4.22.2014

Local doctor David Gabay to serve as examiner for sports physician certification




Dr. David Gabay, a doctor of chiropractic and a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) at 550 Maple Ave., has been invited to serve as an examiner for the upcoming candidates taking that diplomate certification. The testing will be held in conjunction with the 2014 Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium held April 24-27 in Orlando.

The DACBSP designation is the highest certification for chiropractors in sports injuries. The certification requires 300 additional hours of continuing education units, a written exam, a practical exam, publishing in a peer review journal and experience working with sports teams. This rigorous, demanding training typically takes three years to complete.

Gabay is in his 32nd year practicing in Saratoga, and has served two rotations with United States Olympic Teams, covering wrestling, judo, weightlifting, bobsled, skeleton and luge.

Further information on the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians Orlando seminar and programs are available at www.acbsp.com/symposium.htm.

Reach Gabay’s office at 584-1008.


--Jennie Grey

4.21.2014

The MacLeans launch their Curved Line Living business seminars



Curved Line Living 

Local entrepreneurs Christel and Colin MacLean have announced the launch of their Curved Line Living seminars featuring all aspects of entrepreneurship and personal empowerment. The first seminar, “Fearless Entrepreneurship,” will be held April 22, with a second identical session April 25. “Fearless Entrepreneurship” will cover creating the right mindset for going out on your own, financing, building cash-flow projections, corporate structure, branding, public relations and marketing, and overcoming hurdles, as well as the MacLeans’ proprietary tips for entrepreneurial success. This is a hands-on working seminar, and attendance is limited to 35 people. The cost is $75.

“Curved Line Living Seminars represent our belief that life is definitely not a straight line,” said Christel MacLean.

Colin MacLean said, “We believe that life is filled with many opportunities for reinvention and new opportunities that can lead to an enriched life.”

To that end, in addition to future seminar topics including “New Business Development,” “Finding Inspiration” and “Managing Business Growth,” there will be a core seminar called “Principles of Curved Line Living.” This will be a continuing series, and will provide an interactive framework and discussion of principles involving self-reliance, positivity, networking and following your intuition in business. Special guests will be featured who will share their individual stories of how they followed the curved line to success.

“We have become increasingly busy with speaking engagements and private consulting projects,” said Christel MacLean. “Recent projects include a corporate retreat, a Strategies for Success business seminar, work with the Career Center at Williams College and an article on Curved Line Living that I wrote for ‘Her Life’ magazine; this just seems like a natural progression of our work.”

Owners of Circus Café, the Crown Grill, Saratoga Juice Bar and Realty Saratoga as well as their consulting firm, the MacLeans have lived the entrepreneurial lifestyle since the 1990s when they arrived in Saratoga Springs from New York City after successful careers in investment banking and theatrical production.

“Armed with Christel’s Wharton Master of Business Administration degree and our years of joint practical business experience in the trenches, we feel uniquely positioned to present our seminars in the dynamic and changing marketplace of the Capital Region,” said Colin MacLean.

For more information about Curved Line Living, visit www.curvedlineliving.com or call 369-8922.


--Jennie

Complexions Spa welcomes new master barber



Complexions Spa & Salon | Albany, NY



Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness, an Albany salon with an upcoming second location in Saratoga Springs, continues its expansion with Giuseppe Silvestro, master barber.

Silvestro is the newest master barber at the Complexions Barber Spa, certified through the Cationic Hydration Interlink Environmental School Program, which focuses on environmentally safe haircare products. In 2010, Silvestro moved from Sicily, Italy to the United States and has been avidly pursuing his barbering career ever since. He attended Austin’s School of Spa Technology in Albany where he received his master barber license.

“I chose a profession in the barbering industry because I enjoy helping people look good and feel confident,” Silvestro said. 

Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness, established in 1987, is the nation’s first gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified new-construction spa. It offers a wide variety of traditional spa treatments and centuries-old beauty rituals from around the world using the finest natural organic products for men and women in an eco-friendly wellness environment. The spa works in conjunction with area plastic surgeons and dermatologists to develop healing treatments and post-operative recovery methods. It is a winner of several local, national and international awards for its service, design and philosophy on healthy lifestyles.

Complexions Spa recently announced the development of a second location in Saratoga Springs. That 6,500-square-foot spa and salon will open in late summer at Park Place on Broadway next to Congress Park.

For more information about Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness, and about various open spa and salon positions in the Saratoga location, visit www.complexions.com.


--Jennie

Berkshire Bank donates nearly $200,000 to the United Way



Berkshire Bank 

Berkshire Bank and its two charitable foundations contributed $196,599 to local United Way organizations as part of its 2014 workplace campaign. The money raised includes corporate donations from the two foundations of $77,500, employee contributions of $85,390 and matching donations of $33,709.

Fifteen separate United Way organizations were supported through Berkshire Bank’s 2014 campaign including United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Other organizations include the Berkshire United Way, Northern Berkshire United Way, United Way of Franklin County, United Way of the Pioneer Valley, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, United Way of Tri-County (Mass.), United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Tri-County United Way, United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, United Way of Central New York, Grant United Way, United Way of Rutland County, and United Ways of Vermont. Outside of Berkshire County, where Berkshire Bank is headquartered, the foundation matched employee United Way contributions dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per region.  Additionally, the foundation provided a corporate contribution to the Berkshire United Way.

Berkshire Bank calls itself America’s most exciting bank, committed to the right core values: respect, integrity, guts, teamwork and having fun.

Lori Gazzillo, vice president and director of Berkshire Bank Foundation, said, “We are so pleased to be able to support our local United Ways in such a significant way. We are excited by the response of our team members throughout New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut, who really came together to support this effort. The dollars raised for United Way go directly to many meaningful programs throughout our markets, meeting important community needs.”

Each year, Berkshire Bank provides nearly $2 million in financial support to nonprofit and community organizations through corporate community sponsorships and charitable grants from its foundation. In addition to monetary giving, the bank has a large Employee Volunteer Program that carries out group community-service projects benefiting schools, nonprofit organizations and communities within its service area.  In 2013, Berkshire Bank employees completed 179 community service activities and donated in excess of 40,000 hours of volunteer service.  Berkshire Bank has received numerous awards for its philanthropic efforts — most recently being named by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts’s Most Charitable Companies. 

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. With more than 165 years of banking experience, the company has approximately $6 billion in assets.  Berkshire Bank continues to expand its footprint with 92 full-service branch locations in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont, offering a network of financial services including personal and business banking, insurance and wealth management. In 2013, Berkshire Bank was named among the Boston Globe’s Top 100 performing publicly traded companies in Massachusetts.  To learn more, visit www.berkshirebank.com. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of the Boston Bruins coverage on NESN.

Through foundation grants to nonprofits, scholarships to students and employee volunteerism, Berkshire Bank is making a difference. Each year, the foundation donates nearly $1.5 million to nonprofits in the bank’s footprint, and employees provide more than 40,000 hours of service — all on the company’s dime. In 2013, Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’s Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal. This year, Berkshire Bank and NESN have teamed up to raise $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity by donating funds to the Hockey 4 Housing campaign each time the Boston Bruins achieve a penalty kill. To learn more about Berkshire Bank Foundation, visit www.berkshirebank.com/community. 


--Jennie

3.27.2014

The Hub: Office space with room to grow a business



 

At the Hub at 63 Putnam St., businesses of all types can find office space to suit them, whether their employees are professionals in business suits or entrepreneurs in jeans. And more than just space, tenants can find a network of like-minded businesspeople ready to exchange ideas and support.

Real estate developer Bruce Levinsky of Merlin Development owns both the Hub and its building at 63 Putnam. The Hub opened in October 2013 and now has 11 business tenants with room for more.

“The Hub gives us a great professional appearance,” said insurance agent Julie Hill, a tenant.

Other tenants include Sarah Burger, attorney at law at Cooper Erving and Savage. Burger is the Saratoga Springs city attorney; the Hub office is her private practice. James Lee of Lee Investment Management has space in the Hub, as does Scott Starr, vice president, business development of Dynamic Energy.

“We provide small-business owners, entrepreneurs and teleworkers with appropriate offices,” said Hub employee Elizabeth Burke.

On her business card, Burke’s official title is coordination manager, but she fills many roles, including receptionist, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, travel agent, and marketer for the Hub and all its clients. Tenants call her the business concierge and say she’s the equivalent of a staff of eight.

“We are trying to bring back the service aspect of business,” she said.

The Hub office space that Burke oversees contains two conference rooms and 24 executive offices. Being a tenant permits businesspeople to have a quiet, professional workplace, as well as amenities such as network Internet, Wi-Fi, conference rooms with flat-panel monitors, black and white or color prints, copies, scanning and faxing. Overhead costs less. Startups can have an address. Walk-in clients can have a space for a day or a month.

“People can come work here during the evening,” Burke said. “Nonprofits can use our office space for meetings; salespeople can come in from all over. The Hub lets smaller startups work in Saratoga Springs, our vibrant, exciting city.”

The atmosphere of the Hub promotes conversation and collaboration among its tenants, she said.

“It’s a space for shared ideas, a collaborative environment and a networking incubator,” said Dr. Kenneth Rotondo, founding partner of Novum, who rents an executive office at the Hub. “This is an entrepreneurial world.”

The Hub plans to expand into Glens Falls in the near future.


--Jennie