The BEST Center at Genesee Community College Continues its Progressive Programming

The recent recognition of being named the 2005 Innovative Enterprise of the Year by Genesee County Chamber of Commerce exemplifies how The BEST Center of Genesee Community College continues to develop exciting new programs, partnerships and opportunities to benefit the businesses and employees working within the College's four-county service area. The BEST Center is pleased to announce another lineup of upcoming events and programs demonstrating the organization's commitment and creativity to promote the economic prosperity of the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties):

Small Business Week / April 11 - April 16, 2005:The BEST Center is participating in some of the events planned by Genesee Chamber of Commerce to recognize National Small Business Week, which is April 11-16, 2005.

•The "Business Etiquette Advantage," a lunch time presentation about successful business practices and protocol, will be given by Jerry Kozlowski, Dean of The BEST Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Batavia City Centre Council Chamber. Cost is $10 and includes a light lunch. Interested attendees should call 343-7440 for registration details.

•The BEST Center has teamed up with the Women's Business Center (WBC) of Canisius College in Buffalo to provide women entrepreneurs and small business owners in the GLOW region with opportunities to hone critical business skills and develop important business contacts essential for success. Under the leadership of Best Center director, Lina LaMattina, this new alliance will provide a regular series of networking opportunities and also special events.

The introductory luncheon is scheduled on Thursday, April 14, 2005 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM at Bohn's Restaurant, where Melinda Rath Sanderson, executive director of Canisius College's Women's Business Center will be the keynote speaker. She will highlight the mission and objectives of the WBC and some of the unique initiatives undertaken to increase the success of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. WBC is one of four centers across the United States to receive the five-year $750,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide training, counseling and personal business coaching or mentoring under the goal of positively impacting the regional economy.

Mrs. Sanderson is a 24-year veteran of both the corporate business environment and small entrepreneurial enterprises. She worked for Westin hotels and resorts, Nestle, taught at a community college, and also successfully provided consultancy services to firms interested in economic development, events and meeting coordination, financial advisement, and executive recruitment.

Networking is among the leading recommendations Mrs. Sanderson will discuss in her presentation, and the WBC has created the Women in Networking (WIN) group to connect services and product providers to buyers and potential customers.

Women In Networking (WIN) Monthly Meetings

Working collaboratively with WBC, The BEST Center is kicking off a GLOW region Women In Networking group which will meet every second Thursday of each month in the morning. The first organizational WIN meeting is scheduled Thursday, May 12, 2005 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at Bohn's Restaurant. Mrs. Sanderson and Ms. Amy Rath will help facilitate this kickoff event.

"We realize the smaller, rural nature of our population base makes networking all the more difficult in the GLOW region, and also all the more crucial to a small business owner's success," Ms. LaMattina said. "Recognizing the busy schedules of business people, these monthly networking sessions are designed to be short and effective. Participants in the first organizational meeting in May will help us shape WIN's format and future."

For further information or to formally register for the networking group contact Lina LaMattina at 585-343-0055 x 6299.

Harnessing the Power of eBay

In a second collaborative effort to promote small business initiatives, The BEST Center and the Women's Business Center of Canisius College are presenting an up-to-date training session on harnessing the power of eBay, Tuesday, May 24, 2005, 5:30 to 8:30 PM in room T119 of the Genesee Community College's Conable Technology Building. Researching, creating and enhancing lists, setting prices, opening Pay Pal accounts, monitoring sales, avoiding costly mistakes and making the most of this billion dollar industry are the topics of this one-evening workshop. The course is taught by eBay trained specialists and teaches the right way to sell and succeed on eBay. Call 585-345-6868 to register. Cost is $49 with an optional workbook for $15.

Successful Course in Crime Scene Investigation Expanded

Last year's successful, two-day course developed collaboratively between Genesee Community College/The BEST Center and Genesee County Sheriff's Department will be expanded to a three-day learning opportunity to be held June 6-8, 2005. "Death Scenes and Recovery of Bodies: The Process, Collection, and Analysis of the Remains in a Forensic Setting" includes lectures, hands-on classroom participation, outdoor field exercises and site excavation experience. The course was a welcomed opportunity for area police investigators, evidence technicians, coroners, attorneys, and anyone needing to expand their knowledge of death investigation and recovery techniques.

The course is taught by Ms. Jennifer J. Prutsman-Pfeiffer, a Board Certified Pathologists' Assistant employed by Strong Memorial Hospital, and a Forensic Anthropologist who has consulted throughout Western and Central New York, and was one of 33 anthropologists assisting after the collapse of the World Trade Center.

"Responding to participants' positive recommendations of last year's seminar, we have expanded Death Scene Investigation to three days for more in-depth site identification and field recovery practice," Ray Chaya, director of Business Skills Training at The BEST Center.

For further information contact Ray Chaya at 585-343-0055 x 6269.