May 12, 2006 — For small business owners, competing against Wal-Mart may sound impossible. But one North Country non-profit says there are strategies. Next week the ComLinks Women's Entrepreneurial Business Center is offering three "survival workshops" to teach mom-and-pop stores to compete with mega-retailers. Brenda Thornton is running the workshops at Comlinks. She told Gregory Warner that business owners need to play to their strengths. The workshops are at NCCC campuses in malone and Saranac Lake May 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 and at the Potsdam Civic center from 1 to 4.