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March 9, 2013

Social media-HR seminar planned

By Richard Whitby
The Daily Star

---- — The Otsego County Chamber and the Otsego-Delaware Job Service Employer Committee are sponsoring a seminar Wednesday that focuses on human resources approaches to policies and legal practices for social media.

Chris Quereau, president and creative director of Vibrant Creative will give a presentation on social media uses, tools, and web sites, and John M. Bagyi of Bond, Schoeneck & King will discuss legal issues involved social media use by human resources departments.

The seminar, titled Social Media Techniques and Legal Issues, will be held at Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the seminar will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For reservations, call 432-4800, ext. 103, or email

Spring weather preparedness

The Small Business Administration, in partnership with Agility Recovery, is offering a free webinar Tuesday on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks.

The preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners who have had to deal with floods and severe storms that are common in springtime. Businesses can take many low-cost, efficient steps to ensure their infrastructure, clients and employees are safe.

For more information, go to and click on “Education.”

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit

Planning a farm business

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will conduct a one-day workshop — Plan for a Successful Farm Business — April 12.

The workshop will give participants all of the tools to make a realistic business plan in several, simple steps for a new agricultural venture or to diversify an existing one. Experienced educators will lead participants through the steps necessary to make a compelling plan that will open the door to funding, reduce financial risk and get started on the right track, the extension says in a press release.

It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the CCE Resource Center, in Hamden. The cost is $20 per person or $35 per farm and includes lunch. To enroll, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County at 865-6531 or email Mariane Kiraly at

Grant-writing workshop

The Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corp. will offer a workshop, Writing Successful Grant Proposals, on April 8 and 15 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at its office on Main St., Roxbury.

The workshop will emphasize writing compelling, concise and well-crafted grant proposals, according to a press release from the nonprofit foundation.

Workshop will be led by Kevin Hodne and will cover such topics as developing a grant concept, finding funders, establishing goals and objectives, writing the narrative, making a budget, developing a work plan and gathering support letters.

The foundation “operates in the public interest to encourage a prosperous, sustainable future through education and experience in engineering, science, technology and innovation.” The workshop fee is $65 for both sessions. A notebook with resources and sample grant proposals is available for $30.

For more information about the workshop, and to request a registration form, contact Hodne at 434-8254 or by email at

Quick hits

Dr. Leor Roubein, board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, has joined the Division of Digestive Diseases at Bassett Medical Center as chief of gastroenterology. … BJ’s Charitable Foundation has announced it will donate $5,000 to Opportunities for Ostego to support its emergency housing assistance program.

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