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Dear Members,


We are excited to have Glenn Shepard joining us for a Business Seminar coming to our members this September. Details to sign up for the seminar are in the weekly update.  We are providing to our members these seminars as professional development opportunities for your businesses and your team with more scheduled throughout the coming months.



You Don’t Have It Worse Than Everyone Else


Glenn Shepard
June 10,  2014

Everywhere I travel, I hear three complaints:


1. “We have the worst allergy problems in the country.”


2. “We have the worst drivers.”


3. “If you don’t like the weather here, stick around for a day and it will change”.


While it’s harmless to believe you have worse drivers, allergies, or weather than other areas, the danger comes when this fatalistic way of thinking penetrates other areas of your life.


It’s a form of “PMS” (Poor Me Syndrome), and can lead to self-sabotage.


The woman who let’s herself believe “All the good men are taken” settles for a philandering, abusive loser.


The job applicant who starts to believe “All the good jobs are taken” remains perpetually unemployed or underemployed.


And it’s no different for managers.


I’ve heard people who’ve attended my seminars from California to New York complain “It’s so hard to find good people in my industry (or area), especially for the low wages we pay”.


Once you start believing it’s tougher for you than for other employers, you’ll start to lower your standards.


It will then become a self-fulfilling prophecy as you start to slide down that slippery slope.


Eventually you’ll start looking at sub-standard job applicants and thinking “This is as good as it’s going to get, so I should quit holding out hope for anything better and settle for this guy”.


A woman who attended my seminar in Nebraska (which has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country) said they were so desperate for employees that as long as someone can fog a mirror and pass drug and criminal background checks, they’re as good as hired.


This problem is nothing new. It was described in the Bible over 2,000 years ago (Proverbs 26:10).


So how do businesses find good, high octane employees? It starts with hiring good, high octane leaders who know how to find, attract, and keep good people, and training them well.


And how does one do that? Stay tuned for more.


To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard


P.S. For those who think they could attract all the good people they need if they could pay more, look at places like Ohio and Michigan where thousands of blue collar jobs that pay $60,000 a year or more go unfilled every day. This is because of the “Skills Gap”, and the fact that so many young people want to sit at a desk instead of working in factories, machine shops, etc.













Business Lessons from

the Making of Gone With the Wind



Who:          Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. presents


What:        A special Chamber program that reveals the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of Gone With the Wind. During production endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Yet, following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversaryas a film that went from bust to blockbuster.


Why:          You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming business challenges and learn surprising lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.


Where:      Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown


When:        Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Festivities begin with Gone With the Wind-inspired networking followed by lunch and the program.


How:          RSVP online at www.otsegocc.com or by calling Shelly Giangrant, Vice President of Member Services, at (607) 432-4500, ext. 207 or by emailing to [email protected].  $25 per person.




Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), newly updated for the film’s 75th anniversary. She is also president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc. (www.paulinebartel.com), an award-winning corporate communications firm, specializing in marketing, public relations and business anniversary consulting services. She will sign copies of her book both before and after the program.



Contact:  Scott White


             Bank of Cooperstown 

                (607) 547-2210

For Immediate Release


Rachel Lutz Jessup Named

Branch Manager

Bank of Cooperstown



Cooperstown, N.Y. – (June 9, 2014) – Scott White, president of Bank of Cooperstown in Cooperstown, N.Y., is pleased to announce that longtime Oneonta-area banker Rachel Lutz Jessup has been named Branch Manager of Bank of Cooperstown, Oneonta location.


Jessup has been involved in banking since 1986.  She has held various positions with Key Bank, N.A. and NBT Bank N.A., including branch manager, trainer, compliance and customer service.


A resident of Oneonta, Jessup has been involved in her community serving on the First Night Oneonta Board, Main Street Oneonta Board, Oneonta Rotary Club, and Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.


A graduate of Alfred University, Jessup has also been awarded Outstanding Young Woman of America, Volunteer of the Year – United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Who’s Who Among Young American Women.



USNY Bank is a New York state chartered bank that debuted in 2007. The full-service commercial bank is an SBA Preferred Lender, which means it can obtain swift approval on SBA loans for qualified borrowers. The bank specializes in providing a complete menu of banking services for small and mid-sized businesses, families and consumers.


USNY Bank has two banking units, Bank of the Finger Lakes at 389 Hamilton St. in Geneva, N.Y. and Bank of Cooperstown at 73 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown, N.Y. The banks are open MondayFriday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main phone number for Bank of the Finger Lakes is (315) 789-1500 and its website is www.bankofthefingerlakes.com. The main phone number for Bank of Cooperstown is (607) 547-2210 and its website is www.bankofcooperstown.com.




Bassett CEO Honored with Statewide Award for Distinguished Service to Healthcare

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) recognized Bassett Healthcare Network President and CEO Dr. William F. Streck’s contributions to the health care industry by presenting Dr. Streck with HANYS’ 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the annual conference June 20.


Dennis Whalen, president of HANYS, said, “HANYS is proud to honor Dr. Bill Streck with this award. “He has redefined the role of a rural hospital by embracing new models for effective, efficient, and sustainable patient-centered care, while also significantly expanding access. From the board to the bedside, and from Albany to Washington, Bill has long been respected as an accomplished leader, a champion of patient care, and an innovative force in healthcare.  His legacy is pervasive and profound.  Communities are healthier, patients are safer, and health policy is more human, thanks to his invaluable contributions.


“When Bill retires after 30 years of meeting the healthcare needs of rural communities, there is much we will miss and even more that we are grateful for. He will leave an indelible mark on healthcare, the communities he has served, and on those of us who are privileged to call him a colleague.


The Distinguished Service Award was established by HANYS’ Board of Trustees in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the healthcare field in one or more of the following areas: patient welfare, hospital administration, residential health care administration, local and state health care organizations, public service, and promotion of social and other legislation relating to better healthcare.


Streck has served on a variety of health care professional and policy boards and is currently chairman of the NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council.


Streck came to Bassett in Cooperstown in 1978 as the hospital’s first board certified endocrinologist. Six years later he was tapped to lead the organization. In his 30 year tenure, he has developed Bassett from a single hospital into a health care network of six hospitals, more than 40 community and school based health centers serving right counties in central NY. The network also includes two skilled nursing facilities, a home health agency and a durable medical supply company.


Free Energy Assessments Available Through NY State Program

Grants and financing available that can help lower utility bills. Now is the time to keep your home cool and comfortable, get a free assessment now!

Sizzling summer weather is upon us!  Keep your home cooler and more comfortable this summer by applying for a free comprehensive energy assessment.  Now is also the perfect time to prevent those high heating bills from coming back next winter by protecting your home from the brutal winter weather.  Fortunately, a program from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) can help people increase the energy efficiency of their houses and save money on their utility bills.


The Home Performance Energy Efficiency Program offers free energy assessments of homes by accredited contractors. After the assessment, the program helps homeowners through the process of financing their home improvements with grants (This is free money – Up to $5,000 for a single-family dwelling and up to $10,000 for a 2-4 family building that eligible homeowners do not have to pay back), or low-interest loans.  Small businesses and not-for-profits can qualify for incentives worth up to $30,000 and financing at about half the market rate for up to $100,000.  This opportunity is just one way that New York is making it easier for businesses and organizations to go green and become energy efficient.


“We can help people make their homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, while saving money on their utility bills,” said Euphemia Martin, the program’s Regional Director for the Southern Tier.  “And people often find that their health improves after an energy retrofit.”


This program is available to eligible residents in all eight counties of the Southern Tier: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. For more information or to sign up for a free energy assessment, call Euphemia Martin at (607) 723-0110 from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also email Euphemia Martin at [email protected]

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