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Commerce and Community: Aug. 29, 2013

Commerce and Community: Aug. 29, 2013

News and notes from around the business community

Daly appointed to Convention Center board

ALBANY— Megan Daly has been appointed to the Albany Convention Center Authority by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Daly became director of economic development and procurement for the Albany Port District Commission in March and is responsible for providing oversight and leadership on the commission’s economic, strategic and grant development practices.

Previously, Daly served in the Cuomo administration as deputy director of Regional Economic Development Councils, where she coordinated the awarding of $740 million distributed in the program’s second round of funding awards and tracked more than $740 million in projects that were awarded in the first round of funding.

She has also served as deputy commissioner and vice president of the city of Albany Department of Development and Planning’s Capitalize Albany Corp., where she oversaw citywide economic, business and real estate development services.

Daly received both her bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning and her master’s in urban and regional planning at the University at Albany.

Boot Camp earns excellence award

ALBANY — Empire State Development has given the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp a 2013 Award for Excellence.

This marks the third time the regional chamber’s Boot Camp program has won the award statewide, having previously won the award in 2008 and 2011.

The award was presented to Janet Tanguay, entrepreneurship manager, for outstanding performance, achievement and dedication to the entrepreneurs of New York state.

The program, one of 24 Entrepreneurial Assistance Centers throughout the state, won top honors among its peers.

To date, the regional chamber’s Boot Camp has graduated more than 670 entrepreneurs since 1990.

The Boot Camp is designed to provide high-quality business counseling and training to aspiring entrepreneurs in the Capital Region who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.

This 12-week course educates entrepreneurs on the critical skills necessary for business growth and expansion.

Bauer certified by CFP board

ALBANY — Daniel D. Bauer, principal at AllSquare Wealth Management, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP certification marks.

Bauer is a founder of AllSquare Wealth Management and serves as the firm’s chief investment officer and chief compliance officer.

The CFP marks identify individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP Certification Examination.

Marketing firm now Upside Collective

SCHENECTADY — Upside Collective, a Capital Region marketing communications firm at 249 Green St., has announced its official company launch.

Formerly Mehigan, Bellone and Associates, the company has a 35-year history of providing creative and affordable communication services to clients in the health care, beverage, private, nonprofit and small business sectors.

The new Upside Collective name emphasizes the company’s expertise, creative services and commitment to making a positive impact on its clients and the community, according to Brendan Casey, president of Upside Collective.

The company also has aided Capital Region nonprofit organizations by offering pro bono services.

Recipients include the Capital Region Miracle League, the Maddie’s Mark Foundation and the Saratoga Vet House.

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