director & CFO