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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 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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Dear Members,

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]. We look forward to seeing our members today at the Networking Luncheon at SUNY Oneonta as we welcome the new SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris at 11:45a.m. as we will have one of our many table sponsors today Destination Oneonta talking about the fun festivities of  upcoming Holiday Events!
 

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

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

 

 

 

The Farmers’ Museum Annual Ag Conference to Focus on Hops and Brewing

 

A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community
2018 Conference on Food & Farming
Hops & Brewing

Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York

Free admission

 

 

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Hops & Brewing, the fifth annual conference on food and farming at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, informs and inspires farmers and the public, unifying and driving the agricultural economy in Central New York.  The conference, featuring knowledgeable speakers, vendors, breakout sessions, and a panel discussion, takes place Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is free for all to attend.

 

With a focus on the theme Hops & Brewing in 2018the conference will provide essential tools and inspiration. Leading experts in the fields of business, production, technology, and more will teach about growing hops and brewing.  Hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and long-time professionals alike will learn the latest and best information to grow their businesses and products in exciting ways, while also broadening capabilities.  General attendees will develop a keen appreciation for the hard work and scientific expertise required to be a grower and/or a brewer. The face of agriculture is changing, and the future of food is now!  As farming adapts new practices and confronts major challenges, the opportunities are endless. 

 

This year’s conference highlights hops in the morning and brewing in the afternoon. To start off the day, Steve Miller of the Northeast Hop Alliance will provide the first keynote address focusing on hops (9:30 a.m.). Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang, will offer a second keynote on brewing (1:30 p.m.).

 

Panel discussions include Growing Great Hops in Central New York (featuring Steve Miller of the Northeast Hop Alliance, Dustin Wood from Muddy River Hops, Rick Pedersen of Pedersen Farms, and Chad Meigs of The Bineyard) and Being a Successful Brewer in Central New York (featuring Phil Leinhardt from Brewery Ommegang, Aaron MacLeod from Hartwick Center for Craft Food and Beverage, David Olson from Red Shed Brewery, and Roger Davidson from Council Rock Brewery). David Gray Cox from Cornell Cooperative Extension will moderate both panel discussions.

 

 

Breakout sessions feature a range of topics including Proper Soils and Pest Control (with Adam Wild of SUNY Cobleskill), Disease Resistant Hops (with Lynda McMaster-Schuyler of SUNY Cobleskill), Farm Breweries (with Carrie Blackmore of Good Nature Farm Brewery), and The Business of Brewing (with Richard Mathy Jr. of Fulton Chain Brewery).

 

Vendors and exhibitors at the 2018 conference include Annie’s Project (Women of Agriculture), CADE (Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship), Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Farm Bureau, NYCAM (New York Center for Ag Medicine & Health), Otsego County Farm Service Agency, Cazenovia Equipment Company, Al Bullard (Author and Historian), Red Shed Brewery, and Muddy River Hops.

 

Admission to the conference is free. Food will be available: Chobani will offer yogurt in the morning, and Townsend Catering will be selling lunches starting at 12:30 p.m.

 

Farmers and agricultural partners are invited to share their products or information at the conference: vendors ($30 fee) / exhibitors (free). Please contact John Ferguson at (607) 547-1534 or [email protected].

 

The Conference is sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation/Mohican Farm and Chobani. The Farmers' Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org/food-farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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 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]

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Dear Members,

 

Interested in expanding your reach across the Southern Tier? 

Join other business leaders on November 28th for the first Southern Tier Industry Summit.  Take this opportunity to work others in your industry from Oneonta to Cortland, from Cooperstown to Ithaca, and hear from Joseph Paris who is an expert in corporate operations.  Joseph will discuss approaches to improve your company’s decision-making processes, so you can respond better to rapid economic changes.


The Otsego County Chamber is partnering with Southern Tier 8 Regional Board (and others) to offer a series of industry summits to be held quarterly across the Southern Tier.  The first Summit will be held on November 28th to discuss importance of constantly being in a “state of readiness”, share information about business intelligence now available at the regional and county level, and to encourage the development of regional industry clusters across the region.

See the full agenda and reserve your seat now a https://southerntiersummit.com/. Information also attached to this e-mail. Thank you!

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Dear Members,

 

Friendly reminder of the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting today for the new Holiday Inn Express of Oneonta.

 

 

 

 Join us for a Networking Luncheon November 1, 2018 as we welcome Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates

The Otsego County Chamber will be hosting November Networking Luncheon! Welcoming Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, NEW SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 11:45am – 1:30pm SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center in the Otsego Grille, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY

 

Table Sponsor $60 You receive one ticket for the luncheon, a one-minute commercial to talk about your company, a table card with your company logo and a table for your business cards, brochures, any other  promotional items. (only 8 table sponsorship available)  

 Reservation  $25 per person ($35 for Non Members) This is a great opportunity to connect with other local business representatives. Bring your business cards. Details attached.

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Dear Members,

 

Good Morning! As a proud Alumni of SUNY Oneonta and the love of science, I am excited for tonight’s business afterhours at SUNY Oneonta. I invite our members and members of your team to explore compelling exhibits.

Attached for parking and directions: Business After Hours should print and place on your vehicle dashboards. You may park in any commuter lot and there is a large one (Lot #44) right by the Physical Science Building. The Science Discovery Center is located on the first floor of the Physical Science Building, diagonally across the street from that big lot. A current campus map is also attached. Following this business afterhours join us for a focus group on the City of Oneonta Artspace. See details below and invite attached. We have many exciting projects and activity happening in Oneonta and our region!

 

 

Join us for a Business After Hours Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta has been dazzling young and old alike with the power of science since 1989. Recently reopened and reimagined, the Center now features a beautiful 2000-square foot hands-on exhibit space, a robust—and growing—program of public science events, and, for the first time, a full-time staff.

 

Please join us for a fun and interactive Business After Hours on October 24th   5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  and explore compelling exhibits, learn more about our programming, and maybe build a robot or two! To RSVP please e-mail Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] and just show up and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many cities across the country have utilized artists and their talents to revitalize their communities by providing artist live/work space.  We have the opportunity to work in partnership with Artspace consultants and welcome them to the City of Oneonta on October 24-25 to listen to the needs of our artist community and to look for creative ways to support the arts and the City. Please join us at any of the public meetings and offer your thoughts and ideas.

 

The public agenda is as follows:

 

Wednesday, October 24 – 1:00pm – Artists and Art Focus Group

Wednesday, October 24 – 3:00pm – Funding and Financing Focus Group

Wednesday, October 24 – 6:00pm – Artist Performances (First Floor Production Room)

Wednesday, October 24 – 7:00pm – Public Meeting / Question and Answer Session

 

Thursday, October 25 – 8:30am – Civic Leadership Focus Group

Thursday, October 25 – 10:30am – Business Sector Focus Group

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in the second floor small theater at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St, Oneonta.

 

Click here to RSVP for any of the public events. We look forward to our members participating in these focus groups.

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Dar Members,

 

On behalf of The Otsego County Chamber board of directors we are proud to congratulate our recent award winners for Harvesting Success in Otsego County, a region that is open for business and growing with innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and successful businesses thriving!

Congratulations to Directive, Otsego Reuse Center, Interns of Year Kelsey Prest, Hartwick College and Emily Ahlqvist, SUNY Oneonta. We thank all that attended the Chamber dinner and a special thank you to our sponsors Key Bank, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bassett, Community Bank, NBT Insurance Agency and NBT Bank.

We'd love for you to take a moment and watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0gVPCa9inA

 

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Join us for a Business After Hours Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta has been dazzling young and old alike with the power of science since 1989. Recently reopened and reimagined, the Center now features a beautiful 2000-square foot hands-on exhibit space, a robust—and growing—program of public science events, and, for the first time, a full-time staff.

 

Please join us for a fun and interactive Business After Hours on October 24th   5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  and explore compelling exhibits, learn more about our programming, and maybe build a robot or two! To RSVP please e-mail Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Monday October 22, 2018.

 

 

Join us at the Otsego County Chamber for Labor and Employment Law for Small Employers Friday, October 26, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. at Chamber Office 189 Main Street, Oneonta 5th floor

 

Coughlin and Gerhart attorneys Paul Sweeney and Theresa Levine will present.

 

Presentation Focus:

 

• Labor and Employment Law for small employers

• From hiring to firing and the investigations and policies in between including the NEW NYS Sexual Harassment Policy

 

Cost $10.00 RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Tuesday October 23, 2018

 

 

 Join us for a Networking Luncheon November 1, 2018 as we welcome Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates

The Otsego County Chamber will be hosting November Networking Luncheon! Welcoming Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, NEW SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 11:45am – 1:30pm SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center in the Otsego Grille, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY

 

Table Sponsor $60 You receive one ticket for the luncheon, a one-minute commercial to talk about your company, a table card with your company logo and a table for your business cards, brochures, any other  promotional items. (only 8 table sponsorship available)  

 Reservation  $25 per person ($35 for Non Members) This is a great opportunity to connect with other local business representatives. Bring your business cards. Details attached.

 

 

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The Otsego County Chamber will be hosting November Networking Luncheon! Welcoming Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, NEW SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates.

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Dear Members,

 

 

Many cities across the country have utilized artists and their talents to revitalize their communities by providing artist live/work space.  We have the opportunity to work in partnership with Artspace consultants and welcome them to the City of Oneonta on October 24-25 to listen to the needs of our artist community and to look for creative ways to support the arts and the City. Please join us at any of the public meetings and offer your thoughts and ideas.

 

The public agenda is as follows:

 

Wednesday, October 24 – 1:00pm – Artists and Art Focus Group

Wednesday, October 24 – 3:00pm – Funding and Financing Focus Group

Wednesday, October 24 – 6:00pm – Artist Performances (First Floor Production Room)

Wednesday, October 24 – 7:00pm – Public Meeting / Question and Answer Session

 

Thursday, October 25 – 8:30am – Civic Leadership Focus Group

Thursday, October 25 – 10:30am – Business Sector Focus Group

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in the second floor small theater at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St, Oneonta.

 

Click here to RSVP for any of the public events. We look forward to our members participating in these focus groups.

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Dear Members,

 

We invite you as an important stakeholder to join us at our Inaugural Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. “Attracting Talent and Getting the Employer-Workforce Ready by 2020 in Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley Region” Co-hosted by The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Senator James Seward at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. Details attached and we hope to see you there and apart of this meaningful discussion.

 

Why attend?
Leadership from the private sector and strong public programs are key to creating a highly skilled workforce. The Otsego County and Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit will focus on the areas where greater employer involvement can make a positive difference for the productivity of their companies and the overall quality of our region workforce.

The focus areas of our discussion is around talent recruitment and retainment in the following fields of focus based on member feedback: Healthcare and Health & Human Services, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Hospitality/Tourism.

Essential Skills for Today’s Workforce. These skills are critical for success in life no matter where someone works or goes to school: working well with others, adapting to new information — just showing up on time every day! How can we improve the essential skills of our region workforce?


Career Readiness. This is the latest buzz phrase for preparing students to succeed as adults. What does it meant to be career ready in today’s economy and for the future? How do we make sure we’re preparing students the right way?


Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships. Whether it’s called project-based learning, an apprenticeship or a career pathway, the benefit of learning while doing cannot be overstated. Otsego County needs to  pick up the pace on making work-based learning more widely available.


Plugging In. How, specifically, can employers become engaged in meaningful ways to build a stronger workforce in our region?

 

Who should attend?
• Policy leaders
• Human resources personnel and HR consultants
• Business owners
• Personnel directors and managers
• Employee relations specialists
• Career and technical educators
• Trade association members
• Education professionals from P-12 and postsecondary
• State and local workforce innovation board members

 

 

Barbara Ann Heegan

 

 

Join us for a Business After Hours Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta has been dazzling young and old alike with the power of science since 1989. Recently reopened and reimagined, the Center now features a beautiful 2000-square foot hands-on exhibit space, a robust—and growing—program of public science events, and, for the first time, a full-time staff.

 

Please join us for a fun and interactive Business After Hours on October 24th   5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  and explore compelling exhibits, learn more about our programming, and maybe build a robot or two! To RSVP please e-mail Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Monday October 22, 2018.

 

 

Join us at the Otsego County Chamber for Labor and Employment Law for Small Employers Friday, October 26, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. at Chamber Office 189 Main Street, Oneonta 5th floor

 

Coughlin and Gerhart attorneys Paul Sweeney and Theresa Levine will present.

 

Presentation Focus:

 

• Labor and Employment Law for small employers

• From hiring to firing and the investigations and policies in between including the NEW NYS Sexual Harassment Policy

 

Cost $10.00 RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Tuesday October 23, 2018

 

 

 MORRIS AWARD TO BOB BRZOZOWSKI 

 

On Sunday October 28 the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will honor Robert (Bob) Brzozowski, the recipient of GOHS' 18th annual Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history. Brzozowski and his family moved to Oneonta in 1996 from Milwaukee, where he was active in Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The Bachman-Brzozowski family joined GOHS in 2000 and in January 2003 the late Sally Mullen named him to a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. In October 2003 he was elected President of the Board and served in that capacity for five of the next six years. On leaving the Board in October 2009, he was named GOHS’ first executive director and remains in this position to date. GOHS president Corinne Smith states that “During his involvement with GOHS, Bob has overseen the evolution of the Society and its Oneonta History Center. His passionate dedication to history and his tireless efforts to support GOHS make him most deserving of this award.” The Morris award, named for the city of Oneonta's first mayor, will be presented at 2:00 PM on October 28 at a reception at the History Center, 183 Main Street. The reception, with refreshments, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected]

                     

 

Join us for a Networking Luncheon November 1, 2018 as we welcome Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates

The Otsego County Chamber will be hosting November Networking Luncheon! Welcoming Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, NEW SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 11:45am – 1:30pm SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center in the Otsego Grille, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY

 

Table Sponsor $60 You receive one ticket for the luncheon, a one-minute commercial to talk about your company, a table card with your company logo and a table for your business cards, brochures, any other  promotional items. (only 8 table sponsorship available)  

 Reservation  $25 per person ($35 for Non Members) This is a great opportunity to connect with other local business representatives. Bring your business cards. Details attached.

 

 

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Dear Members,

 

We invite you as an important stakeholder to join us at our Inaugural Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. “Attracting Talent and Getting the Employer-Workforce Ready by 2020 in Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley Region” Co-hosted by The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Senator James Seward at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. Details attached and we hope to see you there and apart of this meaningful discussion.

 

Why attend?
Leadership from the private sector and strong public programs are key to creating a highly skilled workforce. The Otsego County and Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit will focus on the areas where greater employer involvement can make a positive difference for the productivity of their companies and the overall quality of our region workforce.

The focus areas of our discussion is around talent recruitment and retainment in the following fields of focus based on member feedback: Healthcare and Health & Human Services, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Hospitality/Tourism.

Essential Skills for Today’s Workforce. These skills are critical for success in life no matter where someone works or goes to school: working well with others, adapting to new information — just showing up on time every day! How can we improve the essential skills of our region workforce?


Career Readiness. This is the latest buzz phrase for preparing students to succeed as adults. What does it meant to be career ready in today’s economy and for the future? How do we make sure we’re preparing students the right way?


Workplace Learning and Apprenticeships. Whether it’s called project-based learning, an apprenticeship or a career pathway, the benefit of learning while doing cannot be overstated. Otsego County needs to  pick up the pace on making work-based learning more widely available.


Plugging In. How, specifically, can employers become engaged in meaningful ways to build a stronger workforce in our region?

 

Who should attend?
• Policy leaders
• Human resources personnel and HR consultants
• Business owners
• Personnel directors and managers
• Employee relations specialists
• Career and technical educators
• Trade association members
• Education professionals from P-12 and postsecondary
• State and local workforce innovation board members

 

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Dear Members,

 

Join us for a Business After Hours Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta has been dazzling young and old alike with the power of science since 1989. Recently reopened and reimagined, the Center now features a beautiful 2000-square foot hands-on exhibit space, a robust—and growing—program of public science events, and, for the first time, a full-time staff.

 

Please join us for a fun and interactive Business After Hours on October 24th   5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  and explore compelling exhibits, learn more about our programming, and maybe build a robot or two! To RSVP please e-mail Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Monday October 22, 2018.

 

 

 

Join us at the Otsego County Chamber for Labor and Employment Law for Small Employers Friday, October 26, 2018 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. at Chamber Office 189 Main Street, Oneonta 5th floor

 

Coughlin and Gerhart attorneys Paul Sweeney and Theresa Levine will present.

 

Presentation Focus:

 

• Labor and Employment Law for small employers

• From hiring to firing and the investigations and policies in between including the NEW NYS Sexual Harassment Policy

 

Cost $10.00 RSVP to Karen Laing, Member Services Administrator at [email protected] by Tuesday October 23, 2018

 

                     

 

Join us for a Networking Luncheon November 1, 2018 as we welcome Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates

The Otsego County Chamber will be hosting November Networking Luncheon! Welcoming Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, NEW SUNY Oneonta President and the 2018 Leadership Otsego Graduates.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 11:45am – 1:30pm SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center in the Otsego Grille, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY

 

Table Sponsor $60 You receive one ticket for the luncheon, a one-minute commercial to talk about your company, a table card with your company logo and a table for your business cards, brochures, any other  promotional items. (only 8 table sponsorship available)  

 Reservation  $25 per person ($35 for Non Members) This is a great opportunity to connect with other local business representatives. Bring your business cards. Details attached.

 

 

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Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff event set for Foothills

(ONEONTA)—Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is formally launching the first annual Heat Smart Otsego Campaign on October 17 at 6:30pm. The event will take place at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

The event will feature guest speaker, Jay Egg. The founder of EggGeothermal, Egg will discuss the basics of geothermal, and examine how far geothermal can go towards a renewable energy future.

“We're very excited to have Jay Egg join us,” said Bennett Sandler, Heat Smart Otsego's Campaign Director. “He is a nationally-recognized voice in the geothermal industry.”

Sandler will also present detailed information on all aspects of the Heat Smart Otsego campaign, providing an introduction to the technologies as well as information on pricing and incentives available to those that install these technologies.

“The time to kick the fossil fuel habit is now,” said Sandler.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego will introduce renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  These technologies include air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free home visits from any of the selected installer partners as well as a free energy audit as a first step toward evaluating the most cost-effective, energy saving option for their home or business.

“People are always surprised at how much they can save from making envelope improvements,” Sandler said.

The Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff Event is free. For more information, contact Campaign Director Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 or [email protected].

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

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.

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Coughlin and Gerhart, LLP will be addressing all of these new developments at its Labor & Employment Law Update on October 17, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Binghamton. Please see attached seminar flier for more details to sign up to attend.

All Employees Working in New York State Must Receive Sexual Harassment Training

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of finalized materials and guidance on New York's new sexual harassment prevention laws, following a public comment period that began August 23. The state received and reviewed hundreds of constructive and substantive comments from a wide range of individuals, advocates, industries, worker groups, employers and business organizations.

“While the federal government repeatedly ignores the voices of women speaking out against the scourge of sexual violence, in New York we are taking action,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are doing everything in our power to crack down on sexual harassment and ensure inappropriate workplace conduct is addressed swiftly and appropriately. These common sense policies will help employees and employers know their rights and responsibilities and help enforce the strongest anti-sexual harassment package in the nation.”

“The images of Anita Hill flashed before the nation this week were a stark reminder that for far too long, women have endured workplace harassment,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “As a rare woman in elected office, I know more can be done to change the culture and create an environment where women can come forward and be believed. That's what we are doing in New York with these nation-leading initiatives that will ensure the security of victims and a safe environment for all employees in the workplace. These guidelines and training programs will be made available to employers across the state, building on our efforts to strengthen equal opportunity in the workplace.”

Secretary to the Governor and Chair, New York State Council on Women and Girls, Melissa DeRosa said, “Across the nation, women are bravely stepping up and speaking out about sexual harassment and abuse. In New York, we are listening, and we are leading the way forward. New York's sexual harassment laws are the strongest in the nation to combat sexual harassment and take direct aim at the culture of secrecy, dominance and power inequality that allowed sexual harassment to thrive.”

On April 12, Governor Cuomo signed into law the FY 2019 New York State Budget, which includes the nation's strongest and most comprehensive sexual harassment package. This package was a signature proposal from his 2018 Women's Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity. The new law

·        Prohibits employers from using a mandatory arbitration provision in an employment contract in relation to sexual harassment; 

·        Requires officers and employees of the state or of any public entity to reimburse the state for any state or public payment made upon a judgment of intentional wrongdoing related to sexual harassment;

·        Ensures that nondisclosure agreements can only be used when the condition of confidentiality is the explicit preference of the victim; and

·        Amends the Human Rights Law to protect contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants or others providing services in the workplace from sexual harassment in the workplace.

·        Establishes minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention policies and training.  All employers operating in New York State are required to either adopt and use the State's model policy and training as-is, or to use the models as a basis to establish their own policy and training. All employees working in New York State must receive sexual harassment training by or before October 9, 2019.

The following items are being released today:

·        Updated website with resources for employers, employees, state contractors and targets of sexual harassment

·        Updated model sexual harassment prevention policy

·        Updated model sexual harassment complaint form

·        Updated model training (script book and PowerPoint presentation)

·        Updated minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention policies and trainings

·        Updated FAQs

Toolkits for employers and employees and a sexual harassment prevention policy poster are also being made available.

The training and policy materials are being made available in Word and PowerPoint, where applicable, to allow for employer customization. Additionally, the State will be translating these materials into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Haitian-Creole, and creating a video training, all of which will be released in the near future online at: www.ny.gov/programs/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace.

The state will offer both in-person and webinar training sessions to help employers understand the new requirements. A schedule of these events will also be announced in the near future online at: www.ny.gov/programs/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace, where visitors may add their name to the list to receive future updates about the state's sexual harassment prevention policy.

These actions build on the Governor's record of increasing ensuring equal opportunity in the workplace. In April, the Governor advanced legislation designed to put New York on track to close the gender wage gap by prohibiting all public and private employers who do business in New York State from asking prospective employees about their salary history and compensation. That legislation built on two executive orders signed by the Governor last year which prohibited state entities from evaluating candidates based on wage history and required state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race and ethnicity of employees – leveraging taxpayer dollars to drive transparency and advance pay equity statewide. 

In 2017, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Labor to study the causes, scope and economic impact of the gender pay gap in New York State and issue policy recommendations to help close it. The report, available here, outlines the state of the gender pay gap in New York, including its scope across the economic spectrum and throughout each region of the state. 

“Sexual harassment comes in many forms – both blatant and insidious. And since any conduct of a sexual nature that makes an employee uncomfortable has the potential to be sexual harassment, we must constantly be exploring ways to prevent it,” said New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “By developing this robust package of guidelines we are building on New York State's record of ensuring equal opportunity in the workplace and improving the lives of all workers.”

Division of Human Rights Commissioner Helen Diane Foster said, “Now public and private employers have concrete guidance on how to approach sexual harassment complaints. But more importantly, sexual harassers can no longer hide behind mandatory arbitration and non disclosure agreements.”

For additional information and resources, please visit: www.ny.gov/programs/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace. Please see attached additional information.

 

 

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Sunday, October 14th @ 3:30 pm
Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble

Conducted by Scott Rabeler & Andrew Pease

Fall for Fall Concert

“Featuring Music of the Season—Yosemite Autumn, City Rain—and More!” 

Free and open to the public compliments of St. James' Retirement Community

located at 9 St. James' Place, Oneonta

Refreshments will be served

All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

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Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff event set for Foothills

(ONEONTA)—Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is formally launching the first annual Heat Smart Otsego Campaign on October 17 at 6:30pm. The event will take place at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

The event will feature guest speaker, Jay Egg. The founder of EggGeothermal, Egg will discuss the basics of geothermal, and examine how far geothermal can go towards a renewable energy future.

“We're very excited to have Jay Egg join us,” said Bennett Sandler, Heat Smart Otsego's Campaign Director. “He is a nationally-recognized voice in the geothermal industry.”

Sandler will also present detailed information on all aspects of the Heat Smart Otsego campaign, providing an introduction to the technologies as well as information on pricing and incentives available to those that install these technologies.

“The time to kick the fossil fuel habit is now,” said Sandler.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego will introduce renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  These technologies include air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free home visits from any of the selected installer partners as well as a free energy audit as a first step toward evaluating the most cost-effective, energy saving option for their home or business.

“People are always surprised at how much they can save from making envelope improvements,” Sandler said.

The Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff Event is free. For more information, contact Campaign Director Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 or [email protected].

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

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.

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Downtown Revitalization Initiative Downtown Improvement Fund:  An Update on the Selection Process  

Greetings to all of the applicants and stakeholders in the City of Oneonta. On behalf of the Project Selection Committee that has responsibility for reviewing applications and recommending awards, I wanted to share information about our timeline and review process.    I’m happy to say that the number and quality of Downtown Improvement Fund (DIF) applications we received far exceeded our expectations.  While this is great news for the City, the fact that we received so many applications – including several for the more complicated “Transformative” projects – means that it will be some time before we can announce results.  We’re beginning with a high-level review of applications, centered principally on smaller geographic clusters so that we can assess the potential impact on different areas of the City.  Because the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Fund is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we are focused more on thoroughness of review than on speed.  That said, we’re sensitive to applicants’ eagerness to begin projects, and we will be as expeditious as we can with our review.   At present, we’ve held three review meetings, and have another five meetings scheduled across the next few weeks.  Once we have made our funding decisions, the projects require approval by New York State; we don’t have any control over the length of time it will take the State to review our recommendations.  As a result, we can’t provide the community with a specific timeline for grant announcements.  What we intend to do, however, is to continue to communicate with you about our process.  And you are always 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.   With best regards,

 Kim Muller Chair, Project Selection Committee

 

Sunday, October 14th @ 3:30 pm
Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble

Conducted by Scott Rabeler & Andrew Pease

Fall for Fall Concert

“Featuring Music of the Season—Yosemite Autumn, City Rain—and More!” 

Free and open to the public compliments of St. James' Retirement Community

located at 9 St. James' Place, Oneonta

Refreshments will be served

All are welcome!

 

 

Small Business Banquet, Thursday, October 11, 2018 at The Otesaga Resort Hotel

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.  We look forward to seeing you at this spectacular event.

 

 

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Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff event set for Foothills

(ONEONTA)—Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is formally launching the first annual Heat Smart Otsego Campaign on October 17 at 6:30pm. The event will take place at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

The event will feature guest speaker, Jay Egg. The founder of EggGeothermal, Egg will discuss the basics of geothermal, and examine how far geothermal can go towards a renewable energy future.

“We're very excited to have Jay Egg join us,” said Bennett Sandler, Heat Smart Otsego's Campaign Director. “He is a nationally-recognized voice in the geothermal industry.”

Sandler will also present detailed information on all aspects of the Heat Smart Otsego campaign, providing an introduction to the technologies as well as information on pricing and incentives available to those that install these technologies.

“The time to kick the fossil fuel habit is now,” said Sandler.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego will introduce renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  These technologies include air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free home visits from any of the selected installer partners as well as a free energy audit as a first step toward evaluating the most cost-effective, energy saving option for their home or business.

“People are always surprised at how much they can save from making envelope improvements,” Sandler said.

The Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff Event is free. For more information, contact Campaign Director Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 or [email protected].

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

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.

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Dear Members,

Join the Young Professional Network of The Otsego County Chamber for a networking mixer on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Cooperstown Brewing Company 111 River Street, Milford, N.Y.! Join our friends and neighbors from Destination Oneonta and Destination Marketing Corporation for Otsego County. If your new to the area and looking to expand your network of Professional connections this is the place to be! Please just show up if interested in attending. RSVP not required. For questions please contact Barbara Ann Heegan at [email protected] or call (607) 267-4010 Ext. 103.

Stop by and sample one of their brews, networking with local professionals and maybe win a door prize! 

 

The Otsego County Chamber will be conducting the Ribbon Cutting this Friday, September 28, 2018 at 3:00p.m. for new member Cooper Country! Please Join us for this Grand Opening Family Festival!

 

Oneonta Historical Society Meeting Set

 

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will hold its  Annual Meeting and Hofbauer Award Reception on Wednesday evening October 3 at the History Center, 183 Main Street. The meeting will begin with the reception at 6:30 PM with the award to be presented at about 7:00 PM.

 

Liz Morley will receive the Eduard Hofbauer Outstanding Service Award. Morley joined the GOHS Board of Trustees in 2015 and has served as Chair of the Programs Committee since that time. Her nomination states that In addition to this important role, she has helped prepare exhibitions and is an active member of the Benefit Auction Committee. She gives of her time generously to GOHS and and is being honored her for the countless hours she has spent planning and hosting programs, setting up and breaking down events, soliciting donations, sprucing up the History Center, and staffing the  gift shop.

 

After refreshments and the presentation of the Hofbauer award, there will be a short business meeting, including annual reports and the election of Trustees and officers. The evening, with refreshments, is free and open to the public, although only GOHS members may vote. 

 

Prior to the meeting and awards reception, beginning at 5:30 PM, there will be a presentation by Colby Yeaton, Business Development Manager of Collette Tours. GOHS in cooperation with Collette Tours is sponsoring an April 2019 trip to San Antonio.  Highlights of the tour include tours of the Alamo and Mission San Jose, a visit to Lyndon Johnson's Texas White House, and a boat ride along the River Walk. Anyone interested is free to attend and get further details, including costs, travel arrangements and how this trip is a fund raiser for GOHS.

 

For more information about any aspect of the evening, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected].

 

 

Small Business Banquet, Thursday, October 11, 2018 at The Otesaga Resort Hotel

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.  We look forward to seeing you at this spectacular event.

Save the Date Southside Mall Job Fair October 25, 2018

 

Join us at the Southside Mall Job Fair, Thursday, October 25th from 3 to 5pm. Agencies & Training Providers are welcome to participate and promote services & trainings. Have your customers “save the date” to meet directly with HR staff who are hiring.  Attached are the Exhibitor's Registration form and the Job Seeker flyer. Watch our website: www.cdoworkforce.org for list of participating businesses, agencies and training providers.

 

A Workshops for Job Seekers to get ready for the Job Fair will be held on Monday, October 22, from 10:30am to 11:30am at the CDO Workforce Center, 12 Dietz in Oneonta. Call 607-432-4800 x 100 or visit the CDO Workforce to register for this informative and practical workshop. With so many businesses using impersonal on-line applications, this is an opportunity for job seekers to meet in-person with HR Managers who are hiring.

Otsego County Chamber Executive one of 10 selected to participate in program

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Aug. 22, 2018) — Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to participate in a national professional development program designed to boost innovative community health initiatives.

 

Professionals selected for ACCE’s year-long Healthy Communities program will participate in a design-thinking lab that will help them develop and implement a plan to tackle a specific community health challenge. Curriculum is designed to help participants demonstrate the leadership role their chamber of commerce can play in strengthening quality of life and supporting equitable prosperity. Each participant will work with a local community partner throughout the program.

 

Bassett Healthcare Network is the local community partner for the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Heegan will collaborate with Dr. Henry Kurban,  Medical Director, Performance Improvement Department, on a two-fold community health challenge: (1) Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Substance Abuse and (2) Prevention of Chronic Disease.

 

“Focusing on the importance of community health for residents will help the competitiveness and prosperity of local businesses,” said Chamber President and CEO Barbara Ann Heegan. “Healthy local economies attract talent, improve workforce productivity, increase employer net profits and boost business development, which can be tipping points toward economic vitality and equitable prosperity.”

 

“Bassett is excited to partner with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce in helping to improve our community’s health,” said Henry Kurban, MD, “Health performance and economic performance are interlinked: Communities that have healthier residents also have stronger and more vibrant economies.”

 

“I am honored to support Bassett’s partnership with the Chamber on this project,” said William LeCates, MD, FACP, president, Bassett Medical Center, and vice president of Medical Affairs & medical director, Bassett Medical Center. “The Chamber’s choice of community health as a high priority issue recognizes the interdependence of health success with the basic aspects of economic success. I am grateful to Ms. Heegan and Dr. Kurban for their dedication and outstanding leadership.”    

 

Leaders selected to participate in the 2018 Healthy Communities program represent chambers of commerce in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. The program is made possible with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

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About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, was founded in 1914 and today represents a membership of nearly 10,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world. ACCE’s members represent the largest metropolitan regions in the United States and Canada, in addition to major metropolitan regions abroad. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.

 

About Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health care system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching facility in Cooperstown, New York, employing 3,000 people. The medical center offers a broad range of specialty care and maintains a strong academic program through its affiliation with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a medical school campus of Columbia P&S. In addition to Bassett Medical Center, the network includes five other corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based and 20 school-based health centers, and various health partners in related fields. Learn more at www.bassett.org.

 

 

 

 

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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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Dear Members,

  

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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