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September 14, 2013

Chamber to host business workshop

By Bera Dunau Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center outreach at the State University College at Oneonta will be hosting a minority and women-owned business workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall at SUNY Oneonta on Sept. 18 from noon. to 3:30 p.m. Registration should be done ahead of time by calling the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce by noon on the day of the event. The chamber’s number is 432-4500. The cost of the workshop is $15.

The workshop will feature state officials, and will teach how to become certified as a minority or women-owned business enterprise, as well as how to do business with state government. Those who have gone through the MWBE process will also be speaking.

“I think it’s a very exciting opportunity to create awareness,” said Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Ann Heegan.


Tri-Town Screening will be having its grand opening Sept. 23 at 5 a.m.

The business will be located at 40 Main St. in Afton, and will provide biometric screenings. The screenings will include glucose testing and a finger-stick test for fasting or non-fasting cholesterol. The exam also includes readings of height, weight, body mass index, and blood pressure.

Results will be given within 15 minutes and the cost of the exam is $25.

Tri-Town Screening is not yet accepting insurance, but plans on doing so in the near future.


Delaware County Tactical will be holding an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located at state Highway 23 in Stamford, Delaware County Tactical is a new pellet gun shooting range and pro shop.

Delaware County Tactical owner and instructor Alan Kaplan, a former Army combat medic, was inspired to start his business after getting certified as a handgun instructor at Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, N.H., and being struck by the high price of ammunition. As a less-costly shooting alternative, Kaplan decided to create a pellet gun range.

“It’s very inexpensive to do this, it’s only about an eighth of a penny a shot,” said Kaplan, “You can really let loose and have some fun.”

Delaware County Tactical has nine models of rifles and seven models of handguns. All guns at Delaware County Tactical shoot 6 mm pellets. There are a mixture of spring, electric and gas-powered pellet guns available.

On the pellet guns Kaplan said, “They have the same characteristics, the same weight (as firearms), the only difference is they don’t shoot combustible materials.”

At the open house, visitors will get the chance to tour Delaware County Tactical and try out guns at no charge.

“You demo out the guns and see if you like them,” said Kaplan.

The facility features an eight-bay range, shop, and a jewelry business called Bullets and Diamonds. The jewelry at Bullets and Diamonds is designed by Kaplan’s wife, Grace Anne Kaplan.

The grand opening of Delaware County Tactical will be Sept. 24. It will be open Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday will be ladies night and college discount day. Saturday will have two handgun instruction and safety courses taught by Kaplan, one offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other offered from 2 to 5 p.m.

“I guarantee you’ll ... feel like a SWAT officer when you get out of that course,” said Kaplan, adding that reservations were requested. “I’m already booked for the first two weeks.”

Sunday will be designated as tournament day, and will feature the Budweiser shootout. The shootout will consist of competitors shooting at Budweiser cans over multiple rounds. The winner of each week’s competition will receive a trophy and jewelry, and be eligible to compete in a tournament at the end of the year.

Children will be allowed to fire on the range, provided that they are supervised and a waiver is signed for them.

Kaplan hopes to attract college students to his course.

Said Kaplan, “They have nothing to do on Saturday nights.”

Kaplan also says there has been an interest from the Delhi Police in training at his facility, and that he will be contacting more law-enforcement agencies.


The Oneonta sweetFrog store will be collecting canned and non-perishable food donations for the food bank from Sept. 16 to 22.

The effort is associated with the company’s efforts to connect children suffering from hunger with up to 300,000 meals, in support of the organization Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, on Sept. 22.

The company has declared Sept. 22 as its “No Kid Hungry Day” and is participating in the effort in celebration of the opening of its 300th store.

Additionally, the first 300 customers who come into sweetFrog on Sept. 22 will be entered to win one of three prizes of 100 free 12 oz. cups of frozen yogurt.

BERA DUNAU is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at