The North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) addresses the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services between business sellers and potential buyers, access to planning tools, and connection with existing services.

Small Communities. Big Opportunities. Conference Returns for 2023!

Join aspiring entrepreneurs, current small business owners, support professionals, fiscal and legal agencies, and North Country leaders for Small Communities. Big Opportunities. (SCBO), a three-day, hybrid conference. SCBO is presented by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) partnership, and welcomes anyone with a dream of business ownership and who lives, or wants to live, in northern New York State.

When: Sunday, February 12 to Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Where: Hybrid, based at The Hotel Saranac, Saranac Lake, NY

Cost: In-Person- $100; Virtual- $75

Learn more and register today!

Check out publicly available businesses being showcased at the conference.

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

Wilson Tile & Carpet

Wilson Tile & Carpet is a high volume floor company with fantastic growth opportunity in Ogdensburg, NY focused on commercial floor coverings with a heat welding specialty.


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. 

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.

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!