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Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Herb Carpenter

by Herb Carpenter

In this issue of Strictly Business, we examine ways to manage change as your career evolves. Whether you are thinking of buying or selling your business, planning your legal future or caring for yourself, you will find ideas from area experts in these pages.

We lead off with a look at the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), based in Saranac Lake, and its many services to the business community. Our special focus is on its support for entrepreneurs who may be looking to buy or sell a business in the 14 northern most counties of the state. The group’s new Executive Director, Elizabeth Cooper, a northern New York native, is using her background in logistics and business to enhance the work of this North Country gem that has been working for the area since 1955.

Elizabeth Pearl, owner of Pearl Physical Therapy in Plattsburgh, is an expert on ways to maintain health as one ages and make the best of life. Her belief in the need to create an environment that offers high quality outpatient physical therapy services, based on individually designed programs unique to each client, led her to establish her practice in 2009. From a small location in the center of Plattsburgh to a much larger facility on the outskirts she and her amazing staff are changing lives.

In this issue Colin Read examines the arc of a career and the importance of continuing education as we mature. In an ever-changing world, maintaining the status quo is no longer possible for individuals, for businesses or for society.

Well known and well-respected attorney and judge Gary Favro shares his recommendations for end-of-life planning. While it is not a topic any of us wants to consider, it is imperative that each of us does the thoughtful planning that will give us peace of mind and protect our loved ones. Check out his Do’s and Don’ts in this issue.

Patrick Monette, mental health professional and life coach, is using technology to reach clients in new ways. Through individual sessions and biweekly podcasts on wellness where he talks with professionals around the country, he is offering the help that is in great demand during our pandemic years.

Bonnie Black, recently retired from a stellar career in mental health services, is a frequent contributor to Strictly Business. Her contribution for this issue discusses change and how to best communicate with others to facilitate the change we want and need.

And then there is our Insight article featuring Lori Mathieu, an audiologist at Adirondack Audiology, who has been in practice for more than 30 years. As she approaches retirement, Lori shares her thoughts about helping people, the happiness her work has given her and her conflicting emotions about her change ahead.

Garry Douglas wraps up this issue with a discussion of the current tight labor market and its impact on businesses both small and large and from lower to higher skill positions of all kinds in the North Country and across the country. While our area has advantages, he is candid about what we should expect as this issue continues for the foreseeable future.

While change is necessary throughout our lives, it can also be stressful. In this issue of SB our goal was to introduce you to some of the professionals who can offers ideas to help facilitate the changes you face. If we have achieved that goal… will be good for you and good for business. Herbert O. Carpenter, Publisher

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