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Dear Members,

This Thanksgiving Thursday as many will be traveling to visit family or picking up family or friends from airports, you’ll have traffic hassles, weather conditions and family drama. There will be football games you gather around the family room and fireside to watch, the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, and the start of holiday movies and music. Somebody in the family will be sick, perhaps very sick, we will be thinking of them for a speedy recovery and a baby will make you laugh. Your family traditions will be alive. Colleagues from the office will head home to weekends that seem better or worse than yours. Putting this all in perspective, Remember the words of that great American philosopher, Pink. She ended her song with the same chorus 23 times: “. . . These Are the Good Old Days . . . ” Not convinced? Download Carly Simon’s 44 year old fave “Anticipation.” Same ending. As you bow your heads and raise your glasses to toast remember we have so much to be thankful for. It’s all good. It’s all life. We should be grateful for it all. I’m grateful for you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Families. We keep Moving Forward.

Best Wishes

Barbara Ann Heegan

President & CEO

Join us for a Business After Hours on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at Creative Imaging located in the Southside Mall. RSVP by calling Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services at (607) 432-4500 Ext 207 or emailing [email protected]

Kick off the holiday season with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and featured performers Cherish the Ladies! Sunday, November 30, 4 p.m., Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. The concert will feature festive holiday tunes and traditional Irish music. Tickets are $30 per person, children get to attend for free!” Here is Cherish the Ladies performing for a PBS special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCcJXYrNqz8. For more information contact the manager of CSO, Deborah Wolfanger at [email protected]

An awards ceremony for the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s annual Sally Mullen local history contest for 4th graders will be held this Thursday November 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Valleyview School, 40 Valleyview Street. There will be cash prizes for the top three projects submitted, Honorable Mention certificates, refreshments, and the opportunity to view the local history projects which were submitted for this year’s contest.

This year’s theme is “If This Building Could Talk!” Prizes include $75 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place. Participants were asked to create a Microsoft Powerpoint computer presentation, describing in detail an Oneonta building and its history. Submitted projects included the Oneonta Armory, Fox Hospital, the Oneonta Roundhouse, the Wilber Mansion, the Masonic Temple, various Oneonta churches, and Center Street School. The annual contest is held in memory of Sally Mullen, past GOHS president and former Center Street School librarian.

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

NEW Cross-Channel Marketing Program, ShopLocalOtsego

OTSEGO COUNTY, NY (11/18/14): Central New York Mobile Marketing (CNYMM) of Hartwick, NY and the Bishop Printshop in Edmeston, NY have partnered to offer a new cross-channel marketing program: ShopLocalOtsego.com. ShopLocalOtsego.com pairs collaborative Every Door Direct Mail programs with a weekly email marketing campaign and additional traditional and non-traditional marketing when possible.

The Program, ShopLocalOtsego.com, is currently in the ‘pre-launch’ stage – subscribing shoppers to receive emails and businesses to send messages and offers through these emails each week.

Otsego County residents are encouraged to go online and subscribe to our email list to receive information on local offers starting at the end of November for our Small Business Saturday launch on 11/29.

Although the holiday direct mail opportunity is closed out, businesses can still sign up for the digital promotion program for a great introductory rate of $49 for the first three months, accessing the list of local shoppers through the ShopLocalOtsego weekly email campaigns. Businesses in the program will have first access to additional direct mail and other marketing opportunities when they are announced.

All sign ups (shoppers and businesses) are taking place online at http://shoplocalotsego.com. For more information contact Susan O’Handley at CNY Mobile Marketing, (607) 643-5680 or Joel Staples at Bishop Printshop, (607) 965-8155.


Please join us at the local Verizon Wireless of Oneonta on Friday, December 12th from 8am to 11am for our Small Business Appreciation Day! This is a private event for local business customers only. There will be manager specials offered during these times that would include discounted tablets, activations and accessories. Be sure to enter our raffle to win a BLUETOOTH speaker (need not be present to win!). Come stop by and check out how we can innovate your business and take it to the next level! See you soon!
Where: Verizon Wireless, 762 State Highway 28, Oneonta, NY 13820”

Holiday Inn

Holiday InnState of the State Breakfast
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
7:30am – 10:00am
Holiday Inn of Oneonta
Sponsored by:
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Reservation $25 per person ($35 for Non Members)
Breakfast, Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 7:30am followed by program at 8:30am. Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.

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RSVP by Friday, January 2, 2015 to Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Service by emailing [email protected] or calling (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or Fax to (607)432-4506

Mail a check made payable to:

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce
189 Main Street, Suite 201
Oneonta, NY 13820

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Destination Oneonta Events

Monday Dec 1 and Tuesday Dec 2 – Annual Gingerbread contest. Drop off on Monday 3-6 at GOHS, Tuesday 9-11 at KeyBank. This years theme is Winter Wonderland.
Winners are announced at the tree lighting

Thursday Dec 4th – Annual tree lighting. 5.30 to 8. Tree lighting @ 6PM. Musical entertainment in the plaza and at the city hall end of the street. Horse wagon rides . Cider and Cookies and ALPACA’s. Kids events by OWL and Oneonta YMCA. Events @ GOHS. Santa in his cottage.

Downtown Open House Saturday December 13th.

IMPORTANT – Late night Thursday hours downtown for some of our local merchants (GOHS, Artisains Guild, Theresa’s Emporium to name a few) Thursday the 4th/the 11th/ and the 18th.

KIDS activities downtown on Sat Nov 29/Sat Dec 6th/Sat Dec 13th and Sat Dec 20th.

AND Santas cottage hours:
Fri Nov 28th 11 – 1
Sat Nov 29th 11.30 to 2.30
Thursday Dec 4 5.30 – 8
Sat Dec 6 11.30 to 2
Thursday Dec 11 – 4.30 to 6
Sat Dec 13th – 10.30 – 2
Thursday Dec 18th – 4.30 – 6
Sat Dec 20th 10.30 – 2


News from Neighbors Insurance Agency
Meet Brenda Winchester, she is a licensed New York State insurance broker for Property and Casualty, Brenda has been with Neighbors Insurance since 1999. She prides herself on putting her customers first, matching them up with the right product and carrier. Over the years she has enjoyed creating a lasting relationship with her customers in the Sidney area. While concentrating on insurance for personal lines for your auto and home, she is knowledgeable in all areas of insurance. Brenda lives in the Wells Bridge area with her family and enjoys any outdoor activity with her daughters. Please stop into the Sidney office to meet Brenda, she would love to sit down with you and go over all your insurance needs.


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Sidney Oneonta
288 State Highway 7 5375 State Highway 7, Suite 2
Sidney, NY 13838 Oneonta, NY 13820


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