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ASC Presents…A Business Boot Camp for Disabled American Veterans

ASC Presents…A Business Boot Camp for Disabled American Veterans

Alfred State College is presenting a week-long business boot camp for disabled American veterans June 6-10, to be offered to disabled American veterans free of charge. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants, so register early!

Each day will include three meals, two classroom instruction periods, and guest speakers. On-campus lodging will be available in close proximity to classroom locations. Participants staying on campus will be required to arrive on Sunday evening, June 5. All materials, as well as expenses for food and lodging, have been donated.

Topics covered in the program include

  • essentials of entrepreneurship
  • advantages and disadvantages of the 3 basic forms of business ownership
  • steps for a startup
  • marketing analysis and strategies
  • location selection
  • competitor analysis
  • pricing for profit
  • financing
  • bookkeeping
  • promotion and advertising
  • electronic commerce
  • personnel management

Business Department, will serve as course instructor. Scheduled guest speakers are Congressman Tom Reed, R-NY, 29th District; Businessman Andy Glanzman, Northern Lights Candles, Wellsville; and Assemblyman Dan Burling, R,C, I-Warsaw.

Daniel Burling was born in Batavia. Following graduation from Ilion High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1972, he graduated first in his class from the Riverside School of Aeronautics, receiving the FAA Approved School Graduate Award for Outstanding Academic Performance. He then graduated from Herkimer County Community College and received a bachelor of science degree in 1980 from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy.

A NYS registered pharmacist, Dan is president and owner of Burling Drug, Inc., with stores in Attica (1987-96) and Corfu, 1991 to the present. He has served as an intern/staff pharmacist at Genesee Memorial Hospital and as consultant pharmacist for the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia.

Dan’s service in the USMC (1965-69) included a tour in Vietnam, earning him an honorable discharge as a sergeant E-5. He then attended the Empire State Military Academy, graduating with honors and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in 1976, serving as a company commander and battalion adjutant. He was honorably discharged as captain in 1994. He currently holds the grade of lt. colonel in the New York Guard, and is an honorary major in the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary. Burling earned the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the Naval Unit Citation. He has also received the NYS Medal for Merit and the NYS Service Star. His sincere interest in veterans’ issues led to his fundraising and sponsorship for the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall, which was placed in Batavia in May 1995.

Dan served on the Genesee County Legislature from 1993 until his election to the NYS Assembly in 1998. While on the County Legislature, his responsibilities included director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency; director of the Soil and Water Conservation Board; member of the Human Services Committee; and a governor's appointee to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

Dan is a member of the NY Pharmacists' Association, and the National Association of Retail Druggists. He has served his community as a past president of the Attica Lions Club, a life member of the Beachhead VFW in Alexander, life member of the American Legion Walter Klein Post 532, a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 193, and a charter member of the Marine Corps League. He has been awarded for community service by the Attica Chamber of Commerce, and was also named in Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in Business and Industry.

Assemblyman Burling serves as the deputy whip of the Assembly Republican Conference, and is a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Ways & Means, Rules, Environmental Conservation, and Veterans' Affairs. He also serves as a member of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources; the Assembly Aviation Caucus; the Assembly Minority Task Force on Agriculture, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation; the Armed Forces Legislative Caucus; and the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Andy Glanzman is president and CEO of Northern Lights Candles, Wellsville. Northern Lights Candles is a home decorative design and manufacturing company headquartered in Wellsville, NY. Andy and his wife Tina founded the company in 1978 with a $500 bank loan collateralized by a 1950 John Deere tractor. By 1989 Inc. Magazine named Northern Lights Candles one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in America. Today Northern Lights Candles remains a creative leader in its industry, selling its diversified product line through multiple market channels throughout the United States and abroad. Eighty percent of the products are made in Wellsville. The company also designs and manufactures products in Germany, Denmark, Holland, China, India, and Vietnam. All products are known for their high quality, trend-setting design, and innovation.

For many years Andy and his wife Tina have been ardent supporters of the arts as well as a wide variety of community projects. Their latest endeavor was the creation of the Wellsville Creative Arts Center, a cultural epicenter located in Wellsville, whose mission is to “Enhance the quality of life through art and education.” In a few short years the Wellsville Creative Arts Center has become a positive model for large and small towns to aspire to.

Andy, throughout his career, has shown what is possible when love for a community is combined with vision, hard work, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Boot Camp Instructor Jim Grillo, Marine combat veteran of Vietnam, has started, owned, and operated several small businesses of his own, and has taught hundreds of adult students as well as traditional college students the necessary skill sets to write a business plan and successfully start a small business.

Jim has been a member of the Alfred State College family for 37 years, serving in a variety of capacities. He began service at Alfred State as a residence hall coordinator in 1972. The following year, he moved into a full-time position in the Office of Admissions. Between 1978 and 1989, while the dean for Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid, Jim also taught courses in the Business Technology Department as an adjunct instructor. He was hired as an associate professor in 1989, and promoted to full professor in 1992. He has served in a variety of administrative posts at the college.

Grillo holds two degrees from Alfred University: a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of science in counseling and guidance. Additionally, he has completed an additional 24 graduate credit hours in educational administration through the University at Albany.

He was recognized by SUNY in 1980 with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and by alumni in both 1992 and 1993 as the Business Teacher of the Year.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY 29th District) was elected to represent the 29th District of New York in a special election held Nov. 2, 2010. He took office during the “lame duck” session of the 111th Congress and began his own full two-year term in the 112th Congress Jan. 5, 2011.

Currently, Tom serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he was assigned to the subcommittees on Aviation, Water Resources and Environment, and Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, the last of which he serves as vice chair. Tom was also assigned to the Committee on the Judiciary and was named to the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.

Tom Reed is one of 12 children raised by Tom and Betty Barr Reed – both long-term residents of the city of Corning. His father was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Tom is a 1989 graduate of Horseheads High School. He graduated from Alfred University in 1993 with a degree in political science.

“In our family, the military ethics of honor, integrity, and commitment to our nation are not just terms or concepts to be thrown around haphazardly,” Tom recalls from his upbringing. “They are beliefs to be held sacred and always respected.” Tom’s father died when Tom was only two years old. “We watched as our mother carried on, moving the remaining five children with her to our hometown of Corning, where she raised us by herself in the home my grandfather built.”

Tom graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996 and began work in Rochester, NY. In 1999, he returned to Corning. After opening his private practice, he spent the next 11 years building his law firm and other businesses dealing with real estate and mortgage brokerage. Today, Tom’s businesses employ more than 25 people.

Tom has served on many community boards in the Corning area. It was his commitment to family and friends, an enduring love for his hometown, and a deep concern about the “petty political issues” he saw at City Hall that propelled him to seek political office; he served one full term as mayor of the City of Corning, 2008 through 2009. Concerning his approach to representing the 29th District, Tom says, “We must again become a nation of personal accountability-one where our government does not guarantee success to everyone, but rather simply guarantees the individual is given the opportunity to succeed.”

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