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Greater Binghamton Chamber Announces Details on Young Professional Award Finalists; Community Voting Open Until July 14

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a brand-new HYPE Awards, a celebration of Young Professionals in the Greater Binghamton community.

There was an enormous response from the community already, with over 100 young professionals nominated for an award. Three finalists were chosen from each category: Arts, Business/Professional Services, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Finance, Government, Health Care, Hospitality, Intern of the Year, Law, Manufacturing, Newcomer, Non-Profit and Technology.

 

We invite the community to cast their vote on final awardees from each category and help us decide the ultimate winners. Voting is open July 1 – July 14. The community poll is now open online at www.binghypeawards.com.

 

The celebration and announcement of final winners will take place Tuesday, July 30th at Traditions at the Glen from 5:30-7:30 pm and will include hors-d’oeuvres, cash bar, and entertainment.

 

Refer to pages 2-3 for a full list of award finalists.

 

 

Arts
Kellie Powell, Box Office Manager/Administrative Assistant; Goodwill Theatre, Inc.
Anna Warfield, Executive Assistant, Broome County Arts Council
Mikaila Fargnoli, Owner and Director of iDance with Miss Mikaila Premier Dance Studio

 

Business
Alexis Burke, COO, A.L. Burke Inc.
Edwin Thomason, Account Executive, Toshiba
Tiffany Lavin, COO, A Great Choice Lawn care and Landscaping & Oasis Stone Scapes

 

Non-profit
Colleen McCabe, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Endicott, NY
Christopher Audette, Executive Director, Waterman Conservation Education Center
Christina Muscatello, Founder, Memory Maker Project

 

Newcomer
Bailey Normann, Associate Producer, WSKG Public Media
Joshua Vanderslice, Music Teacher, Chenango Valley Central School District
William Hoffmann, Portfolio Manager, M&T Bank

 

Technology

Stephanie Rivero, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Charles Eley, Electronics Engineer, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems
Robert LaFave, Chief Operating Officer, ICS

 

Intern
Amy Williamson, Office of United States Senator Chuck Schumer
Gian Paolo Putrino, EBE/CMS Imaging Solutions
Jessica Chase, Binghamton University, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

 

Hospitality
Daniel Sharp, Co-Owner, Binghamton Garage, LLC
Michelle McIlroy, Founder and Executive Chef, Phantom Chef Catering
Vincent Fronda, Head Chef, Pour House Pub and Grill

 

 

Manufacturing
Chida Matada, Engineering Manager, Raymond Corporation
Kieran Bretz, Packaging Department Manager, Frito-Lay
Tori Barrett, Value Stream Leader – BAE Systems, Endicott NY

 

Engineering
Brian Haas, Engineer at Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors, DPC
Hadassah Mativetsky, Software Quality Engineer, Universal Instruments
Zachary Staff, Regional Aviation Planning Manager, McFarland Johnson

 

Community Service
Korin Kirk, School Board Member, Binghamton City School District
Desiree Ford, Communications and Marketing Specialist, Binghamton University
Irene Radigan, Director of Marketing – Radigan Broadcasting Group, LLC

 

Education
James DeVona, Adult Education Instructor, Broome-Tioga BOCES
Erin Marulli, Assistant Director, Broome County HEARS, Binghamton University
Molly Cleere, Fifth Grade Teacher, Whitney Point Central School District

 

Finance
Brandon Sunderlin, Partner; Johnson, Lauder & Savidge, LLP
Brian Derry, Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial, Jon L. Myers and Associates
Jamie Atkinson, Manager, Davidson, Fox & Company, LLP

 

Government
Ryan Martin, Deputy Regional Director of the Southern Tier for US Senator Schumer
Michael Ponticiello, Director of the Office of Emergency Services, Broome County
Patrick McGinnis, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Binghamton

 

Healthcare
Anne Depugh, Director, Population Health, UHS
Sean Britton, UHS Telehealth Program Manager
Gene Swartz, Employee Relations Specialist – Human Resources, UHS

 

Law
Nicholas Cortese, Associate, Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP
Robert Stapleton, Deputy Sheriff & Dir. of Community Policing Div., Broome Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Shane Armstrong, Partner; Gitto & Niefer, LLP

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Announces New Program for Summer Interns at Press Conference

Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce announced a brand-new talent initiative program called BING Connect.

 

Bing Connect is a program designed to expose college level, summer interns in Greater Binghamton to local attractions, provide them with professional development opportunities, and connect them with their peers from other industries.

 

“We realize how important it is to retain talented, educated young workers,” said Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.  “We feel that one step toward accomplishing this goal is by connecting interns to our community with other young professionals in a meaningful way, whether they are from here or outside the area.”

 

BING Connect is a resource to help employers engage their college interns and staff by providing opportunities to build relationships in the community. “Our experience has shown we are more successful in recruiting/retaining employees to the area when they have a ‘connection’ to Greater Binghamton,” said Zach Staff, Aviation Manager at McFarland Johnson. “This program offers our interns a fresh perspective as ‘young professionals’ in the community interacting with their peers who are pursuing similar, or vastly different, career paths.”

 

BING Connect will host a series of four events that will run from June 21 through July 30, 2019. They include a Kickoff Event, Downtown Scavenger Hunt, Young Professionals Panel, and the Young Professional Awards called hYPe, on July 30. Paired with social media and email updates, the program provides a platform for interns to engage with each other and stay informed about opportunities to get involved in the community.

 

For more information about the program visit www.greaterbinghamtonchamber.com/bing-connect.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Announces Details About A New Event Recognizing Young Professionals

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a brand-new event to recognize and celebrate Young Professionals in the Greater Binghamton community.

 

The hYPe Awards will recognize 15 young professionals who demonstrate success in their career, industry or in making a positive change in the Greater Binghamton community.

 

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to nominate an individual in their industry for their work in the Arts, Business/Professional Services, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Finance, Government, Health Care, Hospitality, Intern of the Year, Law, Manufacturing, Newcomer, Non-Profit and Technology.

 

Additional awards will include:
• Newcomer: An individual who has recently moved to the area who demonstrates enthusiasm through involvement in our community
• Community Service: Gives back to Binghamton community through significant contributions of civic engagement, board or committee work, and/or involvement with charitable organizations
• Intern of the Year: This award will be given to the intern who displays commitment to learning, professional development, and service through completion of an internship

 

Eligibility criteria include:
• Under the age of 40 as of July 30, 2019 (does not apply to Intern award)
• Must currently work within the Greater Binghamton Area
• Self-nominations are allowed and require a letter of recommendation

 

The deadline for nominations is June 9th. The top three finalists from each category will be featured in community voting the following week. Voting will be open until July 1. Learn more at www.binghypeawards.com.

 

The hYPe Awards celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 30th at Traditions at the Glen from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and will include hors-d’oeuvres, cash bar, and entertainment.

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GREATER BINGHAMTON CHAMBER HIGHLIGHTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT ANNUAL DINNER; MAKES SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Binghamton, NY – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce held its 55th Annual Dinner and Meeting on Tuesday May 14, 2019 with a sold out event of 530 Chamber members, including business professionals, community leaders, and elected officials. The Chamber reviewed the accomplishments of the past year, highlighted plans for the future, and installed the Chamber’s new board members and officers.

 

This past year highlights include strong growth in membership, as well as in staff. The year ended with 835 members, including 127 new members in 2018 – a 20% increase over 2017 and the largest number of new members since 2004.

 

The Chamber engaged in strategic partnerships to create Workforce Development and Talent Initiatives vitally important to the community. Over last year and into this year, the Chamber created eight new programs and events that will provide targeted solutions to specific issues facing our business community. A few are listed below.

 

• Assisted in launching Broome Women Lead to provide an avenue for women in the community to connect and have the support system they need to be the leader they need and want to be
• Completely redesigned the regional quality of life guide, THRIVE, to be a better tool for employers to attract the talent they need
• Launched Experience BING, a program designed to assist businesses with attracting talent to Broome County
• Previewed our internship program, BING Connect, which will fully roll-out in the next couple of weeks
• Through new programming with GBEOP (Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program), the Chamber has connected more businesses with students showing them the career paths and opportunities here in Broome County
• And to help with the talent needs of members, the Chamber has developed training opportunities through BingBizCon and the Young Professional Summit.

 

The Chamber’s team represents the voice of their membership and the business community. The Chamber expressed that advocacy is more important than it ever has been, and remains a focus to assure the voice and needs of Upstate New York do not go unheard and unmet.

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, Peter Newman, concluded the Annual Dinner with an announcement that Jennifer Conway, Chamber President and CEO will resign her position at the end of June.

 

According to Peter Newman, “Jennifer was recently recruited by a national search firm for a job out west. This will be a great new opportunity for her and her family. We thank Jennifer for the positive impact she has had on our organization and the broader community.”

 

Jennifer Conway remarked, “This is the hardest decision my family has ever had to make as this community has been so wonderful and supportive of me and my husband. I am incredibly thankful for my time in this position as President and CEO. I have been privileged to work alongside a phenomenal team that I am confident will continue with the same momentum that we have all built together. The Chamber Board of Directors have been instrumental in ensuring this chamber is on the right path and I am confident they will select the perfect person to take the Chamber to the next level.”

 

Details about the recruitment and transition process will be announced at a later date.

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Congratulations to our 2019 Spring Award Winners

2019 Small Business Person of the Year

Joe Hashey, President
Synergy Athletics

 

The Small Business Person of the Year shows evidence of growth in the number of employees; the business must have a minimum of 5 full-time employees and growth in sales with an emphasis of the past 3-5 years. They much show innovation of their products or services and contribute to their community.

 

In response to requests for strength and conditioning training from the parents of local athletes, Joe and his wife Melanie started Synergy Athletics in October of 2008 in their garage. Since those early days, Synergy has grown and evolved to provide busy adults with guided and meaningful workouts they can use to stay healthy. In 2010, the business moved their 15 members from workout space in their garage to their first community location in Endwell. Today, Synergy Athletics has expanded to three locations and seven employees serving over 500 members.

 

Sales have also shown impressive growth for the business. When Joe opened the second location in Vestal, in 2016, the growth was 80.5%. It has continued well over 25% each consecutive year since that time.

 

Joe is launching an internship program for individuals looking to break into the fitness and training industry. Joe is deeply committed to giving back to his community. He enjoys speaking to business classes and at staff development days in local high schools and presents to local businesses with tips on how to keep their employees healthy. Synergy also supports and sponsors a number of local teams including M-E and Vestal football, Vestal cheerleading and the M-E world champion little league team to mention a few. Joe and his team provide speed and agility clinics free of charge to local youth, community, school and collegiate teams. Synergy also organizes charitable events, most recently a 5K to benefit the M-EALS program.

 

Kevin Blake, Partner with ICS says of Joe: “Joe wanted to build a place that was more than just a place to work out. Joe built a culture for healthy lifestyles and built it in a way that didn’t always revolve around him. To be a Synergy member is to be a part of a family and community.”

 

2019 Young Professional of the Year

Carrie Wenban, Partner
Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP

 

The Young Professional of the Year shows excellence, creativity and initiative as an emerging leader in their business and/or profession. They serve as a role model for peers both personally and professionally and provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community.

 

Upon her graduation from Syracuse Law, Carrie began her career as an associate attorney with Levene Gouldin & Thompson(LGT). The firm was so impressed with Carrie that she was invited to become a partner in 2008; she accepted and became one of the youngest partners in LGT’s history. She became a mentor to associate attorneys, a role she continues today. In early 2011, she became co-chair of the firm’s Management Structure Committee which is responsible for evaluating and restructuring management roles and compensation. Later that year she became co-chair of the Business Practice Group; she is responsible for providing leadership and management direction to the practice group. Two years ago, she joined the Compensation Committee and one year later, became chair.

 

Carrie’s enthusiastic involvement extends to her community. She is a member of the Early Childhood Center Parent Committee of the Jewish Community Center; she became chair a short time later and has remained chair since. She also chaired the Playground Committee that involved creating three new playgrounds area for approximately 250 children. The Playground Committee was responsible for raising $400, 000 to cover the costs of the project. In 2011, she joined the Board of Directors of the JCC and in 2016 became President of the Board and will complete her term this June.

 

Sheryl Brumer, Executive Director of the JCC says of Carrie: “She is the quintessential volunteer, a dedicated leader and a very generous and caring person.”

 

Scott Kurkoski with LGT says: “I am proud to be a partner with Carrie given her work within and outside of the firm. She is one of our area’s consummate professionals.”

 

2019 Distinguished Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Kevin Blake, President and CEO
ICS

 

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the dedication of one of our many Chamber volunteers. The Chamber is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers who deserve recognition. Without them, we would not be able to accomplish our mission.

 

Kevin Blake is a dedicated community volunteer. On the Chamber side, Kevin has served in a leadership capacity as president and vice president of the Board of Directors of the Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program (GBEOP), our non-profit affiliate, since 2012. The vision of GBEOP is to help create a “talent pipeline” in our community through a business-education partnership. Over the past two years, Kevin has played a major role in GBEOP’s tremendous growth in its’ increased programming, reach and impact in the community.

 

In addition, Kevin has been an avid supporter and the Chamber’s biggest cheerleader for the Chamber’s Junior Achievement program. Business and community volunteers deliver JA programs in grades K-12 that teach entrepreneurship, workplace readiness and financial literacy. Kevin is not only an enthusiastic volunteer for the JA program in local schools, but someone who also recruits new people to get involved with JA.

 

 

He also serves as a mentor to students to help them prepare for the Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge, a business plan competition for high school students.

 

Not only does Kevin thoroughly enjoy mentoring high school business students in the Broome Tioga BOCES district, he also gets involved at the college level with Binghamton University’s School of Management. He loves bringing his knowledge of running a successful business to them.

 

Kevin also has a passion for coaching youth sports for the Maine-Endwell athletes including Little League baseball, Pee Wee football and basketball.

 

He serves on the Davis College Advisory Board as well as the Lourdes Hospital Audit Committee, BU’s School of Management Advisory Board and as a Board Member for Modern Marketing Concepts.

 

Lastly, Kevin and ICS have been long-time sponsors of the Chamber’s annual Greater Binghamton Bridge Run. A number of his employees volunteer on the day of the Race. His team also supports and walks in the local Susan B. Komen Walk for Breast Cancer. Kevin ensures that his team becomes involved in non-profit organization events because of his belief in giving back to the community in which they live and work. Most recently, Kevin and his team volunteered to manage all the audio- visual needs for the break-out sessions at the Young Professional Summit in 2018 and again in 2019.

 

2019 Entrepreneur of the Year

Adam Weitsman, CEO
Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling

 

The Entrepreneur of the Year exemplifies leadership and entrepreneurial skills. They show a willingness to take risks and demonstrates exceptional vision that contributes to business success. This person exhibits personal drive, focus, innovation and business acumen.

 

Adam’s grandfather, Ben, started a small auto parts and scrap yard business in 1938. Adam’s father, Fred, took over the business and expanded into Binghamton. Adam had an art gallery in New York City but returned to Owego to help run the family business. In 1996, Adam had the idea for Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling as a scrap metal processing company.

 

 

In the last 20 years, Adam has purchased properties and several failing scrap yards throughout New York and Pennsylvania. His business is now the largest, privately-owned scrap metal processor on the East coast. Adam has won multiple national and international awards recognizing him as a leader in the scrap metal industry.

 

Though the industry accounts for $90 billion in the US alone, it is a volatile and unpredictable business. Adam has the instincts to know when the industry will be getting difficult and plans and positions his companies to successfully weather the fluctuations. When many scrap metal companies are going out of business, Upstate Shredding-Weitsman Recycling continues to thrive.

 

Adam ensures that each of his company locations is environmentally safe and aesthetically beautiful for the communities in which they do business. He is committed to changing the image of the typical scrap yard.

 

Adam Weitsman treats all his employees like family and believes strongly in giving back to his community. He generously supports organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs; his grandfather was one of the founding members of the Tioga Boys and Girls Club in Owego. This year, Adam pledged $150,000 to three area Boys and Girls Club if Syracuse beat Duke; and they did in a 95-91 overtime underdog win! Adam is known to generously give valuable advice to small businesses to help them grow and overcome hurdles.

 

When asked what one piece of advice he would give to an entrepreneur, Adam said: “ I would tell an entrepreneur that opportunity is not going to come looking for you. You need to seek it out and chase it. Success is not an accident; it takes hard work, dedication, precision focus and skill. Dream big and make it happen, there is nothing you can’t achieve with the right mindset.”

 

2019 Civic Leader of the Year

Tyrone Muse, President and CEO
Vision Federal Credit Union

 

This Civic Leader of the Year shows evidence of having had a long-term beneficial impact on the community. They demonstrate civic engagement by using a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in our communities.

 

 

Six years ago, Ty Muse was hired as the new President & CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union. Though Ty’s roots are southern, he was raised in Wallkill, New York. Alan Hertel, Chairman of the Visions Board of Directors says: “Since that time, Ty has consistently demonstrated a sincere personal and professional commitment to civic involvement.”

 

Ty leads by positivity, encouragement and example. Ty and his family sponsored a free track club for over 100 children, ages 7 – 17 through a partnership with the Triple Cities Running Club. He regularly volunteers his time, talents and resources to numerous local organizations. Ty has been a model for the annual fashion show fundraiser for Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network. He volunteers his time to tend bar for several Celebrity Bartending events to benefit local non-profits. Ty enjoys mentoring Binghamton University students and local youth and he serves on the Binghamton University Foundation Board.

 

In 2018, Ty was honored as the Broome County Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council. He was also honored by Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP with the Freedom Fund Award for Achievement in Finance. He has served on the Greater Binghamton Chamber Board of Directors since May of 2014.

 

Ty asks of his employees to find “one thing” they are passionate about to make their lives, family, job or community better. With this approach, he believes it will lead to thousands of “one things” to make our community better.

 

Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University, says of Ty: “Ty is well-deserving of this honor. He’s a great friend, colleague, partner, supporter, and philanthropist for the entire Binghamton region. We are very lucky to have him here.”

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Greater Binghamton Chamber and Visit Binghamton Announce Details About New Talent Attraction Program at Press Conference

Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and Judi Hess, Director of Visit Binghamton launched a brand-new talent attraction program today called Experience BING. The goal of the program is to assist businesses with attracting talent to Broome County.

 

“Business success is largely driven by the quality of its employees,” said Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. “Local companies often tell us they have a difficult time filling positions with qualified candidates because they’ve never heard of Binghamton, or don’t know what our area has to offer. The new talent recruitment program gives business leaders the tools they need to recruit employees and new residents to Greater Binghamton.”

 

Experience BING was created to assist businesses in their recruiting efforts. For those potential hires who are not familiar with the community, or are looking to relocate, this program provides the opportunity for them to get a snapshot of the Greater Binghamton community.

 

Our customized itineraries provide a snapshot of what it’s like to live in the Greater Binghamton area, which can include: Dining, Arts & Culture, Sports & Athletics, Shopping & Leisure, Family Recreation, and much more.

 

“Visit Binghamton is so pleased to be able to add our expertise to the Experience BING program to truly create one of a kind experiences for recruits considering moving to our community,” remarked Judi Hess, Director of Visit Binghamton.

 

The program is available year-round and will accommodate the candidate’s travel itinerary and program preferences. By providing flexible options for both the employer and candidate we will be able to best serve their needs, from the company interview to the time they relocate to our area. For more information about the program visit www.greaterbinghamtonchamber.com/experience-bing

 

 

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STEAM Event on March 7 Exposes Students and Parents to STEAM Careers/Education In Our Area

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, about 200 students, parents and educators will attend the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Pathways Event at Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex.

 

The evening will be for youth (grades 7-12) and their parents, as well as educators and there is no cost to attend. It is our desired goal to increase awareness and interest in STEAM careers as well as provide information to youth and parents regarding the pathways needed to achieve these careers. Two separate break-out sessions for youth and parents, with a variety of speakers, will also take place.

 

This event will feature exhibits by local STEAM businesses/organizations including:

  • AgZeit
  • BAE Systems
  • Binghamton University
  • BOCES New Visions Engineering Academy
  • Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors, DPC
  • Eastern Southern Tier STEM Hub/Summer STEAM
  • Enhance VR
  • Kopernik Observatory & Science Center
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MyHometownToday.com
  • The Raymond Corporation
  • Roberson Museum and Science Center
  • SUNY Broome
  • UHS
  • WEBO, Your Hometown Station

Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for our region. We know firsthand the importance of educating young people in these fields. Our future success, and our nation’s technological advantage, depends on there being a reliable pool of highly trained and technically capable talent.

 

This event is sponsored by the Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program (GBEOP), Eastern Southern Tier STEM HUB, School to Careers Partnership of Broome and Tioga Counties, Binghamton University and SUNY Broome.

 

EVENT: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Pathways Evening

 

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
4:00 pm – Registration
4:30 pm – Exhibit Tables Featuring STEAM organizations/companies
5:40 pm – General Session with speakers including:

  • Allen Buyck, District Superintendent, Broome-Tioga BOCES
  • Rachel Coker, Director, Office of Research Advancement, Binghamton University
  • Dr. Francis Battisti, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, SUNY Broome

6:00 pm – Youth and Parent Breakout Sessions
6:50 pm – Exhibit Tables Featuring STEAM organizations/companies

 

LOCATION: Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex
85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY

 

AUDIENCE: Youth in grades 7 – 12, as well as parents and educators

 

REGISTRATION: On-line at www.btboces.org/STEAM.aspx

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Workforce, Leadership Development and Social Media Top Issues on Chamber Survey

It’s impossible to have any business conversation in 2019 without the workforce issue coming up. It’s no surprise that recent surveys conducted by the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce bring this issue to the forefront. In a business leaders survey in late 2018, our members cited attracting and retaining employees and a lack of qualified workers in their top five local business challenges. This parallels the top five national factors facing businesses.

 

Last month the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce polled our member businesses and nonprofits to help us further understand their priorities, needs and concerns. We wanted to dig deeper into these business challenges and discover what topic areas are most pressing to them and their staff in 2019. Using this data, we plan to develop valuable educational programming not only at BingBizCon on June 19 but other events and webinars throughout the year.

 

We received over 100 responses with 37% of the businesses at 10 employees or less; 27% between 11-50 employees; and the remainder with 51 employees or greater.

 

Our membership ranked topics in six key areas including: human resources, finance, marketing, non-profit management, leadership development and business development.

 

The top three specific issues were related to workforce development and marketing: including:
• Empowering Your Team – Leadership Development (71.74%)
• Attracting & Retaining Quality Employees – Human Resources (70.97%)
• Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy – Marketing (68.13%)

 

If we look at general subject areas, Leadership Development (70%) ranked the highest. Organizations that invest in leadership development perform better than those that don’t. Because of the current market trend in low unemployment levels, developing current talent is exponentially more important than ever before. Companies must invest in their employees if they want to have a fighting chance of retaining them. The top three topics under Leadership Development were: empowering your team (72%), building your team (62%) and navigating personality types in the workplace (61%).

 

The general topic area that ranked second in our survey was Marketing (58%). Marketing isn’t simply an important part of business success – it is the business. Everything else in the business depends upon marketing. Our businesses are interested in improving their ability to create effective social media strategies (68%), top things to do on a small advertising budget (66%), and building their brand (65%).

 

The third ranked overall topic was Business Development (53%). A business development plan is a road map that defines where you want to take your business and the steps you need to complete to get there. Business development can be achieved through a wide variety of approaches, like referrals, exceptional customer service, increased visibility or new products and services. Our members cited networking (54%), expanding their business beyond Broome County (51%) and sales strategies (46%) as their top three interests in this field.

 

Our mission is to help our members grow by providing education and resources that facilitate that. This is our inspiration for BingBizCon, an exciting new event on Wednesday, June 19 providing leadership and professional development for management and employees at all levels including breakout sessions and networking opportunities. A showcase of local and regional businesses and organizations will complete the day.

 

If you have the expertise on any of the topics mentioned above and are interested in presenting a breakout session at BingBizCon, please submit your ideas to Debby Evans at devans@greaterbinghamtonchamber.com.

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Congratulations to our 2019 Building BC Awards Winners

2019 Innovative Award

Presented to: Innovation
Accepted by: Tom Boyer

 

This Award recognizes a project, product or service that “thinks outside the box” and continues to stretch the boundaries and has proven to be a leader in innovation.

 

Innovation was recognized as a leader in pharmacy automation, offering precision counting equipment and workflow software platforms to companies within the pharmaceutical industry. The Company’s prescription dispensing technology, combined with workflow, database and reporting tools place their customers at the forefront of information technology.

 

 

 

2019 Transformative Award

Presented to: Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Accepted by: Gloria Meredith

 

This award recognizes a project or organization that has a product or service that has influenced their industry in a cutting-edge way.

 

Binghamton University was recognized for their $60 million investment in the creation of a school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Johnson City. This new facility will not only establish innovative pharmaceutical science and therapies, but it will also create a thriving medical industry in the Greater Binghamton Area.

 

2019 Restorative Award

Presented to: Century Sunrise
Accepted by: Larry Reagan

 

The Restorative Award recognizes a project that brings new life into an aging building.

 

Regan Development Corporation was recognized for transforming the old Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory into Century Sunrise Apartments. This project brought affordable housing to our community as well as residential redevelopment in the overall plan of Johnson City.

 

2019 Individual Award

Presented to: The Ellis Family
Accepted by: Tom Ellis

 

This award’s purpose is to recognize an individual whose investment of time, talent and money positively impacts the quality of life and job growth to ensure the success of the region’s communities and economy.

 

The Ellis Family was recognized for their long-term investment in the Greater Binghamton community. Their tremendous commitment to our area can be seen via their newly renovated facility in the heart of downtown Binghamton as well as their dedication to purchasing goods, services and materials locally.

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Chamber to Host Legislative Agenda Rollout & Local Lobby Day January 24th

Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host an Eggs and Issues titled Legislative Agenda Rollout & Local Lobby Day, January 24th, from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.

 

It is important for Upstate to have a voice! This unique event is designed to give business leaders access to their elected representatives. As the legislative session begins, business community concerns need to be understood and advocated for. Instead of having businesses go all the way to Albany to discuss their concerns with elected officials, they can advocate for their interests here in Binghamton.

 

After a brief presentation, attendees will be walking to the State Office Building to meet with state elected officials for scheduled meetings to ensure the business voice is heard! This will provide key information to our elected officials, so they can make a case for a pro-growth pro-business agenda in Albany!

 

At this event, the Chamber will unveil its 2019 Legislative Agenda and Michael Kracker, the Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate, will present their 2019 legislative priorities.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Eggs and Issues: Legislative Agenda Rollout & Local Lobby Day

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Time: 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Presentation: Chamber & Unshackle Upstate
Holiday Inn Binghamton
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Walk to State Office Building for meetings with Elected
Officials
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Meeting with Elected Officials (Senator Akshar,
Assemblywoman Lupardo, Assemblyman Crouch) in
Community Room (1st Floor, SOB)

Cost: $20 for Members

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