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Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce completes 2022 Leadership Otsego Training

Otsego County Chamber
of Commerce completes
2022 Leadership Otsego Training

Pictured left to right: Mary Earl, Jocelyn Plows, Carmen Laymon, Nicole Southard, Beth Foster, Jacqueline White, Danielle Johnson, Don Wyckoff,
Assemblyman John Salka, Kavin Winto, Kathleen Cen, Kyleen Joslyn, Brenda Manchester, Stephanie Bader, Gretchen Meyer, Marcie Foster, Kathryn Prada, Emily Gleason, Loretta Garcia

Every year the Otsego Chamber of Commerce welcomes in a group of people to their Leadership Otsego program.

The curriculum explores current leadership topics such as motivating teams, understanding local challenges, managing conflict, building professional networks, building teams and enhancing leadership presence in our community.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 06-11-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 11

Block Party And Festival

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OPENING DAY – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join the community for day of crafts, food, music to celebrate the area and the opening for the summer season. Meet community organizations, enjoy tours of the State Park, meet the Rolling Meadows Clydesdales, learn with Utica ZooMobile, relax with Springfield Reads, more. Free, open to the public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org

CRAFT FESTIVAL – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Friendship Craft Festival returns after a 2 year hiatus. Find hand made gifts for those special people in your life from local vendors, artisans, and crafters. Sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting. Spring Park, Scenic Route 20, Richfield Springs. 315-858-1553 or visit festivalnet.com/26292/Richfield-Springs-New-York/Craft-Shows/Friendship-Craft-Festival

Need help with child care? Find help at the Barnyard Swing

Need help with child care?
Find help at the Barnyard Swing

Local child care providers will get together at The Barnyard Swing in Hartwick Seminary on Saturday, May 21, to let area families know more about the services they provide, and enjoy a day of talking and meeting about their profession.

The ‘Spring Swing Child Care Professionals Appreciation Celebration’ — an idea that arose from a discussion at a winter women’s group meeting with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce — takes place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. An Otsego County Community Events grant helps cover the expense of hosting the event.

“One of the topics at our meeting was the absolute lack of affordable child care in Otsego County. Our area has been deemed a ‘child care desert’,” said Marcy Birch, owner of The Barnyard Swing. “The idea to have this event percolated out of those sessions.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Leaf Art & Poetry Contest Exhibit Opening Celebration 04-28-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 28

Leaf Art & Poetry Contest
Exhibit Opening Celebration

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OPENING GALA – 5:30 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the opening of the exhibit of the works entered in the Leaf Art & Poetry Contest. Will feature refreshments, live music, & poets reading their works. Free, open to the public. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-432-0090 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFArtContest

Otsego Chamber offers free webinar on child care grant

Otsego Chamber offers free webinar on child care grant

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce addresses area child care needs and opportunities in a free Zoom webinar, “Child Care Desert Grant Explained,” on Thursday, March 17, beginning at 9 a.m.

Rebecca Matthews of Catholic Charities, the lead organization behind the program, presents the webinar teaching local employers how to register and apply for funding to start childcare in your business, help a spouse of an employee set up a childcare for workers, or help expand an already existing childcare facility near your business. With $11 million available in this grant funding beginning in April, employers should begin the two-step registration process immediately.

To register for this free Zoom event, visit www.otsegocc.com and click on ‘upcoming events.’

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Planetarium Shows Return 02-09-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Planetarium Shows Return

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PLANETARIUM – 7 – 8 p.m. Hop online for virtual deep dive into space and its wonders. Free, registration REQUIRED. Presented by The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/science-discovery-center-and-planetarium-14332374215

GET ON BOARD – Noon. Zoom meeting for local non-profits to pitch their organizations to the public and discuss what they need, from board members to volunteers to furniture. Presented by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

Chamber hosts area notables

Congressman Delgado

Chamber hosts area notables

Congressman Antonio Delgado headlines a roster of local officials outlining 2022 priorities during a virtual “State of the State” presented by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, January 11.

The Chamber offers free Zoom access to the event but requires pre-registration at www.bit.ly/2022-StateofState.

 

County Chamber celebrates businesses, leaders with 2021 prizes

Edward May, Kim Whitehead, Linda Osborne of The Village Printer; at left, they’re with Five-Star Subaru’s
Ben Guenther. (contributed by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce)

County Chamber celebrates businesses, leaders with 2021 prizes

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce this week named Five-Star Subaru’s Ben Guenther as its Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr., Distinguished Person of the Year as part of its year-end award ceremony.
Chamber officials stopped by Five-Star and other award winners on December 21 and 22 in surprise visits to present framed certificates to this year’s honorees.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors and local citizens met December 1 to wade through multiple nominations in each category, with the Board choosing winners on December 15.

Along with Mr. Guenther, the Chamber presented these awards:

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Crime Authors Collaborate 11-30-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Crime Authors Collaborate

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CHRISTMAS – Be an Angel. Sign up to give the gift of Christmas to local families in need with this years Angel Tree Program. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details.

CRIMINAL ELEMENT – 6 p.m. Mystery and Thriller authors come together to write a short story live on this edition of ‘Once Upon a Crime’.Presented by Huntington Memorial Library, Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: County Chamber Golf Classic 08-27-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

County Chamber Golf Classic

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GOLF CLASSIC – 1 p.m. Join the Otsego Chamber of Commerce for the 35th Annual Golf Classic to support the Chamber’s efforts to help the local community thrive. Sign up for golf tournament at 1 and Lunch/networking event at 11:30. Registration required. Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr., Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

Chamber forum seeks solutions for workforce shortage

Chamber forum seeks
solutions for workforce shortage

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Kingston, speaks to the panel during an Otsego County Chamber of Commerce forum on workforce needs.

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Zoom town hall Tuesday, July 27, to discuss workforce needs for small businesses.

The participants included Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, and Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie.

The overall sentiments of the Zoom call echoed the reality of a huge problem with understaffing and the difficulties hiring employees in Otsego County.

Business owners spoke of restaurants being unable to service customers due to staff shortages and some businesses being forced to close early based on having no staff available.

Audrey Benkenstein, from Opportunities for Otsego, spoke about how many of her organization’s positions required advanced degrees and training, which made finding employees very difficult.

“We serve a vulnerable population and without staffing our programs suffer,” Benkenstein said. She said there were also lack of transportation options, lack of internet issues and lack of day care assistance available.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Discuss a sustainable workforce 07-27-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 27

Discuss a sustainable workforce

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WORKFORCE FORUM – 9 – 11 a.m. Business owners are invited to discuss their employment needs, problems, and how to address them. Each will be given 2 – 3 minutes to discuss with elected officials including Congressman Antonio Delgado, State Senator Peter Oberacker, Assemblymen John Salka, Chris Tague, & Brian Miller. Free, registration for Zoom meeting required. Presented by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit members.otsegocc.com/events/details/2021-workforce-needs-forum-delgado-oberacker-and-assemblymen-salka-miller-and-tague-to-hear-your-thoughts-460

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