Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Small Business Success Story - Integrated Aquatic Sciences, LLC

Each year the New York Small Business Development Center recognizes outstanding small businesses in a variety of ways.  This Success Story from the  North Country SBDC appears in our 2016 Annual Report


Margaret Murphy 
Integrated Aquatic Sciences, LLC
North Country SBDC

Integrated Aquatic Sciences, LLC, was formed in 2015 to provide comprehensive aquatic consulting services to clients in both the public and private sector. Services include fish community evaluations and fisheries management, water quality monitoring, habitat restoration and management. The company provides a cost-effective scientific approach that works within the natural environment. 
Principal scientist and owner, Margaret H. Murphy, Ph.D. is a Certified Fisheries Professional through the American Fisheries Society with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Margaret consulted the SBDC for assistance in starting her business and to gain a better understanding of the WBE and WOSB certification process. She also wanted information on regulations for drone operations in New York State. SBDC Advisor Angela Smith reviewed start-up steps with Margaret and explained the eligibility criteria and process to complete NYS WBE and WOSB certifications. The advisor also registered the client on BidLinx. The Research Network provided information on current state legislation regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. 
Within a matter of weeks, Margaret’s new consulting company, Integrated Aquatic Sciences, LLC, was up and running. “Angela’s cheery, calm demeanor made the startup process less daunting,” says Margaret. “I was thankful to have such a great resource readily available. The SBDC definitely made the process much easier.” Some recent projects include habitat restoration of the Ladies Mile Section of the East Branch of the Ausable River and assessment of wild brook trout production in Upper Ausable Lake.

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