2019 Annual Meeting

September 18, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Join us September 18-20 at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George for The Business Council's premier event of the year. Our Annual Meeting is full of information, inspiration, and entertainment, creating a one-of-a-kind forum focusing on improving New York's business climate and economy. 


Online Registration is closed. Please register on-site.

Join Us

We are excited to announce plans for our Annual Meeting at The Sagamore Resort. September in the Adirondacks is often described as the most beautiful time of the year, filled with warm days, and cool nights. Our Annual Meeting is The Business Council’s premier event of the year, providing information, inspiration and entertainment, creating a one-of-a-kind forum focusing on improving New York’s business climate and economy.


Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Golf**
1:00 - 5:15 p.m. Registration
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Board Investment Committee Meeting*
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sightseeing Boat Cruise
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors' Joint Audit & Finance /
Executive Committee Meeting*

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Chamber's Roundtable (Chamber Executives Only)
  • Advocacy Planning
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. New Member & Anniversary Members Reception

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.





President's Reception
Food Stations / Reception Format


Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration

7:30 a.m.


Exhibits Open 
Networking Lounge & Prize Display

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Board Education / Workforce Development Committee Meeting*
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.


7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.



Federal Political Update

  • Ashlee Rich Stephenson
    Vice President and National Political Director
    of Political Affairs and Federation Relations

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.









Politics of 2020

  • Liz Benjamin
    Managing Director, Albany
    Marathon Strategies


10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Breaks / Visit the Exhibits

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.















Breakout Sessions 

#1 - What's Next: NYS Business Tax Policies and Administration

#2 - Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act:
       What it Means for Business

#3 - The Future of Workforce Development in NYS

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


Networking Lunch / Visit the Exhibits

Unified Bocce with Special Olympics New York 

Noon - 1:00 p.m. ITT Steering Committee Meeting
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.





Government Affairs /
2020 Legislative Preview

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting*

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.




Doing Business with New York State MWBEs, wage equity,
debarment and other contract procurement issues.

  • Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    NYS Office of General Service
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Energy Committee Meeting

Incorporating the Social Cost of Carbon Emissions in
Wholesale Energy Markets

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards
  • 2019 Chuck Steiner Memorial Chamber of the Year Award
  • 2019 Member of the Year Award
  • 2019 Fr. Peter Young Award for Community Service
  • Corning Award for Excellence
9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Hospitality


Friday, September 20, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. 5K Run
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. - Noon Exhibits Open
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Board Membership Committee Meeting*
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.







President's Report

Annual Meeting of The Business Council Membership

Anniversary Awards Presentation

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.










How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benefits Business

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.



“Tax the Rich” and other Taxing
Ideas from the Campaign Trail

  • E.J. McMahon, Research Director
    Empire Center for Public Policy

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.





What to Expect in 2020 -
Key Business Issues for Next Year
  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky
    Vice President
    The Business Council of NYS, Inc.
  • Government Relations Staff of The Business Council
12:00 p.m. Conclusion / Wrap Up /
Grand Prize Drawing


* Board Only
** Additional Fees of $120/ person are required

Registration Fees

Don’t miss being a part of this event! Join us September 18 – 20, 2019, at The Sagamore Resort!
Call 800.358.1202 for more information.

Registration Type
Before 8/8/19
Before 9/11/19
After 9/11/19
Board Member
Non Member
Chamber Executive
Golf Tournament


You must be registered for the Annual Meeting to participate in our golf tournament or other activities

You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee per registration. If you need to cancel less than seven days prior, you may: 1) send a substitute; or 2) receive a non-refundable credit voucher good for any Business Council event valid for up to one full year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Business Council is THE business association in New York State. By sponsoring our Annual Meeting your organization's name and logo will be front and center in the minds of the state's leading voice in business, government and media. Our conference development team will work with YOU to: 

  • Build awareness for your company/organization
  • Grab the attention of your diverse membership that simply cannot be found anywhere else 
  • Associate your brand with New York's other best and brightest

Our members hail from all across the state and represent all industries – our reach and caliber of our membership simply cannot be matched. Annual Meeting attendees are already in prime deal-making mode. Your sponsorship WILL deliver results. 

As a sponsor of The Business Council's Annual Meeting, you have the opportunity to increase your visibility before the top business leaders in New York State. Sponsorships range from our unique outdoor corporate banners, to a wide array of event and activity levels. We invite you to share in this exciting member showcase by taking advantage of one or more of our unique sponsorship opportunities. 

Have an idea you don't see here? We will work with you to craft the perfect opportunity! Contact Maribeth Riley to discuss. 

Conference Sponsorship Levels

Premier $30,000
Gold $20,000
Bronze $10,000
Ambassador $3,500


Platinum $25,000
Silver $15,000
Champion $5,000


Outdoor Banners

Banner $2,000


Two Banners $3,500


Lawn Sign  $400


Two Lawn Signs $550


Event Sponsorship

Keynote Speaker $30,000
Hotel Key $12,000
Presidents' Reception (Wednesday) Sold Out
Registration Sold Out
Wine @ Dinner (Thursday) Sold Out
AV Sponsor $4,000
Event App Sold Out
Networking Lounge Sold Out
5K Run (Thursday a.m.) $2,200
Golf Sold Out


Dinner (Thursday) $25,000
Reception (Thursday) Sold Out
Lunch (Thursday) $7,500
Breakfast (Friday) $5,000
Wine @ Reception (Wednesday) $4,000
Hospitality (Thursday) Sold Out
Session $3,000
Refreshment (Friday) $2,500
Ben & Jerry's Cart Sold Out
Boat Cruise (Refreshments) Sold Out


•multiple sponsorships available

To become a sponsor, contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or at 518.465.7511 or


Sponsor Here

Exhibit Opportunities

Our exhibit hall runs throughout the two-days of event programming. We build in exclusive time for attendees to mingle with exhibitors and showcase what makes your organization among the best New York has to offer. Where else can you put your product and brand in front of the state’s leading business voices? Nowhere! Exhibitors receive complimentary Annual Meeting Registration, plus up to two discounted registrations. Our event Breakfast, Refreshment Breaks and Receptions are held in the Exhibit Area (main hallway of the conference center). And, you get access to pre-and-post Conference Attendee lists.



Standard Table $2,500



Premier Table $3,000

To become an exhibitor, contact Sara McDonnell at [email protected] or at 518.465.7511 OR

Exhibit here



Prize Program

A popular feature of the Annual Meeting is our Prize Program, which gives attendees the chance to win items donated by member companies. The Prize Program has awarded hundreds of gifts to fellow Business Council members over our long history. Your company will be recognized for its contribution in our printed materials.

Prizes may be an item or product you make, a special certificate or gift basket. Certificate and cash donations are acceptable.

Please consider donating an item to this year’s Prize Program. Contact Kelli Gormley at [email protected] or call 800.358.1202.


Hotel Information

Make your Hotel Reservations directly with The Sagamore at www.thesagamore.com, or call 866.385.6221 and identify yourself as being with The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


The Sagamore Resort

110 Sagamore Road
Bolton Landing, NY 12814

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