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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Weekly Update July 2, 2013


Message from Barbara Ann Heegan, Executive Director:


Opportunities for Financing Business Start-up or Expansion Projects.

On Friday, July 12th, at 8:30am for networking and from 9:00 am-11:00 am at Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center.  The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Financing your Business Seminar”.  Presenter Carolyn Lewis, Otsego County Economic Developer, will be sharing local and state funding opportunities.  In addition information on NYSERDA incentives will be available.  To registered for this event please contact Shelly Giangrant, Director of Operations at [email protected] or call (607) 432-4500 ext. 207.

Otsego County Economic Development Office Shares:

As a reminder, we are asking all potential applicants to the CFA process to fill our a Priority Project Survey  (http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley).  I suggest you complete the survey regardless of the status of your project.  Completion of the questionnaire will not be used for public dissemination, but will allow the Council and more importantly our local Economic Development Office to assist you if needed.  If you have any questions regarding this survey, your project or the process in general, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The deadline to fill out this survey is July 25th, in order to give us time to review projects.


Carolyn Lewis encourages you to visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley.  Here you will find all information related to the CFA process, the Regional Strategic Plan, valuable demographic and regional data.

Additional assistance with the CFA process / programs will be through workshops at:


SUNY Cobleskill

7/10/2013 9:00am-11:30am
Click here to RSVP

Fulton Montgomery Community College

7/17/2013 2:00pm-4:30pm
Click here to RSVP






Fabulous Friday Player Piano Sing-Along

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will be celebrating Main Street Oneonta’s Fabulous Friday, July 5, with a sing-along on GOHS’ century-old piano by Oneonta’s G. B. Shearer Company. Everyone is invited to sing along to such old favorites as “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, with dozens more to choose from. GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says that “If you have a favorite piano roll at home, please bring it in for the sing-along.” The event will be at the History Center at 183 Main Street from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. From 7:00 to 8:00 PM, artist Carol Mandigo will be at the History Center to talk with visitors about the murals planned for the Dietz Street wall of the building. Mandigo and her team will paint murals for the five bricked-up window spaces, each reflecting a previous occupant of the building – Walter Brown’s hardware store, Wilber Bank, Laskaris Restaurant, Jo-Ann Dress Shop, and Gallin’s Jewelry.


The History Center will be open on July 5 from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. The Oneonta Fair exhibit and other local history exhibits will be on view. For more information, contact 432-0960 or[email protected].


The Hampton Inn Oneonta is excited to announce their new Perfect Mix Lobby. Join us for the evening- July 11th at 5pm for light food and drinks. Please RSVP by July 1st to Ashley Camarata at [email protected] or Hope Halberg at [email protected]




The historic Red Caboose in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park will be open Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM during the Hometown 4th of July festivities. The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will open the caboose to the general public. One hundred fifty years ago this year, eight railroad workers founded the Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen in the caboose. Nearby, GOHS will distribute handouts on the park’s history and its many monuments, and will sell a selection of local history items from the History Center shop, along with popcorn from Bresee’s Oneonta Deparment Store’s vintage popper.


GOHS will also be selling coffee and Tim Horton’s doughnuts near Neahwa Park’s Statue of Liberty from9:00 to 11:00 AM.  For more information, contact 432-0960 or [email protected].


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