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Dear Members,

Newsletter Spotlight on Businesses in Otsego County and Your Holiday Events listing One Stop-The Otsego Chamber invites our members to submit news on their organization to be shared in our print newsletter and e-news on a regular basis. Please send us pictures, anniversaries, awards, events,  Save the Date notices, Ribbon Cuttings, recent promotions, recent expansions and job postings. As we kick off this season of giving thanks we welcome you to share your upcoming holiday events. We will promote these happenings to share with our network of readers and community partners within the Chamber membership on a weekly basis. Please submit your news directly at any time on a regular basis to [email protected]. We look forward to seeing our members today at the Networking Luncheon at SUNY Oneonta as we welcome the new SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris at 11:45a.m. as we will have one of our many table sponsors today Destination Oneonta talking about the fun festivities of  upcoming Holiday Events!

Check out CADE new Job Posting for Senior Program Manager for Farm and Food Business Development





The Farmers’ Museum Annual Ag Conference to Focus on Hops and Brewing


A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community
2018 Conference on Food & Farming
Hops & Brewing

Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York

Free admission



(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Hops & Brewing, the fifth annual conference on food and farming at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, informs and inspires farmers and the public, unifying and driving the agricultural economy in Central New York.  The conference, featuring knowledgeable speakers, vendors, breakout sessions, and a panel discussion, takes place Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is free for all to attend.


With a focus on the theme Hops & Brewing in 2018the conference will provide essential tools and inspiration. Leading experts in the fields of business, production, technology, and more will teach about growing hops and brewing.  Hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and long-time professionals alike will learn the latest and best information to grow their businesses and products in exciting ways, while also broadening capabilities.  General attendees will develop a keen appreciation for the hard work and scientific expertise required to be a grower and/or a brewer. The face of agriculture is changing, and the future of food is now!  As farming adapts new practices and confronts major challenges, the opportunities are endless. 


This year’s conference highlights hops in the morning and brewing in the afternoon. To start off the day, Steve Miller of the Northeast Hop Alliance will provide the first keynote address focusing on hops (9:30 a.m.). Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang, will offer a second keynote on brewing (1:30 p.m.).


Panel discussions include Growing Great Hops in Central New York (featuring Steve Miller of the Northeast Hop Alliance, Dustin Wood from Muddy River Hops, Rick Pedersen of Pedersen Farms, and Chad Meigs of The Bineyard) and Being a Successful Brewer in Central New York (featuring Phil Leinhardt from Brewery Ommegang, Aaron MacLeod from Hartwick Center for Craft Food and Beverage, David Olson from Red Shed Brewery, and Roger Davidson from Council Rock Brewery). David Gray Cox from Cornell Cooperative Extension will moderate both panel discussions.



Breakout sessions feature a range of topics including Proper Soils and Pest Control (with Adam Wild of SUNY Cobleskill), Disease Resistant Hops (with Lynda McMaster-Schuyler of SUNY Cobleskill), Farm Breweries (with Carrie Blackmore of Good Nature Farm Brewery), and The Business of Brewing (with Richard Mathy Jr. of Fulton Chain Brewery).


Vendors and exhibitors at the 2018 conference include Annie’s Project (Women of Agriculture), CADE (Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship), Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Farm Bureau, NYCAM (New York Center for Ag Medicine & Health), Otsego County Farm Service Agency, Cazenovia Equipment Company, Al Bullard (Author and Historian), Red Shed Brewery, and Muddy River Hops.


Admission to the conference is free. Food will be available: Chobani will offer yogurt in the morning, and Townsend Catering will be selling lunches starting at 12:30 p.m.


Farmers and agricultural partners are invited to share their products or information at the conference: vendors ($30 fee) / exhibitors (free). Please contact John Ferguson at (607) 547-1534 or [email protected].


The Conference is sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation/Mohican Farm and Chobani. The Farmers' Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org/food-farm.









The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will hold its largest fundraiser event of the year, its Benefit Auction, on Friday November 16.  The 12th annual auction will be at the Quality Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) on Route 23. There will be hundreds of items in the live and silent auctions, as well as a bucket auction. Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auction will be the auctioneer. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with the live auction beginning at 6:30. The Quality Inn will have food and beverages available for purchase. 


GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “There will be something for everyone – arts and antiques, dinners and museum tours, gift cards for restaurants, and much more. Some specific items include a trip for four to the races at Saratoga, a quart of soup a month, a weekend at Lake George, genealogical research, a Susquehanna Valley Guild quilt, and two tickets to a July 2019 performance of Glimmerglass opera.”


A sampling of items are on display at the History Center, 183 Main Street. There will also be a table of auction items at Lettis Auction, 23 Reynolds Street, on Thursday November 15. Absentee bids are being accepted at the Center through Thursday November 15. For more information, contact [email protected] or (607) 432-0960.


 Join us on Friday, November 16th, 2018 MWBE Certification Process and What To Do Once You’re Certified
 Presenters Liam McMahon, SBDC Business Advisor and Darlene Kanuk, SUNY Broome EAP. MWBE certification is more important than ever with Governor Cuomo's goal to reach 30% of state's procurement goal or $2.4 billion dollars with certified MWBE businesses. The process to obtain the MWBE certification is a detailed endeavor that has many layers. The Small Business Development Center and SUNY Broome EAP are here to assist in the process of certification and to guide you in finding those contracts and bids once your certified. This workshop will walk you through the steps to become certified as an MWBE with helpful tips and strategies. It will also show you the opportunities available once you have become certified to find those state, federal, and municipal contract bids. Attached is more details.
Seminar held at: Otsego Now Offices 189 Main Street- 5th floor Oneonta, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SIGN IN: 8:00 AM Time:  8:30 to 10:30 AM Cost:  $35 per seminar       
THREE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER: ONLINE:  otsegocc.com CALL:  Member Services Administrator  607.267.4010 Ext. 104 EMAIL: [email protected]

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