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CLIENTS IN THE NEWS

2022

June 21, 2022

Albany Business Review: Pioneer Bank expanding its SBA lending program with new hire

Pioneer is building out a dedicated U.S. Small Business Administration lending program, led by a new hire. 

Kate Morgan — previously a senior loan processor at Pursuit — joined Pioneer Bank last month as an SBA relationship manager to lead the program.

June 17, 2022

Albany Times Union: Internships at Pioneer signal return to normal after pandemic

The pandemic is hardly over, but the interns are back at Pioneer for the summer, and it's the bank's biggest class ever with 17 students this summer.

June 17, 2022

Albany Times Union: Charity strokes

Area professional, business and community leaders embraced their inner child by participating in a Mini-Golf Tournament presented by Pioneer’s Charitable Foundation, which raised $5,000 to support local children.

June 16, 2022

CBS 6 Albany: Pioneer's Charitable Foundation presents Mini-Golf Tournament

A fun event that reflects the foundation's mission of “Helping Kids be Kids,” the event raised $5,000 for programs that support the critical needs of children, such as housing, nutrition, and health care, and provide educational, social and recreational opportunities.

June 13, 2022

NewsChannel 13 Albany: Pioneer welcomes largest class of summer interns ever

Pioneer is welcoming its largest-ever class of students for its summer intern program. The financial institution has 17 interns on-board this summer. They're a mix of undergrad, law school and MBA students.

June 6, 2022

News10 ABC Albany: 'Money Mondays' segment with Pioneer's Insurance Division

As summer gets into full swing, it's important to make sure your boats, jet skis, and recreational vehicles are properly insured in case the unexpected happens. 

May 11, 2022

NewsChannel 13 Albany: Non-profits announce grants to bridge digital divide in Capital Region

Local non-profits gathered Wednesday to announce new grants to enhance digital equity in the Capital Region, with CanCode Communities receiving the largest award of $250,000.

May 11, 2022

WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Grant funding to support digital literacy efforts in Capital Region

The largest grant, $250,000, will go to CanCode Communities. Founded as Albany CanCode in 2016, the program gives young people – many in disadvantaged communities – training in computer coding.

May 11, 2022

Albany Times Union: Former Google CEO's charity betting on connecting the Capital Region

The largest grant went to CanCode Communities, an innovative software programming training program for people who have never worked in the industry that began as Albany CanCode and has since spread across the state, including into New York City.

May 3, 2022

NewsChannel 13 Albany: Colonie accounting firm celebrates end of tax season with employee brewing contest

The accounting firm of Wojeski & Company in Colonie had a unique way to mark the end of tax season. It held its inaugural Homebrew Contest.

April 20, 2022

Albany Business Review: There's a Capital Region apartment boom. These bankers are watching what's next

There seems to be another new apartment complex or conversion project getting approvals and breaking ground every other week in the Albany area. Banks like Colonie-based Pioneer are looking at projects in a different light as rising interest rates and inflation drive the price of projects up.

April 12, 2022

News 10 ABC Albany: Tech Tuesday: BerkshiresCanCode

CanCode Communities has announced its first course to be offered in the Berkshires in partnership with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The adult workforce class being offered by BerkshiresCanCode is a front-end web development course. 

April 11, 2022

News 10 ABC Albany: Giving on 10: Pioneer Bank donating $20K to Ukraine

Led by donations from its 250-person Capital Region workforce, Pioneer will provide food, clothing, school supplies, and other critical items to Ukrainian children and families.

April 4, 2022

SHRM: Building a community to support recruitment

Miriam Dushane, SHRM-CP, managing partner of recruiting and staffing firm Alaant Workforce Solutions in Albany, N.Y., uses philanthropy as a practical approach to creating a talent pipeline.

March 31, 2022

The Saratogian: Rosenblum launches co-works space in Wolf Road corridor

“I am so thrilled we made the decision to move to Hone. It is the perfect solution for a team to balance a hybrid work model,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner at Alaant Workforce Solutions.

March 19, 2022

Albany Times Union: With gas prices up, employees stay put and continue remote working

“Employers who are not giving at least some sort of hybrid option to people are missing out on the best talent,” said Miriam Dushane, managing partner at Alaant Workforce Solutions, an Albany recruiting firm that works with a lot of tech companies.

February 25, 2022

NewsChannel 13 Albany: Albany non-profit expanding access to computer coding careers

The goal of CanCode Communities is expanding access to career opportunities in software development. They just opened a new office on Warren Street in Albany's South End, hoping to bring more minorities into high-tech careers.

February 24, 2022

Saratoga Today: CanCode Communities opens new office in Albany’s Capital South Campus Center

The location is fully aligned with its commitment to providing underrepresented individuals with pathways to technology education and careers. 

February 22, 2022

Albany Business Review: An Albany company gave up its lease for coworking — will more follow?

Last month, Miriam Dushane packed up Alaant Workforce Solutions' office at 187 Wolf Road and moved down the hall into a private suite at Hone Coworks. Alaant is at the start of a trend of companies rethinking traditional yearslong leases for sublets or coworking.

February 21, 2022

Albany Times Union: CanCode Communities opens new location in Albany

CanCode Communities, a nonprofit that trains people for software career opportunities, has opened a new training facility on Warren Street. The new office is in the same location where CanCode hosts coding courses with Capital Region BOCES, which operates it.

February 15, 2022

NewsChannel 13 Albany: Non-profit gets $50k donation to help train people for tech jobs

Business for Good recently donated $50,000 to CanCode Communities, to advance its mission to give students the tools needed to enter the software and IT sectors, and create access to local employers.

February 15, 2022

News 10 ABC Albany: Tech Crunch Tuesday: Interactive teller machines

ITMs are available at 13 Pioneer Bank branch locations across the Capital Region, and Pioneer Customer Care Officer Lyn Wiltsie says they make banking much more convenient for customers.

February 4, 2022

Albany Business Review: The 'Big Four' in accounting? In Albany, it's more like the Big Five 

Wojeski & Co. has added 10 CPAs over the past four years, more than any other firm over that time. The firm hired a new CEO in 2020 and has grown both organically and through an acquisition.

February 3, 2022

Albany Times Union: Experts: File taxes online, early as return times could be 'unprecedented' 

Rick Jones, chief executive officer of Wojeski & Company Certified Public Accountants, said the IRS expects refund processing time to be “almost unprecedented,” which is why it is advising taxpayers to file electronically and help reduce the clutter and complications of paperwork.

January 31, 2022

GovTech: Upstate New York digital literacy program nets donation

The digital literacy program CanCode got a boost Wednesday in the form of a $50,000 check from the Business for Good foundation, helping with its stated mission of providing digital skills training in the Albany region.

January 31, 2022

Albany Business Review: It's become expected: How Albany banks, credit unions are handling work from home

Tom Amell, CEO of Pioneer Bank, was reluctant at first and didn't think that banks could operate remotely. He's softened on his stance and many of the Colonie bank's 230 employees are now working a hybrid model, where some employees are allowed to have flexibility in where they work.

January 30, 2022

Albany Business Review: More interns, remote workers help CPA firm manage labor crunch in tax season 

The busiest time of the year, tax season, is coming up. Wojeski & Co. is taking a new approach by bringing on more interns than usual for tax season to do some substantive work. 

January 30, 2022

Albany Times Union: Donation boosts CanCode 

The digital literacy program CanCode got a boost Wednesday in the form of a $50,000 check from the Business for Good foundation. The mission of CanCode, a nonprofit, is to reach individuals in the Capital Region who have an aptitude to work in software but lack resources for training. 

January 30, 2022

The Daily Gazette: HIGH NOTES: Community grant, help for underprivileged kids, diversity lesson 

In Albany, the Wojeski & Company accounting firm recently raised $85,000 to help underprivileged children in the community, working with Catholic Charities. The fundraising came through the firm’s The Wojeski Fund, which has raised $425,000 since its inception in 2004. 

January 27, 2022

Albany Business Review: Higher interest rates are coming. What that means for Albany-area banks

Tom Amell, CEO of Pioneer Bank, sees raising interest rates as necessary to stem inflation, which at 7% in December is the highest it's been in decades. It will take a while, with periodic rate hikes, for things to edge back to normal.

January 21, 2022

Albany Business Review: Three takeaways for employers (and employees) from this year’s Executive Recruiters List

Miriam Dushane of Alaant Workforce Solutions said don’t forget to consider the hiring process itself, and don’t make potential employees jump through more hoops than are necessary.

January 18, 2022

News10 ABC Albany: Tech Crunch Tuesday: CanCode Communities

This week’s "Tech Crunch" speaks a different language: the language of computers. And how learning that "computer speak" can land you a great-paying job. It’s time to introduce you to CanCode Communities.

January 13, 2022

Saratoga Today: CanCode Communities announces largest-ever course schedule 

CanCode Communities, a nonprofit organization training non-traditional talent for software career opportunities, has announced its largest-ever course schedule, with six popular classes being offered for Spring 2022 through four affiliates across upstate New York. 

January 9, 2022

Troy Record: CanCode Communities announces course schedule for spring 2022

CanCode Communities, a nonprofit organization training non-traditional talent for software career opportunities, announced its largest-ever course schedule, with six popular classes being offered for spring 2022 through four affiliates across upstate New York.

January 7, 2022

iHeart Radio: Capital Region workforce outlook

In this episode of "Upstate Issues," Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, talks about which sectors are looking to hire, why some employers are having difficulty finding the right people, and the importance of the human touch in filling jobs.

January 7, 2022

Albany Times Union: CanCode to offer six coding classes in spring

CanCode Communities in upstate New York will offer six coding classes this spring beginning in February. The non-profit said the spring classes will compose its largest-ever course schedule. 

January 2, 2022

Albany Business Review: Hiring is going to get harder. What Albany recruiters see for 2022

Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, said there will continue to be a movement toward more flexibility in how and where work gets done. Companies that refuse to change will have a tougher time attracting talent.