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CEN Transitions Leadership with the Passing of John Tattersall

The CEN Executive Committee met last week with a limited agenda given the passing of John Tattersall.  Louise Aitcheson welcomed everyone and read the poem entitled “Epitaph” by Merrit Malloy in tribute and remembrance of John and his many contributions to CEN.

Eileen Guarino shared that she had attended an event in honor of John and the group that had gathered discussed doing a sizable (pooled) donation to Junior Achievement so he could be honored and memorialized for the incredible passion he brought to everything – especially mentoring young people through JA.  We are awaiting those details and will share them once we have more information.  Paul DiCaprio agreed that JA was a fitting way to honor John.  In addition, it was agreed to do the floral arrangement for John with banners reading “Beloved CEN Chairman and President.”

Per the CEN By-Laws, the Vice President assumes the role of President when the President cannot serve; the CEN Exec Committee appointed Eileen Guarino as Interim Chairman and President with Paul DiCaprio making the motion and Jaret Morse seconding the motion.  The vote was unanimous.

The CEN Executive Committee also discussed how the CEN Board of Directors needs to be refreshed with additional manufacturing members, and as a group we would appreciate input and perspective from fresh eyes and voices.  To that end please get in touch with a CEN officer, or Louise Aitcheson, if you are interested in helping CEN grow as an organization.

Lastly, for the CEN meeting in September, we would like to do a social gathering towards the end of the month so members can gather and network while remembering and honoring John Tattersall for his years of service to CEN and manufacturing in general.  Details will be forthcoming as they are finalized.  We look forward to seeing you all at this social event and at other CEN meetings in the months to come.

Until then we send our warm regards to each of you,

The CEN Executive Committee

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New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Governor Kathy Hochul announced changes to the NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that increases the pool of eligible applicants. Now, NYS small businesses with 2019 or 2020 gross receipts between $25,000 and $2,500,000 are eligible to apply.  With the expanded eligibility criteria, even more small and micro-businesses will gain access to available and much needed funds, and our communities will benefit. As we have done throughout the pandemic, the CEG Business Growth Solutions and Capital Region Chamber teams stand ready to help businesses navigate the application process. As a designated technical assistance partner, the Capital Region Chamber can assist and advise applicants on their applications. Please contact Project Manager Lea Springstead at or call her at 518.431.1445. 

Learn more at a complimentary webinar on September 9, 16, 22 or 29. REGISTER HERE.

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