Local Woman Earns Promotion

BUFFALO – Travers Collins, a Buffalo-based marketing communications agency, recently Susan Asquith to executive vice president and named her an equity partner.

Asquith joined the firm in September 1989 when it was known as William Collins & Associates. Her clients have included the Peace Bridge Authority, Seneca Nation of Indians, Catholic Health, the City of Buffalo and the Seneca Gaming Corporation, among others.

The Cassadaga native served on the board for the Seneca Diabetes Foundation and formerly on the Kids Escaping Drugs board. In 2002, she received the Burt P. Flickinger, Jr. Award for Volunteerism from The Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Buffalo. Asquith was also named by Business First of Buffalo as one of its “Outstanding Women of Influence” in Western New York for 2008. She now lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Headquartered in the Larkin at Exchange Building, Travers Collins was founded in 1995. The firm is a member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independent public relations firms.

Community Bank Rated Highly

Community Bank System Inc. has been ranked as the fourth-best bank for financial strength in the Forbes magazine annual listing of the Best and Worst Banks in America.

The metrics utilized by Forbes magazine included return on average equity, net interest margin, nonperforming loans as a percentage of loans (NPLs), nonperforming assets as a percentage of assets, reserves as a percentage of nonperforming loans, two capital ratios, leverage ratio and revenue growth for the last 12 months. All metrics were weighted equally in the final ranking.

Mark E. Tryniski, bank president and chief executive officer, attributes the company’s success to employees across the organization.

“This recognition belongs to our employees. I am grateful and thankful for the care and loyalty they take every day in serving our customers and our communities,” he said.

Community Bank System Inc. is a registered bank holding company based in Dewitt, near Syracuse, with $7.3 billion in assets and 185 retail office facilities, including the Jamesotwn area. Its wholly owned banking subsidiary operates as Community Bank, N.A. across upstate and central New York and throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Community Bank offers a full range of high-quality products and services for both individuals and businesses.

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Courses Set For Feb. 12, March 4

The Small Business Development Center will host a two-hour business basics course to help those who want to open a business find essential information and guidance, learn what resources are available to help plan a business and tips to evaluate the feasibility of an idea and explore financing options, marketing, record keeping and more.

The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Jamestown Community College’s Multi-A room in the Carnahan Center. Another session will be offered on Tuesday, March 4, from 4-6 p.m. at JCC’s North County campus in NCTC 116. The class fee is $20 and pre-registration is requested by calling the Small Business Development Center at JCC at 338-1024.