Why Being Involved with the Local Community is Good Business

When it comes to forming and building a business, there are many things that you should take into consideration. While being online and participating in social media is important, interacting with people in person is still a great marketing move and can take things above and beyond. Being involved in your local community is not only a good business move, it can also be fun and enjoyable for you and your employees. It’s a great way to get the word out about your business and can lead to many great benefits.

Why your business should be involved in your community

– It shows you care

No matter how much you profess that your company cares about your community, actions still speak louder than words. When you get involved in your community, you are showing your community that you care about them. This will help you see what issues your community is facing and evaluate how you can help. Not only can you see where the problems are, you can also participate in the good things as well.

– Increased brand awareness

Brand awareness is essential for building your business. You want people to know who you are and why you are an expert in your field. Being out and involved with your community will do wonders for your brand awareness. It shows your potential customers that you care about what happens in the world around you. Not only that, but it provides great material for your social media accounts or your blog. When you run or participate in local events, it’s a great opportunity to highlight this on your social media outlets and your blog. This will add an additional level to your posts and allow you to connect with your followers on a more personal level.

– Grow your relationships with other businesses

Networking is imperative for building your business. Not only is this important for building your customer base, it’s also great for building relationships with other businesses. Get out in your local community and meet fellow business owners, even competitors. It’s also a good idea to join your local chamber of commerce and actually go to the monthly meetings. When you put yourself out there and network, you can find other businesses that you may be able to exchange ideas or even partner with.

– It improves relationships with and between your employees

Team building is very important to getting your team to work well together. When you get involved with your community and work together to make things better, it can really bring your team together as well. This gives your employees an opportunity to work together, but be in a more relaxed environment outside of work. This can be a lot of fun for everyone involved, depending on the activity that you choose.

– Happy employees stay longer

It can also help with employee retention. When you get involved in the local community, your employees may feel more positively toward your company as well and be proud to work for you. The ability to make a positive difference helps employees to be happier at their jobs. It also helps gain more skills than they may gain from their daily jobs, such as improved communication and better leadership.

– Set your business apart from the competition

Getting involved in your local community is a great way to set your business apart from the competition. This is especially true if your competing businesses are not involved in the community. Not only will this keep you top of mind to your potential customers, it will also paint your business in a positive light. You’re likely to attract more customers when you show that you care about the community.

– Actively participate in your social media outlets

Social media is another great way to interact with your customers. You can specifically reach out to those in your community, whether it be online or physically local. With so many people participating in social media, you’re sure to hit on many potential customers. This also allows you to be able to respond quickly to customer feedback. Make sure to do this within 24 hours, whether it is positive or negative. There is no excuse for ignoring people who try to interact with you on social media. You need to make sure to monitor these accounts closely or people may become alienated if you don’t respond.

Being actively involved in your local community has many benefits for you, your employees and your business. By doing it correctly, you can really feel good about your business as you’re building it. At Bieritz Insurance, we have a proud tradition of community involvement. It’s a cornerstone of our business philosophy. Look for us around town and make sure to stop by when you see us!

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Area Classic Car Events 2017

As the weather begins to warm up throughout the spring months, our thoughts begin to turn to our summer pastimes and hobbies.  For classic car enthusiasts, this means getting ready to hit the road to attend regional car shows or taking your own classic car out of storage to show her off to fans.  

 

If you are looking for shows coming up in our region of Central NY, we have listed a few of them below.  If you are looking for additional events, you can increase your radius and find shows coming up this spring/summer/fall (in Rheinbeck, NY, the Albany Region and the Finger Lakes Region).  

 

Do you own a classic car? Or maybe you are considering buying one?  If so, give our team a call for a quote!  We work with over 20 different companies and can help tailor your policy to fit your needs and your budget.  Contact Bieritz Agency in Cooperstown at 547-2951 or Morris Insurance in Morris at 607-263-5170.

 

2017 Classic Car Events

 

This Model T Ford at the Northeast Classic Car Museum is used for photo opps! You can touch it and sit in it and have your picture taken!

Year Round/Daily, Northeast Classic Car Museum – 9am-5pm, Norwich, NY

If you are a classic car enthusiast and you have not yet been to the Northeast Classic Car Museum, you are missing out on a real treat.  The museum boasts over 160 classic and vintage vehicles on display in 5 connected, climate-controlled buildings.  Exhibits include the Fabulous Franklins, Cars Made in New York State, the Post-War collection and more.  Visitors are also treated to original videos, WWI & WWII aircraft engines, period fashions, and much more. Well worth the visit!

 

May 27 and 28, 57th Annual Antique Auto Show and Flea Market – 8am-5pm, Norwich, NY

Join the Rolling Antiquer’s Old Car Club, AACA at the Chenango County Fairgrounds for this fun weekend event.  Daily admission is $5 per person; Children under 12 are free.  Saturday will feature muscle cars; Sunday features Antique Autos;  

 

June 24, Classic/Exotic Car Show- 10am-4pm, Windham, NY

Windstar Realty Group is proud to announce that they will be producing a Classic/Exotic Car Show at Windham Mountain Resort to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The event, which will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, is expected to draw classic car enthusiasts from across the country with over 1,000 classic and new exotic vehicles on display.

 

August 6, 36th Annual Car Show – 9am-4pm, Richfield Springs, NY

Richfield Springs Lions Club will be hosting their 36th Annual Car Show on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Spring Park on Route 20.  Gates open at 9am and close at 4pm.  Driver’s choice voting ends at 2pm.  Entertainment, Raffles, Trophy Presentation (3pm) – Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles are all welcomed.  Registration is $9 at the door or $7 in advance.

 

October 7, Morgan Concours d’Elegance and Car Show – Time TBA, Springfield, NY

Hyde Hall Historic Site at the north end of Otsego Lake will be hosting a gathering of prestigious Morgan Cars. Food drink and fabulous British custom cars!

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Santa’s Schedule at Pioneer Park 2015

santaWe take this opportunity to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus back to their cottage on Pioneer Park this year.   Come enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Cooperstown!

Each year Pioneer Park in Cooperstown is transformed into an enchanting “Christmas village” for the holidays. Santa arrived in his horse drawn sleigh at his cottage in Pioneer Park on November 27th.

For your convenience – Santa’s schedule for December  is posted below:

December
4th      3 – 6 pm
5th    10 – 11 am Mrs. Claus Story Time
5th      1 – 5 pm
6th     1 – 4 pm
11th     3 – 6 pm
12th  10 – 11 am, Mrs. Claus Story Time
12th    1 – 5 pm
13th    1 –4 pm
17th   3 – 6 pm
18th   3 – 6 pm
19th   1 – 5 pm
20th  1 – 4 pm
21st   1 – 4 pm
22nd  1 – 4 pm
23rd  1 – 4 pm
24th  1 – 4 pm

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Celebrating Small Businesses

July is National Independent Retailers Month.  At Bieritz Agency, we are always celebrating our small business partners and the Shop Local message for keeping our dollars within our community.  Please support your local businesses!

 

Every business is unique and has different needs when it comes to insurance.  Whether your company is large or small, we can find the right product to meet your needs and your budget.  We work with all industries – restaurants, retailers, service and financial businesses as well as lodging and accommodation properties and we offer a number of insurance products for businesses and business owners.   Our staff in Cooperstown and Morris would be happy to answer any questions or provide a quote that could save you money each year.

 

Our business products include the following:

  • Business Owners Packages
  • Commercial Liability
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Auto
  • Commercial Umbrellas
  • Payroll Deduction Programs
  • Business Retirement Plans
  • Business Life Insurance
  • Church and Non-profit Products
  • Civic Organization Liability
  • Workman’s Compensation
  • Disability Insurance

 

Call us today at 607-547-2951 in Cooperstown or in Morris at 607-263-5170.

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Best Local Places to Enjoy Fun in the Sun

Summer has finally arrived and we are enjoying some hot sunny days offset by cool evenings at last. We are fortunate to have some very special places in our area where we can enjoy the water and the beach.

Glimmerglass State Park
Glimmerglass State Park

Feel like a swim or a day at the Beach? Here are a few of our area favorites!

  • Glimmerglass State Park, located at the north end of Otsego Lake accessed from the east side at County Highway 31. Vehicle entrance fee of $7 per car or with Empire Passport (unlimited day use entry to most NY State Parks for $65. Open for swimming 11am-7pm on weekends and holidays through June 19, then daily through 9/7/15. Non-motorized boat launching is available near the parking area.
  • Fairy Spring Park- East Lake Road, County 31, Cooperstown, NY – Open weekends through June 26, then daily through the summer. 11am to dusk with swimming allowed when lifeguards are on duty. Free for residents of Cooperstown Village with a family pass + $5 per person for guests.
  • Three Mile Point – 6266 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY – Open weekends through June 26, then daily through the summer. 10am to dusk with swimming allowed when lifeguards are on duty. Free for residents of Cooperstown Village with a family pass + $5 per person for guests. Docks available for boating and fishing.

 

Image from Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, Portlandville, NY
Image from Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, Portlandville, NY

Feel like being out on the water? Try one of these for the day!

  • Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales – State Route 28, Portlandville – June through August 9am-6pm daily. Half day, full day and week long rentals are available. Launch from and return to dock in portlandville. Calm water paddling on the Susquehanna River. Shuttle and delivery services are available to additional locations. Fishing pole rentals are also available! 607-286-7349
  • CP’s Fishing Charter Service – Based in Richfield Springs, NY – Charters are available 7 days a week during April through September. Your New York fishing guides are fully licensed and insured. All trips are fully equipped with necessary tackle, necessary electronics and fish finding equipment. Boat is a registered and inspected public vessel by the N.Y. State office of Parks and Recreation. Otsego Lake sightseeing tours are also available. 315-360-7113
  • LadyBug Kayak Rentals – Kayaks are available for rent for full and half day at Glimmerglass State Park. No reservations required. Delivery available to other locations on Otsego and Canadarago Lakes. 315-941-8380
  • Public Boat Launch, Otsego Lake – Fish Road, Cooperstown – The only public boat launch on Otsego Lake. Open 5 am to 7:30 pm, $10 single boat fee (multiple launch passes available). Boats must be clean of vegetation, will be inspected. On-site vehicle parking limited (including trailers). Parking available at the Trolley Lots. 607-547-4149
  • Sam Smith’s Boat Yard – County Route 80, Cooperstown – Rentals of canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, cruisers, and large and small pontoon boats. Rent by the hour, half day or full day. No tubing or water skiing are allowed with rentals. Reservations are recommended. 607-547-2543
  • Time Out Boat Rentals – based in the Cooperstown area – Pontoon Boats are delivered to the hotels, motels, parks, and camps on Otsego Lake along with with Personalized instruction. Rentals are available for hourly, half day (4 hours), full day (8 hours), and weekly rates. 607-287-7737

 

Enjoy the summer and don’t forget your sunscreen! If we can help you with your insurance needs for home, auto, watercraft, business, financial and more – give us a call at one of our area offices in Cooperstown at 607-547-2951 and in Morris at 607-263-5170. Our staff is happy to assist you with information and a quote.

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Win a $25 Gift Card towards Lunch at Brewery Ommegang

Enter this promotion between May 15 and May 31 to win!

How to Enter:

1:  Like the Bieritz Insurance Agency Facebook Page.
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The Contest is open to residents that fall within the Bieritz Insurance Agency service region (Otsego County, NY and surrounding areas).  One eligible entry per person, 21 and older.

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March 13 is World Kidney Day

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National Kidney Month this year is bringing attention to Chronic Kidney Disease.  Take a look at the infographic below  to learn some of the facts about this silent killer.  Then, on March 13 (World Kidney Day) – start your day off with a glass of water to show that you take care of your kidneys.

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2014 Cooperstown Winter Carnival This Weekend

Beginning with a Fireworks Display at 6:30pm on Friday, Feb. 7 at Lake Front Park in Cooperstown and culminating on Sunday, Feb. 9 with a 5K/10K race, Cooperstown’s Winter Carnival is sure to chase away the winter doldrums!  With over 40 different events and activities for all ages taking place throughout the area, the event truly offers something for everyone!

View the Complete Schedule Here!

Cooperstown Winter Carnival has been an area tradition since 1967.  See Event History Here.

snow on main street

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January is Blood Donor Month

BloodDonorMonthDid you know…

  • …donating one pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three people.
  • …blood cannot be manufactured – it only becomes available through the generosity of donors.
  • …the number one reason that people give blood is they “want to help others”.

For more Blood Facts and Statistics, visit the American Red Cross Website Here!

 

Please consider donating at one of the following blood drives in our area  – Jan 20 through Jan 31.

Jan 20, 12-5pm at Worcester Central School

198 Main St, Worcester, NY 12197

Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Jan 21, 1-6pm at St James Episcopal Church

St James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

Jan. 27, 1:30-6:30pm at Richfield Springs Community Center

Walnut St, Richfield Springs, NY 13439
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

Jan. 27, 1-6pm at Otego Methodist Church

Site: Otego United Methodist Church, 10 Church St., Otego, NY 13825
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

Jan 29, 9am-2pm at Milford Central School

42 West Main St, Milford, NY 13807
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

Jan 29, 2-6pm at Cherry Valley Springfield High School

Site: Cherry Valley Community Center, RT 54, Cherry Valley, NY 13320
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee
Jan 30, 12-5pm at State University of New York Oneonta

 

Site: State Univerity of New York, Blodgett Rd, Oneonta, NY 13820
Donation Types: Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

Jan 30, 10:30am-4pm at Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

Site: Golden Color Artists, Inc., 188 Bell Rd, New Berlin, NY 13411
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee

Jan. 31, 12-5pm at State University of New York Oneonta

Site: State Univerity of New York, Blodgett Rd., Oneonta, NY 13820
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Notes: All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee
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