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North Country Small Business Development Staff

Karen Stehlin

Regional Director

Karen has been with the North Country SBDC since January 2002. She grew up and attended college on Long Island, where she obtained her bachelors degree in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology. After college she completed Macy’s management training program, which led to a Sales Manager position with the company. After Macy’s she went on to work for General Mills and Chase Manhattan Bank.

A job offer from KeyCorp brought her to the Albany area, where she worked in the marketing department in the areas of product development and product management. KeyBank later moved her to Plattsburgh, where she was a Small Business Relationship Manager and later a Sales Manager.


Mark Dame

Business Advisor







Angela Smith

Certified Business Advisor

Angela is a small business owner and Certified Business Advisor with the NYS SBDC. Working with seasoned entrepreneurs and bright-eyed startups is a dream job. Her mission is to fight tenaciously to help her clients reach their goals and have an absolute blast on a daily basis while doing it. 

As a business owner, Angela developed a real-life understanding of the challenges facing entrepreneurs and this enables her to relate to their unique position. Her hands on approach to teaching and “just-do-it” methodology offers common-sense advice to business owners based on solid business experience and real-life experience.

Angela has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with business plan preparation, market research, financial analysis, funding and other aspects of starting and operating a small business. Angela lives with her husband Todd in beautiful Keene Valley.



North Country gets $61.4 million for projects

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $61.4 million Thursday afternoon in the sixth round of state funding disbursement....

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Up to $750,000 in grants will be available to municipalities, nonprofits and local businesses located near Boreas Tract

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The North Country Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.