Is This Your Dream?

Own a Small Business in the North Country.

Lifestyle Without Compromise

Live and recreate in small, safe, four season communities of the North Country while being an easy drive from major American and Canadian cities.


Business Transition Support

Connects existing businesses owners with resources to plan for succession. Creates opportunities for individuals seeking business ownership without starting from scratch.

Connected Community

$90 million investment in tech infrastructure means you get city connectivity in a rural area for your home and business.

At the Center for Businesses in Transition . . .

We provide matchmaking services between potential buyers and sellers, plus access to planning tools and connection with existing services.

CBIT is a dynamic partnership between regional organizations and individuals invested in the retention of local businesses and the future of our communities. Our goals include helping owners sell their businesses on the open market, completing intergenerational family transitions, and converting to employee-owned and cooperative models.


Who We Work With

Aspiring Business Owners

We help people aspiring to own a North Country Business. In particular, we serve those who are looking to:

  • Purchase an existing business
  • Start a new career path in business ownership
  • Find out more about employee ownership models and opportunities

Current Business Owners

We help people looking to transition their current business to new ownership. In particular, we serve those who are looking to:

  • Retire or transfer ownership
  • Find a suitable successor
  • Access capital for transition needs

Regional Partnerships

The North Country Center for Businesses in Transition partners with economic development organizations and chambers of commerce from across the region. These partnerships connect business owners and aspiring business owners with a robust network of resources, contacts and services to help will all phases of the transition.

Featured Businesses


Decker’s Flats Greenhouse

Working from home and putting a green thumb to use may seem like a dream to many aspiring Adirondackers. Jim and Ronnie Cunningham have been able to make a life for themselves doing just that. 


Turtle Island Cafe

Well-known in Willsboro, the Turtle Island Cafe is open year-round. Current owner Mimi Lane, has cultivated a dedicated staff, homey atmosphere, and food that keeps customers coming back, it’s a great pick for any aspiring restaurateur. 


Moon Tree Design

Current owner, Denise Hendron offers the finest collection of contemporary crafts in the region. This gallery features work from local, regional and nationally known artists. Perfect for an artist or artisan with business acumen.

Downtown Sports and Toys

Family-owned and operated since April, 2011 by Thomas Bronson, this charming shop features novelty sports items, trading cards, hats and apparel, plus toys and games for all ages. Located in downtown Potsdam.

Small Communities. Big Opportunities.

Own a North Country Business   I   Virtual Conference

February 24-27, 2021 

The CBIT partnership will kick off 2021 by hosting the small communities. BIG OPPORTUNITIES virtual conference for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to take over a North Country business— empowering those who live here and those who want to live here to realize their dreams of business ownership.

Conference Sponsors:
SUNY Canton SBDC at Clinton Community College & Glens Falls National Bank 


Webinars and Digital Resources

Contact Us

We are located at 67 Main Street, Suite 201 in Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or you can call 518-891-6200. Otherwise fill out the form below!