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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Mid Weekly Update June 20, 2013


Message from Barbara Ann Heegan, Executive Director:


In recognition of National Small Business Week, We say Thank you to all our small businesses who work hard every day and are the backbone in helping our local economy grow.  We support you and celebrate your business not only this week but every day. I encourage our community to think of our local businesses everyday by enjoying a dinner in a locally owned and operated restaurant, buying your groceries from a local grocer or farmers market, sharing with your friends and family your favorite local business and share with the business  how much you appreciate them.  Thank you again to all small business owners for your dedication and contributions to Otsego County.  In appreciation to our Small Business owners please feel free to stop in this Friday at the Clarion Hotel in downtown historic Oneonta for Bagels and Benefits hosted by The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce please see details below.  Congratulations to Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 for Shaking up the Yogurt Industry, Building a $1 Billion Global Brand in Five Years!





New Course On Personal And Professional Development To Run This Summer


(June 17, 2013 Oneonta, New York) A new SUNY Broome Community College course, BIT 270 Personal and Professional Development, will debut this summer at Otsego County’s Foothills Performing Arts Center.


The course focuses on soft skills with topics that include, personal direction, discovering personal and professional strengths, setting and achieving goals, understanding self-esteem, learning to think critically, the power of motivation, defining and visualizing success, managing resources (time and money), and communicating assertively.


Executive Director of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Ann Heegan, who recently joined the Broome Community College faculty as an Adjunct Instructor, will be teaching the course.


“It is an exciting opportunity to bring Broome Community College to Otsego County as a Cross Regional Partnership. The learning outcomes this course provides are directly applicable to the workplace. These are skills employers are looking for across the board,” stated Barbara Ann Heegan. “Any working professional or student seeking to obtain a degree, or enhance professional development can benefit.”


This course will be the first in a new Otsego County Chamber of Commerce initiative designated as Campus Otsego.


The goal of Campus Otsego is to help promote Otsego County, build student attachment to the region, and connect student with employers in the region.


“BCC is extremely excited to partner with the Otsego Chamber of Commerce to increase leadership training, community engagement, and innovative partnerships across the region,” said Beth Mollen, Dean of Business and Public Services at SUNY Broome.


BIT 270 is a 3-credit course that is transferrable as an elective (within the SUNY system). It can also be applied to the NYS Entrepreneurial Certificate Program or the Business Information Management AAS degree, both at SUNY Broome Community College.


The course will meet Saturday mornings from 9 am to Noon, and will run from July 8th to August 15th at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. It will have an online component mixed with experimental learning and face-to-face meetings.


For more information including registration, tuition and fees, visit www.sunybroome.edu/bit270 or call BCC Admissions at 778-5001.






Business After Hours on behalf of Schlather & Birch Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 4pm – 7pm.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be hosting a Business After Hours on behalf of Schlather & Birch on the first anniversary of its expansion to Morris and Edmeston, New York, as successor to the law offices of Timothy R Johnson.  In addition to celebrating this anniversary, the law firm is recognizing the addition of attorney Meredith L Birdsall, a native of Morris, to better serve these communities.  Attorneys Robert B Schlather and Robert W Birch have for more than 30 years provided superior legal and tax services to Cooperstown and its environs, and are pleased to be able to extend these services to Morris and Edmeston.  You are cordially invited to celebrate this expansion on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 4 to 7 pm at the Law offices of Schlather and Birch located at 144 Main Street, Morris, NY 13820.   Please RSVP by Monday, June 24, 2013 to Shelly Giangrant, Director of Operations, at (607) 432-4500 Ext. 207 or by e-mail to [email protected].




Overcome Your Barriers to Health & Happiness

Join Inspirational Speaker Maria Sirois, Psy.D., at Foothills Performing Arts


Cooperstown, NY – Stress and the simple business of our daily lives often get in the way of health and happiness, but it is possible to overcome these and other barriers.  Join psychologist and inspirational speaker Maria Sirois, Psy.D., a Hartwick College graduate, for a free program at the Foothills Performing Art Center, Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m.


Healthy sustainable change that will last for years is possible.  It’s the kind of change that will impact the health of your body, the quality of your day, your relationships and the enjoyment of your work.  In this introductory lecture, Dr. Maria Sirois offers a view of four barriers to healthy transformation and the antidotes to those barriers. Through research and story, she presents an understanding of what makes change hard, how change happens and what we can begin to do about it, immediately.


In addition to being an inspirational speaker, Sirois is an author who has brought together wellness, positive psychology and spirituality for more than two decades. She was a Political Science major at Hartwick College, graduated in 1982, and is well respected for her thoughts on happiness, well-being and personal transformation. Learn more about Sirois atwww.mariasirois.com.


The June 25 program is sponsored by the Foothills Performing Arts Center (http://foothillspac.org/) and Bassett Healthcare Network.


Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health care system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes six corporately affiliated hospitals, as well as skilled nursing facilities, health centers and health partners in related fields. Visit us online at www.bassett.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter at Facebook.com/Bassett.Network and Twitter.com/BassettNetwork.




The CFA “portal” is now open.

The CFA Process has officially launched with the release of the 2013 Available Resources Guide.  Please take some time to review this document (it’s big) to see if there may be funding agencies appropriate to your business, organization or community.

As you look to identify a funding opportunity, or if you have a project under consideration, we ask that you

1)  Contact the Otsego County Economic Development Office.  Our department can assist you with identifying and developing projects, gathering support for your projects, and guiding you through the appropriate funding resources / CFA process.  The funding application deadline is August 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM.  Please be aware that many agencies require documentation that can take several weeks to assemble (including municipal resolutions).  Do not hesitate to contact us regarding this process or your eligibility.

2) From a regional level, the MVREDC Calls for 2013 Priority Projects.  As part of the third round of funding for Regional Economic Development Councils, the Mohawk Valley region is competing for $25 million in capital funds for Priority Projects. If you have a project consistent with the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Strategic Plan that should be considered a priority, please complete the worksheet found here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e7m5d3okhhjgehz8/start

The MVREDC webpage http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley is full of information relating to our 6-county region and the CFA process.  Here you will find the workshop schedule, the regional strategic plan, the 2012 progress report, and demographic information related to our region.



  Otsego County Chamber
189 Main Street, Suite 201, Oneonta, NY 13820
www.otsegocountychamber.com(607) 432-4500


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