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Business Beat

June 27, 2012

Business coalition seeks members in Roxbury, Grand Gorge

Some Roxbury and Grand Gorge businesses are uniting.

The Roxbury-Grand Gorge Business Association invites storefront and home-based businesses to join, a media release said. Organizers said they hope to provide networking opportunities and be eligible for grants to improve the appearance of their communities, among other projects.

Paul Barchitta, the new owner of the Hitching Post restaurant in Grand Gorge, will host the first business mixer for the association at 7 p.m. July 10. For more information or to make a reservation, call Lauren Quarltere at 326-4282.

Flower business to open in Oxford

Cheryl L. Gager and her daughter, Ellery, are preparing a grand opening of Layla's Flowers in Oxford on Monday.

The shop will be at 8 LaFayette Park in the former Oxford Coffee House, a media release said.

The Gagers are concentrating efforts on fresh bouquets and artistic arrangements but will accommodate all floral requests, including silk or dried arrangements, the release said. Ready-made floral arrangements will be available for walk-in customers.

The Gagers said they worked with the Otsego Chamber; Jennifer Tavares, the Commerce Chenango director of Economic Development; Tesha Townsend, branch manager at NBT Bank; and the Oxford Industrial Development Corp.

Cheryl Gager, a former teacher and a certified floral designer, graduated from Unatego Central School and lives in Mount Upton. She previously was Mirabito Quickway's business manager.

Ellery Jean Gager is a Bainbridge-Guilford Central School graduate, a certified nursing assistant and a certified floral designer.

The store is named after Layla, Ellery's baby daughter, the release said, and hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 713-4025, send email to laylasflowers@gmail.com or visit www.Laylasflowers.com. The business accepts Teleflora and 1-800-Flowers orders.

Leadership Otsego class graduates

Thirteen area residents graduated June 20 from Leadership Otsego, a program designed to prepare future leaders of Otsego County.

The Center for Economic and Community Development at the State University College at Oneonta offers the program biennially, a media release said.

The Leadership Otsego class of 2012 and the organizations they represent are: Elizabeth Anderson of Oneonta, Sidney Federal Credit Union; Barbara Champlin of Maryland, SFCU; Beth Child of Morris, ACCO Brands; Bryce Frederick of Oneonta, NYCM Insurance; Amy Gonsalves of Oneonta, Opportunities For Otsego; David Hayes of Oneonta, The Argian Press; Stacie Haynes of Worcester, Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services; Ned Marcalus of Cooperstown, ACCO Brands, Patrick Mente of Delhi, SUNY Oneonta; Michael O'Donnell of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta; Lyle Smith of New Berlin, NBT Bank; Stacey Smith of Cooperstown, Opportunities for Otsego; and Erin VanDewerker of Cherry Valley, The ARC Otsego.

For more information about enrollment, call CECD Director Tim Hayes at 436-2792 or visit www.leadershipotsego-ny.com.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to drichardson@thedailystar.com or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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