Business Bites: Boards and awards!

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All the business news that’s fit to print, in bite-sized form! Tompkins County is lucky to have a vibrant and active economy, with an abundance of local businesses and entrepreneurship. Business Bites captures a snapshot of what’s happening in the local business circles.

DIA elects seven new board members
Earlier this month, five downtown Ithaca property owners and two commercial tenants were elected to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting.


Downtown property owners Justin Hjortshoj and Sam Parlett were elected, and Nathan Lyman, Chris Hyde, and Fred Schoeps were re-elected. Hjortshoj co-owns 126 East State St on the Commons and the vintage boutique Petrune. Parlett represents Peter Parkes, owner of Benjamin Peters at 120 East State St on the Commons. Lyman, an attorney, represents Ithaca Renting, which has several properties downtown and in Collegetown. Hyde is a partner in the local development company Travis Hyde Properties which owns and manages several properties across Ithaca and downtown. Schoeps is the owner of 104 East State St on the Commons, home to Homegrown Skateshop next to the Cornell Store.


Two local staples in the community, Cinemapolis and Sunny Days of Ithaca, will now be on the board with the election of the art house cinema’s executive director Brett Bossard, and the owner of the specialty gift shop, Deirdre Kurzweil.


According to a release from the DIA, “Board members serve a three-year term on the board, a group of individuals who are tasked to oversee the use of special assessment funds collected within the 22-block Business Improvement District of downtown Ithaca.”


TC3 collaborates on apprenticeship program
Tompkins Cortland Community College is partnering with local and state organizations, as well as area businesses, to connect candidates for apprenticeship opportunities, provide training while apprentices are paid, and produce qualified employees. Candidates interested in an opportunity in advanced manufacturing have until May 3 to apply at NYSApprenticeship.org/aap.


Apprenticeship training is delivered by Biz, TC3’s home for continuing education and non-credit professional development programs. The program features apprentices hired by area businesses including Ames Linen Service of Cortland and Square Deal Machining, Inc. of Marathon, among others. For more opportunities through Biz visit: tompkinscortland.edu/biz.

Alternatives Federal Credit Union looking for Nominations for Jeff Furman Social Responsibility in Business Award
Since 1999, AFCU has given the Jeff Furman Social Responsibility Award, named after long-time Ithaca resident and activist, to a business that “has distinguished itself through business practices that demonstrate the owner’s commitment to social responsibility,” according to AFCU’s call to the community. For the first time ever, AFCU is turning the nomination process over to the community at large.


Does your business, or a business you know of, incorporate some or all of these practices: supports a positive workplace, pays a living wage, hires women and minorities, uses their business to promote social responsibility in business, is a good steward of the environment, trades in responsibly produced goods, has a positive impact on the community, gives back to their community, partners with other local businesses, encourages creativity and thinks outside the box.
To nominate a business, email businessservices@alternatives.org. Please include: nominees name, company name, nominator’s name and email, relationship to the nominee, and a one-page letter of nomination with specific examples of this business’ socially responsible practices, commitment to a positive workplace, and why they deserve the Jeff Furman Social Responsibility in Business Award. Deadline for nominations is April 26. The recipient will be honored at AFCU’s annual meeting on June 19 at The Space at Greenstar.

Bousquet Holstein opens office in Ithaca
Originally founded as the law practice of Green & Seifter in 1961, Bousquet Holstein PLLC has created a reputation in central New York for its work on real estate development and entrepreneur representation, among other things. Legal services that will be offered in the Ithaca location on the third floor of 121 East Seneca St include: trust and estates, elder law, business law, and business transactions, public finance, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters, commercial real estate, and commercial and trust litigation. In a release, David Holstein, a member of the firm and Board of Managers, said of the move choice to open an office in Ithaca “Our attorneys have personal roots in the Ithaca community and have been building professional relationships in the region for many years. The addition of this location is a natural progression that will afford us the opportunity to serve the community in the same manner that we have in our Syracuse and New York City offices. We look forward to engagement with the Ithaca community and to providing excellent legal counsel through our diverse, experienced and dedicated team of professionals.”


Business events
Small business roundtable at the Tompkins Chamber

  • Thursday, May 2
  • 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • All Tompkins Chamber member small business owners from any privately-owned business with 50 or fewer employees are welcome. It is our goal to create a safe, confidential space for small business owners to dialogue, share information, and gain mentorship and inspiration. Please register to attend. This is a member only benefit. Once you have registered, we will send you a short survey seeking your input prior to the first roundtable on May 2. To register: tompkinschamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/189507

Cayuga Medical office open house and ribbon cutting at Community Corners

  • Tuesday, April 30
  • 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Join Cayuga Health System and Cayuga Medical Center as they celebrate the opening of their new location at Community Corners. The new facility will include CMA Internal Medicine, Neurology and Rheumatology as well as CMC Laboratory Services. RSVP with Jessica Adams, jadams@cayugamed.org.

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