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Director of the North Country SBDC to Retire

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (March 31, 2008) - The School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh announced the retirement of Dee Clark, the director of its North Country Small Business Development Center. She and her husband will be moving to South Carolina in the near future.

Clark has served as center director over the past seven years. In that time, she has supervised the counseling of 2,169 North Country business clients and helped create or save 1,168 jobs. These ventures have contributed more than $28 million to the North Country economy.

Clark and her team have also worked with the School of Business and Economics Dean's Office on a number of novel initiatives.

They formed a new business incubator in conjunction with One WorkSource. The incubator will give new businesses a chance to succeed without the burden of office and facility costs for the crucial first year of startup. It will also provide business owners with direct access to counseling from the center.

The North Country SBDC and the School of Business and Economics have also teamed to produce a web portal that allows two newly hired counselors to give advice to business people in rural areas across the region.

Both these initiatives have attracted or are attracting, federal and state money in support of leading-edge programs.

"Dee will be missed. Few have the level of imagination and entrepreneurial spirit she brought to the center for the last seven years. Fortunately, her staff is skilled and competent, and we can expect them to continue on with all the projects she initiated. I thank Dee for all she has done, and I will very much miss her wonderful spirit," said Colin Read, dean of the School of Business and Economics.

North Country SBDC Counselor Tony Maglione will assume the duties of interim director until a national search can be completed.

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