The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will conduct an informational meeting March 8 to review its recreational boating program with steam-cleaning vendors and those interested in becoming DEP-certified vendors.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Catskill Watershed Corp. offices at 905 Main St. in Margaretville.
DEP will explain details of the new trolling-motor pilot program for fishing boats at the Cannonsville Reservoir, and the meeting will include training on how trolling motors should be cleaned by vendors.
DEP requires all boats to be steam cleaned by a certified vendor before they are used on city reservoirs to prevent the spread of invasive species that can affect water quality.
Anyone interested in attending should call John Staby at (845) 340-7811 or Peggy Heitzman at (845) 340-7873. For more information about the new trolling-motor pilot program visit: www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/press_releases/13-003pr.shtml.
SBC wants to ease loan rules
Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration would have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the application process, according to a press release from the agency.
Among the proposed changes are:
• Eliminating the personal resource test: A borrower would no longer be required to obtain a maximum level of personal finance resources for a 7(a) or 504 loan.
• Revising the rule on affiliation: This would open access to SBA loans to businesses that, under current rules, would not qualify as a small business under SBA’s size standards by virtue of their association with other companies.
• Eliminating the nine-month rule for the 504 loan program: This would remove a restriction that limits a business to include in its 504 project only expenses incurred nine months prior to submitting the loan application.
For information on the new rules, go to www.sba.gov/content/revised-oca-regulations-504-and-7a-loan-program. The full text of the proposed changes has been published in the Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-25/pdf/2013-04221.pdf.
Local-product workshop planned
Bed-and-breakfast owners who want to learn about promoting New York state farm products have been invited to participate in workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. April 3 at the Farmers’ Museum in Otsego.
The workshop is one of seven being held statewide to bring together B&B owners and farmers.
Participating bed and breakfast owners will be given gift baskets containing various products and information on agritourism or services from New York farms.
To register, go to https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/BandBCooperstown_225 or call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at (315) 684-3001 by March 27. The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Route 80.
State: Program saved 3,260 jobs
The State Labor Department’s Shared Work program saved 3,280 jobs in 2012, according to a press release from the Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera, who urged any employer considering layoffs to contact the Labor Department to get help in retaining workers.
Shared Work gives employers an alternative to layoffs. Rather than lay off a percentage of workers to cut costs, an employer can reduce the hours of workers while they collect partial unemployment insurance benefits to make up for the lost wages. The program allows workers to keep their health insurance, retirement, vacation pay and other benefits. The employer gets to keep the skilled and trained workers.
Oneonta Liberty Tax will provide tax preparation for active and retired police and firefighters March 4 to 9 at 28 Oneida St. in Oneonta. Call 353-7228 for more information. … Chobani began a new nationwide ad campaign — Go Real Chobani-Real Is — Sunday during the broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards. … Steve Bieritz, owner of the Bieritz Insurance Agency in Cooperstown, has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Northeast Kidney Foundation.
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