Business and Financial Planning

Learn new ways to make and save money or explore the steps you need to secure a comfortable retirement.

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Courses

Earn Extra Money with a Mystery Shopping Business

Have you ever wanted to become a mystery shopper? Have you seen ads telling you how to become one, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. In this class, you will learn how to start your business endeavor (participants must also attend Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas) and learn how to sign up with many legitimate mystery shopping companies without fees; avoid the pitfalls and scams; create a required mystery shopping resume and profile; take care of legalities and taxes regarding this income; and become a merchandiser, too, for extra money. With a few simple steps, you can start mystery shopping today!  Course fee includes $5 materials fee. Students will receive a list of 25 legitimate companies you can apply to. 

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Earn Extra Money with a Mystery Shopping Business
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Monday, 10/18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ZBFP-048 500 7 seats left $25Call for more information

Explore 250 Legitimate Home Based Business Ideas

Tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits by starting a home business. Taught by a former chamber of commerce president and award-winning business owner, this is probably the most comprehensive business startup workshop you will ever find. You will discover more than 250 legitimate home business ideas and learn about mandatory legal documentation, the many ways to market your product or service, and how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!). Course fee includes $5 materials fee.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Explore 250 Legitimate Home Based Business Ideas
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Monday, 10/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ZBFP-033 500 3 seats left $45Call for more information

Make Money with a Virtual Assistant/Word Processing Business

If you can type, then you can make money at home using your computer. Having already learned all about home-based business success (students must register for Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas), you will discover how and where to find clients; 50 ways to advertise and market your services; effective home office equipment choices; 100 ways to make money with a computer; and free national networking information. There really is a need for your services, so learn to be your own boss, set your own hours, and make more money.  Course fee includes $5 materials fee.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Make Money with a Virtual Assistant/Word Processing Business
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Monday, 10/18
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ZBFP-021 500 6 seats left $25Call for more information

Medicare 101

Medicare can be very confusing. There are many options and factors to consider. It is important to understand how Medicare works and what you need to know to make the most informed decisions possible. Medicare Parts A and B will be explained, including what is and is not covered. This session will also cover what a person’s fiscal responsibility is and the ways to mitigate the potential copays of Medicare. Learn how Medigap plans work and what Medicare Part D (prescription drug insurance) is. In addition, learn about federal and state assistance programs for those who are income qualified.

Please review the COVID-19 information page which contains important information about attending an on-campus course. 

The daytime course will meet in the Day Care Center, Room B05. The evening course will meet in Williams Hall, Room 113. 

Janet Kiffney, Instructor 

Medicare 101
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Wednesdays, 11/3 - 11/10
10:00 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-273 500 3 seats left $12
Mondays, 11/15 - 11/22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ZCCR-273 501 3 seats left $12

Monetize Websites, Blogs and Social Media

Earn a passive monthly income from selling other people’s products by placing a merchant-provided advertisement link on your site and get a commission for every sale, click or lead. Learn where to find 1000+ free and low-cost opportunities and how to avoid scams or links that won’t offer a beneficial ROI (return on investment). Learn how to find high, recurring, and second-tier commissions. You’ll also learn SEO secrets to increase your site’s ranking and visibility on search engines like Google. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Monetize Websites, Blogs and Social Media
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Thursday, 10/21
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ZBFP-073 500 10 seats left $25Call for more information

Save Money with Extreme Couponing

Learn how to save money every day with extreme couponing. Coupons are not just for groceries. The savings can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshop will teach you where to find all different types of coupons, even for high-ticket items; how to find the best coupon apps and websites; how to match coupons with sales for maximum savings; and how to find other people to trade coupons and merchandise with. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands. Course fee includes $5 materials fee. 

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Save Money with Extreme Couponing
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Thursday, 10/21
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZBFP-147 500 13 seats left $25Call for more information

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Community and Professional Education

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)