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 When: Sunday, February 12 - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Where: Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
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:
Choose from several tracks specific to their needs, including programming for those who:
Have recently taken over a North Country Business;
Have identified a North Country Business they would like to take over;
Are exploring their options for starting or taking over a North Country business;
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.