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Oneonta AAA Finds New Home On Southside

Oneonta AAA Finds

New Southside Home

AAA celebrated the grand opening of its new location on Oneonta’s Southside with a ceremonial ribbon cutting this morning.  Participating were, from left, Nicole Roe,  Jane Murphy,  Vikki Bellinger, Laima Kauger, Stacie Medowcraft,all of Oneonta; Adrianna Lewis, Utica, Jamie Reynolds, Oneonta, Carol Morris, Utica, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Kevin Morgan, Oneonta, Patti Artessa, Utica, incoming branch manager Stacie Harvey and Daniel Butterman, both of Oneonta; Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, current branch manager Deb Leach, state Sen. Jim Seward’s representative Catherine Mosher, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Gary Lang, Oneonta Outlaws and AAA Regional Manager Ed Welsh. “Our company is committed to Oneonta,” said Welsh. “AAA has been in Oneonta for over 100 years and we’re not going anywhere. We plan to be here for a long time. We may be a national organization, but we hire strong, local, hometown folks.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 5

Urban Renewal Panel

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 5:30 p.m. Panel on “Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization” featuring panelists Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, Sociology Chair Dr. Alex Thomas, President/CEO Otsego Co. Chamber of Commerce Barbara Ann Heegan, more. Presentation followed by audience Q&A. Free, open to the public. Otsego Grille, Morris Complex, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3498.

SENIOR PLAY – 7 – 9:30 p.m. CCS produciton of “Almost. Maine.” Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

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Chamber Cuts Ribbon On Main Street Shop

Chamber Cuts Ribbon

On Main Street Shop

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce welcomed another business to Oneonta’s Main Street today, cutting the ribbon on Bargain Baby, a toddler oriented consignment shop. From left, Nica Hurlbert, 9, Otego, Katie Seamon, a representative from state Sen Jim Seward’s office, Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, owner Kaylea Cetnar, and husband Brian Cetnar, holding the couple’s one year old daughter, Kali. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com). 

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Hospice Cuts Ribbon On New Office

Hospice Cuts Ribbon

On New Office

With Otsego Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan to his right, and Catskill Area Hospice President Dan Ayres and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his left, Hospice board member Les Grummons cuts the ceremonial ribbon on Hospice’s new office located on River Street in Oneonta. Catskill Area Hospice consolidated it’s six local offices into one centralized office building to help improve the efficiency of the at-home healthcare provider’s operations. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO)

 

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NBT-Mang Insurance In Bank Financial Center

NBT-Mang Insurance

In Bank Financial Center

Now dubbed the NBT Financial Center, the ribbon was cut on the new offices of the NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, relocated from River Street to the NBT building at One Wall Street. Cutting the ribbon are NBT Vice President Jamie Reynolds and Tucker Lounsbury, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency president.  Others, from left, are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and, at right, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 26

‘Know Your Rights’

At Hartwick College

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DISCUSSION – 7-8 p.m. Dinner and a Panel discussion “Know Your Rights.” Chesebro Room, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Harwick Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-king-jr-civil-rights-heritage-month/

CONFERENCE – 8:30-10 a.m. Local manufacturers and training providers meet to discuss goals to ensure there is a trained workforce in the county to meet employers needs. Reservation required. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, Barbara Ann Heegan, President/CEO Otsego County Chamber of commerce, (607)432-4500 ext. 202 or email baheegan@otsegocc.com

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‘Home Owner Jobs’ Focus of Chamber’s 30th Year

‘Homeowner Jobs’ Focus

Of Chamber’s 30th Year

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce held a holiday party at NBT Bank tonight honoring their 30th year. Jamie Reynolds, lower left, introduced Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan who spoke on how small businesses who drive our local economy need more support, and that this year will focus on bringing more 'home owner type jobs'. "We are here to support you!" said Heegan. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party this evening at NBT Bank’s Wall Street, Oneonta, branch, bank Regional Vice President Jamie Reynolds, lower right, introduced Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who spoke on how small businesses who drive our local economy need more support, and that this year will focus on attracting more “homeowner-type jobs.” “We are here to support you!” said Heegan.   The chamber is celebrating its 30th year.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Elks Award Citizen of the Year

Carla Balnis Elks’ Citizen of the Year

Exalted Ruler of The Elks Club Barbara Ann Heegan, right, gives Carla Palmer Balnis, Oneonta, the Elks Citizen of the Year Award during a ceremonial dinner on Wednesday evening. Other award winners were Elk of the Year Robert Pondolfino, Jr. , Officer of the Year Nancy Bates, with JoAnn LaMonica and Patrick Pidgeon both receiving the Grand Exalted Ruler Award. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Exalted Ruler of the Oneonta Elks, Barbara Ann Heegan, right, gives Carla Palmer Balnis, Oneonta, the Elks Citizen of the Year Award during a ceremonial dinner on Wednesday evening. Other award winners were Elk of the Year Robert Pondolfino, Jr. , Officer of the Year Nancy Bates, with JoAnn LaMonica and Patrick Pidgeon both receiving the Grand Exalted Ruler Award. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
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Teenagers Turn Ideas Into Profit

Teenagers Turn Ideas Into Profit

By LIBBY CUDMORE • HOMETOWN ONEONTA

Edition of Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

It’s always been Laine Johnson’s dream to own her own bakery. “I love to bake pastries and macaroons,” she said.
And now, even though she’s just 13, she’s on her way to making that dream come true.

Johnson is one of eight students countywide participating in the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy – YEA! – a national program which aims to connect students to the business community.

“It’s a nice opportunity for students to use their talents and the business community to turn their big ideas into an actual business,” said chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan. “It will get the students thinking like CEOs.”

During the four-month program, students will meet weekly at Hartwick College with local business owners, attorneys, accountants and investors, learning how to start fully formed companies. “We’re going to learn a lot about what it takes to run a business,” said Harmon.

Students will set up a business plan, then work with the business community to market and execute their ideas. Chobani is one of the sponsors, and Dawn Rivers of the Otsego County IDA will be the first speaker when classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

And it’s not just businesses – students can also put their project energy towards creating social movements. “One student in Rochester had lost some friends in a car accident where they had been texting while driving, so he developed a ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ campaign,” said Heegan.

Among the ideas students are pitching are a bakery, a restaurant and an agriculture business, as well as a campaign to help people eat healthier with the start of a community garden.

“It’s important for the community to invest in their young people,” said Heegan. “By giving them the opportunities to start their own businesses, it really drives home the point about Thinking Local First.”

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Participate in the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Needs Assessment Survey

Participate In Otsego County Chamber’s

Small-Business Needs-Assessment Survey

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Otsego County Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the County Board of Representatives, has taken this initiative in presenting to small businesses a needs assessment survey.

This survey focuses on small business needs in Otsego County and contains questions on business size, performance, strategy, financing and employee skills.

The responses collected will be critical in helping the chamber identify emerging issues and areas of strength and areas of needed improvement in the small business community.

Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please respond by December 31, 2014.  To take the survey, click here.

CONFIDENTIALITY: Individual responses are kept confidential except for survey comments that may be anonymously published with prior consent of the respondent.

Direct any questions regarding this survey to Barbara Ann Heegan  baheegan@otsegocc.com at 607-432-4500 Ext 202.

 

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