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December 16, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 16, 2012


Spring For Hope is an opportunity open to nonprofit organizations actively supporting the community and fundraising. Each organization, chosen for its unique contributions and for enhancing the quality of life in the community, will receive two nights accommodations and up to 133 guest rooms at High Peaks Resort, free use of up to 10,000 square feet of meeting space, free audiovisual and support services and a 50 percent reduction on related catering.

“High Peaks Resort has a long-term commitment to the Spring for Hope concept and is proud to offer gifts to our neighbors and add support to hopefully increase the good they do,” said Bill DeForrest, president & CEO of Lane Hospitality, owner of the resort. “We received many quality applications from deserving organizations; the judges were torn so we made the decision to offer three gifts this year instead of the normal two, and will still offer two awards in 2013.”

Spring for Hope judges included Ted Blazer, president & CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA): Ruth Fantasia, features editor of the Times Union in Albany and Human Resources Director for the publication; Pauline Frommer, syndicated newspaper columnist, WOR radio talk show host and creator of “Pauline Frommer Guides;” John W. Mills, PhD., president of Paul Smith’s College; Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and winner of 2011 Spring for Hope contest; and Wayne West, vice president of hotel performance for Lane Hospitality. 

For information about Spring for Hope or how to enter next year’s competition, visit or contact Lori Fitzgerald, director of marketing at High Peaks Resort, or 523-4411, ext. 361.

Employment website

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor have unveiled a new website, to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs.

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