Monthly Archives: December 2016

December Business of the Month is…


GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Rainbow Junction Educational Childcare Center is December’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Michael Woloson, Business Service Coordinator for the FLWIB, presents the award to Andrea Bunn, Director at the Rainbow Junction.

Since 1971, Rainbow Junction has been providing quality, reliable and affordable childcare to hundreds of families living and working in the Penn Yan and surrounding areas, serving children ages 6 weeks up through grade 5. Rainbow Junction is a non-profit agency and is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Families. The center follows recommended procedures and state regulations for operations, as well as childcare giving routines and building requirements

Over the years Rainbow Junction has accessed a variety of services through Finger Lakes Works including job posting and matching services with the New York State Job Bank and the Summer Youth Program which recently resulted in a full time hire for one of the youth placed w/ Rainbow Junction.  They have also used the On the Job Training (OJT) program as a strategy for training and retaining new employees. The OJT reimburses the employer for extraordinary training while providing the employee with the skills needed to accomplish the job.

”Small businesses like Rainbow Junction are the “back bone” of local economies throughout the region” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Rainbow Junction as they continue to provide such an important service while contributing to our local economy.”

FAME Annual Event!

February 16, 2017          10th-anniv

Monroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Monroe A & B
Parking: Lot M

FAME at 10: Driving Growth. Inspiring Students. Reaching Parents. Connecting Stakeholders.

The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise is pleased to present Mr. Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor at its annual industry/education event on February 16, 2017 at Monroe Community College!

This year’s FAME Keynote speaker is a mixed brew of caffeine, ideas that defy convention, and passion that drives creativity. After spending 12 years using technology to bring ideas to life in the manufacturing industry, Jeremy Bout leads the Edge Factor team in producing inspiring films and accompanying interactive resources to inspire the next generation of makers. As a critically acclaimed filmmaker, public speaker and entrepreneur, Jeremy  continues to turn ideas into reality to equip leaders to impact their communities. Edge Factor productions merge Hollywood visuals with cinematic storytelling, to highlight innovation, teach career pathways and manufacturing, and make science, technology, engineering, art and math relevant in today’s world. With stories and interactive resources, Edge Factor challenges perceptions and spotlights the amazing people and technology, that are changing lives and pushing back the edge of what’s possible.

Event Agenda:

4:00pm MCC Welcome, Dr. Anne Kress, President — MCC

4:10pm FLCC Update, Dr. Robert Nye, President — FLCC (Invited)

4:20pm FAME Welcome/Update, Mike Mandina FAME, Chair; President, Optimax Systems Inc.

4:40pm Keynote Speaker, Mr. Jeremy Bout, Edge Factor

5:30pm Industry/Academic Speed Dating Expo

6:00pm 2017 STAR Award Presentation

6:05pm Networking/Expo Continues (thru 6:30pm)


Contact: Michele Stolberg, FAME Facilitator
Phone# 315-521-7826

This event is being hosted by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.

To register and for more information visit: