Thursday April 30, 2020
Hello Chamber Members and Partners,

Here are the latest updates and resources for businesses and employees during this uncertain time.

Send us any questions or updates you may have, we are here to help provide information, connect the dots and assure those in the North Country that we will get through this together.

Onward and Be Well!
Qualified employees are important to every successful business and, now more than ever, the North Country Chamber of Commerce realizes how important it is to still give our member businesses that opportunity to showcase their job openings to prospective employees. So in place of our annual, in-person job fair, the Chamber will be doing a three week virtual job fair pushing prospective employees from our social media platforms to our  Now Hiring/Virtual Job Fair Page where your business's job openings will be listed, linked and easily accessible for all those interested.
Your business will also be featured in social media posts on the North Country Chamber of Commerce's social media platforms, for added quality exposure.
To have your company and your job openings included in the Virtual Job Fair, please complete the form below and return it to  Becky.
Mark Henry, Chair of the Clinton County Legislature, has organized a Work Group to share information and assist with various elements of the upcoming processes for reopening businesses and services. The Work Group's membership will include Chairman Henry, County Administrator Mike Zurlo, Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman, Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read, County Director of Public Health John Kanoza, North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas, SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi, Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale, CVES District Superintendent Mark Davey, and a representative each of both small and large business.

   The group will seek and share information from the stakeholders, and will look to contribute to advisory groups and processes at the state and federal levels. 

   "I think we have a great group of very experienced people here and we can have some great conversations to help drive things forward," said Henry. A first meeting is expected in the next week.
As we anticipate a gradual reopening of business and see the emergence of planning groups at the federal and state levels who will need input and assistance from the our region, the North Country Chamber of Commerce will be organizing a virtual meeting with the leadership of its 13 Partner Chambers in Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in the coming days.

We enjoy a Partnership Agreement with the following, all of whom will be involved in this dialogue and related activities going forward:
  • Adirondack Speculator Chamber of Commerce
  • Akwesasne Chamber of Commerce
  • Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Inlet Area Business Association
  • Malone Chamber of Commerce
  • North Warren Chamber of Commerce
  • Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Stony Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau
NYS DOL Directs Employers to Provide Employees with Needed Information when Applying for Unemployment
Businesses are legally obligated to provide employees with their Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), NYS Employer Registration Number, and full name/address.
The NYS Department of Labor sent a directive to 320,000 businesses reminding them of this.

The number one reason New Yorkers’ applications are incomplete is because they are missing Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEIN). If you have submitted an application for unemployment without your FEIN, a representative WILL call you to finish your claim. If you have not yet filed, be sure to include your employer's FEIN, NYS Employer Registration Number and full name/address on your application.

AEDC Offering Business Counseling
AEDC is offering expanded, intensive counseling at no-cost for North Country region small businesses in economic crisis recovery. We can help you plan for your business' short-term survival and moving toward thriving in a re-opening economy.

Contact Stephanie to schedule a consultation.
The southern crossing for the Lake Champlain Transportation Company (LCTC) will be reopening for service at the beginning of May.
LCTC announced the Essex to Charlotte ferry boat crossing will resume operations Friday, May 1, while the Cumberland Head to Grand Isle crossing will remain running on a modified, two boat schedule.

Full Story and photo provided by THE SUN COMMUNITY NEWS.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Clarkson Faculty and Staff Develop Battery Modification for St. Lawrence Health System Positive Air Pressure Respirators
Faculty and staff at Clarkson University have begun putting their expertise to the test by working on projects that can help local health care providers battle COVID-19.

The home page of the Chamber's website is now your go to resource for all things Coronavirus related. From information to help your business, health insurance, employee guidelines, restaurant offerings and CDC resources, will hopefully make things a bit easier for you during this challenging time.
  • 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.

  • Now Hiring: Whether you are hiring or looking for work, we have a page dedicated to helping pair potential employees with employers.

  • Webinars: Did you miss one of our webinars, you can find them all here.

  • How to Help: If you are looking for a way to help the North Country, we have created an ever growing list of needs in our community. And if you are a non-profit, health care organization or a business helping those in need, email us with your needs, contact information and we will be happy to add you to our growing list.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce