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Committed To Education

Friday, November 1st, 2013

collegesFirst Source has a longstanding commitment to education – from our original founding to be exact. Staying true to our roots as the Utica Teachers Federal Credit Union, it is important to us to invest in the health of our community and that includes eduction. Education is the foundation of what makes a community thrive. This is why we have longstanding partnerships with our local colleges, helping to meet their goals. This includes funding the Trading Room at Utica College and a Nursing Classroom at MVCC, development and expansion at SUNYIT and a planned business classrooms upgrade at HCCC. All are important facility upgrades for students enrolled in higher education. If we can help to get them the training and experience they need and keep them in our area after graduation, we’re all about that cause.

Young Entrepreneurs in the Mohawk Valley and the YEA Investment Challenge

Monday, April 29th, 2013

doviRecently I had the privilege of judging a talented group of young entrepreneurs as part of the YEA Investors panel. The YEA investors Panel is a group of Business Leaders that had the opportunity to listen, judge and “invest” in young entrepreneurs and their businesses. These individuals take a full academic course designed to teach them how to take a business from idea to operation, ultimately presenting these businesses to a group of ‘investors’. Let me tell you… I was blown away with the creativity, passion and professionalism in each of these young individuals…

Two of the business concepts that caught my eye were MOTTO, as it was a business designed to get youth involved in volunteering, and also Stellar Students which had a focus on tutoring not only children but parents as well. For me it was all about the idea and passion. You cannot have one without the other, so I was looking at both to see if the idea could make it and if the entrepreneur had enough passion to make it a success.

Yasmine Mohamed’s business concept, Balloonies-which makes creative, unique and fun balloon gifts was awarded a $1000.00 investment from the panel and a full presidential scholarship to MVCC. Her business idea also finished in the top two in the Rochester regional competition and she’ll now be moving on to present to the national competition in Washington DC.

These young individuals are the future of the Mohawk Valley, and they need to be able to take their idea and make it a reality… That is what drives economic growth in our area, great ideas and passion for those ideas… As young individuals they are getting head start on that process through the YEA program.








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