Business Library

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber's Business Library is filled with informative, relevant articles for growing a business and advancing your career. If you are a Chamber member and would like to contribute to the library, e-mail Robin Granger or call 518.431.1434.

Safer Browsing for a Safer (and More Productive) Tomorrow

Brian Rubscha, CSSA - Network Engineer | SAGE Computer Associates
Rogue security software (also known as FAKE.AV) infections are on the rise. Writers of the malware have been able to spread their software from trusted sites like CNN.com to social networking sites like Facebook. Currently no antivirus software protects against Rogue Security Software and different versions are being spread every day. To protect against these attacks let’s understand how browsing to a safe site such as CNN.com can get you into the repair shop. The vast majority of attacks s

How the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is Changing International Business Practices

Patrick Hughes and Jeffrey Harfenist - Managing Directors | UHY Advisors
How much has changed in the past 10 years? A decade ago, athletes in many sports “juiced” with performance-enhancing drugs, many dot-coms inflated their valuations through “new metrics” and a certain large Texas-based energy company was a much-admired, high-flying company. When it came to doing business in almost all foreign countries, the practice of paying bribes – frequently justified as paying for access, consultations with ‘experts’ or streamlining the regulatory process

Gen Y: The Fuel That Drives the Engine

Michael Harrington - Director of New Training and Strategic Initiatives | New Directions Consulting
Privileged, altruistic, opportunistic, argumentative – just some of the words used by a room full of trainers to describe this newest workforce generation; and as a millennial, I more than likely possess some of those traits. However, as someone who was born on the cusp between Gen X and Gen Y, I feel as though I have a unique perspective that I share with only a few others. That perspective is the ability to relate to the motivations that drive the 18-28 +/- year old crowd, while also underst

Ten Important Responsibilities of an Executor

Kathleen Godfrey - President | Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.
When a Last Will and Testament is drafted, one of the most important considerations is the naming of an Executor or Executrix. Presumably, the Executor or Executrix is well-known by the decedent. However, this person often has little knowledge of their responsibilities. While not an exhaustive list, below are 10 important responsibilities of an Executor or Executrix. 1. First Steps Locate and study the Last Will and Testament, along with any Codicils to the Will.

Seven Tips to Advance Your Career

Annette Parisi - Assistant Director for Employer Relations | Siena College
As you contemplate your career, where do you hope to be in five years? Three years? Next year? When you are satisfied with your current position, it can sometimes be easy to get complacent. However, humans are, by nature, geared towards growth. Sometimes that growth is more focused on our personal lives; other times on our professional lives. Below are some quick tips to help grow and advance the professional aspects of your life while you think about your long-term goals: 1. Learn wh

Job Vs. Career

Dr. Tom Denham - Managing Partner and Career Consultant | Careers In Transition, LLC
Having multiple careers is an ever increasing trend. The average American may have two, three or even five careers during their lifetime, but even more extensive array of jobs. In the world of work, the terms “job,” “occupation” and “career” are often used interchangeably. However, there are some major differences that need to be clarified. Job A job is a position with specific duties and responsibilities that are regularly performed in a particular place in exch

Planning the Good Retirement

John Allen - Retirement Transition Coach | Performance Matters, Inc.
Most people ease into retirement without much thought. But Jon Allen, a retirement transition coach, says that’s not always the best way to move into the golden years. “People plan for vacations,” says Allen, who is also an Albany-area management consultant and an executive coach. “Shouldn’t they plan their retirements too?” We asked Allen a few questions to learn what services are provided by retirement transition coaches, who focus on planning the non-financial aspects of re

Business Process Improvement Uncovers Gems

Ann Moynihan - President | Document Strategies, Inc.
A formal business process improvement (BPI) effort can help to integrate software tools, business processes and human capabilities, but many businesses jump directly to tool selection without looking first at their processes and people. Questions you need to ask include: :: Are processes documented and repeatable, or do we rely on cultural knowledge? :: If processes are documented, do our people actually follow them? :: Have our processes been reviewed for efficiency and effectiveness, or d

Everything I Know about Surviving the Recession I Learned from Tom Hanks

John Favalo - Managing Partner | Eric Mower and Associates (EMA)
While the business environment is considerably more difficult than usual, it could be worse; it could be a matter of survival. Consider Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" and what he faced as an overweight, citified American stranded on a deserted island. At EMA we created a Cast Away “lack-of-hope” scenario as an exercise for a client in the residential/commercial construction industry to brainstorm ideas for generating incremental revenue without spending incremental dollars. However, you needn

How to Plan a Smooth Business Succession

JulieAnn Calareso - Attorney at Law | Burke & Casserly, P.C.
Whether you are an employee, solo entrepreneur, or the owner of a business, estate planning and business succession documents can protect you, your family and your business. Many times a business owner gives no thought to the legal side of a business after its formation. However, ensuring that proper legal documents are in place can allow the business to grow and thrive, even if you can no longer work. The most basic document to have is a well drafted Power of Attorney, which can permit anoth