Five summertime things you can do for your business

Five Things from the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner: Put Another Way LLC

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With the Fourth of July behind us, summer is in full swing. We are planning summer camps for the kids, family vacations and possibly getting a freshman ready for college.

Yes, we are all busy, but summertime can be slow in July and August so why not do something summer-ish before Labor Day?  Here are five suggestions that we hope you like!

Have an ice cream party! – Years ago, I worked for a book manufacturer in Troy, NY. The bindery was hot, and the people back there worked so hard. One day we hired an ice cream truck and we all took 30 minutes reminiscing about Mr. Ding-a-Ling when we were carefree kids. You know what? We were all feeling a little carefree that afternoon!

Hire a summer intern. I know we are mid-summer but there are still students looking for some experience. Small jobs, cleaning up files or doing research- this is a generation of Google kids. Use them!

Donate. You can donate time to a non-profit or a local community cause. Engage your employees and do this together. What better way to build a team than to become a team and work on something worthwhile?

Close early one Friday afternoon. Not all businesses can offer summer hours but few if any of your clients would begrudge you a Friday afternoon off. Your people will love it and it is a simple way to say thank you for all the days and nights of extra effort.

Take your work outside. Again, I understand not all business can work away from a desk but working outside frees the soul! When I was in elementary school, we would take reading hour outside and lay in the grass under those huge maple trees made reading soooo much more fun.

So, think outside of the box, engage your teams, employees, and clients to find ways to enjoy summer. Fall is beautiful too, but we can talk about that later!

Looking for some fun things to do this summer and build your business? Visit the Events page on the Chamber website- .

Women in Business Wednesdays

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I have been in the working world for a while and I must admit I have never had a formal mentor. I have had two women and one man, that were more seasoned than me in the jobs we did, who as I look back, were mentors.  But if that doesn’t happen naturally, how do you connect with someone?  Do you ever think about becoming a mentor?  Please let us know in the comments.

Here are some statistics from the article and survey and below are some ways to connect through the Chamber.

  1. 76% of people think mentors are important, however, only 37% of people currently have one.
  2. Most people opt for same-sex mentors (69% women, 82% men)
  3. People with mentors are happier at their current jobs than those without.
  4. Only 14% of mentor relationships started by asking someone to be their mentor. 61% of those relationships developed naturally.


Read the article here: Forbes

See the data from the survey here: Statistics on Professional Mentors

Find out more about the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network (mentoring network) here: YPN

Come to the WBC’s Membertini and make connections! – $12 for members, $15 for non-members at Daley’s on Yates September 25th- 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Sign up here

Kudos- First Female Board President!



Albany, NY: The Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is pleased to welcome two new members, Shelley Friel and Karen Wachs.  Shelley is Director of Development at Rockefeller College at the University of Albany.  She looks forward to serving on the communications committee and assisting with this year’s Epilepsy Golf Tournament.   Karen Wachs is Neurology Account Manager with Greenwich Biosciences.  She has been serving on the Confections in Chocolate committee and will be joining the board development committee.

At the June meeting of the Board of Directors, the following new officers were elected for two-year terms: This is the first time in history that a female has been Board President!

Jerilee Beaudoin, President

Denise Sullivan, Vice President

Lynne Longtin, Treasurer

Kevin Volk, Immediate Past President


The Epilepsy Foundation has a volunteer Board of Directors. Members have a variety of professional backgrounds. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents to further the mission of our organization, please complete a Board of Directors Membership Application and forward it with a copy of your resume to:

Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205 or you may forward it electronically to:

Board members are required to become members of the Foundation, attend regularly scheduled board meetings, support fundraising events and serve on 1-2 committees.

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Firecracker Women


Leah Ginsberg of Forbes asks, “Need some entrepreneurial inspiration to take you into Fourth of July? Check out these quotes from some amazing firecracker women (yes, we said it!) on Forbes Self Made Women and Up And Comers lists on starting up, starting over and breaking the status quo. Let the business fireworks begin!”   Full article here.


I think my favorite quote from the article is:

“Life happens, things get in the way of your goal and your mission and your plan, and you got to take a detour. Number one doesn’t work, how are we going to get there? Second way. If the second way doesn’t work, can we still accomplish the mission by getting there another way? [You] don’t have to change your goal. Change your path, be willing to, and don’t see that as a failure. That’s just life… You can’t lose sight of what you really want to do.” – Diane Hendricks, 69, ABC Supply



Don’t forget to sign up for the ANP event below:

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Upcoming Events

Walk to End Epilepsy

Sunday, September 8

Saratoga Spa State Park

Register here!


The CAP COM Cares Foundation held its annual BIG Benefit Raffle Drawing at CAP COM’s Financial Center, located at 4 Winners Circle, Albany at noon on June 12. During the drawing, $26,000 in cash prizes were awarded to nine raffle ticket winners. Prizes ranged from $1,000-$10,000. This served as one of the Foundation’s primary annual fundraisers.

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York also received a $10,000 check from the Foundation to grant a wish to a child diagnosed with a critical illness. This is the fifth wish sponsored by CAP COM since 2015.

Thanks to the sponsorship by CAP COM Federal Credit Union and the CAP COM Cares Foundation along with the craftsmanship of 4x Heaven of Gloversville, the 5-year-old Make-A-Wish Northeast New York wish child, Carlie, from Amsterdam got her wish for a new customized adaptive stroller granted.

The stroller comes not only with pinstriping but also speakers, Bluetooth and a charging station. 4x Heaven transformed the carrier into a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art.

“At CAP COM, we believe in the importance of community and people helping people,” Paige Rueckert, the Community & Youth Advocate for the credit union, said at the wish reveal/raffle at the CAP COM Financial Center in Albany. “Make-A-Wish Northeast New York embodies those same values, and that is why we are honored to once again have them as our BIG Benefit Raffle beneficiary.”

Carlie now has the sweetest ride in Montgomery County. The wish reveal and announcement of the raffle winner was attended by dozens of CAP COM employees, the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York staff, media, and Carlie and her family.

“We at Make-A-Wish Northeast New York are very grateful to the employees and members of CAP COM FCU for the generous and continued support of our mission and wish families,” chapter CEO William C. Trigg, III said. “Our partnership with CAP COM is helping us fulfill our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in our region.”

Adopted Non-Profit Volunteer Opportunities

Image result for epilepsy foundation of northeastern new yorkThe 2019 Adopted Non-Profit, The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, has volunteer  opportunities for two large events coming up: the Walk to END EPILEPSY, to be held on Sunday, September 8th at the Saratoga Spa State Park and our Golf Tournament for Epilepsy, to be held on Monday, September 23rd at Wolferts Roost Country Club.


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Please feel free to contact Susan Kaczynski, Director of Development at for any questions or if additional information is needed.  To register, or for more information about the events, you may visit and

Power of the Pack: Women Who Support Women Are More Successful

best-friends-blond-hair-bonding-1574650What makes a woman successful? Well, there are a lot of factors that all come into play and success can look different for everyone.  As we have recently heard from the 2019 Women of Excellence, success is often the result of a lot of support from friends and family, hard work and perseverance, networking, relationship building and in some cases, taking risks.  This article highlights a few studies that indicate that women, in particular, benefit from collaboration over competition.

Read the Power of the Pack here.