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Dear Members,



The Leadership Otsego Class of 2014  will have their graduation celebration at Pathfinder Village this Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Come meet and mingle with the graduates! All are welcomed to attend as there will also be a Business After Hours at Pathfinder Village starting at 5:30p.m.  Great Food and refreshments along with a wonderful guest speaker Joe Middelton, Vice President of The Leatherstocking Corporation.



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You are cordially invited
to attend the

Leadership Otsego Class of 2014 Graduation!

                  The ceremony will take place on
Wednesday, September 17th, following a

            Business after Hours reception at 5:30pm
at Pathfinder Village located at
3 Chenango Road, Edmeston, New York.

Senior Vice President of The Leatherstocking Corporation,

                 Joe R. Middleton, MPA, CFM
will be the guest speaker.



Contact Shelly Giangranthttps://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS4rvMHLpOF2fxhybgZfYtZgTeVBenHjX4X0sM-FYB-67Fp3-zXpja0CzAy

Vice President of Member Services

Phone: (607) 432 – 4500

Email: [email protected]






Bieritz Insurance Agency

Posted by Steve Bieritz

Sep 9 at 9:36pm · 

Our company is seeking a licensed CSR with experience in the insurance business. If anyone has an interest to discuss this awesome opportunity please call Steve at 607-547-2951 or send your resume to [email protected]



Coughlin & Gerhart LLP will Present its 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Update on Tuesday, October 14, 2013, to provide the most current information available. This event will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton at 225 Water Street in Binghamton.  Registration and buffet breakfast will begin at 7:15am– program will be from 8:00am – 12:00pm.  To register email [email protected] or fill the form out below and fax to 607-723-1530, Attn: Sarah Titus


Interested in starting a business and not sure how to do it?

The Otsego Chamber of Commerce and SCORE are presenting a workshop showing you the steps of how to go from an idea to “opening the doors”.  Legal, financial and marketing considerations and concepts will be discussed.  A two hour presentation will be followed by one hour of free time to meet one-on-one with a small business counselor to discuss your particular ideas.

Location:         SUNY Oneonta at Craven Lounge

Date:               Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time:               5:30pm to 8:30pm

RSVP by calling Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services, at (607) 432-4500, ext. 207 or by emailing to [email protected]





Business Lessons from

the Making of Gone With the Wind



Who:          Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. presents


What:        A special Chamber program that reveals the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of Gone With the Wind. During production endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Yet, following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversary, as a film that went from bust to blockbuster.


Why:          You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming business challenges and learn surprising lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.


Where:      Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown


When:        Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Festivities begin with Gone With the Wind-inspired networking followed by lunch and the program.


How:          Cost per person is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  RSVP by calling Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services, at (607) 432-4500, ext. 207 or by emailing to [email protected]


Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia

Book (2nd edition), newly updated for the film’s 75th anniversary. She is also president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc. (www.paulinebartel.com), an award-winning corporate communications firm, specializing in marketing, public relations and business anniversary consulting services. She will sign copies of her book both before and after the program


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Attending: _______________________________________________________




New Option! RSVP and pay by credit card online at www.otsegocc.com and click on Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind or mail a check made payable to: Otsego County Chamber of Commerce,189 Main Street, Suite 201, Oneonta, NY 13820 or fill in information below to pay by credit card.


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The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will have a reception on Fabulous Friday, September 19,for its new exhibit “Passing Through the Pillars; Celebrating 125 Years of SUNY Oneonta History”.  The History Center at 183 Main Street will open at 4:30 PM, with the reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibit, which runs through Saturday November 8, includes highlights of the College’s history from the establishment of the Normal School in 1889, and features many objects from the college archives SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library.


The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact 432-0960 or [email protected].


Register immediately, while space lasts, by following this quick link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Internship_Fair_Registration

(Attendance is free!)


SBA Introduces New Online Course for Young Entrepreneurs in Spanish

Hosts Live Hangout for Spanish-Speaking Young Entrepreneurs with            GobiernoUSA.gov onSeptember 25, 2014

WASHINGTON – Young entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started.  Young Entrepreneurs: An Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business (Jóvenes Emprendedores) is a free, self-paced online course in Spanish that gives an overview of basic business principles and introduces resources available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“This month, the SBA recognizes the vital contributions Hispanic American small business owners have made to our economy as we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator.  “As a proud Hispanic American, I believe that providing financial, educational and technical assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs is a major means to create jobs and stimulate the economy.  The new course is an essential business development tool for young entrepreneurs that can be central to the future success for many generations to come.”

The Young Entrepreneurs course is designed to help with the essentials of starting a small business, including evaluating business ideas, choosing the best financing options and registering a business.  The course also includes useful resources that will help with each step along the path to entrepreneurial success.

The course is accessible from the SBA’s Learning Center under the banner “Starting a Business” athttp://go.usa.gov/mnFT, and is also available in English.  The Spanish version of the course includes a special video introduction.  Young Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs will receive a personal greeting from SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet when taking the course.

Together, SBA and GobiernoUSA.gov will host a live Hangout on Thursday, September 25 to chat about the new online course and entrepreneurship with Sarah Farzam, owner of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music company that encourages cross-cultural awareness through combining language and music.  Farzam will answer questions about getting started as a young entrepreneur.

Hangout participants can submit questions for Farzam by email to [email protected] or tweet questions using the hashtag #jovenesempresarios.  No registration is needed to watch.

To join the conversation and watch live, go to https://plus.google.com/u/1/b/109740293027006618740/events/cb3oitffipifl4t42t9bd7uq0f4 for a live stream of the Hangout.  The live Hangout will start at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Obama Administration has a good record of SBA assistance to the Latino community, and the SBA’s 7(a) loan guarantee program has increased its level of assistance to Hispanic-owned businesses over the last five year period.

The agency has placed more than $3.3 billion in loans to Hispanic business owners over the four-year span from 2009 through 2013.  And this year, SBA’s 7(a) lending pace has already exceeded last year’s volume, attaining a level of more than $857 million.”


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