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Dear Members,



Free self-defense workshop benefits victims of domestic violence

Women aged 16 and up are invited to take part in a self-defense workshop for women on Saturday, October 4th from 1pm until 4pm at Oneonta Taekwon-Do located at 203 Main Street in Oneonta, NY.  There is no cost for the workshop; however donations will be collected for the Violence Intervention Program of Opportunities for Otsego.

Women will practice useful techniques for defending themselves against varying forms of assault including verbal, physical, and sexual.  The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  A study by the University of Oregon showed that women who enrolled in self-defense training were much less likely to be victims of assault than their peers with no self-defense training.


“Not only will we empower the women who attend the workshop, but we will raise money to support those who need help recovering”, said Ray Mannion, the head instructor for Oneonta Taekwon-do.


For more information on the event, please visit OneontaSelfDefense.com or call 607-431-8810.


About Opportunities for Otsego Violence Intervention Program

The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) provides comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. The program promotes safe environments, self-determination, self-worth and envisions a future where people are free from abuse and oppression.


About Oneonta Taekwon-Do

With black belt instructors certified by Taekwon-Do International, Oneonta Taekwon-Do offers practical self-defense classes to people aged 4 and up.  In Oneonta since 2004, the school recently moved to its new location at 203 Main Street in March of 2014.  Visit OneontaTKD.com to learn more.

For more information please contact:  Ray Mannion            607-437-7866  [email protected]




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]






The Annual Meeting of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will be held on Wednesday October 1 at historic Chapin Memorial of the Unitarian Universalist Society, 12 Ford Avenue. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for refreshments and socializing. President Janet Potter will call the business meeting to order at 7:00 PM. The business meeting will include the election of Trustees and officers, as well as reports on current activities..


During the meeting, GOHS’ new logo will be unveiled. Vibrant Creative donated its services to design the logo, in collaboration with GOHS members Karen Anderson, Bob Brzozowski, Cathy Nardi, and Beth Steele.


Long-time GOHS building committee chair Mike Murphy will be recognized with the first Eduard Hofbauer Outstanding Service Award. GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski said, “In his ten years as chair of the building committee, Mike has been an invaluable asset to GOHS. He has been the volunteer manager for several major construction projects at the History Center.”


John Nader, former Mayor of the City of Oneonta, will then speak on  “Becoming American:  The History of Immigration in Oneonta’s Sixth Ward”, based on the interviews of residents of the Sixth Ward that Nader conducted over many years.


The meeting is free and open to the public though only Historical Society members in good standing may vote. For more information, contact [email protected] or 432-0960.







2014 FAST Tech Conference




Thursday September 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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University at Albany – School of Business
School of Business Building – Living Room
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Driving Directions


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Conference Schedule:


8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Check-In and Networking


8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.-Plenary Session
Tales from the Trenches


9:40 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.-Break-Out Sessions
Transitioning from Research to Commercialization

Growing your Start-Up and
Holding onto Equity

Building a Successful Team

Turning Data into Dollars


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-Plenary Session
Interview with a Local Success Story


Cost to Attend:

No Charge

Register Now!
Event Contact:


Kate Baker

Small Business Development Center, University at Albany

[email protected]



518-380-5073 Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Kate Baker at (518) 380-5073 or[email protected] to make arrangements. Services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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