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Its time to register for the Chamber of Commerce  35th Annual Golf Classic: a great day of networking, seeing old friends, making new ones, and enjoying the outdoors.  The Chamber is excited to again work with the Oneonta Country Club to provide a safe and fun tournament with: Prizes, Contests, Lunch, Gift Bags, gift certificates to member restaurants for further celebrating, and  so much fun on the course!  Please get a twosome or foursome together and register.  Forms available at the Chamber office,  or call us to mail one, or sign up on-line:   https://otsegoccny.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/456

Not a golfer?  Sponsor a Tee Sign for just $100  and  be seen by everyone!  

Want to be a bigger sponsor?  The Lunch and Cart Sponsorships are just $1000, includes a foursome and so much more!  See the flyer for details or call us (607) 432-4500 ext. 2

NOT A MEMBER?  Become one for JUST $100- you get a tee sign, and your membership for the rest of 2021 with a renewal for 2022 being the normal price.  Call for details!

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The New Marijuana Laws

This Information is from Chamber Member :  Hinman, Howard, and Kattell, LLP-

(This information is not legal advice and may not be suitable for all situations. Contact them:  www.hhk.com, or call 607-723-5341 or email: [email protected] for more info. )

After years of discussion, New York has finally legalized marijuana (cannabis) for recreational use by adults age 21 and older.  The new statute contains a variety of provisions relating to the licensing and distribution of cannabis.  It also contains information on cultivation and possession for personal use, provisions on decriminalization of the possession and distribution of marijuana, as well as changes to the Family Court Act and Penal Law.

Employers will not be surprised to learn that there are provisions applying to them tucked into the lengthy bill as well.

The law amends existing Labor Law Section 201-d to prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of the use of cannabis in situations in which all of the following are met:

  • Use is before or after work;
  • Use is not on the employer’s property; and
  • Use does not involve employer’s equipment or other property.

The law also prohibits any “occupational or professional licensing board or office” from discriminating against a person for any activity permitted under the statue.

There are caveats to the anti-discrimination provision as it relates to employers.  First, the law specifies that employers are not required to allow employees to be “impaired” while at work.  Impairment is defined as “the employee manifests specific articulable symptoms while working that decrease or lessen the employee’s performance of the duties or tasks of the employee’s job position, or such specific articulable symptoms interfere with an employer’s obligation to provide a safe and healthy work place, free from recognized hazards, as required by state and federal occupational safety and health law.”

Second, the law contains two exceptions related to an employer’s necessary compliance with federal law and federal contracts.  These include allowing an employer to discriminate on the basis of use if “the employer’s actions were required by state or federal statute, regulation, ordinance, or other state or federal governmental mandate” or “the employer’s actions would require such employer to commit any act that would cause the employer to be in violation of federal law or would result in the loss of a federal contract or federal funding.”

Employers will want to review their Drug Free Workplace Policies, Drug Testing Policies, and related practices for compliance.  In particular, employers with federal contracts will want to understand what is required as opposed to what they may wish to do.  For example, while most federal contracts require a Drug Free Workplace Policy, the policy requirements do not typically apply beyond the actual workplace and do not typically require any particular drug testing or penalty requirements.  By contrast, employees governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation rules will still not be able to use marijuana because that agency has taken the position that federal drug testing rules will still bar employment and work by employees who cannot pass their drug testing requirements (which include a prohibition on marijuana use).

Employers will also want to train supervisors on what “articulable symptoms” of impairment at work are.  The statute makes clear an employer will need to have documentation of the impact on performance or safety at work in order to discipline or discharge an employee for impairment at work.

Employers would do well to remember that the Compassionate Care Act (New York’s medical marijuana statute) remains in effect.  Employers are still required to consider whether they can make reasonable accommodations for employees who are certified patients under that statue.

Employers will also want to watch for any regulations from the newly created Cannabis Control Board.  The statute gives broad authority to the Board to regulate all aspects of the new recreational marijuana law.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?  Join us for virtual webinar on Thursday May 20th at 9:00am– with Dawn Lanouette, LLP

Free to Chamber Members, $20 for non-members:  click here to register: https://members.otsegocc.com/events/register/438

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Need some extra help?  Summer positions to fill?  New positions and want to find the right candidate?  Then join the Virtual Job Fair on May 4th and find your next new employee(s).  The Chamber is pleased to sponsor this Virtual Job Fair on May 4th from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm, and wants you to sign up today- the deadline is tomorrow!

 

The Job Fair is Virtual and you will have a Zoom Room to interview candidates if you register by April 16th so do it today.  Go to dcmoboces.com and click on the Virtual Career Fair registration link under NEWS to register. 

 

 

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The Chamber is pleased to host the 2nd Empowerment Meeting – Women Owned Businesses of Otsego County Roundtable, on Tuesday April 27th, at 8:30am.  This free event is for women who identify with owning a business to connect with other business owners,  and women who are interested in starting a new venture to meet informally and connect virtually, to discuss the opportunities in various sectors of the business world. 

 

This forum began in March, tying in with Women’s History month, and the response was so positive from the participants that we were asked to make it a reoccurring group.  So, this is #2 and we hope you will join us.  The event is free but we ask that you pre-register. 

Join us and hear the stories of opportunities and challenges faced by others in your home region.   

 

Please click on the event in the “Upcoming Events” and register.  You will be sent the zoom link directly.

 

This is an informal gathering- we will ask each to tell about their history- what type of business they have, where it is located, how long it  has been in business and some aspect of their business that they are particularly proud of, and/or an area that is a challenge, especially now.

 

If you have a business that you have pivoted since the pandemic, we would like to hear about that and how it has changed what you will do going forward.

 

Anything is on the table :  so come to share your hopes and dreams as well as your cautionary tales.   We can learn so much from each other!  

Questions?  Call Kathryn Dailey at 607-432-4500 ext. 2 or email her at [email protected]

 

 

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Otsego County wants to recognize businesses in our County that have made the effort to improve sustainable solid waste practices within their business. The businesses recognized with this certification are role-models for our community. Responsible solid waste management practices help reduce carbon emissions, give longer life to our landfills, and prevent waste from polluting the environment.  

 

Shane Digan, Planner and Recycling Coordinator for Otsego County will explain the certification benefits for your business and the environment and how you can apply.  Celebrate Earth Day by getting certified!

 

This is a zoom meeting: Click on this link to pre-register- you must be registered to join in. https://otsegoccny.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/436

The Webinar is FREE and this program is a great way to let your customers know you are green conscience, and doing your part to help.    

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Emp♀werment

Are you thinking of starting a business?

Join us for an informative webinar:

Empowerment:  Roundtable of Otsego County Women Owned Businesses

Tuesday March 30th at 8:30 a.m. zoom virtual meeting

This is Free but you must pre-register.

Regional Women Leaders will discuss their adventure in owning their own business:  how they got started, resources that they utilized to get their businesses off the ground, what they wish they had known first, and how they pivoted their business during the pandemic.  Women owned businesses from all sectors: retail, marketing, manufacturing, consulting, food service, and tourism, will be represented.

Some of these businesses are well established and others just opened during the pandemic year.  Diversified experiences that will inform you about how to move your own project forward, or ways you can pivot and grow your current business.

Join US whether you are a woman or not, we believe these Women can help you succeed.

Sign up for the roundtable today!   When: Mar 30, 2021 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdeqoqzgrH91Og-VdvypnP6OaCkG3uM6M

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NEW:  Register by clicking on the event above and you will automatically be connected to the zoom link for this important virtual meeting with Tim Johnson, CEO of the Otsego Electric Cooperative.

 It has been a year since we last heard from Tim on how the process is going, so we asked him to give us an update and inform us of any new developments that might effect your businesses.    Hope you can join us.

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This free virtual seminar led by SCORE representative William Ritter, will explain the Mentor program and how you can get someone who has “been there and done that” to help you with any or all of your business questions.   The service is free and the seminar is too!

 

FREE

Must Pre register

 www.Otsegocc.com “Upcoming Events”

Zoom meeting link will be sent after you register.

 

Join us to see if the SCORE Mentor program can help you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kathryn Dailey

Director of Special Events

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

31 Main Street, Suite 2B

PO Box 18

Oneonta, New York  13820

(607) 432-4500 ext 2

 

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Join us for this informative live webinar on what you need to know NOW about Laws affecting your Workplace.

Labor and Employment Law Update 2021

Tuesday, January 19th at 8:30am-10:30am.  Fee $35.00

Are you ready to address legal changes for employers in 2021?  This update will cover wage and hour changes, benefit issues employers face, New York Paid Sick Leave, Vaccination issues, and more.  This is a can’t miss for small businesses. click on this link:  https://otsegoccny.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/405    

This is a Virtual Live Webinar and questions will be encouraged and answered.

  • SHRM and HRCI credit will be available 

This is a BYOC event (Bring your own coffee)  Hope to see you on the 19th.

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All Restaurant Owners- be sure to apply for this grant- it will cover up to $5000 in PPE cost and Sanitation Supplies and equipment.   Go to the ESD website:  ESD.NY.GOV for the application or at: NDConline.gov/Raising-the-bar-fund

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On Tuesday January 5th,  Otsego County heard directly from our legislators at the Chamber’s State of the State virtual meeting.  Over 170 attended and heard from our Keynote Speaker Antonio Delgado and 8 other legislators.  We want to thank our Sponsor Community Bank and all our panelist’s for their time and informative presentations and we look forward to a continued relationship with them throughout 2021.  Thank you to Mark Drnek and Sweet Home Productions for his tech support and recording of this event.

If you missed the meeting or want to revisit what was presented, Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/497410436

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday January 5th,  Otsego County heard directly from our legislators at the Chamber’s State of the State virtual meeting.  Over 170 attended and heard from our Keynote Speaker Antonio Delgado and 8 other legislators.  We want to thank our Sponsor Community Bank and all our panelist’s for their time and informative presentations and we look forward to a continued relationship with them throughout 2021.  Thank you to Mark Drnek and Sweet Home Productions for his tech support and recording of this event.

If you missed the meeting or want to revisit what was presented, Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/497410436

 

 

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December 24, 2020

Dear Chamber Members,

I felt it important to send a letter prior to my new position as Interim President and CEO of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce which begins officially on December 28th. Barbara Ann, after giving her notice only two weeks ago, has been connecting me with so many vital people to help keep us on track and relevant in helping to form the economic landscape here in Otsego County. Her guidance and continued support through this transition is greatly appreciated.

I thank you all for your vote of confidence to lead us through these uncertain times and allow us to get on solid footing to assist in making a methodical search for a new President and CEO. I want to take this opportunity in my interim role, to review our strategic plan to ensure that it meets the needs of our members due to the impacts of COVID 19, and what we project will be our member needs post pandemic.

My interim role is most importantly focused on the continuity of what was accomplished under Barbara Ann Heegan’s leadership, and ensuring our members are confident that they have a strong voice advocating for their needs now and into the future!

As board chair over the last two years my commitment and engagement related to politics and policy has been and will continue to put us at the forefront of key decisions made by our elected officials.

Strengthening relationships with our elected officials, economic partners, colleges, along with business and community leaders will be a top priority.

Chamber involvement in energy, infrastructure, workforce development, tourism, and helping existing businesses to be sustainable and expand will continue without disruption. Continuous work to attract all forms of business will remain intact and our relevance will be key to achieve this success.

I am excited to be working with our Executive Board, committed board members, committee chairs, and overall membership to creatively and collaboratively move Otsego County forward.

I kindly ask for your participation in The State of the State event, our first major virtual event of the year on the 5th of January. It will encompass speakers who will give us the knowledge of our economic health among other policy from a National, State, and local perspective, and what is being proposed to assist our business community now and into the future.

I personally wish all of you a Happy and Healthy holiday season. I am confident we will seize the opportunities presented to us to pivot, think collaboratively, and be creative to build positive momentum into 2021.

Best regards,

Alan Rubin

Interim President/CEO

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

To Register for the State of The State

With Keynote Antonio Delgado

Virtual Meeting

Jan 5, 2021 at 09:00 AM

 Free, but must pre-register

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcuqpqD8iGND-zlGTofHBNLToiUlFgxs0

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

From The Board of Directors and Staff of

the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

We Wish you all Happy Holidays and we look forward to a Prosperous New Year for ALL

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Barbara Ann Heegan will be leaving the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce at the end of this month to go to Greenwood, SC to be near family.  She has taken the post of President of the Greenwood Chamber and we know she will flourish there as she has here.  We will miss her leadership, enthusiasm, guidance, advocacy efforts on our behalf at all levels of government, and her unwavering dedication to the region.  We all wish her good luck!

 

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2020 Small Business and Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards Celebration on Thursday November 12th, at 4:30pm Via Zoom- JOIN US!

TONIGHT!  Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 4:30p.m. the chamber will shine a light on our award winners virtually with stories of innovation, entrepreneurship and resiliency, told by our own business members, as they weathered a global pandemic. The theme is  #TogetherWeThrive.  This is an opportunity  for our award winners to showcase their accomplishments by sharing a video, personal remarks, photos and initiatives they are working on.

 

This year award winners include:

Theresa’s Emporium 
Pathfinder Produce and The Mobile Market 
Custom Electronics
Senator James Seward 

Virtual Celebration via ZOOM- Sign up TODAY!

When: Nov 12, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdO6vrD4pGdKvzJqYvbFKJOlvMkfJX8tK

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

Free and open to all- but you must register through Zoom-

 

 

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A fantastic way to begin the Season of Giving- Eat at local restaurants who are participating in the Eat Local Restaurant Week Event- they will offer prix fixe lunches and/or dinners the whole week, highlighting their specialties for you to enjoy.  The prices are reasonable so you can dine out several times to experience all that the region has to offer.

Visit your favorites or try something new- Menus will be posted and the focus is on local seasonal culinary delights.

This is a great Opportunity to Support our Local Restaurants- Be sure to tell them you came in for Restaurant week.

Let them know you are glad they are here!

 

 

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A fun way to begin the Season of Giving- Eat at local restaurants who are participating in the Eat Local Restaurant Week Event- they will offer prix fixe lunches and/or dinners the whole week, highlighting their specialties for you to enjoy.  The prices are reasonable so you can dine out several times to experience all that the region has to offer.

Visit your favorites or try something new- Menus will be posted closer to the event and the focus is on local seasonal culinary delights.

This is a great Opportunity to Support our Local Restaurants- Let them know you are glad they are here!

IF you are a Restaurant and want to participate- click on the Calendar of Events on the Home Page Restaurant week and you can register!  

Check back often to see who is participating and for additional information!

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Join us  10/29/2020 at noon as we provide a Virtual Job Fair in conjunction with the CDO Workforce team to give you more opportunities to find a great job with one of the local employers. 

The webinar will begin with a mini workshop on Resume writing by the CDO Workforce team, then each employer will have 2 minutes to tell you about their job openings and how you can apply.

So, Register today- it’s free and easy– Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqceyrrjsqGdFEtuVrx9uoeE6e9aqv-fuS

Once you register you will receive information on how to join the meeting Next Thursday October 29th at 12:00 noon

 
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The Otsego County Chamber Hosted a webinar on Tuesday  October 6th which included experts on child care, child brain development and Congressman Antonio Delgado explaining what is being done in Washington around this issue.  This was an extremely informative session and if you missed the webinar, you can listen to it here:

Event Summary & Full Recording

Other resources from this event:

Local News Coverage of the event

ReadyNation Research Report about the state of infant-toddler child care in New York

Poll Results from a recent survey of 600 New York business leaders about child care

NYS Office of Children & Family Services child care resource webpage

 

 

 

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Otsego County Energy Taskforce and Energy Survey

Please complete the Otsego County Energy Survey and join us Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00a.m.for a webinar on the Otsego County Energy Taskforce and Energy Survey

The Otsego County Board of Representatives created the Otsego County Energy Taskforce (OCET) comprised of citizens, organizations, and the business community to craft an Energy Roadmap for the County.   OCET hopes to develop strategies that balance the sustainability of the environment including climate, the needs of the business community, and the health of its citizens.

As part of this process the OCET developed a survey for all businesses to provide input on the Energy Roadmap.  The Chamber in partnership with the OCET will host a webinar on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00a.m. about the process and survey, and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to participate.  It takes 10 minutes to complete and we recommend that you have your energy bills in front of you to complete. To begin survey please click on link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/73GDGK2

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf-irqT0vHtN3Uvdr2rf9lozGWZyO5i7z

 

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

 

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