Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga County New York’

Observations From A Town Hall Roundtable

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Last night I attended a government round table with several leaders of the Clifton Park and Saratoga area, including community and government representatives.  At the beginning people were asked to state who they were, who they represented, and a little about their organization.

Two of the gentlemen were from regional business associations, and I found their take very interesting.  The first person said they represented a certain geographic area, how big they were and what services they provided to their members.  The second gentleman also spoke about their size and coverage, but then made a change.  He talked about a situation where one of his members had some goods held up a a port of entry (which is nowhere near our area).  He then went on to say that within a day, the goods were release.  My take-a-way from this is one person told what they can do, while the other told what they did.  Bottom line, actions speak louder than words.

I am pretty annoyed that the new health care legislation includes the requirement that all business transactions exceeding $600.0o in a year require the business receive a 1099.  This is a burdensome and very costly undertaking for small businesses.  When I brought this to the attention of our representative, he said he was aware it was in the bill, didn’t know how it got there and was working on getting it repealed, but was not sure if he would be successful.  My comment was it is easier to get poor legislation removed before signing than after.  I guess not so common sense.

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Saratoga, The Sun and Man’s Best Friend

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Yesterday (as today) was beautiful in Clifton Park and Saratoga County, New York, with temperatures in the mid 60’s and sunshine.

We just completed a new website (www.SaratogaCityCenter.org) for one of our clients, the Saratoga Springs City Center.  As this required providing them with training on their new CMS (Content Management System), and I didn’t want to be late, I called and asked if they minded if Toby, my Miniature Schnauzer could accompany me.  It was, and he was a big hit.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Saratoga City Center provides meeting space in the heart of Saratoga Springs, NY.  Some of the businesses and organizations which utilize the City Center are the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. for their Annual Dinner, the Saratoga Springs High School Junior / Senior Prom, YFC’s Excel and Break-Out, Curtis Lumber for their Annual Contractor Show.

During training, there were a few items which the City Center staff asked about changing.  Their requests were passed to one of our web developers, who was able to make the majority of the changes while I was still on-site.

What a fantastic way to end the day.  Working with great clients, and a sunny ride home with my dog in the back.

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Customer Feedback

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

As our company has a very good technical staff, it is rare I that I go on service calls anymore.

Yesterday afternoon I received call with a request to install some new hardware for a friend of mine who also happens to be a customer of our Clifton Park computer repair business.  As I knew they didn’t want to go without their system for the entire weekend, I told them I would come by and take care of it for them..

Everything went well and they were very appreciative of the fast response on a weekend night. The best part for me thought, was hearing them rave about their recent experience with one of our techs.

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