Small communities. Big Opportunities. Conference

Saranac Lake, NY

Entrepreneurs Wanted!

Join aspiring entrepreneurs, current small business owners, support professionals, fiscal and legal agencies, and North Country leaders for Small Communities. Big Opportunities. (SCBO), a three-day, hybrid conference. SCBO is presented by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) partnership, and welcomes anyone with a dream of business ownership and who lives, or wants to live, in northern New York State.

What: Small Communities. Big Opportunities.: Own a North Country Business Conference
Sunday, February 12 - Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983


  • In-Person: $100
  • Virtual: $75

Registration is closed.

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Need a Place to Stay?

  • Registration does not include hotel stay;
  • If the price of the conference or travel is a barrier to your attendance, please reach out to to discuss financial support.
  • Discounted room rates are available at the Hotel Saranac through February 1, 2023...
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Who will be there?

  • Anticipated 250+ aspiring entrepreneurs;
  • Small business support professionals from CBIT and partner organizations;
  • Transitioning business owners, real estate professionals, financial and legal agencies with small business programs, and North Country community leaders.

At Small Communities. Big Opportunities., you'll have the chance to meet North Country business owners who are seeking new owners or partners for their enterprises. Some of the businesses planning to attend include:

  • Adirondack LogWorks, Schroon Lake
  • Decker's Flats Greenhouse, Port Henry
  • Essex Marina, Essex
  • Fire Tower Restoration, Bloomingdale
  • Green Goddess Market, Lake Placid
  • Grindstone Farm, Pulaski
  • Indian Lake Restaurant, Indian Lake
  • Lafave Automotive, Philadelphia
  • Natural Nook, Watertown
  • Nature's Storehouse, Canton
  • Pedals & Petals, Inlet
  • Port Henry Diner, Port Henry
  • Stillwater Hotel, Lowville
  • Turtle Island Café, Willsboro

SCBO attendees will:

  • Learn the ins and outs of taking over an existing business, tackle marketing and branding challenges specific to business transitions, dive into the logistics of accessing capital, gain valuable insights into relocating to the North Country and more; 
  • Have opportunities to meet face-to-face with retiring business owners to learn about available business opportunities without pressure to commit to purchase.

Schedule and Events:

  • Participants are able to attend in-person or virtually. We strongly encourage you to join us in person to build connections and deepen your North Country relationships. 
  • The conference will begin on the last day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Come for the carnival, stay and learn about making the North Country your home.

The in-person registration fee includes all following benefits at the iconic Hotel Saranac: 

  • An invitation to an exclusive Sunday evening reception preceding the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Closing Fireworks Display;
  • A full day of programming on Monday, including breakfast and lunch; and,
  • A half day of programming on Tuesday, including breakfast.
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Current Business Owners:

Are you a current business owner interested in learning more about CBIT? Email to find out more.

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