Inlet Area Business Association is replacing chamber of commerce

By DAVE SCRANTON, director

Inlet Area Business Association

INLET - Over the past couple of years the Inlet Area Business Association has been working steadily toward restructuring the former Inlet Area Chamber of Commerce into the new and improved IABA.

This has been a long, complicated process because the old chamber was dormant for many years and lost its federal 501(c)(6) tax status. Getting the group name changed and the tax status reinstated under the new name requires numerous applications to the state and federal governments.

In 2012 the IABA Board of Directors voted to hire Sharon Evans of VerDack Accounting in Old Forge to guide this process, assisted by IABA member Jane Slack. They have spent considerable time sorting, reviewing and collating IABA records for the purpose of filing a formal application for 501(c)(6) reinstatement.

In the interest of organizational stability, IABA has frozen some assets in anticipation of possible fees related to the 501(c)(6) reinstatement and temporarily stopped accepting dues, because it is inappropriate to accept dues without proper legal status.

This has left IABA with a dearth of operating funds, so small donations ($25-$50) are being sought to help keep it afloat during this time. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at Inlet Information Office.

IABA is actively involved in the community, offering numerous cooperative advertising opportunities in association with Inlet Information Office and supporting many Inlet area events and activities.

IABA events include the Adirondack Memory Walk, the Black Fly Challenge and One Square Mile of Hope. It supports many other events, including Adirondack Ice Bowl, Adirondack Kids Day, Adirondack Sled Dog Race, Community Pride Day, Frozen Fire & Lights and Inlet Summer Concert Series.

The IABA meets quarterly or as needed. Notices are sent via email through To get the emails go to GroupSpaces, create a free account and join the IABA group.

For assistance or to ask questions contact IABA Director Dave Scranton at or Adele Burnett at

Current IABA officers are Secretary Reggie Chambers, Treasurer Amanda Miller, Vice Chairman Jim Connerty and Chairman Dave Scranton.

The purpose of the IABA is to help increase and improve the business economy in the Town of Inlet and the surrounding area, to act as publicity bureau for the same, and to advance the business interests of said area. Businesses, professionals and friends of the Inlet business community are welcome.