The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a very effective federal program designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their staff on payroll during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The successful program had been extended until 5/31/2021, but the supply of money authorized to be lent under the program has run out. This means that many businesses who were still hoping to get some support to offset costs and lost revenues will not receive the boost that the program has provided.

Travel’s ability to bounce back after periods of economic hardship—and inject much-needed revenue directly into Saratoga County’s economy—is why the theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) was the Power of Travel.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, in partnership with the Preservation League of New York State, will offer local real estate and design professionals an exclusive opportunity to learn about marketing historic properties while earning three continuing education credits. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Northshire Bookstore opened the doors to its Saratoga Springs store on an August day in 2013, affecting in innumerable positive ways the downtown landscape of the Spa City. This week, it begins a new chapter.

Friday, 07 May 2021 13:20

Arrow Financial Declares Cash Dividend

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GLENS FALLS — The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation on April 28 declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share payable June 15, 2021, to shareholders of record on June 2, 2021. This represents an increase of 3% over the cash dividend paid in the second quarter of 2020, as a result of the 3% stock dividend distributed on Sept. 25, 2020.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Downtown Business Association thanks Zac and Corrina King of King Enterprises/King Hose, Bob Giordano and Michele Erceg of Best Dressed Windows for their volunteer efforts to bring Santa Claus to the community last year during the DBA Victorian Streetscapes. The "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" effort placed Santa Claus on a King Hose firetruck where he visited young and old alike in the neighborhoods of Saratoga Springs. 

SARATOGA — The Gateway House of Peace, a not-for-profit organization offering hospice care, has been serving the Saratoga County region since 2014 as a safe, comfortable and caring home for terminally ill patients.

Gateway House has always relied on the generosity of this community for support, as they are a donor-driven community organization which receives no insurance reimbursements or government funding, and care for residents and their families is at no fee to them.

In an effort to become more self-sustaining, Gateway House is seeking to open a Thrift Store that would allow to build upon the fundraising success the organization has had in the community with yard sales. With that goal in mind, Gateway House is seeking the donation of a building or location that could be used for such a Thrift Store. Gateway House of Peace believes this gift would allow them to achieve a longevity of service for our community. 

Please contact Gateway House of Peace at 518-450-1273; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The most disruptive global crisis in more than 100 years presented an extraordinary challenge to culture and business, throttling the public and private life as we wrestled with a remedy for the pandemic and the disruption it caused. New routines like social distancing and remote working became “the normal.” Despite that negative impact, a positive paradigm shift developed in information security and even opened new paths for solutions where none previously existed.

Sunday, 02 May 2021 23:36

Urgent…Help Wanted…Now!

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A recent job fair was held in our region with 110 companies and hundreds of job openings;

Fewer than 40 people showed up.

Two weeks ago the Great Escape hosted a job fair for 1,500 seasonal job openings;

Nine people showed up.

As a small business owner, having the right tools and resources is crucial for stability, growth and continued success. The same is true with your company’s banking relationship. When you partner with a financial institution, you want as much value and support as possible — both financially and strategically.

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