The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will host a Small Business Saturday featuring Santa and with a Holiday Magic Parade on Saturday, Nov. 30. 

Holiday vendors will be at the Bill Bauer Community Center (the former Masonic Temple) on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unadilla Rotary basket raffles, chamber gift certificates and a raffle basket to benefit the Unadilla food pantry will also be available, according to a media release.

The Unadilla Public Library will host a children’s holiday movie at 11 a.m., and the Unatego Holiday Ensemble will perform at the community center at noon. Storytime and kids’ crafts will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. at the House of Consignment at 214 Main Street.

A tree-lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m., and the Holiday Magic Parade will begin on Sperry Street at 5 p.m., featuring area fire departments, local floats, dogs in costume and decorated vehicles.

The parade will conclude at the Community Center with Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting with children from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with gifts, hot cocoa and cookies provided by The Meeting Place.

To request an entry form for the parade, email unadillachamber@yahoo.com.

Bassett recognized by surgeons

Bassett Medical Center was recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for achieving exceptional outcomes inpatient care for the second year in a row, according to a media release.

As a participant in the program, Bassett Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care, according to the release.

Only 10 hospitals in New York State earned the distinction, and Bassett was one of only five to achieve meritorious outcomes in both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” categories.

“It is very exciting to receive this recognition from the American College of Surgeons for a second year in a row,” said Dr. Nicholas Hellenthal, Bassett chief of surgery. “The award further validates what we all prioritize as our number one goal — to continue to ensure high-quality results with low complication rates for our surgical patients. We have a great group of care providers, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

IT business to help employees pay student loans 

Directive, a local information technology and marketing firm, announced last week it will offer student loan assistance for employees.

The average graduate of the class of 2017 owes nearly $40,000, according to a company media release. Student loan debt in the United States exceeds $1.53 trillion dollars, and around 2.2 million borrowers in New York state owe a collective $73.5 billion.

According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, only 4% of employers provide student loan assistance.

“By reaching this milestone, there is the hope that Directive will be able to better entice and retain the talents of those graduating from the local colleges and keep them in the area, helping to improve the Oneonta community for the long term,” said Directive employee Courtenay Chambers. “I think it will encourage young professionals to seek a career here. I personally feel like I am valuable to this company because there’s a willingness to help us out in a more personal way.”

“The student loan assistance program is a real milestone for us and something we have wanted to implement for a long time,” said CEO Chris Chase. “We are always striving to make our workplace an inviting place to be employed, with this new program we are now able to make an additional impact on our team members’ personal lives and financial wellbeing.”

Accountant marks milestone

Mark A. D’Amico, CPA, operator of a full-service accounting firm specializing in small businesses, at 9 South Main St. in Oneonta, celebrated his 25th year in business, according to a media release. D’Amico began the business in Oneonta on October 17, 1994.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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