Monthly Archives: January 2014

Business of the Month for January 2014!!



Steve Perry, co-owner, accepts the award with his daughter, Leah.

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Knapp and Schlappi Lumber Company is January’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s for their contributions to the community and their contributions to the local economy.

Knapp and Schlappi Lumber Company with locations on Lake Street in Penn Yan and on Bigelow Avenue in Dundee has been operational since 1958. The business is family owned and operated, currently employing 27 employees.

Owners and family members are Steve Perry, Wendy Olney, Nick Olney and Dan Knapp.  Wendy Olney, previously served on the FLWIB and Steve has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works Youth Programs in Yates County to offer summer youth employment opportunities over the years.  The family and the business reflect strong connections to the community and a commitment to a strong workforce.  Youth who have expressed an interest in learning about or gaining experience in the trades have had the opportunity to experience employment, earn a paycheck and gain valuable insight into career options.

Steve has worked closely with these youth to support their efforts and offer encouragement and mentoring as part of the summer program. Some of these youth have had the opportunity to return to work during breaks and vacations well beyond the time frame of summer employment.

“We are very thankful for employers like Knapp and Schlappi who are committed to their employees, their business and their community.” Says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.

Spotlight On…

Meet Karina Anderson

Karina Anderson

Karina started with the WIA Youth program and is now turning her dreams into reality. 

Hi I am Karina Anderson, an aspiring scholar, writer, activist and political junkie. I started with Seneca County Workforce at 15, working during the summer for the Seneca Falls Historical Society. After stumbling upon the community and realizing I had a great urge to contribute to it, I became involved in other aspects and programs – joining councils, attending classes. Through these programs I was introduced to some of the most amazing community leaders and supporters. I hope to eventually be as outstanding as all of the people I have come in contact with and who have aided me on the way. Without these people, I realize I would not be the person I am today. Their mentoring, guidance and willingness to nurture me when I lacked that in my own life brought me to a new height; rising above the grievances in my life. I am currently studying at the University at Albany, double majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Women’s Studies. I aspire to go to law school for Constitutional Law or Civil Rights law and then to pursue a fulfilling career in Politics and Non-Profit work. When I am not frantically writing my thoughts in a blog post or reading up on political gossip I am reading fiction and non-fiction novels, watching documentaries on Netflix and ranting on Facebook.


Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways (H1-B) Grant Expanded

The Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Grant that provides tuition and support services funding for unemployed adults and recent high school graduates has just announced an expansion of the program to include 1-year certificate programs in programs associated with Advanced Manufacturing at Monroe Community College and Genesee Community College. The following programs now qualify for funding under the current grant:

Genesee Community College (

–        Computerized Drafting & Design

Monroe Community College (

–        Precision Machining (Optical Fabrication & Tooling & Machining)

–        Optical Systems Technology

–        Computer Aided Design & Drafting.

Interested applicants must apply directly to the college and be accepted to the programs and all current eligibility criteria (unemployed, 18 +, HS Grad or GED) still apply and participants must be able to complete the certificate programs by Spring 2015. Check the college websites under academic programs for more detailed program and application information.