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Postal Service makes Niskayuna business change its name

After nearly a year and a half, the name change process of Parcel Post Plus, Inc. a Niskayuna-based business, continues. It all started in June of 2007 when Greg Salomon, owner of Parcel Post Plus, Inc. received a letter from a law firm representing the United States Post Office asserting he had to change the name of his business or face litigation, because the phrase is a registered trademark of the United States Post Office.

It's such an emotional thing, said Salomon. "What if people don't like the new name? What if people don't remember it?"

Salomon threw out a lot of potential ideas for names, but can't seem to decide on one. So he decided to hold a contest for his customers to submit their ideas for the name change. One of his customers was so enthusiastic he even brought a box over for customers to put their suggestions in.

"It's going to cost money [to change the name] and that's why I thought having a little contest with his customers on helping him pick a new name might be a good idea, just to get some interest," said John Lemelin, a Niskayuna resident and customer.

"It's definitely going to be a distraction; it's going to be a whole bunch of work that he's going to have to go out and do, and when he's out doing that work he's not going to be in the store helping customers," said Lemelin of why he wanted to help alleviate some of Salomon's burden.

The contest will start on Monday, April 20, and run until Wednesday, May 20. The winner will receive an iPod Nano, whether the name is actually chosen or not.

Salomon, who has been in business for nine years and has used the name "Parcel Post Plus, Inc.," for just as long, said that the letter came as a "huge surprise." Beside the stress of coming up with a new name for his business, which has been a challenge for him " he wants something catchy, memorable and accurate in terms of the services his business offers " the fees associated with the name change are also something what worry him.

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