Recent Headlines of Interest

Learn About New NY Paid-Family-Leave in Plattsburgh
Beginning January 1, 2018, NY State will have one of the most comprehensive paid-family-leave programs in the nation. The North Country HR Consortium's October meeting will prepare HR professionals for the new statewide program. The meeting is open to the public. Details and registration information at this link.


Additive Manufacturing Offers NYGrowth Opportunities
A new Fuzehub/NYSERDA report highlights some of the hot spots in additive manufacturing throughout the state and offers some insight into how NY can leverage existing strengths to power additional growth. Learn more here.


NY Automation and Robotics Conference Oct. 23 in Troy
The Center for Automation Technologies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is hosting a statewide event for manufacturers. The NY Automation and Robotics Conference, on Monday, October 23 covers training, workforce, development, trends, funding, and a lot more. Details and registration can be found at this link.


In It to Win It, but "Failure Vision" Also Needed
Jose Palomino suggests that while you must envision success, it is also imperative to articulate partial success and failure at the outset of a project. Read about it here.


Bridge and Port Authority Hosts Canadian Companies Considering US Expansion
The U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States of America, the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, and the St. Lawrence County IDA will host a full day event aimed at introducing the area to Canadian compaines who are interested in expanding their operations to include U.S. locations. The workshop is Wednesday, October 18 at the Dobisky Visitor's Center in Ogdensburg.

More details are available at the Bridge and Port Authority website.


Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This annual recognition occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Oct 6. In the North Country events will be held across the region on several days throughout the month of October. For information on events near you, email Aviva Gold at

Help Available to Sell to Military and Other Government Agencies
Government opportunities can be a game-changer for small businesses, but dealing with government procedures, policies, and regulations can be an intimidating process. Procuremnt Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) offer a wide range of services including training, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts. The North Country PTAC, based in Watertown, is staffed with professionals, and their services are generally free of charge. More information is available at this link.

DoD Contractors Must Meet Cybersecurity Standards by Year End
All Department of Defense (DoD) contractors that process, store or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must meet the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum security standards by December 31, 2017 or risk losing their DoD contracts.
DFARS Safeguarding riles and clauses, for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store or transmit Federal contract information. DFARS provides a set of basic security controls for contractor information systems upon which this information resides. These security controls must be implemented at both the contractor and subcontractor levels based on the information security guidance in NIST Special Publication 800-171 “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.” The DFARS cybersecurity rule and clauses can be found at this link.


Succession Planning for Your Business
In our remote rural region, every single employer and business makes an impact on our economy that we cannot afford to lose. Yet we often hear from our clients as they approach retirement that they don't have anyone to take over their business. MEP Centers like CITEC have the expertise you need to smoothly transfer your business on to the next generation when you are ready. Read more at this link.



CITEC is a not-for-profit business consulting organization driven by a mission to help the small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern New York to thrive. The depth of our consulting team's expertise and an unbeatable nationwide network of resources will deliver the impacts your business needs to grow strategically, improve profitability, and create the competitive advantages you need.

We have proven results. Our clients are surveyed by an independent third party upon project completion and have reported amazing impacts to their businesses because of our assistance. On average, working with CITEC provides a return of $71 for every $1 of project cost.


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