Small Communities Big Opportunities Conference

Join this year's Small Communities, Big Opportunities Conference at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY!

Do you dream of owning a small business in northern New York State? You’re invited to join aspiring entrepreneurs, current business owners, community leaders, support professionals, and fiscal and legal agencies for Small Communities. Big Opportunities. (SCBO) — a three-day, hybrid conference hosted by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT).

SCBO attendees will learn the ins and outs of taking over an existing business, meet with business sellers, and gain insights about living and working in New York’s North Country.

Three program tracks will be available for individuals at different stages of the business ownership journey:

  1. Individuals interested in learning more about starting or taking over a business
  2. Individuals who have recently taken over a business
  3. Individuals who have already identified a business to take over

Learn more about topics, venue, lodging, program partners, and more at

CBIT is a dynamic regional partnership addressing the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services with potential buyers, access to planning tools, and connection with existing services. CBIT serves the 14 northernmost counties of New York State: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Oneida, Oswego, Warren, and Washington.

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This year's conference will begin on the final day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. We invite you to come a few days early and not only make it a fun getaway but see for yourself what our "small communities" are truly all about.

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