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Dear Members,


The Otsego County Chamber along with our partners at the NYS Small Business Development Center and Mang Insurance are trying to gauge what avenue our small businesses are taking in offering health insurance to their employees. The attached survey is intended to gather information from our small business owner’s on the topic of health insurance. Responses will be used to enhance and improve available trainings and future workshops. All responses are confidential and your business name is not required.


Thank you in advance in participating in this short health insurance survey.


To complete the survey, please select:  Health Insurance Survey


Thank you.



The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce  and our Tri County Young Professionals Group will be hosting a networking Workshop and Pizza Party: “Why Smart People Don’t Change and How to Use Brain-Body-Behavior Tools to Blast Thru Barriers.” Come with a sticky issue or seemingly insurmountable barrier holding you back from living the life of your dreams. Leave with information, tools, and techniques that will allow you to change the trajectory of your life. Enjoy this interactive, engaging workshop led by transformation strategist Rhonda Morton. Sponsored by Mang Insurance. Date of this WorkshopMonday May 19, 2014 6:00-6:30p.m. Networking, Pizza Party at 6:30p.m. Workshop to begin at 7:00p.m.. Cost $15.00 location at Stella Luna Ristorante at 58-60 Market Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. Please RSVP by Friday, May 16, 2014 by calling Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services at (607) 432-4500 Ext. 207 or email at[email protected]

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Tri- County Young Professionals Group offers a “meaningful networking organization” to young professionals ranging in age from 21 to 40.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce partners with the young professionals in the Tri County area as a way to enrich our community by uniting and developing our young professionals and that such a group fosters relationship building, professional development and is an asset in developing the county’s future and neighboring counties.

This group is a platform to build relationships, develop professionally, become civically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality living of our community and this group is open to all young professionals in the Tri County area. Area employers are finding this group very helpful for engaging new professionals recently relocated to the area.

For more information on how to become involved, contact The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Ann Heegan at (607) 432-4500 Ext. 202



Please join us on Thursday, May 15th between 4pm – 6pm as the Otsego County Chamber officially welcomes Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties.  Led by owners Joan Fox and Barbara Roberts, formerly Broker/Owners of Prudential Fox Properties, the newest  Keller Williams Market Center and its 35 agents will continue to offer area buyers and sellers exceptional service to meet your real estate needs.

Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise by agent count in North America, has expanded its network to Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Schoharie counties with the KW Upstate NY Properties Market Center.   Joan and Barbara look forward to greeting our Chamber members at the Market Center at 31 Main Street from 4pm – 6pm. The Otsego County Chamber with Oneonta City Council Member Russ Southard will lead the Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 5:30pm.





Ellen Vibbard is the 2014 Recipient



The 4th Annual Leadership Scholarship reception, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, is 4:30 – 6 p.m., Thursday, May 22,  in the Louis Jones Center, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown according to Rich McCaffery, founder of the scholarship. Ellen Vibbard,  2014 graduate of Cooperstown High School, is this year’s recipient.  She will be attending SUNY Oswego with a major course of study  in Communications and Social Interaction in hospitality/tourism. In addition to recognizing the scholarship recipient, Barbara Lang of B. Lang Consulting will keynote the event with Presenting the Best of You.  The community is invited and businesses are strongly encouraged to send seasonal and year-round employees.


Lang is a public speaker, etiquette coach and food entrepreneurship consultant with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is the owner of B. Lang Consulting and the author of

Restaurant to Retail: A Handbook for Food and Hospitality Professionals, a practical guide for industry professionals seeking to gain the competitive edge by producing a branded food product.


Lang presents a fun and fast paced presentation that encourages people to recognize how their own behavior impacts others, both intentionally and unintentionally. She combines humor, stories and life

lessons along with the latest research in sociology, behavioral economics and psychology to create a dynamic and engaging event that is tailored to the interests and needs of Cooperstown’s hospitality community.

Beyond developing more effective interpersonal skills, deepening personal awareness and increasing their ability to leverage behavior to create positive first impressions, attendees will walk away with a deeper

understanding on how their behavior can transform a passing encounter to a life-lifting experience.


Her diverse career includes serving as a Napa Valley winery culinary director for 10 years, a lecturer and career advisor at Cornell University for 20 years, and experience as a restaurant owner, Lifelong Learning Coordinator for an around-the-world voyage, and current service with EGBOK Mission, a nonprofit in Cambodia where she guides a new advisory council and teaches young adults hospitality and life skills to help them secure sustainable careers and incomes.


A seasoned lecturer, Lang’s signature style weaves humor, personal stories, pop culture and recent research into engaging presentations that emphasize how all business success starts from the relationships we create and nurture, day by day. Her audiences have ranged from corporate lawyers and food entrepreneurs to college freshmen; she tailors each presentation to meet the needs and interests of the attendees.


Lang holds a degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Professional Studies in Food Marketing from Cornell’s Department of Applied Economics and Management.

She is an avid triathlete, world traveler and mother of two daughters and a cancer veteran.


In addition, the sponsors making this all possible and the previous scholarship recipients Sarah Dewey, Rachael Forte, Christopher Harloff and Kayla Haggerty will be recognized.  More information about the scholarship is available at www.cooperstownchamber.org.


Registration for the event is due by May 16 and donations, to defray this investment, will be accepted on the day of the event.  All sponsors of the scholarship are invited at no fee. To register contact Rich McCaffery at [email protected] or call 607-547-5256.  If you’re registering for a business please include business name and number attending.


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