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Want to sell or buy a local business? These folks can help

Barb and Jerry Greer have been working with the Center for Businesses in Transition to connect with new owners for the Circle Court Motel in Ticonderoga, which has provided lodging for travelers since 1918, and as a motel since 1953. (Photo provided by ANCA)

SARANAC LAKE — With many businesses currently in flux because of the pandemic, the Center for Businesses in Transition, a partnership of many local nonprofits and other agencies, has announced new tools and virtual events to help.

Among the new resources from CBIT are a new website, a new guidebook and a fall workshop series.

“We were relieved and excited to see so much engagement from area businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis,” Danielle Delaini, program coordinator of the Adirondack North Country Association’s Business Transition Program, said in a press release.

The center’s new website, www.ownanorthcountrybusiness.com, is designed for those taking over existing businesses. It highlights available ventures and local small business resources.

The site is a project of the Student WEB Program, a collaborative e-commerce development support program spearheaded by ANCA, the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Jacobson, an aspiring entrepreneur who currently lives in Burlington, Vermont, is utilizing the Center for Businesses in Transition’s new website service to connect with business owners who are ready to transition their enterprises to new ownership. (Photo provided by ANCA)

A new guidebook that highlights local free and low-cost resources for transitioning business owners will be launched during the fall workshop series and on the CBIT website at bit.ly/CBITguide.

The six morning workshops, held between Oct. 1 and 27 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. will take place via Zoom.

The first session,” Utilizing all of Your Transitional Resources: Overcoming Common Obstacles,” will be hosted by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and feature a panel including Carol Calabrese, co-director of the Essex County Industrial Development Agency; Angela Smith, certified business advisor for the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at Clinton Community College; Stephanie Donaldson, business counselor at the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation; and Delaini.

The ANCCBT partnership includes ANCA, the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation Inc., Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Essex County Industrial Development Agency, the Franklin County Local Development Corporation, the Hamilton County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Hamilton County IDA, the Lewis County Economic Development and IDA, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Inc., the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at Clinton Community College, and the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce.

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