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Executive Director's Message Summer 2016

Dan Holmes

by Dan Holmes | FCPNY Executive Director

I want you to do something right now. Pull out your calendar and mark down the dates of Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. These are the dates for the 2nd annual FCPNY Leadership Summit to be held at the Sherwood Inn in beautiful, historic and accessible Skaneateles, New York.

Enjoy the final days of autumn with hints of fall foliage dressing the hills surrounding Skaneateles Lake. Renew old friendships and create new ones as you enjoy networking and social opportunities with fellow publishers and managers of FCPNY publications.

Share and receive sage advice about the free community paper industry that we all embrace from publishers large and small, independently owned and corporate owned, some with years of experience, some new to the business. It is the variety that provides diverse ideas and information and makes this meeting format so valuable.

The setting will be beautiful, the pace relaxed and the format convivial. No paid talking heads for this meeting, our agenda will be filled with casual discussions about topics that will be determined by you, the attendees. Think of fireside chats about the issues that impact you, set in front of one of the four fireplaces meticulously restored in the Sherwood Inn.

We will focus on what concerns you the most, right now. How about some advice regarding the new overtime rules about to impact all publishers. Maybe you are interested in the postal rates proposed for 2017 or the new weight threshholds proposed for pound rates. Or perhaps you are uncomfortable with the future dependability of the mail and would value a discussion of postal alternatives with fellow publishers who are not in the mail.

Other potential topics could include:

·      Social Media and how to use it to market your publication or your customers businesses

·      Community involvement – how do you stay connected, how do your peers do so

·      Digital challenges and opportunities

·      Revenue opportunities like last minute holiday sections or how to maintain cash flow in the 1st quarter of 2017

·      Event revenue development

·      Specialty publications and special sections that work for your peers

·      Cost savings that work for fellow publishers and how to implement them in your operation.

The list truly is endless and will be determined by you in the first half hour of our gathering. The rest of our time will be spent addressing the topics you choose and preparing you to implement the ideas and opportunities in your business.

Before and after the discussions and in between sessions you will have the opportunity to experience the year round beauty of Skaneateles. In the historic downtown district, shops and galleries are housed in restored buildings dating back to 1796. Browse for unique foods, distinctive fashions, original art, home accessories, a special antique; relax at one of 27 restaurants or taverns. Skaneateles is home to a thriving residential and business community, and host to thousands of visitors and vacationers each year.

Our venue for the Leadership Summit, The Sherwood Inn, is situated in the heart of the historic village of Skaneateles, known as the "Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes." It is a distinguished member of the Select Registry of Inns of North America. The Inn is located on the north shore of Skaneateles Lake, one of the most beautiful and cleanest bodies of water in the world.

Built as a stagecoach stop in 1807, the Sherwood Inn has been a favorite resting place for travelers and locals for over two centuries. The Inn has been meticulously restored to the beauty of a bygone era with four fireplaces, pegged wood floors, antique furniture and fine wood detailing to create a relaxing harmony away from everyday cares.

Travelers come to the Sherwood Inn to rest, relax and enjoy the comfortable guest rooms, each carefully restored and uniquely decorated. Many of the guest rooms overlook beautiful Skaneateles Lake.

For more information about the Inn follow this link: Sherwood Inn

Don’t miss this great chance to learn and share with the only people who really understand. For more information about our schedule and reservations watch your email or give me a call at 877-275-2726. For now, get the dates of October 29th and 30th on your calendar.





Contact Details

Free Community Papers of New York
109 Twin Oaks Drive, Suite C2
Syracuse, NY 13206 
Phone: 315-472-6007 or 877-275-2726
Fax: 877-790-1976

Dan Holmes

Executive Director


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