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Join Adirondack Small Biz Week!

May 6, 2014 - Ernest Hohmeyer
Next week will be your time to be recognized: May 12th-16th.

Revel in the fun with a host of interactive, educational and networking opportunities.

There is something for everyone from the retail shop to the service business, professionals and community officials.

Interested in learning some of the new trends, resources and new thinking out there?

Take part in “Adk. Small Biz Week” taking place throughout the area.

It is all part of National Small Business Week – and it is about opportunities for our communities as well.

For example, what is the connection between a theater, retail & “speed dating”?

It’s all about new connections from resources you may not have considered that can help.

"What do you mean?" you must be thinking, What does a community theater have to do with helping businesses?

Besides the economic engine they are in their own right, who better to help you with the fine points of public speaking?

Also, did you know there was an organization of retired business folks whose sole interest is to impart some of their wisdom to help you?

And what does a retail shop, a massage therapist, restaurant, a college, a hospital; outdoor rec business, motel owner and an artist have to do with one another? Did you know that each one of you could be part of one of the hottest world-wide travel trends – wellness - that fits the Adirondacks perfectly?

How about “speed dating” your way to business connections?

All of this and so much more is part of Small Business Week spearheaded by the Saranac Lake Chamber in conjunction with a host of national, state and local businesses and organizations.

You are Royalty

Why even celebrate small businesses?

According to a “” report “Small Business Trends”:

• “The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.”

• “The small business sector in America occupies 30-50% of all commercial space, an estimated 20-34 billion square feet.”

• “The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982.”

As this report suggests “small business is BIG!”

As part of National Small Business Week they are also conducting a series of informative on-line webinars.

The Local Connection

And why are many of our local business organizations like the banks, colleges, wellness centers and business development organizations involved with small biz week?

Technology combined with the “experience economy” provides an opportunity of working together to provide that diverse “destination” experience folks are looking for.

Whether they are visiting, taking friends out or on business, customers today want to be sure there are all kinds of things to do and we need to “package” them to make them simple for the increasingly information overloaded consumer.

Plus, small business is the backbone is of our Adirondack economy.

“The majority of our members and potential members are small businesses” states Katy VanAnden, Executive Director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber.

The Schedule

Monday, May 12 Small Business Week Kick Off Business After Hours

Tuesday, May 13 Adirondack Wellness Summit

Public Speaking Workshop Wednesday, May 14 Panel Discussion Night

Thursday, May 15 Speed Networking Friday, May 16 Small Business Breakfast

For More Info/Register For more information and to register contact or 518-891- 1990.


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