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​Dear Members,


Engaging the Public for Smarter Regulations

Workplaces are constantly changing, and the Labor Department is always reviewing its existing regulations to update rules that may be out of date, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome. The department is looking for new ideas from the public on which rules should be modified, streamlined, expanded or even repealed. Therefore, it has launched an interactive website to engage interested parties to suggest rules that should be reviewed. Members of the public have until Feb. 25 to give input that will help the department implement effective and smart regulations to bring opportunity and economic security to working families, job-seekers and retirees.





The Annual Meeting & Networking Event scheduled for this evening has been postponed. We are rescheduling for nextTuesday, 2/10.  Hope you can make it, if only for the first hour!
Interested in the future of OWL?
Please join us for Oneonta World of Learning’s Annual Meeting and networking event on Tuesday, February 10th, generously hosted by Roots Brewing Company at 175 Main Street, Oneonta. Come for the networking, stay for the meeting if you’d like to become more involved.
5-6pm Networking Mixer
6-8pm OWL Annual Meeting
Children welcome- we will have volunteers running activities for kids.
Appetizers and treats provided. Feel free to bring a dish to pass. Also featuring a cash bar operated by Roots!

Best wishes for a safe & happy Snow Day,

Caitlyn Davey

OWL Community Relations

Please vote everyday between now & March 11 for Oneonta World of Learning to win a set of Imagination Playground blocks!  It’s easy!  http://bit.ly/1uvPvau

Check out the OWL Nest children’s museum incubation project (277 Main St, Oneonta)!


Love the Life you Live – Free Women’s Conference – Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta

The lesson goes, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re like a lot of women, you get an A+ in the “love your neighbor” part. You show up. You take care of your families, your coworkers, your clients, and your friends. How about spending time this Valentine’s Day to show a little love to yourself?

Over the course of the day, you can listen to speakers on topics that touch many parts of your happiest life: your health, your spirit, your finances, and more. Come share a lively day of loving self-care and friendship. Bring a friend!

In the spirit of the day, this full conference experience is FREE to you. We only ask that you make a donation of a personal care item, as a donation to The Family Service Association. (Any hygiene item will do: deodorant, shampoo, razor, feminine care products, etc.) Pick an extra something up on your next shopping trip, and you’re in!

For more information visit their facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/1514922115453793/



Join us on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11:45am – 1:30pm for a Networking Luncheon at the Otesaga Resort Hotel as we welcome Christian Harris, Department of Labor, who will be providing an overview of the economic forecast for Otsego County.  Registration is $25.00 per person.  There are sponsorship opportunities still available for:  Major Sponsor $300 and Table Sponsor $70.  If you are unable to attend but would like to participate and advertise your company you may donate a door prize.  Contact Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services, at [email protected] or (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 for more information or to RSVP.



Hartwick College will be hosting a Trade Fair on campus within the next two months. They are currently seeking out new and small businesses to invite to sell their products and services to students, faculty and staff. Anyone interested in being invited to attend this event as a potential vendor, contact Kerri Green at 607-431-4998 or [email protected]. This initiative is to help encourage new start up businesses, entrepreneurs and to help local businesses in the area.

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