June 2011  

Delaware County eCenter online marketing workshops:

June 30 - Are you LinkedIn?
July 14 - Simple HTML Made Easy
July 21 - Creating a Simple Website
July 28 - What are QR Codes?
August 4 - Selling on eBay
August 11 - Email Marketing

Call the eCenter at
(607) 746-9710 to register at least 48 hours in advance.

The registration fee and mileage will be reimbursed to any attending wood products business in Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Ulster or Sullivan County.
Contact Joshua VanBrakle following each workshop for reimbursement.

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Letter from the Editor

Looking to increase your bottom line? A silly question, I know. This month, Catskill WoodNet News has found three potential opportunities to lower your costs, boost your revenues, and give you access to more customers. The big one, in case you haven't heard, is that New England Wood Pellets has officially opened its wood pellet manufacturing facility at the former Norbord plant in Deposit. This facility will produce about 85,000 tons of wood pellets per year, and what will they need to make all those pellets? That's right, a lot of suppliers, and that's great news for our region's loggers, mills and secondary wood manufacturers.

All the best,  

 Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

[email protected]  
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Welcome our newest WoodNet member!  Check them out at www.catskillwoodnet.org and their company website:



Limber Tree Services
Woodstock, NY 

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New England Wood Pellets

NEWP opened its Deposit facility in June. I spoke recently with NEWP staff about procurement, and here's what they're looking for: 

  • Clean, bark-free shavings, chips, grindings or sawdust.
  • Green or kiln dried material.
  • Mostly hardwood (they do use some softwood, but most of the pellets' wood content is hardwood).

If you have this kind of product and are interested in working with NEWP as a supplier, contact Tony Woods at 315-265-3520.


Biomass Technical Assistance

SUNY Cobleskill, the NY Biomass Energy Alliance and NY Farm Viability Institute have teamed up to help rural entrepreneurs implement biomass projects. They are providing funds for projects that have moved past the "concept" phase but need more detailed analysis to attract financing. Selected projects receive engineering and economic feasibility assistance. For more information, contact Alice Brumbach at 607-316-3437. 


Surety Bond Guarantees

Loggers and sawmills! Having trouble raising cash for performance bonds? Thanks to changes in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) rules, timber sale performance bonds are now eligible for surety bond guarantees, making it easier for you to work with lenders to raise the necessary capital. As the SBA's press release states, "SBA partners with the surety industry to help small businesses that would otherwise be unable to obtain bonding in the traditional commercial marketplace. Under the partnership, SBA provides a guarantee to the participating surety company of between 70 and 90 percent of the bond amount. Through its Surety Bond Guarantee program, SBA also helps owners by guaranteeing bid, payment and performance bonds to protect the project owner against financial loss if a contractor defaults or fails to perform."


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