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Dear Members,

 

A special Thank you to Patricia Kennedy, President and CEO and Stacey Grady, Assistant Director of Development of Springbrook for hosting “Think Local First Kick Off Breakfast” with the Cooperstown and Otsego County Chambers of Commerce at your beautiful location on your Main Campus. It was a successful event and a great dialog was started and we are grateful to all of our participants on the panel.

A Warm Thank you to PROGRAM PANEL PARTICIPANTS:
Jeff Haggerty, Ace Hardware
Betsy Westad Cunningham – Artware
Chad Welch – Smith Cooperstown
Scott White – Bank of Cooperstown

Bob Harlem- Oneonta Block Company

Rebecca Lloyd- Pickett Building Supply

THINK LOCAL FIRST is designed to grow jobs, strengthen our local tax base and champion commerce in our region by encouraging local purchasing, hiring and the contracting of local services.  Attached please find the Think Local First logo to use on your website or in any advertising.

 

 

MEET ON MAIN STREET THIS THURSDAY EVENING!

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) is leading a drive to bring shoppers downtown on Thursday evening December 19.

 

The following stores will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 PM: Artisans Guild. Dietz & Wall Wines, Edward Teleky Jewelers,
neonta History Center, Printigree, Shakedown Street, and Theresa’s Emporium. Many will have special promotions and sampling. Other downtown stores are regularly open till 7:00 PM on Thursdays, including Artware, Green Toad Bookstore. McLaughlin’s, McLaughlin’s Shoes, and the new Skateboard Museum. Many of these  will be extending their hours till 8:00 PM.

 

GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “Downtown Oneonta was the place to be on Thursday nights. Even if you weren’t shopping, you knew you’d run into friends. Let’s recreate that energy on this last Thursday before Christmas. If it’s successful, we can extend it to other Thursdays during the upcoming year.”

 

For more information, contact 432-0960 or [email protected].

 

Pickett Building Materials has cool stocking stuffers: small tools, flashlights, gloves and many more treasures or a gift card to fill everyone’s needs.  We are open Monday through Friday 7am until 6pm and Saturday from 8am until 4pm.  We will be open onChristmas Eve until 1pm.

 

 

American Red Cross 6th Annual

Oneonta Community

Holiday Blood Drive

Hosted by the

Oneonta Elks Club

84 Chestnut Street-In the Dining Room

Tuesday, December 17th

11:30am to 6:30pm

 

Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit redcrossblood.org to make your appointment

 

FREE T-SHIRTS FOR ALL DONORS!

 

 
As the year is drawing to a close I am writing to remind you of a few important HR changes to make note:

 

  • While you’re planning for the future please take into account that the state minimum wage increases to $8.75/hr. on12/31/14 and then to $9.00/hr. on 12/31/15.

 

  • NYS Unemployment Tax – Employers pay unemployment Insurance contributions on each employee’s earnings up to a certain threshold called the wage base. The current wage base for 2013 is $8,500.00. The wage base will be adjusted on January 1st of each year as follows:
  • 2014-$10,300      2018-$11,100      2022-$12,000      2026-$13,000
  • 2015-$10,500      2019-$11,400      2023-$12,300
  • 2016-$10,700      2020-$11,600      2024-$12,500
  • 2017-$10,900      2021-$11,800      2025-$12,800

**After 2026, the wage base will be adjusted annually on January 1 to 16 percent of the state’s average annual wage.http://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/P822.pdf

Workers’ Compensation Reform  http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/TheBoard/WorkersCompFactSheet102913.pdf

State of the State Breakfast sponsored by Community Bank, NA.
Save the Date! Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center from 8:00am to 10:00am. Cost per person is $25. Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 8:00am followed by breakfast beginning at 8:30am.  Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.  To RSVP contact Shelly Giangrant by Friday, January 3, 2014 at (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or email [email protected]

2014 Chamber Newsletter

Our Chamber newsletter “Smart Growth” will be coming to you this January. We are looking for stories to submit into this newsletter that gets distributed by mail and online to all of our members and to our mailing list that goes to 1,200 businesses. Please share any awards, anniversaries, best practices, new services that you would like our members to know about your business. No more then 250 words please. In addition, we are offering a New Year marketing opportunity to add exposure to your business for $200 please send us a business card size ad that will be printed in our newsletter, displayed on our homepage of the chamber website and you will receive 1 month on our digital LED sign located here on our building of 189 Main Street. Excellent exposure all around! Please reserve your space with Barbara Ann Heegan by Monday, December 30, 2013 by sending your ad to [email protected].

MEDIA RELEASE

SUNY BROOME COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSE
TO RUN IN OTSEGO COUNTY

New Course On Personal And Professional Development To Run Spring Semester 2014

 

(December 16, 2013 Oneonta, New York) A new SUNY Broome Community College course, BIT 270 Personal and Professional Development, will debut this February at Otsego County’s Foothills Performing Arts Center.

 

The course focuses on soft skills with topics that include, personal direction, discovering personal and professional strengths, setting and achieving goals, understanding self-esteem, learning to think critically, the power of motivation, defining and visualizing success, managing resources (time and money), and communicating assertively.

 

President & CEO of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Ann Heegan, who recently joined the Broome Community College faculty as an Adjunct Instructor, will be teaching the course.

 

“It is an exciting opportunity to bring Broome Community College to Otsego County as a Cross Regional Partnership. The learning outcomes this course provides are directly applicable to the workplace. These are skills employers are looking for across the board,” stated Barbara Ann Heegan. “Any working professional or student seeking to obtain a degree, or enhance professional development can benefit.”

 

This course will be the first in a new Otsego County Chamber of Commerce initiative designated as Campus Otsego.

 

The goal of Campus Otsego is to help promote Otsego County, build student attachment to the region, and connect student with employers in the region.

 

“BCC is extremely excited to partner with the Otsego Chamber of Commerce to increase leadership training, community engagement, and innovative partnerships across the region,” said Beth Mollen, Dean of Business and Public Services at SUNY Broome.

 

BIT 270 is a 3-credit course that is transferrable as an elective (within the SUNY system). It can also be applied to the NYS Entrepreneurial Certificate Program or the Business Information Management AAS degree, both at SUNY Broome Community College.

 

The course will meet Saturday mornings from 9 am to Noon, and will run from February 1 to May 17thh at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. It will have an online component mixed with experimental learning and face-to-face meetings.

 

For more information including registration, tuition and fees, visit www.sunybroome.edu/bit270 or to learn more about the course call Barbara Ann Heegan at(607) 432-4500 Ext. 202 and by email [email protected].

 

 

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

 

189 Main St. Suite 201

Oneonta, NY  13820

Office: 607-432-4500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2013 The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, All rights reserved.

Dear Members,

 

A special Thank you to Patricia Kennedy, President and CEO and Stacey Grady, Assistant Director of Development of Springbrook for hosting “Think Local First Kick Off Breakfast” with the Cooperstown and Otsego County Chambers of Commerce at your beautiful location on your Main Campus. It was a successful event and a great dialog was started and we are grateful to all of our participants on the panel.

A Warm Thank you to PROGRAM PANEL PARTICIPANTS:
Jeff Haggerty, Ace Hardware
Betsy Westad Cunningham – Artware
Chad Welch – Smith Cooperstown
Scott White – Bank of Cooperstown

Bob Harlem- Oneonta Block Company

Rebecca Lloyd- Pickett Building Supply

THINK LOCAL FIRST is designed to grow jobs, strengthen our local tax base and champion commerce in our region by encouraging local purchasing, hiring and the contracting of local services.  Attached please find the Think Local First logo to use on your website or in any advertising.

 

 

MEET ON MAIN STREET THIS THURSDAY EVENING!

 

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) is leading a drive to bring shoppers downtown on Thursday evening December 19.

 

The following stores will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 PM: Artisans Guild. Dietz & Wall Wines, Edward Teleky Jewelers,
neonta History Center, Printigree, Shakedown Street, and Theresa’s Emporium. Many will have special promotions and sampling. Other downtown stores are regularly open till 7:00 PM on Thursdays, including Artware, Green Toad Bookstore. McLaughlin’s, McLaughlin’s Shoes, and the new Skateboard Museum. Many of these  will be extending their hours till 8:00 PM.

 

GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “Downtown Oneonta was the place to be on Thursday nights. Even if you weren’t shopping, you knew you’d run into friends. Let’s recreate that energy on this last Thursday before Christmas. If it’s successful, we can extend it to other Thursdays during the upcoming year.”

 

For more information, contact 432-0960 or [email protected].

 

Pickett Building Materials has cool stocking stuffers: small tools, flashlights, gloves and many more treasures or a gift card to fill everyone’s needs.  We are open Monday through Friday 7am until 6pm and Saturday from 8am until 4pm.  We will be open onChristmas Eve until 1pm.

 

 

American Red Cross 6th Annual

Oneonta Community

Holiday Blood Drive

Hosted by the

Oneonta Elks Club

84 Chestnut Street-In the Dining Room

Tuesday, December 17th

11:30am to 6:30pm

 

Please call 1-800-RedCross or visit redcrossblood.org to make your appointment

 

FREE T-SHIRTS FOR ALL DONORS!

 

 
As the year is drawing to a close I am writing to remind you of a few important HR changes to make note:

 

  • While you’re planning for the future please take into account that the state minimum wage increases to $8.75/hr. on12/31/14 and then to $9.00/hr. on 12/31/15.

 

  • NYS Unemployment Tax – Employers pay unemployment Insurance contributions on each employee’s earnings up to a certain threshold called the wage base. The current wage base for 2013 is $8,500.00. The wage base will be adjusted on January 1st of each year as follows:
  • 2014-$10,300      2018-$11,100      2022-$12,000      2026-$13,000
  • 2015-$10,500      2019-$11,400      2023-$12,300
  • 2016-$10,700      2020-$11,600      2024-$12,500
  • 2017-$10,900      2021-$11,800      2025-$12,800

**After 2026, the wage base will be adjusted annually on January 1 to 16 percent of the state’s average annual wage.http://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/P822.pdf

Workers’ Compensation Reform  http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/TheBoard/WorkersCompFactSheet102913.pdf

State of the State Breakfast sponsored by Community Bank, NA.
Save the Date! Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center from 8:00am to 10:00am. Cost per person is $25. Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 8:00am followed by breakfast beginning at 8:30am.  Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.  To RSVP contact Shelly Giangrant by Friday, January 3, 2014 at (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or email [email protected]

2014 Chamber Newsletter

Our Chamber newsletter “Smart Growth” will be coming to you this January. We are looking for stories to submit into this newsletter that gets distributed by mail and online to all of our members and to our mailing list that goes to 1,200 businesses. Please share any awards, anniversaries, best practices, new services that you would like our members to know about your business. No more then 250 words please. In addition, we are offering a New Year marketing opportunity to add exposure to your business for $200 please send us a business card size ad that will be printed in our newsletter, displayed on our homepage of the chamber website and you will receive 1 month on our digital LED sign located here on our building of 189 Main Street. Excellent exposure all around! Please reserve your space with Barbara Ann Heegan by Monday, December 30, 2013 by sending your ad to [email protected].

MEDIA RELEASE

SUNY BROOME COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSE
TO RUN IN OTSEGO COUNTY

New Course On Personal And Professional Development To Run Spring Semester 2014

 

(December 16, 2013 Oneonta, New York) A new SUNY Broome Community College course, BIT 270 Personal and Professional Development, will debut this February at Otsego County’s Foothills Performing Arts Center.

 

The course focuses on soft skills with topics that include, personal direction, discovering personal and professional strengths, setting and achieving goals, understanding self-esteem, learning to think critically, the power of motivation, defining and visualizing success, managing resources (time and money), and communicating assertively.

 

President & CEO of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Ann Heegan, who recently joined the Broome Community College faculty as an Adjunct Instructor, will be teaching the course.

 

“It is an exciting opportunity to bring Broome Community College to Otsego County as a Cross Regional Partnership. The learning outcomes this course provides are directly applicable to the workplace. These are skills employers are looking for across the board,” stated Barbara Ann Heegan. “Any working professional or student seeking to obtain a degree, or enhance professional development can benefit.”

 

This course will be the first in a new Otsego County Chamber of Commerce initiative designated as Campus Otsego.

 

The goal of Campus Otsego is to help promote Otsego County, build student attachment to the region, and connect student with employers in the region.

 

“BCC is extremely excited to partner with the Otsego Chamber of Commerce to increase leadership training, community engagement, and innovative partnerships across the region,” said Beth Mollen, Dean of Business and Public Services at SUNY Broome.

 

BIT 270 is a 3-credit course that is transferrable as an elective (within the SUNY system). It can also be applied to the NYS Entrepreneurial Certificate Program or the Business Information Management AAS degree, both at SUNY Broome Community College.

 

The course will meet Saturday mornings from 9 am to Noon, and will run from February 1 to May 17thh at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. It will have an online component mixed with experimental learning and face-to-face meetings.

 

For more information including registration, tuition and fees, visit www.sunybroome.edu/bit270 or to learn more about the course call Barbara Ann Heegan at(607) 432-4500 Ext. 202 and by email [email protected].

 

 

Barbara Ann Heegan

President/CEO

 

189 Main St. Suite 201

Oneonta, NY  13820

Office: 607-432-4500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2013 The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, All rights reserved.

 

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