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IMPORTANT CHAMBER UPDATES RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS

Today we are seeing an ever evolving situation related to COVID-19 at the local, state and federal level.

Please know that the Chamber will continue to communicate news and resources relevant to businesses and our community on our website, in our e-mails and on our social media channels.

 

The Chamber has implemented the following changes:

 

The Chamber office at 5 South College Drive is now closed to outside visitors.

 

In response to Broome County’s State of Emergency declaration and the closure of schools through April 13, the following Chamber events have been postponed or canceled. We are working with our venues to identify new dates. Please stay tuned for details.

  • Business of the Week on Mondays at 9:00 am from 3/16 – 4/13 (canceled)
  • SBC Legislative Committee Meeting on 3/17 (canceled)
  • BLI Session on 3/19 (canceled)
  • Speed Networking for a Cause on 3/19 (rescheduled)
  • GAC Committee Meeting on 3/20 (canceled)
  • Bill Graham Communications Workshop with Tioga County Chamber on 3/20 (rescheduled)
  • GBEOP Executive Committee Meeting on 3/24 (canceled)
  • BLI Graduation on 3/26 (rescheduled)
  • Eggs & Issues on 4/3 (rescheduled)
  • GBEOP Board Meeting on 4/9 (rescheduled)
  • Connect Over Lunch on 4/9 (canceled)
  • BLI Alumni Leadership Event with Dick Orth on 4/15 (rescheduled)

 

Per the recommendation of the CDC on March 15, 2020:
“Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

 

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.” Learn more about this ban on public gatherings here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/nyregion/coronavirus-new-york-update.html#link-3896262f

 

  • Since the 2020 Bridge Run Half Marathon & 5K falls within this 8 week period, we plan to postpone this event until Sunday, September 27, 2020. That date works well with the City of Binghamton and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies NYSEG Stadium – both of which are key partners to execute this race.

 

Please know that the Chamber is here to assist you in any way. Feel free to contact us at (607) 772-8860 or e-mail one of our staff members with questions: https://greaterbinghamtonchamber.com/about-the-chamber/#staff

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New Visions Students Participate in Junior Achievement Program

Written by Nick Beardsley of Maine-Endwell and Faith Malo of Windsor

 

This year, the New Visions Business Academy ran a business called 2020, A Junior Achievement Company. 2020 started back in the summer when the 15 of us from 9 different school districts met each other on an online program called Schoology. Through Schoology, we were able to have conversations and brainstorm future product ideas for our company. We were able to come up with many possible product ideas such as weighted blankets, essential oil-infused stress balls, t-shirts, and pens. Starting day one of school, we met Mrs. Julie Keenan, our Business Academy Teacher, Sheila Doyle of Binghamton University, and Scott Weissmann of M&T Bank. They would be our mentors and help to guide us over the next few months.

 

On the first day of school we continued brainstorming product ideas, but we realized we needed to establish many other company principles before we officially decided on our product. These principals included our mission statement and our five company values. With this in mind, we continued on to vote for team lead positions for each department. There were five positions, team lead of marketing, finance, sales, supply chain, and management. Each individual interested in a position had to give a speech in front of the class giving their qualifications for their position of interest, and then the class would vote anonymously on who they liked best. We also decided that we would need capital to start the company. We sold $500 worth of stock and raised $2,000 from sponsors with a $100 donation. We also decided on our company name 2020, A Junior Achievement Company around this time because it matched the upcoming year and our future forward thinking. With the future forward idea in mind, we decided on our final 2020 arrow design logo to represent our entrepreneurial growth. After establishing all the fundamentals, the last big step was we had to decide on a product to sell. After many days of debate and results from our market survey, we landed on the idea of reusable produce bags. Reusable produce bags allowed us to confront New York State’s fast approaching plastic bag ban starting in March, while also selling a product which was not saturated on the market. Coming up with a final decision with 15 strong personalities was no easy task. We debated between manufacturing the produce bags or sourcing them, but after further discussion and prototypes we finally decided on sourcing the bags due to time constraints. We named our product the ‘Produce Pouch’, and it was a package consisting of five reusable produce bags. As a company we had to decide how to make these bags our own, so we chose to include a 2020 logo on each bag within the Produce Pouch. In total there were three mediums, one small, and one large bag per product, and the selling price was $20.

 

2020 sold 293 products within a three month period, without liquidation, and only one write off. Our total revenue was $7,970 from sales, sponsors, and donations. We sold $5,860 from our ‘Produce Pouch’, $2,000 from sponsors, and $110 in donations. After total cost of goods and all expenses, our net income was $5,170.20.

 

We would like to say thank you to Broome-Tioga BOCES, GBEOP, and Junior Achievement for the opportunity we were able to have. We all learned so much about business, ourselves, teamwork, and leadership through the process. We also will all use this learning experience in our future to help us through college and with our career decisions. On behalf of 2020, A Junior Achievement Company, we would like to thank our mentors: Sheila Doyle, Scott Weissmann, and Jesan Sorrells. We would also like to thank our sponsors: ICS, Visions Federal Credit Union, LCP Group, American Real, and the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. Lastly, thank you to our teacher, Mrs. Julie Keenan, for helping us to create such a successful business and for letting us have a lot of fun along the way!

 

Junior Achievement would not be possible without the support of volunteers. If you are interested in helping with a future JA program, please contact Danielle Britton at dbritton@greaterbinghamtonchamber.com.

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Workforce & Talent Strategies, Leadership Development, Business Growth and Branding/Social Media Top Issues on Chamber Survey; Speaker RFP’s Requested

Being a small business owner is one of the most challenging jobs out there. The Greater Binghamton Chamber greatly values the input we solicit throughout the year from the businesses and organizations in our community. The insights from these surveys help us create programs and services that work for businesses and equip them to better tackle the challenges they are facing, from access to capital and finding the right employees to building your brand and empowering your team.

 

Here is what we found – In a business leaders survey in late 2019, we found that our members were optimistic about the upcoming year. Almost half of the respondents expected the economy to expand; 46% had an improved outlook from last year; 58% expected their sales revenue to increase; and 48% expected an increase in their workforce. However, one of the biggest challenges that stood out was attracting and retaining employees and a lack of qualified workers. This parallels the top five national factors facing businesses.

 

Drilling down a little deeper, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce polled our member businesses and nonprofits last month to help us further understand their priorities, needs and concerns. We asked what business challenges and what topic areas were most pressing to them and their staff in 2020.

 

28% of the businesses had 10 employees or less; 40% 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.

 

This is how members ranked our overall areas: Leadership Development (65%) ranked the highest. Companies realize that leadership development is essential to their growth and success. Leadership Development allows companies to boost employee engagement, which ultimately helps with attracting and retaining talent and improving the bottom line. Some of the higher rated topics under Leadership Development were: empowering your team, creating an environment that promotes the advancement of employees and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

 

Branding, Marketing & Social Media ranked second (61%). Communicating who you are and the value you provide is essential to your business. Some of the topics businesses cited as an interest: improving their ability to create effective social media strategies, top things to do on a small advertising budget and building their brand.

 

Workforce and Talent strategies ranked third (40%). Our local businesses can’t be successful without the right people. Attracting and retaining quality employees, navigating personalities in the workplace, creating a company culture that attracts talent and working with a multigenerational workforce topped our list in this category.

 

The last topic that ranked high was Tools for Business Growth (40%). Our members cited a variety of topics including: finance/access to capital, office space, sales and succession planning as their top interests in this field.

 

Using this data, we plan to develop valuable educational programming not only at BingBizCon on Wednesday, June 17 but at other events and webinars throughout the year. We are excited to plan year two of this event as we solicit speaker proposals and develop a substantive agenda packed with connections, learning and growing at this one day conference for business professionals.

 

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 here.

 

Questions? Contact Debby Evans at devans@greaterbinghamtonchamber.com.

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Congratulations to our 2020 Building BC Award Winners

The Greater Binghamton Chamber is pleased to congratulate and recognize the Chamber’s 2020 Building BC Award Recipients:

 

2020 Innovative Award

 

 

Presented to: Telehealth365 Inc.
Accepted by: Amit Sharma, VP of Technology and Collaboration

 

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. This year’s Award recipient is TeleHealth 365.

 

Telehealth365 is a leader in healthcare, providing under-serviced communities with low cost access to medical professionals. By utilizing video and audio platforms in accordance with HIPPA policy, this business reaches those in communities who would not otherwise be able to receive medical advice and care. Telehealth 365 uses advanced medical technology to enhance patient interaction. For example, they have developed a stethoscope that effectively complies with the audio/video platforms which allows a cardiologist to hear the patient’s heartbeat in real time! This strategy can provide patients with advice and evaluations similar to those that they would receive in person.

 

Telehealth365’s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural, under-served communities. One of Telehealth365’s new initiatives is Tele-Dermatology program in Cooperstown, NY in which patients are able to receive immediate access to medical professionals. This has saved patients both the time and money that would be required for them to travel to Dermatologists in person and the extensive waiting period before their visit. This service allowed one patient to start skin cancer treatment immediately, rather than waiting ten months until she was able to visit her regular Dermatologist. The program has also increased the revenue of healthcare facilities, such as Bassett Healthcare Network Hospital, by referring patients for procedures such as blood tests and biopsies.

 

Under the leadership of Bipan Sharma, VP of Technology Collaboration, Telehealth365 is flourishing within the local community. They currently serve the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) communities covered by Medicare and Medicaid by providing an immediate access to healthcare.

 

Telehealth 365 is a local success story in the Incubator with hopes of growing and expanding here in Broome County.

 

 

 

2020 Transformative Award

 

 

Presented to: 50 Front Luxury Apartments
Accepted by: Marc Newman, Partner, Newman Development Group

 

This award recognizes a project that impacts the entire community and fosters growth of those around it. This year’s Award recipient is 50 Front Luxury Apartments.

 

The 50 Front Street project was a major investment into Binghamton. This 30-million-dollar project has the potential to spur economic development in the area and help to produce a great place to live, work and play within Binghamton. 50 Front Street was a blighted site that needed new direction and life. From the vision of Newman Development Group this concept was turned into a reality and will have a long and lasting impact on the quality of life for the residents of Binghamton’s Westside.

 

Newman Development is a real estate development company that has been headquartered in Vestal for over 30 years. It specializes in all aspects of real estate development, redevelopment, acquisition, commercial, retail, student housing, multi-family, and mixed-use housing. Seeing the need within the community, and the opportunity to create a community transforming building, Newman Development Group revolutionized 50 Front Street into a cutting edge, urban property featuring many upscale amenities, such as security, Wi-Fi, a Clubroom, fitness center, and underground parking.

 

This location is one of the first new “ground up” apartment buildings built in Broome County within the past 30 years. Benefiting both residents and commercial tenants, 50 Front Street has created new jobs and has provided commercial space for businesses to locate. The initiative has also brought housing to the City in close proximity of Downtown with a beautiful view of the river.

 

This transformation is expected to trigger additional revitalization in the area, not limited to more market-rate housing, offices, commercial restaurants and positive impacts on existing businesses.

 

2020 Restorative Award

 

 

Presented to: Ansco Camera Factory
Accepted by: Matthew Paulus, President, Paulus Development

 

The Restorative Award recognizes a project that brings new life into an aging building. This year’s Award recipient is The Ansco Camera Factory.

 

When Paulus Development acquired the former General Cigar Company – Ansco Camera Factory Building in June 2018, it was an aging, underutilized, and neglected building with a storied past. It was a building in need of new life. Many people may have viewed such a property with contempt, but the folks at Paulus Development saw it as a great opportunity. Paulus Development invests in underutilized urban properties and works to revitalize them into an effective catalyst for change.

 

In July 2019, Paulus Development completed its $25 million historic rehabilitation of the former Ansco Camera Factory in Binghamton. Located just outside of Downtown Binghamton in the city’s First Ward neighborhood, it is now home to 100 market-rate lofts of various sizes and 35,000 square feet of commercial space for local businesses. All 100 market-rate lofts were leased and over 97% of the commercial space was leased. Utilizing the history of the Binghamton building, which had served as the manufacturing facility for two of the most notable industries in Binghamton history-cigar manufacturing and camera manufacturing—Paulus Development seized this as an opportunity to quench the need for high-quality, affordable, market-rate apartments and commercial space for local businesses.

 

While this project is not only telling of the building’s tremendous story, it also fulfilled an essential desire of the community. What once was an eyesore for the First Ward neighborhood, now serves as an example of how public-private partnerships can create an intangible sense of pride for the community. This sense of pride will encourage others to continue to invest in the First Ward neighborhood, the City of Binghamton, and Broome County.

 

2020 Individual Award

 

 

Presented to: Jordan Patch
Accepted by: Jordan Patch, Owner, Animal Adventure Park

 

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 winner of this Award for 2020 is Jordan Patch, Owner, Animal Adventure Park.

 

Animal Adventure Park is an interactive, educational animal park, designed to promote up close and hands-on animal encounters to develop an appreciation for animals. It aims to achieve education and conservation through understanding and appreciation.

 

Under the leadership and vision of Jordan Patch, Animal Adventure attracts guests from around the world, traveling to Harpursville, NY from as far as the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan on an annual basis. More than 150,000 guests attend the park each season to see the animal collection that now boasts close to 100 species, many threatened or endangered. One of the Park’s most notable media presences is its world-famous Giraffe Cam.

 

The Park provides educational school field trips, hosting 165 groups in 2019. Additionally, the Park promotes a “Zoo to You” program, which delivers animals and educational messages to classrooms, day cares, senior centers, corporate functions, charity events, festivals, fairs, scout events, and many others.

 

Animal Adventure Park has been impactful on local non-profit organizations, donating to countless benefits, charity events, and initiatives. Some of the Park’s notable partnerships are with HCA, First Ward Charities, PARP/ literary programs in local schools, LUMA, and Windsor Central School District’s Scholastic Challenge. Providing donations, sponsorships, and merchandise, Animal Adventure Park has been an active member in supporting not only its own mission, but those of local non-profits as well. Contributions allowed the Park to gift over $42,500 to HCA (Helping Celebrate Abilities) in 2019.

 

The Park employs close to 50 seasonal team members from May through December, but also maintains a team of 10 full time Animal Care Team professionals that have either been sourced locally or have relocated to Broome County specifically to work at the park. Zoologists have come from many locations, including Alaska, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

 

Animal Adventure Park, also endorses the idea of “keeping it local.” Every item consumed by the Park–such as construction materials, construction and engineering labor, insurances, animal and human food and drink, clothing and other logoed merchandise–is sourced locally.

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2019 Project Homecoming Job & Career Fair

Friday, December 27, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Oakdale Mall

 

2019 Dec Job Fair Profile Packet_Final

 

Confirmed Companies 12/26/19


    • ACHIEVE
    • ADEC Solutions – USA
    • Alorica
    • Amrex Chemical Co., Inc.
    • Army National Guard
    • Broome-Tioga BOCES
    • Broome-Tioga Workforce
    • Buckingham Manufacturing
    • Catholic Charities of Broome County
    • Children’s Home
    • Community Options New York, Inc.
    • Custom Systems Integration, Inc.
    • D&R Technical Solutions, Inc.
    • Dimon & Bacorn Co. of Binghamton
    • Express Employment Professionals
    • Good Shepherd Fairview Home, Inc.
    • Greater Binghamton Health Center
    • HCA
    • Hillside Children’s Center
    • Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
    • International Paper Co.
    • Interstate Homes, LLC
    • Intrepid Networks
    • Lourdes Hospital
    • Magic 101.7 / 102.5 The Vault
    • Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc.
    • Marine Corps
    • Masonite International
    • Mirabito Energy Products
    • NYSEG
    • NYS Office of Children & Family Services / Finger Lakes Residential Center
    • NYSDOCCS
    • Paper Alternative Solutions
    • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112
    • Racker
    • Security Mutual Life Ins. Co. of New York
    • Spectrum Reach
    • Staffworks, Inc.
    • Stafkings of Binghamton, Inc.
    • SUNY Broome Community College
    • Tioga Downs Casino
    • United Health Services Senior Living at Ideal
    • United Health Services, Inc.
    • United Methodist Homes
    • US Census Bureau
    • Visions Federal Credit Union
    • WBNG-TV & Binghamton CW
    • Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
    • Willow Run Foods, Inc.

 

 

Are you a company that’s hiring and you want to be added to this list? Register here!

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Broome County and Greater Binghamton Chamber Announce Details About Buy in Broome Campaign at Press Conference

In conjunction with Broome County, Stacey Duncan and Amy Shaw of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce announced exciting details about the “Buy in Broome” campaign taking place during the upcoming Holiday Season.

 

“We are very excited to partner once again with Broome County on a “Buy in Broome” Campaign during this Holiday Season,” remarked Stacey Duncan, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a natural fit with the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and the essence of what we are about – encouraging residents in Broome to do business with local businesses in the community. That could mean a family-owned business, like Worldwide Sport Supply, a boutique clothing store, coffee shop, restaurant or big box chain store we find in the Oakdale Mall or on the Vestal Parkway. Big or small, locally owned businesses have the proven ability to boost our economy. When we support brick and mortar retail, we keep dollars in our community.”

 

What happens when you Buy in Broome?

 

  1. More money stays in the local economy. The money you spend at local businesses creates a chain effect of economic growth. Spending $100 at a local business reportedly results in $68 that stays in the community, and $43 for national and franchise businesses. From small cafes to big box companies, local businesses also pay property taxes that help improve our roads, parks, public transportation and more. Your tax dollars are reinvested where they belong.

 

  1. You embrace what makes your community unique. We have a wide variety of businesses in Broome County that you can’t find anywhere else.

 

  1. You create local jobs. When you shop at local businesses, you give them the means to generate more employment. And more jobs means more stability and retention in Broome County.

 

  1. Local Investments Strengthen Local Networks. Shopping local creates a relationship-based economy. Thriving local businesses work together to generate more community-driven events, share local ingredients, give back to local charities and better meet demands unique to your interests.

 

 

  1. Better Customer Service. Establishing relationships with local businesses means you get better personalized customer service. Local businesses don’t view you as a number. They value each customer and each interaction because your satisfaction is vital to their success.

 

  1. It’s More Eco-Friendly. Postal delivery services need to move packages across vast distances, sometimes even across countries. Often, the packaging is excessive and made of single-use plastic. Shopping local minimizes waste, reduces travel time and creates incentives for sustainable business practices.

 

So what is this Buy in Broome Campaign? To start, it is a targeted social media and tv advertising campaign that encourages our residents to make their holiday purchases at a brick and mortar store/location in Broome County.

 

We have a “Buy in Broome” Facebook and Instagram Page.

 

We have a dedicated website www.buyinbroome.com that will promote this campaign and list holiday shopping events taking place in businesses in Broome County. So if you are a retailer, please reach out to us to get your event listed. You can also download “Buy in Broome” marketing materials for use of retailers in their store, on their website and on their social networks.

 

We will have “Buy in Broome” stickers and posters for local retailers to keep this challenge top of mind this holiday season. NEW THIS YEAR: “Buy in Broome” reusable shopping bags available at a variety of stores.

 

We will challenge our community to #BuyInBroome during this holiday season and beyond.

 

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar commented, “Spending your money at local businesses is a real way to make a difference in Broome County. It benefits our local business owners, their employees, and their families. It also keeps your dollars local; the sales tax you pay on purchases goes to the municipality and the County to pave your roads, keep your community safe, and keep your property taxes low. I challenge everyone in Broome County to join me and BUY IN BROOME this holiday season.”

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Chamber to Host Annual Project Homecoming Job & Career Fair on December 27; Booths Still Available For Companies Recruiting Employees

The Greater Binghamton Chamber invites those companies currently hiring to participate in the Project Homecoming Job Fair at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City on Friday, December 27.

 

The December Career Fair targets not only job seekers from the Greater Binghamton area, but also college students who are home during their break and people visiting their families over the holidays.

 

This event is an opportunity to educate people about job opportunities in the Greater Binghamton region and encourages them to return to the area.

 

RETURNING THIS YEAR: To encourage high school juniors and seniors (16-18 year-olds) seeking employment to attend our event. The “Profile Packet” handed out to all job seekers (and available on the Chamber’s website), will highlight those companies hiring 16 – 18 year-olds. Area District schools will notify their students about this addition to the Job Fair.

 

Representatives from Workforce New York and the NYS Department of Labor will be present to answer questions from job seekers.

 

So far, 33 companies are registered to attend this event from various industries, including health care, high tech, finance, education and manufacturing, just to name a few. A list of confirmed companies is included on page 2.

 

The job fair is free and open to all job seekers. Attendees are encouraged to bring many copies of their resume. The Chamber will scan each resume collected at this career fair and create an on-line database that participating job fair companies can access after the event.

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber has been providing Career Fairs to the business community for over a decade. It is an opportunity to bring together employers and job seekers in one venue. Our Career Fairs are designed to connect people with opportunities in our community. The Greater Binghamton Chamber coordinates these events twice a year (in August and in December).

 

 

 

 

EVENT:                  Greater Binghamton Chamber Annual Project Homecoming Job & Career Fair

 

DATE/TIME:           Friday, December 27, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

LOCATION:            Oakdale Mall, Johnson City (Booth locations are available in Center Court, just

beyond the Center Court towards JC Penney, towards Kay Jewelers, and

towards Yankee Candle.)

 

REGISTER:            Companies interested in participating in this event to recruit future employees

can contact the Chamber at (607) 772-8860 or register on-line at

www.greaterbinghamtonchamber.com.

 

 

Confirmed Companies (as of 11/25/19)

 

 

  1. ACHIEVE
  2. Alorica
  3. Amrex Chemical Co., Inc.
  4. Broome-Tioga BOCES
  5. Broome-Tioga Workforce
  6. Catholic Charities of Broome County
  7. Custom Systems Integration, Inc.
  8. Good Shepherd Fairview Home, Inc.
  9. HCA
  10. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
  11. Interstate Homes, LLC
  12. Magic 101.7 / 102.5 The Vault
  13. Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc.
  14. Masonite International
  15. Mirabito Energy Products
  16. NYSEG
  17. NYS Office of Children & Family Services / Finger Lakes Residential Center
  18. NYSDOCCS
  19. Paper Alternative Solutions
  20. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112
  21. Racker
  22. Security Mutual Life Ins. Co. of New York
  23. Spectrum Reach
  24. Staffworks, Inc.
  25. Stafkings of Binghamton, Inc.
  26. SUNY Broome Community College
  27. Tioga Downs Casino
  28. United Health Services Senior Living at Ideal
  29. United Health Services, Inc.
  30. WBNG-TV & Binghamton CW
  31. Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
  32. Willow Run Foods, Inc.
  33. WIVT-TV/WBGH-TV
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Congratulations to our 2019 Fall Award Winners

2019 Community Advocate of the Year

Binghamton Porchfest

 

Accepted by: Christopher Bodnarczuk

 

This Award is given in recognition of a grass-roots organization, event, or festival that has made an extraordinary contribution to the improvement and/or enrichment of the neighborhood that it serves within the Greater Binghamton community.

 

For those who have never experienced it, Binghamton Porchfest is a free celebration of music and community that takes place annually in the heart of Binghamton’s West Side. 2019 marked the fifth year of Porchfest which was modeled after Ithaca’s Porchfest, which launched in 2007. There are now 150 versions of Porchfest throughout the country!

 

Residential homeowners enthusiastically offer the use of their front porches, yards and driveways on the last Sunday in August to serve as impromptu open-air stages. These West Side neighbors collectively host performances by hundreds of local and regional volunteer musicians.

 

Performers are not only local but regional, travelling from northeastern Pennsylvania, Ithaca and Syracuse. Bands have even travelled from Boston and Washington, DC to perform!

 

Binghamton Porchfest had a humble beginning in 2013 with twenty porches and 163 performances.

 

This grew to 52 host locations, 583 individual musicians and an estimated seven to eight thousand community members participated in 2019. A digital schedule of all performances as well as a map are available so Festival goers can plan their day.

 

Binghamton Porchfest is completely volunteer-driven. In order to keep the Festival entirely free, sponsors provide financial support. As you can imagine, as the Festival grows, so do the expenses. Everything from porta-johns to programs to insurance, security, shuttle service and more are needed. Over twenty companies and organizations support the Festival so it remains free to all who attend. The Gorgeous Washington Street Association, a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 Non-Profit acts as the host organization for Porchfest.

 

The agenda of Binghamton Porchfest is simple–to get neighbors together to celebrate and dance, but it has evolved into so much more. The Festival’s shared sense of ownership provides a unique opportunity for Binghamton’s diverse populations to come together as one. It is truly a family-friendly event complete with dozens of children running lemonade stands!

 

As one of the Festival goers said of the Festival: “Outstanding, truly enjoyable day! Stellar talent, amazing organization!”

 

2019 Non-Profit Executive Leadership Award

Sharon Chesna, Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network

Accepted by: Sharon Chesna

 

Sharon was hired as the Coordinator for the not yet incorporated Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition in February of 1993. She incorporated the agency in July of 1996 and her title changed to Executive Director.

 

The organization has grown tremendously since their inception. They began in 1993 with a New York State grant for $78,000, serving one county with a staff of one.

 

Today their current annual budget is $2.4 million with a team of 35 staff members serving eight counties.

 

As always, their mission remains to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes and the health and development of all individuals and families.

 

They serve over 12,000 individuals annually and partner with multiple agencies to impact the health and well-being of individuals and families.

 

Besides running her agency, Sharon is actively involved in many of the area’s organizations:
• She is a Board Member and Treasurer of Rural Health Network of South Central New York;
• A Board Member and Finance Committee member of Care Compass Network;
• A member of the Binghamton/ Broome Anti-Poverty Steering Committee;
• A member of the Broome/Tioga County Child Fatality Review Team, as well as many others.

 

When asked what she was most personally proud of she said her role has allowed her so many experiences with the National Perinatal Association. She has learned about national and emerging strategies and initiatives for improved maternal and infant health and has brought them back to Mothers and Babies.

 

In 2002, she was invited to be a part of a 30-person perinatal health excursion to Cuba to study their health-care system. In 2011, Sharon received a Presidential appointment to serve on the Infant Mortality Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

In 2015, she received a Governor’s appointment to serve on the New York State Citizen’s Review Panel which is responsible for the review and recommendation improvements in policies and programs for child welfare services in our State.

 

A colleague said “Sharon is a huge advocate for the community. Her passion and her sense of responsibility for the community result in her challenging the status quo. No one else in New York State approaches her field of work like she does….She is unafraid to go out of process to make a difference.”

 

2019 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

The Raymond Corporation

 

Accepted by: Michael Field

 

This award recognizes a company that has made not only a financial commitment to the Greater Binghamton area, but has also demonstrated leadership and hands-on employee participation.

 

Founded in 1922, The Raymond Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes electric and automated forklift trucks and warehouse solutions that enable their customers to manage their operations smarter and be more productive.

 

The company serves the United States, Canada and Mexico with headquarters in Greene, NY. Two additional facilities are in East Syracuse and a second manufacturing facility is in Muscatine, Iowa. Authorized Sales and Service Centers are located throughout the United States with one in Canada.

This gives you a general overview of the company; there is so much more to their story.

 

The Raymond Corporation continually supports more than 150 nonprofit and educational organizations with monetary contributions, forklift donations and voluntary participation in which Raymond employees give their time and talents.

 

The company is heavily involved in local education initiatives. Each year, Raymond invites local students from Southern Tier schools to attend Manufacturing Day, giving them the chance to learn more about manufacturing, as well as about the company, through engaging activities and real-life experiences with Raymond professionals. In 2019 Raymond also hosted its inaugural Engineering Day so local engineering students and STEM students can speak to engineers working at the warehouse.

 

Giving back to the community is a high priority for the company. The list of organizations the employees support is lengthy, a few examples include:

  • “Jeans Day” an optional monthly day in which employees can pay to wear jeans to work. The proceeds are given to local causes in the greater Binghamton and Southern Tier region. The charity beneficiaries rotate each month.
  • Employees organize bake sales and raffles and collect food donations for “Blessings in a Backpack” and the Green Food Bank.
  • Around Thanksgiving, employees donate turkeys to Roots and Wings Catholic Charities of Chenango County and other organizations in need.
  • Raymond and its employees donated to the Mental Health Association’s new headquarters move and renovation project.
  • Proceeds from an annual bread sale are donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the American Cancer Society.
  • Forklift trucks are donated to organizations including the American Red Cross locations throughout the United States and in Broome and Tioga Counties.

 

Raymond employees serve on numerous boards of local charities and organizations. The company is proud to also sponsor local community sports programs and local high school activities. The arts community such as Tri-Cities Opera and CreateABLE – Life is Washable, Inc. also benefit from Raymond.

This is a company committed to making their community a better place in which to work and live and encourages their employees to do the same. We are proud to award The Raymond Corporation the Corporate Citizen of the Year!

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CHAMBER SELECTS NEW LEADER AND FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE FOR THE FUTURE

Peter Newman, regional president of M&T Bank and Chairman of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, was joined by fellow Chamber Board members today to announce Stacey Duncan will serve as the new president & CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. The organization has been without a chief executive since July.  At the same time, the Chamber has announced Amy Shaw has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and Judi Hess has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Visit Binghamton and The Welcome Center.

 

This announcement signals the formation of a new strategic leadership alliance between the Chamber and The Agency, as Duncan will retain the role of Executive Director for The Agency and serve as chief executive of the Chamber.

 

In commenting on the transition, Newman stated, “This is a great day for the members of our Chamber of Commerce and for our community, as the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and The Agency demonstrate our commitment to effective and efficient leadership.  Stacey is a highly respected and talented leader within our business community who has demonstrated an ability to lead collaborative efforts.  We are extremely fortunate to have her leading The Chamber and The Agency.”

 

Through this leadership alliance, Duncan will serve as the administrative link between the two Boards of Directors, which will remain independent and autonomous. This is not a merger of The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and The Agency.  Each organization will remain a separate corporation with its own governing board.  Both organizations felt that the timing was right for a stronger strategic partnership among the two organizations.

 

“I am especially thrilled and honored to be chosen to lead this new and dynamic alliance and commend both Boards for having this vision,” said Duncan. “My main objective will be to articulate the shared missions and value that these organizations bring to our community and to position Broome County as a more powerful player in economic development outside of Broome. We are so much stronger together and I am eager to get started with both of these outstanding teams.”

 

 

The Agency is Broome’s lead economic development organization that has, over the last five years taken a strategic and proactive approach to promote and position Broome for new economic investment and to address critical community development issues.

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is Broome’s lead business development organization and has, over the last several years taken a strategic and proactive approach to retaining and attracting young professionals, addressing costly business regulations and promoting the area as a premier tourism destination.

 

Newman was also joined by John Stevens, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of The Agency Broome County IDA/LDC, who was representing John Bernardo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Agency Broome County IDA/LDC. Bernardo and Newman began conversations on this alliance in June and the vision was supported enthusiastically by The Agency Board.

 

“Given the strength and reputation of the organizations, the shared vision for a vibrant community, and the people responsible for running the business, I’m confident this bold and progressive move will be successful,” said John Bernardo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Agency Broome County IDA/LDC. As Chief Operating Officer, Amy Shaw will manage the day-to-day operations of the Chamber and its programming. Judi Hess, will continue to drive the regional tourism efforts through Visit Binghamton. Hess will also assume oversight of the Southern Tier Welcome Center on Interstate 81.

 

Duncan feels that this realignment will be critical to success. “I have had the good fortune of working with and knowing Amy and Judi for more than a decade,” Duncan said. “They are outstanding women, both personally and professionally, and I look forward to working with them again.”

 

Duncan is not a stranger to chamber of commerce work. Duncan was the Government Relations Manager from 1998- 2000 when she left to join the late Jeffrey P. Kraham administration. Duncan resumed that role in 2009 and held until 2014 when she left to serve as the first executive director of the Broome County Land Bank. Duncan assumed the deputy director role at The Agency in 2015 and was selected by the Board to become its current executive director in April 2019.

 

Duncan will begin work as the President & CEO on November 1.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Recognizes and Congratulates 15 Young Professional Award Winners at HYPE Event on July 30

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The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and title sponsor, IBM, recognized and celebrated this year’s young professional award winners at its inaugural HYPE Awards event on Tuesday, July 30.

 

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

 

Three finalists were chosen from each category including: Arts, Business/Professional Services, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Finance, Government, Health Care, Hospitality, Intern of the Year, Law, Manufacturing, Newcomer, Non-Profit and Technology.

The winners were chosen by a chamber committee, in conjunction with a community poll which garnered over 3,000 votes.

 

“This is a dynamic group of young professionals. They demonstrate outstanding leadership and represent the best of the best within their own industries as well as in our community,” said Amy Shaw, Senior Vice President of The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. “As part of our next generation of leaders, they will help to shape our community’s future and we are proud to recognize their contributions with a HYPE Award.”

 

Additional Sponsors include: Gold Sponsor, The Agency and supporting sponsors Alexa Langeland State Farm and Logowise.

 

 

2019 HYPE AWARD WINNERS:

 

Not pictured: Korin Kirk, 2019 HYPE Award Winner in Community Service

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Arts

Anna Warfield, Executive Assistant, Broome County Arts Council
When Anna joined BCAC, she hit the ground running, handling the jobs of four people including, office management, intern supervision, marketing, and development. She interfaced with hundreds of artists, arts organizations, vendors, staff, interns, volunteers, community members, donors, and visitors, with grace, professionalism and efficiency. Anna has helped shape the new face of BCAC and played a large role in the success of their organization and programs.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Business
Tiffany Lavin, COO, A Great Choice Lawn Care and Landscaping & Oasis Stone Scapes
Tiffany has held multiple positions and worn many hats from her initial hiring as an Office Manager in 2016 to Chief of Operations today. Over the past three years, Tiffany has been an instrumental part of the very small team that facilitated AGC’s growth with the company nearly doubling in size and employee count.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Community Service
Korin Kirk, School Board Member, Binghamton City School District
Before reaching the age of 35, Korin successfully ran and won two campaigns for school board and she will have served 10 years as an elected official before the age of 40. She has lobbied in Albany with the Alliance for Quality Education and holds volunteer positions with the NAACP, Salvation Army and Rotary.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Education
Molly Cleere, Fifth Grade Teacher, Whitney Point Central School District
Molly spends endless hours preparing exciting and relevant lessons for her students and seeks out grants and funding to assure that her students have the materials and technology to become successful learners.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Engineering
Brian Haas, Engineer at Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors, DPC
Brian is a totally “can‐do” person who enthusiastically takes on not only a wide variety of design challenges at Delta, but also supports their community outreach including volunteering for high school and college presentations/job shadows, the Story Garden, United Way Day of Caring, Binghamton Sertoma, Volunteer Fire Company, among others.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Finance
Brandon Sunderlin, Partner; Johnson, Lauder & Savidge, LLP
After proudly serving our country as a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corp. and graduating from Binghamton University with a BS and MS in Accounting, Brandon joined their firm in 2013. He quickly progressed within the organization and became a partner on January 1, 2017. Brandon is well respected by his clients, staff and other professionals in the community and is a key to the success of their firm as well as to its future. It would have been easy for Brandon to pursue a career in virtually any area of the country but he chose to live and work in Binghamton.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Government
Patrick McGinnis, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Binghamton
Patrick grew up in Binghamton and has worked for the Parks Department since his first summer job as a teenager. Returning from college he decided to join the Parks Department full time and has worked his way up servicing their citizens from preschool age (Safety Town, coaching sports teams etc. )through senior citizens (he was Director of the First Ward Senior Citizens Center). Despite multiple opportunities out of the area to advance his career Patrick has committed to staying in his beloved hometown and always goes above and beyond ANY job description to help people in need.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Healthcare
Anne Depugh, Director, Population Health, UHS
Anne was previously the Administrative Manager of the UHS Medicaid Health Home department and led the UHS Community Based Care Coordination staff. Over the past eight years, she has developed a team of about 50 vibrant and driven team members who are making an impact in the community through various population health programs.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Hospitality
Michelle McIlroy, Founder and Executive Chef, Phantom Chef Catering
Michelle is not only operating at a very high level in her own industry (hospitality) but is also an
entrepreneur (founder of her own company), is contributing to workforce development (as an instructor at SUNY Broome) and helping to revive Washington Avenue in Endicott (through her culinary studio there).

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Intern
Amy Williamson, Intern, Office of United States Senator Chuck Schumer
Despite her young age, Amy has already established herself as a dedicated public servant. Her passion for bettering the Greater Binghamton community is unrivaled. Amy was punctual, reliable, and held herself with the utmost professionalism when dealing with coworkers and constituents alike.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Law
Robert Stapleton, Deputy Sheriff & Dir. of Community Policing Div., Broome Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Robert has been a Deputy Sheriff with Broome County for 12 years. He currently heads the Community Policing Division which entails serving as School Resource Officer, Forensic Child Victim Interviewer, Project LifeSaver Administrator, Coordinator of countywide Neighborhood Watch groups, Presenter and Workshop Facilitator, among other duties. Robert has made a huge impact on students, families, and teachers of the school districts he partners with day after day.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Manufacturing
Chida Matada, Engineering Manager, Raymond Corporation
Chida leads a team of Embedded System Engineers to develop next generation of material handling products. Chida supports many STEM and engineering activities within the community, including bi‐weekly meetings with representatives from Greene Central Schools to discuss opportunities for collaboration, as well as brainstorm on curriculum and how schools can best prepare students for technical positions.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Newcomer
William Hoffmann, Portfolio Manager, M&T Bank
Originally from Huntington, Long Island, William transferred to Binghamton University in his Sophomore year in 2013 to pursue his degree in Financial Economics. Because of his passion for Binghamton, his job search post‐graduation included financial practices in our area. Six years later, William has become a champion for our community. He graduated from Broome Leadership Institute, and volunteered for local organizations such as Canstruction, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Junior Achievement, Toast Masters, and the BU Alumni Association. William’s excitement for Binghamton is contagious as he helps recruit other young professionals and encourages them to move or stay in the area.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Non-profit
Christina Muscatello, Founder, Memory Maker Project
Christina reminds us that people living with memory loss are truly living and can still teach us valuable lessons about art and about life. Her passion for her work is contagious and while she serves as the administrator, she is also a direct service provider, engaging with each individual.

 

2019 HYPE Award Winner: Technology
Stephanie Rivero, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Stephanie is an up and coming leader for the IBM Corporation. She is ambitious, intelligent, and her accomplishments make her highly deserving of this award. In the workplace, she promotes technology and “outside the box” innovation.

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