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Volume 12, Edition 10
News & Views
5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
The Chairperson’s Corner
We are a local group of businesses working together to better business in the North Country – why wouldn’t you join? Each of us has a unique opportunity to join with others who face the same issues, challenges and successes. Together as a team we can further our organizations, businesses and grow to meet the needs of our clients. events throughout the year that the Chamber of Commerce sponsors. Networking, speaker series, business after hours, business networking expo, Shapiro award, the Athena Award and the JLI Institute to name a few. Take charge of your business, if you are not currently a member join today! Join the other 830 locally owned chamber members in our community! We are a 5 Star Accredited Chamber, a des-
ignation given to us by the US Chamber of Commerce! Join our team and be a part of a progressive, innovative and focused business institute. Lynne Ferris Firm Administrator Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP
Why is it important to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce? The question I would ask you is why wouldn’t you become a member of the Chamber of Commerce?
There is no better way to meet other business owners like you than through the
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The President’s Perspective
chamber of commerce could and should for the community and businesses; however, that may look very different for each member. Some of the core benefits of GWNC are a Visitor’s Center, which provides local and travel information to visitors, members, and the general public. We are recognized as THE source of information for the county and the region. Through the Energy Alliance™ program, reduced electric and gas rates for all participating Chamber member businesses AND their employees. Advertising with the Chamber is cost effective because ads reach a specific targeted market-the business community. The Greater Watertown – North Country Insurance Agency offers a wide array of Health Insurance plans for sole proprietors and all businesses. We can provide the coverage to meet your individual needs. Our scope of products and services will be expanding in the coming months to include vision, disability, life insurance plans and other voluntary benefits. The North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides nocost assistance to businesses identifying available contracting opportunities within military, other federal, state and local government markets and their readiness to pursue those opportunities. The procurement assistance program helps to decipher this system and enables many small businesses to “crack the code” of governmental purchasing processes. Every community has a Chamber of Commerce and every Chamber of Commerce needs members and volunteers to help out and sponsor local events, workshops, and serve on different committees. Contact yours and ask how you can get involved. Associate your brand with the community you live in. It’s a great way to support your community, while also building name recognition and establishing some valuable connections. Warmest Regards,
Over the past year, I have learned so much about our community to include leaders of the organizations, what the businesses core mission is, what they offer to the community, and what they Chamber can do for them! When I first began my career at the Chamber, I was often faced with the question of “What exactly do I get from having a Chamber membership?” I finally have the answer- What can the Chamber do for your business or organization? I have discovered there is so much a
New Member Profiles
Vintage Doors Ms. Erica C Demick - Sales Manager 66 S Main St Hammond, NY 13646 Phone: (800) 787-2001 YesterYear’s Vintage Doors was created in 1990 with a vision and passion for fine woodworking and craftsmanship. Each solid wood door is built just like the olden days - one at a time - and made to endure the test of time. The very first solid wood door productions were the Victorian style screen & storm doors. Initially, only six designs were offered to the public. As demand grew, additional Victorian and Traditional screen & storm designs were added, as well as a small collection of interior and exterior door models. Today, nearly twenty years later, YesterYear’s has not lost sight of its passion and vision - always preferring historical accuracy and handcrafted integrity over mass production. The company boasts over 130 screen and storm door designs for virtually any style of home! YesterYear’s has also continued to expand their interior and exterior door collections and is able to cater to practically any custom project or specification. To add even more vintage charm to your home, YesterYear’s has recently introduced a unique line of distinctive Dutch doors, which have been featured on HGTV’s renowned show “Curb Appeal” in 2005 and also Country Home’s Kitchen & Bath Show located in Chicago, IL in 2007. Prime National Christopher Kain - co-owner 3830 Vary Rd Lowville, NY 13367 Phone: (800) 376-9064 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www. primenational.com/consultant/kain/ Prime National offers industry-leading credit repair services backed with a 100% money-back guarantee. Their credit repair service is truly unmatchable in terms of effectiveness, speed, and our risk-free guarantee. They deliver real value to our clients by offering a credit repair service that is performed better and faster than the competition, and backed by a 100% money-back guarantee. Prime National employs proprietary credit repair technology to help streamline and simplify the credit repair process. Their proprietary technology is instrumental to our success because it creates faster turnaround times, stronger client support, and greater client satisfaction. Contact Chris or Jennifer should you need help in removing questionable negative items including: bankruptcies, liens, judgments, foreclosures, charge offs, collections, repossessions, or late payments. Their confidential professionalism will be a great benefit to your future. The Young Law Firm, PLLC Lydia Young 10897 State Route 26 Carthage, NY 13619 Phone: 315-493-2642 Email: lydialeayouny@gmail. com The Young Law Firm is a small firm dedicated to providing personal attention and service to their clients. They offer the same sophisticated practice found in the largest law firms in the country. They are experienced counselors, negotiators and litigators. They handle family law, personal injury claims, criminal matters, traffic tickets, divorce, real estate, wills and estates, corporations, and general practice. Their record of success and client satisfaction helps them differentiate themselves from the competition. Jennifer’s Classy Cuts & More Shelly McLean 1511 Washington Street Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: 315-782-2790 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer’s Classy Cuts and More, features an experienced team of professionals that will provide you with the personal attention that you are looking for. Their team produces style and sophistication with an eye for the classic as well as progressive. They specialize in precision cuts for men and women, expert Highlighting and Professional Coloring, Perming and Facial Waxing. When you visit them you will enjoy an amazing experience because of their dynamic industry and interpersonal skills. They offer styling and maintenance knowledge to our clients, so they always have the tools to look and feel their best. Their new location and fully modern salon lends itself to your complete relaxation and comfort. Whether it’s a new style or a special occasion up do, they pay close attention to detail to accomplish the look you want and customer satisfaction. They promise you will leave pleased and looking forward to your next visit. Primo’s Italian Restaurant LLC Fred Ingo Corner of Route 26/Great Bend 25044 County Route 47 Carthage, NY 13619 Long hours and hard work are paying off for first time restaurateur Fred Ingo who has opened Primo’s Italian Restaurant in Great Bend. The former Marine wants to offer great cuisine at an affordable price to military families stationed at Fort Drum as well as locals. He has Steve Morley, a graduate of the culinary program of Paul Smith’s College as the chef in charge. He clearly puts his heart into each and every dish. His boldly flavored dishes are both simple and sophisticated combining rustic Italian preparations with fresh ingredients. All breads are baked on premises too. As family restaurant, they just don’t stop with pizza. A full menu from appetizers and salads to sandwiches and main dishes can be enjoyed along with friendly personal service.
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Top 10 Reasons to Join any Chamber of Commerce:
1. Business Organization - As a member you will receive cooperation and assistance from the most capable firms in the community. 2. Publicity and Exposure - Chamber members receive real exposure through our publications, directories, mixers and Web site listings. 3. New Business Contacts - One major reason to consider active participation with the Chamber is to meet and network new businesses. 4. Representation - The Chamber works as a voice for its members in local and state government. 5. Referrals - Each month, as we receive requests for goods and services, we send them directly to our members. 6. Involvement - Our members MAKE THE DIFFERENCE by working to improve the quality of life and business environment. 7. New Customers - We support industries and businesses that bring people, employment and a better economy to the North Country. 8. Resources and Assistance - We maintain information and statistics that are shared with individuals interested in promoting business in the North Country. 9. Buy Locally - As a chamber we try to keep the money flowing within the community and make those dollars work for our community. 10. Informed Members - We try to keep our members informed about any and all regional and state issues, either by media articles, newspapers, personal visits, meetings and events.
Things you wanted to know about your
Chamber Member Benefits for all Current Members
Below is a list of benefits the Watertown Chamber offers exclusively to its members. Some of the benefits include: • FREE use of the Chamber’s Bulk Mailing Permit- Many members already utilize this service, but many do not. If your business mails a large amount, this might be a benefit for you. On average for for-profit businesses they save about 50% of their mailing costs and for non-profit businesses on average save 75% off. To utilize this service, stop by the chamber for a bulk mailing form and a copy of the stamp. This could be printed on your marketing materials or by hand, ink stamped. If you have not taken advantage of this benefit, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. • Energy Alliance- The Chamber in conjuntion with EnergyNext offers to its members a chamber only energy savings program. The energy program is a no obligation, cost-free program that can save a percentage off your monthly bill. The percentage is based upon your businesses monthly cost and is estimated on a individual basis. National Grid subscribers will see a definite savings. The program starts with your permission for EnergyNext consultants to look at your previous billing. They will then come back to you with your potential savings, you can choose to then either enrole in the free program or not. This is an opportunity to compare without any committment. • Certificate of Origin Service- Does your business ship/do business internationally? If so, we offer an Origin Service. This certifies the chamber to sign and verfify that your business is “Manfactuared Locally Certified.” Any staff member at the chamber can sign and stamp any document your business is sending internationally. • FREE Use of Ribbon Cutting Supplies- Planning a huge event, opening a new office, or a grand re-opening after new construction? All chamber members can use our large scissors and ribbon for their special event. We will also send a Chamber staff member to the event and post photos of the event in the newsletter and on our facebook page.
Other benefits include: • Membership Listing in the Chamber Business Directory- The directory is printed annually and is distributed to New Members each month, relocation packets, visitor packets, every current member, on Fort Drum, and at various trade shows. • Monthly Members Only Promotional Opportunities- Each month members only have the option to send content for the newsletter, participate in events, and event specific promotional opportunities.
• Discount on Continuing Education Classes at JCCAll members and employees can receive $5 OFF any non-credit Continuing Education class at Jefferson Community College. • Other Member-to-Member Discounts- Other Members also offer member only discounts. These are exclusive to members of the chamber only. Your business can offer a discount as well if interested. and More...
Chamber Member Benefits for NEW Members ONLY
Below is a list of benefits the Watertown Chamber offers exclusively to its members. Some of the benefits include: • FREE Advertisement in the Watertown Daily Times- A $146 value, each new member will recieve a FREE Watertown Daily Times Advertisment. • FREE Full Color Email Ad Emailed to ALL Chamber Members- A $35 value, email a full color ad that links to a website, facebook page, or document of choice • Introduction Profile in the Chambers Newsletter- Describe your business and your products and services in the NEW Member section of the Chamber’s E-Newsletter. • FREE Annual Pass for ALL Business After Hours- A $96 Value, this pass allows free unrestricted access to one individual to represent your business to all Business After Hours, the largest After Hours Networking Meeting in the North Country.
Discount Chamber Advertising Programs
Upcoming Events Email: Every Tuesday, 2pm, to all 1800 emails of local business owners and employees. The average open rate for this email is 63%. Provide a 5”x7” full color, web-ready, ad which will link to either a website or email address of choice. Payment must be made by Monday 5pm. The cost for this program is $35 per email. NEW Newsletter Email Sponsor: Once a month, to all 1800 emails of local business owners and employees. This is a full-color, chamber designed ad placed in the left margin of the email. The average open rate for this email is 76%. The advertisement will link to either a website or email address of choice. Payment must be made before the first of each month. Space is limited. The cost for this program is $25 per email.
Animated Banner: An animated advertisement will be placed over your main category and every search that includes your business name. Having an animated banner places your listing at the top of every search and highlights it in blue. Through your member portal, you will be able to see the number of visitors each week who see the banner ad in any search made on the website. The ad will be a 480x60 pixel web-ready advertisement. The advertisement will run for a year at $18 per month. Enhanced Listing: Improve upon the basic membership listing on the Chamber’s website by adding a business logo, photo gallery, embedded video, a 1600 word business description, hours of operation, driving directions, and more. These improvements can be made instantly and turn your basic listing into an additional website for your business. The enhanced listing also adds a logo to your business name in every category search and places your business at the top of every list. The enhancement will run for a year at $10 per month.
NEW Website Sponsor Advertising: This advertisement will be placed in a central location on left side of every page of the Chamber’s website. No matter which page a visitor is on, they will see your business advertisement. This is an excellent opportunity to reach the 75,000 visitors each month to the website. Space is limited. This is a new advertising program for 2012. The advertisement will run for a year at $50 per month.
Newsletter Advertising: Advertise in the Chamber’s digital newsletter. At an average download of 3,500 a month, the News & Views Newsletter which is sent to all 1800 emails of local business owners and employees and also placed on the website is the most opened guide in the area. The advertising sizes/prices range, please email marketing@ watertownny.com for details. NEW Newsletter Sponsorship: Sponsor the Chamber’s digital newsletter with your business logo. The logo will be prominently placed on the front cover and link to the business’s website or email of choice. This is a new program for 2012. Space is Limited. The program will run for a year at $20 per month.
Chamber Directory Advertising: Advertise in one of the most requested item produced by the Chamber. The Chamber’s printed directory is sent to every current member, every new member, all relocation packets, distributed on Fort Drum, also distributed at Chamber events and by various realtors in the area for new homeownership.. Ad sizes range from 1/8 black and white to full page, full color. Packages are also available that include both the animated banner and enhanced listing. Please check with a Chamber staff member for availability. Visitor’s Guide Advertising: Advertise in the summers best visitor guide for the area. This is the only visitor guide that focuses on Watertown, New York and includes listings for area attractions, accommodation, dining, and upcoming summer events. Place a full color advertisement around a Jefferson County Road Map and have the location of your business placed on the map. Space is Limited. The cost for the advertisement is $215.
Other Advertising Programs:
Relocation Packet Advertising: Put your businesses sales flyer, magnet, advertisement in the Chamber’s regularly requested relocation packets for visitors and relocators to the area. The chamber averages 150 requests a month for the relocation packets. The cost for a year is $13 per month.
How to Make the Most of Your Chamber Membership
By Sue White Networking Opportunities Membership gives you a forum where you can meet other members and share your products or services. This includes but may not be limited to: Business After Hours - This is the most common networking event with a Chamber. If the hours are not convenient for you, then please contact your Chamber about offering different times. For example, if you are in retail, morning hours may be better for you. Business Expos - Usually offered once a year and give you the opportunity to showcase your business. In some instances, you can actually sell your products at the expo. As a Chamber member, you are offered a space at a price that is much lower than a non-member. Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening - This is a great way to meet and greet other businesses in your community. Keep in mind that every person you meet knows 250 other people and may be able to introduce you to other people who can use your product or services. Remember, always follow-up with a “congrats” card or note to the business. You could also hold a Ribbon Cutting at your business if you are celebrating a special anniversary, moved to a new location, or added a new product line. Speed Networking - Polish up your 60-second elevator speech and get ready to network at the speed of light. Your quick intro to your business should always inspire the question “How do you do that?” Then, you will follow-up with the businesses at the event that may have a use for your product/service. Business Referral Groups - Get involved in a professional lunch or networking group. Many lunch groups combine networking with a lunch-’n-learn. If your Chamber does not offer this opportunity, you may want to start a group and then contact your Chamber for support. If lunch is not a good time for you, start a breakfast group. You don’t have to meet every week, twice a month is a good option. Annual Meeting- This is a place to build relationships with others in the Chamber and get to know them on a personal level. Membership Lists People call the Chamber to find where to go to for all types of products and services. Make sure that you are taking advantage of these lists. New Member Announcements - These are usually posted in a monthly newsletter. This is a great opportunity to stop in and see the new member or send them a welcome card. Invite them to meet you at the next networking event. This will help both of you to break the ice and really utilize these events. Remember - a few of the 250 people they know may be at the event and they can introduce you to their contacts and vice versa. Website Listings - Most Chambers offer multiple listings on their website based on category. Make sure that you are taking full advantage of these listings. People are using these websites to find you. Membership Directories - These are usually published annually. Make sure you are in the directory and listed in the correct category. These directories are given to new members and those who inquire at the Chamber. Hospitality Guides/Local Maps - This is a way to promote your business outside the local area. A Chamber member receives a discount rate to be listed. Press Releases/Announcements Chambers offer a multitude of ways to get the word out about your business. This is often a benefit that members are unaware of or are underutilizing. Press Releases - Many Chambers will do the release for you. If this is not a benefit the Chamber offers, they can provide you with the media contacts that you can use to submit your own press releases.
Chamber Newsletter - This is usually published monthly or quarterly for smaller Chambers. It’s a great place to advertise your business for a fraction of regular newspaper advertising. Be sure to submit articles that would be of interest to all members. There is no guarantee that your article will be published, but you never know! New Resident/Business Welcome Bags - These are often distributed by real estate agents who are members of the Chamber. Put information in the bag about your business - use the type of bag that best fits your target audience. Member-To-Member The biggest advantage of being part of a Chamber is having a connection with several hundred potential customers/clients. These are a few of the ways to tap into that prospect pool: Member Discounts - Chamber will promote these discounts for you. Gift Certificates - Some Chambers sell gift certificates that can be used at any participating member’s place of business. This list is supplied when someone purchases a gift certificate from the Chamber. Sponsorship Opportunities - Look for special events during the year that give you an opportunity to sponsor the event and promote your business. Membership Decal - Make sure this is displayed and people know you are a member. This provides additional credibility because people know you are involved in the community. Social Media Many Chambers are getting involved in social media and this is a great opportunity to connect with other Chamber members and get involved with others in the community. Facebook/LinkedIn - Check for groups or pages your Chamber has established.
Local Media Sites - if you are in a resort area or a vacation destination, Chambers will often create an events website. Members of the Chamber can submit events to the site. This is just one more avenue to let the public know about special events you may be having at your business. Education You can save thousands of dollars on education by taking advantage of education opportunities the Chamber offers. Think about bringing along a client who would be interested in the topic presented. How about contacting the Chamber with a topic in which you are an expert and could share your ideas in an educational format. Keep up with what is going on in the community Often the seminars are about legislation that will affect your business. Provide education seminars for the Chamber - This is your opportunity to sow lots of seeds and show other Chamber members that you are knowledgeable in a specific area. The Chamber will often let members use their facility to do a seminar even if it is not directly sponsored by the Chamber. Specific topics that help you grow your business These topics could be “How-To” seminars on QuickBooks, Excel, etc. Or, they could be general topics such as Internet Marketing. These seminars are offered at a fraction of the cost of taking a class through a local college or over the internet. Volunteer Being a volunteer is a great way to get to know Chamber members. Ambassador program - An ambassador promotes the image and values of the Chamber by making personal visits or phone calls to Chamber members. Ambassadors help to improve Chamber membership and retention. This is your opportunity to call on a member and receive a warm reception. Once you have talked to them about the Chamber, you have the opportunity tell them a little about your business. As you see them
at future Chamber events, you begin to build a relationship that will result in future business. Join a Chamber committee - There are a variety of committees within each Chamber. Find one that is of interest to you and get involved. Serve first, and you will reap benefits. Volunteer at special events - These are usually shortterm commitments and give you the opportunity to work side-by-side with Chamber members. Group Benefits Purchasing Co-ops - You can take advantage of a bulk discount. An example is BusinessTrainingTeam.com which provides training to businesses for a monthly subscription fee. Many Chambers have joined us as an affiliate and offer a discount to the site. Contact your Chamber for a discount code. Health Benefits - Group policies that would normally not be available to small businesses or professional sales people are available to members. Chamber Information Centers - The physical location of the Chamber can be a place for you to display your brochures or flyers to visitors of the Chamber. Cost/Benefit Analysis Although we cannot put a price on these benefits for your specific geographic area, these benefits taken in tandem more than outweigh the price of your annual dues: •Website Listings •Discount Advertising Opportunities •Table-Top Expos •Press Releases •Member Discounts •Education Opportunities •Group Benefits Follow-up is the key to success! These are just a few ideas for making sure the seeds you sow are given every chance to grow, as you get involved with your Chamber.
Email signature - when you follow up with Chamber members, make sure your email signature indicates that you are a member of the Chamber. This gives you one more point of connection with your prospect. Post Cards - Have a supply of post cards on hand with your company logo or simply a “Nice To Meet You” on the front. Then, when you meet someone, you can quickly drop a personal note in the mail as a follow-up to the meeting. Set up a card campaign - Send Out Cards is a great tool to help you with building your relationships. You can set up a card campaign that will go out to your prospects on a regular basis. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3599005
New Member Profiles
Moe’s Southwest Grill Dawn Cotnoir 1222 Arsenal Street Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: 315-681-6046 Fax: 315-681-6184 Email:email@example.com Website: http://www. feedthemoment.com Founded in December 2000 in Atlanta, Ga., Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fun and engaging fast-casual restaurant franchise serving a wide variety of fresh, madeto-order southwest fare. The first thing you’ll hear when you walk into the restaurant is an enthusiastic “Welcome to Moe’s!” It’s more than a greeting; it’s a way of life for the folks who customize each meal fresh to order right in front of the guest. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of over 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian and low-calorie options. And all meals are served with free chips and salsa. They believe in delicious simplicity, which is their way of saying they’re committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at 100% of their locations. The fully customizable menu proudly boasts all natural, cage-free, white breast meat chicken; steroidfree, grain-fed pulled pork; 100% sirloin, grass-fed steak; and organic tofu. At Moe’s, there are no microwaves, no Trans fats and no msg. Clyde W. Roberts, Inc. Clyde Roberts 26055 NYS Route 37 Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: 315-785-099 Fax: 315-788-9364 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Clyde W. Roberts, Inc. has been a North Country staple for restaurant equipment sales and service for years. His strong product lines coupled with the prompt expert help whether to install, maintain or service your equipment has earned a dependable customer base. The company recently change its name but not the customer service you have come to expect---always providing that which exceed your expectations, always working faster, harder and more efficiently. They sell and service all essential commercial restaurant equipment required by bars, restaurants, institutions, catering companies to operate effectively. Let’s Play 1000 Islands Erica Leonard PO Box 187 Carthage, NY 13619 (315) 523-3183 email@example.com www.letsplay1000islands. com Let’s Play 1000 Islands is a fun, entertainment booklet distributed throughout the North Country, highlighting local advertisers. Every other week a new issue is released with new puzzles, games, trivia and silly stories for reader’s enjoyment! Each issue also includes a new “Find the Icon” game where readers search for 3 icons in the book. Let’s Play 1000 Islands is helping local businesses grow with the concept of saving money from simple advertising to business-to-business networking. ReEnergy Black River Bill O’Reilly 4515 Euphrates River Valley Road Fort Drum, NY 13602 (315) 773-2314 woreilly@reenergyholdings. com www.reenergyholdings.com ReEnergy Holdings LLC, headquartered in Latham, NY, owns and operates facilities that use forest-derived woody biomass and other wood waste residues to produce local, homegrown, renewable energy. ReEnergy employs 265 people in four states and owns eight renewable energy facilities, including 3 facilities in Northern NY State - with the combined capacity to generate 300 megawatts of energy. Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization, Inc. Alicia Dewey 405 Riverside Drive Clayton, NY 13624 (315) 686-3572 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tiylo.com TIYLO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with two main purposes: to work together for the betterment of our communities in the 1000 island region (with a concentration on the environmental sustainability) and for the personal development of the young leaders and community members who reside here. It is our goal to provide a forum where our generation has the opportunity play an active role in the economic and community development of the area and where we can drive the debate on issues affecting young people here. Watertown Sunrise Rotary Jennifer Loonan P.O. Box 6423 Watertown, NY 13601 (401) 261-5001 email@example.com Watertown Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30am at the Black River Valley Club in Downtown Watertown. Rotary International members form a global network of business, professional, and community leaders that volunteer their time and talents to serve their local communities and the world. Rotary’s main objective is service, in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world. Guests are always welcome to attend a weekly breakfast meeting. Lori Russell – Hairstylist 834 Coffeen Street Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 778-7917 firstname.lastname@example.org Lori strives to provide the best customer service possible for all of her customers. Offering hair styling, color, perms, highlights and extensions. Lori is also a Reiki Master and is booking sessions! Call to schedule a day of relaxation and pampering!
You may have noticed the Jefferson Express van making its way across Jefferson and Lewis Counties bringing professional training and development to those areas. It’s not difficult to miss it: it’s white and brandishes the Jefferson Express logo. It is loaded with computer laptops and has a purpose: to train people in various forms of technology and job skills. If you have noticed the van, perhaps you were also one of the hundreds of people that attended one of the many sites that hosted our trainings. If that’s the case, you got to know the people that made the trainings behind Jefferson Express possible. Whitney Snyder, Coordinator of Community Services, and Todd Parody, Technical Support Specialist, at Jefferson Community College, along with a handful of other dedicated instructors, have worked tirelessly over the past two years to provide instruction to over 1,647 people on a variety of job readiness and software topics. Driving over 4,592 miles, trainings have been held at over 35 locations, such as, The WorkPlace on Coffeen Street in Watertown, Army Community Services on Fort Drum, Lyme Free Library in the Village of Chaumont, the Croghan Free Library in Lewis County, North Country Arts Council in downtown Watertown and the Sandy Creek Town Hall. The trainings were often free or discounted to a nominal fee of $5.00 per class and had a great impact on the individuals that attended. At least 27 individuals gained the skills to land a job, due at least in part to the Jefferson Express. The Board of Directors of Lyme Free Library have written to express appreciation on behalf of their membership for the many classes provided, allowing adults and children to learn and grow. Jefferson Express was initially made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. While the grant ends September 30th, Jefferson Express is not going away. For many, Jefferson Express has become a name synonymous with easy, affordable access to quality training and individual growth, both personal and professional – which is also the aim of
any non-credit activity the College provides our community. Therefore, the Continuing Education Division is renaming its non-credit department Jefferson Express! Without a grant to sustain the free or reduced priced workshops, classes will be offered at our regular, low prices, and Whitney and Todd will be scheduled to teach many of them. Coordinators are building the Spring 2013 non-credit workshop and training schedule now. Trainings will continue to be held using the laptops and software at sites across Jefferson and Lewis Counties and yes, you’ll continue to see the Jefferson Express van on the road! If you see us, make sure give us a “honk” and a smile, we’ll be looking for you! To bring Jefferson Express professional training to you call 315-786-6591 or email email@example.com.
Membership Renewals for September
• Northern Oral and Maxillofacial • Hyde Stone Mechanical • Pediatric Associates Of Watertown, P.C. • Dust Busterz • Karla’s Christmas Shoppe • Stackel & Navarra CPA • Quality Production • Northern Radiology Imaging • B & L Transport, Inc • Walmart • Lamar Companies • Hunt Real Estate • Country Side Vet Clinic • Anthony Inserra, Esq. • Pleasant View Cottages • Bob Evans • Wells Communication • KLU Inc • Curtis Furniture Company • Thousand Island Bait Store • Stephens Media Group-Watertown LLC • Time Warner Cable • Taco Bell • Alice Andrew Salon • Spring Drive Graphics • Bradley’s Military • New York Shirt Company • McEvoy Insurance • Marcy Spa • Scotty’s • All American Real Estate • In Motion School of Dance • Price Chopper • Davidson Chevrolet • U-Lock It LLC • Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board • Stephen Rowsam • Highland Meadows Golf & Country Club • Seaway Rental Corp. • H&R Block/ Joann St. Croix • New Century Electric • Jackson Hewitt Tax Services • Watertown Local Development • J.R. Gardner, CPA • Ferguson Waterworks • POWIS Contracting • Derouins Plumbing & Heating • Immaculate Heart Central • Benchmark Family Services • Innovative Physical Therapy
• Rivershore Associates • Harleysville Insurance
• Watertown Eye Center • Jefferson County Democratic Committee • Northern New York Community Foundation • Stephen C. Foy, Inc. • Big M • H.D. Goodale Co. • Brownell Abstract • North Country Insurance Co • MJD Landscaping • RBC Capital Markets Corp.
Member Milestones for September
5 YEARS • Taco Bell • Woodlark Apartments 10 YEARS • Centerstate CEO • NNY Homes, Inc. 15 YEARS • Nancy D Storino Real Estate • Carthage Federal S&L Association
25 YEARS • Elms Golf Club
How can the PTAC help your business.
• Have you ever thought of using the government as a customer? • Are you doing business with the government and want to learn or do more? • How can I register with the government to do work? • Where do I find what the government purchases? • What are Government wide purchase cards? These answers and all government contracting answers can be solved through the PTAC. PTAC allows you access to the expertise and experience of counselors, as well as realtime information from government agencies regarding new requirements and initiatives. Best of all it’s a free service! The process of conducting business with any level of government can be a daunting process for any business operator. It is very much an online system, and there is a maze of certifications, registrations and other requirements that a business must navigate to become eligible to sell to the government. The procurement technical assistance center (PTAC) can help to decipher this system, and enables many businesses to “crack the code” of governmental purchasing processes. We offer training to businesses on how to research and bid on contracts, assist with registration requirements, market your business to the government or prime contractors, provide free bid-matching services, assist with pre and post contracting issues and ultimately help you grow your business by generating sales and creating jobs. Visit our website www.northcountryptac.com for more information on the program and upcoming workshops. Please contact Steve Barr, Program Manager to schedule appointments, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WatertownDaily Times: The Watertown Daily Times recently launched its eedition of the newspaper. Access to the e-edition can be found on the home page of the Times’s website,www. watertowndailytimes.com. The e-edition will be available by subscription. Subscribers of the print version can receive the e-edition for an additional $10 a year. The price for the e-edition only is $69.95 for a year. There are also rates for one-month, three-month and six-month subscriptions. One-day and multiple-day subscriptions are also available. Samaritan Medical Center: Samaritan Medical Center has hired Anthony E. Joseph as vice president for longterm care. He will partially replace Richard A. Brooks, who is the administrator of Samaritan Keep Home and plans to retire late this year or early in 2013. The hospital plans to hire an assistant vice president of support service, which would make up for the other half of Mr. Brooks’s role. Samaritan Medical Center CEO Thomas H. Carman has been named the 2013 North Country Heart Walk chairman.Mr. Carman will lead organizational and recruitment efforts for the walk, helping to enlist the assistance of hundreds of volunteers and businesses “to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Watertown Housing Authority: The Watertown Housing Authority recently received another “High Performer” rating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a designation it has held since 2005. The designation is the highest honor HUD can give to a public housing authority. The designation is determined by the Real Estate Assessment Center under the Public Housing Assessment System measuring the agency’s physical condition of its properties, its financial condition, management operations, and capital fund program management. AIDS Community Resources: HIV-positive north country residents may receive extra help in eating more nutritiously, thanks to a five-year, awarded to AIDS Community Resources announced it received $286,000 grant money filtered to the state Department of Health’s AIDS Institute to fund “Nutrition Health Education and Food and Meal Services for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS,” a 15-county effort — including Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence — to improve nutrition and overall health for people living with HIV/AIDS. Singer Castle: Singer Castle earned the title as New York State’s eighth most exciting place to stay on the I Love New York’s Exciting Ways to Stay list. Fort Drum Regional Liasion Organization: The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization recently entered into an agreement with Wellcentive, a health information technolgy firm based in Roswell, Ga., to develop a disease registry for the north country by year’s end. The registry development is made possible by a $3.8 million grant from the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers program, awarded in June to a consortium of seven hospitals throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Bernier, Carr & Associates: Ontario Bays Initiative, a Chaumont-based land trust, announced Tuesday that Sackets Harbor native Kelly E. Reinhardt will join its 12-member board of directors. Ms. Reinhardt spent seven years as director of business development and community relations for Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, and before that worked as community development coordinator for Jefferson County for a decade. Fort Drum USO: Officials with the post’s United Service Organizations office are excited about what they’re calling the largest food donation in their history. The donation included 25 pallets of food, consisting of several types of popcorn and other snacks. The delivered product’s total value is about $100,000. A single pallet includes approximately 260 cases of popcorn donated by the Boy Scouts of America. The post will receive 23 popcorn pallets in a variety of flavors, such as butter, caramel and kettle corn.
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