To the editor:
Are you looking to start or grow a business in greater Lake Placid? The village of Lake Placid and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation will be holding a Business Forum on Nov. 14 for local businesspeople or would-be entrepreneurs to find out more about business financing, training programs and technical assistance opportunities available to help expand or build a business.
Despite what you might hear about the nation's economy, the plain truth is that there is perhaps no better time to expand or start a business in the greater Lake Placid area.
The Lake Placid Economic Development Revolving Loan Program has nearly $350,000 available for small business development. Financial partners, including area banks and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, also have hundreds of thousands of dollars available to match those funds. Significant resources are available to help you to develop business plans or financial projections or to get an honest appraisal of your business ideas.
What we are looking for are people of substance, willing to make a significant commitment and investment in themselves and their business dreams. Being your own boss is the quintessential American dream, but it isn't for everybody. It takes a fair share of blood, sweat and tears to build success. It takes both tenacity and patience. You will need good ideas, good people and a good sense of humor to make it all work.
Those looking for the easy road need not apply.
But if you have a passion for what you want to do, the ability to provide some "skin in the game" and the guts to go forward, then you just might have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Your first step in this life-changing experience is to attend the Lake Placid Business Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 14, where you will be introduced to tools to turn your dreams into something real and people willing to help make it happen. Two sessions are planned - from 3 to 5 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. - at the North Elba Town Hall, 2693 Main St. The sessions are free and open to anyone in business looking to grow, or those who want to learn more about how to get started. Please call AEDC at 518-891-5523 to RSVP or for more information. Thank you!
Adirondack Economic Development Corp.