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Major renovation complete to allow year-round operation!

Newly Renovated Fly Creek Cider Mill
Newly Renovated Fly Creek Cider Mill

Fly Creek, NY- The Fly Creek Cider Mill is busily preparing for its 160th season marked by a major renovation that will serve the facility for generations to come. This year’s opening is especially exciting as visitors will be touring a majorly renovated Mill including an additional second-level area expanding the viewing area of the historic, water-powered cider press.

Construction commenced at the end of the last fall’s busy cider season and progressed smoothly through the winter updating this landmark with improved structural engineering. While the historic structure built in 1856 and the 1972 addition remain, all other additions were removed and rebuilt. The two main goals of the build were improved energy efficiency and visitor traffic flow. New high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, spray foam insulation, and LED lighting will reduce energy consumption with the addition of a soon-to-be-installed solar array. Visitors will enjoy more open space to view the historic equipment and shop the Mill’s wide array of specialty foods and gifts. The pack-your-own apple display room has been expanded providing more access to great-tasting New York State-grown apples. Opening day will feature McIntosh, Empire, Jonagold and Crispin varieties fresh from atmospheric controlled storage.

During the renovation the exterior skin of the historic Mill was removed opening up a larger viewing area. This space is augmented by additional viewing windows for customers to witness the entire cider-making process from apple washing to bottling. “We are excited to show visitors what we have accomplished in just four short months,” says Bill Michaels, Co-owner of the Mill. “The new layout will provide a far greater visitor experience as they discover areas of the Mill that have now been opened up to explore.”

Fly Creek Cider Mill Interior
Fly Creek Cider Mill Interior

While apples, cider, cheese and fudge are the Mill’s core products the Michaels continually increase their wide variety of specialty foods. Visitors can enjoy daily tastings of more than 40 specialty foods including barbeque sauces, salad dressings, syrups, salsas, dip mixes plus apple wines and hard ciders. Now in their 17th year of ownership, Brenda and Bill Michaels have developed the Mill into a food-lovers’ destination through diverse products and programming targeted to create a flavorful visitor experience.

“We will open on Friday with all the tastes that visitors have come to expect from us and during the next few months further develop the second level by adding more educational and historical exhibits,” says Bill.

The Mill’s first big Spring event will be the return of the CiderRun on April 23. This is the fourth year for the CiderRun’s 10K/5K race through picturesque Fly Creek Valley. The run benefits the Athelas Therapeutic Riding program. For registration and more race information visit www.ciderrun.com.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is located 3 miles from Cooperstown and 24 miles south of Herkimer just off State Route 28 in Fly Creek. Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. starting April 1. For more information, programming and events or to request a copy of their brochure visit www.flycreekcidermill.com or call 607-547-9692.

 

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 Thank you to our Job Fair Sponsors!

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Business Exhibitors at the 2016 Job Fair

A. O. Fox Hospital,  ACCO Brands,  ARMY,  Astrocom Electronics, Baseball Hall of Fame,  Bassett Healthcare, Catholic Charities, Catskill Area Hospice, Corning Incorporated,  Cazenovia Equipment Company,  CDO Workforce,  CDO Veterans Services,  Chenango Health Network,  City of Oneonta,  Combined Insurance,  Community Bank,  Cooperstown Dreams Park, Cooperstown Medical Transport, Cullman Child Development Center,  Custom Electronics,  Experience Works,  Fidelis Care,  Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Care,  Heritage at the Plains of Perish Homestead,  Holiday Inn,  Key Bank, Literacy Volunteers,  Mirabito Energy Products,  National Tractor Trailer School,  Northern Rivers Family of Services,  NYS ACCES-VR, NYS Historical Association, NYS Police, ONC BOCES, Oneonta Block/Pickett Building Materials/Otsego Readi Mix, Oneonta Job Corps, Otesaga Resort Hotel, Preferred Mutual Insurance Company,  Saputo Dairy Foods, SCORE, Sidney Federal Credit Union, Springbrook, Staffworks, SUNY Delhi, The Raymond Corp., Toastmasters, Towne Nursing, Townsquare Media, USANA, US Care Systems, Walmart

A Free Bus will take people to the Holiday Inn for the Job Fair

Pick-up 1 pm @ The OPT Bus Store, Clinton Plaza, Oneonta, and return at 3:15 pm.

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Calling Schoharie and Otsego County Farms!!

The Otsego County Chamber is pleased to be a supporting partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension in bringing Family Farm Day to Otsego County!

Family Farm Day has become a signature event in Schoharie County during the peak of the growing and tourist season, and for 2016 will expand to include Otsego County farms.

Participation is FREE for farms, producers and visitors. Participating farms and producers experience widespread publicity and excellent farm product sales, while visitors build awareness about local farming, foods, and other farm products.

Each participating farm/producer will have its own information printed in the official Farm Guide that is distributed in targeted channels throughout the region. New this year! The full color Guide is moving to a larger format (8.5”x11”) to better serve our sponsors and farm visitors. The entire Guide will be available online, especially effective for travel planning and smart-phone users.

To register your farm or to become a sponsor, please visit www.familyfarmday.org; complete the online registration form or download the printable version and mail to: CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties, 173 South Grand St., Suite 1, Cobleskill, NY 12043. Please register at your earliest convenience, but surely by April 15, 2016. For more information contact David Cox at (518) 234-4303 or 296.8310, or email [email protected].

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10% off Service Labor.  Not available with any other discount or service special.

Contact: Tammy Kiser, Controller.  65 Oneida Street, Oneonta, NY 13820; 607-433-1251

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October 1 – Legal/HR Issues & the Small Business

Presenters, Paul Sweeney, Esq., Mark Gorgos, Esq., Joseph Steflik, Esq., and Brady Begeal, Esq., attorneys from the law firm of Coughlin and Gerhart, LLP, and Chamber members, will identify important legal issues and discuss best practices that every Small Business Owner or prospective owner should consider to protect themselves, their business and their ideas. Topics include:

 Choice of Business Entity

 Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements

 Legal Issues in Leasing and Buying Real Property

 Contract Formation and Review

 Collections and Bankruptcy Issues

 Laws That Every Employer Should Know (Something) About

 Wage and Hour Update

 Managing the Workforce from Hiring to Firing

 

 

October 8 – Business Planning & Best Practices

Presenter SCORE District Director and Mentor, William Ritter, will examine the components of writing a Business Plan for internal or external use utilizing the model developed by the Small Business Development Center, the SBA and local financial institutions. You will learn methodologies for assessing your business plan, how to assess competitive analyses, create a marketing plan, and look at various types of business organizations. This presentation will answer the ongoing question, “Why Plan my Business or Have a Business Plan at All?” All of the participants will be provided with the option of working with a SBDC or SCORE Business Advisor to assist with the development of their Business Plan.

October 15 – Business Goal Setting & Budget Preparation

Presenter Bryce Reynolds holds an MBA in finance and is a certified SCORE Mentor.  One of the greatest challenges of developing a new business involves developing a business model that ensures profitability and a positive cash flow. Participants will review processes for developing a business budget, managing cash flow, and preparing a reasonable forecast. The presentation will incorporate an overview of potential funding sources budget on budget assumptions and business goals.

October 22 – Financial Lending Aspects 

Presenter Michelle D. Catan, NYS Certified Business Advisor, SBDC New York, will lead a guided round table discussion with several local lending institutions. They will review various aspects of lending and managing debt. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue to express ideas, concerns and questions. This session includes, but not limited to some local financial representatives from the NBT Bank, Community Bank, Bank of Cooperstown, Key Bank, SFCU and the SBA.

October 29 – Multi-Media Marketing

Business owners will learn the concepts behind developing a sound and cost effective marketing strategy for their business including traditional advertising and marketing mediums, internet strategies and guerilla marketing tactics.

November 5 – Executive & Business Coaching Panel

(Panel presenters to be announced) A panel of esteemed business executives from diverse organizations will discuss their experience; review struggles and lessons learned and provide some valuable coaching on best-practices. They will field  questions and serve to coach you with ideas and techniques to encourage and support business growth.

November 12 – Introduction to the Global Market Place

Presenters Kathryn Bamberger of Empire State Development, Stephen Day, President of the Global Business Alliance and William Ritter of SCORE District Director will discuss how exporting can work for your business and how to get started. Come; learn about the programs, services and other support resources available to businesses in New York. You will explore opportunities to market and sell your products and services in markets outside of the USA.  95% of the world’s population lives outside of the USA.  Small and medium-sized firms account for the vast majority of growth in new exporters.  More than two-thirds of exporters have fewer than 20 employees.  Most exporting companies are more nimble and flexible and PROFITABLE and become the employer of choice in their community and their industry.

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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce now brings Google Maps “Street View” virtual tour technology inside our member business establishments!  We are so excited to announce a new Partnership program with the region’s  Google Maps Street View photographer and the amazing new benefits and opportunities this program brings to our members and the business community.

We are officially launching this program on September 9th.  Our Google Street View photographer will be in the county that day to bring the 360 camera inside member businesses that wish to participate.   If you would like to learn how your business can be included, fill out and submit this online form and our Google Guy will call you to discuss the program details.  You should sign up right away as there is limited availability on their itinerary for this day and it’s a first-come / first-served basis.

Introducing –  Otsego County Google Virtual Business & Area Guide

As part of this new program, our Google partner is providing us with a custom Google Virtual Business & Area Guide for our website.  This Guide is a portal built from all of our member businesses that participate in this program.  Participating business will be categorically listed in a the navigation menu.  We’ll be putting this prominently on our website as a resource for visitors and locals!

All the Ways You Benefit

When you participate in this program you gain an amazing exposure boost in Google.  Here’s how:

  • “See Inside” linked image added to your Google Search listing
  • “See Inside” linked image added to your Google Maps listing
  • “See Inside” linked image added to your Google Local listing
  • Inclusion in the Chamber’s Google Virtual Business & Area Guide
  • Embed code to display your Google Street View tour on your own website and Facebook page

Sign up Now to Get in on this outstanding member benefit opportunity!

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Here’s a few examples of some participating businesses in other towns in upstate NYtake a virtual walk inside! Use your mouse on the images to move it around and click to move through the space  – it’s interactive!

Food & Fire BBQ – Binghamton NY

ADK Harley Davidson, Utica NY

Le Moyne College, Syracuse NY

Mirror Lake Inn & Spa, Lake Placid NY

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Expires 12/31/2015

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Dear Members,

 

A message from the Governor’s office:

Dear friend,

 

Please join us Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:00a.m. in the Ballroom at the Otesaga for the presentation on the Governor’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda for New York. Coffee will be served.

 

Please RSVP to [email protected].

 

20 under 40

First ’20 Under 40′ Class Named,

Awards Reception Planned Feb. 26

The first class of Otsego County’s “20 Under 40”, designed to recognize younger citizens who are excelling in their fields, was chosen Tuesday, Feb. 10, by an independent panel of six judges.

The honorees are:

► Chad Angellotti, Oneonta, staff social worker, Otsego County Mental Health

► Brent Baysinger, owner, Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, Portlandville.

►  Dan Buttermann, Oneonta, casualty supervisor, New York Central Mutual, Edmeston

► Dan Crowell, Fly Creek, Otsego County treasurer

► Jessica Guenther, Oneonta, Internet & marketing specialist, Five Star Subaru

► Stacie Haynes, Cooperstown, CROP program manager, ONC BOCES, Milford

► Danielle Henrici, Cooperstown, NYSHA, director of education

► Dana Leonard, Cooperstown, co-owner, Origins Café

► Kristen Leonard, Cooperstown, co-owner, Origins Café

► Harold “Bud” Lippitt, Cooperstown, teacher and coach, Cooperstown Central School

► Sarah Manchester, Oneonta, financial adviser, Edward Jones,

► Heather Mann, Oneonta, owner, Mann Made Cakes and Soda Jerks

► Andrew Marietta, Cooperstown, New York Council of Nonprofits, Oneonta

► Shannon McHugh, Oneonta, Lil’ Ladybug Day Care, teacher

► Hannah Morgan, Oneonta, sustainability coordinator, SUNY Oneonta

► JonathAn Philby, Oneonta, adaptive phys-ed teacher, Springbrook

► Megan Scrivener, Oneonta, internship coordinator, SUNY Oneonta

► Corinne Smith, Cooperstown, nurse practitioner, Bassett Hospital

► Zoë van der Meulen, vice president/marketing, Unalam, Unadilla

► Chad Welch, finance and Internet manager, Smith Ford, Cooperstown.

The honorees will be recognized at a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Springbrook’s new Oneonta campus on Route 7, (the former St. Mary’s School).  $12.50 per person.  Reservations, call 547-6103.

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Mane Street Cutters will be at the “love the life you live” event at SUCO, this Saturday from 12:00pm-5:00pm! There will be a lot of vendors at this event so please come! Its free to get in, they just ask to bring a new personal care item to donate to Family Services Association. Ex, deodorant, razors, soap, shampoo, etc.

 

At the Mane Street Cutters table, we will have give-aways, drawings and exclusive sales on our products.

 

There will be seminars from Bassett hospital, Dr. Dohner, fitness by Stacy Mitchell, Couponing, heart health, stress relief for depression and more. There will be mammography and cholesterol screenings and a fashion show put on by JC Penney, Maurices, Rue 21 and TJ Maxx!

 

Many local businesses are attending and have lots to share! Please swing in and bring your friends!

 

Also reminder, our Annual Customer Appreciation Sale is coming up March 16th-21st.  Everything will be buy one get one 50% off! This is the best sale of the year so mark your calenders! We will also have snacks all week and multiple drawings for product gift packs and free services from most of us stylists!

 

Thank you and have a great day!

Your friends at,

Mane Street Cutters
297 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
607-432-8740

 

Join us on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11:45am – 1:30pm for a Networking Luncheon as we honor Dr. Theodore D. Peters, from the Department of Business Administration and Accounting of Hartwick College for his organizational behavior program at the college connecting students with businesses.  The Networking Luncheon will be at the Otesaga Resort Hotel and we welcome Christian Harris, Department of Labor, who will be providing an overview of the economic forecast for Otsego County.  Registration is $25.00 per person.  There are sponsorship opportunities still available for:  Major Sponsor $300 and Table Sponsor $70.  If you are unable to attend but would like to participate and advertise your company you may donate a door prize.  Contact Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services, at [email protected] or (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 for more information or to RSVP.

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Laurens Central School

Informational Forums

 

Starting on February 26th, and continuing through the months of March and April, we will be hosting a series of informational forums.  The forums will cover a variety of topics, and will be hosted in coordination with several local organizations.  Be sure to mark your calendar

according to the dates listed below!

 

Forum #1        Thursday, February 26, 2015            7:00—8:30pm

                        Substance Abuse:  It’s here, and it is serious.  Current Drug Trends and

                        Identification.  How to protect your children, signs of  abuse, and where to

                        find help.

Co-Sponsored with the New York State Police

 

Forum #2        Thursday, March 26, 2015                7:00—8:30pm

                        Coping:  When Bad Things Happen, to Good People….How do you cope?

                         Where do you find the support and assistance you need?  

                        Co-Sponsored with the Area Youth for Christ (YFC) Organization

 

Forum #3       Thursday, April 9, 2015                     7:00—8:30pm

How do I help my child to be successful?   Strategies to deal with: 

                        Bullying, Fostering Healthy Friendships and Relationships, On-line Safety

                        and more.

                        Co-Sponsored with the Otsego Area Violence Intervention Program

 

Forum #4        Thursday, April  23, 2015      7:00—8:30pm

The Beauty and the Beast of Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Snap

                        chat,  Reputation Management, etc.  Learn how to effectively use these

                         tools of communication in an appropriate manner, and how to best

                        protect your children in their use of these devices.

Mrs. Rokhvadze, our School Library Media Specialist will provide a

wealth of information on this topic.

 

All Forums will be held in the LCS Multi-Purpose Room

Child Care will be provided

Refreshments will be served

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For Immediate Release: Oneonta, New York February 2, 2015

Contact: Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO 432-4500 x202

 

 

OTSEGO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the 2015 Annual Celebration of Business Awards.The NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year goes to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for their outstanding contributions to Otsego County of bringing baseball fans from all across the country and world for their recent 75thAnniversary.  Carol Blazina, dynamic community leader in the Greater Oneonta area, is recognized as the Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr. Distinguished Citizen.  The Quality of Life award ispresented to Opportunities for Otsego for their programs and services benefitting individuals and families throughout Otsego County.

 

According to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO of the County Chamber, these recipients, nominated by their peers, represent the best of Otsego County and we are proud of their accomplishments in enhancing our sense of community  and contributions to a business friendly environment.

 

On Thursday March 5th,  come celebrate our collective successes as we honor these award receipts at the Annual Dinner and Celebration of Business. The evening kicks off at the Hunt Union Ballroom with a cocktail reception at 5:45p.m. and dinner at 7:00p.m..

 

To RSVP for this event please contact Shelly Giangrant at(607) 432-4500 Ext. 207 by Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:00p.m..

 

The mission of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce  is to continually improve the overall business climate in the region; to strive for an atmosphere which attracts investment; to build a positive, forward-thinking business community; and to partner with government, groups, individuals and institutions.

 

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​Dear Members,

 

Engaging the Public for Smarter Regulations

Workplaces are constantly changing, and the Labor Department is always reviewing its existing regulations to update rules that may be out of date, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome. The department is looking for new ideas from the public on which rules should be modified, streamlined, expanded or even repealed. Therefore, it has launched an interactive website to engage interested parties to suggest rules that should be reviewed. Members of the public have until Feb. 25 to give input that will help the department implement effective and smart regulations to bring opportunity and economic security to working families, job-seekers and retirees.

 

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The Annual Meeting & Networking Event scheduled for this evening has been postponed. We are rescheduling for nextTuesday, 2/10.  Hope you can make it, if only for the first hour!
Interested in the future of OWL?
Please join us for Oneonta World of Learning’s Annual Meeting and networking event on Tuesday, February 10th, generously hosted by Roots Brewing Company at 175 Main Street, Oneonta. Come for the networking, stay for the meeting if you’d like to become more involved.
5-6pm Networking Mixer
6-8pm OWL Annual Meeting
Children welcome- we will have volunteers running activities for kids.
Appetizers and treats provided. Feel free to bring a dish to pass. Also featuring a cash bar operated by Roots!

Best wishes for a safe & happy Snow Day,

Caitlyn Davey

OWL Community Relations

Please vote everyday between now & March 11 for Oneonta World of Learning to win a set of Imagination Playground blocks!  It’s easy!  http://bit.ly/1uvPvau

Check out the OWL Nest children’s museum incubation project (277 Main St, Oneonta)!
http://www.oneontaworldoflearning.org
https://www.facebook.com/OneontaWorldofLearning

 

Love the Life you Live – Free Women’s Conference – Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta

The lesson goes, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re like a lot of women, you get an A+ in the “love your neighbor” part. You show up. You take care of your families, your coworkers, your clients, and your friends. How about spending time this Valentine’s Day to show a little love to yourself?

Over the course of the day, you can listen to speakers on topics that touch many parts of your happiest life: your health, your spirit, your finances, and more. Come share a lively day of loving self-care and friendship. Bring a friend!

In the spirit of the day, this full conference experience is FREE to you. We only ask that you make a donation of a personal care item, as a donation to The Family Service Association. (Any hygiene item will do: deodorant, shampoo, razor, feminine care products, etc.) Pick an extra something up on your next shopping trip, and you’re in!

For more information visit their facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/1514922115453793/

 

 

Join us on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11:45am – 1:30pm for a Networking Luncheon at the Otesaga Resort Hotel as we welcome Christian Harris, Department of Labor, who will be providing an overview of the economic forecast for Otsego County.  Registration is $25.00 per person.  There are sponsorship opportunities still available for:  Major Sponsor $300 and Table Sponsor $70.  If you are unable to attend but would like to participate and advertise your company you may donate a door prize.  Contact Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services, at [email protected] or (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 for more information or to RSVP.

 

 

Hartwick College will be hosting a Trade Fair on campus within the next two months. They are currently seeking out new and small businesses to invite to sell their products and services to students, faculty and staff. Anyone interested in being invited to attend this event as a potential vendor, contact Kerri Green at 607-431-4998 or [email protected]. This initiative is to help encourage new start up businesses, entrepreneurs and to help local businesses in the area.

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Open Call for Artists

Interested in having your artwork shown at CANO’s Wilber Mansion Galleries? Our Open Call for Artists for the 2015 Exhibition Schedule is underway. The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2015 so be sure to get your images and show proposals in soon. You can submit all your application materials easily on our new website. Use this link for details on the Call for Artists http://www.canoneonta.org/exhibits/call-for-artists/

 

 

Chili Bowl Fundraiser

We’re gearing up for our 11th annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser coming up on February 1st, 2015. This is a culinary challenge for amateur and professional chefs, as well as a creative showcase for area potters, artists, and bowl-decorating enthusiasts. The purchase of a “chili bowl” is your ticket to sample the wares of the chili cook-off contestants. Proceeds from your purchase will be used for the maintenance of CANO’s Wilber Mansion, as well as for art scholarships to Carriage House Art Studio. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Chili Bowl Contestant or Sponsor or visit us at http://www.canoneonta.org/events/chili-bowl/

 

 

You are invited to the Tri-County Young Professionals Mixer for dinner on Thursday, January 29th at 6:00pm at Alfresco’s Italian Bistro.

 

The evening will include:

  • A panel discussion on volunteer opportunities and community involvement.
  • An opportunity to network and meet with other young professionals.

 

Stay connected to what’s happening.

 

$20.00 per person.  Please RSVP to Shelly Giangrant at (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or email [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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Nominations are now being sought for the 9th Annual

Woman Trailblazer Award

Presented by the Oneonta City Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights

 

In honor of Women’s History month, this award recognizes a woman in the Oneonta Area who, by demonstrating outstanding achievement in her field or in the community, has enhanced the visibility and stature of women.   A Trailblazer is defined as one who has opened the pathways for others to follow: a pioneer; a forerunner; a trail breaker; a mover and shaker.

 

For more information, call Joyce Miller, Commission Chair at 607-432-8751 or City Clerk, Doug Kendall at 607-432-6450 or at e-mail: [email protected]

 

Deadline for submitting nominations:

February 20, 2015

The award will be presented at a March Common Council Meeting, City Hall, Oneonta, New York

A reception will precede the common Council meeting in the City Hall Lobby

A complete nomination form is available at City Hall or on the City Web site at: www.oneonta.ny.us and click on City Government, then Commissions, then Community Relations & Human Rights.

 

Oneonta City Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights 

 WOMAN TRAILBLAZER AWARD

Nomination Requirements

 

In honor of Women’s History month, the Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in the Oneonta Area who, by demonstrating outstanding achievement in her field or in the community, has enhanced the visibility and stature of women.

A Trailblazer is defined as one who has opened the pathways for others to follow: a pioneer; a forerunner; a trail breaker; a mover and shaker.

 

Awards will be given in two categories:  Ages 25 and under; and over 25.

To nominate an individual, please submit any and all of the following that apply:

 

  1. Role Model Statement  (100 words or less)

In what manner has the nominee served as a role model for other women in her chosen profession or Community Service?

 

  1. Outstanding Achievements and/or Accomplishments (in particular, citing any “firsts” the nominee can claim)

 

  1. Professional Statement (250 words or less)
  2. How has the nominee uniquely contributed to the development and success of her profession and the organization within which she works?  How has she demonstrated initiative and leadership qualities within her profession?

 

  1. Community Service Statement (250 words or less)

Consider the following aspects of the nominee’s community service.

  • Nominee’s volunteer commitments

o Organization(s)

o Dates

o Responsibilities

o Significant contributions

  • Manner in which nominee has shared expertise with others
  • Demonstrations of leadership in the community

 

  1. Two (2) letters of reference. 

 

Mail completed nomination form to:

            Doug Kendall, City Clerk

258  Main Street, Oneonta  NY  13820

or e-mail: [email protected]

Nomination forms are also available on the City Web Site:  www.oneonta.ny.us

Click on city government, then commissions, then Community Relations and         Human Rights.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  February 20, 2015

 

2015 Nomination Form

 

Award Category

Please check the category that applies to the age of the nominee.

___  Age 25 or under ___  Over 25

 

Nominee:  (The person you want to win)

Name: ____________________________  Organization (if applicable) ______________

Address: ________________________ City _____________________ Zip Code _______

Telephone:  _____________________  E-mail: _________________________________

Nominator:  (The person completing this form)

Name: ___________________________   Organization (if applicable) _______________

Address: _________________________  City ____________________ Zip Code _______

Telephone: _______________________ E-mail: _________________________________

References

Please include two letters of reference from persons that know the nominee’s qualifications for this award.  References cannot be the nominee or the nominator.

Name: _________________________  Telephone: ___________________________

E-mail: ______________________________________

Name: ___________________________  Telephone: _________________________

E-mail: ______________________________________

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  February 20, 2015

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The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, has announced its schedule of ten new exhibitions running April 1 through December 31, 2015.  The season is filled with exceptional works of art presented through a variety of intriguing curations.  Exhibitions highlight well-known artists such as Marc Chagall, Maxfield Parrish, Raymond Han, Steven Skollar, as well as masterpieces in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art at the Fenimore Art Museum.

The season opens with six exhibitions including Marc Chagall’s Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera (April 1 – December 31), 50 at 20: Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection (April 1 – December 31), andColorama (April 1 – June 21).

The summer season is highlighted by Maxfield Parrish: The Art of Light and Illusion (May 23 – September 7), Raymond Han: Still Lifes and Figures (June 20 – December 31), and Real and Imagined: The Paintings of Steven Skollar (April 1 – December 31)

Other 2015 exhibitions include Photographs by Brenda Mitten: The 10th Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial (April 1 – June 7), Autopsy for a Nation: The Death of Abraham Lincoln (April 1 – December 31), Lavern Kelley: The Art of the Farm(September 19 – December 31), and our fall folk art related exhibit “A Perfect Likeness”: Folk Portraits and Early Photography (October 3 – December 31).

For more information on our 2015 exhibitions, related programs, and our $2.00-off admission coupon, please visitFenimoreArtMuseum.org.  The Fenimore Art Museum is open April 1 – December 31, 2015.  Spring hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  Summer hours: open daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (beginning May 11).

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Scott started Neighbors Insurance Agency in 1996 in Sidney and opened our Oneonta location in 2001.  He specializes in commercial insurance and group health insurance helping businesses find the best product at a competitive price.  Scott is very involved in the local community serving as President of the Sidney Community Foundation, current Rotarian and past President while also serving as a member of the Otsego County Member Services Committee.  He lives in Sidney with his wife Rose and children Nicole, Kyle and Steven.

 

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Ribbon Cutting and Italian Night at the Oneonta Elks Friday, January 16, 2015 at 6:00p.m.  Ribbon Cutting for the naming of the downstairs restaurant  “Elks Down Under Pub” Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner in Elks Down Under Pub Dinner starts 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. $11.00 per person. Open to the public. To benefit Elks Charitable programs. RSVP by calling Elks Lodge at (607) 432-1312.

 

The Plains at Parish Homestead Business Afterhours

Musical performers Rob Hunt and Tom Wetmore will be performing

Thursday January 22, 2015 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

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Below is information from the NYSDOL’s Website (www.labor.ny.gov ) about the changes to the Wage Theft Protection Act eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year, employers notify every worker about their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc.. The Department will not require annual statements in 2015.

 

 

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On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year, employers notify and receive written acknowledgement from every worker about their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc. According to the signing statement, legislative leaders and the Governor have agreed to a chapter amendment to make this change effective immediately. Accordingly, given the pending enactment of this chapter amendment, the Department will not require annual statements in 2015.

Please note, businesses are still required to notify employees as required at the time of hire.

This is located here: http://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/employer/wage-theft-prevention-act.shtm

 

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Ribbon Cutting and Italian Night at the Oneonta Elks Friday, January 16, 2015 at 6:00p.m.  Ribbon Cutting for the naming of the downstairs restaurant  “Elks Down Under Pub” Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner in Elks Down Under Pub Dinner starts 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. $11.00 per person. To benefit Elks Charitable programs

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OWL Annual Meeting
Interested in the future of OWL?
Please join us for Oneonta World of Learning‘s Annual Meeting and networking event on Monday, February 2nd, generously hosted by Roots Brewing Company at 175 Main Street, Oneonta. Come for the networking, stay for the meeting if you’d like to become more involved.
5-6pm Networking Mixer
6-8pm OWL Annual Meeting
Children welcome- we will have volunteers running activities for kids.
Appetizers and treats provided. Feel free to bring a dish to pass. Also featuring a cash bar operated by Roots!​

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Love the Life you Live – Free Women’s Conference – Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta

The lesson goes, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re like a lot of women, you get an A+ in the “love your neighbor” part. You show up. You take care of your families, your coworkers, your clients, and your friends. How about spending time this Valentine’s Day to show a little love to yourself?

Over the course of the day, you can listen to speakers on topics that touch many parts of your happiest life: your health, your spirit, your finances, and more. Come share a lively day of loving self-care and friendship. Bring a friend!

In the spirit of the day, this full conference experience is FREE to you. We only ask that you make a donation of a personal care item, as a donation to The Family Service Association. (Any hygiene item will do: deodorant, shampoo, razor, feminine care products, etc.) Pick an extra something up on your next shopping trip, and you’re in!

For more information visit their facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/1514922115453793/

 

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WE WISH YOU A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

 

Last call for the Small Business Needs Assessment Survey which will end later this afternoon. We value your input and ask you to take just a few minutes to take the survey.

Also, last call for registering for the State of the State Breakfast. Please see the details below.

Small Business Needs Assessment Survey

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Otsego County Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the County Board of Representatives has taken this initiative in presenting to small businesses a needs assessment survey.

This survey focuses on small business needs in Otsego County and contains questions on business size, performance, strategy, financing and employee skills.

The responses collected will be critical in helping us identify emerging issues and areas of strength and areas of needed improvement in the small business community.

Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please respond by December 31, 2014

CONFIDENTIALITY: Individual responses are kept confidential except for survey comments that may be anonymously published with prior consent of the respondent.

Direct any questions regarding this survey to Barbara Ann Heegan  [email protected] at 607-432-4500 Ext 202.

 

Click below the icon to Take the Survey. The Survey can also be found on The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce website homepage www.otsegocc.com. Thank you!

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 Holiday Inn

State of the State Breakfast

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7:30am – 10:00am

Holiday Inn of Oneonta

Sponsored by: Logo in JPEG

 

Reservation                $25 per person ($35 for Non Members)

Breakfast, Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 7:30am followed by program at 8:30am.  Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.

 

Company Name:__________________________________________________

 

Attending:  _______________________________________________________

 

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RSVP by Friday, January 2, 2015 to Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Service by emailing[email protected] or calling (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or Fax to (607)432-4506

 

Mail a check made payable to:

 

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

189 Main Street, Suite 201

Oneonta, NY 13820

 

or fill in information below to pay by credit card

 

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January Specials: Hello vacationers! Come see us in January and receive 20% off Colorproof and Surface travel size products!  -And- 20% all headbands! 

Mark your calendars for our big Customer Appreciation Sale!

One Week Only! March 16- March 21. Please stop in and enjoy snacks and give-a-ways. Enter your name for a chance to win great prizes, including free services and products!

 

Don’t forget about our “Trade In and Trade Up.  Bring in any products from home (any brand, ex. Pantene, suave, anything!) and receive $5.00 off one of our full retail size products for each product you bring in! Then we are donating the used products to the local homeless shelter.

 

Stay Tuned! We will be having some new stylists joining us! More Information to come..

 

Happy New Year,

Mane Street Cutters
297 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
607-432-8740

 

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Dear Members,

The twinkling lights are up at the Otsego County Chamber office at 189 Main Street Suite 201 from our digital LED motion sign with the time, temperature and Holiday Cheer!

Santa’s House in Muller Plaza is filled with children awaiting to tell Santa their wish list!

Local main street stores are stocked, please think local first and shop local!

Before the shoppers

Descend upon our town, city and county

We offer up this Chamber toast

So pass your cups around of hot chocolate we offer to any member or potential new member that stops in.

First, to our dearest members

To you a prosperous new year

With your renewed support

Our Chamber has nothing to fear

Next, board – staff – and volunteers

We wish you peaceful rest

You’ve earned it because this past year

You’ve given us your best

And as for all our sponsors

A special Yule salute

The dollars you provide us

Allow our programs to bear fruit

And finally to our shopping guests

Who travel far and wide

You boost our local economy

And enhance our Chamber pride

The Chamber staff commends you all

Because, you see, we feel

You’ve kept the Chamber flourishing

With your hard work and your zeal

A great Chamber and community

Is reason enough to boast

So raise your cups to the Holidays

With this special Chamber toast!

Onward, with dreams of peace, joy and happiness for a prosperous 2015! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa!

Your Otsego County Chamber President & CEO

Barbara Ann Heegan

 

 

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is ready to kick off in its first YEA! class in Otsego County! We are thrilled to be introducing this exciting new program, developing middle and high school students into the next business leaders here in the Oneonta area.

 

The Otsego Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Hartwick College to bring this nationally successful program to our area. There are numerous ways for our local business leaders to get involved in this youth education program, but first here’s a brief description of what YEA! is:

 

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.

 

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

 

We are more than excited to revive the spirit of entrepreneurship in Otsego County for young students! Classes begin this January, and we are still recruiting business leaders, like yourself, to get involved in the YEA! program as guest speakers, business mentors, field trip hosts, and a variety of additional opportunities.

 

For more information on the YEA! program and how you can get involved, contact Barbara Ann Heegan at 607-432-4500 x202 or [email protected]

 

Small Business Needs Assessment Survey

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Otsego County Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the County Board of Representatives has taken this initiative in presenting to small businesses a needs assessment survey.

This survey focuses on small business needs in Otsego County and contains questions on business size, performance, strategy, financing and employee skills.

The responses collected will be critical in helping us identify emerging issues and areas of strength and areas of needed improvement in the small business community.

Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please respond by December 31, 2014

CONFIDENTIALITY: Individual responses are kept confidential except for survey comments that may be anonymously published with prior consent of the respondent.

Direct any questions regarding this survey to Barbara Ann Heegan  [email protected] at 607-432-4500 Ext 202.

 

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 Holiday Inn

State of the State Breakfast

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7:30am – 10:00am

Holiday Inn of Oneonta

Sponsored by: Logo in JPEG

 

 

 

Reservation                $25 per person ($35 for Non Members)

Breakfast, Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 7:30am followed by program at 8:30am.  Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.

 

Company Name:__________________________________________________

 

Attending:  _______________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________

 

RSVP by Friday, January 2, 2015 to Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Service by emailing [email protected] or calling (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or Fax to (607)432-4506

 

Mail a check made payable to:

 

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

189 Main Street, Suite 201

Oneonta, NY 13820

 

or fill in information below to pay by credit card

 

Select Card Type:  ñ  VISA    ñ  MASTERCARD    ñ  DISCOVER    ñ  AMERICAN EXPRESS

 

Card Number:  __________________________  Expires  ______ (mmyy) SIC Code: ________

 

Card Holder:  ___________________________  Signature:  _____________________________

 

 

 

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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Otsego County Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the County Board of Representatives has taken this initiative in presenting to small businesses a needs assessment survey.

This survey focuses on small business needs in Otsego County and contains questions on business size, performance, strategy, financing and employee skills.

The responses collected will be critical in helping us identify emerging issues and areas of strength and areas of needed improvement in the small business community.

Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please respond by December 31, 2014

CONFIDENTIALITY: Individual responses are kept confidential except for survey comments that may be anonymously published with prior consent of the respondent.

Direct any questions regarding this survey to Barbara Ann Heegan  [email protected] at 607-432-4500 Ext 202.

 

 

Click below the icon to Take the Survey. The Survey can also be found on The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce website homepage www.otsegocc.com. Thank you!

 

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Today Saturday December 6, 2014 Best Wine and Spirits of Oneonta will be hosting wine tastings with vendors on site today from Noon-6:00p.m..
PRICE DISCOUNTS  ON CASE PURCHASES!
LOCATED ON RT.7 IN THE PRICE CHOPPER PLAZA
EAST END OF TOWN
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Join us tonight for a Business After Hours from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at Creative Imaging Photography located in the Southside Mall.

  • 100s of dress-up choices
  • Green-screen Photography with many backgrounds to choose from (demonstration this evening with models to show how it all works)
  • Free 8 X 10 with a $25 gift certificate purchase

 

This is a great idea for children’s parties as they can dress up in their favorite costumes such as princess, fairy, glamour, time era and more.  Creative Imaging Photography is located inside the Southside Mall in Oneonta close to JC Penny.  Hot chocolate, holiday treats and other refreshments will be served.

 

RSVP by calling Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services at (607) 432-4500 Ext 207 or emailing [email protected].

 

 

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