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  • 08 Aug 2019 1:59 PM | Regan Johnson

    I want to share some exciting news!  My family and I have opened a shop in Barneveld, NY.  We specialize in CBD and Hemp products along with other raw, natural products.  Our focus is on providing education about the benefits of CBD products and supplying exceptional alternative health products that meet your personal needs.  We have an inviting and relaxing atmosphere in our shop, so stop in and learn how CBD can help you.   If you can't make it to the shop you can visit us online at

  • 21 Jan 2019 11:53 AM | Donna Rebisz (Administrator)

    from the NYS Website:

    Every employer in the New York State is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy. An employer that does not adopt the model policy must ensure that the policy that they adopt meets or exceeds the following minimum standards.

    The policy must: 

    • prohibit sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights

    • provide examples of prohibited conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment

    • include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, remedies available to victims of sexual harassment, and a statement that there may be applicable local laws

    • include a complaint form

    • include a procedure for the timely and confidential investigation of complaints that ensures due process for all parties

    • inform employees of their rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating sexual harassment complaints administratively and judicially

    • clearly state that sexual harassment is considered a form of employee misconduct and that sanctions will be enforced against individuals engaging in sexual harassment and against supervisory and managerial personnel who knowingly allow such behavior to continue

    • clearly state that retaliation against individuals who complain of sexual harassment or who testify or assist in any investigation or proceeding involving sexual harassment is unlawful

    Training Requirements

    Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training. An employer that does not use the model training developed by the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights must ensure that the training that they use meets or exceeds the following minimum standards. Model training materials are available to employers to download.

    The training must:

    • be interactive
    • include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
    • include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment 
    • include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
    • include information concerning employees’ rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
    • include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors

    Each employee must receive training on an annual basis, starting October 9, 2018.

    For more information and materials to conduct your own training, please go to:

  • 21 Nov 2018 11:35 AM | Donna Rebisz (Administrator)

    Bring your spouse, partner or a friend to our annual Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 12th starting at 6pm. Enjoy networking with friends and meeting new people as we take some time to relax and enjoy this special time of year!

    There will be a dinner buffet and cash bar. Admission is $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. New Members are welcome!

    Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy for disadvantaged children in our local area. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.


  • 17 Oct 2018 9:23 PM | Donna Rebisz (Administrator)

    The first meeting of the 2018-19 season was held on October 17th at Daniele's at Valley View and was a great success. Billed as a "Meet 'N Greet", 46 members and potential new members came together for networking, dinner and introductions. The newly installed Board of Directors was introduced. President Gina Timpano gave an inspiring speech about the beginning of the network and the exciting plans for this upcoming year.

    Everyone had a great time meeting the new board members and learning about the workings of the network.  Evaluations were very positive and many of the potential members were eager to join.  The food was excellent thanks to Theresa Daniels and her staff. 

    The next meeting is on Wednesday November 14th at 6pm again at Daniele's at Valley View. Please be sure to register yourself and your guests HERE.

  • 10 May 2017 12:29 PM | Patricia Badgley

    This Getting Started with Constant Contact Workshop includes step-by-step training to:

    • Design a branded email
    • Upload a contact list
    • Schedule and send
    • Review reports

    By the end of the presentation, you will know how to setup a new Constant Contact Account, design their first email, import their contact lists, send an email to a group list, and understand performance reports.

    We will also talk about Marketing Trends. 

    Scott Mathias, Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact, will present this concise, informative lecture that will include plenty of time for individual questions and discussion.  

    Scott's sales and marketing career spans over three decades and has involved close work with small and large businesses and non-profit organizations.  Scott was an early pioneer in Digital Marketing and was one of the first Google Certified Partners.  

    Scott was born and raised in New Hartford, first-born to an Aerospace Engineer and oldest of fifteen children.  An authority on marketing in the 21st Century, he has a natural abilty to take complex technical subjects and explain them to the layperson.

    This workshop is FREE but you must register by June 2.


  • 27 Apr 2017 12:33 PM | Donna Rebisz (Administrator)

    Attention all Women Entrepreneurs!

    Have you always dreamed about starting your own business? Do you have a hobby and want to turn it into your own business?  Just wondering what it entails to start your own business

    Join us on Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 am at the Women’s Business Center of New York State, 200 Genesee Street, Utica, NY (inside the Radisson Hotel Centre) and get the answers to your questions. Learn about our services and how we can help you start or grow your small business.

    Our services are free, personal and confidential!


    Leave the kids home with dad, get a Saturday morning out on May 13, and see how we can get you into business or help you grow your business! Refreshments will be served.

  • 20 Apr 2017 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Please join me on May 2nd, from 6pm - 8pm, at Villa Verona Vineyard, located at 4914 State Route 365, Verona, for a free seminar I will be presenting entitled, "5 Derailers That Can Sabotage Your Retirement (And Solutions to Prepare for Them)". The income you're expecting in retirement is important. Join me to learn about the strategies that can help protect it. This seminar is open to all people who are looking forward to retiring in the future. For more information, please call me at (315) 281-8849, or email me at



  • 18 Apr 2017 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Join us at the Dinner Meeting on the 19th to see all the new products from Pampered Chef! If you can't join us, or prefer to shop online, the direct link to our fundraiser is Please free to share this link with others - let's fund the endowment with one fundraiser!

  • 13 Mar 2017 2:12 PM | Donna Rebisz (Administrator)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Radisson Hotel Centre Conference Room

    Learn about Marketing and Advertisement with Deborah Kessler of Kessler Enterprises.  Debbie is a Promoter, Public Relations, Fundraising, Marketing and Development Consultant.  She has worked in this field for over 20 years.  

    Come and learn from an expert how to get your marketing and advertisement plan ready for your small business.

    This workshop is free but you must register.

    To register go to:

    or call 315-733-9848

    Presented by: Women's Business Center of New York State

  • 07 Mar 2017 4:29 PM | Carol Buczek

    A local tour company wants to help support folks in the Smoky Mountains who were affected by a devastating forest fire last November.

              Tours By Design of Hinckley, New York, is offering a six-day motorcoach tour to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to help bring business to that region.  Company president, Carol Hamlin Buczek, CTIS, says it’s an easy way to help others.  Buczek recently attended the annual Marketplace of the American Bus Association and says they heard a lot during the week-long convention about the damage suffered by their tourism colleagues, and saw many people wearing buttons with the slogan “We Are Mountain Tough”.

              “During one of our gatherings a businessman from Pigeon Forge explained that the damage from these types of natural disasters is twofold; first there is the initial disaster or tragedy and business immediately grinds to a halt as not only the Park was damaged, but homes, businesses, and lives were lost” says Buczek.  “But then the second wave hits when people stop visiting the area because they mistakenly believe there is nothing left to see, or the damage has made the area unattractive for tourists and businesses are no longer open”.

              Buczek says while the fire was indeed tragic, the majority of the devastation was within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself and in the outskirts of Gatlinburg which borders the Park. 

    According to Buczek, tourism representatives at the ABA convention confirmed that the musical theaters, theme parks, restaurants, hotels and other attractions are open and ready for business.  And she adds “the best thing we can do to help these people and the area to recover is to bring them business and keep the folks working and help their economy”.

              Thus, the “Support the Smokies; Mountains and Music Tour” was created and Buczek hopes that people in central New York will jump on the bandwagon, or the bus in this case, and travel south to take their vacation this year.  “We’ve partnered with a number of businesses in the Pigeon Forge region to create a six-day tour that will keep folks entertained while helping people in need” says Buczek.  “It’s a fun and easy way to help others” she adds.

              The tour runs from September 3-8, 2017 and will depart from Utica and Rome.  Highlights of the trip include a guided bus tour through a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dinner shows, and time at Dollywood, the theme park created by entertainer Dolly Parton.  Parton has been extremely generous in her support of families affected by the fire.  She started the My People Fund and hosted a telethon to raise money for the victims.

              This is not the first time that Tours By Design has stepped up to help victims of a natural disaster.  In 2012 the company ran a tour to Atlantic City and loaded the motorcoach with supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Tour passengers and community members donated clothing, food and other items that were given to a women’s center and shelter in the area. 

              Buczek invites anyone interested in helping to Support the Smokies to call Tours By Design.  The office is open 9am – 5pm weekdays and can be reached at 315-831-3052 or 1-877-454-0927.  You can also visit the company website or the Facebook page for more details.      

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