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Young professionals to network on Tuesday

July
27

The Westchester County Association will host a networking reception for young professionals on Tuesday, July 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Elements Bar at 161 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains.
Other sponsoring groups include the Young CPA/Westchester chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs and the New Lawyers Section of the Westchester County Bar Association. For more information, contact Julia Salem at the Westchester County Association at (914) 948-6740.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
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Yonkers Business Week starts Monday

May
1

Helping small business is this year’s theme for the annual Yonkers Business Week, starting Monday.
Among the programs scheduled are a seminar on raising credit, starting a business and writing a business plan, buying a franchise, managing and transferring risk, and using social media Web sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Featured speakers include Stew Leonard Jr., president and chief executive of the well-known family food market, who will address the kickoff breakfast on Monday at the Polish Center. Jonah Lehrer, author of “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist,” will discuss the science of decision-making at a breakfast on Thursday morning at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Former JPMorganChase economist Marc Goloven will speak at the annual dinner Thursday at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson.
Yonkers Planning Commissioner Louis C. Kirven will host a luncheon and tour of commercial real estate investment properties in the city on Thursday.
Yonkers Business Week also will feature familiar favorites, including its annual Business Expo at the Royal Regency Hotel on Tuesday, and awards programs recognizing local businesses and student entrepreneurs.
For more details, go online at www.yonkersbusinessweek.com.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
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Job skills workshop set in White Plains Thursday

April
29

Westchester County will host a free workshop, “Developing Job Skills in Hard Times: Alternative Ways to Career Success,” Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the YWCA of White Plains and Northern Westchester, 515 North St., White Plains.
Employment experts will discuss such topics as volunteer work that can lead to a paying job, opting for a vocational trade, and opening your own business. The Westchester County One Stop Employment Center, BOCES, the Women’s Enterprise Development Center and JobStar at Westchester Community College will provide speakers.
For more information, call (914) 995-2476 or e-mail mal6@westchestergov.com. A light supper will be served.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
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African-American Men plan legislative breakfast

March
19

African-American Men of Westchester will hold their New York state Legislators Breakfast meeting Friday, March 20 at 8 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester at 277 Main St. in White Plains.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
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Business expo in Tarrytown expects 1,000 on Thursday

March
9

The worst business environment in decades has failed to dent interest in this Thursday’s Mega Mixer Business Expo, the annual trade show sponsored by The Business Council of Westchester.
The program will run from 2-6 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. Two hundred exhibitors and 1,000 visitors are expected, about the same as last year. In the tougher economic climate, businesspeople are looking to expand their list of prospects, council spokeswoman Hillary Millman said.
“People are looking for opportunities anywhere they can find it,” she said.
A new feature this year is the Speakers Spot. Council members will give 15-minute talks on the following topics: how to transition from unemployed to being a business owner; new media; building brand awareness; housing solutions for relocating employees; infrared thermography; going paperless; and voice over the Internet (VoIP) telephone service.
A feature continued from last year will be the Green Aisle, featuring 30 ecology-friendly companies. Visiting businesses will be invited to take the “Green Business Challenge” by adopting environmentally sound practices.
Admission to the Mega Mixer is $10; attendees may register online at westchesterny.org or by calling (914) 948-2110. Walk-ins are welcome.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
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Valhalla company can market filters through state list

January
27

A Valhalla-based startup that produces highly efficient oil filters is hoping that a deal with New York state will lift its profile.
SOMS Technologies Inc. said the state’s Office of General Services has added its filters to the state’s preferred buying list. This means that purchasing agents for state agencies and local governments can get discounted prices for the filters by buying them through the OGS.
SOMS may be in the right place at the right time. Last year Gov. Paterson issued an executive order that directed state agencies to adopt “sustainability initiatives,” or steps that the agencies could take to curb the risks of toxic materials, maximize recycling, manage renewable resources, and other methods.
Miles Flamenbaum, SOMS’ chief executive, said that using the company’s oil filters would help agencies achieve some of those mandated goals. The oil filters can extend the length of time between oil changes.
There are about 17,000 vehicles in the state fleet, he said. Flamenbaum couldn’t say what impact the listing with OGS would have on his sales; SOMS just started selling the filters last fall.
The listing could give the company some credibility with other governments or operators of private fleets, such as taxis and truck companies, he said.
SOMS bid to get onto the OGS list through the New York State Industries for the Disabled, a not-for-profit group of businesses that promotes employment of people with disabilities. One of its member companies, Pine Ridge Industries, an affiliate of the Schenectady ARC, has contracts with SOMS.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
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Westchester to host international conference

October
3

Local business owners will have the opportunity to mingle with with international business representatives from as far away as China, Korea, Japan and Australia during an upcoming conference in Westchester County.

The 9th Annual Global Digital City Network Conference on Oct. 27 at the Hilton Rye Town also will allow businesses to exhibit their products and services.

“This is a great way for firms interested in global trade to get exposure to some potential markets and see if this is something they should pursue,” County Executive Andrew Spano said. “Some of these cities may not be the first to come to mind when you think global business but that’s exactly why this conference will be so educational.”

The conference also includes seminars related to technology issues and global markets. Presentations focused on computer security are aimed at vendors selling security-related products and services.

The Global Digital City Network, started eight years ago, is designed to promote an international environment for member communities to share information and generate business opportunities. Westchester joined the newtork at last year’s conference in Dundee, Scotland.

Other members include Dalian, Jilin, Shenyang and Yanji (China); Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Dundee (Scotland); Gold Coast (Australia); Inuyama City (Japan); and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).

For more information and to register, visit www.westchestergov.com/globalbusiness or contact Scott Fernqvist at (914) 995-3078 or sef1@westchestergov.com.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
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Rep. Israel’s visit on Friday is cancelled

October
2

  The Westchester County Association and Pace University have cancelled Friday morning’s event with U.S. Rep. Steve Israel at the Pace School of Law in White Plains. The Long Island Democrat will remain in Washington, D.C. as the House of Representatives considers a new Wall Street rescue bill.
Israel, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, planned to discuss funding for infrastructure improvements such as the Tappan Zee Bridge, and investments in renewable energy and advanced technologies. The college and the county association hope to reschedule the event.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 at 9:30 am |
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Young professionals mixer is Tuesday

August
25

The Young Professionals Advisory Committee of the Westchester County Association will hold their final summer happy hour Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Brazen Fox Restaurant & Bar at 175 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. Admission is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Contact events manager Julia Salem at 914-948-6740 or jsalem@westchester.org for more information.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, August 25th, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
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Burlington Coat Factory to open White Plains store

August
18

Burlington Coat Factory will open a new store in White Plains in the Shoppes on Main retail complex on Aug. 29.

The 82,000-square-foot store at 255 Main St.  will feature women’s and men’s apparel and accessories, kids clothing, shoes and, of course, coats.

The outlet will also have a home décor department selling bedding, home and bath accessories, housewares and gifts.

Burlington Coat Factory, which has 390 stores in 44 states, has one other store in the Lower Hudson Valley — in Yonkers.

(A previous posting on this blog contained incorrect information.)

Posted by David Schepp on Monday, August 18th, 2008 at 10:06 am |
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The Journal News cuts 12 jobs amid ad slowdown

August
14

The Journal News cut 12 jobs today citing further erosion in ad revenue from retail, housing, automotive and employment sectors of the economy.

The cuts were part of a larger plan by the newspaper’s parent company, Gannett Co. Inc., to eliminate 1,000 jobs across the company’s 84 news properties in its Community Publishing division, which includes The Journal News and LoHud.com.

The number of positions eliminated at each newspaper was determined locally, McLean, Va.-based Gannett said.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
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IBM plans to build $360M computing center

August
1

IBM Corp. of Armonk plans to build a $360 million data center at its plant in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The data center will include new technologies and services that will enable the computing giant to provide individuals with access to information and services from any device with high levels of quality and availability, IBM said.

IBM will renovate an existing building at the North Carolina campus to create one of the most technologically advanced and energy-efficient data centers in the world, it said.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 9:49 am |
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Drew Industries reports lower quarterly profit

July
31

Drew Industries Inc., a supplier of parts for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, said earnings in the second quarter fell 27 percent to $9.2 million from $12.6 million in the year ago period.

Revenues fell 18 percent to to $151 million, Drew said.

Drew blamed the drop on higher costs for raw materials, lower sales of RVs and nation’s stunted housing market.

“The impact of the current economic environment is more of a challenge than we anticipated just three months ago,” said Leigh J.Abrams, chief executive of the White Plains-based company.

On a per-share basis, Drew said it earned 42 cents a share in the three months ending June 30, compared to 57 cents a share during the same period last year.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
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RBA publishes updated business directory

July
30

The Rockland Business Association has published its latest membership directory, the business group said yesterday.

The 2008-09 edition features listings of businesses in more than 260 different categories and also includes the latest demographic data on Rockland County. Members receive one free copy. Additional directories can be purchased for $10. Nonmembers pay $35.

Posted by David Schepp on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
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Rye resident named CEO of Manhattan B2B firm

July
30

Summit Business Media has named Rye-resident Andrew L. Goodenough as chief executive of the Manhattan-based provider of information to the insurance, financial and professional-services markets.

Goodenough, 52, replaces William F. Reilly, who will continue to serve as non-executive chairman.

In September, Goodenough was named Summit’s president.

Posted by David Schepp on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
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Fujifilm names new president at Valhalla unit

July
29

Fujifilm Corp. has named Hiro Sakai president of Fujifilm Holdings America Corp., the Tokyo-based company said today.

Fujifilm Holdings America, based in Valhalla, has operations in 32 U.S. states and employs more than 6,300 employees in research, development, manufacturing, sales and service of Fujifilm products.

Sakai succeeds Taizo Mori, who has been named president and chief executive of Fujifilm Logistics Co., based in Tokyo.

Sakai will continue to serve as president and chief executive of Fujifilm USA Inc., also based in Valhalla.

Sakai, who joined the company in 1977, was also promoted to corporate vice president, Fujifilm Corp., Fujifilm said.

Posted by David Schepp on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
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