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June 14, 2014

County agency seeks businesses to feature in video project

The Delaware County Department of Economic Development recently announced that it’s launching a new video series titled “Entrepreneur Zone.”

Video production company Vecc Videography, run by Jessica Vecchione, will shoot brief profiles of local business owners detailing their first steps, struggles and successes. The county agency said in a media release it is seeking the participation of up to 20 small businesses to represent the diverse business opportunities that exist within the county across several sectors of the local economy. Among the industry sectors that will be recognized are agriculture, tourism, hospitality, recreation, and manufacturing.

The series will feature entrepreneurial development throughout the county and promote the growth of small businesses, according to the release. The purpose is to promote the county as a supportive region for small-business development that can offer advantages for new firms, and help future entrepreneurs realize the opportunities in the county.

The county currently has nearly three times the level of self-employed workers as the national average, the agency said.

A pilot series focusing on technology-related businesses was completed last year and is currently available on the Department’s Facebook page.

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The Nurse Residency Program of Bassett Healthcare Network was recently honored as a Best Practice by the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders. The recognition was for the program’s success in helping to improve nurse retention rates, competency, clinical decision-making and patient outcomes, according to a Bassett media release.

The yearlong nurse residency program, a collaboration with Hartwick College’s nursing department, started in July 2011. It’s a course of study for newly hired graduate registered nurses. In the three years since the program began, 164 have completed their nurse residency and 86 are currently enrolled.

Bassett Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer, Judi Brendle, said in the release: “Nursing is a rewarding but also challenging career. Those nurses who choose to leave the profession early often do so because they find the demands overwhelming and lack the support and tools for the transition from education to practice. The nurse residency experience provides new nurses with support and additional learning, in the environment of care, that’s needed in order to be successful and satisfied.”

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