Winter/Spring 2019 Offerings: Business & Financial Planning

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

Notary Public Review Workshop - Prepare for the NYS Exam
This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive view of the notary public’s role.

Confusing laws, concepts and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that a notary public office is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal liability.

This workshop is a must for candidates who want to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in becoming a notary. All materials will be provided, including website information, booklets and forms. Also featured is an 80-question practice exam that attempts to emulate the actual New York State mandatory exam. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.
1 Session, ADM 103
Fri., 3/8, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Victor Bujanow, Instructor

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit
A few key decisions can make a big difference in the amount of your Social Security benefit. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn strategies to get the most money from Social Security. Learn how to plan for taxes, health care and other costs during retirement, as well as how to wisely grow and protect your retirement income. This session will cover key Social Security benefit choices, such as individual and spousal options, and help you understand simple steps to maximize your benefit. Join us before you make financial decisions that may not be able to be reversed. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
1 Session, ADM 102
Wed., 4/10, 6 - 8 p.m.
Frank Finch, Instructor

Your Passport to Retirement: The Complete Financial Management Workshop
Thinking about retirement or creating an investment plan? Do you need to do some estate planning? This course will inform you of the potential benefits of effective financial management and show you techniques that will assist you in meeting your goals.

Topics include the seven roadblocks to financial success; the six keys to financial success; risk management; cash management, including how to create liquidity, pay down debt, and increase savings; investment planning, including what the pros do, strategies for successful investing, stocks, bonds, annuities, and mutual funds; tax management and tax planning; retirement planning, including calculating the cost of retirement, sources of retirement income, IRA(s), 401-K’s, 403-b(s), 457 plans; and estate planning, including probate, estate taxes, intestacy, wills and trusts. The course concludes with how to prepare your own plan. Call Steve Miner at (518) 272-6747 for more details. Course fee includes $26 materials fee for the workbook.

*Your spouse, partner or significant other is encouraged to attend at no charge, but will need to register for the course as well. Please note that you will only receive one workbook per couple.
*60423 - Please use this course number to register a partner
3 Sessions, DCC 138
Tues., 4/2 - 4/16, 6 - 9 p.m.
Stephen F. Miner, CLU, ChFC, Instructor

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
  • how to find other people to trade coupons and merchandise with

Feel free to bring your coupons to class for a trading session. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, ADM 103
Wed., 4/24, 4 - 5 p.m.
Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor

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
  • mandatory legal documentation
  • many ways to market your product/service
  • how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!)

If you really want to succeed in a home business, this step-by-step session is a must! Course fee includes $20 materials fee.

1 Session, ADM 103
Wed., 4/24, 6 - 8 p.m.
Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor

How to 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
  • become a merchandiser, too, for extra money

With a few simple steps, you can start mystery shopping today! Course fee includes $10 materials fee. Students will receive a list of 25 legitimate companies you can apply to.
1 Session, ADM 103
Wed., 4/24, 5 - 6 p.m.
Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor

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 (participants must attend “Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas”), you will discover:

  • how and where to find clients
  • 50 ways to advertise/market your services
  • effective home office equipment choices
  • 100 ways to make money with a computer
  • 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 $10 materials fee.
1 Session, ADM 103
Wed., 4/24, 8 - 9 p.m.
Leeanne Krusemark, Instructor

Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My!
Are you looking for a solid class in the basics of stocks, bonds, finance and investing? Haven’t the slightest clue how to prepare for retirement, pay for college, or even manage your personal finances? Wish you had some guidance to put your finances into perspective? And do you wish you could do it all without having to pay a broker or financial advisor? Well, look no further. This class takes you through the fundamentals of investing and not only teaches you about the stock markets, 401k plans and retirement, but will address personal financial issues that are often ignored. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your username and password via email within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online Course Dates: 3/13 - 5/3

Start Your Own Small Business
Learn how to take your dream of starting a business and put it into action. In this class, you will learn everything you need to know about starting a business. You’ll begin by discovering the tricks to picking the right opportunity for you. Next, you’ll learn how to develop proven marketing techniques to easily build sales. Since every business needs money, we’ll discuss traditional and non-traditional financing options. Finally, you’ll learn easy-to-implement employee-management procedures and how to write business policies that help you build your business. In the final lesson, you’ll learn time-management techniques especially for entrepreneurs. While taking this course, you’ll discover the secrets that separate the successful entrepreneurs from the struggling ones. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your username and password via email within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online Course Dates: 3/13 - 5/3

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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)