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SBDC lauded by its supporters, assisted small businesses

Garry F. Douglas, president of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, said having a "friendly partnership" with organizations like the North Country SBDC and its director, Rick Leibowitz, is what keeps the region alive and prosperous.

"That's important because, here in the North Country, in order to be able to punch above our weight, organizations need to collaborate. We can't all sit in our offices and work separately," said Douglas. "Under Rick's leadership, SBDC has reached a new level."

Leibowitz said while he credits his team - which also consists of business advisor Andrew S. Allison as well as office manager and intake advisor Linda M. Willett - the true success of the organization rests with the ones they help.

"Milton Berle once said, 'If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.' Well, I think everybody in this room knows it's the small business owners that are building those doors," said Leibowitz. "Our staff helps the small business owners build the doors. But, the opportunity for this economy to grow is going to happen through the small business owners in this room."

However, if you ask small business owners like Murphy, they may tell you otherwise.

"I'm not sure I would've done it at all without them," she said.

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