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Young Entrepreneurs in the Mohawk Valley and the YEA Investment Challenge

April 29, 2013

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Recently I had the privilege of judging a talented group of young entrepreneurs as part of the YEA Investors panel. The YEA investors Panel is a group of Business Leaders that had the opportunity to listen, judge and “invest” in young entrepreneurs and their businesses. These individuals take a full academic course designed to teach them how to take a business from idea to operation, ultimately presenting these businesses to a group of ‘investors’. Let me tell you… I was blown away with the creativity, passion and professionalism in each of these young individuals…

Two of the business concepts that caught my eye were MOTTO, as it was a business designed to get youth involved in volunteering, and also Stellar Students which had a focus on tutoring not only children but parents as well. For me it was all about the idea and passion. You cannot have one without the other, so I was looking at both to see if the idea could make it and if the entrepreneur had enough passion to make it a success.

Yasmine Mohamed’s business concept, Balloonies-which makes creative, unique and fun balloon gifts was awarded a $1000.00 investment from the panel and a full presidential scholarship to MVCC. Her business idea also finished in the top two in the Rochester regional competition and she’ll now be moving on to present to the national competition in Washington DC.

These young individuals are the future of the Mohawk Valley, and they need to be able to take their idea and make it a reality… That is what drives economic growth in our area, great ideas and passion for those ideas… As young individuals they are getting head start on that process through the YEA program.

Posted in: Entrepreneurs, Young

Go Red Corporate Challenge Update

April 18, 2013

With the Go Red Corporate Challenge entering its final weeks, we wanted to catch up with some of our First Source staff members who have been setting healthy eating habits, exercising more, and tracking their results. Today, we’re checking in with Michael Orsomarso about what he’s learned.

goredMike“So far the Challenge has taught me a lot about my personal eating/health habits.  While I thought I was eating healthy for a long time prior to beginning the Challenge, I learned that my mentality of what exactly “healthy” meant was a little skewed.  I have since changed my eating habits to incorporate more natural and truly healthy foods instead of what I was eating before:  Greek Yogurt with Kashi vs. Regular Lowfat Yogurt with Special K, baby spinach and peppers with eggs vs. turkey bacon with eggs, etc.  While whole wheat bread may be good for you, there are better alternatives and differences from one brand to another, such as the amount of sugar in the loaf.  One brand of “whole wheat” bread may have more added sugar and high fructose corn syrup than another.  I compare labels and make sure I know what most of the ingredients are, and watch for ones that I can’t even pronounce.  Overall, the Challenge so far has definitely forced me to take a double-look at my eating habits and the foods that I eat.  This is definitely something and a standard that I will hold myself to even after the Challenge has officially ended.”

 

Posted in: Staff

Dan Haggerty’s Go Red Corporate Challenge Goals

April 13, 2013

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Dan Haggerty – Senior Underwriter

Why did you sign up for the Challenge?
To carry on the good practices I’ve learned from our past Challenges and to learn new practices. Great to share in the positive energy we have too!

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
Eating heart healthy!

What do you hope to accomplish?
Striving to be the best I can be for those around me, and to set a positive example for my family!

Posted in: Challenge, Corporate, Go, Red

Brenda Rogowski’s Goals for the Go Red Corporate Challenge

April 9, 2013

brendarogowskiWhy did you sign up for the Challenge?
I signed up because good nutrition and health are very important to me.   I want to set a good example for my daughter who is 5 years old so that she starts off life with healthy eating and exercise habits.

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
I ate a pretty healthy diet before the challenge.  I am a vegetarian and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains already, but I don’t make time to exercise as often as I’d like to.  I am trying to do more at home but I am also entertaining the possibility of joining a gym or taking group exercise classes.

I’m not sure if you would see it as related to this challenge, but I have set a goal to floss at least once a day and follow with Listerine rinse.  I have never had a strong flossing habit, and I have heard that it can impact heart health.  I want to do it to prevent cavities, as a heart health preventative and to set a better example for my daughter.

What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope create a daily flossing habit and find a way to build cardio workouts into my exercise routine on a regular basis.

Posted in: Challenge, Corporate, Go, Red

2013 YWCA Salute to Outstanding Women

April 4, 2013

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Kristy Nole – AVP Marketing & Communications

I just had the privilege of attending the 2013 YWCA Salute to Outstanding Women Luncheon with several of my First Source co-workers. I walked into a packed room of what had to be close to 400 attendees who were all there to show their support for the YWCA and the eight women that were being honored.

The mission of the YWCA is “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” The Salute to Outstanding Women event is designed to recognize the exceptional achievements of women in our region from sectors such as education, healthcare, human services and racial justice. These women may come from all walks of life, various careers and areas of our community but they all share common traits – they care; they give; they make a difference in the lives of others.

We may think that violence, abuse, racism and social injustice doesn’t exist in our community. But these issues are real and they do happen here. And unfortunately all too many of us are aware and have been personally impacted in some way.

YWCA2What’s interesting is that almost all of the women that were honored today spoke about their own personal support network. Many of them attributed their success and core values to their parents or others in their lives that were influential and modeled the way. I think about the opportunities I myself was afforded by growing up in a loving, nurturing environment where violence, abuse, racism and social injustice were foreign concepts. As an adult and now a Mom, I am unfortunately reminded every day of how unjust the world can be and how it is my responsibility to keep those I love and those around me safe from harm.

I am encouraged by the work being done by these eight individuals and this amazing organization and am honored to have been invited to help recognize these achievements today. I feel compelled to do my part to create a brighter future and I hope others will join me in doing the same.

To learn more, visit http://www.ywcamv.org/

Posted in: YWCA

Sue Maxam on the Go Red Corporate Challenge

April 2, 2013

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Sue Maxam
First Source Financial Service Representative

I signed up for the Go Red Corporate challenge not only because First Source is a wonderful sponsor but also because I am passionate about GO RED!!!

I myself had rheumatic fever when I was a child, heart disease runs in my family and I want to be sure that I am here to watch my grandchildren grow. Not only to be a part of their lives but to be a women that is a healthy and strong example for them. The Corporate Challenge has encouraged me to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables and walk, walk, walk!!! Thankfully so far I have lost 12 pounds and feel great! Thank you First Source for making me First!!!

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