LAW442: Carrie Whitwood, Executive Director of Ardent Solutions, on Nonprofit Management


Carrie Whitwood spoke on the challenges of leading and growing a nonprofit in the healthcare and social services sector.

In 1994, key stakeholders and healthcare leaders from across Allegany County joined together in response to a New York State Department of Health funding announcement entitled the Rural Health Network Development Program.  The founding members were successful in these efforts and embraced the concept of working together toward the greater good of our community’s health and wellness.

With the leadership of its Executive Director, Carrie Whitwood, Ardent Solutions continues to thrive by collaborating with local, regional and state-wide partners to improve community health outcomes, increase independence through safe and reliable mobility options, and decreasing unintentional injuries and suicide risks. It is our vision that working together proactively, we will create a healthy, sustainable and livable community for all.

ACCT371 Guest Speakers: Allegany County United Way VITA Program, and the IRS


Shawn M. Currier, coordinator of the Allegany County United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and Allison CM Stefanik, stakeholder relationship tax consultant, of the Internal revenue Service spoke to our students about volunteering for the VITA program works and all the good that program does in Allegany County.

VITA assists taxpayers who make $54,000 or less, people with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need help preparing their own tax returns. Alfred University’s IRS-certified volunteers provide basic federal and state income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Allegany County United Way supports over 25 nonprofit programs in our community that impact one in every three local residents. For the full list of programs supported, go to their website at www.acuw.com and like them on Facebook.

IncubatorWorks Celebrates 30 Years of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


 

On November 14th Alfred University Drone Club students and faculty helped IncubatorWorks celebrate 30 years of entrepreneurship and innovation at their Alfred NY location.

IncubatorWorks is a resource for business startups and expansions in the Southern Tier of New York. From ideation, to testing, to limited production, to full manufacturing – they help by offering advanced technologies, flexible manufacturing infrastructure, and professional mentoring.

With two locations [Alfred and Corning], their mission is to help entrepreneurs start or grow businesses in a cost effective, supportive environment until the business is ready to graduate to its own dedicated space.

As part of Start-Up NY and in partnership with the Southern Tier Startup Alliance and the Western NY Regional Hot Spot, IncubatorWorks provides the most comprehensive business and manufacturing ‘incubator’ network in the region. This network provides direct support and services from the following universities and colleges: Alfred State College, Alfred University, Binghamton University, Cornell University, Clarkson University, Corning Community College, SUNY Fredonia and the University of Buffalo.

Change Wind Corp: New Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with New Technologies and Low Costs from Mass Production


On Friday, November 10th the management of Change Wind Corporation  spoke to potential investors, scientists, professionals, and academics via teleconference about their firm and market strategy.  AU students had access to that call.

Change Wind Corporation (“CWC”) is a six (6) year old self-funded developer of advanced electricity generating wind turbine technology. What makes the CWC 36kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) unique are it’s advanced technologies (several patents) and its focus on high-tech, low-cost mass production. The results: a new standard in low-cost, high performance wind energy.

The 36kW VWAT has been designed and engineered to generate electricity in light breezes as little as six miles per hour and makes 36 kilowatts power in only a twelve (12) mile per hour wind. Standing only 30ft or 42ft tall and light weight, the helical winged turbine can generate power from turbulent air in any direction, and can produce power from short duration wind gusts. The high lift, low drag wings and the friction reducing balancing system (patented) are key designs that allow the CWC turbine to outperform competing renewable energy generation.

For additional informationr contact Gelvin at gelvin.stevenson@gmail.com.

Southern Tier CA$H at AU for the Community Involvement Fair/Internship & Volunteer Fair


 

Southern Tier CA$H was at Alfred University’s Community Involvement Fair/Internship & Volunteer Fair today the Powell Campus Center.

Southern Tier CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) is an IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, led by Arbor Housing and Development, offering free tax help for low-to-moderate income families and individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

This was a great opportunity for AU students to meet with them and to discuss how the students can increase their opportunities. Not only do students get to assist the local community with a much needed tax service, the students also can put their classroom knowledge to good use and improve their resume.

ACCT371 Guest Speakers: Southern Tier CA$H Program (VITA)


 

Rebecca Sterlace and Heather Scherb will speak about the Southern Tier CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program and their IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Their program is led by Arbor Housing and Development, offering free tax help for low-to-moderate income families and individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

CA$H volunteers prepare both your federal and state tax returns, and help taxpayers find tax credits for eligible taxpayers.

  • FREE – Using a paid preparer can cost $250 or more per person; the CA$H program costs nothing.
  • FAST – By e-filing and having your refund direct-deposited, you will receive your money quicker.
  • CONVENIENT – CA$H appointments are available at sites across the Southern Tier, and at times that work for you.
  • ACCURATE – CA$H volunteers are trained by IRS-approved specialists and must complete certification tests before completing any returns.
  • This is an opportunity to provided a much needed service to the community, and gain valuable practical experience that can enhance your chances for a summer internship or full-time job in an accounting or tax firm.