When it comes to promoting small businesses, Suzie Thaller believes there’s always more that can be done. That’s why she and her companion, Jeff Rabideau, are forming an event that will showcase all they have to offer.
Thaller and Rabideau, who have become known for putting on the Altona Outdoors Show for the past three years – an exposition at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall of sporting exhibitors, wildlife artists, furniture builders and other related organizations — have organized a new event known as the North Country Small Biz Show.
The event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, and will feature small businesses from sellers of Adirondack craft and decor items to handmade jewelry designers and many things in between.
“We already have 30 confirmed businesses, with room for 50,” said Thaller, adding an additional eight businesses are pending confirmation. “It’s a little bit of everybody.”
The North Country Small Biz Show was important to host, said Thaller, as several vendors who haven’t fit the Altona Outdoors Show mold have expressed interest in an event that centers more on small businesses. Each spring, the North Country Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Business Expo, though participation in that event can cost more than some small businesses can afford, added Thaller.
“The chamber is a great organization, but for tiny businesses, it can be expensive,” Thaller said of the cost to participate in the chamber expo. “We’re focusing on highlighting the people who have secondary businesses, the little guys.”
“We want to give them a place to strut their stuff without breaking the bank,” added Thaller.
Being the show’s first year, Thaller said the main intent is to get the word out about the local businesses participating and build on the show in the years to come.
“We’re really hoping to get a little bit of attention this year and next year make it a little bigger,” she said. “This isn’t going to be a one-time thing. This is something we intend to do for many years to come.”
Why? It’s important to continue to promote small businesses in all forms and promote locally-owned and operated ventures, said Thaller.
“It’s important people know about the contractor down the road that they didn’t know existed or the new greenhouse in Mooers,” said Thaller, a wildlife artist who will display her creations with Rabideau’s business, JL and Sons, a gun and gift shop. “It’s important we promote local and keep people here.”
The North Country Small Biz Show will begin next Saturday, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and continuing Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission will be $3, with children younger than 10 admitted free.
For more information, including a complete list of vendors, visit www.suziethaller.com/smallbizhome.html or call 236-4934.