Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 724
Indian Lake, NY 12842
February, 2012 Brenda Valentine, 518-648-5636
Indian Lake, NY – The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Indian Lake Community Planning Committee and Indian Lake Central School to host three sessions to assist local small businesses and entrepreneurs in either expanding a current business or starting one from the ground up. Nancy Harding, President of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce Board says, “We are excited to be involved in bringing these fantastic business sessions and workshop to our community. We are committed to supporting our businesses and we encourage existing and potential business owners to participate in these business sessions and workshop.”
Each session will look at a different aspect of a business: feasibility of starting a business, knowledge and skills for running a successful business and financing available for starting or expanding a business. Anyone who would like to start their business or want to better organize their existing business should consider attending these sessions, to be held at the Indian Lake Central School.
Representing the Chamber and Chairperson of the Main Street Revitalization Committee, Brenda Valentine believes that, “These sessions offer our young people an opportunity to make a good living without leaving the area as well as an opportunity to create more jobs right here in Indian Lake”.
“Small Business Basics”, or What to do before putting up your “Open for Business Sign”, will be held on Tuesday evening, April 24, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Participants will learn how to determine if a business idea is feasible and if it would be profitable. Karen Stehlin, Regional Director, North Country Small Business Development Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, will lead attendees in an understanding of the rewards, opportunities and challenges of being a business owner.
“My Small Business 101,” is a two-session class presented by Marc Compeau, Entrepreneurship Center, Clarkson University. The dates are Saturdays, May 12 and 19, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Participants will gain practical knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied to any business and learn about useful information, tools and resources. Attendees will also meet others who are interested in moving forward in business. Consequently, entrepreneurs will have exciting networking opportunities, as well as receive encouragement and inspiration. They will also receive valuable follow-up guidance regarding running their business. There is a $60 registration fee.
The final offering is a workshop to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners in obtaining financial assistance for their business endeavors. On Tuesday evening, June 5, from 6 P.M.to 8 P.M. will be the “Business Financial Workshop” (subtitled: “Show Me the Money”). Community Bank, North Country Alliance, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, TD Bank and representatives from additional financial organizations will be present to council attendees on where funding sources may be found and the process necessary to get them.
Pre-registration is required to attend all sessions. To register for the “Small Business Basics” or “Business Financial Workshop,” call the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, 648-5112. To register for the “My Small Business 101” series, call Clarkson University at (315) 268-3995.