January 2014 Enewsletter
|Credit Scoring and How to Improve Your Credit Profile! – January 15On January 15 at 8:30 am at the Chamber Office we will be starting the New Year off with a discussion of “Credit Scoring and How to Improve Your Credit Profile!” Seminar provided by Laura Staerker at Homestead Funding. Your credit score is the most important three-digit number in your life. Improving your credit can lead to savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage. In addition, a better credit profile can help you with credit card rates, auto loans and help you get that job you wanted. This session will discuss the 12 fundamental differences between Personal & Business Credit. What your credit score mean, what are the determining factors affecting your score, how you can improve your score, and what is Business Credit. Participants will learn an action plan for things you can to maximize your credit profile; simple adjustments to the way accounts are being reported can have a massive impact on your overall credit grade and profile. Participants will also learn how business credit different from personal credit. Call the Chamber at 518-828-4417 to make a reservation.
Leadership Forum Sponsored by the Young Professionals and Leadership Columbia County – January 16
Columbia County Young Professionals and Leadership Columbia County are very excited to be hosting our 3rd annual Leaders Forum on Thursday, January 16, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Saland Forum. The Program will be a panel discussion on leadership with rising stars in our local business community. Tom Crowell, Chatham Brewing; Richard Matacchiero, Taconic; Dr. Eromo, Columbia Memorial Hospital and John Balli, Kinderhook Bank. Brandee Nelson of Crawford & Associates Engineering & Land Surveying will moderate a list of questions in a question and answer format, asking for each panelist to respond to the questions.Now in it’s third year, Columbia County Young Professionals was formed to create an opportunity for young professionals to build important business relationships. Their mission is: connecting, enriching and informing young professionals who live work or play in Columbia County. The forum will be similar to last year and comprised of County Leaders from a variety of sectors. The cost to attend is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. Call the Chamber to make a reservation.
Business After Hours @ Hawthorne Valley Farm Store – January 29
Join the Chamber as Hawthorne Valley Farm Store hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, January 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This event celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Farm Store. Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people. All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours. Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is located at 327 Route 21C in Harlemville. There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417.
Dynamic Workshop Series
Are you struggling to create more online sales? Would you like to unlock the keys to a vibrant Facebook community for your business? Join M. Scott and Colleen of Winnovative Tech Consulting LLC for this dynamic workshop series and discover your unique online market. Cost for members is $51 per session or all three for $134. Cost for non-members is $65 per session or all three for $159. The following sessions will take place from 9:30 – 11:30 am in the Chamber Conference Room.
To sign up, please click on the attached link http://hudsonvintagepulpandrocketworks.com/2014-online-retailing-mastery-toolkit-register-today/
Ways to Increase Happiness at Work … and In Life! – February 27
A three-hour workshop presented by Jerry Posner, at the Chamber Office on Thursday, February 24, 2014. Networking, coffee & breakfast snacks: 9:00 – 9:30 AM; Workshop: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The cost is $49 for Chamber Members and $89 for non-members. Seating is limited to 24 people. Contact the Chamber at 828-4417 for more information or to make reservations. Join training specialist, author, lecturer Jerry Posner for a practical, powerful, entertaining three-hour workshop. Learn how you and your business can create a more positive atmosphere for your employees and customers. Jerry will share tools, techniques and strategies for increased happiness; improved customer engagement; mood and stress management … all based on modern science and extensive research. One great idea, applied, can change your business (and life) for the better. In this workshop, you’ll have PLENTY to choose from! For more information visit the Chamber website at www.columbiachamber-ny.com.
Promote Your Business in the April 2014 Chamber Connection Mailing
Are you looking for new connections? The Chamber Connection is a great way to promote your business to over 1,000 Chamber members for only a $150. Promote your business this summer and get a great return on your investment, while saving over $400 in postage. The next mailing will go out in April 2014. The deadline for materials is March 25, 2014. Please contact the Chamber if you are interested in promoting your business at email@example.com.
Member Events & Information
Berkshire HomeStyle announces deadlines for the February 2014 issue, published February 1st. This issue closes for space on January 13, with materials due January 17th. Read the latest issue online at www.berkshirehomestyle.com.
Wetland Ecology on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Columbia Land Conservancy Office located at 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY. This presentation by Casey Tompkins, wetland biologist and owner of Tompkins Ecological Group, will introduce you to Wetland Ecology: its unique features, diverse inhabitants, and its crucial role in the greater web of life we call “ecosystem.” The program will include a slide show and will allow plenty of time for discussion, so bring a friend and all the questions you’ve been meaning to ask about this rich and beautiful natural environment. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot or for more information contact Sara Hart at 518-392-5252.
Thompson Giroux Gallery is pleased to present “Big Shoes to Fill” an installation by Kate Hamilton on view January 11 – March 9, 2014. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 11th from 4-6pm for light refreshments and live jazz. Gallery hours: Thursday – Monday, 11am – 5pm, open late on Fridays till 7pm. The Gallery is closed for the month of February. Thompson Giroux Gallery is located at 57 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information please visit thompsongirouxgallery.com or call 518-392-3336.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret will perform at 9:00 pm at Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson. Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. These adult only shows will feature a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Adults only. For more information call 518-828-4800 or visit their website at www.helsinkihudson.com.
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