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Dear Members,

 

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Small Business and Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Recipients

 

Oneonta, NY — The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to  announce its annual small business and Entrepreneurial spirit award recipients today:

 

  • Directive, a family-oriented company headquartered in Oneonta, is the recipient of the Key Bank, NA 19th Annual Small Business of the Year Award. This award is given to an Otsego County business that has made a sustained and substantial impact in the community.  Directive and their team of talent is celebrating 25 years in business this year and are being recognized for their local impact of working with a variety of small to medium-sized businesses, non-profits, schools, government agencies, and other organizations, providing IT, web development, and marketing agency solutions.  Directive not only serves clients locally but has an international impact serving clients in 11 countries. They have completed 1250+ websites, 1500+ monthly newsletters produced and sent, 5200+ Blogs written and 250+ videos created and has a culture of a family atmosphere and provides a healthy, positive and safe workplace. Fun weekly events include Puppy Tuesday, CrockPot Thursday and even Feline Fridays! Every Team members’ birthday and anniversaries are celebrated! The office always has a steady supply of assorted breakfast items, snacks, and a variety of beverages that are provided for free.  Directive also supports and sponsors manly local organizations, community events and programs. Directive is a 1% company, donating at least 1% of their profits to charitable organizations with their Giving Directive Program.

 

  • The Otsego ReUse Center, a project of The Arc Otsego, is the recipient of the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year. This award is a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and is given to a business or individual in Otsego County that has shown innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and growth potential.  The Otsego County ReUse Center focuses on the reuse of building materials as an increasingly user-friendly process and as a standard component of a construction job. The Otsego County ReUse Center provides affordable, gently used materials to the general public while keeping materials out of the waste stream. The Center began as the brainchild of Karen Sullivan, Otsego County Planning Department Director and Patricia Knuth, Executive Director , The Arc Otsego.  The driver of the success has been Bill Hardy, the Reuse Center Manager,  for his passion for reusing materials and knowledge about the construction trades brings people and keeps them coming back for materials, donations and advice. Since the inception of this project in 2017, over 170,000 pounds of materials have been diverted from the waste stream to become reusable materials.  This projects was initiated to accomplish four main objectives; to earn sufficient profit to provide financial assistance to The Arc Otsego services and supports that are unfunded or underfunded; to provide a work environment for those individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who are seeking to develop their skills in a retail environment as well as a volunteer site for the community members wishing to make an impact on our environment;  to be a partner with Otsego County in preventing usable materials from entering the waste stream, making our county more eco-friendly; and to assist local contractors and other construction professionals by offering a cost-effective method of disposal for usable waste and materials.

For our Intern of the Year Awards sponsored by NBT Insurance Agency, we are thrilled to recognize the contributions of two students. Both young people exemplify the hands-on work, training and skill building that will make them highly successful employees as they prepare to enter the workforce. We hope to recruit and retain this talent locally.

  • Kelsey Prest is the recipient of the Hartwick College 2018 Intern of the Year Award. Nominated by Christy Houck, Associate Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties.  During her role in making a difference, Kelsey Prest was responsible for preparing document and forms to go with the Standards of Excellent for New York State Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. She helped the Child Care Support Services Program to prepare for the Summer Food Service Program by shopping for and delivering food, and putting together weekend food backpacks.  Through Ms. Prest her integral efforts in projects contributed to the Standards of Excellence Work Catholic Charities provides for high quality services meeting the expectations of New York State.

 

  • Emily Ahlqvist is the recipient of the SUNY Oneonta 2018 Intern of the Year Award. She was nominated by Nate Getman Principal Court Attorney for Otsego County Courts. During this summer internship, Ms. Ahlqvist performed every task ( which ranged from research and writing to review of case files in busy courts to court observations) with precision, professionalism and discretion. In addition she was given numerous writing assignments, but was tasked specifically with researching and writing about the use of social media prior to mass shootings. Her findings helped change the manner in which pistol license applications are reviewed in court.  Ms. Ahlqvist elevated the expectations for interns who serve in the Court System, both interns of the quality of work and quality of interaction with other professionals from numerous agencies.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and I are proud of our award winners because they exemplify the successes and contributions of small business, the spirit of collaboration and the drive to develop our leaders and workforce locally of tomorrow. This moment provides a golden opportunity to recognize what these leaders of today add to our community and to shine a spotlight on the challenges and triumphs of some outstanding local leadership and to celebrate the unity that brings us quality of life to Otsego County.

I am proud that the Otsego County Chamber hosts the only major event in Otsego County that focuses solely on the accomplishments and entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses.  These award recipients were nominated by community members who recognized these businesses as leaders in our community. We congratulate our winners.

The award winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Small Business Banquet that will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Cocktail reception with cash bar begins at 5:45 p.m. with live music. Guests will enjoy a harvest of culinary delights at 7:00p.m. including turkey and all the trimmings in keeping with the theme “Harvesting Success in Otsego County”. Your invitation is attached to join us in celebrating our award winners. There are also congratulatory ads attached to share good wishes to our honored guest.  I look forward to seeing you at this spectacular event.

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Thank and Honor a Small Business, an Entrepreneur and College Interns

 

The Otsego County Chamber’s Small Business Banquet has grown to become one of the region’s most important events, recognizing small businesses that have sustained the workplace and the community.  This year the Small Business Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 11 2018 at The Otesaga Hotel and Resort in Cooperstown at 5:45p.m.. with a cocktail reception and 7:00p.m. with a formal sit down dinner. In this fall season of gratitude, let us thank worthy small businesses for their contributions to the region and celebrate their commitment to excellence. We invite you and members of the public to offer your nominations for three prestigious awards; The Small Business Award, Breakthrough Award and the Intern of the Year Award.

Attached are the nomination forms. The Special Projects Committee of the Chamber looks forward to receiving these nominations by Friday, September 14, 2018 by close of business.

 

 

 

 

We invite key business leaders in NYS to address our economic future by attending an Economic Investment Planning meeting (addressing the child care dilemma) The Economic Investment Planning Meeting.

 

Did you know Child Care in NYS…

*Is a $3.4 billion industry (in spill over impact)

*Child Care industry employs 138,890 in NYS

* Is a $2 billion child care industry that generates $1.6 billion earnings throughout NYS

 

Come join other master minds as we close the talent gaps and address child care challenges NYS is currently facing.

 

Business leaders will take a look at NY’s economic future through child care lens.

RSVP Barbara Ann Heegan by September 13, 2018 [email protected] seating is limited. Event is in Albany as we are bringing leaders together statewide.

 

This meeting will be facilitated by Bill Millett of Scope View Strategic Advantage. Attached is invite for you to share with other business leaders. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at this event.

 

 

 

 

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Household Hazardous Waste Day

Free collection for Otsego County residents of paints, pesticides, solvents, mercury, chemical cleaners and more. Please note: Pharmaceuticals and electronics will NOT be collected at Unadilla.

September 8 – 8am – 1pm:  Meadows County Office Building, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown

This free event allows County residents to dispose of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, paints, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, and more. Check http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/HHW.htm for details or call (607) 547-4225

 

 

 

 

Thank and Honor a Small Business, an Entrepreneur and College Interns

 

The Otsego County Chamber’s Small Business Banquet has grown to become one of the region’s most important events, recognizing small businesses that have sustained the workplace and the community.  This year the Small Business Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 11 2018 at The Otesaga Hotel and Resort in Cooperstown at 5:45p.m.. with a cocktail reception and 7:00p.m. with a formal sit down dinner. In this fall season of gratitude, let us thank worthy small businesses for their contributions to the region and celebrate their commitment to excellence. We invite you and members of the public to offer your nominations for three prestigious awards; The Small Business Award, Breakthrough Award and the Intern of the Year Award.

Attached are the nomination forms. The Special Projects Committee of the Chamber looks forward to receiving these nominations by Friday, September 14, 2018 by close of business.

 

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Thank and Honor a Small Business, an Entrepreneur and College Interns

 

The Otsego County Chamber’s Small Business Banquet has grown to become one of the region’s most important events, recognizing small businesses that have sustained the workplace and the community.  This year the Small Business Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 11 2018 at The Otesaga Hotel and Resort in Cooperstown at 5:45p.m.. with a cocktail reception and 7:00p.m. with a formal sit down dinner. In this fall season of gratitude, let us thank worthy small businesses for their contributions to the region and celebrate their commitment to excellence. We invite you and members of the public to offer your nominations for three prestigious awards; The Small Business Award, Breakthrough Award and the Intern of the Year Award.

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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;word-spacing:0px”> This has been a busy summer for Otsego County, and we know many organizations have been focused on keeping up with such a great season for business. Let's keep that momentum going! You must reserve your space by FRIDAY, September 14, 2018 to take advantage of this great community and business opportunity. In addition we want you take advantage of the professional team of photographers that will come to your business to take indoor/outdoor photos for your customized ad while the weather is still so beautiful in our area. For additional information, you may refer to the attached flyer or contact us directly via email or phone.

 

Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege
Founder and Creative Director

 

45 Lewis Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Office: 607.235.5855 ext.100
Cell: 607.206.4346

www.idea-kraft.com

  

 

 

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The City of Oneonta has contracted with McFarland Johnson of Binghamton to complete a Master Plan Update for the Oneonta Municipal Airport. The Airport’s Master Plan is a document that the City is required to develop and update by the Federal Aviation Administration and reviews and considers potential uses of the Airport, as well as their impacts on current facilities and requirements for additional facilities, over the next 20 years. As part of the Master Plan Update, McFarland Johnson is reviewing the current use of the Airport, including the types of users and the frequency of use, as well as developing forecasts of future use of the airport and factors that may encourage or limit use of the Airport over the next 20 years. McFarland Johnson has developed a survey for the local business community to review the current aviation demand from local businesses, current use of the Oneonta Municipal Airport, and potential use into the future. This survey will help McFarland Johnson and the City as they progress the Master Plan Update and develop recommendations for facility maintenance and improvements to accommodate the forecasted use of the Airport. Should you have any questions on the Master Plan Update, please contact the project manager at McFarland Johnson, Zach Staff, at (607) 723-9421, Extension 206.


Please use this survey link to participate in survey. Thank you for your participation! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CY9ML6

 

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Please see message outlined below from New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon:

 

I am writing to inform you that, on Aug. 23, Governor Cuomo released a draft model sexual harassment policy, training and related guidance for all employers in New York State.

 

The following materials are now available online at: www.ny.gov/programs/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace

  • Minimum standards for employer sexual harassment prevention policies and trainings
  • Model sexual harassment prevention policy – this policy is considered the “minimum standard” requirement, and businesses may choose to adopt it as-is, or use as a basis to establish their own policy. All policies must meet the minimum standards laid out in the model policy.
  • Model Sexual harassment complaint form
  • Model training (script book and PowerPoint presentation)
  • FAQs

 

These materials are draft documents and we are seeking comment from the public, including employers and employees. Comments can be submitted via the new website or emailed directly to: [email protected] on or before September 12, 2018. Comments will be reviewed and necessary revisions will be considered.

 

Of particular note are two important related dates:

 

  • As of October 9, 2018 all employers (public and private) must adopt a policy, and provide a written copy of the policy and annual training to all employees
     
  • Starting January 1, 2019, all state contractors will be required to submit an affirmation that they have a sexual harassment policy that meets minimum standards and that they have trained all of their employees.

 

Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word about these important materials and for any feedback you are able to provide.

 

Roberta Reardon

New York State Labor Commissioner

 

Link: https://www.ny.gov/programs/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace

 

 

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Dear Members,

Today is Family Farm Day! Thank you to all the farms across the region for participating in this family friendly event. We hope your ready to explore the amazing farms who signed up this year.

If you haven't received a copy of the Farm Guide yet go to www.familyfarmday.org and download one.

Also don't forget we would love to see your photos, either share them with our page or visit www.familyfarmday.org/sharephotos to upload them to us!

 

ONEONTA CONCERT BAND IN HUNTINGTON PARK AUGUST 26

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) is hosting its second annual band concert in Huntington Park on Sunday August 26 at 3 PM (Note change of time). The Oneonta Concert Band will be playing selections from John Philip Sousa and other American band standards. Sousa, “The March King”, and his band made several visits to Oneonta, arriving by train, marching down Main Street, and playing at the Oneonta Theatre.  The Concert Band is a part of the Oneonta Community Band, which traces its origin to 1853. The concert in the park is free. There will be a freewill donation toward efforts to save the nearby Oneonta Theatre, the property on the Register of Historic Places in which Sousa played.

The concert will be in the area of Huntington Park along Dietz Street. Bring a chair or blanket.  There is street parking along Dietz Street as well as in the nearby Wall Street and Dietz Street lots.  This event is made possible with the support of the Jackson H. Fenner Foundation. The concert will be postponed in the event of inclement weather. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected].

 

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE

EXPLORE  |  CREATE  |  INNOVATE

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! Career Services is spicing up the fair this year and launching a new EXPO. 

Join us for an exciting opportunity to showcase your organization on campus and build name recognition with hundreds of students seeking internships and career options. 

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WHATInternship & Career EXPO

WHENThursday, October 4th from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

PLACEBinder Gymnasium's Lambros Arena, Hartwick College

(https://goo.gl/forms/m4AvECSqUqkvfYlI3)

Stand out from the crowd and help support our student programs, by becoming a sponsor. 

This is your opportunity to have extra recognition with our students. 
View our opportunities attached
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ALL SPONSORSHIPS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

 

 

 

 

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Office: 607-267-4010

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We have another opportunity for our City of Oneonta Main Street businesses, we would like to invite business owners to another information session, this will be our third session offered to help spread the word related to the Downtown Oneonta Improvement Fund on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:00a.m. to the Chamber offices located at 189 Main Street 5th floor Oneonta. Joining us at this meeting will be Elizabeth Horvath, Senior Project Manager from Delaware Engineering. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the City of Oneonta Downtown Improvement Fund. This grant program developed for the City of Oneonta is to provide property and business owners a flexible funding mechanism to improve properties located within the Downtown DRI boundaries ( see the map on the City’s website, http://www.oneonta.ny.us/departments/community-development/authentically-oneonta).   The deadline for any signage applications is coming up on August 31, 2018. If you are interested in learning more and participating in the program, we encourage you to attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend but still would like to participate, individual meetings can be scheduled. Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 14, 2018 to Barbara Ann Heegan at (607) 267-4010 Ext. 103 or by e-mail [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2018
Contact:
Jeff O'Handley, (607) 282-4087, [email protected]

Press Release: OCCA sponsors hike, energy lecture

(COOPERSTOWN) – Otsego County Conservation Association is hosting two events during the week of August 20.

On Wednesday, August 22, the Be Informed! Lecture Series continues with Heat Smart Otsego. Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego, will introduce participants to energy saving technologies such as ground-source heat pumps, air-source heat pumps, and modern pellet stoves and boilers. These technologies can reduce heating and cooling costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and can reduce the release of dangerous volatile organic compounds. The program will also highlight incentive programs that can help homeowners defray the costs of installing these technologies. The program begins at 6:30pm in the Community Room at the Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. The Be Informed Lecture Series is a joint program of Otsego County Conservation Association and Mohican Farm, The Clark Foundation.

On Thursday, August 23, OCCA Board member, Trish Riddell Kent and her husband, Steve, lead a walk through the field and creek portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. In 2005, the Kents donated the land, which had been in the Riddell family for generations, to the state. This easy, 1.5-mile walk will pass through woods, fields and along part of Schenevus Creek, and will include discussion of the property's unique history. The walk begins at 6:30 pm at the main parking area of Riddell State Park, Route 28, Oneonta, just north of I-88 Exit 17.

Both programs are free and open to the public, though pre-registration is appreciated. For more information, or to sign up for the program, visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County's natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

 

What is ABLE?  The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 allows those with disabilities to save for qualified disability expenses tax free and without the risk of losing benefits from Federal assistance programs.

Eligibility for NY ABLE:  Eligible individuals can open the account for themselves, or a parent or legal guardian may open one on their behalf. An agent of the eligible individual can also open an account under a power of attorney. The eligible individual is the Account Owner and the Beneficiary.

To qualify for NY ABLE, the eligible individual must be a New York resident.

There are two ways to be considered an eligible individual.  Either:

•a disability must be present before age 26, and the individual must be entitled to SSI or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of his or her disability, OR

•a disability must be present before age 26 AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING requirements must be met: •The individual has a written diagnosis from a licensed physician documenting a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which results in marked and severe functional limitations, that can be expected to last for at least a year OR

•The individual is classified as blind (as defined in the Social Security Act), OR has a disability that is included on the Social Security Administration’s List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions

Proof of eligibility is not required to open an account. However, eligible individuals should maintain a benefits verification letter, a record of diagnosis or other relevant documents should they need to prove eligibility later.

Qualified Disability Expense:   Is any expenses eligible individuals incur, which relate to their blindness or disability and will be used to maintain or improve their quality of life.

These qualified expenses include:


•Education

•Health and wellness

•Housing

•Transportation

•Legal fees

•Financial management

•Employment training and support

•Assistive technology

•Personal support services

•Oversight and monitoring

•Funeral and burial expenses


We recommend that a record of expenses and payment receipts be saved should they be needed later. If NY ABLE savings are used for non-qualified expenses, the earnings portion of the withdrawal will be treated as income – subject to federal/state taxes, and may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty.

Have Questions?  Call 1.855.5NY.ABLE (1.855.569.2253) Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm OR visit www.mynyable.org

General Questions visit the ABLE National Resource Center:  www.ablenrc.org

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This Saturday, August 4, 2018 is the City of the Hills Art & Music Festival from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. on Main Street Oneonta. Please see attached program and banner ad for complete details and to see the community supporters of this awesome event.

Downtown Improvement Fund Information Session-Friday August 3, 2018 at 8:30a.m.

For our City of Oneonta Main Street businesses, we would like to invite business owners to an information session related to the Downtown Oneonta Improvement Fund on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 8:30a.m. to the Chamber offices located at 189 Main Street 5th floor Oneonta. Joining us at this meeting will be Elizabeth Horvath, Senior Project Manager from Delaware Engineering and Jared Miller, Vice President of Design  Development with Prolifq sign studio. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the City of Oneonta Downtown Improvement Fund. This grant program developed for the City of Oneonta is to provide property and business owners a flexible funding mechanism to improve properties located within the Downtown DRI boundaries ( see the map on the City’s website, http://www.oneonta.ny.us/departments/community-development/authentically-oneonta).   The deadline for any signage applications is coming up on August 31, 2018. If you are interested in learning more and participating in the program, we encourage you to attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend but still would like to participate, individual meetings can be scheduled. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 2, 2018 to Barbara Ann Heegan at (607) 267-4010 Ext. 103 or by e-mail [email protected]

 

 

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Dear Members,

For our City of Oneonta Main Street businesses, we would like to invite business owners to an information session related to the Downtown Oneonta Improvement Fund on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 8:30a.m. to the Chamber offices located at 189 Main Street 5th floor Oneonta. Joining us at this meeting will be Elizabeth Horvath, Senior Project Manager from Delaware Engineering and Jared Miller, Vice President of Design  Development with Prolifq sign studio. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the City of Oneonta Downtown Improvement Fund. This grant program developed for the City of Oneonta is to provide property and business owners a flexible funding mechanism to improve properties located within the Downtown DRI boundaries ( see the map on the City’s website, http://www.oneonta.ny.us/departments/community-development/authentically-oneonta).   The deadline for any signage applications is coming up on August 31, 2018. If you are interested in learning more and participating in the program, we encourage you to attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend but still would like to participate, individual meetings can be scheduled. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 2, 2018 to Barbara Ann Heegan at (607) 267-4010 Ext. 103 or by e-mail [email protected]

 

 

Greetings! The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to seeing you this year at our upcoming golf tournament.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is having its 32 Annual Golf Tournament. To be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Oneonta Country Club. Shot gun starts at 10:00a.m. Registration starts at 9:00am.

We invite you and your colleagues to join us as a sponsor in putting a team together for this event. By being a sponsor in this event you will be promoting your company to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating at the outing itself. Companies likes yours make available the resources that enrich our Business Community and for that we are forever grateful. We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended outing. Please join the Chamber with our friends, neighbors and colleagues for a fun day with exciting golf course contests and prizes at the end. We are offering various levels of sponsorships. The Chamber Board of Directors thanks you in advance for your support and will work hard for your company in promoting and sharing resources among our membership. We look forward to seeing you there! Please see attached registration form.

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Please Join Us!
The Staff and Board of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions are pleased to invite you to the LEAF Open House and Ribbon Cutting at our new location (189 Main Street) on July 24th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Just stop by to say hi, or pull up a chair and stay for a while.  The staff will be available for questions and there will be tours, displays, refreshments, and exhibits for you.  A brief Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will be held at 5 pm.   

Greetings! The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to seeing you this year at our upcoming golf tournament.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is having its 32 Annual Golf Tournament. To be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Oneonta Country Club. Shot gun starts at 10:00a.m. Registration starts at 9:00am.

We invite you and your colleagues to join us as a sponsor in putting a team together for this event. By being a sponsor in this event you will be promoting your company to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating at the outing itself. Companies likes yours make available the resources that enrich our Business Community and for that we are forever grateful. We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended outing. Please join the Chamber with our friends, neighbors and colleagues for a fun day with exciting golf course contests and prizes at the end. We are offering various levels of sponsorships. The Chamber Board of Directors thanks you in advance for your support and will work hard for your company in promoting and sharing resources among our membership. We look forward to seeing you there! Please see attached registration form.

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A friendly reminder, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a celebration of the county’s Sustainable Success on Thursday, July 19, 2018 beginning with a networking reception at 5:45p.m. at The Oneonta Municipal Airport for a Summer Soiree followed by dinner and awards. If you have never been to the Oneonta Municipal Airport it is worth a trip to visit and learn about the opportunities taking place now at the Oneonta Airport. We will have live music by the group called “Doreen & the Soul Survivors”.  Attached is the Summer Soiree reservation form and ad sponsor form for celebration booklet.  

 

BACK TO THE 80s FUND RAISER


The Greater Oneonta Historical Society will hold a fund raiser at Deer Haven Campground, 180 Deer Haven Lane, on Saturday July 21. Live music will be provided by Flux Capacitor, Otsego County's premier 80s cover band. Admission is $25 for the event, which begins at 6:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM, rain or shine.  There will be snacks and an open bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and a cash bar from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Proceeds from the event will be for the History Center building fund and GOHS' Challenge Match campaign, in which two anonymous local donors have pledged to match up to $30,000 in building fund donations received by GOHS between January 1 and August 31 of this year. Tickets are on sale (cash, check, or credit card) at the History Center, 183 Main Street, and at Deer Haven (cash only) in advance and at the event. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected].

 

Greetings! The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to seeing you this year at our upcoming golf tournament.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is having its 32 Annual Golf Tournament. To be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Oneonta Country Club. Shot gun starts at 10:00a.m. Registration starts at 9:00am.

We invite you and your colleagues to join us as a sponsor in putting a team together for this event. By being a sponsor in this event you will be promoting your company to a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating at the outing itself. Companies likes yours make available the resources that enrich our Business Community and for that we are forever grateful. We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended outing. Please join the Chamber with our friends, neighbors and colleagues for a fun day with exciting golf course contests and prizes at the end. We are offering various levels of sponsorships. The Chamber Board of Directors thanks you in advance for your support and will work hard for your company in promoting and sharing resources among our membership. We look forward to seeing you there! Please see attached registration form.

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A friendly reminder, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a celebration of the county’s Sustainable Success on Thursday, July 19, 2018 beginning with a networking reception at 5:45p.m. at The Oneonta Municipal Airport for a Summer Soiree followed by dinner and awards. If you have never been to the Oneonta Municipal Airport it is worth a trip to visit and learn about the opportunities taking place now at the Oneonta Airport. We will have live music by the group called “Doreen & the Soul Survivors”.  Attached is the Summer Soiree reservation form and ad sponsor form for celebration booklet.  We will be honoring:

  • Oneonta Job Corps Academy as the recipient of the NBT Bank, Quality of Life Award in recognition of their programs and services. Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA), opened in 1980 and is now one of the 126 Job Corps centers found around the country that offers dozens of different vocational opportunities to under-privilege youth ages 16 to 24 years of age, along with individuals with disabilities. The Oneonta Job Corps Academy hosts nine traditional trades in three different clusters: Medical (Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Admin Assistant); Automotive (Auto Technician and Auto Collision and Repair); Construction (Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Cement Masonry, and Tile Setting). In addition to these nine initial trades, OJCA is also home to the SMART Grid Advanced Training program that includes Overhead Lineman, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician. OJCA continues to be more and more involved in the community. First and foremost, it is a source of employment for nearly 150 people living within the local region. Both staff and students have performed thousands of hours of community service across the region including helping with parking for community events, assisting at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army Sunday Meal with a Message, Art Festivals, and so much more. OJCA was involved with the Oneonta Airport project, a two-year renovation project that incorporated the use of about half a dozen trades, including Facility Maintenance, Cement Mason, and Electrical. OJCA has hosted or co-hosts community events such as that Annual OJCA Community Ballgame every August complete with free admission, contests, prizes, and of course …fireworks! Most recently Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Oneonta Municipal Airport, is offering an exciting new Advanced Training program for Drone Pilot. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot.

 

 

  • The Otsego County Conservation Association the recipient of the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award of The Otsego County Chamber. This award honors the Otsego County Conservation for enhancing Otsego County’s environment through protection of its land and waters.  The Otsego County Conservation (OCCA) was formed in 1968 by a group of citizens interested in protecting forest resources and the rural nature of Otsego County. Their current mission is to promote the appreciation and sustainable use of natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice.   Since their humble beginnings, OCCA’s focus has grown into areas of conservation that are important to, and involve, local citizens. OCCA’s largest focus area is education and outreach where they engage local citizens through free and open to the public outdoor and lecture environmental education programs, volunteer-based citizen monitoring, and organize two large environmental education events for the county (Earth Festival and Lakes Festival). They also help to preserve natural resources through their research and management efforts including water quality and watershed assessments, and invasive species eradication programs.  Additionally, they are active in land-use planning with their Circuit Rider Planner program, which offers low or no cost planning expertise to local jurisdictions to help better manage their land- use challenges. At OCCA they pride themselves on their scientific background and for their ability to work with a diverse group. Some of their successes over the past 50 years include:
  • Recycling Programs: 
    • OCCA was instrumental in helping Otsego County start the county-wide recycling program.  In 1973, OCCA started the first glass recycling in partnership with the Cooperstown League of Conservation Voters which expanded to accept aluminum.  This center stayed in operation until 1988.
    • Since the mid-1990’s, OCCA has been working with Otsego County and various local jurisdictions to help set up, promote, and educate the public on the importance of recycling. In the early 2000’s, OCCA partnered with the Village of Cooperstown to purchase and set up recycling containers in the village.  Their recycling committee is still active in lobbying for recycling in the county and are active at the monthly Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee (County Board sub-committee).  They are currently partnering with the OC Soil and Water Conservation District to administer the Agricultural Plastics Recycling program, working with local partners to determine the feasibility of Styrofoam recycling, collect “hard-to-get-rid-of” recyclables at Earth Festival, and coordinate volunteers for Household Hazardous Waste Day.

 

We look forward to honoring and celebrating with our award winners on July 19, 2018 and look forward to seeing you there.

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Dear Members,

 

As our healthy economy continues to gain steam, employers face new challenges as they seek skilled employees who can help them grow their organizations and become an integral part of their existing workforce. So, we can better meet your workforce needs, we ask you to complete this short survey by Friday July 13 by clicking on this link:  https://cxvibe.typeform.com/to/DE5rRo. Results will be compiled and shared. Please add specific skills and jobs that are in demand now and in the next 3 years.

Thank you for your participation.

 

Autumn Café to host Grand Re-Opening, Chamber to offer Ribbon Cutting Thursday, July 12 at 5:30p.m.-NEW BEGINNINGS:
In 2017 Wayne and Rebecca Carrington believed that they could ensure the Autumn’s presence on Main Street for years to come… In January 2018 they reopened with a menu centered on traditional favorites and some new forward leaning offerings.

Grand Re-Opening & RIBBON CUTTING for Autumn Cafe:
Thursday, July 12th our community is invited to celebrate a grand re-opening that features a new menu building on the eclectic roots of the café’s and a reimagined deck and raw bar.

Enjoy new ENTREES like the Mill Hollow Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Garlic and Turmeric Seared Cauliflower Steak with Summer Veggies or the Café Summer Carbonara with local mushrooms, broccoli rabe and roasted tomato.

Be the first to try our new fresh and lite offering of TARTINES made on house – baked café bread or the new Sweet Tea Braised Shaved Pork and Hot Rice POWER BOWL.

Autumn Cafe will of course be celebrating on the deck at the new stocked ice bar with frozen daiquiris and margaritas as well as fresh seafood!

Also enjoy Tyler Henderson jazz pianist!

 

Please RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator by this Wednesday at (607) 267-4010 or e-mail at [email protected].

 

Please Join Us!
The Staff and Board of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions are pleased to invite you to the LEAF Open House and Ribbon Cutting at our new location (189 Main Street) on July 24th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Just stop by to say hi, or pull up a chair and stay for a while.  The staff will be available for questions and there will be tours, displays, refreshments, and exhibits for you.  A brief Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will be held at 5 pm.   

 

 

COMMUNITY YARD SALE ON THE GREEN

AUGUST 11, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Register by July 31st

Find out how cleaning out your unused items can help you and two other organizations who focus on the needs of Youth Development in Oneonta and surrounding communities!

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Dear Members,

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a celebration of the county’s Sustainable Success on Thursday, July 19, 2018 beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:45p.m. at The Oneonta Municipal Airport for a Summer Soiree followed by dinner and awards. Attached is the Summer Soiree reservation form and ad sponsor form for celebration booklet.  We will be honoring:

  • Oneonta Job Corps Academy as the recipient of the NBT Bank, Quality of Life Award in recognition of their programs and services. Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA), opened in 1980 and is now one of the 126 Job Corps centers found around the country that offers dozens of different vocational opportunities to under-privilege youth ages 16 to 24 years of age, along with individuals with disabilities. The Oneonta Job Corps Academy hosts nine traditional trades in three different clusters: Medical (Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Admin Assistant); Automotive (Auto Technician and Auto Collision and Repair); Construction (Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Cement Masonry, and Tile Setting). In addition to these nine initial trades, OJCA is also home to the SMART Grid Advanced Training program that includes Overhead Lineman, Underground Residential Distribution, and Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician. OJCA continues to be more and more involved in the community. First and foremost, it is a source of employment for nearly 150 people living within the local region. Both staff and students have performed thousands of hours of community service across the region including helping with parking for community events, assisting at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, the Salvation Army Sunday Meal with a Message, Art Festivals, and so much more. OJCA was involved with the Oneonta Airport project, a two-year renovation project that incorporated the use of about half a dozen trades, including Facility Maintenance, Cement Mason, and Electrical. OJCA has hosted or co-hosts community events such as that Annual OJCA Community Ballgame every August complete with free admission, contests, prizes, and of course …fireworks! Most recently Oneonta Job Corps in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, SkyOp, and the Oneonta Municipal Airport, is offering an exciting new Advanced Training program for Drone Pilot. Ten students will prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to become a licensed commercial drone pilot.

 

 

  • The Otsego County Conservation Association the recipient of the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award of The Otsego County Chamber. This award honors the Otsego County Conservation for enhancing Otsego County’s environment through protection of its land and waters.  The Otsego County Conservation (OCCA) was formed in 1968 by a group of citizens interested in protecting forest resources and the rural nature of Otsego County. Their current mission is to promote the appreciation and sustainable use of natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice.   Since their humble beginnings, OCCA’s focus has grown into areas of conservation that are important to, and involve, local citizens. OCCA’s largest focus area is education and outreach where they engage local citizens through free and open to the public outdoor and lecture environmental education programs, volunteer-based citizen monitoring, and organize two large environmental education events for the county (Earth Festival and Lakes Festival). They also help to preserve natural resources through their research and management efforts including water quality and watershed assessments, and invasive species eradication programs.  Additionally, they are active in land-use planning with their Circuit Rider Planner program, which offers low or no cost planning expertise to local jurisdictions to help better manage their land- use challenges. At OCCA they pride themselves on their scientific background and for their ability to work with a diverse group. Some of their successes over the past 50 years include:
  • Recycling Programs: 
    • OCCA was instrumental in helping Otsego County start the county-wide recycling program.  In 1973, OCCA started the first glass recycling in partnership with the Cooperstown League of Conservation Voters which expanded to accept aluminum.  This center stayed in operation until 1988.
    • Since the mid-1990’s, OCCA has been working with Otsego County and various local jurisdictions to help set up, promote, and educate the public on the importance of recycling. In the early 2000’s, OCCA partnered with the Village of Cooperstown to purchase and set up recycling containers in the village.  Their recycling committee is still active in lobbying for recycling in the county and are active at the monthly Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee (County Board sub-committee).  They are currently partnering with the OC Soil and Water Conservation District to administer the Agricultural Plastics Recycling program, working with local partners to determine the feasibility of Styrofoam recycling, collect “hard-to-get-rid-of” recyclables at Earth Festival, and coordinate volunteers for Household Hazardous Waste Day.

 

We look forward to honoring and celebrating with our award winners on July 19, 2018 and look forward to seeing you there.

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A friendly reminder of the FREE Workshop tomorrow morning, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Regardless of the nature and size of your organization, it’s important to invest in building a strong brand to define your niche in the marketplace and help you stand out from the crowd. Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege and Jocelyn Bailey from IDEA KRAFT will talk about how to create and maintain a brand, with focus on building a powerful and impressive online presence. From visual content creation to social media and email marketing, we will give you the tools to grow your business and attract new clients. We will also talk about our new project, The Best of Otsego County Community Book. You don’t want to miss it! Please RSVP to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO by Monday July 9, 2018 [email protected] or call (607) 267-4010 Ext 103. Members are welcomed to register the morning of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Café to host Grand Re-Opening, Chamber to offer Ribbon Cutting Thursday, July 12 at 5:30p.m.-NEW BEGINNINGS:
In 2017 Wayne and Rebecca Carrington believed that they could ensure the Autumn’s presence on Main Street for years to come… In January 2018 they reopened with a menu centered on traditional favorites and some new forward leaning offerings.

Grand Re-Opening & RIBBON CUTTING for Autumn Cafe:
Thursday, July 12th our community is invited to celebrate a grand re-opening that features a new menu building on the eclectic roots of the café’s and a reimagined deck and raw bar.

Enjoy new ENTREES like the Mill Hollow Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Garlic and Turmeric Seared Cauliflower Steak with Summer Veggies or the Café Summer Carbonara with local mushrooms, broccoli rabe and roasted tomato.

Be the first to try our new fresh and lite offering of TARTINES made on house – baked café bread or the new Sweet Tea Braised Shaved Pork and Hot Rice POWER BOWL.

Autumn Cafe will of course be celebrating on the deck at the new stocked ice bar with frozen daiquiris and margaritas as well as fresh seafood!

Also enjoy Tyler Henderson jazz pianist!

 

Please RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator by this Wednesday at (607) 267-4010 or e-mail at [email protected].

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Dear Members,

 

We hope to see you at this FREE Workshop this coming Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Regardless of the nature and size of your organization, it’s important to invest in building a strong brand to define your niche in the marketplace and help you stand out from the crowd. Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege and Jocelyn Bailey from IDEA KRAFT will talk about how to create and maintain a brand, with focus on building a powerful and impressive online presence. From visual content creation to social media and email marketing, we will give you the tools to grow your business and attract new clients. We will also talk about our new project, The Best of Otsego County Community Book. You don’t want to miss it! Please RSVP to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO by Monday July 9, 2018 [email protected] or call (607) 267-4010 Ext 103.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Members,

 

We hope you are staying cool on this true summer day. Recently, a survey developed in partnership with Colgate University and Pathfinder Village was sent out to each of your inboxes. If you have not yet had the chance, we hope that you will take the time to complete it. Doing so will help us to better understand local business engagement with the intellectual and/or developmental disability community and is part of a larger project that we believe will ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Otsego County. We hope the results of this survey can help the development of innovative opportunities for employment for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, as well as potentially address some of the workforce challenges in the region.

 

We thank you very much for your participation. Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about hiring individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected].

 

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTP2XG9

 

The City of Oneonta Downtown improvement Fund Meetings-A Downtown Improvement Fund Meetings Today

This is a friendly reminder that there are two more sessions today for The Downtown Improvement Fund grant program. Session at 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. and then 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at The Foothills Performing Arts Center. The Otsego County Chamber President, Barbara Ann Heegan will be at the 1:00p.m. session today for businesses unable to attend any of the sessions today. Any business that is interested in the program please feel free to contact the Chamber for assistance or contact directly Elizabeth Horvath, Senior Project Manager with Delaware Engineering at (607) 432-8073. Details attached for more information. We are excited to see this phase of the program begin.

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