Friday, October 30, 2009

Nonprofit Job: Opportunity for Chenango

In advance, I wish to thank you for sharing the following career leadership opportunity with your colleagues and professional network:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Norwich NY: Rural leadership opportunity with Opportunity for Chenango, a Community Action Partnership fostering family, housing, community economic development in the beautiful hills of Chenango Co. Seek executive who enjoys leadership cultivation and team building while adept at managing multiple projects and financial complexity; 46 public contracts plus fee-based energy subsidiary. $7.8m budget; 139 employees. Negotiable mid to high 70k + benefits. Forward resume in Word by 12/10/09 to
Visit to learn about OFC For job detail, click on
Equal Opportunity Employer

Best regards, Susan Maini, Search Consultant
Enterprise Inc
Tel 774-286-9954

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Networking Seminars 2009-2010

How to Use Web 2.0 for Your Business
October 29, 2009 – Creating Your Website on a Budget
8am-9:30am at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, Hartwick Seminary
$14 member/$18 non-member
When potential customers search the web for your business what do they find? (Try it.) Without a website, you are entirely at the mercy of what others say about your business or, worse, your business may simply not exist. A website is an important part of letting customers know who you are, what you do, and how to find you. In this breakfast seminar we will look at the importance of being on the web and provide step-by-step instructions to get you started. We will look at the basics of domain names, web hosting, and design options, from DIY to professional design firms. We will talk about selecting content, such as text, images, and links. Finally, we will look at easy-to-add bells and whistles like blogs, video, downloads, and e-commerce. Food and networking opportunities included.
December 17, 2009 – Building Your Business Network Online
11:30am-1pm at Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY
$20 member/$24 non-member
Businesses need other businesses to survive and thrive. The Web provides excellent opportunities to find suppliers, business partners, business advice, and other resources. We will look at online directories, communities of practice, and business networks as resources for your business. Specific examples will include the Chamber website, LinkedIn, and PartnerUp. We will also talk about how to find and participate in niche online communities that fit your needs. Food and networking opportunities included.
January 21, 2010 – Does Your Business Need Facebook Fans or Twitter Followers?
8am-9:30am at Templeton Hall, Cooperstown, NY
$14 member/$18 non-member
There is a lot of buzz around Facebook and Twitter. Some business owners, family members, and friends may already be using one or both services to socialize, share pictures, and play games. But are they more than a diversion? Can they really help you brand your business, attract new customers, and turn them into repeat buyers and advocates for your products or services? We will explore the basics of what these social media platforms are and how businesses are using them. We will also provide a step-by-step guide for getting started and guidelines for use. Food and networking opportunities included.
March 18, 2010 – Using the Internet for Meetings, Calls, and Chat
11:30am-1pm at Tunicliff Inn, Cooperstown, NY
$18 member/$22 non-member
Did you know that you can talk to almost anyone on the planet that has a computer for free? Have you ever needed to share a presentation and collaborate on documents without expensive or time-consuming travel? Do you understand how “chat” is different from e-mail and why chat is a considered a great customer service tool? We will look at web-based communication tools, like Skype, DimDim, and various chat platforms. We will discuss how to use them, what’s free and what’s not, and how they can support customer, employee, and partner communication. Food and networking opportunities included.
April 8, 2010 – Web-based Tools for Your Business
(tentative) at Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY
$14 member/$18 non-member
All businesses have processes that are best managed using software, such as accounting, contact management, and document management. But do you need to buy the software, manage installation and upgrades, and worry that the failure of your computer means loss of critical business information? An increasing number of valuable software applications are now available via the Web. The best part is that many of these applications are free, can enable multiple users (and access from anywhere), and have backup and data recovery built in. We will look at examples including project management from Zoho, office applications from Google, and online storage from Mozy. Food and networking opportunities included.
September 16, 2010 – Web 2.0 Series Finale, Best Practices on the Web
8am-9:30am at Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY
$20 member/$25 non-member
Wrap up event for the Web 2.0 seminar series. The event will focus on sharing best practices and success stories of member businesses. Food and networking opportunities included.
Members Only: Pre-register today for all six sessions for $90!

Funding to support the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce 2009/10 Business Seminar Series is provided in part by Otsego County Office of Economic Development.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Charities being sued for not paying overtime

A recent story in the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, IN discussed a case of a nonprofit worker at a Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. The article relates that the employee worked seven days a week at the nonprofit charity that provides housing for sick children and their families during medical treatment. She regularly worked about 70 hours a week, and it turns out, is owed more than $20,000 in unpaid overtime for the job she left in April.

When she asked for some time off, and then to start clocking in and out , and her employer told her that she was not allowed to. She filed a lawsuit against the charity Sept. 10 in Miami federal court, alleging overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In the troubled economy, charities and nonprofits have been hit hard. Donations are down, staff has been cut, and some corners are being cut.

Michael Casey, managing partner of Epstein Becker & Green's Miami office, said major national nonprofits like the Boy Scouts of America and United Way run sophisticated operations similar to big corporations.

"The problem hits the smaller, local nonprofits just like it hits the smaller employers," he said. "The dismal economy has caused a lot of employers to fudge quite a bit on the wage-and-hour front. They will tell some employees, 'We can't afford the OT, but we need the work done.' The law says you can't do that."

The lawsuit against Ronald McDonald House was not filed on a whim. The Labor Department investigated Siberio's claim and determined her employer was a nonexempt charity violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Scheve said.

"I can only remember a handful of nonprofits we have sued," he said.
"It's not that we target them," Scheve said. "It's just that they are an employer like everybody else. Just because they do something good doesn't mean they get a free pass."

Soraya Rivera-Moya, the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, declined to discuss the pending litigation. "We are focused on providing comfort and care to more than 50 families who stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses of South Florida every day."
In some ways, nonprofits are just mirroring other businesses.

A new Labor Department report said the rights many Americans have taken for granted - minimum wage, overtime pay, meal and bathroom breaks, access to workers compensation - are disappearing from the workplace.

The report looked at 4,387 workers in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, and found 22 percent had suffered overtime abuses of some type in the previous week.

The Fair Labor Standards Act stipulates that covered employees must be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a week.

Nonprofits are prone to push this boundary, said Jennifer Chandler, director of network support at the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington.

"Even though they are mission-based and doing wonderful things in the community, they still have to follow the law," she said.

The Labor Department is cracking down on nonprofits, especially in the recession where nearly a third have cut staff and services, Chandler said.

Lawsuits by former employees also have increased. Read more here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nonprofit Offers Info on Health Care Reform

LEAF ED Julie Dostal passed on this info from National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) regarding nonprofits and health care reform:

Nonprofits and Health Care Reform
Over the past several months, we have been in consistent communication with you regarding the health care reforms developments and how they impact the treatment of alcoholism and addiction. The following e-mail is an update regarding how health care reform may impact your NCADD Affiliate, as a non-profit organization.

As we're sure you're well aware, the debate to reform the nation's health care system is in full swing. NCADD is working with a variety of human service organizations to monitor and influence the impact of the reforms on the nonprofit sector. Currently, there is a proposal in the House that does not offer nonprofits the same availability to program subsidies that would be offered to for-profit employers to help provide health coverage to their workers. We strongly encourage you to contact your representatives this week regarding this issue and are providing a draft letter (below) from the Independent Sector for you to use….

Dear Representative/ Senator:
On behalf of [organization], I am writing to urge you to ensure that health care legislation includes subsidies to help nonprofit employers provide health coverage to their workers.

Nonprofit organizations employ over 14 million people in the United States -- almost 10 percent of the U.S. workforce -- who are integral to the vital services these organizations provide to communities across the nation. The vast majority of nonprofits are small businesses, employing 50 or fewer workers, and like our for-profit counterparts, we generally lack access to the range of health insurance choices available to larger businesses. During these difficult economic times, we are facing rising demands for our services with fewer private contributions and government resources to help meet that demand. Without assistance, most small nonprofits will be forced to cut staff, cut benefits, and cut programs. [Consider sharing specifics about the number of people your organization employs, the types of services you provide, and the importance of health care reform to your organization.]

We urge you to support the inclusion of some form of financial assistance, like the one offered in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved bill, to both nonprofit and for-profit employers to help pay the cost of health insurance premiums. The tax credit included in the bill adopted by the House Ways and Means Committee would generally not apply to tax-exempt nonprofits and so some other form of assistance is needed to provide them with assistance comparable to that being provided to small, taxable businesses.

Again, we feel it is imperative that Congress ensure that any health care reform measures provide direct incentives to nonprofit employers so that they may have affordable access to health insurance options for their employees.

[Executive Director Organization]

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CDO Workforce Offers Special Presentation

Wednesday, October 28th 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn, Oneonta

Since the end the Second World War, the United States has led the world in scientific discovery and innovation, and has been a magnet attracting the best scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to our educational institutions, industries and laboratories from around the globe.

However, in today’s rapidly evolving competitive world, the United States is losing its competitive foothold as the leading knowledge economy. Nations, such as China, are quickly
challenging the US dominance in scientific excellence and technological innovation, in education, the science and engineering workforce, scientific knowledge, investment and hightech economic output.

Join us for an interactive session with Mr. Martin Booker, General Manager of Amphenol Corporation - Industrial Division who has lived and worked in Asia and China for the past 27+
years to discuss his personal experiences and insights on China and how do we compare, with a
particular emphasis will be on:

􀂙 Business focus and philosophy
􀂙 Economy
􀂙 Educational Systems
􀂙 Workforce preparation

Who should attend?
Business and Community leaders, School District Administrators and Principals, College
Administrators and faculty, Workforce and Economic Development Professionals, and anyone
interested in today’s rapidly evolving global economy and the competitive future of the United

Please RSVP to:
Ona Whaley at (607) 432-4800 ext. 120 or

The Presenter:
Martin Booker was born and raised in the United Kingdom and earned a Masters degree in Geo- Physics from the University of Wales. In 1981, Martin moved to Asia working both in the Peoples Republic of China and Southeast Asia and spent 9 years living and working in Asia before returning to Europe. His work while based in Europe required him to travel and work with customers and suppliers in Asia with a focus on China. Martin was working, living and traveling to China before most businesses contemplated China as a place to do business. He is a pioneer in Asian business development and is uniquely qualified to discuss this timely topic.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

September 30th Program: Employer Resources for Nonprofits

The Leatherstocking AEA held their Septemer 30th program, which centered on the challenges confronting nonprofits regarding downsizing and re-organizing their staff. In response, Executive Directors are looking for ideas on how to do this appropriately and effectively. This panel discussion offered great information and resources to help nonprofits respond to these issues. The panel featured:

The panel addresses a variety of topics, which included:

Shared Work Program Presentation
Internship Presentation

Thank you again to our panelists for sharing their invaluable time and information. Have your own resources or information you would like to add? Share it here or e-mail us.