She means business

You'll find no harder working woman than Donna Spoor, owner of Wize Choice Solutions.

Insurance agent, business consultant, tax preparer, certified financial analyst, realtor, chamber of commerce champion, EMS volunteer, local political committeewoman, and mother, Spoor shines as a coach, well sort of-she's the small business equivalent of the late Naismith Hall of Fame-winning North Carolina State University basketball Coach Kay Yow. Her "coaching" skill comes in the form of over 30 years of acquired business wisdom (hence her business' name). Her knowledge and good nature are helping several businesses in our area streamline their payroll and bookkeeping operations in these tough times.

Spoor's retro desk lamp and laptop screen burn brightly into the evening at her 130 Main Street office in Whitehall, N.Y. Since it's early March, she's under the gun; there's plenty of customer tax forms to file by the April 15 IRS deadline.

Wize Choice Solutions has a diverse client list from both Rutland County, Vt., and Washington County, N.Y. Running her own business since 1997, Spoor is also co-founder of Green Life International, a burgeoning business specializing in VidaCell food supplements.

So where does this working woman find time to juggle all of this business?

"Well, I became interested in business at an early age," she said. "I am a person ideally suited for office operations. This is what I love."

Spoor lost her husband, Leroy Spoor, to cancer in October 2005. She and her children have struggled with the loss, but that hasn't prevented the family from supporting mom in her ongoing business ventures.

Spoor has over three decades of experience in the business world. She made contributions in improving the working lives of area men and women as president of New York's Civil Service Employees Association union local at "The Wall"-the maximum security Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock. It takes a sharp, no-nonsense person to walk the line between workers and management. Spoor accomplished the job with professionalism; she earned respect on both sides of the aisle.

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