HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 26
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 email@example.com
Carla Balnis Elks’ Citizen of the Year
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at 607-432-4500 Ext 202.
Elks Maintain Principles At 100
To the Editor:
Saturday, Sept. 6, the Oneonta Elks Lodge #1312 had an evening celebrating a Century of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. Our centennial – one of the most exciting times in the history of our lodge – provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the Elks’ story, share what we have done over 100 years and reveal our plans for the future.
A special “thank you” to the community, Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller, Jr. and to the Elk members for attending the dinner and making it a memorable evening.
Today, Oneonta Lodge #1312 is 430-members strong and growing, with programs that give back to the community. The cumulative value of our local lodge’s contributions in terms of cash, donated items, hours of services and miles driven exceed on a national level $30 million yearly, bringing comfort, cheer and necessities to veterans and active personnel throughout the United States and abroad. In so doing, we fulfill our solemn pledge: So long as there are veterans, the benevolent and protective order of Elks will never forget them.
A highlight of our history was receiving, through the assistance of then-officers Maria Kelso and Debra Crampton, the state grant from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. This grant has helped us in numerous ways to enhance the structural integrity of this building that serves as a location for community events such as Red Cross blood drives, Wednesday night dinners open to the public, Thanksgiving dinners and fundraisers for school events and sporting teams.
Therefore, it was my honor – in this our 100th year – to present a community service award to Senator Seward for his dedication to community and for modeling the principles of the Elks.
BARBARA ANN HEEGAN