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Chamber plans African-American book festival this Saturday

May
12

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties and QBR/The Black Book Review will host the West/Rock African American Book Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Mount Vernon City Hall Plaza.
The festival will hold an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday evening at Lvsiadas Portuguese Restaurant in Mount Vernon from 6-9 p.m. For details, visit www.aaccnys.org.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 3:20 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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International experts program is canceled

February
10

The “Meet The International Experts” program scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
No new date has been set for the event, which was sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service/Westchester Export Assistance Center and the World Trade Council of Westchester.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
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Suozzi meets with Business Council

October
29

Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, who chairs the state Commission on Property Tax Relief, met yesterday with the 45-member board of directors of the Business Council of Westchester to discuss property tax cap legislation before the state Legislature. Afterward, directors of the Harrison-based business group said they would urge their membership to write and call legislators to support the cap, the key recommendation in the commission’s preliminary report in June. Council Executive Director Marsha Gordon said businesses need to lobby now for the cap as the Legislature prepares to hold a special session starting Nov. 18 to address the state budget crisis. Board Chairman Stephen J. Jones said that “this current fiscal crisis in Albany, I hope, is a unique opportunity to implement needed change.” The commission’s final report is due Dec. 1.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 4:50 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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Business group wants tax cap action now

June
13

The Westchester County Association’s Property Tax Reform Alliance said it supports the 4 percent property tax cap and other recommendations by the New York state Commission on Property Tax Relief led by Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi.
The association urged Gov. David A. Paterson and state legislators to remain in session, if necessary, past the expected June 23 close to approve the tax cap. Noting the widening economic downtown, the business group said immediate action is preferable to waiting until next year when the new session of the Legislature begins and the state legislative elections are over.
“Business and consumers alike have become increasingly outraged at the economic conditions they are facing,” association President William M. Mooney Jr. said in a statement. “The public does not want to see a sign on their legislators’ door saying “Gone Fishin’”.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
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Minority business summit is Thursday

June
10

The Westchester/Greater Connecticut chapter of the National Black MBA Association Inc. will hold its second annual Entrepreneur Summit and Business Showcase on Thursday, June 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains.
The program allows minority businesspeople, supplier diversity executives and financial professionals to network. A number of forums will be held on topics that include business financing, becoming a preferred supplier, brand promotion, and entrepreneur and franchising opportunities.
For more information, email entrepreneur@nbmbaa-wgc.com.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
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Breakfast topic: solutions for a soft economy

June
10

“Business Solutions in a Soft Economy” will be the topic of Wednesday’s Monthly Breakfast Club meeting of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland.
Clarence Stanley, director of the Small Business Development Center at Lehman College, will speak. The event takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber office at 100 Stevens Ave. in Mount Vernon.
A Breakfast Club flier is available online at the chamber’s Web site at
http://www.aaccnys.org/sponsors/breakfastclub2008.pdf.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
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Business group back greater insurance rate scrutiny

June
6

The head of the Westchester County Association called for greater regulation of the insurance industry in the wake of a recent settlement requiring Oxford Health Insurance to refund $50 million in overcharges to about 37,000 small businesses.
President William M. Mooney Jr. said he supports a proposal that would require the state Insurance Department to approve rate increases. The agency currently reviews increases after the fact; a review of Oxford led to the refund settlement.
“Our own Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Healthcare Crisis has been advocating this measure be passed for the past three years,” Mooney said in a statement. “We are pleased that the governor also recognizes the need for lawmakers to restore the tools to better monitor and manage the marketplace for health insurance rates.”

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
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RBA promotes online help for entrepreneurs

May
23

The Rockland Business Association has formed a partnership with IBM Corp. of Armonk and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank, to promote a free online toolkit (http://us.smetoolkit.org) aimed to help minority entrepreneurs.
The SME Toolkit focuses on assistance for small and medium business owners in emerging markets as well as women, black, Hispanic, native American, and Asian entrepreneurs. The site includes highly developed business information, tools, and training services. Specialized pages are dedicated to Green business, technology, and business planning.
Among other things, there’s an online calculator that helps small businesses determine their readiness for financing; free software to build a Web site; free forms for worker performance evaluations; community tools such as online conferencing, blog capability, group calendars, survey and quiz builders to help small businesses make decisions; and a multilingual business directory to help small businesses link locally, regionally and globally.
The RBA will provide a link to the site on its Web site (www.rocklandbusiness.org) where it will be available to both members and nonmembers. The organization said it will promote the toolkit to its members and will hold user-training sessions in the future.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 10:25 am |
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RBA promotes online help for entrepreneurs

May
23

The Rockland Business Association has formed a partnership with IBM Corp. of Armonk and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank, to promote a free online toolkit (http://us.smetoolkit.org) aimed to help minority entrepreneurs.
The SME Toolkit focuses on assistance for small and medium business owners in emerging markets as well as women, black, Hispanic, native American, and Asian entrepreneurs. The site includes highly developed business information, tools, and training services. Specialized pages are dedicated to Green business, technology, and business planning.
Among other things, there’s an online calculator that helps small businesses determine their readiness for financing; free software to build a Web site; free forms for worker performance evaluations; community tools such as online conferencing, blog capability, group calendars, survey and quiz builders to help small businesses make decisions; and a multilingual business directory to help small businesses link locally, regionally and globally.
The RBA will provide a link to the site on its Web site (www.rocklandbusiness.org) where it will be available to both members and nonmembers. The organization said it will promote the toolkit to its members and will hold user-training sessions in the future.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 10:25 am |
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Contractors group changes name

May
21

The Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley in Millwood has changed its name to the Hudson Valley Mechanical Contractors Association, Executive Director Patricia E. Ploeger said. The organization serves two dozen contracting firms in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Ulster counties, promoting best practices and professional standards, on-time job completion, and quality performance for its member heating, cooling and plumbing contractors.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
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Mt. Vernon design group slates open house

May
19

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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Putnam broker elected to lead state insurance group

May
16

Neal L. Sullivan, president of Sullivan Financial Group in Mahopac, has been elected chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Inc.

As chairman, Sullivan oversees the statewide organization’s activities, serves on its executive committee and reports to its board of directors, IIABNY said.

Sullivan’s one-year term began May 9 when the association held its annual meeting at the Doral Arrowwood conference center in Rye Brook.

Sullivan has served in several capacities with IIABNY since 2003, the DeWitt, N.Y.-based trade group said.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 12:06 pm |
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I3A opens office in France

May
13

The International Imaging Industry Association has opened an office in Gargilesse, France, and hired a coordinator to lead outreach efforts in Europe, the trade group, known as I3A, said today.

Jean Barda, an imaging industry veteran, will lead the association’s efforts in Europe to promote growth of and establishes standards for photographic equipment such as lenses in cell phones and other electronic gear, said I3A, based in White Plains.

An expert in imaging and display processes, Barda has registered a dozen patents, some of which are still used in TV production, such as multilingual captioning, I3A said.

Barda also served on the group’s board and its predecessor organization, DIG, for six years, I3A said.

Posted by David Schepp on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
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