In an attempt to spark entrepreneurship, the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is offering to help new businesses in the area. BizInc. is the alliance’s new business incubation program. The program, according to Chattie Van Wert, alliance director, will help new and expanding businesses by offering benefits and assistance.
In an attempt to spark entrepreneurship, the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is offering to help new businesses in the area.
BizInc. is the alliance’s new business incubation program. The program, according to Chattie Van Wert, alliance director, will help new and expanding businesses by offering benefits and assistance.
“The Ticonderoga program will offer the support and resources of the Ti-Alliance and its partners to qualified new businesses interested in locating in the Ticonderoga area, including Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam,” Van Wert said. “Those resources could include reduced or free rent of particular buildings, reduced costs on broadband and electrical installations and services, professional consulting services, reduced or deferred costs on professional services such as legal and accounting fees, regulatory support, and other startup or expansion costs.”
Program participants will also have access to services provided the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the North Country Small Business Development Center. Both offer business planning support, marketing and advertising benefits, and more.
“The goal of BizInc. is to build stable jobs and economic infrastructure in our community by diversifying the types of businesses in the area,” Van Wert said. “We have identified areas of opportunity that will build on our current business base to position us as the hub of the southeastern Adirondacks for business, health care, education, arts and culture, and tourism.”
Donna Wotton will serve as BizInc. manager.
“We’re working in close partnership with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce to encourage people within the community to start new businesses,” Wotton said. “We’re also reaching out beyond our area to attract a broader base of businesses that can add full-time, non-seasonal employment for our residents. We’ve put together a team and resources to make it very advantageous to build businesses here.”
The goal of BizInc. is to assist 3-5 new businesses a year during the next five years, Wotton said. She said the alliance is seeking:
— recreation and tourism businesses, especially those that help expand the shoulder seasons;
— retail and service businesses that enhance the downtown experience for residents, NCCC students and visitors;
— health-related businesses that support the hospital and senior living facilities;
— high tech businesses, web-based, engineering, light manufacturing, computer science, data services;
— arts and culture-based ventures; and
— educational support businesses that enhance or help expand the education of community members.
People interested in starting or expanding a business can contact the alliance at its Montcalm Street office, call Van Wert at 565-0054 or call Matt Courtright at Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619.
Wotton said the alliance is also interested in working with local business leaders who would like to assist with the BizInc. program.
“We’re always interested in building our team,” Wotton said. “If you are interested in lending your business skills to our alliance team of mentors, Email me. It takes a minimal amount of time to make a big difference in the future of our community. Be part of the solution. Be active in the alliance.”
Wotton can be Emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.