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Dear Members,

 

For the past several months I have been serving on the Empire State Poverty Reduction Task Force with the great leader of Opportunities for Otsego, CEO, Dan Maskin, who is leading the charge with his amazing team. It has been an honor to serve on this task force with the diverse talent of many wonderful dedicated leaders in the Oneonta Community to help neighbors in poverty by embracing the work of Dr. Donna Beegle on The Opportunity Community Model. I was also recently trained to become a navigator to help neighbors. It was truly a wonderful experience to be in a room of other likeminded caring individuals that all have a common purpose to better the lives of our neighbors in our community. That is my Why (my passion) for getting involved and staying involved.  Attached is the invitation and information sheet on the Oneonta Opportunity Conference which will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018. I ask the business community for you help in spreading the word to people you may know that could benefit from attending this conference. By all of us working together to bring prosperity to Oneonta and Otsego County we are all working in the same direction to improve our quality of life and grow our economy. Please find some information below on what the Opportunity Model is referenced by Dr. Donna Beegle Communication Across Barriers.

 

The Opportunity Community Model

The Opportunity Community (OC) model is a national movement designed to create the types of communities we all want to live in. This can be achieved by increasing prosperity for the people living in the crisis of poverty. Dr. Donna M. Beegle combined her experience of living for 28 years in extreme migrant labor poverty, with 20 years of studying and working with communities to create a research-based model for assisting people to move out — and to stay out — of poverty. At the core, the (OC) model addresses seven key issues that prevent us from reducing poverty:

1.       No clear definition of poverty.

2.      Varying views of the causes of poverty.

3.      Education about poverty and its impacts on people provided by the media which promote stereotypes.

4.      Resolutions, actions, programs, funding allocations and policies are created without the voices of people from generational, working class, immigrant, and situational poverty.

5.      Efforts to eradicate poverty are isolated and focused on (at best) assisting people to cope with current poverty conditions.

6.      The “Deficit” model is the primary framework for addressing poverty.

7.       Economic development is misaligned with the human capital available.

The OC model employs a comprehensive approach that builds on the existing strengths of people in poverty, business, social service, education, healthcare, justice, faith-based organizations and community members to make a difference for their region. This model has similar components as the Collective Impact process, Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities Model, and the Circles Campaign for engaging diverse support from the community. However, the OC model goes beyond building collaborations and partnerships. At its core, the OC model:

1.       Serves people from generational, working class, situational, and immigrant poverty.

2.      Provides structure for a better-connected community network resulting in a more effective and efficient poverty-fighting system.

3.      Provides community-wide education to increase awareness and understanding about the real causes of poverty — Educating people living in poverty (Neighbors) and volunteers (Navigators and Specialty Navigators) — then connecting Navigators and Neighbors in strong relationships.

4.      Trains community professionals to serve as Specialty Navigators and support the efforts of Navigators who are working to access resources and opportunities for their neighbors.

5.      Increases engagement of sectors of the community not previously involved in fighting poverty.

6.      Builds capacity of helping professionals who serve people in poverty.

 

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

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189 Main St. Suite 500

Oneonta, NY  13820

Office: 607-267-4010

 

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Dear Members,

We have two informative programs coming up for this Thursday 4/19 as a Business After Hours at Stella Luna Ristorante, 58-60 Market Street, Oneonta on the Chamber trip to Tuscany, Italy at 5:30p.m. and another program on Fake News this Friday morning 4/20 at 8:30a.m. at the Otsego County Chamber offices. Details below and attached we look forward to having you join us for these complimentary events.

 

Fake News Program hosted by Huntington Memorial Library, Friday April 20, 2018 at 8:30a.m. Chamber Office 189 Main Street 5th Floor

Can you spot fake news? Navigating our new world of misinformation is not easy. Librarian Sarah Livingston will give a short talk on the rise of Fake News on Friday, April 20th at The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce offices. She will give an overview on the history of Fake News and the impact of Social Media, as well as share some tips for evaluating the news you see online. 
RSVP by Thursday April 19 to Otsego County Chamber Member Services Administrator, Karen Laing at [email protected] Location: 189 Main Street, 5th Floor

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in Otsego County, Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dear Members,

Please join The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce as it hosts a celebration of the county’s entrepreneurial spirit on Thursday, May 3, 2018 beginning at 5:45p.m. at The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in the Wright/Wilber National Bank Atrium.

The entrepreneurial spirit that makes our chamber and our county great is reflected in this year’s award recipients:

                NBT Bank is the recipient of the NYCM Insurance Distinguished Business of the Year. In 2017, NBT culminated its year-long relocation of 14 Mang Insurance Division employees, now NBT Insurance, to the bank’s downtown Oneonta Regional Financial Center on Wall Street in newly renovated space. This move helps support the city’s goal of bringing quality employment to downtown Oneonta. NBT Bank also added a credit analyst and a cash management specialist for a total of 16 new full-time positions in downtown Oneonta.

Simultaneously, NBT Bank helped coordinate with A. Treffeisen & Son, LLC – owner of the Riverside Professional Building – and Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care to fill the planned vacated space on River Street Extension. Filling this vacancy immediately helped CAHPC reach its desired goal to consolidate operations for needed efficiency.

With 58 employees in the county, NBT Bank contributes millions of dollars in taxes, payroll, benefits and contributions/sponsorships. Many employees are key contributors to boards and organizations throughout the county.  In January 2018, NBT Bank marked its 20th business anniversary in Oneonta and Otsego County.

The Distinguished Business of the Year is awarded to companies with 51 employees or more that demonstrate resilience, courage and commitment and the ability to find new solutions and working space.

The late Eugene Bettiol, Sr., is the posthumous recipient of the Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr., Distinguished Citizen Award, sponsored by Bassett Healthcare Network. Mr. Bettiol, Sr., passed away in late 2017. Since 2002 this award has been given to Otsego County citizens who have made a long-term impact on our region and who have given back to the community through their businesses.

Both of this year’s award recipients have enjoyed a close association throughout the years. Mr. Bettiol, Sr., was key in bringing NBT Bank to Otsego County as the bank’s first landlord for its first branch on Southside in January 1998. NBT Bank supported Mr. Bettiol and his companies in many impactful local projects over the years, until his recent passing. We are proud to honor both NBT Bank and Mr. Bettiol, Sr., as deserving recipients of these awards.

“Celebrating Entrepreneurial Spirit in Otsego County” is the theme for our May 3 event. The Chamber’s business awards have showcased some of Otsego County’s best business talent, since 1999.

The Otsego County Chamber looks forward to welcoming you to this celebratory event. Attached please find invitation reservation form and advertising form. Please note that the ad submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 26 to accommodate more advertisers that have expressed interest in participating.   

 

 

 

Respectfully,

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

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189 Main St. Suite 500

Oneonta, NY  13820

Office: 607-267-4010

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​Dear Chamber Members,

Otsego Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will be publishing a brand new, completely redesigned Community Guide about our region with the help from our member and creative agency, IDEA KRAFT. This full-color publication is a great opportunity to feature your business.

 

The Community Guide will highlight a diverse mix of local businesses, products and attractions through more than 50 full-page spreads. A combination of engaging visuals and informative text will encourage visitors to explore all the great experiences Otsego County has to offer. The back of the book will include a directory of businesses with maps displaying their locations. Initial distribution of 2,500 publications will be local in addition to areas outside the region.

 

BOOK CATEGORIES

Eating and Drinking Local (restaurants, breweries, wineries)

Shops (retail, antique)

Health and Wellness (gyms, yoga shops, spas, salons)

Arts and Galleries

Performing Arts and Theaters

Farms and Farmers Markets

Attractions and Recreation (museums, golf courses, biking and hiking trails, etc)

 

WHY JOIN?

Our Community Guide will reach a wide range of visitors to your area, making it easy for them to connect with different businesses. Each business will be visually highlighted on a page dedicated solely to them and will receive three to five professional photos that they can also use for their own marketing purposes. Additionally, businesses have the option to register for only the directory and map rather than the full page feature.

 

We’re excited about the vast growth happening in our community and strongly believe that we can make Otsego County a tourism destination by showcasing its great businesses, products and attractions.

 

You are invited to reserve your featured space by Friday, May 18th, 2018.

 

For additional information, refer to the enclosed flyer or contact IDEA KRAFT’s Project Manager Jocelyn Bailey at [email protected] or 607-235-5855

 

Respectfully,

Barbara Ann Heegan / President & CEO, The Otsego County Chamber & Jeremey Robinson, Otsego County Chamber Board member and Public Relations Chair

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Dear Members,

Please see upcoming events this Saturday and Sunday that you do not want to miss, and we hope you will share with community members.

2018 Job Fair Saturday, April 14, 2018 Fox Care Center

The 2018 Job Fair is for job seekers who seek to be employed immediately. To assist the residents of the Chenango, Delaware and Otsego area in this process, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to host the 2018 Job Fair, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Fox Care Center, Oneonta, NY.

The theme of the 2018 Job Fair is –Laying A Foundation to Success – providing area residents with the keys to success:

•        Education – Training providers will promote training opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in their careers.

•        Employment – Businesses will offer career information and local employment opportunities.

•        Enhancement – Agencies will promote their services that enhance lives (food, clothing, childcare, transportation, heat, home weatherization services & others)

This Year we are offering it on a Saturday to give more Job Seekers the opportunity to come out to meet with area employers. We also invite high school students looking for part time summer employment to come out to see what is available. We have 40 area employers joining us. See attached some of the area employers signed up. More signing up each day leading up to the Job Fair.

Family Service Association is so excited to bring to the community for the 4th year the Love the Life You Live Wellness expo.

Sunday, April 15 is the event.

This year our keynote speakers are the Fabulous Beekman Boys! 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. See attached flyer.

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Oneonta, NY  13820

Office: 607-267-4010

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Dear Members,

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce requests the pleasure of your company for an evening of dinner, music and celebration at the Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:45p.m. at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in the Wright/Wilber Bank Atrium.

We will be Honoring NBT Bank as the Distinguished Business of the Year and Eugene A. Bettiol Sr. as the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2018 by completing the attached reservation form. We look forward to seeing you at this Spring event!

 

 

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Chamber E-NEWS 3/29/2018

Highlights in this edition:

  • Join us for Bargain Baby Ribbon Cutting Thursday, March 29, 2018 4-5pm
  • Greater Oneonta Historical Society updates
  • Upcoming Events at The Otesaga Hotel
  • Leatherstocking Council Annual Program Calendar (attached order form)
  • 2018 Job Fair Saturday, April 14, 2018 at FoxCare Center (Attached Registration
  • Join us for Bargain Baby Ribbon Cutting Thursday, March 29, 2018 4-5pm

 

Bargain Baby

We are HOPPY to announce our official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, March 29th from 4-5pm. Come celebrate the hatching and growth of Bargain Baby at 152-154 Main Street, Oneonta! There will be light refreshments, and a mini Easter egg hunt for the little ones! Stop in and grab your last-minute Easter outfit/gift all while celebrating and experiencing EGGCELLENT bargains!

 

ONEONTA HISTORY CENTER EXTENDS HOURS

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS)  has announced that the Oneonta History Center’s hours have been extended. The History Center at 183 Main Street is now open 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, as well as for special events or by prior arrangement. GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski states that “We are pleased to be able to increase the History Center’s hours. Now more residents and visitors may learn about the rich history of the town and city of Oneonta through our exhibitions, displays, and programs, as well as to purchase unique local history items in our shop.”

For more information, contact [email protected] or (607) 432-0960, or visit www.OneontaHistory.org.

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS)  is sponsoring a full-day trip to Hammondsport and Corning on Tuesday May 15 in a Hale Transportation bus.  This trip will give participants the opportunity to tour both the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning.

The Curtiss Museum features displays of early aircraft, motorcycles, and engines, many of which were manufactured in the Hammondsport factory of aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss.  Also on display are Curtiss family art and turn of the century furnishings and memorabilia.

The Corning Museum of Glass, where participants will have a two-hour guided tour,  is well-known for its comprehensive glass collection representing 35 centuries of glass from around the world.  One of the special exhibitions in May will be “Curious & Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library”. The Juliette K. & Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glass making.

Registration forms are available at www.OneontaHistory.org, at GOHS’ Facebook page, and at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street.  The cost of the trip is $90.00 and the registration deadline is April 24.  Part of the registration fee will be a donation to GOHS. For more information, call Bill or Marge Pietraface at (607) 432-1385.

 

Upcoming Events at The Otesaga Hotel
4/6: DJ LaValley Sound

DJ Mark LaValley will play all your favorite tunes to make your evening a memorable one. Join him in the Hawkeye from 9 pm until midnight.

 

4/7, 4/14: DJ John Thompson

DJ John Thompson began performing professionally as a drummer and guitarist at the early age of thirteen. As a musician, he takes great pride in the various genres and bands he has played with.  Through his craft as a musician, he’s adapted this knowledge to being a skilled and entertaining DJ. Many guests have said DJ John Thompson recognizes and finds the songs that are “just right” for the moment and “keeps the dance floor fun and alive.”  Playing songs from the big band era through early rock ‘n roll, country, Latin, Motown, and disco to the latest and hottest dance songs, John always welcomes and encourages requests. Join him tonight from 9 pm to 1 am in the Hawkeye.

 

4/21: DJ Raphael

DJ Raphael is a dynamic and creatively versatile entertainer whose musical tastes are wide and varied. Focusing on most things soulful, Raphael plays music with instrumental and vocal class dipping into different genres and vibes.  Join him in the Hawkeye from 9 pm – 1 am.

 

Starting 4/29, and continuing throughout the season: Sunday Brunch

Enjoy a bountiful brunch in the elegant setting of Glimmerglass overlooking Lake Otsego.  Featuring omelets made to order, carving station, waffles and classic breakfast foods, salads station, delectable desserts, kid-friendly classics, and much more.  $34.95 per person ($18.00 for children 3-12 years old).  Served 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Reservations required.  Call 607-544-2519 for information and reservations.

 

Come to the Garden Party!  Celebrate 50 years of environmental stewardship by
becoming a sponsor of our special 50th anniversary garden party! Since our humble
beginnings with a mission to protect Otsego County’s air, land, water and rural heritage
we have grown into a multi-faceted natural resource conservation organization, supporting
programs over the years from lake management to solid waste improvements and everything in between. We have hosted some of the largest environmental events in the county, and have worked through citizen coalitions to help protect Otsego County from resource exploitation. We help all citizens of the county to achieve their goals to protect the place we all call home. 
You can be a sponsor!

 

Full details can be found at http://otsegocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Sponsorship-Package-2.pdf

 

2018 Job Fair Saturday, April 14, 2018 Fox Care Center

The 2018 Job Fair is for job seekers who seek to be employed immediately. To assist the residents of the Chenango, Delaware and Otsego area in this process, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to host the 2018 Job Fair, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Fox Care Center, Oneonta, NY.

The theme of the 2018 Job Fair is –Laying A Foundation to Success – providing area residents with the keys to success:

        Education – Training providers will promote training opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in their careers.

        Employment – Businesses will offer career information and local employment opportunities.

        Enhancement – Agencies will promote their services that enhance lives (food, clothing, childcare, transportation, heat, home weatherization services & others)

The success of this effort is dependent on support from many partners.  As an event sponsor, your firm will have the opportunity for increased visibility within the local community while at the same time providing a benefit to your organizations recruitment efforts.

We appreciate your support for this and other past events and hope you will join us in sponsoring this year’s Otsego County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Job Fair, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Fox Care Center. Attached please find Job Fair Sponsorship and registration forms.

 

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Oneonta, NY  13820

Office: 607-267-4010

 

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Dear Members,

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the Distinguished Business Awards:

 

·     NBT Bank is the recipient of the NYCM Insurance Distinguished Business of the Year. In 2017, NBT culminated its year-long relocation of 14 employees of its Mang Insurance Division to the bank’s downtown Oneonta Regional Financial Center on Wall Street in newly renovated space, helping support the city’s goal of bringing quality employment to downtown Oneonta. NBT Bank also added a credit analyst and a cash management specialist for a total of 16 new full-time positions in downtown Oneonta.

 

Simultaneously, NBT Bank helped coordinate with Treffeisen, owners of the Riverside Professional Building, and Catskill Area Hospice (CAHPC) to fill the planned vacated space on River Street Extension. This immediately filled the vacancy and helped CAHPC fulfill their desired goal to consolidate operations for needed efficiency.

 

NBT Bank has 58 employees in the county, contributing millions of dollars in taxes, payroll, benefits and contributions/sponsorships. Many employees are key contributors to boards and organizations throughout the county.   

 

In 2017, NBT Bank marked its 20th business anniversary in Oneonta and Otsego County.

 

The Distinguished Business of the Year is awarded to companies with 51 employees or more that demonstrate resilience, courage and commitment and the ability to find new solutions and way of working.

 

·    The late Eugene Bettiol, Sr., is the posthumous recipient of the Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr., Distinguished Citizen Award, sponsored by Bassett Healthcare Network. Mr. Bettiol, Sr., passed away in late 2017. Since 2002 this award has been given to Otsego County citizens who have made a long-term impact on our region and who have given back to the community through their businesses.

 

 

These award recipients have enjoyed a close association throughout the years. Mr. Bettiol, Sr., was key in bringing NBT Bank to Otsego County as the bank’s first landlord for the bank’s first branch on Southside in January 1988. NBT Bank supported Mr. Bettiol and his companies in many impactful local projects over the years, until his recent passing. We are proud to honor both NBT Bank and Mr. Bettiol, Sr., as deserving recipients of these awards.

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will host this celebration on Thursday, May 3, 2018 beginning at 5:45p.m. at The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in the Wright/Wilber National Bank Atrium. The theme for the evening is “Celebrating Entrepreneurial Spirit in Otsego County.”

The Chamber’s business awards have showcased some of Otsego County’s best business talent, since 1999. The Otsego County Chamber will begin taking reservations beginning next week. Details to follow. 

 

Respectfully,

Barbara Ann Heegan

President & CEO
The Otsego County Chamber

 



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Join us at the Barnyard Swing for this special Small Business Networking event to share information about your business and help build economic growth in the region.  Network with other business owners, lodging owners and service providers to let them know about you and your business.  This is a family friendly event and offers free miniature golf and ice cream as well as some taste testing opportunities and food truck options.  RSVP is requested – Please Click Here.

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Entering its second decade, Earth Festival — an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist — will once again be held in conjunction with Spring Garden Day. The traditional information fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milford Central School gymnasium.  Click the flyer image to the right to view the schedule, highlights and special recycling opportunities!

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