Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications promoted for The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce the announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that Downtown Oneonta was selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Mohawk Valley. Oneonta was selected as part of a competitive process by the state’s Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. The state funding will revitalize Oneonta neighborhoods and generate new opportunities for long-term growth and prosperity. The Governor’s announcement was the highlight of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s 30th business anniversary promotional campaign developed and managed by Bartel Communications.
Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC - co-sponsored fall workshop series. For more information, click here. The workshops will all be held in the Capital Region and the webinars will be recorded for later viewing.
The programs include:
Dealing with Difficult Behavior -- Webinar – September 20, 2016, 10:00 am
Leading Successful Change -- Workshop – September 27, 2016, 9:00 am - noon
Being in Your Element -- Workshop – October 7, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Building and Leading Strong Work Teams -- Webinar – October 18, 2016, 10:00 am
Communicating to Connect -- Workshop – November 1, 2016, 9:00 am– noon
Fiscal Management -- Workshop – November 10, 2016, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Tim Maniccia, Policy Innovation contributed to the design and first edition of Priorities: A Citizen's Guide to Florida's Budget. The Guide is published by the Florida Policy Institute and can be found at: http://www.fpi.institute/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/A-Guide-to-the-Florida-Budget-Process-3.pdf
Tim Maniccia has been retained by St. Luke's Health Services for assistance in designing and describing a restructuring plan and project under the New York State Health Department's Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program.
Membership Committee News
The Membership Committee is delighted to announce our newest member - Israel Singer.
He is an art director, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist at IzCreations. Welcome Israel!
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For many organizations operating on a calendar year, the fall months are about planning. So too with the CA.
The Board met last week to ask hard questions about 2016 and begin exploring what we can do to make 2017 more beneficial to members. As you know, participation levels at our public lunches are down in comparison to 2015 and we just cancelled our third consecutive lunch. I will say again what I said last month: this is through no lack of effort by the members of the Program Committee. I believe they have presented us with outstanding opportunities to learn, network and socialize. But the numbers are puzzling.
CA VP Bill Phillips is working with Nancy Reilly to get a detailed breakdown of the participation data for 2015 and year-to-date 2016 to see if it helps us ask better questions about why fewer people (members, in particular) are attending.
When this analysis is completed, you may find a survey in your inbox. Please take a few minutes to complete it. The broader the survey response, the better the inferences the Program Committee and Board can draw as they make decisions about 2017.
If you do not feel like waiting for a survey to arrive, please share your perspective with me or another CA Board member. I welcome any opportunity to chat by phone if you have time and insight to share. If you are feeling a little hesitant because your perspective might be a bit critical, please do not let that stop you. At the Board meeting last week we embraced the “truth over harmony” principle and, in my opinion, it served us well. The same goes for any conversation we have.
With the exception of the tireless service that Nancy and Erin Pashley provide, the CA is an all-volunteer organization. We get out of membership what we put into it. If you are underwhelmed by what you are getting, at least take a few minutes and share an idea on how we can improve. If you are willing to lead or we can find someone else to champion it, I am highly confident the idea will get a chance.
Finally, thanks to all of you for voting to welcome Israel Singer as our newest member. Welcome aboard, Iz!
Until next month …
Rev Up Your Marketing! A GPS for Consultants
Pauline Bartel, M.A., Bartel Communications, Inc.
September 23, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Wolferts Roost Country Club
Do your marketing efforts sputter and stall? Then it’s time for a major overhaul of your marketing machine. Discover the state-of-the-art tools and techniques you need to rev up your marketing for 21st century performance. With these sizzling strategies, you’ll cruise at top speed along the marketing highway and reach your success destination.
You will learn how to:
- Market from the solopreneur perspective
- Find time for marketing while serving your clients and growing your practice
- Create an unforgettable business impression
- Get others talking about you and your services
- Build a network that will supercharge your business
Pauline Bartel, M.A., is president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc., an award-winning corporate communications firm. Bartel Communications builds the images of companies with words through innovative, creative public relations and marketing strategies. Pauline holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in English, both from The College of Saint Rose. Visit www.paulinebartel.com for further information.
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Cybersecurity Survival Guide for Small Business
Reg Harnish, author and CEO for GreyCastle Security
October 14, 2016 @ 11:30
Wolferts Roost Country Club
The pace of cybersecurity breaches has reached epic proportions. Small businesses are falling victim to hackers, hacktivists and nation states. Intellectual property, data and bank accounts have never been at greater risk - it's not if, but when your organization will be victimized. And while security clichés continue to be overplayed we see organizations learning the hard way every single day. Join Reg Harnish CEO of GreyCastle Security for a fresh and candid look at cybercrime today. This session will discuss the latest threats and solutions for security challenges in 2016, beginning with an analysis of cybercrime trends. Attendees will walk away with actionable advice for securing their businesses.
Reg Harnish is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and the CEO for GreyCastle Security, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm headquartered in Troy, NY. Reg has been practicing security for nearly two decades. Reg brings a thought-provoking perspective to the industry and strives to promote awareness, security "thinking" and practical application of security fundamentals. Reg attended RPI in Troy, NY, and is a certified CISSP, CISM, CISA and ITIL. Reg is a fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute, serves on numerous security association boards and is currently an advisor to several educational institutions focusing on cybersecurity. Reg is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented at countless industry and security events, including BSides, ISSA, ISC2, ISACA and InfraGard. Reg is a contributor to numerous security publications and has co-authored several books on cybersecurity awareness.
GreyCastle Security is a leading service provider dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity and the practical management of cybersecurity risks. GreyCastle was established to counter rapidly evolving cyber threats and to deliver cybersecurity solutions effectively, practically and continuously. GreyCastle Security provides Risk Assessment, Awareness, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, ISO and Incident Response services to businesses throughout North America. Their team is comprised solely of certified professionals and former security officers who bring a client perspective to everything that they do.
Member registration: $20 Guest registration: $25