CAP COM Congratulates 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits

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

On behalf of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, the presenting sponsor of the Capital Region Chamber Women’s Business Council we’d like to congratulate The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York and The Food Pantries for the Capital District for being named the 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits!

We look forward to working with you and helping spread your mission across the Capital Region for the years to come.


51 Great Questions to Ask in an Interview

You know it’s coming. At the end of every job interview, the HR personnel or the hiring manager always asks “So do you have any questions for us?”

You know you have to ask questions. As a potential employee, you need to make sure the position and the company is the right fit for you. The Muse has put together a list of 10 questions you can ask that not only keep you informed about the position, but shows the company your interest in the job as well.

Read the article here.

5 Things You Can Do This Holiday Season

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, President of Put Another Way.

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It is coming whether we are ready or not. Holidays can be stressful and challenging. As women, we so often take on the burden of home, office, and family and by the time we are ready to have some fun, the joy of it is gone.

Let’s not do that anymore, ok?

Here are 5 things we can all do to get through this holiday season and welcome 2019 with a healthy and fresh mindset.

Relax– This is a special time of year to remember the things we are thankful for. Don’t worry about the holiday dinner or gifts. Friends and family are simply happy to spend time with you over a pizza, coffee, or a holiday dinner.

Think and….

Learn– Learn from the years of stress we have put on ourselves when at the end, you are sitting with the people in your life that matter, and no one cares that you didn’t spend a fortune or struggle in the kitchen over a rack of lamb.

Now you can…

Plan– Look ahead to 2019 and remember what you learned from the holiday season of 2018. You are ready for the new year and any holiday season that comes along.

And perhaps you can…

Give– I usually spend some time in the beginning of each year looking at the charities that are important to me and see how I can give my time, and resources to support these groups. The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is the 2018 Adopted Nonprofit of the Women’s Business Council. It has been a personally rewarding experience learning about the YWCA and the unbelievable, tireless efforts they make each day to enrich women’s lives.

Please spread…

Love. That’s all. Plain and simple. Be mindful and be kind. Happy holidays and best in 2019!

Note: Interested in doing more and learning about how to become more active in your community? Contact Marna at  and join the Women’s Business Council!

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend the WBC’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser

We’re less than a week away from the Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser and it’s the perfect opportunity to get some holiday shopping done that is all for a good case. This is the final event for the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region as our 2018 Adopted Nonprofit and they could really use our support!

At this event, there will be a silent auction along with a wine pull ($20 each) and a jingle bell necklace ($20 each) game to win a gift card tree valued at over $750. There will also be three featured raffle items: ($25 a ticket, 3 tickets for $40) that includes a night out in Albany, a night out in Schenectady and a diamond heart necklace from Northeastern Fine Jewelry. We will also be announcing who are 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits will be!

The event will take place this Tuesday, December 11th at the Century House (997 New Loudon Road, Latham) from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Register HERE!

The YWCA also would greatly appreciate it if those attending could also help by bringing new bath towels of any size and new twin sheet sets that go towards the women and children who stay at their building in Troy.

Here are 6 reasons why you should attend and participate at this year’s Holiday Fundraiser:

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Maria Sharapova Built a Business Empire Thanks to Her Winning Team

Maria Sharapova Built a Business Empire Thanks to Her Winning Team

Maria Sharapova is known for being one of the best tennis players in the world since she was a teenager. Despite not receiving a formal education, her business portfolio is quite extensive: her candy line, Sugarpova, investments with in the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC), a sunscreen line and partnerships in technology and hospitality. Sharapova sits down with Entrepreneur to discuss how she’s able to juggle all these business ventures on top of being a pro tennis player.

Read the article here.

There’s still time to register for this year’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 11th at the Century House in Latham. Get your holiday shopping for a good cause. All proceeds from the event benefit our 2018 Adopted Nonprofit, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

Register here.

25 Lessons Business School Won’t Ever Teach You

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Business school can teach a lot when it comes to various aspects of the business world; however, it can’t teach you everything.

The Women’s Business Council develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

WBC programs help build relationships that move you forward (#3 on the list) and provide access to speakers that will teach you that there is no single path to success (#2) and the importance of risk taking (#16). To see the rest of the list, view the full article here.

Don’t forget to register to attend this year’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 11th at the Century House in Latham. Get your holiday shopping for a good cause. All proceeds from the event benefit our 2018 Adopted Nonprofit, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

Register here.

5 Things for Year-End Performance Reviews

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, President of Put Another Way.

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Performance reviews are dreaded by both management and employee. Each feels the weight of the process and experiences trepidations at the amount of time it takes to perform this one on one review.

Years ago, working for a Fortune 100 company, the process was strict, the documentation exhausting and the flexibility was zero. There had to be a better way. I took the best from the performance reviews I experienced in the past and utilized many of the suggested platforms below.

Here are some creative ways and thoughts on performance reviews:

Do it quarterly! I never understood waiting until the end of the year to discuss an employee’s performance. Whether good or bad…don’t wait.

Self-Assessment. This is a common format allowing the employee to self-assess and discuss successes, challenges, and areas for improvement. Management reviews and adds comments and suggestions for the upcoming year. Keep it short.

Skip level reviews. These can be effective and very eye opening. The subordinates and/or sometimes peers of the employee can review the employee either in a conversational written review or a structured question review. This works best for managers and upper level executives.

Performance review by objectives. Here the management team will set a list of objectives focusing on many aspects of the employee’s job. This could include managing expenses, performance goals, or job specific tasks. This type of performance may need to be completed after year end as the close of business figures may be required for the review.

Unwritten, verbal review. This one is a little touchy because there is no paper trail of the review. A summary of the conversations can be drafted and approved and signed off by both management and employee.

No matter how you review your employees, be fair and speak to them clearly and with a purpose. Be prepared and carve out time only for them, no interruptions.

We have all been reviewed by a manager that did not know how to execute a performance review. Need help or suggestions on how to conduct performance reviews? 

The Capital Region Chamber offers numerous classes and seminars through their BuisnessU Program. Check out their website and sign up for seminars and training here.