October 13, 2013

Business briefs: Oct. 13, 2013


Designation earned

PLATTSBURGH — Andrew Lomanto, a financial consultant for Community Bank’s Wealth Management Group Plattsburgh office, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, a standards-setting body.

The designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The fiduciary standard is intended to ensure that individuals charged with a role in managing other peoples’ money follow prudent investment practices and are therefore worthy of the trust placed in them.

The designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics. On an ongoing basis, designees are required to complete continuing education to maintain the AIF designation.

Community Bank’s Wealth Management Group delivers services for the Trust, Brokerage, Investment Management and Insurance units of Community Bank System Inc. and Nottingham Advisors, an investment management and advisory firm.

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Appointment announced

DANNEMORA — Lisa LaFountain has been named marketing specialist at Dannemora Federal Credit Union, according to President/CEO Daniel Martin.

LaFountain spent the last two years as the director of fundraising and membership at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum. Prior to that, she was the marketing intern at the Foundation of CVPH.

LaFountain holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In addition, she has been actively involved with the American Marketing Association and continues to receive training in the marketing field.

Dannemora Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union offering personal financial services to more than 14,000 members with more than $120 million in assets. 

Cancer donations

PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Centre mall has joined the efforts during the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October by launching their Champlain Centre Goes Pink campaign on Twitter. For every new follower on Champlain Centre’s Twitter page for the month, 25 cents will be donated to the Treasure Chests Breast Cancer Support group of CVPH Medical Center.

Many Champlain Centre retailers show their support for breast cancer awareness through special promotions. The Alex and Ani Arms of Strength bangle is now available at Hannoush Jewelers; 20 percent of all sales from the bangle will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, a Rhode Island non-profit that works to spread awareness, education, resources and hope in the fight against breast cancer.

Mastercuts will be hosting their Clip for the Cure event on Oct. 19 with 10 percent of the proceeds from every haircut donated to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. GNC has limited-edition products and reusable shopping bags with a portion of sales going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Champlain Centre Goes Pink campaign will run through Oct. 31, so visitors are encouraged to follow them on Twitter to show support.

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Program supported

PLATTSBURGH — Price Chopper will kick off this year’s Pink Ribbon Produce program with a new educational component, the Fresh Plate Challenge, to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During the month of October, Price Chopper, will direct shoppers to the participating produce suppliers with a Pink Ribbon Produce program icon on posters and point-of-sale signs next to the product and encourage consumers to “Take the Fresh Plate Challenge” and fill half of their plate with fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Fresh Plate Challenge campaign utilizes the Pink Ribbon Produce website and social media channels to encourage and educate consumers to live healthy while promoting awareness and support for breast cancer. The campaign will feature an Instagram photo contest and other interactive activities using hashtags #PinkOctober, #BreastCancerAwareness, #FreshPlate and #PinkRibbon. Contest winners will receive a retailer gift card and a donation to NBCF in their name.

Donations bestowed

PLATTSBURGH — PC Construction of South Burlington, Vt., has donated five $5,500 donations to winning nonprofit organizations in celebration of the company’s 55th anniversary.

One of the winners is Champlain Valley Family Center in Plattsburgh.

PC Construction’s employee-owners were asked to nominate 10 of their favorite nonprofits from the communities in which the company does business. This pool of candidates was then turned over to the public to determine the final five winners.

“The communities in which we work have provided a tremendous amount of support throughout the 55 years we’ve been in business,” said Kevin McCarthy, CEO and president. “To celebrate these relationships, we asked our clients, business partners and members of the community to select five organizations to receive a donation. It is our way of saying thank you for the many years of collaboration.”

During the three-week period between Sept. 11 and Oct. 1, more than 10,000 votes were cast.

“The Champlain Valley Family Center is an outstanding agency that has served the community tirelessly to improve many lives over the years. I am proud to request assistance for them,” wrote one voter.

To learn more about PC Construction and watch a short video, “Celebrating 55 Years of Owning It,”

Fright Night

CHAZY — Hairstyles Unlimited, with assistance from the CCRS Drama Club, will present Fright Night on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Saloon at 9654 Route 9 in Chazy.

It is free and open to the public.

There will be a friendly skeleton and a creative, character-filled pumpkin patch for kids and a delightfully frightening house for the older trick-or-treaters.

For more information, call Denise Garnot at 846-7795.

Employment grants

ALBANY — A total of $1.2 million in job training grants is still available to businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

This effort is part of a campaign to help individuals who have been out of work for 26 weeks or longer connect to available jobs in their region. To date, more than 600 businesses have taken advantage of about $8.2 million in on-the-job-training incentives to hire more than 1,200 individuals across the state.

“The state is using every tool available to actively reduce unemployment and ensure that every New Yorker has the opportunity to find a good-paying, long-term, stable job,” Cuomo said. “With these job-training grants, we are incentivizing businesses to hire and train New Yorkers who have been unemployed for at least half a year, benefiting both job seekers and companies. I encourage interested businesses to take advantage of these grants and New Yorkers looking for new opportunities to visit a New York State Career Center to explore the wide range of available employment services.”

The state is also conducting outreach beginning this week to help New Yorkers who have been unemployed for 26 weeks or longer to find employment assistance. The Department of Labor will send an e-mail to those New Yorkers containing a simple survey that will be used to help tailor job-search services for each individual who responds and to invite them to one of the 96 New York State Career Centers for these personalized services.

Luge sponsorship

LAKE PLACID — High Peaks Dental and USA Luge have announced that the dental practice in Lake Placid and Plattsburgh has become the official dental service provider of USA Luge. Athletes and staff from USA Luge were present at the contract signing on Sept. 23 along with HPD partners Doctors Michael O’Connor, William Caldon and D.J. O’Neill.

“This is such a fun, yet important way for High Peaks Dental to become part of a national program like USA Luge,” O’Connor said.

USA Luge is the only Olympic team headquartered in Lake Placid. The team has begun on-ice preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, starting in just four months.

As part of the agreement, High Peaks Dental will provide the athletes and staff of USA Luge with a full range of dental services featuring The Gold Medal Smile Program. The national governing body of luge will also avail themselves of other services provided by the HPD team, including their comprehensive Dental Health Savings Plan.

“Our team and staff are excited to have a local, Lake Placid-based organization like High Peaks Dental as supporters of USA Luge,” said Dmitry Feld, USA Luge marketing manager.

High Peaks Dental has offices in Lake Placid at 55 Barn Road and in Plattsburgh on State Route 3. Both locations will provide services for the athletes and staff.

New psychiatrist

MORRISONVILLE — Behavioral Health Services North has added psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Poreba, M.D., to its staff in the Adult Services programs located at the Center for Well-Being on Route 22B in Morrisonville.

Poreba did his psychiatry residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, has since worked on a number of inpatient units, has been both a staff psychiatrist and medical director at several community mental-health centers, and most recently was the interim medical director at Adirondack Medical Center and the medical director at Cayuga County M.H.C. in Auburn, N.Y.

The BHSN Board of Directors, its CEO, Craig Amoth, and its staff recently extended a welcome to Poreba.

Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours at ELFS Farm Winery and Cidermill, 7411 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh, on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is co-hosted by ELFS, >WOKO/WIZN/WKOL/WBTZ/WJOY and Texas Roadhouse. 

Attendees will see ELFS huge new winery, learn about winemaking, network with friends, make new business contacts, enter to win prizes and more. There will be barbecue-style fare catered by Texas Roadhouse and a cash bar featuring New York state wine, cider and beer.

Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand business networks and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. Admission is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without. For more information, or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.

Rating earned

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. was recently recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading bank-rating and research firm. Glens Falls National has earned this designation for the past 26 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating, issued in September, indicates Glens Falls National is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn the rating, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, said that a recent Gallop poll indicates that customer confidence in the banking industry is beginning to come back.

“That confidence, no doubt, can be attributed to community banks like Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. that hold to the principles of sound banking,” she said.

Established in 1851, Glens Falls National currently operates 30 offices in five counties. More information can be found at 

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