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Meet Our Consultants
Eileen graduated with her B.S. in Organizational Management from Keuka College. She began her career in business working as the Director of Sales and Marketing for an east coast based company, then transitioning to the world of outside sales for several Central New York based businesses. Eileen has worked with companies of all sizes, in many different capacities. Her industry knowledge and ability to identify what businesses need, how she can help, and what will work, stems from her education and extensive experience in the field.
In 2018 Eileen opened her own marketing business saying: "I truly enjoy helping people grow their business. It becomes a community-wide investment because when one business starts to grow, so does the community around it."
In 2015 Eileen received the “Shining Star” award from the Southern Tier Binghamton Business Meet-Up and in 2016 she received the “Networker of the Year” award also, from the Southern Tier Binghamton Business Meet-Up. From 2015-2018, she served as an Ambassador for the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce, serving as the Ambassador Chair from 2016-2018.
Eileen enjoys volunteering and ran the children's after-school program for Fusion (now City of Light) from 2015-2018, working with children in Chemung County. Married with two children, when she is not working, she is busy spending time with her family, driving teenagers everywhere while they participate in travel sports, and occasionally getting to hike with her dogs.
Gladys Brangman is at her best when serving others and has set out to make the small business world more profitable by offering support services and networking opportunities. Her most recent venture is Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC). She believes that business owners of color(s) can not only survive but thrive as long as they are aware of and support one another. A gathering to celebrate Black History Month, transformed into a network that became a business. BLOC offers business and financial training, marketing, a web presence, and networking opportunities.
Originally from Albany, New York, Gladys came to the area to study at Cortland State. She has a BA in Communications and a master’s degree in conflict resolution and reconciliation from Abilene Christian University. Gladys has lived in the Ithaca area for the better part of 30 years. She makes her home in Lansing, teaches dance when she can and believes that there is no higher calling than that of a servant.
Tal moved to Ithaca 15 years ago from Israel. She has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, branding and communications. Tal is very involved in the community through BLOC (Business Leaders of Colors) and Alternatives where she helps small businesses with their marketing. She is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, is on the Board of Habitat for Humanity, a woman business owner and an entrepreneur who has created a catering business including building her own commercial kitchen.
Tal has volunteered in hundreds of ways throughout her life in any place and way she can to help people where they need help. During Covid-19 she made birthday cakes for children celebrating their birthdays during quarantine at pay what you can/if you can, to make sure that no child was not celebrated.
Tal speaks 3 languages – English, Danish and Hebrew, has travelled the world and loves traveling and believes strongly in community, people and making a difference.
Astra and her husband Lee have 2 awesome boys – Jose and Hank. They live on Seneca Lake in upstate New York.
Alternatives Federal Credit Union has partnered with Gladys Brangman from Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC) to offer free business consultations to entrepreneurs of color. Sign up for a consultation with Gladys today! Are you a local business owner of color? Visit BLOC's website to join their network!
Alternatives Federal Credit Union has partnered with Civil Advocacy Project, Inc. to offer regular office hours with attorney Veronica Johnson at the branch location at 125 N Fulton St Ithaca, NY. Civil Advocacy Project provides legal advocacy and advising to income qualified small businesses, on a sliding scale basis. Civil Advocacy Project can assist in matters such as the formation of LLCs of other entities, thinking through the adoption of appropriate business policies, or adopting contract templates.
Consultations are available to schedule with Veronica now. This service is open to the public. There is no charge for the first appointment. Office hours are Tuesdays 12:30pm – 4:30pm.
For additional information, please contact Veronica Johnson at [email protected]
You may also contact Business Development Manager, Eileen Peet, [email protected] or 607-216-3425 to learn more.