Rockland Economic Development Corp. will hold a free program on how small businesses can obtain contracts with the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group.
The program starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11 at the Ellipse Room of the Technology Center of Rockland Community College at 145 College Road in Suffern. The program will discuss the local procurement process, what local governments buy, the laws governing the process, and the purchasing group itself and its on-line bidder notification system.
Representatives from Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties and representatives from the cities of Yonkers and Poughkeepsie will be present to speak with local business owners. To learn more, contact Pauline Drakopoulos at 845-735-7040 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
Â Â 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Westchester County Associationâ€™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.
â€œBusiness and consumers alike have become increasingly outraged at the economic conditions they are facing,â€ association President William M. Mooney Jr. said in a statement. â€œThe public does not want to see a sign on their legislatorsâ€™ door saying â€œGone Fishinâ€™â€.
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.
â€œOur own Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Healthcare Crisis has been advocating this measure be passed for the past three years,â€ Mooney said in a statement. â€œWe 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.â€
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.
The Mount Vernon Design District, an area of the cityâ€™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.
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 organizationâ€™s activities, serves on its executive committee and reports to its board of directors, IIABNY said.
Sullivanâ€™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.
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 associationâ€™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 groupâ€™s board and its predecessor organization, DIG, for six years, I3A said.