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After great consideration, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is moving forward with its annual tradition to host its 34th Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament at the Oneonta Country Club on Thursday, August 20, 2020, with a 1:00 PM shotgun start and catered by Roundhouse Pub and Grill featuring their popular specialty assorted lunch wraps as a boxed lunch.  We hope that you are able to join us as friends and colleagues, in camaraderie and celebration.  The event will follow all Social Distancing Guidelines and Safety Protocols. The Oneonta Country Club is following all USGA touchless protocols on the course and have their carts treated with Bio-ProtectUs.

We will continue with our generous prizes for the top three teams in each division, games of skill, gift certificates from local Chamber member restaurants, event holes, and door prizes are all part of the fun. 

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Community Foundation of Otsego County. The Community Foundation of Otsego County was created in 2019 with the mission of improving the quality of life for all of us in the Otsego County area. It was about to publicly announce its formation when COVID-19 attacked. Rather than wait until the emergency passed, the Board of the Foundation decided that now is the time of greatest need and the Foundation must take a leading role in addressing the challenge. Their long-term goal is to aggregate financial and human resources to help solve the problems facing Otsego County. They distribute awards to nonprofit organizations in our community and partner with them to reach solutions.

The 2020 Chamber Classic is about friends, networking, golf, sunshine, perseverance, and fun!  The Chamber Classic Committee is working hard to make this our most memorable outing ever and we look forward to your participation and support that you will be able to join us at the Oneonta Country Club. Details on the packages are attached. Thank you.

 

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Join us on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 9:00a.m.-Noon in the parking lot of the Oneonta Outlaws Damaschke Field for a Drive Thru Job Fair! A special thank you to the City of Oneonta and Gary Laing, owner of the Oneonta Outlaws for accommodating local employers and job seekers! You will have access to 25 local area employers from different sectors for jobs in the local community.

Job Seekers will just drive in, follow the signs and traffic flow and remain in your car with your face mask on as you drive to each employer. There is no fee to job seekers. Attached is Flyer with details to share.

For Employers who would like to participate in the Drive Thru Job Fair: We are limiting to 25 spots. See attached registration form. We plan to offer a few Drive Thru Job Fair events up until October and will be keeping a running list and future scheduled dates in the weeks ahead. For questions please contact Kathryn Dailey at (607) 432-4500 or email at [email protected].

 

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Small Business Roundtable on Health Insurance for Small Business with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Special Guest Presentors:

John V. Romancik, Regional Sales Manager, Small Group East, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

& Senator James L Seward,  51st Senate District

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:00p.m.

All employers, regardless of the size of their business, want health insurance for their employees that provides the best possible coverage and protection at a price that works for them.

Most of all, they want to be confident in knowing they’re making the right choice for the families they’re looking out for. They want to know the guidance they receive in selecting the best options will take care of their most valuable resources.

This Small Business Roundtable will give Small Businesses the background on the trends and added features, that provides the right coverage for Small Businesses with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. Senator Seward will provide legislative updates on Health Insurance.

We invite questions to be sent in advance by e-mail to: [email protected]

To register details are below:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Monday, Aug 10, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ud-mpqjgoGNA4dY_lGlsyW2NdNTeWU8ow

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

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Big Thinkers, LLC is pleased to announce a marketing opportunity for small businesses – a new frontier of digital marketing called the Virtual Downtown Shopping Experience, hosted on ShopJills.com.  The platform allows business owners of all kinds to sell their goods and services alongside other like-minded companies, all seeking to broaden their reach beyond their own communities, websites, and social media pages. 

 

“Think of it as a nod to the days when vibrant downtowns had popular stores, where shops and boutiques were side by side, each offering their specialties. Whether it’s clothing, travel, food, or even something more untraditional like cyber security, these stores are virtual neighbors and all bring something unique to the table,” said Jill Morgan-Meek, Founder of Big Thinkers, LLC, a one-stop boutique marketing agency concentrated on promoting high-impact products and services.  (Jill is also the owner of ShopJills.com, where the shopping experience is hosted.)

 

While the pandemic has forced businesses both big and small to shut their doors, other businesses have found ways to pivot and develop new revenue streams, whether by offering more online services, increased takeout, drive-thru business, or other forms of e-commerce.

 

“With the impact of COVID-19, businesses have had to get creative to not just retain customers but also to expand their customer base. It’s exciting to be part of a new platform that will enable me to reach a wider audience and get the word out on new developments in my business as well,” said Elizabeth Raphaelson, Owner of The Underground Attic, a vintage boutique in downtown Oneonta, NY.

 

Early pre-launch tenants in the virtual mall have been mostly clothing and home goods and from NY State, but the intention is to build the directory with a wide variety of businesses like you would find in any mall, plaza or downtown area.  Membership in the mall is available at an introductory rate of $15/month or $100/year.

 

 

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Green Jobs Green NY Energy Study Program for Small and Medium Sized Businesses and Not-for- Profits: a NYSERDA subsidized program to bring professional engineering services to your place of business!

Businesses with 100 employees or less and Not-for-profits of any size can now sign up for a free energy study of their buildings. Energy studies can be used to evaluate all aspects of your business’ energy use; space heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, electronics, machinery. Energy studies include a list of recommended upgrades including cost to install and predicted savings. In addition, state and federal incentives (rebates and tax credits) as well as very low interest financing options are presented. Energy studies include a live, follow-up meeting with the auditor (either in person or online) to discuss results and answer questions. There is no obligation to spend any money after the study though chances are good the study will find cash flow positive improvements. The one-page application is quick and easy. Contact Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director at Heat Smart Otsego, (607) 435-1364 or email at [email protected] for more information or to request an application.

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

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