TWO upcoming Business After Hours at Bombers Burrito & Grapevine Farms-Otsego County Chamber Weekly Update

TWO upcoming Business After Hours at Bombers Burrito & Grapevine Farms-Otsego County Chamber Weekly Update

Dear Members,



Join Us for a Business After Hours Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5-7PM Bombers Burrito Bar 221 Main Street Oneonta

Join us for a Business After Hours is the premier networking event for business professionals at Bombers Burrito Bar on Main Street in Downtown Oneonta on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. and the cost to attend is just $10. This two hour time frame gives you the opportunity to discuss and share ideas while learning about and touring this business. The regular event is a relationship-building experience held in a relaxed setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources.

Stay for 20 minutes or enjoy the full two hours of networking time. Get out there! Give people the chance to get to know you so they will want to do business with you.

$10 includes one complimentary drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres and great conversations! Don’t forget your business cards!

Bombers Burrito Bar is the spot on Main Street for catering and parties including office parties for this Holiday season!  With a festive gathering space that can easily accommodate over 100 people, a delicious tex-mex pub menu, Tace Tuesday $2 tacos and a state-of-the-art sound system we're a great choice for your next meeting, holiday party, or corporate event.  Hosting something in the office?  We have delicious and flexible catering options and will deliver and set up everything for you and free lunch delivery Monday -Friday 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m .  Oh, and don't forget the margaritas!  Give Charlie a call at (607) 353-7027, or e-mail to discuss your next event and how we can make it the best you've ever had.

To RSVP for this event please contact Barbara Ann Heegan at You can pay at the door!

Schoharie & Otsego Counties Chambers of Commerce Invite you to Join Us in a Business Afterhours at Grapevine Farms 2373 State Route 7, Cobleskill, NY Tuesday Dec 17—4pm—8pm

Join the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce & Otsego County Chamber of Commerce for a cross chamber meet & greet with appetizers, complimentary wine tasting & door prizes (be sure to bring your business cards).

Do your last minute Christmas shopping while utilizing your chamber member discount. Please RSVP to Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO at or call (607) 432-4500.


The Otsego County Chamber is accepting applications for Leadership Otsego 2020!
We are excited to offer for the 23rd year a program designed to prepare future leaders in Otsego County.
The curriculum explores current leadership topics such as motivating teams, understanding local challenges, managing conflict, building professional networks, building teams and enhancing your leadership presence in our community.  Through a series of six full-day sessions offered once a month from January to June, participants will engage with area business leaders to understand challenges affecting Otsego County, as well as, build their leadership skills and network to address.
Since its start in 1997, Leadership Otsego has gathered over 200 area experts in various industries such as Education, Healthcare, Human Services, Government and Non-Profit Services Organizations to share their time and experience with our next generation of leaders.
Participants range from entry-level managers to top administrators, from newcomers to long-time residents rediscovering the area, from young professionals to retirees, and from natives to Otsego County to our commuters.
Please consider joining Leadership Otsego 2020 and becoming part of our county’s powerful alumni network for economic development and innovation. Applications due by December 15 2019.

CDO Workforce will be hosting a Leadership for Supervisors Seminar series at our office in Sidney on 12/16/19, 12/19/19 and 12/23/19. See below and attached flyer for details.



New York State Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University to host Hemp Symposium and Expo



BINGHAMTON, NY – The New York State Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) at Binghamton University will host a Hemp Symposium and Expo from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Innovative Technologies Complex, 45 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

The center is seeking to provide access to learning and engagement opportunities to help guide individuals and small businesses that are interested in the emerging hemp market.   

“We have been experiencing an increase in hemp industry interest since the Small Business Administration determined that we can now advise small businesses associated with hemp, provided they meet certain guidelines,” said Rochelle Layman, regional director of the NYSBDC at Binghamton University. “It is a critical time to ensure that decision-makers have access to the most current information to help them make informed choices, in a variety of segments, from processors to retail and growers.”

The symposium will feature more than 20 different learning opportunities. In addition, the event will allow exhibitors to offer products and services related to the hemp industry.

The full slate of presenters is being finalized, but will include Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Kaelan Castetter of CSG Hemp, Janice Gegni from Cornell Cooperative Extension and Marcel Lamb from the New York State Department of Labor. Courses will be available in financing, employment practices, compliance, market identification and agricultural management. Presentations will provide information and resources that cover technology, retail, agriculture and processing.

Early-bird registration is $40, and will be available through Wednesday, Dec. 11, with symposium registration closing Tuesday, Jan. 7. Registration will include access to learning opportunities, a continental breakfast, lunch and parking for the day.

Attendee registration and exhibitor information is available online by visiting or by calling 607-777-4024.

The New York State Small Business Development Center (New York SBDC) the premier business assistance organization in New York State provides expert management and technical assistance to startup and existing businesses across the state. The New York SBDC is administered by the State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses.

The Small Business Development Center’s goal is to assist entrepreneurs, business and industry in the solution of their problems, which leads to increased profitability for the entrepreneur and increased investment and job creation for the community. By assisting new and existing small business firms, the SBDC contributes to the stability and growth of the small business sector of the economy in New York state.

Since inception in 1984, the SBDC in Binghamton has assisted 26,783 clients and helped to raise more than $350 million in private and public funding for their businesses, and has helped create or save 16,420 jobs across the Southern Tier of New York. The SBDC Regional Office in Binghamton provides support for 12 counties in New York state: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins, Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates.

For more information about the symposium and expo, contact Layman at 607-777-4024. 



Leadership for Supervisors



Join us for a Supervisory Training Class


When: December 16, December 19 and December 23


Time: 9am – Noon


Where: CDO Workforce, 21 Liberty Street, Sidney, NY


Trainer: DH Sheldon Associates



Don Sheldon has global experience helping companies achieve world-class performance. His teaching style is hands-on and down to earth.


Course Description

This 9-hour course is designed to be delivered in 3 segments of 3 hours each.  The course gives the attendees an advanced foundation of management skill learning.  The course engages the attendees in analyzing and using thought leadership and application of these ideas within company applications.  Several actual company examples will be used to help in the attendees better understand the approach and attention required for good supervisory skills.  The students will be provided with copies of the PowerPoint used in the class.



Call or email Maggie Gilbert at 607 832-5781  for more information or to register for the class. The Class is open to unemployed and employed workers.




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