MA Polce and the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and after-hours business reception on June 29 to recognize the expansion of MA Polce’s Rome headquarters facility. In attendance were Roma Mayor Jaqueline Izzo, New York State Senator Joe Griffo, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, and Roma Area Chamber of Commerce President William Guglielmo and First Vice President , Greg Mattacola.
CEO Mike Polce waited two years to recognize the achievement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the event, Polce expressed his gratitude to all those who supported him and made the project possible.
“The day was not just about MA Polce, it was a celebration and reflection on the hard work and dedication of so many people, both in our company and outside the organization,” he said. “There were countless organizations and individuals who were key to not only getting the project off the ground, but also making it a success. Looking at it on a high level, it is Rome. It is a community that seeks and advances with business and development.”
The 10,000 square foot expansion more than doubled the size of MA Polce’s Rome headquarters and validated Mike Polce’s trust and support of business growth and development in the Rome community. This new space can accommodate an additional 22 employees, 12 of whom have been hired since the expansion. A driving force for this project was to advance the company’s growth strategy and accelerate its cybersecurity practice.
During the event, Mattacola, Polce and Izzo gave speeches. Guests toured the expanded facility, interacted with local business officials and enjoyed appetizers from Copperccinos and Swifty’s Restaurant and Pub.
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Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol remind anyone interested in a career as a deputy sheriff with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office that the registration period for the next civil service entrance exam is open from now until July 29. The public has until the end of the business day on July 29 to apply to take the exam on September 17. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age on or before the test date, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be a resident of Oneida, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oswego, or Otsego counties. The starting salary for a deputy sheriff is $41,235 and advances to $48,512 after successfully completing the required initial training. New York State health insurance and retirement benefits are also included once successfully signed up. The application fee is $25. To register for the exam, visit oneida-portal.mycivilservice.com. For more information about the application process or a career with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, call the Office of Community Affairs at 315-765-2220.
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Marketing at the top of the hill in Frankfort has been recognized and certified as New York State Woman-Owned Business Company (WBE). This certification was awarded to Hilltop Marketing on June 23 by Empire State Development Minority and Women’s Business Development Division (DMWBD). The process includes an in-depth review of the business to confirm that it is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. Certification gives Hilltop access to New York State contracts and procurement opportunities, as well as access to a statewide network of support services exclusively for certified businesses. As part of the NYS WBE Certification, Hilltop will also be listed in the Directory of NYS MWBE Certified Companies. Visit Hilltop at hilltopwebsolutions.com.