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Program Helps Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners at Dominican University; NYMTC Seeks Public Input on the Palisades Shared Use Path Study; Paul Adler Named Foundation Chair at Montefiore Nyack Hospital

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Registration Opens for Program to Help Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners at Dominican University

Registration is now underway for a series of evening classes this spring at Dominican University to help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners launch or grow successful businesses.  The program is a joint project of Dominican University New York, M&T Bank, and BRIDGES, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocacy and leadership on behalf of people with disabilities.

Intro to Entrepreneurship is a stand-alone program; there is no requirement for registrants to be enrolled at Dominican University. The class will be held on seven Wednesdays from March 13 through April 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with about one hour of homework for each class.  Course participants will showcase small business ideas in a Shark Tank style “Rocket Pitch Competition” for a chance to secure seed funding. Three winners will take home $5,000 each, which is funded through a grant from The Bailey Foundation.

Participants in the program will learn how to:

  • Create a solid business plan that outlines goals, strategies, and financial projections to provide a roadmap for success.
  • Effectively manage credit, from securing loans to optimizing credit utilization.
  • Excel in marketing their business, create a strong brand identity, and attract and retain customers through strategic branding efforts.
  • Perfect a business proposal pitch to increase the chance of securing investment and forming valuable partnerships.

siena poll“Intro to Entrepreneurship lays the groundwork for fostering local innovation, providing young entrepreneurs with the essential knowledge, skills, and drive needed for success,” stated Tyre Robinson, M&T Bank Regional President. “M&T Bank is honored to join Dominican University and BRIDGES in this initiative.”

M&T will provide financial counselors and branch managers at most of the class sessions to support small business startups in the lower Hudson Valley.

Dominican University New York Interim President Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D., said, “This class is a wonderful example of how the community can join together to support small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Dominican University is proud to be teaming up with M&T Bank and BRIDGES to educate, encourage, and hopefully inspire entrepreneurs.”

Dominican University graduate students who take the class will receive credit toward their Capstone requirement and undergraduate students will receive one credit toward their business degree. The Intro to Entrepreneurship class costs $782. Scholarships are available.

“People with disabilities, veterans, and people formerly involved in the justice system often face challenges and barriers to employment and financial self-sufficiency, said Carlos Martinez, BRIDGES’ CEO. Entrepreneurship is a clear pathway to autonomy, and we are elated to collaborate with M&T Bank and Dominican University to bring this Intro to Entrepreneurship mini-course to our community, empowering future and early-stage business owners to follow their dreams. This initiative is at the heart of BRIDGES’ mission to remove barriers and advance autonomy for all.”

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NYMTC’s Community Visioning Workshop Seeks Public Input on the Palisades Shared Use Path Study

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) will host a series of three virtual Community Visioning Workshops to discuss the Palisades Shared Use Path Study, a project to determine the feasibility of creating a shared use path between the George Washington and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridges.

Workshops are open to the public and will be held Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm; Wednesday, March 13th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, and Wednesday, March 20th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm.

Any of the three Zoom workshops can be reached by visiting with Meeting ID 862 2557 1667. The meeting is also reachable by phone: (646) 931-3860.  Register for any workshop through this link:

The Community Visioning Workshops will provide attendees the opportunity to help determine the path’s route and amenities while learning more about the study’s process and goals. The workshops will also encourage the public’s suggestions, feedback, and their experiences along the proposed route, which traverses both Bergen and Rockland counties.

Several in-person Community Visioning Workshops for the project will be announced in the spring.

Learn more about the study, upcoming workshops, and project partners by visiting Any questions prior to the public workshops can be directed to

NYMTC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley which provides a collaborative planning forum to address transportation-related issues, develop regional plans and make decisions on the use of federal transportation funds for its planning area.

Paul Adler Named Foundation Board Chair at Montefiore Nyack Hospital

Montefiore Nyack Hospital has named Paul Adler, Esq. as Board Chair of the Montefiore Nyack Hospital Foundation. Adler succeeds Mark Jacobs who served as Montefiore Nyack Foundation’s Board Chair for 12 years. Under Paul’s guidance and proven leadership in philanthropy, Montefiore Nyack Foundation will continue its mission of providing essential support and resources to improve and increase hospital services, the hospital said in a press release.

“Paul is undoubtedly the right person to assume the role of Foundation Board Chair,” said Mark Geller, MD, President & CEO of Montefiore Nyack Hospital. “He consistently prioritizes what matters most: our patients, our employees, and our community. His extensive background and long-standing support of Montefiore Nyack Hospital underscore a profound commitment to enhancing healthcare and making meaningful contributions to our community,”

Adler is Chief Strategy Officer at Rand Commercial Real Estate.

Established in 1985, the Montefiore Nyack Foundation is dedicated to building meaningful relationships between the Hospital and the community, while also seeking philanthropic dollars that help Montefiore Nyack achieve and maintain the highest level of care for the patients and community members we serve as a community hospital.