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Global Business Network: Tour of Cascades Tissue Group

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


Time: 7:45 a.m. check-in and light refreshments; 8 a.m. program; 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. tour

Location: Cascades Tissue Group, 148 Hudson River Road Waterford, NY

It’s a product we use every day – tissue – learn the story and see how it’s made! Cascades Tissue Group produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. Join us for a tour of Cascades’ Waterford manufacturing location and see first-hand how the company has grown to become the fourth-largest paper manufacturer in North American in just 50 years.

Cost: $20 – Pre-registration is required for this program.

Register online or call 518.431.1400



Technology Assessment: An Interactive Workshop

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Time: 9:30am Registration, 10:00am – 2:00pm Program | Location: NFS Auditorium at SUNY-Polytechnic Institute, CNSE, 257 Fuller Road, Albany |

Learn and participate in interactive discussions about basic and advanced strategies to help manage and grow your business. Walk through the evaluation of technology and its commercial potential, understand the needs of and benefits to your end-user, evaluate current market conditions and trends including competition, discover barriers to entry, and target and optimize the correct market strategy and industry mix to maximize your business. More

The Middle East is Open for Business

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Albany-Colonie Chamber office | 5 Computer Drive South, Albany

Cost: $35 | Register online or call 518.431.1400


Don’t put the brakes on the idea of doing business in the Middle East just because of what you may hear in the news. The Middle East is a region of great opportunity for all types of businesses, not just large companies. While there are real risks to doing business in the Middle East, there is also enormous potential. With a plan in place to mitigate risk, you too can find the right opportunities for your company in the Middle East. Panelists: Jessica Close, President & General Manager of Migrate; John Ohanian, President and CEO of Leosons Overseas Corporation; and Brian Sherras, Atlantic Projects Company.

Sponsored by:


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**The Tech Valley Global Business Network is a partnership between the Center for Economic Growth, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, the Chamber of Schenectady County and the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County.**


New York State High School Business Plan Competition

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Siena College

About: The Center for Economic Growth will be presenting the 2015 NYS High School Business Plan Competition which provides an opportunity for teams of entrepreneurial high school students to express ideas in an educationally competitive environment. To enter the competition, each student team must develop a unique, innovative business concept. Based on this concept each team will prepare a ten minute presentation geared towards motivating potential investors to fund the company and execute the students’ business concept. Coaching will be provided and judges will vote on the final presentations ultimately ending with prizes awarded to the top student teams.

For more information please contact Ellyn Ford at

April Venture BPlan Series

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Venture Bplan Series is a collaboration of the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and Rensselaer’s Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE).

This regularly-scheduled forum at RPI’s Heffner Alumni House is designed for entrepreneurs to get visibility to the region’s angel and institutional investors, business service providers, advisors, students, faculty, alumni and the early stage business community.

This month we will be showcasing the following companies:


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What do you want to do this weekend? Where can we go Friday and come back Sunday?If only there was one resource. didyouweekend answers this question and many more. We went viral in the northeast, and the biggest of the big use us as a posting board. Now with full scaleability a step away, and multiple revenue models set to go, didyouweekend is poised for rapid growth as the ‘kayak of local travel’. “You impact local travel more than anything we’ve seen” says one official.Whether it’s staycation or vacation, it’s always the weekend somewhere.

Ener Mat Technologies

solving the challenge of nanomaterial synthesis for advanced lithium-ion energy storage systems. Our capabilities in material science, electrochemistry and large scale manufacturing techniques for nanomaterials, enable us to build electrode materials that result in improved battery systems. We target new high growth markets, as well as existing market segments, which value high power, long lasting and lightweight energy storage.

Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Register: Click Here (Free event open to the business community)
Location: RPI Heffner Alumni House (just south of the corner of People Ave and 15th Street, Troy NY)

*Free parking is available next to the alumni house. Please note: Do not park in the lot directly behind the HAH, this is a staff lot only.

Following a 15 minutes PowerPoint presentation the panel will ask the presenter questions and provide feedback.

More Information

For more information please contact Ellyn Ford at or by phone at (518) 465-8975 ext. 243.

Putting Careers in Education Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


School-Business Partnerships Building Skills and a 21st Century Workforce

Tuesday, April 28, 2014  |  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center

660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211 (directions)
Complimentary continental breakfast will be served


The Center for Economic Growth and the Greater Capital Region Workforce Investment Boards invite you to join us for a panel discussion with leading industry experts and  professionals in workforce and education about how we can strengthen school-business partnerships to build skills and prepare students to compete in a 21st century workforce.

It is up to educational institutions and employers to capitalize on aligning education with the needs of industry. The time to do it is now!

Panelists include:

  • David Davis, President, Simmons Machine Tool Corporation
  • Paul DiCaprio, President, Specialty Silicone Products
  • Kristine Duffy, Ed.D., President, SUNY Adirondack
  • Doug Leavens, Director of Career and Technical Education, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES


8:00-8:45 A.M. – Registration, networking and continental breakfast
8:45-9:00 A.M. – Welcome
9:00-10:00 A.M – Panel discussion
10:00-10:30 A.M. – Q&A & wrap up

19th Annual Technology Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time: 11:30am – Registration | 12:00pm – Luncheon & Awards

Location: Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY

This will be CEG’s 19th Annual Technology Awards Luncheon, where hundreds of business leaders gather to celebrate innovative companies and individuals making great strides in Tech Valley. We look forward to celebrating their successes with you.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

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Annese & Associates, Inc.
Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School
Eastern NY Angels, LLC (ENYA)
GreyCastle Security
Hong Zhang, Autotask Corporation
Jeffrey A. Lawrence (1958-2015), Center for Economic Growth

A special video tribute to Jeffrey A. Lawrence
Executive Vice President, Center for Economic Growth

Registration is now open! 

Please join us for the 19th Annual Technology Innovation Awards Luncheon to celebrate and honor this year’s winners and for a special tribute to our beloved colleague and friend, Jeffrey Lawrence.

Online Registration

CEG Members:  Individual – $60; Table of 10: $550
Non-Members: Individual – $80; Table of 10: $750

Please contact Andrea Swank at or 518.465.8975 to reserve a table.

Sponsorships are available – questions please contact Andrea Swank at


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Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Dinner

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Albany Marriott |189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

Reception | 5:00PM
Dinner Seating | 5:50PM

Register here

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees 

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James A. Clark, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Armory Auto Group
Hugh A. Johnson
Chairman & Chief
Investment Officer
Hugh Johnson Advisors
George M. Philip
President (ret.)
University at Albany
Executive Director (ret.)
NYS Teachers’ Retirement System

Induction into the Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame is a preeminent business award in the Capital Region.  The honorees will be part of an illustrious group, living and deceased, who are noted not only for their leadership in enhancing free enterprise but also for their contributions to their community.

More information on the event here


AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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The AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge is a two-month  “virtual hackathon” for Tech Valley software developers, coders, innovative thinkers, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs to leverage data to create intuitive and novel mobile apps that address social and civic issues in the Tech Valley region.

Submissions Due Online: *Friday, May 1st -11:59 PM*

Demo & Awards: @The University Hall Atrium, University at Albany: *Thursday, May 14th-10 AM*


Apps submitted to the challenge will be judged on potential impact on the Tech Valley region, execution and creativity/novelty. To make the challenge truly Tech Valley-centric, teams  submitting mobile apps must include at least one member that is a current resident  of the 19 counties that make up the region (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and  Washington) or attends  one of the region’s institutions of higher education.


Grand Prize :$10,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,000

Two Honorable  Mentions: $500

Stay Connected:

On the Web: 

On Twitter: #TechValleyATT


#TechValleyATT is possible due to support from:

  • AT&T
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • UniversityatAlbany
  • TechConnex
  • Tech Valley Center of Gravity
  • Saratoga TechOUT
  • Hudson Valley Tech Meetup
  • NewYorkBizLab
  • Beahive
  • Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network
  • Accelerate518
  • HackUpstate


**CEG’s TechConnex is a proud supporter of this event**



SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Dates: May 3-6, 2015

Location: Saratoga Hilton

About: For over 25 years, ASMC has been a leading international technical conference for exploring solutions to improve the collective microelectronics manufacturing expertise. Solving the challenges presented by semiconductor manufacturing is an ongoing collaborative effort by users, device makers, equipment and materials suppliers and academia. ASMC provides an unparalleled platform for semiconductor professionals to network and learn the latest information in the practical application of advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies. ASMC 2015 will feature keynotes, tutorials, technical sessions and a panel discussion which touch on the opportunites and challenges in semiconductor manufacturing.  From Fab Optimization to Yield Enhancement, and Enabling Technologies to Advanced Equipment and Materials Processes, ASMC touches on most areas critical to manufacturing.

More info

CEG’s NY Loves Nanotech is a sponsor of this event