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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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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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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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The Otsego County Chamber is asking for your help 📣 The Survive and Thrive Marketing Committee has a goal: to attract individuals to relocate their work-from-home job or business to the City of Oneonta! We welcome SUNY OneontaHartwick College and Oneonta High School Alumni to take this 5-minute survey by October 1 to give us insight on growing our economy. Current residents – please share with your network! #oneontany #leadershipotsegograduate2020 #iioveotsegocounty

https://bit.ly/surveyotsego

 

 

Thank you to graduates of Leadership Otsego 2020 who have made this survey possible and continue to drive our growth well past their graduation day this past July 15, 2020! Also thank you to the Otsego County businesses and individuals that made the Program possible. Special Thanks to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Bank of Cooperstown Bassett Healthcare Network Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins & Campsites Casella Waste Systems Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Community Bank, N.A. Cleinman Performance Partners thedailystar.com Delaware River Solar Hartwick College Helios Care Mirabito Monica Calzolari NBT Bank The Otesaga Resort Hotel Otsego Northern Catskills B.O.C.E.S. Pathfinder Village (Community for Down syndrome) Sidney Federal Credit Union Springbrook SUNY Oneonta The Arc Otsego !!

 

#LeadershipOtsegoGraduate2020 #IIoveOtsegoCounty

 

 

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https://vimeo.com/457893668

 

We are excited to share that this week we received a generous donation of $4,300 in support of the business community.  This came from a group of SUNY Oneonta parents that have created a social media Facebook group, that includes local  parents to support their children while attending SUNY Oneonta, while being far away from home and just there to look after one another and create a support network for their children.

To date the page has 1,900 in the group and they raised money to donate to the Chamber.  Al Rubin, Kathryn Dailey and I attended the press conference on 9/15/2020 and our member Sweet Home Productions created this video to capture the special event  that was a Win for our community!

 

Thank you to our board chair Al Rubin for his leadership role, advice and guidance throughout the pandemic in support of business and our community. Sit back and enjoy the video (half hour video)!

 

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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is excited to host this educational opportunity for the business community and our college students as we continue to address the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our panelist will be Dr. Charles L. Hyman, MD of Infectious Diseases, Bassett Healthcare Network, Heidi Bond, BSN, CPH, Director of Public Health Otsego County and Dr. Diane Georgeson, City of Oneonta Health Officer, sharing an insightful conversation. This session will cover topics such as contact tracing, serum testing, the importance of COVID-19 testing, wastewater testing and pool testing.

The panelists will provide unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges with conducting these important public health functions and how they apply today in the workplace, community and to the college student community as we work together as ONE community. Please register using the link below. Open to the public and all welcome to attend.

 

When: Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuceirqTMsH9MCSkJU6L9vjdKEwYo7aQU1

 

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

 

For assistance registering or questions please contact Barbara Ann Heegan (607) 432-4500 or email: [email protected]

 

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Please click on the link below to add your voice on energy needs in the County.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/73GDGK2

The Survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.  Also, attached is the Powerpoint presentation from the webinar held on 9/8/2020 with information and websites/emails of who to reach out to, so if you missed it, watch it now.

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                         OTSEGO COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES

                         COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING

1                       97 MAIN STREET

                         COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK   13326-1129

                         PHONE: (607) 547-4202          FAX: (607) 547-4260

 

 

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 8 at 9:00a.m. about the process and survey, and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to participate.  It takes 10 minutes and can be taken before or after the webinar. To begin survey please click on link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/73GDGK2

To Register for the Webinar on September 8 please click on registration link below.

 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Sep 8, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApduGrpzgtE92lgdTFMPIwx2sARH53xzvX

 

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

 

 

David T. Bliss

Board Chair

 

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City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig has created an Oneonta Control Group consisting of student and staff representatives from both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, City Officials, the local business community, and residents.

The group will meet weekly to monitor the impact of returning college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will be expected to work as a team in recommending new initiatives or adjustments to current policies and practices as needed with the goal of keeping all members of our community safe and healthy. All meetings will be held virtually and open to viewing by the public.

The City of Oneonta is livestreaming the Control Room Call on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:30pm. The link can be found below and can also be found by navigating to the City’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/cityofoneonta

https://youtu.

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V2 Pro Automated Temperature Screening System

Progressive Primary Care Solutions, Inc. has recently teamed up with RichTech and has become a distributor of the Automated Temperature Screening System. PPCS will enhance its ability to plan and provide practically integrated communicable disease management services to companies looking to return their workforce safely with ongoing workplace monitoring. Available immediately through PPCS is RichTech’s AAFSS V2 Pro, which is a very accurate, reliable all-in-one automated solution for businesses seeking a safer and healthier business environment for their employees and guests. The AAFSS V2 Pro is not only a secure and HIPPA compliant unit, the data captured is kept proprietary to the client who owns the device.

 

The device gives valuable time back to the employers and staff who are being tasked to take on temp tracking and covid questionnaires. RichTech is also in partnership with some major HR and payroll companies who will be integrating with the system in the future. The device works for when you have guests as well as employees of the facility/company. Facial recognition is another feature that can be turned on or off when allowing individuals into your business.

 

V2 Pro has many accessories available and more are being implemented almost weekly.

 

For more information or pricing on the V2 Pro Automated Temperature Screening System please contact: Sarah Abbatine at [email protected] or call 607-267-4571. See Attachments for more information.

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City of Oneonta Marketing Committee Initiative

MISSION:

The Strive then Thrive marketing committee is looking for an aggressive and innovative way to expand economic development outreach to encourage Alumni (SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick Colleges and Oneonta High School Alumni) to relocate to live in City of Oneonta, Grow Downtown Businesses and Invest in the City of Oneonta by sharing our story of what makes Oneonta a great place to live, work and raise a family.

 

VISION:

The renaissance City of Oneonta, New York is a lively cultural, educational and lifestyle hub.  An affordable, safe college town with a strong sense of community and vision for the future, Oneonta has the best of what life has to offer.  With fresh air, clean water and open starry skies, we sport outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, plus over 40 miles of biking and hiking trails right from your backdoor.  

 

Located in the Foothills of the Catskills alongside the Susquehanna, Oneonta has easy access to the I-88 corridor and is only minutes from the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame.  Oneonta invites you to experience its quaint, yet quirky downtown spiced by vibrant arts, shops, cultural attractions, restaurants, live music venues and history with new residential options in the heart of it all.

 

SCOPE OF PROJECTS:

A $30K budget has been allocated to this initiative to cover a 6-9month campaign using local and or 3rd party talent from Media Strategy, Digital Content for Social Media, Website Updates and Public Relations.  (does not include media buys and placement).

In developing a campaign, the Marketing Committee for looking for the following assistance: Please submit a proposal for each category separately that includes Media Strategy, Digital Content for Social Media, Advertising Buys, Website Updates and Public Relations.

 

 

1          *Media Strategy

Develop creative and highly visual digital messaging that shows why a move to City of Oneonta is a good business decision.

We are aiming to represent this with a visually fresh and creative approach incorporating video and visual assets obtained and approved through the DRI initiative.

2.        *Digital Content for Social Media

Utilizing products developed in our media strategy showcasing local inventory (Videos, photograph etc.) To create social media campaigns.

3.        *Website Updates

To update Explore Oneonta.com with a landing page of content that describes the Strive then Thrive Initiative that includes community partner links such as  Otsego Now, Destination Oneonta and The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

4.        *Public Relations

To generate awareness and free press around our Strive then Thrive marketing campaign. Targeting audiences identified above in our Vision Statement and using our assets of “Quality of Life” why someone would want to live, work and grow with the City of Oneonta.

 

*All parts of this project must incorporate materials created by Trampoline for the “We’re Onta Something” marketing campaign adjusting messaging based on our target audience.

 

Please send estimates to Barbara Ann Heegan, Marketing Committee Chair at [email protected] by Monday, September 14, 2020. Questions please call (607) 434-3130.

 

 

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