Business owners or would-be entrepreneurs have a chance to go to ``boot camp.’’

The city of Oneonta is presenting a free three-hour “Business Fundamentals Boot Camp” on April 27. The 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. class will be held in the conference room at NBT Bank, 1 Wall St. in Oneonta.  

Participation is a requirement for individuals seeking city or Otsego County loan program funding. The course will be facilitated by Devin Morgan of Three Blazes Innovation.    

The program will review fundamentals of starting or restarting a business, the importance and basics of business planning and taking action to turn ideas into reality, a media release said.

Risk management, business record-keeping and employment issues also will be discussed.  

To register by the Monday deadline, call Carolyn Lewis at 432-8871, ext. 207, or e-mail

Main Street Oneonta to offer seminars

Main Street Oneonta will present a five-session “Main Street Business Series’’ on Wednesdays beginning June 15 and running until Oct. 19.

Each session will cover a topic to provide resource tools for “Main Street” businesses, a media release said, and all businesses in Otsego County are welcome to attend.

The seminars will be at the Oneonta Theatre, 43 Main St., downtown, from 8 to 10 a.m.

Each session will cover a different topic. Session titles are “Focus on the Customer and Grow”; “Bricks and Clicks, Social Media for Retail”; “Creating a Following, Building Repeat Business”; “Building Your Team, Managing Employees and Business Relationships” and “Be a Destination, Building a Successful Main Street.” Devin Morgan of Three Blazes Innovation will provide the content and facilitation of this programming.

Cost for the series is $20 per session, with a $5 discount for businesses that are a member of any chamber of commerce in Otsego County.

For more information or to register for the series or an individual session, contact Carolyn Lewis at 432-8871, ext. 207, or

Chamber executive to leave

Maureen Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of Commerce Chenango, has issued a media release that she is leaving for a position out of state.

Carpenter, who has led the chamber for four years, will join the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce in Bowling Green, Ky., where she will be economic development coordinator for South Central Kentucky.

“Maureen has made great contributions to Commerce Chenango, not only as CEO, but in her role as economic development coordinator previous to that,’’ Kevin Walsh, chairman of the board of directors said in the release. ``I feel great about the strength of our staff and have confidence that their knowledge and experience will ensure a seamless transition period.”

Carpenter will officially leave her position with Commerce Chenango on April 29.  

Commerce Chenango’s executive team will organize a committee to begin a search for someone to lead the organization and promote economic development. The not-for-profit chamber was organized in 1959.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, e-mail details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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