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Iona College to host intellectual property conference


Broad questions involving intellectual property rights will be explored at a two-day conference sponsored by Iona College in New Rochelle next week.
The Conference on Intellectual Property takes place Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Keynote speakers are Joy Garnett, an artist who appropriates news and documentary photographs from newspapers, the Internet and other media and re-invents them as paintings, and Laura M. Quilter, an attorney and researcher in technology and information law and policy.
About 30 scholars from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America are expected to attend. The conference is being organized by Amy D. Stackhouse, associate professor of English at the college.
Fees are $125 per person with academic affiliation and $165 per person with non- academic affiliation. For more information or to register, visit www.iona.edu/cip.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 10:52 am |
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Yonkers Business Week starts Monday


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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Program to discuss state certification program


Rockland Economic Development Corporation and Rockland Business Association will sponsor a free program for county-based minority – and women-owned businesses on Thursday, March 26, at 9 a.m. at the IBM Executive Conference Center in Palisades.
The program will discuss opportunities available to minority – and women-owned business enterprises that join a state certification program. To learn more or to register, contact Jayne Nichols at the REDC at 845-735-7040 or jaynen@redc.org.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
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Yonkers BID holds “green” business forum


The Yonkers Downtown BID is presenting a free seminar, “Eco Mania: Profiting from Being Green,” Tuesday, March 24, 8-9 a.m. at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center.
Panelists will discuss ways that businesses and residences can use clean energy. There will also be an overview of the free training programs available for businesses to improve their bottom line by using green technology.
Panelists include Paul Vitale, vice president, government and community relations, Business Council of Westchester; Sue Gerry, senior assistant for environment to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano; Jim Dixon, vice president, Energy Services, Con Edison Solutions; Steve Sansone, executive director of the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Business Improvement District.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
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Library system plans business workshops


The Westchester Library System will launch a workshop series, “Your Business is Our Business,” at area libraries. The program will show businesspeople how to effectively search commercial databases, research trends that impact their industries, review magazines and trade journals, and use other library tools to grow business.
The first workshop is Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at Stark Business Solutions, 100 S. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. The event will be hosted by Mount Kisco Library, which is closed for construction.
For more information, or to schedule a workshop or tutorial at an area company, contact Kate Meyer at kmeyer@wlsmail.org or (914) 231.3226.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
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Yonkers BID to hold merchandising seminar


The Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District will sponsor a free seminar, “Curb Appeal: Store Merchandising Tips,” tomorrow, March 10 from 8-9 a.m. at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center.
Speakers include Maureen Farrell, project manager and treasurer of the New York City Chapter of the Retail Design Institute; Nicole Innis, owner of Innis Designs; and Steve Sansone, executive director of the Yonkers BID.
The seminar is part of the Yonkers Downtown BID’s new Sunrise Seminar Series designed to provide local business owners/merchants with practical tips and guidance to help them during these tough economic times.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
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Business expo in Tarrytown expects 1,000 on Thursday


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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Mt. Vernon chamber shelves lunch meeting


The Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce roundtable lunch meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 20 has been cancelled, chamber President Frank T. Fraley said. The next roundtable lunch meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 11:32 am |
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Young professionals mixer is Tuesday


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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African American Chamber to honor 10 local leaders


The African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties Inc. begins its ninth annual Juneteenth Celebration for Westchester County this week with a kickoff event tomorrow evening in Peekskill to honor the 10 most influential black men and women in the Lower Hudson Valley.

A business-to-business reception for the awardees will be held at 6 p.m. at the Crystal Bay Restaurant.

Those to be honored are: Dawna Michelle Fields, national program manager, Colgate-Palmolive Co.; Garrison Jackson, president and chief executive, Circulation Experti Ltd.; Carole Jessup Morris, founder and chief executive, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center; the Rev. Joel E. Mukhwana-Nafuma, pastor, Trinity Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon; W.L. (Tony) Sawyer, superintendent, Mount Vernon City School District; Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers; community activist Edith Washington Charles of Mount Vernon; Debra J. White, manager of supplier diversity, New York Power Authority; Winston Ross, executive director, Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc.; and Sandra L. Richards, director — diversity specialist, Morgan Stanley.

The chamber’s three-day Juneteenth celebration commemorates the date in 1865, June 19, that enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas, learned that President Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery on Jan. 1, 1863, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, Juneteenth represents freedom and a call for education and achievement to many within the African American community.

Posted by David Schepp on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
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Summer job fair on tap Friday in Montebello


Tomorrow’s Workplace will host a summer job fair Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Montebello, just off Exit 14B of the New York State Thruway.

Tomorrow’s Workplace anticipates 63 employers will participate in the free job fair, known as “Career Connections 2008.”

It is the Spring Valley employment-services agency’s first county wide career and job fair.

Employers interested in reserving a booth for no charge should visit www.tomorrowsworkplace.org for a downloadable registration form.

For jobseekers looking to attend the event, transportation is available via Transport of Rockland’s route 59 bus line. Parking is also available.

Posted by David Schepp on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
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Panel to give tips on success


Local businesspeople who want to hear success tips from professionals can attend a free seminar on June 24 at Commerce Bank in Mount Kisco. A panel of business leaders from a variety of fields will share insights and strategies during the two-hour session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Among the panelists will be Stacey Cohen, president, Co-Communications Inc., Mount Kisco; Valerie Maitland-Smith, president, SCI Business Consulting, White Plains; Matthew McCrosson, partner, O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP, White Plains; and Chad Stewart, vice president of commercial lending, Commerce Bank, Mount Kisco. Michael Dardano, senior vice president at Co-Communications, will be the moderator. A question-and-answer session will follow. For more information and to register, contact Kat McKee at kat@cocommunications.com.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Monday, June 9th, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
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Mt. Vernon design group slates open house


The Mount Vernon Design District, an area of the city’s downtown so-dubbed by a group of home improvement businesses, is holding special programs this week to draw tradespeople and consumers.
The goal is to draw the gas-conscious away from trips to Manhattan design centers and get them to shop closer to home, said Anne-Marie Peterson at Motif Designs. A To-The-Trade Open House Day is scheduled for Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with seminars and sale pricing. Another program will be held for the general public on Thursday from noon until 4 p.m.
Register at Motif Designs at 718 S. Fulton Ave. Other participating businesses include Adams Unlimited, Amanda Floor Covering, Consolidated Plumbing, Daltile, Furniture Restoration Center, and Walker Zanger.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 11:58 am |
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North Rockland chamber hosts job fair


The North Rockland Business Alliance is sponsoring a job fair and career expo tonight and tomorrow at North Rockland High School at 106 Hammond Road in Thiells.

The event starts at 6 p.m. this evening and runs until 9 p.m. Tomorrow, hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

The event allows visitors to learn about businesses and retailers throughout north Rockland, the Business Alliance said.

For further information, call 845-942-4474 or visit the chamber’s Web site at www.northrocklandchamberofcommerce.org.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
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Environmentally sensitive companies to be featured


Folks who run businesses in an environmentally friendly way will show off their products and services at The Business Council of Westchester’s Mega Mixer Business Expo Monday. The annual event will run from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Westchester Marriott Hotel off White Plains Road in Tarrytown. The event will feature a “green aisle,” where companies that are sensitive to the environment will provide information to attendees. In all, 212 companies will have exhibits at the event.

Posted by Allan Drury on Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
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RCC in Ramapo to host home show


Rockland Community College in Ramapo plays host to the 2008 Suburban Home Show, which starts Friday at 3 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m. Sunday.

The home show incorporates 350 exhibitors, housed in the college’s 90,000-square-foot Fieldhouse, showcasing products and services geared to homeowners.

Categories include remodeling and home improvement, kitchens, baths, tools and hardware, windows, doors and many more.

The event also features personalities from broadcast- and cable-television shows This Old House and While You Were Out.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children under 16 are free.

For more information go to www.showoffice.com or call 800-248-7469.

Posted by David Schepp on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
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Chamber hosts breakfast with local officials


The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce will host five local government officials who will speak about priorities for 2008, during the chamber’s Business Council Breakfast Thursday morning.

The speakers are Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi; Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster; Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy; Croton-on-Hudson Mayor Greg Schmidt; and Buchanan Mayor Daniel O’Neill.

The event starts at 7:45 a.m. at Crystal Bay on the Hudson, in Peekskill.

To register for the breakfast, call the chamber at 914-737-3600 or e-mail Jane Solnick, director of membership and events, at jsolnick@hvgatewaychamber.com.

The fee is $12 with reservation, $15 at the door.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
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Women’s business forum in Rockland


The Rockland Business Association will host a women’s forum titled “Mind Your Own Business: Planning for a Great ’08” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. The free event will be held at Dominican College, Hennessy Center, Holt Room, 495 Western Highway in Blauvelt. For more information, call (845)735-2100.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
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Chocolate World Expo coming to Nyack


Chocolate lovers and Valentine’s Day shoppers take note — the <a href=”http://www.chocolateworldexpo.com/” target=”_blank”>Chocolate World Expo</a> is coming to the Palisades Center in Nyack on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The expo, which will cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children, will feature chocolates, wines, cheeses and related foods from more than three dozen local and regional vendors, including Monsey-based Le Chocolat, Heidi & Arthur Chocolatiers of Valley Cottage, Lanie Lou’s Brownies of Blauvelt, Lucky Chocolates of Saugerties, Pine Bush-based Baldwin Vineyards, the Black & White Cookie Company of Binghamton, Saratoga Peanut Butter Company of Saratoga Springs and Cabot Creamery of Vermont.

The event is a fundraiser for Camp Venture, a care provider for people with developmental disabilities in Rockland County. The majority of the funds raised at the expo will go toward building a year-round therapeutic riding center for more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Five percent of the net proceeds will also go toward tolerance education through the Spring Valley-based Holocaust Museum & Study Center and 5 percent will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
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Workshop on marital financial planning


The White Plains law firm of Gravett & Gravett will host a “pre-nup/post-nup” marital planning workshop at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the firm’s offices at 445 Hamilton Ave., Suite 1102.

Matrimonial and family law attorneys Willem and Margaretha Gravett as well as Daniel Timins, president of T&D Financial, will host the event.

The Gravetts, who are married, are promising to explain why premarital financial planning isn’t only for the rich. Timins plans to discuss how your finances can affect your marriage.

The workshop is free to the public. For more information, call 860-658-5700.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
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