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Vermont health care group says most small biz covered

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The group implementing the new health insurance system in Vermont says 75 percent of small business employees in the state are enrolled in a Vermont Health Connect plan for next year.

The Department of Vermont Health Access says the figure includes Vermont small business employees and their dependents affected by federally-mandated health care reforms come.  Go to full article
A sapbucket at Newton's Sugarbush. Photo: Todd Moe
A sapbucket at Newton's Sugarbush. Photo: Todd Moe

Sugaring season is underway

It may not feel like spring outside yet, but it's coming. The days are getting longer, the sun is higher in the sky, and the sap buckets are out.

Jeffrey Jenness of Orebad Sugar Shack in DeKalb Junction says February was a slow month for sugaring. When he spoke with Julie Grant earlier this week, Jenness had only collected a couple hundred gallons of sap. For an operation like his, that's not enough to get the equipment dirty and start making syrup. He's hoping for better days ahead.  Go to full article
Matthew Turcotte works at his office in Clarkson University's small business incubator in downtown Potsdam. Photo: Joanna Richards
Matthew Turcotte works at his office in Clarkson University's small business incubator in downtown Potsdam. Photo: Joanna Richards

Clarkson U. junior is also business magnate

Many 16-year-olds might dream about starting their own business. But it takes a special kind of teenager to turn an operation launched in his parents' basement into a six-figure profit earner in just four years. After succeeding wildly with his web development and design company, North Shore Solutions, Clarkson University junior Matthew Turcotte, now age 20, is embarking on his second venture: commercial real estate.  Go to full article
Claire Poirier shows off the hats, christmas stocking and bunny that will come from one sweater.
Claire Poirier shows off the hats, christmas stocking and bunny that will come from one sweater.

Heard Up North: From old to new with Malone sweater upcycler

For some of us, crafting is a hobby--but for some, it's a business.

Claire Poirier of Malone makes hats, mittens, dog coats, and other things out of used wool sweaters, and sells them at craft shows and farmers markets all over the North Country.
Like any good businessperson, Poirier goes for maximum efficiency--by using every part of the sweater. For today's Heard Up North, she talked Nora Flaherty through the process:  Go to full article

Brasher to loan to local businesses

The town of Brasher has taken the first step toward creating a local development corporation to make loans to local businesses.

Brasher's right next door to the Akwesasne Mohawk casino, and under the gambling compact that made way for that casino, the town gets a share of the profits--so do Massena, Fort Covington, and Bombay. That Mohawks give the money to the state, and the state passes it back to the towns, earmarked for tourism, infrastructure, gambling addiction education--and local economic development. Nora Flaherty reports.  Go to full article
These business owners are telling their children that they canít afford to do this business in New York State anymore.

Small businesses fight tax proposal

A proposal to tax the rich to help balance the state's budget deficit and avoid cuts to schools is a popular idea among New Yorkers. But business groups say what's often overlooked in the debate is that the tax, in its current form, is paid by some of the state's smallest and most marginal businesses. Karen Dewitt Reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Sandy Maine hopes to break into mass market retail with "Bug Off."
Sandy Maine hopes to break into mass market retail with "Bug Off."

A Year of Hard Choices: SunFeather Soap - tough times, hope for the future

In our Year of Hard Choices series today, we go to a mainstay of the North Country's homegrown business community. You find the SunFeather Soap Company in a tidy, low building on the old state road outside Parishville, in St. Lawrence County. Martha Foley went for a tour, and got a lesson in small business 101.  Go to full article
Lowville's "gift shop district"
Lowville's "gift shop district"

The economy in Lowville, pt.1: gift shops make do

This week, we take a snapshot of one North Country community and how it's being affected by the recession. Lowville is the seat of Lewis County. It's a cute village tucked in the Black River valley, between the Tug Hill Plateau and the western Adirondacks. The area has one of the highest concentrations of dairy farms in the state. There's also manufacturing jobs in the dairy and paper industries. And the Tug Hill relies heavily on snowmobile tourism for money. Unemployment is typically high. In December, the unemployment rate had climbed to 9%. Still, many small businesses populate Main Street. David Sommerstein inquired in Lowville's "gift shop district" about the effects of the recession.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava (R-Gouverneur)
Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava (R-Gouverneur)

Scozzafava on Upstate plan: devil is in the details

Assemblywoman Dee Dee Scozzafava says Governor Spitzer's Upstate plan has good potential. The Republican from Gouverneur says her constituents need more high-speed Internet service and support for small businesses. She told David Sommerstein yesterday her big question is how much money is actually behind Spitzer's plans.  Go to full article

North Country Micro-Enterprise Initiative Presented in South Africa

A small business initiative in St Lawrence County was a finalist in a world chamber of commerce competition. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative, known locally as the "ebay project," links up artisans and small business owners with technology to help them reach national markets. The Cooperative was launched two years ago with the support of Senator Hillary Clinton.

Representatives for the St Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce went to South Africa for the competition. They didn't win the award, but they brought back stories. Gregory Warner spoke with the head of the ebay project, Ruby Moore, after her return.

The Chamber is launching another round of the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative this fall, with workshops in Canton and Paul Smiths. If you're an artisan or have an idea for a small business you can call Ruby Moore at 386-4000.  Go to full article

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