An official Partnership Agreement has been announced between the Inlet Area Business Association and the North Country Chamber of Commerce, leading to a sharing of membership and business services.
Under the agreement, all members of the Inlet Area Business Association are now “Associate Members” of the regional North Country Chamber at no additional cost.
The membership includes access to a number of services and benefits including health insurance, electricity cost savings, and small business counseling and support, among others.
The IABA will also be partnered with the North Country Chamber in its government affairs activities.
This includes advocating for the region’s business community in Albany and Washington, and in its regional economic development initiatives and efforts.
“The Inlet Area Business Association welcomes our new partnership with the North Country Chamber,” said IABA Chairman Dave Scranton.
“The affiliation not only elevates the status of IABA but gives our members added value that we, as a small organization, could not feasibly provide on our own,” he said.
The regional access and support North Country Chamber support is expected to provide value to the Town of Inlet as a whole, not just its business community, according to Scranton.
“As home of the Black Fly Challenge and One Square Mile of Hope, Inlet rightly deserves its reputation as ‘The Little Town That Could.’ We now look forward to networking with other North Country Chamber affiliates, building our brand and showcasing all that Inlet has to offer,” he said.
The partnership follows similar agreements already in place between the North Country Chamber and 12 other chambers and business groups.
They include the Indian Lake and Adirondacks Speculator Region Chambers in Hamilton County and the Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake Area, Malone, Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga Area, Gore Mountain, North Warren and Stony Creek Chambers, as well as ROOST and the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center.
Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber, said the addition of the IABA strengthens the organization as a united business and economic development community across Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren Counties.
“It brings the North Country Chamber family to over 4,200 members, solidifying our status as the largest business alliance in northern New York and one of the five largest chambers in New York State,” he said.