small_biz_ladyI had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Small Biz Lady, Melinda Emerson, on Twitter on May 29, 2013. Melinda conducts a weekly Tweet Chat using the hashtag #SmallBizChat and has quite the following. She interviewed me on “Using the Law as a Protective Shield for Your Small Business.” If you missed the live chat, here is the full transcript of the Q&A. Hope you pick up some great tips on using the law in a powerful and proactive way for your business!

The Young Professionals of Orange County invite you to join them for beer and witch’s brew at their spooktacular Halloween Mixer.

The festivities will take place on Friday, October 29th from 7-10 pm at DeStefano’s Olde Erie Pub and Grille in Middletown. Cost of admission is one soul! No wait… just $10 in advance, $15 at the door, but $20 without a costume. We’ll even make it worth the effort.

There will be prizes for the best costume, signature drinks and networking with the coolest ghouls and goblins in the O.C. Reservations can be made by calling Rosanne at the Chamber at 845-457-9700 or visiting www.orangeny.com.

Come join the Young Professionals of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce for Networking at Our Speed on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Newburgh, NY from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

A happy hour with light refreshments and informal networking will begin at 5:30 followed by “speed networking.” Each participant will have the opportunity to give a brief description of his or her business directly to the person sitting across the table from them. You will then rotate until you have spoken to everyone in the room. Reserve at www.orangeny.com or call Roseann at 845-457-9700.

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional’s Council is comprised of, directed by and intended to benefit professionals just like you. Come join us!

Habitat for Humanity 12-12-09I had the opportunity to participate in a very meaningful volunteer project this month with the Young Professionals (YPs) of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce — a Habitat for Humanity project in Newburgh, NY (www.habitatnewburgh.org). I must confess that I’ve always wanted to do a Habitat project so I was thrilled when the YPs decided to take this on as their community service project. And I was not disappointed!

There’s something so satisfying about Habitat’s work; you really get to see the fruits of your labor. Most YPs painted for the day. I hauled materials, loaded up dumpsters, and even got to “organize” in the warehouse a bit! I also had the chance to see their store (aptly named Restore) for the public to purchase used furniture, supplies, and materials.

They require all volunteers to take a mid-morning break and gather in one location for refreshments, food, announcements, and acknowledgements. They recognize groups of volunteers and express their gratitude for all the volunteers’ assistance. They share stories about families that have benefited from Habitat’s assistance, which makes you realize even more the direct impact of the work you are doing.

I may have been sore the next day, but it was a really rewarding experience, and I was very impressed with Habitat. If you are looking for a volunteer project, definitely consider Habitat. I know the YPs plan to volunteer again in 2010, and I very much look forward to it!