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December 17, 2020


Albany Business Review: Small Business, Big Mission: ‘We actually have more staff now’


“This year, we opened an office before COVID started. We were able to open another office after. We’ve added another doctor this year. And we actually have more staff now than we had pre-COVID. So from our perspective, we’ve been able to restructure a lot and come back pretty strong,” said Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn of Adirondack Orthodontics.

December 16, 2020

Albany Business Review: From conversation to action: Albany business leaders form new diversity, equity and inclusion group


The BRIDGE Network came together through a grassroots effort following conversations that Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, had with Walter Thorne, the Albany Business Review's advertising director, after the death of George Floyd in June at the hands of Minneapolis police.

December 16, 2020


Albany Business Review: Capital Region employers optimistic about hiring in 2021


Despite challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Capital Region employers are generally optimistic about next year, according to a new survey by Alaant Workforce Solutions.

December 3, 2020


News10 ABC Albany: HVCC keeps COVID-19 at bay with enhanced thermal screening tech

Thermal camera technology from Shepherd Communication and Security, an Albany-based business, has made the COVID-19 screening process at HVCC simple and effective.

November 20, 2020


NewsChannel 13 Albany: Digital Literacy Program Based in Albany Being Offered to Adult Learners


Your computer skills go hand in hand with your ability to work in emerging tech fields, and your ability to work from home. Starting in early December, Albany Can Code is offering a digital literacy program for adult learners. If you want to get into computer programming, Albany Can Code also offers entry-level classes that can help students break into the tech fields.


November 19, 2020


Center for Digital Education: New York College Uses Cameras to Scan for COVID-19


Hudson Valley Community College in Troy has done a really good job this year keeping its campus safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. HVCC says a lot of that success is due to a high-tech temperature screening technology developed by Shepherd Communication and Security in Albany that it uses at three special entrances at the school.

October 22, 2020


Albany Times Union: Schenectady Practice Helping to Eliminate Nerve Pain


Laura Brown's business, Capital Region Calmare, is the only licensed Calmare facility in the local area. Until now, patients who wanted to try the technology would have to travel to Stony Brook on Long Island. “I’ve seen firsthand the extraordinary pain relief it’s provided to individuals who have tried traditional treatments, sometimes for years, without success," she said.  


October 16, 2020


Saratoga Today: Prosperity: Ballston Spa's Plan for Growth


Ballston Spa Mayor Larry Woolbright showcased the newly restored fountain fed by the San Souci Spring, one of the initial springs that drew visitors to the village in the 1800s. If the restored fountain provided a visible symbol of the village’s renewal, the event’s unveiling of an economic development plan, created by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, represents its rebirth. 


October 15, 2020


Glens Falls Business Journal: Adirondack Orthodontics Opens its Fifth Location on Broad Street in Glens Falls


Opening a fifth location seemed like a natural progression for Adirondack Orthodontics, a locally owned and operated orthodontic practice that serves patients across the Capital Region. The newest office at 88 Broad St. in Glens Falls is now part of the largest locally owned and operated practice in the Capital Region.


October 15, 2020

Daily Gazette: New Hope for Economic Development in Ballston Spa


The San Souci Spring fountain is flowing again in Wiswall Park. The repair of the piping for the mineral water spring, which was once — more than two centuries ago — the central feature of the nation’s largest resort hotel, was highlighted Wednesday, as Ballston Spa village leaders and the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership unveiled a new economic development plan for the community. 

October 14, 2020

CBS6 News Albany: Partnership Unveils Plan to Revitalize Ballston Spa


The Village of Ballston Spa and the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership unveiled a comprehensive and customized economic development plan designed to spur new vitality and future growth in the village during an announcement in Wiswall Park.

October 14, 2020


ABC10 News Albany: Ballston Spa Unveils Economic Development Plan to Drive Future Growth


The village of Ballston Spa announced an economic development plan, designed by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, to spur new vitality, promote future growth, and drive local prosperity long-term. The financial blueprint incorporates feedback from hundreds of village residents and community, business, and government leaders.


October 14, 2020


The Saratogian: Ballston Spa Officials Announce New Strategic Economic Development Plan


Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership President and CEO Shelby Schneider shared four of the plan’s major goals: to enhance the village’s central business district, enrich the village’s quality of place, provide support and resources to small businesses, and create an economic development and community branding strategy.


October 14, 2020


Albany Times Union: Ballston Spa Turns Tap Back on to Historic Spring


The historic symbol of the village’s birth and early prosperity – the San Souci Spring -- is once again flowing, a gesture that Mayor Larry Woolbright says illustrates the downtown is headed for a revival. Officials celebrated the unveiling of an economic development blueprint, devised by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, that included input from more than 400 residents, six focus groups, community and business leaders and elected officials. 


October 14, 2020


WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Ballston Spa Touts New Economic Development Plan


After crawling out of fiscal uncertainty, the Village of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County is moving forward with a new economic development plan, crafted by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, to support and attract new businesses. 


September 28, 2020


Albany Times Union: Former MTI Leader Joins Wojeski and Co. as CEO


Rick Jones, who resigned as CEO of Mechanical Technology Inc. earlier this month, has decided to take the CEO job at Wojeski and Company CPAs, P.C., a Colonie accounting and financial services firm. Jones will take over the day-to-day operations of Wojeski and Co., allowing company founder David Wojeski to focus on customer service and expanding the company's capabilities and portfolio.


September 28, 2020


WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Survey Shows Capital Region Employment Bounced Back Some In August


Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, advises employers to ignore the unemployment numbers and continue to be proactive in order to attract, hire and keep high-performing employees. That includes reassuring candidates your organization will weather the storm brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  


September 28, 2020


Albany Business Review: Wojeski & Co. Names Rick Jones as its New CEO


Wojeski & Co. has named Rick Jones — the former president and CEO of Mechanical Technology Inc. — as its first-ever CEO. Dave Wojeski will remain as partner and founder of the Albany accounting firm, focusing on client relationships and expanding the business into new areas, including a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions. In the CEO role, Jones will oversee the firm’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and execution.


September 28, 2020


Albany Business Review: Need for Albany Can Code Classes 'Bigger Than Ever' as People Change Careers During Pandemic


Albany Can Code will have software training scholarships covered for about a year with recent funding from the state. Annmarie Lanesey, founder and CEO of the nonprofit, said she is grateful for the funding because the need for financial support is "bigger than ever."


September 10, 2020


Spectrum News Albany: Troy Doctor Discusses Pandemic Mental Health on World Suicide Prevention Day


Dr. Alex Marsal practices in Troy and is co-founder of aptihealth, a national digital network of behavioral health providers. He says an estimated one in five Americans struggle with their mental well-being; a number that has climbed since March. “We adapt, even to bad things, so if we don’t get help, we’ll just adjust to suffering,” Marsal said. “It’s important to remember you don’t have to suffer and to reach out.”


September 10, 2020


Capital Region Living: How the COVID-19 Crisis Has Transformed Dental Visits


Adirondack Orthodontics conducts daily temperature and health checks of both administrative and clinical staff and requires all staff to wear protective gear, including masks and gloves, in accordance with local, state and federal health guidelines. Treatment chairs in the operatory have been set to ensure social distancing. Cleaning is done between appointments, and the office is thoroughly disinfected, as per appropriate guidelines.


September 06, 2020


Daily Gazette: Therapist Adds Electrical Option to Pain-Relief Techniques in Schenectady


A local massage therapist and physical therapist has added a piece of high-tech electronics to the pain-control options she offers patients. Laura Brown has treated about 20 people with the device so far at Capital Region Calmare. "I consider myself a pain eraser," she said, using a hybrid of massage and physical therapy. Calmare adds another tool to accomplish her work.


September 01, 2020


Albany Times Union: Schenectady IT Firm Changes Name to cb20


Perhaps 2020 was not the best year to decide to re-brand your company and undergo a name change. Or perhaps this year is the best time to adopt such radical changes. The owners of the former Computer Professionals International think so. The Schenectady-based IT firm, which has a 30-year-old history, recently changed its name to cb20 -- about as different as you can dream up for a new name and image.


August 29, 2020


CBS6 Albany: Treating the Mental Health Crisis During the COVID Crisis


Glens Falls Hospital has partnered with aptihealth to offer virtual behavorial healthcare. The program enables primary care practices to deliver fast access to comprehensive behavioral healthcare amid the rising COVID-19 mental health crisis.


August 24, 2020


NewsChannel 13 Albany: Capital Region Team Creates One-Stop Shop for Mental Health Help


As anyone who's tried to access mental health can tell you, the process can be slow and require many different medical appointments. aptihealth, created by a local team, streamlines all that. It's all done virtually and it's one-stop shopping.


August 24, 2020


Glens Falls Post-Star: Glens Falls Hospital, aptihealth Partner to Provide Mental Health Teletherapy


Glens Falls Hospital has partnered with aptihealth to provide virtual counseling to primary care patients. Primary care providers can refer a patent to aptihealth for a 90-day program to help with mental health. The counseling is provided by computer or phone, and patients can also text for additional support.


August 21, 2020


NewsChannel 13 Albany: Device Helping Treat Woman's Chronic Pain Without Drugs


It's estimated 100 million Americans live with chronic pain. With all the concern about opioids, non-drug treatments are growing in popularity, and for a local woman, Capital Region Calmare is providing the relief she's been looking for.


August 18, 2020


Albany Business Review: Adirondack Orthodontics Opening Fifth Office


Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn had plans to open a fifth Adirondack Orthodontics office in Glens Falls. But when he had to temporarily close his four offices and furlough staff in mid-March, he put those plans on hold. Now that he’s reopened his offices and brought back all staff, he’s moving forward with the plans.


August 13, 2020


Albany Business Review: Chris Pickett Planning for 'New Era' of Growth at Computer Professionals International


To mark a “new era” for Computer Professionals International, the company is rebranding to cb20. The letters "cb" in cb20 are an abbreviation for the cumulonimbus cloud, representing the company’s cloud-based services. And "20" represents the year of the company's history — it was founded in 1981 — that it's making changes aimed at further growth.


August 11, 2020


Albany Business Review: How Can the Albany Region Build a More Diverse Workforce? Start With the Talent Pipeline


Annmarie Lanesey started the nonprofit software boot camp AlbanyCanCode because she saw a need for more workers from nontraditional backgrounds in the tech field. The issue, Lanesey said, was that companies needed to change their perception of talent and who may have it.


August 10, 2020


Albany Times Union: AlbanyCanCode Holding Virtual Fall Software Programming Courses


AlbanyCanCode and the new KingstonCanCode software programming educational nonprofits are holding fall courses online starting Sept. 14. The front-end web development course that KingstonCanCode is offering in partnership with SUNY Ulster will be its first-ever.  


July 24, 2020


Albany Times Union: New App Helps Employees With Mental Health Issues


If you know Dan Pickett, you know that everything he touches in the business world seems to turn to gold. That is why there is a lot of interest in the venture capital world in his newest company, aptihealth, a mental health services app. And this couldn't be a better time for employers to be helping their workers battle urgent mental health issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


July 21, 2020


Albany Times Union: Four Local Companies Win Best Workplace Award


Alaant Workforce Solutions, a job recruitment and search firm in Colonie, was selected by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management as one of the top 75 companies to work for in the state. The 2020 Best Companies to Work for in New York awards is a partnership of NYS-SHRM, Best Companies Group and BridgeTower Media.


July 20, 2020


Middletown Times Herald-Record: Nonprofit Expands Software Development Training to Hudson Valley


AlbanyCanCode recently announced plans to expand the 12-week, 72-hour course to Ulster County, dubbed KingstonCanCode, while recruiting locals from across the Hudson Valley.

July 06, 2020


CBS6 Albany: Employers Move to Virtual Job Interviews as Unemployment Claims Continue to Rise


Megan Ermalowicz, Talent Acquisition Manager of Alaant Workforce Solutions, says a video interview should be no different than if you are on site. "So you still need to dress professionally, number one," she said. "Not just wearing a T-shirt, you want to look professional.” 

June 21, 2020


iHeart Radio's Upstate Issues: Capital Region Workforce Expert on 5 Things Employers Must Do in Re-opening


We are all re-adjusting in our workplaces after the pandemic's peak and we know we have more adjustments ahead. Many employers are expressing concern about the unknowns. In this podcast with Diane Donato, Miriam Dushane of Alaant Workforce Solutions talks about the new landscape and offers tips on how employers can protect themselves, their employees and their customers.


June 21, 2020


Troy Record: Hiring Index Shows Capital Region Employers Cautiously Optimistic


According to Alaant Workforce Solutions, the COVID-19 pandemic is not preventing Capital Region companies from hiring new employees, but the pace of hiring has slowed and employers’ expectations for the future are uncertain, according to its spring 2020 hiring index.


June 19, 2020


Albany Times Union: Alaant Survey Finds Some Employers Still Hiring During Pandemic


A new survey by Alaant Workforce Solutions in Colonie found that even before the state's relaxing of coronavirus stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns that caused mass layoffs, a number of Capital Region companies were still hiring.


June 18, 2020


WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Survey Shows Capital Region Employers Hiring, Cautiously


Of the 54 area human resource and hiring managers that responded to the Spring 2020 Alaant Hiring Index survey, 46 percent said they were continuing to recruit and hire new employees; 15 percent were recruiting but holding off on hiring; and 39 percent had put both recruiting and hiring on hold, according to Alaant Managing Partner Miriam Dushane.


June 18, 2020


Albany Business Review: Facebook Grant Helps Fund Albany Can Code Expansion in the Hudson Valley


Albany Can Code has officially expanded its operations into the Hudson Valley region. The nonprofit, which is focused on training software coders, this week launched Kingston Can Code in Ulster County. Kingston Can Code is aimed at providing workforce training and creating job opportunities in the technology field with a focus on serving underrepresented populations, the nonprofit said.


June 17, 2020


Albany Times Union: Albany Can Code Expands to Kingston


AlbanyCanCode, a nonprofit offering computer coding courses to adults and to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, will this summer begin offering its courses in Ulster County with the launch of KingstonCanCode.


June 16, 2020


Albany Business Review: Albany Businesses Have Continued Recruiting During Covid-19, New Survey Reports


Before the coronavirus pandemic hit upstate New York, businesses in the Albany area were struggling to recruit and retain the best talent. That has changed under the current conditions, but there's some good news too — 46% of businesses said they continued to recruit and hire new employees during the pandemic, according to a new survey from the Albany recruiting firm Alaant Workforce Solutions.


June 05, 2020


Albany Business Review: How Companies Can Work With Employees Who Can't, or Won't, Come Back to the Office


"The first important thing is communication at some level has been happening since we went into the lockdown phase," said Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions. "If they haven't been communicating, they will have a lot of damage control." Part of that communication is having a plan in place for employees before they go back to the office.


June 03, 2020


Glens Falls Post-Star: Dentists Back to Work After Receiving Approval to Reopen


Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn of Adirondack Orthodontics and his patients learned a new skill during the quarantine: “camera gymnastics.” For three months, he could not do the routine adjustments needed to maintain braces on thousands of patients. “I was doing virtual checks — I literally had a schedule, I was calling them. We would do some camera gymnastics, I would check for any problems,” he said.


May 28, 2020


WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Report Shows New York’s Job Base Has Been Decimated by the Pandemic


Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner at Alaant Workforce Solutions, says there are some rays of hope for recovery, as hiring has begun to pick up over the last two weeks.


May 27, 2020


Albany Business Review: Small Business, Big Mission -- Sergey Berenshteyn of Adirondack Orthodontics


Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn prepared himself for a difficult conversation. It was mid-March and the curve of the coronavirus pandemic was starting to arc upward. He knew there would be consequences for his orthodontics practice — it’s a business in which people are literally face to face every day. 


May 15, 2020


iHeart Radio's Upstate Issues: Diane Donato Talks With Ted Potrikus About the Website


The Retail Council of New York State has set up a free tool to support Main Street retailers and give shoppers a chance to help keep local stores in business during the pandemic.


May 15, 2020


CBS6 Albany: Workers Afraid to Return to Work Risk Losing Unemployment


Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner at employment agency Alaant Workforce Solutions, says employees are being very cautious about returning to work. If you must return to work, Dushane offers a good rule of thumb: "Making sure employers are very open with their employees of what is going to happen has been a big topic of conversation in terms of trying to make people feel at ease as much as they can." 


May 12, 2020

Albany Times Union: 'Back to Business' Series Highlights Workforce Challenges


Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, was a featured panelist in the "Back to Business" seminar series presented by the Times Union and Hugh Johnson Advisors, focused on navigating the workforce challenges posed by coronavirus and finding paths to success.


May 07, 2020


Albany Times Union: Workforce Challenges in Focus for Third 'Back to Business' Webinar


"Back to Business: Insights on Restarting the Capital Region Economy" continues at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the Times Union's YouTube channel and Facebook page. Hugh Johnson will provide analysis on the economy, followed by a panel discussion featuring John O'Connor, executive VP for human capital at Mohawk Fine Paper; Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions; and attorney Joanmarie Dowling.


May 06, 2020


Albany Times Union: Alaant Providing Free Career Counseling During Pandemic


Alaant Workforce Solutions in Colonie is holding a series of free online career counseling sessions for the public. The first event, called "Powering Your Career Search During COVOD-19," is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, using Zoom.


May 05, 2020


Buffalo Business First: Retail New York Gains National Online Exposure


The month-old website has gained a boost by now being part of the RetailMeNot and shopping sites. Created by the Retail Council of New York to aid what it calls “Main Street” locally-owned stores, bars and restaurants, RetailNewYork has been gaining traction with both shop owners and online customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.


May 04, 2020


Albany Times Union: Retail Council Gets Help From Vericast to Sell New York Items Online


Local retailers from all across the state are hoping to get a boost from a new partnership between the state's main retail advocacy group and the marketing company Vericast. Two Vericast businesses, RetailMeNot and, will work with the Retail Council of New York State's website to boost online sales of New York items.


April 19, 2020


Daily Gazette: Capital Region Business Leaders Weigh in on Post-COVID Economy


Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions: Both employers and employees must accept we won’t return to the previous way of doing business; instead, we will enter a new normal driven by lessons learned during the pandemic.

April 19, 2020


WBEN NewsRadio 930 AM Buffalo: Small Business Portal Available For Places Impacted By Coronavirus


Ted Potrikus, President & CEO of the Retail Council of New York State, discusses, an online shopping portal that gives independent retailers across the state an opportunity to sell products during the coronavirus pandemic. 

April 18, 2020


The Saratogian: Local Retailers Making Efforts to Boost Business During COVID-19 Pandemic


At a time when there is increasing discussion about how and when to re-start the economy, the Retail Council of New York State recently established, an online directory that enables New York merchants of all varieties to safely sell their goods and services.


April 18, 2020


WHEC-TV Rochester: 'Retail New York' Hopes to Help Businesses Crippled by Quarantine


Hundreds of New York businesses crippled by shutdowns and quarantine are finding new help online in a marketplace meant to keep them going. It's called "Retail New York", and it’s an online database that lists retailers locally and across the state. Operated by the Retail Council of New York State, the site was launched just a few weeks ago and has roughly 200 vendors signed on.


April 16, 2020


Rochester Business Journal: Retail Council Creates Online Store for the Little Guys


There’s a new shopping mall in town – on the web. The Retail Council of New York State has created an online listing of stores across the state so they can do business remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


April 15, 2020


WNET-TV New York: Can We Shop Our Way Back to Normalcy?


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers are struggling — particularly smaller independent stores without an online presence. That’s why the Retail Council of New York State launched, a one-stop-shop to help boutiques and indie stores that might not have the same brand recognition that corporate retailers do.


April 15, 2020


ABC10 News: Retail Council of New York Launches Website for Small Shops


To keep sales flowing for independent merchants, the Retail Council of New York State launched The site offers shoppers an online directory of small businesses throughout the state.  


April 14, 2020


WKBW-TV Buffalo: New Retail Website Promoting Local Businesses Across New York


The website is called and provides a list of places that are still taking orders. The best part? It's free for any business to sign up. "There are some great stores in New York State that are shipping right out to you," Ted Potrikus, President & CEO of the Retail Council of New York State said. "They're doing all of those things that the big companies do."


April 14, 2020

Buffalo Business First: 'Our Members are Struggling.' New York State Retailers Offer Online Shopping Site


Taking a page from the restaurant industry, the Retail Council of New York State has created an online directory for independently operated stores. The directory offers a free listing and is aimed at helping retailers gain sales while COVID-19 pandemic restrictions remain in place. “Consider it a friendly tap on the shoulder,” saId Ted Potrikus, president and CEO of the Albany-based business advocacy group.


April 01, 2020


CBS6 Albany: Looking for a Job? Companies Hiring New Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions Miriam Dushane says this could be an opportunity to try out part-time work with partial unemployment, or even temporary work. She says to use it as a time to build your network and skill set.


March 23, 2020


Albany Business Review: Miriam Dushane of Alaant Workforce Solutions Says Companies Are Still Hiring During the COVID-19 Crisis


Dushane is telling companies she works with to still go through the hiring cycle because it is an optimal time to recruit when so many employees are working from home. Even if things are slow, she said when they start up again, they will come on fast.


March 10, 2020


Albany Times Union: Alaant Acquires Capital Tech Search


Alaant Workforce Solutions has acquired Capital Tech Search of Albany, a technical job search firm founded by Susan Lundberg in 1999 that specializes in filling software and engineering jobs. The acquisition expands Alaant's services to help employers attract, engage and retain technology professionals, addressing growing demands in nearly every industry for skilled tech workers. 


March 03, 2020


Albany Business Review: Alaant Acquires Tech-Focused Recruiting Firm


Alaant Workforce Solutions closed on the assets of Capital Tech Search last week. Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant, said the acquisition will let the firm expand its services in the software development sector while providing full-service solutions to Capital Tech Search's existing clients. As part of the acquisition, Alaant will get Capital Tech Search's book of business and access to a vast network.


March 01, 2020


Daily Gazette: Niskayuna's Fallone Has Marketed Bikes, Beer and Boy Wizards


After all the technological advances Michael Fallone has seen in his 30 years of marketing, many projects still often come down to emotion and intuition. But technology and experience do allow his marketing firm, id29, to better create a proposal that feels right to the client. There’s science and analysis, Fallone said, and there's art and heart.


February 09, 2020


Albany Times Union: CEOs Say Job Applicants in Region Aren't Always up to the Task


Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, a recruitment firm based in Colonie, says that the Siena data lines up with what she sees with the job candidates that come through her agency — but she thinks the reason behind the lack of communication skills goes beyond schooling.


February 04, 2020


Saratoga Today: Shelby Schneider Appointed President and CEO of Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership


The Board of Directors of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership has unanimously approved the appointment of Shelby Schneider as President and CEO. “Shelby has nearly two decades of experience working in economic development and is well respected among community and business leaders both in Saratoga County and throughout the state,” said Saratoga Partnership Board Chairman Kevin Hedley.


February 04, 2020


Albany Business Review: Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership Selects New CEO


Shelby Schneider has been appointed as president and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. She had previously served as vice president and director of business retention and expansion with the organization since 2016. Earlier in her career, she spent 13 years with the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation.


February 04, 2020


Albany Times Union: Capital Region Staffing Offices Win Customer Satisfaction Awards


For the second consecutive year, Alaant Workforce Solutions is the only locally owned and operated Capital Region recruiting firm to be recognized with both the Best of Staffing® Client Award and Best of Staffing® Talent Award – based entirely on ratings provided by clients and candidates – which are presented by ClearlyRated in partnership with CareerBuilder, Indeed and Glassdoor.


January 31, 2020


Albany Business Review: Recruiting and Retaining the Right Employees Requires a New Approach


Employers should see the historically tight job market as the “new normal,” and as a clarion call to think and operate differently when it comes to hiring and keeping top employees. More than ever, companies must be innovative, strategic and proactive to create the workforce they need to drive performance and profitability.


January 20, 2020


CBS6 Albany: Improving Equality Issues in the Workplace


“It is actually about developing bridges into the communities where the diversity is, and then showing them that you are a community partner, that you can be trusted,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions. Dushane says companies need to do a better job of making those inroads. And once you have a diverse workforce, you cannot stop there.


January 16, 2020


Albany Business Review: AlbanyCanCode is Getting Money from Facebook. Here's How They're Going to Use it


Albany's coding boot camp has received a major new investment from one of the biggest players in the tech industry: Facebook. Albany Can Code, a nonprofit that trains nontraditional students in the area, landed a $50,000 investment from Facebook that will go toward expanding the program to the Hudson Valley. It's Facebook's first-ever grant in the Albany region, and the first it will give to a software boot camp like Albany Can Code.


January 16, 2020


Albany Times Union: AlbanyCanCode Draws Facebook's Attention, and a $50K Grant


AlbanyCanCode received a boost Thursday morning when Facebook announced it would support the local nonprofit's efforts to train individuals to qualify for a range of technology jobs. The $50,000 grant from Facebook will allow AlbanyCanCode to expand its model of training nontraditional students to qualify for jobs that offer significant increases -- $15,000 or more -- in pay.


January 16, 2020


News 10 ABC: AlbanyCanCode Receives Grant From Facebook


AlbanyCanCode’s mission is to teach the next generation of software coders. The new $50,000 grant from Facebook will help them expand their services across the state. 


January 06, 2020


Albany Business Review: Recruiters Share How Businesses Can Find (and Keep) the Best Employees in 2020


"Companies have to spend more effort on maintaining a good culture, keeping people engaged so they're not jumping for $1 or $2 an hour more in salary," said Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions. "Candidates ask not what the salary is, but what employer puts toward insurance, paid time off, when they can use it, those sorts of things. It's equally important, if not more important, than what does the job pay."

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