5 Reasons to Make a To Do List

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From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner Put Another Way

Funny, this is a post that contains a ‘list’ of reasons why you should make a list. The irony is not lost on me. Like so many of us, January brings feelings of renewal and focus. We want to do so many things that our ambitions can get lost in our mundane daily tasks.

Why should you make a list?

  1. Keeps us on task. When you start your day and boot up your laptop or tablet, do you know what you need to do today? Reaction is different from action. Schedule important tasks and recurring tasks in your calendar. Build that ladder of activity in your day and leave some down time for unexpected events.
  2. Prioritize. Ok so you have you list and schedule in front of you. Have you prioritized your tasks? If billing is not due to your accounting department until the last week of the month, why do it now? Timing is everything.
  3. One thing leads to another. It is like pulling a string. You sit down to write a proposal and you realize you need pricing from a supplier….add that to do item now. You are creating a thank you campaign for your clients and need to purchase coffee shop gift cards…add this action in advance so you can finish that project in one swoop. Check!
  4. Allows the opportunity to punt. No time right now? No problem. Move that to do item to another day, week, or month. You are the boss of your time.
  5. Feeling of accomplishment when completed. At the end of the day when you look at your list and see all that completed activity, you will feel spectacular. The sense of accomplishment is rewarding, embrace it.

Good day or bad day?

Please don’t be discouraged if your list is still fairly large at the end of the day. Some projects take longer and that is ok. Some days you will finish the entire list and you can head out to the gym and take a spin class. Either way, you are better off and so if your business if you make a list.

Add this to your list.

Spend some time with your fellow list builders and come to the WBC luncheon, Your Voice, Your Values, Your Vocation…Doing you authentically; while explaining you succinctly. This marvelous event will be held on January 28th at Albany Marriott Hotel. Click here to register or for more information, email Marna Redding at mredding@capitalregionchamber.com .

WBC Member Spotlight

Last week we mentioned that the Women in Business Wednesday’s would highlight our own WBC members in a Member Spotlight format.

To further promote women who are leading the way in our community, we are featuring Chamber member businesses who are owned by women.

To help us create the blog post, please answer the questions below and send 1-2 photos that we can include with the spotlight. Please send the completed questions and photos to Kate Renna and Emily Dessingue or simply email them to have them send you a pre-printed form.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

What do you love most about what you do?

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Women in Business Wednesdays 2020

Over the past few years, every Wednesday we have enjoyed the many posts that our guest bloggers have provided with links to articles that have been relevant, timely and insightful. In 2020, we are going to shift Women in Business Wednesdays to focus on and highlight our members. Please stay tuned for what is to come and details on how to be featured.

For now, I will leave you with a last look at 2019 and the progress women have made according to an annual study conducted by McKinsey and Company in partnership with LeanIn.Org. Below is an infographic from the article for a quick look and click here to read the full article.

CAP COM Cares Foundation Partners with Jahnel Group to Provide Assistance to SEAT Center

From the desk of Kate Fruscione, Public Relations Strategist at CAP COM Federal Credit Union.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation has teamed up with Jahnel Group to help deliver the magic of the holiday season to students from Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center, in Schenectady. The SEAT Center provides education and training programs for underrepresented populations, businesses, and communities, with a strong focus on serving young adults ages 16-24 years old.

The relationship between the three organizations started when a team from CAP COM and a team from Jahnel met at a networking event and shared the philosophy of engaging their employees in giving back to the community. Both organizations shared insight on a recent business relationship they were both developing with SEAT, so they came together to help the organization in need.

CAP COM and Jahnel adopted 23 students through this collaborative initiative to provide gifts this season to SEAT. The organizations hosted a special holiday celebration on December 20, at SEAT, which included gift deliveries, and an ugly sweater party. (Photos attached). CAP COM Cares Foundation, the Jahnel Group, and SEAT are hoping to turn this into an annual holiday tradition.

“Giving back to our community is at the heart of CAP COM’s mission”, stated Amanda Goyer, Director of Community Engagement at CAP COM. “When we find partners like the Jahnel Group that share in this, we magnify our outreach in the community.”

“Jahnel Group is thrilled to partner with CAP COM and helps Schenectady’s SEAT Center this holiday season,” said James Murphy, Project Manager, from Jahnel Group. “We are extremely thankful for the CAP COM Cares Foundation, for taking the time to provide us valuable information about all of their programs to help us create our own vision for making an impact on the local community.”

“For many of our students, having happy memories of the holiday season may be a challenge. After a while they learn to not have expectations so there’s no disappointment,” said Jennifer Lawrence, Executive Director of Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT). “CAP COM and Jahnel Group’s partnership ensures that our students will have an enjoyable, brighter holiday, with new and lasting memories”.

CAP COM Cares Foundation was established by CAP COM Federal Credit Union in 2003 to nurture the community by supporting health and wellness programs; financial literacy and education initiatives; and causes that assist underprivileged families. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over $4 million and over 35,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of organizations in the Capital Region. The CAP COM Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution based in New York’s Capital Region with more than $1.9 billion in assets and 11 branch locations. The credit union is member-driven and focused on superior service, convenient products and competitive rates that help members save money and make life just a little easier. CAP COM offers all the products and services you’d find at a typical financial institution. Visit http://www.capcomfcu.org to find out more. Federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

A Message from The Epilepsy Foundation of NENY

From the Desk of Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc.

Dear Members of the Women’s Business Council,

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber for selecting the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York as your 2019 Adopted Non-Profit.  I also extend my deepest gratitude to CapCom Federal Credit Union for your sponsorship of the Women’s Business Council and the Adopted Non-Profit program.  We have had such an amazing year working with all of you!   

We had several goals as we entered this partnership.  First, we wanted to educate members of the Women’s Business Council about epilepsy to bring awareness to this disorder which will affect 1 in 26 people in our lifetime.  Rarely, is a friend, family or business not affected by this often misunderstood disorder. 

Second, we wanted to put a face to epilepsy by introducing you to local women, professionals in our community, who are living with epilepsy themselves, or caring for a family member with epilepsy.  Many of you approached me as well to share your own personal connection to epilepsy. 

Our third goal was to teach everyone how to recognize a seizure and be able to provide very basic first aid for someone having a seizure.  We have seizure first aid posters available if you would like to post one at your place of employment.  While our year as the Adopted Non Profit is over, we can still come to your place of business and provide training on seizure recognition and first aid for your employees at no cost.  Just mention that you are a member of the Women’s Business Council.  

While we accomplished these three preliminary goals, we actually accomplished SO MUCH MORE.  We made so many new friendships and connections.  We are sad to see our year as the Adopted Non-Profit come to an end.  And yet, we are so thankful to all of you for all the money that has been raised, and all of the awareness that has been generated.  Thank you for purchasing raffle tickets at the events, and for your generous donations at Women of Excellence, Bold in Business, and the recent Holiday Party.  We are pleased to report that we raised a total of $11,957 throughout the year!

This money is being used to support our Care and Cure Initiative.  This initiative provides programs and services for people who are living with epilepsy today, and it also provides hope for tomorrow by enabling more research for both better treatments and eventually a cure.  Your donations have sent children with epilepsy to summer camp, supported our college scholarship program, and helped support many of our free programs and services in the community. 

If you like what you have learned about epilepsy and our organization over the past year, and would like to get more involved, please reach out to me at jgarab@epilepsyneny.org.  There are many ways that you can become involved in our organization, including joining our Board of Directors or volunteering on one of our special event committees.    

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 32nd Annual Confections in Chocolate gala which will be held on March 21st at Glen Sanders Mansion. Please reach out to me if you would like to attend or volunteer at this event. 

The Epilepsy Foundation could never have the impact that we do without the incredible support of the business community.  Thank you again for choosing us as your Adopted Non-Profit, and for making 2019 a special year for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. 


Jeannine S. Garab

Executive Director

Women in Business Wednesdays: A world run by women…

From the desk of Hannah Stenzel of Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.

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Reading this recent article was like receiving an early holiday present. 

Two days ago, former President Barak Obama said that women are better leaders than men. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” he said.

Every nation on Earth run by women? Now that’s a goal to work towards in 2020. What would that look like for you?