Support Our Local United Way with Songs for Good


The United Way of Tompkins County is teaming up with Lite Rock 97.3 this year to raise funds for local not-for-profit organizations through "Songs for Good" as part of it's overall 2020/21 campaign.

Lite Rock 97.3 is excited to play your requests an 30 second spot  during the Wine and Dine Radiothon!  Been thinking about that special dedication to your BFF?  Maybe something to your boss or co-workers?  What’s the family’s favorite tune!?

All proceeds from individual requests will go to our Community Care FundAll proceeds from business requests will go to our Corporate Cornerstone Partners account.

Individual Request Example: 

"Bob wants to request Van Morrison's 'Brown-Eyed Girl' for his girl-Tammy! From Bob to Tammy, here's Brown-Eyed Girl."

Business Request Example: 

“The folks in the office at Alex Cole Paving in Lansing are requesting Elton John ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and they challenge all the other paving companies to match them!  Here’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John going out to the great people at Alex Cole Paving!

Below is the Link to request an invidual or business song.

Want to make your order via phone instead of online? Call 500-GIVE and let us know you'd like to purchase a "Song for Good." 

Health & High Tech Manufacturing Trends for 2021

(There is a lot more manufacturing done in our community than many realize. The manufacturing industry has been affected by the pandemic and recently has been undergoing a significant increase in overall demand.  While this article looks at manufacturing generally, our local companies are part of the overall trends.)
(NewsUSA) - The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact the manufacturing industry in both the short and long term, but smart businesses will continue to adapt by understanding current trends and their impacts.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) supports North America's 
manufacturers of construction and agricultural equipment to promote success and growth in the 
global marketplace.

The organization has identified five top trends to follow in 2021 that can help 
businesses succeed and ultimately thrive:

- Safety first. Workplace safety and compliance with the latest guidelines from the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
remain a top priority in all areas of manufacturing in 2021 and beyond.

Although the ongoing distribution of vaccines is encouraging, the impact of 
vaccination will not be apparent in the short term, and organizations will need to continue with 
the workplace strategies of practicing social distancing, restricting visitors, encouraging good 
hygiene, and ensuring employees' health before allowing them on the job.

- Together remotely. Technology has allowed many industries to connect and collaborate 
from a distance in ways never before available.

"The desire to equip workers with technology to stay connected and collaborate 
from a distance has been a trend within our industry," says Dennis Slater, President of AEM. 
As the rise of big data in manufacturing takes shape, creating and finding technologies to 
make an increasingly spread-out workforce as productive as possible is a top priority for 
companies, and especially our equipment manufacturing members."

Manufacturers who continue to provide training and resources to help employees 
maximize productivity remotely will retain a competitive advantage.

As a recent McKinsey & Company article states, "by digitizing processes to 
improve equipment management and optimize physical assets, digital collaboration tools give 
manufacturers ways to boost productivity while enhancing quality" according to AEM.

- Expanded Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is an ongoing trend to watch in 
manufacturing, More organizations recognize and incorporate smart devices and embedded intelligence 
in multiple areas of the production process as a way to maintain efficiency and productivity with 
greater remote monitoring.

- Shop local. Manufacturers who are willing and able to embrace a localized 
economy can benefit from smaller, more flexible factories located near current and prospective 
customers. Not only can certain costs be saved, and potential disruptions to supply chains reduced, 
but many consumers report that they value authenticity and local sourcing.

- Maintenance made easier. Technology also allows manufacturers to have more 
detailed information about their equipment, which helps them more accurately predict potential 
equipment failure and plan accordingly to prevent downtime.


Privacy-First Internet Browsers

With all that is occurring with on the Internet these days, hacks, security leaks, etc, we are frequently being asked about web browsers where your activity can't be easily tracked. Some of us have been experimenting with Brave, Maiar, and others. What we're learning is that they generally work - some better than others and are somewhat more secure than Chrome, Firebox and the like. Here's some relatively new information on one of these alternative browsers.

 Surfing the internet is something most of us take for granted, and many of us cannot imagine being without. But the ubiquity of the internet, on not only our computers, but also our smartphones and other devices, has also opened up a new wave of surveillance. The internet is rife with valuable information that governments and companies want to get hold of to know more about their citizens and people. At the same time, cybercriminals and state sponsored hackers are out in force to steal and misappropriate your data. Just like the real world, the internet can be a dangerous place with threats both seen and unseen. Thus, online privacy has become one of the biggest concerns of the generation, and it all starts with the browser you use.


Employee Recognition Ideas

 21 Fun Employee Appreciation Ideas for Small Businesses

Editor's note: It's been a tough year for all of us. For business owners, it's been incredibly challenging. All of our employees have done incredible work staying safe, taking care of their families and doing great work for our companies and organizations.  Here are some ways to recognize them now and always.
Engaged employees are more productive and likely to share good things about your workplace. They are, in a way, the best kind of brand ambassador. But how do you improve employee engagement? One way is to recognize them with employee appreciation awards, though not every idea will work for every employee.
Use our list of best practices as a jumping-off point for your own ideas, and incorporate what makes your workplace special into both the planning and execution stages.

Best staff appreciation ideas

How do you currently show your employees that they matter? You may already do some type of appreciation program. If you haven’t revamped it in years, however, it may be time to take another look. Here are some of the perks other companies are using to show their appreciation for their workers.


Managing Remote Workers Without Micromanaging

 Managing Remote Workers without Micromanaging

OK, managing a remote workforce is a BIG topic.  There are books written about how to do it. Many of us are in the unenviable position of having a hybrid workforce with some employees in-house, others remote and still others doing both. This article from HP Tech@work is a broad overview and since it comes from HP, it's HP centric when they pick certain computer technologies. While we don't do everything it recommends, there are some nuggets that can make your life easier.  

Picture it - you’re suddenly tasked with managing remote workers, on the fly. Zoom, lack of oversight, and IT headaches can make it a huge challenge. And without traditional physical views into your employees’ workflows, it’s tempting to micromanage. But pump the brakes.

Research shows it’s better to establish productivity targets and let employees build their own paths to success. Successful remote managers trust their teams for the transition, then coach lagging members as needed to get performance up to snuff. The good news? It’s not hard to step back and encourage success without micromanaging.


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