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April 6, 2013

Energy workshop planned for Norwich

By Richard Whitby
The Daily Star

---- — A Lunch and Learn energy workshop for businesses and nonprofit will be held April 17 at the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich.

Participants will get a an overview of the programs and incentives available to businesses and nonprofits to help them save money on their building and fleet energy expenses.

“New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NYSEG and the federal government offers grants, incentives, and low-cost financing to local businesses to help them save energy and improve their bottom line,” said Donna Jones, director of the Chenango County Department of Planning and Development.

NYSERDA and NYSEG programs will be explained, and the meeting also will address compressed natural gas vehicles and fueling as well as other alternative fuel vehicle programs from the Central NY Clean Cities Coalition.

The workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided. To register, go to or call (866) 495-2959.

Job fair registration

Exhibitors at the 2013 Job Fair sponsored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce have until April 19 to register, the chamber said this week.

The job fair will be held April 26 at the Holiday Inn, 5206 State Route 23, Oneonta, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $50 for commercial participants and $30 for nonprofits. That includes a table, chairs and linens.

Power access access is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibitors must bring the own extension cords, which should be at least 10 feet long.

Exhibitors with large displays should inform the chamber to assure assignment to a booth against a wall.

For a registration form, go to For additional information, call Shelly Giangrant at the chamber at (607) 432- 4500 extension 207.

New line for McLaughlin’s

McLaughlin’s Clothing Store in downtown Oneonta will be opening a Pandora Jewelry Shop within its Main Street store.

The store will offer a large selection of bracelets, charms and other items from Pandora’s extensive collection of sterling silver and gold jewelry.

McLaughlin’s will be the only retailer in the Oneonta and Cooperstown area to offer the Pandora brand of jewelry, according to a media release. McLaughlin’s Clothing Store is open 6 days a week at 166 Main St. in downtown Oneonta.

Quick hits

Tim Raymond has been named executive chef at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta. He previously held positions at the Sheraton Hotel of Sacramento, Calif., and most recently the Cooperstown Country Club. … The Small Business Administration partnering with Agility Recovery Solutions to present a webinar on how businesses can use social media to communicate in the aftermath of disasters. For more information, go to … Michael Welch has retired after 40 years of service to Smith-Cooperstown Inc. as sales manager and general manager. He will be replaced by Michael Simmons, who has been with the Ford dealer for 27 years as business and finance manager. … Disaster-recovery company ServiceMaster Clean is changing its name to ServiceMaster Restore. The nationwide firm has franchises in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties. … NBT Bank has been approved as a Preferred Lender by the Small Business Administration.

Richard Whitby reports on business news for The Daily Star. To contact him, call 432-1000, ext. 221, or email