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Dear Members,

 

 

The Otsego County Chamber believes that retaining young people in our region after they graduate, either for employment or post-secondary education, is critical to the economic vitality of our region.

 

The Otsego County Chamber will hold its 8th Annual Career Expo and Job Fair Open House on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the ONC BOCES campus in Milford, 1914 County Route 35 Milford, NY 13807. The purpose of the Career Expo is to provide a well-rounded depiction of career opportunities in our region, the jobs that may be available to students when they graduate along with the education and skills needed to acquire those jobs. Business and college exhibitors will provide information to students about the various career opportunities at their company, the training and education needed for those careers, average salaries, and how students can acquire the skills, education, and experience needed to pursue these opportunities.

 

NEW this year there will also be a Job Fair and Open house which open to the public to attend and meet with area employers for current openings, learn about job training programs and we are proud to partner with ONC BOCES, CDO Workforce and NYS Department of Labor.

 

We invite you to be an Exhibitor at this Expo to showcase current job openings you are trying to fill and meet with students, parents and interested candidates.  Several colleges and educational program from our region are also invited to attend and share information on how their programs relate to the various career opportunities in our region. Colleges will be paired with business sectors at the Expo so that students can see a connection between the careers in our region and the educational opportunities also available in our region.

 

We hope that you will join us for this event. Registration is $30 per table includes light dinner and name listed on ads. Please complete the attached Business Exhibitor Registration form and return it with your registration payment by February 1, 2019. Set up will be between 3:30p.m.-4:45p.m.

 

If you have any questions about the Expo please contact myself or Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator, at (607) 432-4500 Ext. 104 or by emailing [email protected]. Thank you!

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Join us as The Otsego County Chamber to host Required for Managers and Business Owners NYS Mandated Anti-Harassment Policies and Sexual Harassment Training Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.
Under Section 201-G, New York State mandates ALL employers (with as few as one employee) to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy as well as to train ALL employees on sexual harassment prevention.  The policies were to be in place by October 9, 2018.  Initial trainings must be completed by October 9, 2019 and then annual thereafter.  Trainings for employees and managers/owners are not the same.  Managers and Owners have additional responsibilities and they must be trained on these. The policies and trainings have minimum requirements as outlined in Section 201-G. 
Please join chamber member, Maria N. Smirensky, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MBA, President of M S Van Wie Advisors LLC, for the training for Managers and Business Owners.  This interactive training will go through the minimum requirement set out by this law as well as best practices to strengthen your company practices.  Ms. Smirensky will also identify areas that must be customized for your individual company.  You will leave this training with the confidence that you have been trained and you will be able to facilitate the required training for your employees. Seminar held at: Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta, In the Brick Building Second Floor Production Room
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 for Seminar with materials and certificate of completion       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]
 
Small Business Seminar Series:
 
Otsego County Chamber to host complimentary Branding Seminar for Small Business this Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:30a.m.-10:30a.m. by chamber member Kim Bush, Owner of Evergreene Graphics
Part 1 is geared towards start-ups/new businesses and what to think about as you build a new brand. Why does your business need Branding? Effective branding helps your business stand out from competitors. Learn a six-step process for building a new brand.
Part 2 is for existing businesses and how you can evaluate your current branding for consistency. You’ll get a five-step do-it-yourself brand review to help you evaluate your current branding and determine if there are areas to keep and/or make changes.  Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost: Complimentary to all Small Businesses        
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected] 

 
Join us on Friday, January 18, 2019 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Bagles and Benefits Otsego County Chamber Membership Orientation at Chamber offices 189 Main Street 5th floor
Your Chamber of Commerce offers its members quarterly Member Orientations to become familiar with all aspects of the Chamber and meet new members. Whether you’re a new or existing member, these quarterly Member Orientations are a great way to connect with your Chamber and meet a local sponsoring organization each month. For January, Chamber member Family Resource Network

Through this orientation, you will:

  • Get an overview of the Chamber and member benefits.
  • Learn how to best get engaged and take advantage of your membership.
  • Learn about Chamber programs, events and committees.
  • Learn about the business resources the Chamber and its partners offer. 
  • Get an overview of how the Chamber advocates for business interests at the local, state and federal level.
  • Have the opportunity to network with other business professionals and new members.
  • Meet seasoned Chamber volunteers to learn how they have gotten involved.
  • Meet the entire Chamber staff and Member Services Committee Members to learn how we can impact your business.

The orientations are always FREE, but do require an RSVP. Details below to RSVP.

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Dear Members,

 

 

 

Join us as The Otsego County Chamber to host Required for Managers and Business Owners NYS Mandated Anti-Harassment Policies and Sexual Harassment Training Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

Under Section 201-G, New York State mandates ALL employers (with as few as one employee) to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy as well as to train ALL employees on sexual harassment prevention.  The policies were to be in place by October 9, 2018.  Initial trainings must be completed by October 9, 2019 and then annual thereafter.  Trainings for employees and managers/owners are not the same.  Managers and Owners have additional responsibilities and they must be trained on these. The policies and trainings have minimum requirements as outlined in Section 201-G. 

Please join chamber member, Maria N. Smirensky, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MBA, President of M S Van Wie Advisors LLC, for the training for Managers and Business Owners.  This interactive training will go through the minimum requirement set out by this law as well as best practices to strengthen your company practices.  Ms. Smirensky will also identify areas that must be customized for your individual company.  You will leave this training with the confidence that you have been trained and you will be able to facilitate the required training for your employees. Seminar held at: Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta, In the Brick Building Second Floor Production Room
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 for Seminar with materials and certificate of completion       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

 

Small Business Seminar Series:

 

Otsego County Chamber to host complimentary Branding Seminar for Small Business this Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:30a.m.-10:30a.m. by chamber member Kim Bush, Owner of Evergreene Graphics

Part 1 is geared towards start-ups/new businesses and what to think about as you build a new brand. Why does your business need Branding? Effective branding helps your business stand out from competitors. Learn a six-step process for building a new brand.

Part 2 is for existing businesses and how you can evaluate your current branding for consistency. You’ll get a five-step do-it-yourself brand review to help you evaluate your current branding and determine if there are areas to keep and/or make changes.  Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost: Complimentary to all Small Businesses        
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

Kim Bush, Owner Evergreene Graphics

Certified NYS WBE & Federal EDWOSB

607-349-2170 | www.egraphics.us

eGraphics_email

 

Join us on Friday, January 18, 2019 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Bagles and Benefits Otsego County Chamber Membership Orientation at Chamber offices 189 Main Street 5th floor

Your Chamber of Commerce offers its members quarterly Member Orientations to become familiar with all aspects of the Chamber and meet new members. Whether you’re a new or existing member, these quarterly Member Orientations are a great way to connect with your Chamber and meet a local sponsoring organization each month. For January, Chamber member Family Resource Network

Through this orientation, you will:

·        Get an overview of the Chamber and member benefits.

·        Learn how to best get engaged and take advantage of your membership.

·        Learn about Chamber programs, events and committees.

·        Learn about the business resources the Chamber and its partners offer. 

·        Get an overview of how the Chamber advocates for business interests at the local, state and federal level.

·        Have the opportunity to network with other business professionals and new members.

·        Meet seasoned Chamber volunteers to learn how they have gotten involved.

·        Meet the entire Chamber staff and Member Services Committee Members to learn how we can impact your business.


The orientations are always FREE, but do require an RSVP. Details below to RSVP.

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Dear Members,

 

Downtown Revitalization Initiative Downtown Improvement Fund: January 2019 Update  

 

“Greetings to all of the applicants and stakeholders in the City of Oneonta. On behalf of the Project Selection Committee, I wanted to provide an update on our work to date in reviewing DRI applications.

 I’m happy to report that the Committee’s final review of all applications is targeted for completion within the month. As previously reported, the review has been thorough in order to ensure that all components of each application were taken into consideration. 

 Once the Committee has completed its work, information must be shared with the State to enable program staff to review the applications proposed for funding for compliance with all of the State’s grant program requirements. Once the City receives the green light from the State, it can proceed with announcing the approved projects. While timing of the State’s review is not known, program staff are aware of the City’s interest to move forward with final awards as quickly as possible. 

 We remain mindful that applicants are eager to begin work on their projects, and everyone looks forward to the positive impact that the funded projects will have on Downtown Oneonta and the community at large. We appreciate your continued patience with this process as it unfolds.    

 

With best regards,

 

 Kim Muller Chair, Project Selection Committee”

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Dear Members,

 

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce supports diverse businesses, many of which have been the economic engines of our county for decades. To maintain that competitiveness, boost our economy and create jobs, Otsego County must chart an energy roadmap for our immediate energy needs and that of the future. The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will host an inaugural Energy Infrastructure & Economy Summit on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY.


We recognize that the creation and execution of a county-wide energy infrastructure plan will require communication, consensus building and teamwork, involving all community stakeholders. By coming together, we will shape strategies for an energy roadmap that will create economic advantage, mitigate climate change and improve energy performance.


Details are attached to register for this event along with sponsorship and exhibitor information.  We are also actively accepting proposals for presenters from our members that wish to present at the Summit that have factual information to share on the different forms of energy. Presentations will be 15 minutes minimum to 45 minutes maximum. We encourage opportunities to be interactive with the audience to allow Q & A. If interested in presenting please submit a one page proposal directly to me no later than Friday, January 11, 2019 to [email protected]. Proposal should include name of presentation and talking points to be covered in presentation, time needed to present, equipment or materials need for presentation, and reason for wishing to participate.

 

Suggested Energy topics include but not limited to:

 

·        Energy Innovative financing solutions (case studies and resources)

·        Measuring and monitoring building performance outcomes

·        Deep energy retrofits to zero energy

·        Design and construction best practices

·        All forms of renewable energy Hydro Power, Wind, Solar, Biomass, GeoThermal

·        Energy Efficiency

·        Natural Gas Accessibility

·        Energy codes

·        Net-zero energy (the business case and value proposition for owners/developers; case studies; carbon impacts)

·        Communicating your green building/sustainability success story

·        Emerging technologies

·        Resiliency and climate adaption in buildings

 

Thank you for your time in reviewing this information.

 

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Dear Members,

 

Happy New Year! Thank you to all our members that attended the State of the State Breakfast this morning at SUNY Oneonta, a great way to start our new year as a business community. We are grateful to our main sponsor of this special breakfast for 22 years Community Bank and for the excellent remarks and leadership shared this morning by Jeff Lord ,Community Bank, Vice President here in Oneonta. We are also grateful for our distinguished elected officials as our guests that were in attendance this morning which included, Senator James Seward, Mayor of Cooperstown, Ellen Tillapaugh and Mayor of The City of Oneonta, Gary Herzig. We are also grateful to Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Business Council of New York State for facilitating our panel discussion and laying out some priorities for 2019 the Business Council will be working on. The Business Council of New York State works with hundreds of chambers across New York State and we are grateful for their partnership with our Chamber in providing valuable resources and information to share with our membership. This next year, I have the honor to serve as the Board President of The Chamber Alliance of New York State for which I have been a board member of for the past 7 years. The work of the Chamber Alliance of New York State adds to bringing hundreds of Chamber Executives together across the state all working together to overcome challenges for our businesses and to be a collective voice of bringing our business needs forward as we work with our elected officials across New York State.

 

Senator Seward shared with the Chamber membership this following statement from our State of the State breakfast this morning with photo provided by Jeff Bishop, Communications Director for Senator Seward:


“As we embark on a new legislative session I stand ready to address the many challenges we face.  Too many people are leaving the state, and that is a trend we need to reverse.  I will be working to create new opportunities, making sure businesses can afford to grow, and families and individuals can succeed here at home.

“The political landscape in the senate has changed, but my first priority remains the same – to represent the people of the 51st Senate District and fight for our core values and our way of life.”

 

 

The Otsego County Chamber looks forward to working with all our elected officials in 2019 and will continue to bring forward our business members needs, priorities and opportunities to attract new investment and retain a strong economy for Otsego County.  We will continue to implement vital workforce development and educational training programs helping to develop the community and create and retain jobs. We invite interested business leaders to be part of the Otsego County Chamber workforce task group and education committee to advance this work. We are excited for our partnerships between Hartwick College & SUNY Oneonta in working with the college students by connecting them to internship opportunities and ways we can engage students with career explorations with local businesses. We are excited to be working with our manufacturers, health care system, small business owners, our school districts and the hundreds of organizations across Otsego County as we work collectively to develop this critical workforce pipeline. We look forward to partnering with ONC BOCES on a Career Fair/Open House in February, inviting parents to explore with their children our future workforce the hundreds of opportunities of good paying jobs right here in Otsego County. We will continue to develop an Energy Infrastructure roadmap by hosting an Energy Infrastructure & Economy Summit on Thursday, January 31, 2019 . Details are attached to register for this event along with sponsorship and exhibitor information.  We are also actively accepting proposals for presenters from our members that wish to present at the Summit that have factual information to share on the different forms of energy. Presentations will be 15 minutes and we encourage opportunities to be interactive with the audience to allow Q & A. If interested in presenting please submit a proposal no later than Friday, January 11, 2019 to [email protected].

 

Suggested Energy topics include but not limited to:

 

  • Energy Innovative financing solutions (case studies and resources)
  • Measuring and monitoring building performance outcomes
  • Deep energy retrofits to zero energy
  • Design and construction best practices
  • Hydro Power
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Natural Gas Accessibility
  • Energy codes
  • Net-zero energy (the business case and value proposition for owners/developers; case studies; carbon impacts)
  • Communicating your green building/sustainability success story
  • Emerging technologies
  • Resiliency and climate adaption in buildings

 

The Otsego County Chamber board of directors and I look forward to another successful year in building new partnerships and advancing the needs of all our businesses for your continued growth and success here in Otsego County. Wishing you all great success in 2019!

 

Respectfully,

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

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Dear Members,

Season’s Greetings!

We wish our members a beautiful Holiday Season and we look forward to seeing you at our annual State of the State Breakfast on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at SUNY Oneonta beginning at 8:00a.m. registration with program at 8:30a.m.. We have an excellent line up of elected officials joining us. Details are attached to register for this event.

 

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Dear Members,

Season’s Greetings!

The spirit of the season is infectious throughout Oneonta and Otsego County. From our annual City of  Oneonta traditional tree lighting and Holiday  parade, to the festive decorations illuminating our city sidewalks, from the traditional breakfast with Santa at The Otesaga, the Otsego County community is warming up to the holidays – despite the wintry chill. I am filled with a spirit of gratitude for all that we have made possible this year with a dedicated 25 member Chamber Board that are committed to the mission of the Chamber and to my great staff member, Member Services Administrator, Karen Laing. We find ourselves at the end of another year in which our members made meaningful advances in their journey towards greater business, commercial and professional fulfillment. Our business community continues to make us proud through the high level of engagement with regard to civic, community and global issues despite the hard challenges we are working through with recruiting to add to our  growing Workforce Development needs to addressing our energy needs in the county to sustain, attract and retain business. We have put in place strong working committees made up of the talent of our region to work collectively to address Workforce Development and Energy issues and overcome them to promote economic growth for our region. If there are members that would like to be part of this work please do let me know as all are welcomed to assist as we move this region forward.

 

As the Chamber, we had the honor and the pleasure to host Senator James Seward as our keynote speaker at the Chamber’s Inaugural Mohawk Valley Workforce Development Summit this past Fall. We thank Senator Seward for his ongoing commitment to this region in advancing the business community’s needs. We thank City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, the honorable members of Oneonta City Council and city officials for their continued support for the economic development of our region through their work with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

 

We are also proud and thank Jody Zakrevsky, CEO of Otsego Now for his contributions to our businesses in Otsego County. Jody Zakrevsky has brought together a one stop economic development team which includes The NYS Small Business Development Center, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, followed by Southern Tier 8 – the regional planning and development agency for our eight-county region and CADE (the Center for Agriculture, Development and Entrepreneurialism).  Together we provide a comprehensive package of marketing, business plan writing, training and education services, and financing for all businesses.  Otsego Now hired their first Director of Finance and Administration – Meaghan Marino and Otsego Now attracted a manufacturing company from NYC – TENTRR – the first new manufacturing company to come in years.  Though small, it shows we can attract businesses from downstate.  Otsego Now provided tax incentives for Corning who have begun an $11 million facilities upgrade and they are working with a solar company which will install a solar array at Corning.  Custom Electronics was awarded a $750,000 grant through Otsego Now’s efforts to expand their product line and add another 50 people, bring their total employment up to 175.  Otsego Now continues to work with Ruby Lakes Glass and Andela Products toward a new industrial park in Richfield Springs at an estimated cost of $4.4 million.  They secured a $950,000 ESD grant toward this, and we are working on another $635,000 in additional grant financing for them.  Otsego Now provided some $72 million in bond financing for Bassett Hospital and the Templeton Foundation.  And, for the first time in five years, the County Board of Representative appropriated funds for Otsego Now to assist with general operating support for 2019.  And while 2018 was a good year, we are hopeful that 2019 will be even better!

 

As you can see, there are so many reasons to be proud and thankful in this special season! I have no doubt, as we transition into a new year that we are further along the road towards attaining our vision of being at the forefront of service to our member businesses and our communities across Otsego County. Attached please find our Chamber newsletter called “Otsego Smart Growth”. We also look forward to seeing our members at our annual State of the State Breakfast on January 2 at SUNY Oneonta sponsored by Community Bank. Details are attached to register for this informative signature chamber event. Wishing all of you a very Happy & Healthy Holiday Season!

 

Warm Regards,

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

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Otsego County Chamber Summer Soiree, July 2018 – Environmental Stewardship

Photos contributed by Parker Fish
(Used with permission)

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Dear Members,

 

 

 

Friendly Reminder Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 hosted by NBT Bank and NBT Insurance in celebrating the success of Otsego County Businesses. Joining us with be the Young Professionals Network of The Otsego County Chamber who are collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots! We look forward to celebrating with you the Holiday Season!

 

 

 

Theatrical Production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at The Farmers’ Museum

 

 

Four live performances of Charles Dickens' classic – A Christmas Carol 

– Friday, December 14 • 7:00 p.m.

– Saturday, December 15 • 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

– Sunday, December 16 • 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.)— The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown presents four live performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic A Christmas Carol on December 14, 15, and 16. The play, adapted from the original text by Danielle and Michael Henrici, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts show him the error of his ways. Michael Henrici directs and also stars as Scrooge. The production embodies the spirit of the season and is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

 

Four performances will be presented on Friday, December 14 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, December 15 (2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.), and Sunday, December 16 (3:00 p.m.) in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum. Order tickets online at FarmersMuseum.org or purchase your tickets at the door on the evening of the performance. Tickets are $15 adults (13-64); $13.50 seniors (65+) and museum members; $10 juniors (7-12); children 6 and under are free.  Concessions will be available. If you have questions about the performance, please call Michael Tamburrino at (607) 547-1453.

 

A Christmas Carol is generously sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown, NY.  For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org.

 

 

 

Emerald ash borer to be the topic of a presentation in Oneonta on Wednesday, December 12.

(ONEONTA) — The City of Oneonta and the Otsego County Conservation Association will be co-sponsoring a talk on the emerald ash borer on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm. This free talk will take place at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, 189 Main Street, Suite 500.

An invasive insect from eastern Asia, the emerald ash borer (EAB) attacks and kills all species of ash trees. Since it was first found in the United States in 2002, EAB has been responsible for the death of millions of trees in the United States and Canada. Its presence in Otsego County was confirmed in 2014 in Unadilla.

“The emerald ash borer continues to expand into Otsego County,” said Jeff O'Handley, OCCA's program director. “It's especially important for people in the southern and western parts of the county to be aware of this pest and the impact it can have.”

The program features a presentation by Dan Snider, field projects manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP). Snider will cover emerald ash borer biology, ash tree identification, and signs of emerald ash borer infestations. The program will also include a discussion of best management practices for infested areas, and how citizens can contribute to research programs to preserve ash trees in the landscape.

In 2017, the City of Oneonta received an Urban and Community Forestry Grant to develop and implement the Emerald Ash Borer Maintenance Program. As part of the plan, the City removed a number of ash high-risk ash trees from streets and parks, inoculated others with insecticide to protect against infestation, and conducted a number of outreach and education programs. Judy Pangman, Community Development Director for the City of Oneonta, will be on hand to discuss the progress of the program.

Ryan Mathews, Engineer I for the City of Oneonta, said the tree removals were done in the interest of safety.

“Once the emerald ash borer arrives, the trees die pretty quickly,” Mathews said. “Falling limbs represent a risk to public health and could also result in significant property damage.”

“At this point, it's not a matter of 'if,' it's a matter of when,” O'Handley said, in reference to the emerald ash borer infestation. “We think it's important that people understand as much about the emerald ash borer as possible so that they can decide what to do on their own property.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.

The program is made possible by an Urban Community Forestry grant received by the City of Oneonta. The Urban Community Forestry grants are funded through the State Environmental Protection Fund. They are part of New York's ongoing environmental initiatives to promote clean air, clean water, energy savings and habitat creation and to address invasive species, environmental justice and urban sprawl. UCF grants are awarded by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

Susquehanna SPCA features half price adoption special through December 31

 

COOPERSTOWN — Now through the end of the year, adoptions of all adult dogs and cats are 50 percent off at the Susquehanna SPCA.

 

“Our shelter has been operating at capacity for weeks,” said Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “The sooner we find good homes for the animals currently in our care, the faster we can begin working to adopt out cats and dogs on the waiting list.”

 

The Susquehanna SPCA is located just south of Cooperstown at 4841 State Highway 28. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and, once approved, most adoptions are same-day.

 

Among the animals currently seeking their forever homes are:

 

  • Ozzie: Ozzie is 2-3 years old and 80 pounds of pure love! He has lived with other dogs, doesn’t seem to mind cats and would go great with older kids. Ozzie is a chunky, goofy boy who would make a great addition to a family!
  • Bernie: Bernie is a senior “bagel” (bassett hound/beagle) who was found as a stray. He gets along amazingly with all people, kids, dogs and cats. Due to his age, Bernie does have some health issues and will need some extra TLC!
  • Gingerbread: Gingerbread is 6 years old and will have been at the shelter for a year this February. He has a larger-than-life personality and is extremely silly, talkative, and affectionate. Gingerbread is in the early stages of kidney disease and will require some special care, but we promise he is worth it!
  • Liza Jane: Liza Jane is 3 years old and full of spunk. She is extremely friendly, talkative and loves getting her belly rubbed. If you are looking for a super affectionate cat, Liza Jane is your girl!

 

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless and abandoned animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information on available dogs and cats, visit www.sqspca.org.

 

Small Business Seminar Series:

 

 

Otsego County Chamber to host complimentary Branding Seminar for Small Business this Friday, December 14, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:30a.m. by chamber member Kim Bush, Owner of Evergreene Graphics

Part 1 is geared towards start-ups/new businesses and what to think about as you build a new brand. Why does your business need Branding? Effective branding helps your business stand out from competitors. Learn a six-step process for building a new brand.

Part 2 is for existing businesses and how you can evaluate your current branding for consistency. You’ll get a five-step do-it-yourself brand review to help you evaluate your current branding and determine if there are areas to keep and/or make changes.  Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost: Complimentary to all Small Businesses        
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

 

Kim Bush, Owner Evergreene Graphics

Certified NYS WBE & Federal EDWOSB

607-349-2170 | www.egraphics.us

eGraphics_email

 

 

 

Otsego County Chamber to host NYS Mandated Anti-Harassment Policies and Sexual Harassment Training Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

Under Section 201-G, New York State mandates ALL employers (with as few as one employee) to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy as well as to train ALL employees on sexual harassment prevention.  The policies were to be in place by October 9, 2018.  Initial trainings must be completed by October 9, 2019 and then annual thereafter.  Trainings for employees and managers/owners are not the same.  Managers and Owners have additional responsibilities and they must be trained on these. The policies and trainings have minimum requirements as outlined in Section 201-G. 

Please join chamber member, Maria N. Smirensky, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MBA, President of M S Van Wie Advisors LLC, for the training for Managers and Owners.  This interactive training will go through the minimum requirement set out by this law as well as best practices to strengthen your company practices.  Ms. Smirensky will also identify areas that must be customized for your individual company.  You will leave this training with the confidence that you have been trained and you will be able to facilitate the required training for your employees. Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 for Seminar with materials and certificate of completion       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

Attention! Chamber Member Looking for a Creative Hair Stylist and nail tech to rent Booth and to share a journey of business at Down Under Hair Design! Immediate Availability! Call Patty at (607) 432-7753.

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Dear Members,

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce supports diverse businesses, many of which have been the economic engines of our county for decades. To maintain that competitiveness, boost our economy and create jobs, Otsego County must chart an energy roadmap for our immediate energy needs and that of the future. The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce supports that objective in two ways: (1) by encouraging all forms of energy used for homes, businesses, schools, industries and travel and (2) by working collectively for the creation of a county-wide energy infrastructure plan that is competitive, reliable and environmentally progressive. To that end, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will host an inaugural Energy Infrastructure Summit on January 31, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. Details on how to register for Summit will be available mid-December and sent to all our members.

We recognize that the creation and execution of a county-wide energy infrastructure plan will require communication, consensus building and teamwork, involving all community stakeholders. By coming together, we will shape strategies for an energy roadmap that will create economic advantage, mitigate climate change and improve energy performance.

As your Chamber president, I aim to position Otsego County as an energy center of excellence that boasts efficient, innovative and reliable energy systems that enhances the quality of life for residents and businesses.

 

Respectfully,

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

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We invite you to our upcoming Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 hosted by NBT Bank and NBT Insurance in celebrating the success of Otsego County Businesses. See attached invite.

 

 

Theatrical Production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at The Farmers’ Museum

 

 

Four live performances of Charles Dickens' classic – A Christmas Carol 

– Friday, December 14 • 7:00 p.m.

– Saturday, December 15 • 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

– Sunday, December 16 • 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.)— The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown presents four live performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic A Christmas Carol on December 14, 15, and 16. The play, adapted from the original text by Danielle and Michael Henrici, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts show him the error of his ways. Michael Henrici directs and also stars as Scrooge. The production embodies the spirit of the season and is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

 

Four performances will be presented on Friday, December 14 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, December 15 (2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.), and Sunday, December 16 (3:00 p.m.) in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum. Order tickets online at FarmersMuseum.org or purchase your tickets at the door on the evening of the performance. Tickets are $15 adults (13-64); $13.50 seniors (65+) and museum members; $10 juniors (7-12); children 6 and under are free.  Concessions will be available. If you have questions about the performance, please call Michael Tamburrino at (607) 547-1453.

 

A Christmas Carol is generously sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown, NY.  For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org.

 

 

 

Emerald ash borer to be the topic of a presentation in Oneonta on Wednesday, December 12.

(ONEONTA) — The City of Oneonta and the Otsego County Conservation Association will be co-sponsoring a talk on the emerald ash borer on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm. This free talk will take place at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, 189 Main Street, Suite 500.

An invasive insect from eastern Asia, the emerald ash borer (EAB) attacks and kills all species of ash trees. Since it was first found in the United States in 2002, EAB has been responsible for the death of millions of trees in the United States and Canada. Its presence in Otsego County was confirmed in 2014 in Unadilla.

“The emerald ash borer continues to expand into Otsego County,” said Jeff O'Handley, OCCA's program director. “It's especially important for people in the southern and western parts of the county to be aware of this pest and the impact it can have.”

The program features a presentation by Dan Snider, field projects manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP). Snider will cover emerald ash borer biology, ash tree identification, and signs of emerald ash borer infestations. The program will also include a discussion of best management practices for infested areas, and how citizens can contribute to research programs to preserve ash trees in the landscape.

In 2017, the City of Oneonta received an Urban and Community Forestry Grant to develop and implement the Emerald Ash Borer Maintenance Program. As part of the plan, the City removed a number of ash high-risk ash trees from streets and parks, inoculated others with insecticide to protect against infestation, and conducted a number of outreach and education programs. Judy Pangman, Community Development Director for the City of Oneonta, will be on hand to discuss the progress of the program.

Ryan Mathews, Engineer I for the City of Oneonta, said the tree removals were done in the interest of safety.

“Once the emerald ash borer arrives, the trees die pretty quickly,” Mathews said. “Falling limbs represent a risk to public health and could also result in significant property damage.”

“At this point, it's not a matter of 'if,' it's a matter of when,” O'Handley said, in reference to the emerald ash borer infestation. “We think it's important that people understand as much about the emerald ash borer as possible so that they can decide what to do on their own property.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.

The program is made possible by an Urban Community Forestry grant received by the City of Oneonta. The Urban Community Forestry grants are funded through the State Environmental Protection Fund. They are part of New York's ongoing environmental initiatives to promote clean air, clean water, energy savings and habitat creation and to address invasive species, environmental justice and urban sprawl. UCF grants are awarded by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

 

Otsego County Chamber to host NYS Mandated Anti-Harassment Policies and Sexual Harassment Training Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

Under Section 201-G, New York State mandates ALL employers (with as few as one employee) to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy as well as to train ALL employees on sexual harassment prevention.  The policies were to be in place by October 9, 2018.  Initial trainings must be completed by October 9, 2019 and then annual thereafter.  Trainings for employees and managers/owners are not the same.  Managers and Owners have additional responsibilities and they must be trained on these. The policies and trainings have minimum requirements as outlined in Section 201-G. 

Please join chamber member, Maria N. Smirensky, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MBA, President of M S Van Wie Advisors LLC, for the training for Managers and Owners.  This interactive training will go through the minimum requirement set out by this law as well as best practices to strengthen your company practices.  Ms. Smirensky will also identify areas that must be customized for your individual company.  You will leave this training with the confidence that you have been trained and you will be able to facilitate the required training for your employees. Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 for Seminar with materials and certificate of completion       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

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Dear Members,

 

Today Friday, November 30, 2018 The Oneonta Garden Club will be hosting their Annual Holiday Green Sale and Lunch from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 300 Main Street, Oneonta making Wreaths, Fresh Arrangements, Holiday Bake Sale and delicious Lunch. Please stop by and support this wonderful event. Information attached.

 

 

 

 

 

We invite you to our upcoming Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 hosted by NBT Bank and NBT Insurance in celebrating the success of Otsego County Businesses. See attached invite.

 

 

 

Otsego County Chamber to host NYS Mandated Anti-Harassment Policies and Sexual Harassment Training Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

Under Section 201-G, New York State mandates ALL employers (with as few as one employee) to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy as well as to train ALL employees on sexual harassment prevention.  The policies were to be in place by October 9, 2018.  Initial trainings must be completed by October 9, 2019 and then annual thereafter.  Trainings for employees and managers/owners are not the same.  Managers and Owners have additional responsibilities and they must be trained on these. The policies and trainings have minimum requirements as outlined in Section 201-G. 

Please join chamber member, Maria N. Smirensky, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MBA, President of M S Van Wie Advisors LLC, for the training for Managers and Owners.  This interactive training will go through the minimum requirement set out by this law as well as best practices to strengthen your company practices.  Ms. Smirensky will also identify areas that must be customized for your individual company.  You will leave this training with the confidence that you have been trained and you will be able to facilitate the required training for your employees. Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 for Seminar with materials and certificate of completion       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

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Dear Members,

 

 

We invite you to our upcoming Holiday Celebration on Wednesday December 12, 2018 hosted by NBT Bank and NBT Insurance in celebrating the success of Otsego County Businesses. See attached invite.

 

 

 

Otsego County Chamber to host NYS Mandated Anti-Harassment Policies and Sexual Harassment Training Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

Under Section 201-G, New York State mandates ALL employers (with as few as one employee) to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy as well as to train ALL employees on sexual harassment prevention.  The policies were to be in place by October 9, 2018.  Initial trainings must be completed by October 9, 2019 and then annual thereafter.  Trainings for employees and managers/owners are not the same.  Managers and Owners have additional responsibilities and they must be trained on these. The policies and trainings have minimum requirements as outlined in Section 201-G. 

Please join chamber member, Maria N. Smirensky, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MBA, President of M S Van Wie Advisors LLC, for the training for Managers and Owners.  This interactive training will go through the minimum requirement set out by this law as well as best practices to strengthen your company practices.  Ms. Smirensky will also identify areas that must be customized for your individual company.  You will leave this training with the confidence that you have been trained and you will be able to facilitate the required training for your employees. Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 for Seminar with materials and certificate of completion       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

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Dear Members,

Wishing you all a great joyous start to the Holiday Season hoping all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are grateful to our members for making Otsego County Great and for everyone doing their part in shopping local this Holiday Season and supporting Small Businesses this past Saturday and Small Businesses every day!
 Join us on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:30a.m.  MWBE Certification Process and What To Do Once You’re Certified
This seminar was rescheduled due to the inclement weather we had on November 16, 2018.

 Presenters Liam McMahon, SBDC Business Advisor and Darlene Kanuk, SUNY Broome EAP. MWBE certification is more important than ever with Governor Cuomo's goal to reach 30% of state's procurement goal or $2.4 billion dollars with certified MWBE businesses. The process to obtain the MWBE certification is a detailed endeavor that has many layers. The Small Business Development Center and SUNY Broome EAP are here to assist in the process of certification and to guide you in finding those contracts and bids once your certified. This workshop will walk you through the steps to become certified as an MWBE with helpful tips and strategies. It will also show you the opportunities available once you have become certified to find those state, federal, and municipal contract bids.
Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 per seminar       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607. 432-4500 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

 Newsletter Spotlight on Businesses in Otsego County and Your Holiday Events listing One Stop-The Otsego Chamber invites our members to submit news on their organization to be shared in our print newsletter and e-news on a regular basis. Please send us pictures, anniversaries, awards, events,  Save the Date notices, Ribbon Cuttings, recent promotions, recent expansions and job postings. As we kick off this season of giving thanks we welcome you to share your upcoming holiday events. We will promote these happenings to share with our network of readers and community partners within the Chamber membership on a weekly basis. Please submit your news directly at any time on a regular basis to [email protected].

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Check out CADE new Job Posting for Senior Program Manager for Farm and Food Business Development

http://www.cadefarms.org/senior-program-manager/

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Dear Members,

 

Please find update below on the City of Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Initiative Downtown Improvement Fund that I was requested to share with our members that are in the City of Oneonta:  November’s Update  

 

Greetings to all of the applicants and stakeholders in the City of Oneonta. On behalf of the Project Selection Committee, I wanted to provide an update on our work to date in reviewing DRI applications.

 We were delighted by the sheer number of applications submitted. The Committee has now met nine times, with meetings ranging in length from two to three hours, and the individual Committee members have spent many hours on their own, reviewing each application. I’m happy to report that we have now completed our initial review of all of the dozens of applications received, and we’re beginning the challenging but rewarding effort of assessing the applications for their viability and positive impact on Downtown Oneonta. , As much as we would like to provide you with a specific timeline for award announcements, we remain committed to prioritizing thoroughness of review over speed. We have four meetings on our calendar between now and mid-December and will continue to work as quickly as we can, remaining mindful that Oneontans are eager to begin work on their projects.    As always, you are welcome to contact Elizabeth Horvath at Delaware Engineering if you have questions or want an update.   Thank you for your patience with this process as it unfolds.  We are committed to giving each application the thorough consideration it deserves in order to make the best possible decisions for Oneonta’s downtown.

 Wishing you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

  With best regards,

 

 Kim Muller Chair, Project Selection Committee

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SMART BUSINESS OTSEGO SEMINAR SERIES
 Join us on Friday, November 16th, 2018 MWBE Certification Process and What To Do Once You’re Certified
 Presenters Liam McMahon, SBDC Business Advisor and Darlene Kanuk, SUNY Broome EAP. MWBE certification is more important than ever with Governor Cuomo's goal to reach 30% of state's procurement goal or $2.4 billion dollars with certified MWBE businesses. The process to obtain the MWBE certification is a detailed endeavor that has many layers. The Small Business Development Center and SUNY Broome EAP are here to assist in the process of certification and to guide you in finding those contracts and bids once your certified. This workshop will walk you through the steps to become certified as an MWBE with helpful tips and strategies. It will also show you the opportunities available once you have become certified to find those state, federal, and municipal contract bids. Attached is more details.
Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 per seminar       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607.267.4010 Ext. 104 EMAIL:[email protected]

 

Please complete this important survey!

 

Small Organizations and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Survey

 

Survey Link:http://bit.ly/CornellSmallBusinessNY

 

We welcome those with experience with the employment provisions of the ADA, but the perspective of those without direct experience with disability or accommodation in their organization will also help us understand information needs.

WHAT is asked in this survey? Participants will be asked review some introductory information about the ADA and disability and to anonymously provide some information about their organization related to the following:

  • Organizational policy and practice
  • Information needs around the ADA and disability
  • Information sources used for ADA or HR-related questions,
  • Characteristics of the organization

This information will be compiled into an aggregated report, and organization names or individual information will NOT be shared.

WHEN does this survey take place? The survey will be openOct 5th, 2018. It should takeapproximately 10 minutes to complete.

WHY should I participate? The results will inform the design of tools, resources, and other assistance to support small employers around implementing Title I of the ADA and creating a disability inclusive workplace.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. ENTRY INTO A DRAWING for a $50 gift card
  2. FINAL REPORT on study findings.
  3. EARLY ACCESS TO RESOURCES DEVELOPED


Newsletter Spotlight on Businesses in Otsego County and Your Holiday Events listing One Stop-The Otsego Chamber invites our members to submit news on their organization to be shared in our print newsletter and e-news on a regular basis. Please send us pictures, anniversaries, awards, events,  Save the Date notices, Ribbon Cuttings, recent promotions, recent expansions and job postings. As we kick off this season of giving thanks we welcome you to share your upcoming holiday events. We will promote these happenings to share with our network of readers and community partners within the Chamber membership on a weekly basis. Please submit your news directly at any time on a regular basis to [email protected].

 

Check out CADE new Job Posting for Senior Program Manager for Farm and Food Business Development

http://www.cadefarms.org/senior-program-manager/

 

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 – GOHS BENEFIT AUCTION! 

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will hold its largest fundraiser event of the year, its Benefit Auction, on Friday November 16.  The 12th annual auction will be at the Quality Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) on Route 23. There will be hundreds of items in the live and silent auctions, as well as a bucket auction. Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auction will be the auctioneer. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with the live auction beginning at 6:30. The Quality Inn will have food and beverages available for purchase. 

 

GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “There will be something for everyone – arts and antiques, dinners and museum tours, gift cards for restaurants, and much more. Some specific items include a trip for four to the races at Saratoga, a quart of soup a month, a weekend at Lake George, genealogical research, a Susquehanna Valley Guild quilt, and two tickets to a July 2019 performance of Glimmerglass opera.”

 

A sampling of items are on display at the History Center, 183 Main Street. There will also be a table of auction items at Lettis Auction, 23 Reynolds Street, on Thursday November 15. Absentee bids are being accepted at the Center through Thursday November 15. For more information, contact[email protected] or (607) 432-0960.

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Dear Members,

SMART BUSINESS OTSEGO SEMINAR SERIES
 Join us on Friday, November 16th, 2018 MWBE Certification Process and What To Do Once You’re Certified
 Presenters Liam McMahon, SBDC Business Advisor and Darlene Kanuk, SUNY Broome EAP. MWBE certification is more important than ever with Governor Cuomo's goal to reach 30% of state's procurement goal or $2.4 billion dollars with certified MWBE businesses. The process to obtain the MWBE certification is a detailed endeavor that has many layers. The Small Business Development Center and SUNY Broome EAP are here to assist in the process of certification and to guide you in finding those contracts and bids once your certified. This workshop will walk you through the steps to become certified as an MWBE with helpful tips and strategies. It will also show you the opportunities available once you have become certified to find those state, federal, and municipal contract bids. Attached is more details.
Seminar held at: Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 per seminar       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607.267.4010 Ext. 104 EMAIL: [email protected]

 

Please complete this important survey!

 

Small Organizations and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Survey

 

Survey Link: http://bit.ly/CornellSmallBusinessNY

 

We welcome those with experience with the employment provisions of the ADA, but the perspective of those without direct experience with disability or accommodation in their organization will also help us understand information needs.

WHAT is asked in this survey? Participants will be asked review some introductory information about the ADA and disability and to anonymously provide some information about their organization related to the following:

  • Organizational policy and practice
  • Information needs around the ADA and disability
  • Information sources used for ADA or HR-related questions,
  • Characteristics of the organization

This information will be compiled into an aggregated report, and organization names or individual information will NOT be shared.

WHEN does this survey take place? The survey will be open Oct 5th, 2018. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

WHY should I participate? The results will inform the design of tools, resources, and other assistance to support small employers around implementing Title I of the ADA and creating a disability inclusive workplace.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. ENTRY INTO A DRAWING for a $50 gift card
  2. FINAL REPORT on study findings.
  3. EARLY ACCESS TO RESOURCES DEVELOPED


Newsletter Spotlight on Businesses in Otsego County and Your Holiday Events listing One Stop-The Otsego Chamber invites our members to submit news on their organization to be shared in our print newsletter and e-news on a regular basis. Please send us pictures, anniversaries, awards, events,  Save the Date notices, Ribbon Cuttings, recent promotions, recent expansions and job postings. As we kick off this season of giving thanks we welcome you to share your upcoming holiday events. We will promote these happenings to share with our network of readers and community partners within the Chamber membership on a weekly basis. Please submit your news directly at any time on a regular basis to [email protected].

Festival of Trees Registration.jpg

 

Check out CADE new Job Posting for Senior Program Manager for Farm and Food Business Development

http://www.cadefarms.org/senior-program-manager/

 

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 – GOHS BENEFIT AUCTION! 

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will hold its largest fundraiser event of the year, its Benefit Auction, on Friday November 16.  The 12th annual auction will be at the Quality Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) on Route 23. There will be hundreds of items in the live and silent auctions, as well as a bucket auction. Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auction will be the auctioneer. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with the live auction beginning at 6:30. The Quality Inn will have food and beverages available for purchase. 

 

GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “There will be something for everyone – arts and antiques, dinners and museum tours, gift cards for restaurants, and much more. Some specific items include a trip for four to the races at Saratoga, a quart of soup a month, a weekend at Lake George, genealogical research, a Susquehanna Valley Guild quilt, and two tickets to a July 2019 performance of Glimmerglass opera.”

 

A sampling of items are on display at the History Center, 183 Main Street. There will also be a table of auction items at Lettis Auction, 23 Reynolds Street, on Thursday November 15. Absentee bids are being accepted at the Center through Thursday November 15. For more information, contact [email protected] or (607) 432-0960.

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Dear Members,

 

The Otsego County Chamber is proud to promote this upcoming 2018 Good Scout Award to two very special honorees in our community Geoff Smith and Steve Lutz. Congratulations to these two individuals for all their outstanding service to our community. We invite you to join us at this event to celebrate this special honor. Attached is the invitation.

 

 

 

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