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Dear Members,

 

HELIOS CARE offers Healthcare Decisions Webinar

ONEONTA, NY – April 13, 2020 – Helios Care will offer Start The Conversation: Thinking and Talking About Future Healthcare Decisions, a virtual presentation in support of National Healthcare Decisions Day on Thursday, April 23. The online presentation will begin at 2:00 pm; registration is open now at www.helioscare.org/conversation.

“As a palliative and hospice care provider, we have always advocated for advanced care planning,” said Kelly McGraw, director of access at Helios Care. “During this challenging time, it becomes even more important to have the conversation to make sure you get the care you want if and when you need it.”

Members of the Helios Care team will lead you through the most important decisions to make today, how to start the conversation with loved ones, and how to provide peace of mind for you and your family. The presenters are:

                 • Kelly McGraw, Director of Access

                 • Gail P. Ciccarello, ACHPN, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

                 • Alisha Rule, LCSW-R, ACHP-SW, Director of Family Support Services

                 • Tammy Christman, Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services

 

“We can’t control how this pandemic will affect each of us but there are ways we can be prepared— both for ourselves and the people we care about,” said Ciccarello. “We can take the time to make sure they know what matters most to us and who will speak for us if we’re unable to speak for ourselves.”

To register to participate via your computer from the comfort of your home, please visit www.helioscare.org/conversation.

 

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• Pandemic Archive Project 

We’re living through an experience that will probably happen only once in our lifetimes. HML wants to capture and archive Oneonta’s personal stories about the Pandemic of 2020. We want to hear about your daily life with its challenges and rewards. Someday, your great grandchildren will come to the library and be able to read your first-hand account. Help us create the 2020 Pandemic Archive. Donate your journal (or a copy) OR tell us about your experiences during the 2020 Pandemic. Make sure to add your name and age on the cover page. Include things like:

·        How are you coping?

·        What are you doing to pass the time?

·        What do you miss the most about normal life?

·        Has staying home brought any good things to your life?

·        Do you have to work? What is that like? Did you get paid?

·        If you’re a student, how are you taking classes? Do you like it?

 

Please contact us by emailing [email protected] (subject line: Pandemic Archive) if you would like to send an email record or if you would like to let us copy your journal once the library opens again. 

 

 

 

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Announces $5,000 Grant Applications to Small Business

To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.  This fund is a key pillar of the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Initiative. For information on this grant program, visit :

 

https://www.savesmallbusiness.com/

 

 

SBA cautions business on increase of lending SCAMS

 

Reports of scammers are on the rise with respect to the PPP and EIDL programs. I would encourage them to report fraud directly via the information below.  If you hear anything directly about a scam from your constituents, please forward their email to my attention[email protected]

 

https://www.sba.gov/document/report–sba-programs-scams-fraud-alerts

 

A couple of things that we’ve seen directly:

 

  1. Emails impersonating SBA to a borrower regarding PPP loan applications. SBA DOES NOT communicate with borrowers regarding specific PPP loan applications. All PPP loan correspondence should be between the lender and the borrower.
  2. Emails impersonating SBA asking for borrowers to complete and sign attached documents to “complete” their disaster “Grant Application.” SBA does not process grants. All EIDL loan processing now occurs through the EIDL portal, and legitimate loan approval emails clearly reference the original confirmation #. If additional documentation is required (95% of loans do not require more documentation), it is electronically handled in the portal. EIDL Advances process with NO action required on the part of the applicant.
  3. These phishing emails are sophisticated, with SBA logos and styling consistent with legitimate SBA communications. If in doubt, the borrower may contact our office.

 

 

Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online athttps://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/office-inspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2020

 

 

Binghamton SBDC Virtual Lunch & Learn: Maintaining Customer Relationships

 

Binghamton SBDC Advisors Lindsay Wolf and Jordan Jicha are going to present strategies to help area small businesses maintain their existing customer relationships through this troubled time. As businesses begin to ponder plans for a return to normalcy, what are the best activities that will help keep your existing customers engaged for the next few weeks.

 

Registration is free, and we will be addressing questions submitted during the registration process.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 12:00pm

 

 

 

SBA Loan Program Updates

Due to funding constraints, the SBA has stopped accepting applications for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

 

If you have already applied for either program, you may still receive funds via the originally-appropriated funding pool.

 

The application process for one or both programs may be reopened if additional funding is appropriated. Please follow our social channels or monitor our email messages for updates.

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Updates: There is no mechanism to review the status of the application. You will have to wait until the SBA contacts you. The advance will be deposited into the account that you provided in the application without contact from the SBA. When your loan application is assigned to a case manager for processing, you will receive an invitation to the EIDL loan process portal. The e-mail will come from [email protected].

 

Will additional funding options be available? At this time, we are unable to identify any additional federal goverment-funded lending programs that may be available. However, we do recommend that small business owners who were not able to obtain PPP financing continue to gather accounting and payroll information should these programs receive supplemental funding.

 

Beware of Scams and Frauds

 

·    Reports are continuing to surface regarding scams related to disaster recovery.

·    The SBA offers clear guidance on scams and fraudulent schemes. You may access that guidance here.

 

INCYMI: Recording of the Tuesday Lunch & Learn

 

The COVID-19 Federal Update with Congressman Anthony Brindisi is now available.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Fund to Support the Small Business Community

 

In conjunction with Vistaprint, the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced the Save Small Business Fund, providing $5,000 grants for businesses with between 3 and 20 employees in economically vulnerable areas. Applications open April 20.

 

 

Alternative Lending Options May be Available

While The PPP and EIDL Programs may not be currently available, there may be other financing options to help your business. Our advisors can connect you with possible commercial lending sources, as well as municipal loan programs that may fit your business.

 

 

Are you connecting with the Binghamton SBDC for the latest in important small business updates?

 

 

Where to get Additional COVID-19 Resources

 

Visit our Website

We are attempting to compile relevant, helpful information on our website to help you navigate the current environment.

 

 

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Dear Members,

Sweet Home Productions created a ONE STOP SHOP for local resources regarding COVID-19 SUPPORTOTSEGO.COM

We need your help and support. ANY BUSINESS that has an on-line connection to customers is listed and linked FREE.

All that’s needed is to visit the website (SupportOtsego.com) and fill in the form to add your business. A ONE STOP SHOP for local resources regarding COVID-19, local online shopping, information on business assistance, and more! 

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Friendly Reminder! Please take a few minutes to fill out this Otsego County Economic Business Impact Survey by this Friday April 10, 2020 to help us better understand the needs of our local business community during the COVID-19 crisis.  We want to help you and the local business community in every way we can. We need your help in assessing the depth of the ongoing damage done by the COVID-19 crisis. By completing this economic impact survey, you'll be providing the County with information that we can share with legislators, the media, and each other to understand our collective needs. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/otsegocovid19impact

 

Resource Update from SBDC University at Albany

We have recently received some clarification and program change information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In an effort to make sure that you have the most current information available to you, the clarifications/program changes are listed below.

 

The information updates are as of April 6, 2020 as supplied by the SBA.

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

 

·    $10,000 Cash Advance

·    Cash advance will be based on the number of employees for businesses with fewer than 11 employees.

·    The cash advance calculation is $1,000 per employee with a maximum cash advance of $10,000.

·    If you applied as a sole proprietor, self-employed individual or an independent contractor and did not list any employees in you application, the portal will assume 1 employee for the business owner when calculating the advance eligibility.

·    The cash advance will be forgiven.

·    Disbursements will begin this week and are based on when the applications were received and processed.

·    The loan applications will be processed in the order in which they have been received. It will likely be several weeks before your application is assigned to a case manager. The program has received millions of applications in the last three weeks.

 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

 

·    Interest Rate – 1%

·    Loan Term – 2 Years

·    Non-Profit Eligibility

·    501c3s

·    501c19s

·    Religious Organizations

·    Tribal Businesses

·    Veteran Organizations

·    Headcount determination

·    May be actual employees or full-time equivalents. Defer to your lenders for their preference.

·    Forgiveness may be prorated based on actual eligible payroll express during the performance period (8-weeks).

·    The performance period (8 weeks) begins immediately following the disbursement of the loan proceeds.

·    If you have laid off employees prior to receiving the PPP loan, you will have a short window to rehire them.

·    You may not defer the spending until you are re-opened.

·    If you are planning to utilize the funds when your business re-opens, you should delay your application until you are prepared to use the funds. Please keep in mind that these funds are first come, first serve and may not be able available when it is convenient to participate.

·    Seasonal business that had employees in 2019 but had not yet hired their 2020 staff may be eligible. Work with your lender to determine your eligibility and average monthly payroll calculations.

·    Expenses that CAN NOT be included in the average monthly payroll calculations for loan amount determination and/or forgiveness:

·    Employer contributions of social security and Medicare.

·    Worker's compensation, disability and/or unemployment insurance.

·    Payroll processing fees.

·    For sole proprietors, self-employed individuals, independent contractors and LLCs filing as sole proprietors/partnerships:

·    The lender will determine the mechanism for identifying the owner's average monthly payroll.

·    Each lender is likely to use a different approach to this determination and you will have to follow the guidance of your lender.

·    If you have multiple businesses, check with the lender as to how the multiple businesses should apply for the program.

·    The multiple businesses should be working with the same lender for the application processes.

·    The lender will need to verify that the total number of employees of the businesses qualify as a small business.

·    The lender may have the multiple businesses apply under 1 application or as separate applications.

·    The lender will have the final say on how to approve and process applications from owners with multiple businesses.

·    If you have received an EIDL cash advance prior to the disbursement of the PPP loan, the EIDL advance may be deducted from the total of the PPP loan approval.

 

STAHR PRESENTS:

Coronavirus 1 Month In: Financial Issues & Where Are We

Now?

12-1:00pm Webinar

RSVP: [email protected] by 4/8

SEE ATTACHED Flyer for more details.

 

 

 

 

Updated Utility links:

 

Otsego Electric Otsego Electric Cooperative and OEConnect

 

https://oeconnect.coop/covid-19-update

 

NYSEG

https://www.nyseg.com/wps/portal/nyseg/home/!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQ19XT1MnA38_H38jQwCDbzcLS1Dg4xdvUz1wwkpiAJKG-AAjgZA_VFgJThMcAw2hSrAY0ZBboRBpqOiIgB34GEx/?1dmy&current=true&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Fnysegagr_ourcompany%2Fourcompany%2Fnc_news%2Fpandemic-update

 

Spectrum

https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-information-spectrum-customers/?cid=dotnetr-dscx-alt-covid-19-0320

 

National Grid

https://www.nationalgridus.com/Upstate-NY-Home/covid-19

 

Fidelis Care Special Enrollment Period

 

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Dear Members,

Please take a few minutes to fill out this Otsego County Economic Business Impact Survey to help us better understand the needs of our local business community during the COVID-19 crisis.  We want to help you and the local business community in every way we can. We need your help in assessing the depth of the ongoing damage done by the COVID-19 crisis. By completing this economic impact survey, you'll be providing the County with information that we can share with legislators, the media, and each other to understand our collective needs. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/otsegocovid19impact


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Dear Members & Friends,

For the past few weeks at the Chamber we have been working on building our resources and updating them around the Novel Coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 to keep our membership and community informed of essential businesses that are able to remain open.  Non-essential businesses are closed (in-person operations) as of 8pm Sunday March 22. Essential businesses like pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations and more will stay open. Unsure what counts as an essential business? See the full list here. For healthcare workers and emergency responders looking for Day Care please contact your school district. For a complete list of school districts for ONC BOCES and contacts please click here. https://www.oncboces.org/ComponentSchoolDistricts.aspx


We remain dedicated in sending updates to our entire membership regularly to share best practices and information from our community. Our COVID-19 Resource Guide is now available and will be updated regularly on our Chamber Website at otsegocc.com or click link here: http://otsegocc.com/covid-19-compiled-resources/ 

We also have another link available on our homepage of our website to share your business hours for the essential businesses that are able to remain open. Please submit this information so that we can direct people to your services. We are receiving calls from the public, e-mails and we remain dedicated to connecting people to these resources.

Click link here to submit hours and business service  http://otsegocc.com/submit-your-business-status-and-operating-hours/  

Upcoming Webinars for Business

The Mohawk Valley Chamber Alliance Officers have approved the co-sponsorship (at no cost) of two webinars scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday to communicate information about the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program available now to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see attached flyer.

Please join One Group Insurance for a free virtual webinar to hear real-time updates on the Coronavirus crisis and how it might be impacting your business tomorrow, March 24, at 1pm. To join the webinar, use this link: https://one-group.webex.com/webappng/sites/one-group/meeting/download/3497b4d55ed64be790bbb30590facf40?siteurl=one-group&MTID=m97c5f6068fd1a3741b83d4e8afb5a64d

and enter when asked: Meeting number (access code): 474 424 513

The meeting should last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

What I have witnessed this week has been such a bright light of amazing and dedicated community members that are compassionate, caring people serving one another. The help you are providing will ensure recovery is faster and more robust in our region. Thank you for everything you’re doing in your organizations that benefits everyone including all our countywide essential businesses front line staff. These are difficult and uncertain times, you are never alone. We are here. Let me know how we can help. I have some additional messages sent to the Chamber from our members below for your review. We welcome all information sent to us regularly and can be submitted directly to [email protected] and follow us on The Otsego County facebook page. Please check all your e-mail folders for messages from The Otsego County Chamber as we are providing regular updates and our Director of Special Events, Kathryn Dailey will be sending you login information to update information on your member profiles.

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This week at the Chamber we have been working on building our resources around the Novel Coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 to keep our membership and community informed of essential businesses that are able to remain open. What I have witnessed this week has been such a bright light of amazing and dedicated community members that are compassionate, caring people serving one another. The help you are providing will ensure recovery is faster and more robust in our region. Thank you for everything you’re doing in your organizations that benefits everyone including all our countywide essential businesses front line staff.

We remain dedicated in sending updates to our entire membership regularly to share best practices and information from our community. Our COVID-19 Resource Guide is now available and will be updated regularly on our Chamber Website at otsegocc.com or click link here: http://otsegocc.com/covid-19-compiled-resources/ 

We also have another link available on our homepage of our website to share your business hours for the essential businesses that are able to remain open. Please submit this information so that we can direct people to your services. We are receiving calls from the public, e-mails and we remain dedicated to connecting people to these resources.

Click link here to submit hours and business servicehttp://otsegocc.com/submit-your-business-status-and-operating-hours/  

While these are difficult and uncertain times, you are never alone. We are here. Let me know how we can help. I have some additional messages sent to the Chamber from our members below for your review. We welcome all information sent to us regularly and can be submitted directly to [email protected].

Please see message attached and below from Cooperstown All Star, President Martin Patton

To our Cooperstown All Star family of players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees.

The health and safety of Cooperstown All Star Village players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees is our highest priority. As we continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to assure you that Cooperstown All Star Village is taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and New York State health officials for our players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees.

In an effort to carry on the Cooperstown experience that our players, coaches and umpires have planned for and fund raised for several years. We have decided to make a decision regarding the 2020 tournament (assuming that our Nation is going through this self imposed quarantine) four weeks in advance of each week. Starting the first week in May (leaving family’s, players, coaches and umpires a full month before the first week tournament begins), we will let everyone know via our web site, Facebook and emails to coaches whether we will open or cancel that week, obviously if we are open the first week the other weeks will be open as well. Our goal is to give our players the Cooperstown experience they have planned for and fund raised for.

For those of you wondering how we will handle your refund, should we cancel a week or the entire season we will give you two options, All teams will receive a 100% refund or the option of future participation. This policy remains the same for our on site hotel guests. As stated we will not be making that decision until the first week in May in an effort to give our players the chance to participate in what they have worked so hard for.

The most important thing we can do as Americans is remain calm, follow the rules set forth by your state and our federal government and remember we are all in this together. We will come through this!

Our community is ready to welcome all of our baseball families with open arms. God bless you all and God bless America and the World.

Praying for us all,
Martin Patton

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME NEWS 

http://www.BaseballHall.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    March 20, 2020  

Explore the History, Majesty of the National Pastime Through the Museum’s Online Collection

— Free Videos, Online Exhibits and Educator Lessons
all Available Digitally via Hall of Fame Channels —

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)  The National Pastime has long served as a communal support system during times of crisis.

Now, as the world practices safe procedures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s unparalleled collection of documents, oral histories and video – along with the Museum’s award-winning educational curriculum – serve as a resource to millions around the globe.

While the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is closed to the public during this emergency, fans of all ages can learn the game’s history, its place in global culture and experience the Museum.

Online offerings include:

  • The Museum’s Digital Collection at collection.baseballhall.org, which features historic photographs, scouting reports, audio oral histories and artifact images from the Museum’s vast collection
  • Free downloadable educational curriculum which cover 15 different topics ranging from mathematics to character development and are tailored to three different school levels from elementary to high school
  • Historic and current videos at the Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel, featuring Hall of Famer biographies, in-depth interviews and highlights of past Hall of Fame Weekends
  • Online exhibits that provide a virtual tour of the Museum, as well as through Google Arts & Culture

For more information, follow us on social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game’s treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan’s spiritual home, with its stories, legends and magic shared from generation to generation.

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Updates, Resource Links, How to Support Our Small Businesses and More.

On behalf of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we are reaching out today to assure you that we are here for our businesses as we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and are working to ensure we meet the needs of our businesses as well as connect you to resources. We realize this health situation has already been disruptive to many businesses across the globe and are here to offer  support to all our local businesses and community.

We know there is a lot of information out there; for the most current information on COVID-19, including government health guidelines, visit:

Help New York #FlattenTheCurve! Slowing down #Coronavirus is necessary to protect your health & reduce the strain on our healthcare system.
Here’s what to do:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Keep 6 feet of distance from others in public
  • Minimize in-person social contact

Read the full letter HERE

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Dear Members, 

The following message is from Governor Cuomo:

For Immediate Release: 3/16/2020
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

AMID LACK OF FEDERAL DIRECTION, GOVERNOR CUOMO, GOVERNOR MURPHY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCE REGIONAL APPROACH TO COMBATTING COVID-19
The three States will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people – effective by 8 PM tonight

Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight

Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight

Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area

Amid a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8 PM tonight.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos, effective at 8 PM tonight.

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

“Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

Governor Murphy said, “With all we are seeing in our state – and across our nation and around the world – the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I've said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we're all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us.”

Governor Lamont said, “The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives.”

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Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov
New York State | Executive Chamber |[email protected] | 518.474.8418

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Dear Valued Business Leaders,


On behalf of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we are reaching out today to assure you that we are here for our businesses as we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and are working to ensure we meet the needs of our businesses as well as connect you to resources. We realize this health situation has already been disruptive to many businesses across the globe and are here to offer  support to all our local businesses and community. 


We Support Otsego County Businesses and we believe we can all make a difference! We will continue to promote Otsego County restaurants & small businesses: If you are offering delivery, take-out, curbside pick-up, gift certificates or other incentives please share with us by e-mailing your promotion along with any special contact info/ details to [email protected]. We will then share this information in our weekly updates, social media and on our Chamber website otsegocc.com. We're here to support you!
 

 

We know there is a lot of information out there; for the most current information on COVID-19, including government health guidelines, visit:

 

Help New York #FlattenTheCurve!

Slowing down #Coronavirus is necessary to protect your health & reduce the strain on our healthcare system.

Here’s what to do:

-Stay home as much as possible
-Keep 6 feet of distance from others in public
-Minimize in-person social contact

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has postponed all events until further notice including the Job Expo on March 31 and look forward to reschedule these events in the near future. We are promoting a webinar this coming Thursday on the COVID-19. Please RSVP based on the attached invite.

 

The health, safety and well being of all our members and your families are of great importance to us and we are thinking of you! Stay Well and Be Safe and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Join us on Thursday, March 19, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm

Please RSVP by March 17, 2020 to: Joanne Cwynar at [email protected]

Covid-19 virus is generating significant concern about impacts on the workplace. Assuring employees that you are staying on top of the evolving developments is critical. Business continuity plans are being tested to the limits. Keeping your customers and your employees informed regarding your plans can help ease the panic.

Join HH&K Partner Dawn Lanouette for a timely webinar covering the current questions and concerns employers need to be prepared for. www.hhk.com

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Dear Members,

 

A friendly reminder we have Career Spark Day this Thursday at Laurens Central School. Please confirm your spot today if you would like to participate. We are also looking for donations for about 200 students of reusable bags and any giveaways to fill the bags for high school students to SPARK their interest in your company. We would be happy to pick up items for donation. Thank you for your consideration of this request as it is greatly appreciated for the students.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has TWO special career events coming up as an opportunity for businesses to find a qualified and skilled workforce for full time work and summer employment opportunities.

To assist with your job market needs we are partnering with the Laurens Central School District to have a Career Spark Day for 9-12 graders to illustrate to them the important skills needed for the current job market and the opportunities that exist in our region. Many of these students are also looking for summer job opportunities and internship opportunities. There are also teachers that are looking for summer employment that we have invited to also attend.


The event will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9-11:30am and again from 12:30-2:00pm, at Laurens Central School, 55 Main Street, Laurens, NY 13796.  The following schools will also be participating:  Laurens, Milford, Morris and Edmeston.  Lunch will be provided. Set up and registration will begin at 8:15am.


We are looking for a panel of presenters to start off each time period focusing on the types of employment opportunities available in our area, employer expectations, scheduling, job training, potential internships and so forth.  Break-out sessions will follow the panel discussion allowing students time to meet potential employers, learn how to properly complete applications, how to dress for an interview, resume building and so forth.   


We will also have a Job Fair Expo open to the public on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Quality Inn of Oneonta from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. This is for all Job Opportunities:  part time, full time, special events. Please include any internships and volunteering opportunities as well.  This is a great way to reach out to the community and let potential employees know what you are looking for. 


The success of these events is dependent on support from our many businesses participating in these opportunities where we provide your company with increased visibility and at the same time providing benefit to your organization’s recruitment efforts.  Please see attached details for registration. For questions and more information please contact Barbara Ann Heegan @[email protected]

Thank you for your support of these highly visible and well publicized events.  We believe this is a great value to be able to reach such a wide spectrum of job seekers and have an impact on young potential employees in our region at the same time. 

If you are unable to participate in both events but are able to join us for one please contact us! Please see attached registration form.   

 

 

 On March 21, 2020, the NYS SHIELD (Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security) Act will take effect and will impact all businesses that have data on any New York State resident. 

 

The SHIELD act will require that all New York businesses:

 

  • Set up a “data security program” to monitor and improve cybersecurity. 
  • Implement “reasonable safeguards” to ensure that private information is stored and erased safely.
  • Notify their customers of data breaches

 

With fines increasing from $100,000 to $250,000 per incident, no business can afford not to take the steps to keep information safe.

 

If you are not sure if your business is sufficiently protected, you can schedule a consultation with Directive by calling 607-433-2200. Go to https://www.directive.com/nys-shield-act to learn more.

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus
As valued members, I am personally reaching out to you regarding the current situation of the COVID-19 Coronavirus given that it has hit New York State. We know it’s an unsettling time for everyone and our hearts go out to those impacted. Every day brings new developments as it continues to spread globally, impacting commerce and communities. We are monitoring the situation and want to provide useful tools and resources to you about how to be prepared and how to support your employees during this time.


The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has compiled resources for our members on Coronavirus pandemic response that we have received from NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo administration along from Otsego County Public Health and the Bassett Healthcare Network. These resources will be updated as new information becomes available. During times like these, we know community stakeholders look for resources to share within each of your organizations. We will continue to update you with additional resources as we receive information.

We have listed three website links below with very helpful information:


Please let us know how the Otsego County Chamber can be helpful to your organization. We’d also love to learn about the actions your organization is taking. We will compile best practices to share with the membership.


If I can do anything to be of assistance, please let me know.

All my best,

 

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Dear Business Community,

As valued members, I am personally reaching out to you regarding the current situation of the COVID-19 Coronavirus given that is has hit New York State. We know it’s an unsettling time for everyone and our hearts go out to those impacted. Every day brings new developments as it continues to spread globally, impacting commerce and communities. We are monitoring the situation and want to provide useful tools and resources to you about how to be prepared and how to support your employees during this time.  

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has compiled resources for our members on Coronavirus pandemic response that we have received from NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo administration along from Otsego County Public Health and the Bassett Healthcare Network. These resources will be updated as new information becomes available. During times like these, we know community stakeholders look for resources to share within each of your organizations. We will continue to update you with additional resources as we receive information.

We have listed three website links below with very helpful information:

Please let us know how the Otsego County Chamber can be helpful to your organization. We’d also love to learn about the actions your organization is taking. We will compile best practices to share with the membership.


If I can do anything to be of assistance, please let me know.

All my best,

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

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Dear Members,

 

Please join The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce for an “Evening with the Stars,” a celebration of the county’s entrepreneurial spirit. Our annual business awards event will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 beginning at 5:45 p.m. at The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in the Wright/Wilber National Bank Atrium.

 

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

 

Custom Electronics is the recipient of the NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year. Under the leadership of President/CEO Michael Pentaris, Custom Electronics launched in the last year a $2.2 million expansion plan. The company added 90 jobs and plans to hire another 50 employees. Custom Electronics is proud of its strong team of workers, many of whom are long-time employees of the company. The company culture supports employees in becoming leaders. Custom Electronics has been lauded for its renewal-energy efforts and its focus on long-lasting lithium-ion batteries. Through growth, company history and collaborations across the country, Custom Electronics has positively impacted our local economy and added to quality of life by having its headquarters in Oneonta. The Distinguished Business of the Year is awarded to companies with 51 employees or more that demonstrate resilience, courage and commitment and the ability to find new solutions and working space.

 

New York State Senator James L. Seward is the recipient of the Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr., Distinguished Citizen Award. Since 2002, this award has been given to Otsego County citizens who have made a long-term impact on our region and who have given back to the community through their businesses.

 

Both of this year’s award recipients have enjoyed a close association throughout the years. Senator Seward has been a strong supporter of business and manufacturing in the regions he serves, and he has always worked hard on behalf of the business community’s needs. Early in his career, Senator Seward served as a legislative staff member to Assemblyman Peter S. Dokuchitz who, in 1964, founded Custom Electronics. Senator Seward’s positive influence has delivered results. He has secured funding for numerous local projects and causes that have made significant, long- lasting impact on quality of life for Otsego County residents.

 

We are proud to honor both Custom Electronics and New York State Senator James L. Seward as deserving recipients of these awards. The Chamber’s business awards have showcased some of Otsego County’s best business talent, since 1999.

 

The Otsego County Chamber looks forward to welcoming you to this celebratory event. Invitations will be sent out early next week.

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Dear Members,

 

Please join me and the entire staff at Opportunities for Otsego this Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m. for a Coffee Hour to celebrate and promote #LeapOfKindnessDay, celebrated every four years on February 29. The idea behind this extra day we all get is to get as many people in our community as possible, to take part in Leap of Kindness day and do something kind for someone else.

 

This year we are launching  Leap Of Kindness Day by highlighting Opportunities for Otsego following programs:

Building Healthy Families

Violence Intervention Program

Emergency Housing Assistance Program

Head Start / Early Head Start

Attached are the wish lists of each of the above programs. We welcome and encourage items to be dropped off  directly at the Opportunities for Otsego headquarters, located at 3 West Broadway, Oneonta. If you would like items picked up and delivered on your behalf please let me know I would be happy to assist.

  

Across Otsego County, we are excited to have people take part in this celebration of kindness and to pass along random acts of kindness that will mean a lot to someone or an organization that means so much to our local community. We live in a strong community where kindness matters and is part of the fabric of what makes Otsego County a Great Place to Live and Work!     

 

As we get closer to Leap of Kindness Day 2020, our goal is to see that even more individuals and employers come together to do something kind for someone else using the extra day they will get on February 29, 2020.

 

Attached to this email is the Leap of Kindness note bearing the official logo of this movement, created and shared by the Otsego County Chamber Board of Directors and staff for you to use to thank someone for their acts of kindness.

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NEW ONEONTA/SUNY BROOME CONNECTION CENTER CLASSES LISTED!

Start or continue your education in downtown Oneonta. SUNY Broome classes are now available at our new Oneonta Connection Center. We are offering a wide range of exciting credit courses and non-credit professional development classes. 

 

This Spring (March, April and May):  – Register today to receive your spot!

  • Attaining Work Life Balance
  • Maximize Your Communication Skills for Professional Success
  • Understanding the Pieces of Autism
  • Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting
  • Career in Real Estate

Through the Oneonta/SUNY Broome Connection Center you can earn college credits that count toward valuable degrees and certificates, or advance your current career goals, in a flexible series of live, online and hybrid courses.  Many of our connection center courses are directly connected to live classes, that are happening in real-time on the SUNY Broome main campus, via state-of-the-art video conferencing!   

 

For class dates and times, or to learn more, please visit:

http://www.sunybroome.edu/Oneonta  

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Dear Business Leaders,

 

We are excited to partner with CDO Workforce addressing your workforce business needs. A recent success story in working with CDO Workforce as an outcome to your needs shared at our Workforce Summit this past fall, was the need to have a local job search resource in one location. This resource link can be found on The Otsego County Chamber website at www.otsegocc.com and a direct link is herehttps://www.working-solutions.org/#jobsearch . Please see press release below for details. We thank Alice Savino, Executive Director of CDO Workforce for being our champion and listening to our business needs and bringing us valuable resources. Ms. Savino would like to hear from all of you and below you will find a business survey that we encourage our businesses to spend a few minutes to complete. This will assist us to better assist your needs in growth and continued success. Finally we have a Career Fair Expo and Opportunities coming up that we invite your Human Resource Departments to participate in. Thank you for your support as we support your business!

Please take a few minutes to complete our Business Survey.

 

Your feedback will not only help to inform us about your workforce needs, it will give us and our partners the information we need to create a working blueprint to address the business needs of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties as a whole, which is so crucial to improving service delivery.

 

We appreciate your help!

 

Click here to take the survey.

 

 

WDB Announces New Local Job Search Resource

Utica, NY – The Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties (WDB/HMO) now offers a local job search link on its website. This valuable new resource allows you to input job titles and search available positions in real-time in six counties: Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego. The resource also shows a running total of jobs currently available in each of these counties.  

The WDB worked with Chmura/JobsEQ to create a target specific algorithm to display current job opportunities that are searchable by both county and job title. Capraro Technologies then integrated the interface into WDB/HMO’s website. The link can be found at: https://www.working-solutions.org/#jobsearch

The link will soon be available on the Chenango, Delaware, Otsego (CDO) Workforce site as well, at: https://www.cdoworkforce.org/

The WDB and its local American Job Center offices in HMO and CDO offer services to residents to help strengthen the workforce and help workers prepare for and achieve meaningful careers — including dislocated workers, youth, workers with a disability, workers affected by the opioid crisis, ex-offenders, underserved populations and others.

Along with providing assistance to job seekers, the American Job Center offices can provide a wide range of support to area businesses, helping to maintain and strengthen their workforce.

In Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties, more information can be found about services and supports provided by the WDB and its local job centers by going to www.working-solutions.org.

In Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties, more information can be found at: www.cdoworkforce.org.

 

 

 

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has TWO special career events coming up as an opportunity for businesses to find a qualified and skilled workforce for full time work and summer employment opportunities.

To assist with your job market needs we are partnering with the Laurens Central School District to have a Career Spark Day for 9-12 graders to illustrate to them the important skills needed for the current job market and the opportunities that exist in our region. Many of these students are also looking for summer job opportunities and internship opportunities. There are also teachers that are looking for summer employment that we have invited to also attend.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9-11:30am and again from 12:30-2:00pm, at Laurens Central School, 55 Main Street, Laurens, NY 13796.  The following schools will also be participating:  Laurens, Milford, Morris and Edmeston.  Lunch will be provided. Set up and registration will begin at 8:15am.

We are looking for a panel of presenters to start off each time period focusing on the types of employment opportunities available in our area, employer expectations, scheduling, job training, potential internships and so forth.  Break-out sessions will follow the panel discussion allowing students time to meet potential employers, learn how to properly complete applications, how to dress for an interview, resume building and so forth.   

We will also have a Job Fair Expo open to the public on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Quality Inn of Oneonta from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. This is for all Job Opportunities:  part time, full time, special events. Please include any internships and volunteering opportunities as well.  This is a great way to reach out to the community and let potential employees know what you are looking for. 

The success of these events is dependent on support from our many businesses participating in these opportunities where we provide your company with increased visibility and at the same time providing benefit to your organization’s recruitment efforts.  Please see attached details for registration. For questions and more information please contact Barbara Ann Heegan @[email protected]

Thank you for your support of these highly visible and well publicized events.  We believe this is a great value to be able to reach such a wide spectrum of job seekers and have an impact on young potential employees in our region at the same time. 

If you are unable to participate in both events, please contact us! Please see attached registration form.     

 

 

U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado Visits CDO Workforce

Discusses His Efforts in Congress to Support Workforce Development Programs

 

Oneonta, NY – U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) recently visited the Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Oneonta Career Center, meeting with workforce center leadership and clients and discussing his efforts in Congress to support workforce development programs.

“I’m thankful to the folks at CDO Workforce for the robust discussion and hands-on look at the critical work they do to connect their clients with jobs and the skills necessary for the modern economy—especially helping our veterans find employment when they return from service,” Congressman Delgado said in a release.

“Workforce development programs are essential to growing the upstate economy, and I am deeply committed to enhancing career and technical education programs across our district to ensure young people are given every opportunity to succeed. This is why I introduced the Gateway to Careers Act, which would support organizations that help connect students enrolled in community college and career and technical education (CTE) programs, like CDO Workforce, with social services. By making sure that students have access to health care, childcare and transportation services, we can help ensure that they will be able to acquire the credentials needed for good paying jobs and fill critical gaps in our upstate workforce.”

The Gateway to Careers Act will create a career pathway grant program that would fund partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development partners such as state workforce development boards, industry associations, and community-based organizations. These programs would support efforts to offer wrap around services including child care, opioid addiction treatment, transportation, and other forms of assistance for community college and career and technical education (CTE) students.

CDO Workforce offers services to residents to help strengthen the workforce and help workers prepare for and achieve meaningful careers — including dislocated workers, youth, workers with a disability, workers affected by the opioid crisis, ex-offenders, underserved populations and others. Along with providing assistance to job seekers, CDO Workforce can provide a wide range of support to area businesses, helping to maintain and strengthen their workforce. More information can be found at: www.cdoworkforce.org.

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Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Announces New Headquarters

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce now in its 34th year of operation will move into its new headquarters located at 31 Main Street in Oneonta on March 4, 2020. Formerly the Colone Professional Building, this new location is a multi-tenant building in a prime, convenient location in the historic sixth ward of downtown Oneonta. The building offers ground-floor access for members and patrons and includes a private entrance on the northwest side of the building.  Ample off-street parking is available  at the rear of the building.


According to President and CEO Barbara Ann Heegan: “With  an increase in events and trainings we offer, averaging about  25-35 participants at a time, we have outgrown our existing space. This new space will  accommodate staff, our volunteers, Chamber committees and college interns that volunteer and work in our office on various Chamber activities and projects.”


Ms. Heegan continued: “Once we are fully settled in, we will invite Chamber members and the general public to an Open House later this Spring. We want to share our excitement about the possibilities this new location offers to us.”


The Chamber’s telephone  number will remain the same as (607) 432-4500. Mail can be sent to The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 18, Oneonta, NY 13820.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Business

Training Program

Are you starting a business? Are you already in business and need an entrepreneurial “tune-up?” The Small Business Training Program is for you. Learn from the experts how to build your idea into a profitable venture.

Classes take place on two (2) consecutive Thursdays. Each session is a full day of classroom training beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 4:30 pm.

Both sessions are included in the price of $100.00*. An SBDC Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of the 2nd session.

This Certificate is a requirement of the Otsego County and City of Oneonta Microenterprise Grant Program. More importantly, you will walk away with valuable knowledge, ideas, motivation and resources.

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM AND

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Otsego Now Offices

189 Main Street

5th Floor, Suite 500

Oneonta, NY 13820

Reserve your seat at:

https://nysbdc-bu.ticketleap.com/smallbustraining-march2020/

*online registration fee may apply.

Or by contacting Michelle Catan by phone at 607-267-4010 ext 105 or by email at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

The Otsego County Chamber is now offering online training for the NYS annual sexual harassment prevention training to make it convenient and cost effective to comply. 

 

New NYS law requires all public and private employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training along with written sexual harassment prevention policies. In the recently enacted sexual harassment law, all employers must implement annual training and specific procedures that meet or exceed requirements provided by the NYS Department of Labor and the Division of Human Rights.

 

The Chamber has partnered with Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC to provide interactive, on-demand training that meets and exceeds the NYS requirements. The training process is outlined below:

 

Training Registration Process:

 

  1. Go to https://www.pinnaclehrllc.com/otsegocountychamber or copy and paste this link into any internet browser.
  2. Register your company.
  • “Company” field must match the name on the credit card being used to process payment
  • “First Name” “Last Name” and “Email” should be the contact person to receive login information and instructions to provide to all employees on how to access the online trainings
  • “State” field must be the abbreviation/acronym i.e. NY
  • Select the option that fits your company size based on your anticipated usage during the next 12 months (don’t forget new hires!)
  1. Click on “Go To Payment” and enter card information.

o   Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Agreement.  This acts as your training contract with Pinnacle HR.

  1. The designated contact person will receive an email from Pinnacle HR within 3 business days of processing. 

o   The email will contain employee login information and instructions to provide to ALL employees on how to access the online trainings.

o   The email will also contain a separate manager login to view live reports with a list of attendees who launched the training and their progress.

  1. Direct all employees to the online portal to complete the online training.

For questions, please contact Barbara Ann Heegan at [email protected] or call (607) 432-4500.

 

 

Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Business of the Year-Save the Date March 26, 2020  

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business that will be held on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in the Wright/Wilber National Bank Atrium. Please complete the attached nomination form for any Chamber member business who you believe deserves recognition as an innovative, extraordinary entrepreneur, and an outstanding business organization.  Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Submit by mail:   PO Box 18, Oneonta, NY 13820 or email to:  [email protected]

Deadline: Received by Friday, February 21, 2020

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS FEBRUARY 21

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society and Hanford Mills Museum will offer two program options for families at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street,  on Friday February 21 between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. 

  • Forest as Habitat: The forest plays an important role in our environment and in our watersheds. To illustrate that, children will play some interactive games to learn how the actions of animals, including humans, can affect the forest in both positive and negative ways.
  • New York State Breakout Box:  Families will work together as a team to solve puzzles to open a series of locks using their knowledge of New York State history and other social studies.

Both programs are available free of charge and with no reservations required. Kajsa Harley, education initiatives manager at Hanford Mills, says that “Familes can drop in at any time between 1 and 3 to participate”. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or [email protected].

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Dear Members,

You are cordially invited to

 

 

Join Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball

of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

 

 

For a presentation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s

Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget

 

 

Monday, March 2nd

At 11:00 a.m.

 

 

The event will be held at

SUNY Oneonta

Morris Conference Center

108 Ravine Parkway

Oneonta, NY 13820

 

This event is open to the public

Please RSVP to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO at [email protected] to confirm your attendance by February 28.

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Dear Business Leaders,


The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has TWO special career events coming up as an opportunity for businesses to find a qualified and skilled workforce for full time work and summer employment opportunities.


To assist with your job market needs we are partnering with the Laurens Central School District to have a Career Spark Day for 9-12 graders to illustrate to them the important skills needed for the current job market and the opportunities that exist in our region. Many of these students are also looking for summer job opportunities and internship opportunities. There are also teachers that are looking for summer employment that we have invited to also attend.


The event will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9-11:30am and again from 12:30-2:00pm, at Laurens Central School, 55 Main Street, Laurens, NY 13796.  The following schools will also be participating:  Laurens, Milford, Morris and Edmeston.  Lunch will be provided. Set up and registration will begin at 8:15am.


We are looking for a panel of presenters to start off each time period focusing on the types of employment opportunities available in our area, employer expectations, scheduling, job training, potential internships and so forth.  Break-out sessions will follow the panel discussion allowing students time to meet potential employers, learn how to properly complete applications, how to dress for an interview, resume building and so forth.   


We will also have a Job Fair Expo open to the public on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Quality Inn of Oneonta from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. This is for all Job Opportunities:  part time, full time, special events. Please include any internships and volunteering opportunities as well.  This is a great way to reach out to the community and let potential employees know what you are looking for. 


The success of these events is dependent on support from our many businesses participating in these opportunities where we provide your company with increased visibility and at the same time providing benefit to your organization’s recruitment efforts.  Please see attached details for registration. For questions and more information please contact Barbara Ann Heegan @[email protected]

Thank you for your support of these highly visible and well publicized events.  We believe this is a great value to be able to reach such a wide spectrum of job seekers and have an impact on young potential employees in our region at the same time. 


If you are unable to participate in both events, please contact us! Please see attached registration form.  

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Barbara Ann Heegan
President/CEO
607-432-4500, Ext. 1
[email protected]

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