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SUNY Plattsburgh President Addresses Statewide Conference of Small Business Development Centers

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The president of the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh says the North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) partnership with SUNY, area development groups and agencies provides important counseling and training assistance to local entrepreneurs that are crucial to overall economic development of the region.

SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling addresses the assembly at the annual conference of NYS Small Business Development Centers in Lake Placid. Dr. Rick Steiner listens. Dr. John Ettling, president of SUNY Plattsburgh, and Dr. Joseph Kennedy, president of SUNY Canton, spoke at the annual staff training conference of the NYS Small Business Development Centers held at the Lake Placid Resort last week. 
Ettling told those in attendance that the North Country SBDC has been an important player in the region's efforts to regain momentum following the loss of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base in the mid 1990s.

"People and existing businesses continue to use the services of the North Country SBDC even more today than in years past," said Ettling. "Since 1984, the North Country SBDC has worked directly with more than 4,860 businesses in its six-county region helping them to invest more than $37.6 million in the area's economy and creating or saving more than 1,600 jobs. We are very proud of the center, its staff and the service they provide for the region."

Dr. Rick Steiner, senior association SUNY provost, said, "We are delighted by his (Ettling) commitment to development of the local economy and making the college an integral part of the community."

Through 23 campus-based regional centers and numerous outreach offices, the NYS/SBDC applies the resources of the private sector, government and institutions of higher education to solve business problems and foster entrepreneurship. 
For more information, contact Delena Clark, SBDC director, at 518-564-2042 or visit the Internet at http://www.northcountry.nyssbdc.org

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