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March 16, 2013

Otsego Chamber plans big week

The Otsego County Chamber will be celebrating itself all week.

Among the events scheduled is a cash mob held in collaboration with the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Local Campaign.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting on the front steps of City Hall in Oneonta. Participants agree to spend at least $10 at the Shops at Ford and Main.

The events will continue Friday program titled Transform Your Business Anniversary Into a Growth Strategy, led by Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications on Friday at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta.

The program will begin with networking from 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by Bartel’s presentation from 9 to 10 a.m. and a “meet Pauline” period from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

The week will culminate Friday with the chamber’s annual dinner in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta at which At Home Care and Hugh Henderson will be honored as Business of the Year and Distinguished Citizen of the Year, respectively.

A reception will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.

For a full list of chamber events, go to

Energy workshops

A series of workshops and presentations about energy efficiency is being held throughout Otsego County under the auspices the county Planning Department, Opportunities for Otsego Energy Services and Sustainable Otsego.

Homeowners, small businesses, and nonprofits can learn about energy efficiency and get a thorough energy assessment of their home or office at no cost.

In addition, local contractors who are accredited through the Building Performance Institute will demonstrate the techniques they use to assess a building’s energy usage, and experts will be on hand to guide participants through the process of applying for a free assessment.

The next workshop will be held at the Cherry Valley Community Center, 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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