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JANUARY 2012

DUTCHESS COUNTY REGIONAL C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E

North to Deliver State of the Chamber Message From The County Executive .............. 3 Message From The Chamber President ........... .4 HVYP Toy Drive....................................... 5 WLA Seeking Mentors/Mentees ................... . 5 Next Generation Gala Awards..................... . 6 Go Red Reception .................................... 6 Upcoming Events..................................... .7 Member News ...................................... 8-9 New Members .................................. .10-11 Ribbon Cutting Photos.......................... 12-13 Join the Hudson Valley Ski Club ................. 14 Scholarships Available ............................ 15 Are You Using Your SmartCard?. ................. 16

All Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce members and their guests are cordially invited to attend the January Contact Breakfast for the State of the Chamber Address delivered by President & CEO Charlie North. The breakfast, scheduled from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday, January 18. North will provide Chamber members with not only a recap of the exceedingly successful 2011 year, but also a glimpse into the future of what’s next for one of the most proactive and cuttingedge chambers in New York State. Several new initiatives and areas of focus for 2012 will be introduced and discussed in detail. Members will also be able to submit questions in advance to be addressed by North at the end of the presentation. To reserve your place at the

The Chamber invites all members to attend our Annual Meeting/ January Contact Breakfast

January Contact Breakfast, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit www.dcrcoc.org. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase, $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. In addition to the State of the Chamber, not-for-profit members Taconic Resources for Independence and Maranatha Human Services will be on hand to promote their organizations. The Chazen Companies sponsor the January Contact Breakfast. The Chazen Companies are professionals providing civil engineering, landscape

architecture, planning, land surveying, and environmental consulting in the Hudson Valley for over 60 years, and are dedicated to delivering a broad range of innovative, multidisciplinary business solutions to both their public and private clients. For more information, visit www.chazencompanies. com. Contact Breakfast sponsored by:

Check out page 3 for a message to the business community from Marcus Molinaro, the new Dutchess County Executive

Business After Hours Heads to Shadows on the Hudson Business After Hours, the Chamber’s monthly afterwork networking event, will be held at the newly renovated Shadows on the Hudson (176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie) on Wednesday, January 25 from 5-7 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar along with the opportunity to meet and network with fellow Hudson Valley businesspeople. Shadows on the Hudson recently underwent a makeover to transition its décor to its

current more sophisticated look. Sheer curtains now drape the floor-to-ceiling windows, and new light fixtures hang over a fresh dance floor creating a space that’s part Manhattan and part Las Vegas. For more about Shadows, visit www. shadowsonthehudson.com. Associated Abby Carpet & Floor, The Brake Shop and Quint Investments and Insurance sponsor the January Business After Hours. Associated Abbey Carpet & Floor, a family owned and operated business, opened

our doors in August of 1972. For over 35 years Associated Abbey Carpet & Floor has served the Hudson Valley’s Floor covering needs. Their expert design consultants, with over 130 years experience, are available to assist you with all of your floor covering decisions. For more information, visit wappingersfalls. abbeycarpet.com. The Brake Shop, owned and operated by Mike Spinelli, is quickly becoming one of the premier auto service shops in Dutchess County. Providing much more

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than brakes, The Brake Shop can handle most small and large auto repair issues. For more information, visit www. thebrakeshoponline. To contact Quint Investments and Insurance, a sole-proprietorship operated by Chamber associate board member Wayne Quint, e-mail wquint@quintii.com. The event is complimentary and open to the public, however reservations are requested. To RSVP, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit www.dcrcoc.org.

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Officers Frank Castella, Jr., Chair ........................ Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Jill Sammon, 1st Vice Chair .............Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Joseph Bonura, Jr., 2nd Vice Chair...................................... The Grandview John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary .............................................Friendly Motorcars Gaye Mallet, Past Chair .............................................Adams Fairacre Farms Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ....................... Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Directors Renee Bulla ........................................................... Momentum Advertising Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Ori Brachfeld .......................................................Dash Lock & Key Service Jan Dewey .................................................................. Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Carol Gordon ........................................................Rhinebeck Savings Bank Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Alexandra Laubacker ......................................................................IES, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. ............................................Sedore Hudson Valley CPAs Theodore Luty, Jr. ........................................................... Dorsey Metrology Paul S. Mancarella ..................................................................De’S Jewelers Doug McHoul ................................................McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Robert Ranieri ........................................................... Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Nicholas Shannon .........................Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.................... Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Darlene Bruno ....................................................... Administrative Assistant Kara DeMaio .................................................. Director of Media & Design Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership Rich Kleban ..............................Director of Communications & Marketing Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Carmela Spreer ...................................................... Administrative Assistant Laurie S. White ......................................................Membership Consultant Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Karolyn Osborne............................................... Director of the Foundation Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Mercy Turugh .............................................................Employment Mentor Maryann McKenzie ............................ Youth Employment Services Mentor

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Message from the Chair: Frank Castella, Jr. The commendable leadership of past chairperson Gaye Mallet and the Chamber’s Executive Team; Charlie North, Audra Gerty and Gloria Cukar, have directed our Chamber of Commerce to exist as a strong economic driving force for our community. The programs offered by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce are vast, and they provide great opportunities for our membership. Gaye’s resolute leadership and foresight, as a board member and chair, were vital to this during the critical period of growth the Chamber endured over the last decade. I am personally thankful and grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Gaye and the professional team at the Chamber, and I look forward to an exciting 2012 as your chairman. Member or non-member, our Chamber of Commerce has a different meaning and impact to each individual in the community, but ultimately it has one commonality we can all share – opportunity. Even the most active members don’t always realize the depth of our Chamber’s services, what it

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does to benefit and improve the life of all who live, work or visit our region. Of course, the largest part of what the Chamber offers is opportunity for businesses and their employees, but the impact goes far beyond its members. There are many reasons an organization or individual might join a Chamber; advocacy, health insurance premium discounts, networking, continuing education and guidance, or simply as an avenue to give back to the community. Some think the Chamber’s sole function is to give referrals and offer networking forums to members so they can grow their bottom line, but I tend to disagree. While our Chamber certainly has such opportunities, the programs go far deeper than a typical networking mixer or roundtable business card exchange. If you aspire to grow your business through referrals, learn what the Chamber offers and get involved by attending events regularly. Engage with all the benefits of your membership and never be afraid to ask how. Another approach is to volunteer or sponsor one of

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Making Dutchess County Your Partner For Progress By: Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive possible. We will strive to make the County’s regulatory and review processes simple, fair, efficient, transparent and conducive to business growth and job creation. By cultivating open dialogue and partnerships with the towns, villages and cities, we can find ways to remove obstacles that impede success including complicated review processes, conflicting regulations and burdensome taxes/fees. Government at all levels must be an effective partner to help your business succeed. County Government is eager to assist with resources to facilitate quality development and encourage new jobs. We have valuable products and services to offer your business, many available through our federal, state and local economic development partners, ranging from workforce training, green energy incentives, start-up business planning and more. You may not know about many of these tools, so we will work to

highlight them more prominently than ever before so you can take advantage of them to grow your business – and help our community prosper With the repeal of the MTA payroll tax for small businesses, it appears that Albany is willing to work with us to create a more favorable business environment. We will continue to advocate, with our partners in state government for complete repeal of this egregious tax and work to influence other key reforms to make doing business easier for you. We know we can recover and revitalize our economy here in Dutchess County. I look forward to working with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the entire business community to ignite new economic investment and job creation, making Dutchess County a leader in New York State and the nation. For more on Dutchess County government, go to www. dutchessny.gov

Marcus Molinaro takes over as Dutchess County Executive on January 1. For more on his plans for county government, visit www.transitiondutchess.com

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Dutchess County is a great place for business. We have a dynamic workforce, dedicated business and community leaders, unparalleled natural resources and a superb quality of life. We are a community ripe with opportunity; a message Dutchess County Government must successfully deliver to large companies, manufacturers, and small business enterprises in need of a home. Our goal must be to foster a public-private relationship that offers businesses the ability to thrive and allows our economic base to grow. Together we can create a climate where every business views Dutchess County Government as a vital partner to achieve new development and job growth opportunities. As you steer your business toward great prosperity, we want to ensure you a streamlined path. We will work toward making Dutchess County the most efficient and effective county government


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WWW.DCRCOC.ORG Chamber Connections Speed Network with fellow Chamber members Chamber Connections, everyone’s favorite high-intensity business networking event, returns to the Hudson Valley on January 10 from 4-6 p.m., at Andy’s Place in Poughkeepsie. This unique networking event allows attendees to quickly and effectively network with up to 40 people and businesses in one

fast-paced two-hour session. Be sure to have your elevator speeches ready and bring plenty of business cards to share with your new contacts. Chamber Connections is held bi-annually, and unlike events such as a Business After Hours, is best suited for new or timid networkers. The evening is

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by Charles S. North One of my favorite things to do at New Years’ is reflect. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about what we accomplished at the Chamber in 2011, and there’s no way around it -- it was one crazy year. From the consolidation in January all the way through to our amazing Holiday Contact Breakfast, I’m thankful that the year was filled with more ups than down, more smiles than frowns, and a lot of progress for Hudson Valley small businesses. We hosted another 12 successful breakfasts and Business After Hours events, an amazing Gala, a successful balloon festival, perhaps the best Market Place trade show in history, and countless other meetings and seminars and networking initiatives all designed to help local business grow. I’m really proud of what we accomplished, and I hope you are too. As great as 2011 was, we at the Chamber are not known to rest on our laurels. In fact, for the past two months, we’ve been hard at work planning ways to be even better in the

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future, and I think you’re going to love what we’ve come up with. Make sure you attend the upcoming Contact Breakfast on January 18 for our annual meeting where I’ll be delivering what we’re calling our State of the Chamber address. We’ll reflect on the past, but really we’ll be talking about the future, and that future is bright. I don’t want to give away too much too soon, but just know that the Chamber plans to continue to position ourselves on the cutting edge of technology, we’ll be even more proactive when it comes to advocacy on behalf of our members, and we’ll continue to strive every day to come up with new and innovative ways to encourage everyone to Think Local First. Happy New Year, friends. This one’s going to be good.

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Need help setting or maintaining your New Years health resolution? The January Small Business Council seminar, featuring chiropractor Pat Heaney of Heaney Chiropractic, will help keep you on the right path toward staying happy, healthy and prosperous in 2012 by looking at and managing the stressors in your daily lives.

Dr. Heaney will deliver this Small Business Seminar on Thursday, January 26 at the Chamber’s North Office (1 Civic Center Plaza – Suite 400, Poughkeepsie) beginning at 7:30 a.m. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. All Small Business Marketing seminars are open to the public and free of charge, but registration is required. To save your space, visit www. dcrcoc.org or call 845-4541700 ext. 1000. McCabe & Mack LLP sponsors this Small Business Marketing seminar.

designed to get you out of your seat, talking and networking your way to a stronger bottom line. Attendance for this event is limited and always fills up quickly. Make your reservation today by calling 845-454-1700, ext. 1000.

HEADLINER NOMINATIONS SOUGHT Do you know an outstanding Hudson Valley business or organization? If so, nominate it for a 2012 Headliner Award. Go to www. dcrcoc.org for more information and a nomination form, or call Rich at 4541700 x1023.

Small Business Institute Daylong Seminar Series Will Help Build Your Business The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2012 Business Institute hosted by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District at The Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie) on Saturday, January 28 from 8:15 am until 3:30 p.m. The Business Institute offers entrepreneurs an excellent opportunity to learn how to develop a business plan, fine-tune a marketing campaign, use social media to grow the bottom line, and apply for financing. Verizon and Community Capital of New York generously sponsor the 2012 Business Institute. Throughout the daylong

seminar series, presentations are planned from SCORE, SBDC, the Library District’s Public Computer Center, Community Capital of New York and more. Topics include: • Basics of Starting/ Running a Business • Developing a Plan for Your Business • Adriance Small Business Resources • Non-traditional Funding Sources • Social Media, Websites, Networking Participants will also have ample time to explore the historic Adriance Memorial Library during the scheduled one-hour lunch break, at which

time everyone is encouraged to bring a packed lunch or visit one of Poughkeepsie’s many fine restaurants within walking distance. Plus, Verizon representatives will be on site to discuss the latest communications needs for your small business. The Business Institute is complimentary for Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce members but costs $20 for interested nonmembers. Parking at The Auditorium is complimentary. For more information or to reserve your place, contact Darlene at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.


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Apply Today and Become a Mentor or Mentee with the Women’s Leadership Alliance By: Alexandra Laubacker, IES, WLA Mentor Committee Chair you’ve gained as you’ve moved through the ranks? Do you feel it is your turn to give back to the community? Have you felt blessed because you’ve been given guidance and heard words of wisdom? If you find yourself answering ‘yes,’ then join the Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) Mentor Program. Group 5

is about to launch, and WLA is looking for both mentors and mentees. The program welcomes any adult member of the community looking for a meaningful mentor relationship to help provide guidance and support to meet defined objectives. WLA members make fabulous mentors who have experience in a wide variety of industries.

At the same time, the Alliance is always looking for more mentors who can offer more assistance to future leaders in the Hudson Valley. If you are a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and feel you’d be a vital part of WLA’s dynamic team, please consider becoming a mentor. Both men and women are welcome to

Hudson Valley Young Professionals HVYPs Welcome New Chairs, Planning Action-Packed 2012 seminars on topics potentially ranging from how to get a seat on a board to alternative ways to relieve stress in your life. With a new County Executive taking office, the Public Policy Committee has arranged for the Young Professionals to meet with and engage Marc Molinaro in an intimate closeddoor forum this March, an event designed to make the HVYPs more politically aware. And these are just some of the wonderful things in the works, not to mention the continuation of long-standing and successful initiatives like the Request The Energy community volunteerism program and the competitive Office Chair Challenge. The HVYPs will have new leadership in 2012. Following

the successful tenure of Frank Castella, Jr. and Scott Sweeney as Co-Chairmen of the group, Marc Chodaba and Wayne Quint will assume the posts for this coming year. Both have been active members of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals and its advisory board for years, and the committee is looking forward to seeing how their leadership will further expand what is already a large and active group. If you’re not a member of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, January is the perfect time to join. Membership is complimentary if you work for a Chamber member (there’s a nominal cost if you do not), so visit www. hvyp.org today to get involved.

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Go Red for Heart Fireworks, Bridge Lighting Mark Event Heart Disease, according to the Center for Disease Control, is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, and anyone is at risk regardless of age, race or background. To help not only raise awareness, but also to hopefully inspire action and healthy choices amongst the community, the Chamber is again joining with The American Heart Association of Dutchess County for the annual Go Red Reception on Tuesday, February 7 from 5-7 p.m. at River Station Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. After enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in River Station’s newly renovated upstairs space, attendees will turn towards the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River as the Mid-Hudson Bridge Authority illuminates the span in red to mark the occasion. For even more optical delight, Legion Fireworks will light up the sky

with a heart-shaped pyrotechnic display. February is Heart Month and the start of the annual Go Red campaign, but the American Heart Association is committed to fighting heart disease and stroke in our community throughout the year. Through fund-raising and awareness events like the Go Red For Women Luncheon (March 2 at the Grandview), the Heart Walk (March 20 at Vassar College), the BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson, and this bridge lighting, the AHA is helping to build healthier lives for our residents. Learn more at www.heart.org. EmbroidMe and TEG Federal Credit Union generously sponsor the Go Red Reception. For more information or to make a reservation for this complimentary event, visit www. dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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An All-American Affair Annual Gala - February 4, 2012 Annual Gala Next Generation Awards The family business has been a cornerstone of the American Dream since the birth of our nation. From the local restaurant to major multi-national corporations like DuPont, family owned and operated businesses represent some of the finest and most beloved on our streets. In recognition of the importance of passing down a business from parent to child, the Chamber is pleased to honor the Porco Family, owners of Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls, and the Baright Family, owners of Foam & Wash with locations throughout the Hudson Valley, with the Next Generation Award. The honor will be presented to the two families at the Chamber’s Annual Gala the

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Congratulations to May Mamiya, Director of Case Management at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, who was chosen as the recipient of the 2011 ATHENA Award by The Chamber Foundation, Inc. Mamiya will travel this spring to the 2012 ATHENA International Conference in Chicago.

more information, visit www. thevillaborghese.com. The Baright family’s Foam & Wash chain specializes in fast and convenient services in a first-class facility with a friendly and courteous staff. They offer a full compliment of automotive products and services at each of their 12 locations, including full-service car wash, full-service detail department, express hand waxing, upholstery and leather cleaning and more. For more information, visit www. foamandwash.com. To purchase tickets to attend the Chamber’s 2012 Gala and support all the award winners, visit www.dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000.

evening of February 4 at The Grandview. The Next Generation Award recognizes multi-generational family businesses that have beaten the odds and achieved long-term success in our community. Villa Borghese and the Porco family have been synonymous with elegant catering and weddings since 1970. Surrounded by sweeping lawns, meticulous gardens and romantic sunsets, their venue is one of the most picturesque in the Hudson Valley. Its opulence and elegance welcomes guests into an event filled with luscious, creative culinary cuisine, friendly and attentive staff, along with spectacular photo opportunities, rain or shine. For

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11:30 AM. Chamber’s NORTH Office in Poughkeepsie. Come meet and learn about the Chamber staff over a complimentary lunch catered by JK’s Corner Cafe. Sponsored by Complete Benefit Solutions, Inc.

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The Mothers’ Club of Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) has produced its first annual New Life, New Hope Charity Calendar benefiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Vassar Brothers Hospital. Twelve newborn models, many of whom were born at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, were recruited from throughout the Hudson Valley to pose for the calendar. These tiny stars were around 10-days old, and were photographed in 12 themed set-ups. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at VBMC is the only Level III NICU in the Hudson Valley. The 15-Bed facility is able to care for high-risk and sick newborns. The Unit is staffed around-theclock by Neonatologists and a dedicated staff of Neonatal

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Gordon Fire Equipment is currently hosting their First Annual Education Drive. They are now offering free hands-on fire extinguisher training to ten local not-for-profits. Contact Gordon Fire Equipment at 845-691-5700 or info@gordonfire.com for more information or to sign up.

Sedore, Hudson Valley CPA accountant Nicholas P. Bona has received his Certified Public Accounting license. Bona joined Sedore as a staff accountant in July 2010 where he specializes in serving Sedore’s municipal and non-profit clients. Bona graduated Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. In addition to his academic work he also volunteered for the Intermediate Financial Accounting & Corp Taxation and was a member of the Accountant & Finance

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for neighbors and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of Mr. Joseph Bonura,” another highly esteemed member of the Mount Saint Mary College community. Some 250 guests attended the gala in honor of Cocks, who earned his business degree through the Mount’s evening continuing education program. The event raised more than $105,000 in gifts and pledges which will enable the college to provide an affordable valuesbased education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report, Mount Saint Mary College offers 47 undergraduate programs preparing students for careers in health professions, business, education, social services, communication/media, and more, plus master’s degrees in business, education and nursing.

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novEmbER nEw mEmbERs n Automobile Services, Repair & Maintenance Norm’s Auto Repair, Inc. 220 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3324 845-454-3920 Email: norm.dennis@verizon.net Contact: Norm Dennis Est. December 2006; Automobile repair and service. n Advertising/Promotional Items & Services Advertising Concept 157 Mt. Kisco Avenue Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 914-241-6770/Fax: 914-241-8415 Email: spinon@aciconcepts.com Web: www.aciconcepts.com Contact: Salisa Pinon, Rep Full service agency. Logo’s print, radio and TV commercials plus jingles with local roots. Sponsor: Christine Desmoni Focus Media 10 Matthews Street Goshen, NY 10924 845-294-3342/Fax: 845-294-1118 Contact: Josh Sommers, President & CEO Contact: Don Minichino II, Account Executive Email: don@advertisingandpr.com Web: www.advertisingandpr.com Est. 2000; Focus Media is one of the fastest growing full-service agencies in the country. Here’s why: We use our political campaign approach to create innovative and research-based strategies for our clients. That means a consistent message from your advertising and public relations to your Web site and social media. n Attorneys & Legal Services Law Office of Emanual S. Saris 8 Barristers Row, Suite 3 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-431-7833 Email: svs1017@aol.com Contact: Manny Saris, President Est.1993 n Automobile Dealers Mitchell Motor Cars, LTD 472 Freedom Plains Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-452-3137/Fax: 845-452-3645 Email: emitch7@aol.com Web: www.mitchellmotor.com Contact: Chuck Mitchell, President Est. 1985; Pre-owned Mercedes Benz and other premium luxury cars. Expert service on Mercedes and Porsche. n Bakers & Bakeries Corsino Cakes 2653 E. Main Street Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-632-6300/Fax: 845-632-6299 Email: corsinocakes@yahoo.com Web: www.corsinocakes.com Contact: Derek Corsino, Chef/Owner Est. November 2008; Imaginative, creative custom cakes for any occasion. Designed expressly for individual occasions with the utmost of “out of the box” design.

n Beverage Markets Beekman Beverage Barn 2463 Route 55 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-223-2282/Fax: 845-223-4579 Email: loderosa3@yahoo.com Contact: Lori DeRosa, Owner Est. June 2011; Sale of discount beer and soda. Sponsor: Tony D’Aquanni n Business Management Consultants John G. Mahoney 52 Gellatly Drive Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 914-262-4056l Contact: John G. Mahoney, Est. 2007 RBC Limited 48 W. Pine Road Staatsburg, NY 12580 845-889-8128/Fax: 845-889-4147 Email: rbc@netstep.net Web: www.rbclimited.com Contact: Barbara B. Citarella Est. 1990; A visionary team of growth and operational consultants dedicated to helping organizations adapt, transform and thrive in the modern business environment. With over 20 years experience, RBC Limited knows all organizations are unique and as such we build on this unique set of skills, goals and missions to achieve transformational change. n Cafes Moxie Cupcake Bakeshop & Cafe 215 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-2253 Email: moxiecupcakenp@gmail.com Web: www.moxiecupcake.com Contact: Josie Eriole, Owner/Chef Est. 2010 Sponsor: Kara DeMaio n Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Royalty Carpet 288 Main Street Beacon, NY 845-831-4774/Fax: 845-838-6126 Email: royaltycarpetinc@gmail.com Web: www.royaltycarpetinc.com Contact: Ryan Ciancanelli, General Manager Est. 1978; Residential and commercial cleaning services, flooring retail and installations. “Your Full Service Flooring Store”. Come visit our showroom! n Colleges Adelphi University, Hudson Valley Center 457 Maple Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-3348/Fax: 845-452-0967 Email: atempestilli@adelphi.edu Web: www.adelphi.edu Contact: Alison Tempestilli, Coordinator Est. 1980; University extension site specializing in degrees in social work and nursing. n Contractors - Escavating Zammiello Construction 6 John Blvd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-901-4350 Email: info@zammconstruction.com Web: www.zammconstruction.com

Contact: Kevin Zammiello, Owner Est. December 2006; Commercial and residential, repair and install of septic, land clearing/clean up, wet basements/ water problems, retaining walls/patios, driveways/sidewalks, trucking, site development, grading/lawn install and property maintenance. Sponsor: Gloria Cukar n Day/Child Care Services The Goddard School Wappingers Falls, NY 50 Van Wyck Lane Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Email: wappingersfallsny@ goddardschool.com Web: www.goddardschools.com Contact: Rupal Patel Est. April 2012; Early childhood program offering a wide range of enriching activities to meet individual needs of each child. Focuses on building child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills through the Goddard School Flex Learning program, while providing the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. n Dentists - General R & R Orthodontics-Richard G. Rosenbloom, D.M.D. Lexington Park 1145 Route 55, Suite 1 LaGrangeville, NY 12540 845-471-1186 Email: info@randrorthodontics.com Web: www.randrorthodontics.com Contact: Richard Rosenbloom, D.M.D Est. 1991; Alignment of teeth and jaws to create beautiful smiles for children, teens and adults. Second location in Fishkill NY. n Education The FMA Institute 440 Park Avenue South 3rd Floor New York, NY 10016 646-536-2821/Fax: 646-536-9002 Email: tcook@fmaonline.net Web: www.fmainstitute.net Contact: Terence Cook, Director Est. July 2011; The FMA Institute is a nationally recognized professional development center for everyone responsible for not-for-profit finance. n Electrical Equipment & Supplies RSL Electronics USA Inc. 70 Round Hill Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-462-6963/Fax: 845-462-2755 Email: RSLKoblenz@aol.com Web: www.rsl-electronics.com Contact: Ariel Koblenz Est. 11/21/1991; On-board control, monitoring and diagnostic solutions for engines, jets, helicopters. Also, RSL provides advanced muzzle velocity radar. Sponsor: Dr. Sam Simon n Engineering and/or Surveying Services Spectra Engineering, Architecture & Surveying PC 19 British American Blvd W Latham, NY 518-782-0882/Fax: 518-782-0973 Email: ckingery@spectraenv.com Web: www.spectraenv.com Contact: Christine Kingery, Director of Marketing

Est. 1993; Provider of civil and structural engineering, environmental engineering, surveying, ground penetrating radar and mining services. n Entertainment &/or Amusement Party Express Inc. 308-B Route 28 Kingston, NY 12401 845-340-0490/Fax: 845-334-9618 Email: gina@salvin.biz Contact: Gina Conigliaro, President Est. 1986; Entertainment Company; DJ-Decor-Special events, lighting-gamingkaraoke-emcees. Sponsor: Brent Caster n Financial Services LPL Financial 47 So. Hamilton Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-454-4110/Fax: 845-473-0305 Email: joshua.stratton@lpl.com Web: www.lpl.com Contact: Joshua Stratton, Financial Advisor Account Management for high net worth individuals, and pension and profit sharing plans, LPL has more than $79B in assets under management and dually registered with FINRA and SEC serving Dutchess County along with Newburgh, Kingston and surrounding areas. n Florists & Floral Decorators Small Wonders Florist 2345 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-849-3345/Fax: 845-849-3346 Email: smallwondersflorist@gmail.com Web: www.smallwondersflorist.com Contact: Al DiDonato, Co-Owner Contact: Suzanne Mock, Co-Owner Est. May 2010; Full service floristWeddings-Special Events-HolidaysCustom Framing and Photo Restoration. n Furniture Retailers Ashley Furniture South Hills Mall 1895 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 201-298-6628 Email: jgati@ashleyne.com Web: www.ashleyne.com Contact: Jeff Gati, Director of Sales Email: lthorpe@ashleyne.com Web: www.ashleyne.com Contact: Lisa Thorpe, Lead Corporate Recriuter Our staff is committed to excellence in all we do. We provide the best value in home furnishings backed by superior service before, during and after sale. By maintaining our core values of honesty and integrity, we’ve made Ashley Furniture Home Stores a great place to work and shop. Sponsor: Charles S. North n Graphic Artists & Services Rooney Design Group Ltd. 511 Route 22 PO Box 273 Amenia, NY 12501 845-373-9233/Fax: 845-373-9376 Email: maureen@rooneydesign.biz Web: www.rooneydesignn.y.com Contact: Maureen Rooney, President Est. 1989; A full service graphic design company specializing in entertainment and golf industry and other forms

of graphic design. Designs and manufactures signs and banners on-site. We work with non-profits. n Home Inspections & Services Expedient Environmental Solutions, LLC 4348 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-229-1437/Fax: 845-229-9666 Email: dfrench@moldybugs.com Web: www.moldybugs.com Contact: Richard Wasvary, Owner Contact: David French, Senior Project Manager Est. 1995; Mold testing, inspection and remediation, structural pasteurization, sani-dry dehumidification, crawl space encapsulation. n Hospitals Hudson Valley Hospital Center 1980 Crompond Road Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 914-734-3576/Fax: 914-736-3459 Email: vhochman@hvhc.org Web: www.hvhc.org Contact: Victoria Hochman, Director of Marketing & PR Est. 1889; Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s $100 million renovation has added a new lobby, gift shop, 84 private rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms and an expanded Emergency Department-the only no-wait ED in the region. A new Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened featuring all services in one location including radiation, infusion, women’s health center and all support services. HVHC is also the only Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing in the region. It’s Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine feature three oversized hyperbaric chambers. The Women’s Pavillion for Birthing is the only center in Westchester/Putnam to be recognized for Breastfeeding support by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Free outdoor and garage parking is available. n Hotels & Motels Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern 25 South Partition Street Saugerties, NY 12477 845-247-0700 Email: brigid@diamondmillshotel.com Web: www.diamondmillshotel.com Contact: Brigid Walsh, Director of Marketing and Events Est. December 2011; The Hudson Valley’s newest luxury property. Diamond Mills is a 30 room hotel, stateof-the-art event facility and a full service restaurant and tavern. n Information Technology Services Nubian Directions II, Inc. 248-250 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-8574/Fax: 845-853-7129 Email: rwright@nubiandirections.org Web: www.nubiandirections.org Contact: Robert Wright, President/CEO Est. 1994; Information technology and training, consulting, network and computer installation and support, and troubleshooting for non-profit organizations and businesses.


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Aardvark Insurance 404 Manchester Road Suite 1A Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-849-1460/Fax: 845-230-8664 Email: rlvinsurance@optonline.net Web: www.rlvinsurance.com Contact: Ralph L. Vales, Owner Est. 2011; We offer auto, home, business, life and health insurance for small businesses.

Hudson Valley Psychological Association 27 Hagan Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-0274/Fax: 845-2947086 Email: rarooney@citlink.net Web: www.hvpa.org Contact: Rebecca Rooney, Ph.D, President Est. 1984; HVPA seeks to advance the profession of psychology and to serve New York’s Hudson Valley community. Members of the HVPA are licensed psychologists who work in various settings and live and work in various regions of the Hudson Valley, including the counties of Dutchess, Ulster and Orange. All members maintain high standards of professional and ethical practice as mandated by licensure through the New York State Board of Education, and by the principles of the American Psychological Association(APA) and the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).

Joseph’s Steakhouse 728 Violet Avenue (Rt. 9G) Hyde Park, NY 845-473-2333/Fax: 845-473-2332 Email: josephshydepark@aol.com Web: www.josephs-steakhouse.com Contact: Joseph Wilson, Owner

LinkinBus 9 Dyckman Drive Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 888-908-0425 Email: ssafura@linkbus.com Web: www.linkinbus.com Contact: Stefan Stafura Est. 201l; Linking businesses with people through experiences on the web. Sponsor: Christine Desmoni n Manufacturers Mechtronics Merchandising Solutions 511 Fishkill Avenue Beacon, NY 12508 845-440-2239/Fax: 845-440-2235 Email: kfellinger@mechtron.com Web: www.mechtronics.com Contact: Kevin Fellinger Produces, Assembles, warehouses and distributes advertising and product displays for national clients. Sponsor: Charles S. North n Marketing Research & Services Averill & Associates 2345 Route 52, Suite 2L Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-896-4250/Fax: 845-592-4368 Email: dianne@averillonline.com Web: www.averillonline.com Contact: Dianne Averill, Managing Partner Est. 1990; Web development and design, e-commerce; print catalogs, brochures; package design, custom labels. Industries we service include municipalities, school districts, insurance, pet food, manufacturing, libraries. Free consultation. n Nutritional Consulting & Sales The Hungry Heart 942 Route 376 Summerlin Plaza Suite 217-A Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-797-3564 Email: jodi@hungryheart.org Web: www.hungryheart.org Contact: Jodi Darling, Owner Est. 2009; A weight loss and emotional eating program. A caring approach to out of control eating. Nutritional counseling and hyprotherapy behavior modification. Sponsor: Lynne Versaci

n Patent Services Bram Patent Services 1964 South Road, Unit #204 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-249-2399 Email: patents@brampatent.com Contact: Eric M. Bram, Owner Est. 2009; Patent application preparation and prosecution. n Physical Therapists Hudson Valley Manual Physical Therapy PO Box 791 Marlboro, NY 12542 845-236-1900/Fax: 845-236-1901 Email: hvmpt22@gmail.com Web: www.hvmpt.com Contact: Elizabeth A. Weiss A hands on approach including osteppathic techniques, integrated with deep tissue wok, neuromuscular reeducation and body mechanics training to achieve optimal functional results. n Professional Services/Training Medical Expense Management, Inc. 15 Davis Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-471-3801/Fax: 877-624-0553 Email: cmanzo@medexpense.com Web: www.medexpense.com Contact: Charles Manzo Est. 2002; Provider of insurance claim services including independent medical examinations. Sponsor: Dr. Dan Hickey n Real Estate Agencies & Brokers Pat P Real Estate Hark Plaza 1299 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-298-8939/Fax: 845-296-1105 Email: patprealestate@aol.com Web: www.patprealestate.com Contact: Patricia Petrosillo, Owner Est. 2008; All your real estate needsmulti-million dollar producer for 25 years.

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Ribbon Cuttings Vassar-Warner Home

It’s The Journey

Vassar-Warner Home (52 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie), celebrates 140 years in operation and a renovation to the building’s facade.

It’s The Journey cuts a ribbon to celebrate its grand opening. Visit them online at www.itsthejourney.biz.

Abilities First

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Abilities First cuts a ribbon in celebration of the grand opening of its new Life Skills Enhancement Center (488 Freedom Plains Rd., Poughkeepsie).

Bella Luci Salon

Bella Luci Salon commemorates its move into a new shop (11 Liberty St., Poughkeepsie) with a ribbon cutting.

EmbroidMe (2600 South Rd., Poughkeepsie - Poughkeepsie Plaza) cuts a ribbon to commemorate its expansion into a larger storefront.

Community Family Development

Community Family Development (269 Mill St., Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon to officially open its new playground.


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Nerak Systems

Nerak Systems (4 Stagedoor Rd., Fishkill) cuts a ribbon to officially open its new location.

Dutchess ProPrint

Dutchess ProPrint (1708 Route 9, Wappingers Falls) cuts a ribbon in celebration of 25 years in business and to mark the businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; name change.

American Breeders

American Breeders (1582 Route 9, Wappingers Falls) cuts a ribbon to commemorate the opening of its third location.

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Vibrant Lifestyle Coaching

Vibrant Lifestyle Coaching (2345 Route 52 - Suite 4N, Hopewell Junction) cuts a ribbon in celebration of its grand opening.

Adams Fairacre Farms

Adams Fairacre Farms (160 Old Post Rd., Wappingers Falls) cuts a ribbon for the grand opening of its fourth Hudson Valley location.

Computer Systems Integrators, Inc.

Computer Systems Integrators, Inc. (1401 Route 52 - Suite 100B, Fishkill) cuts a ribbon to mark the opening of its new office location.


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Business of the Month Highway Displays Everyone Sees Billboards – that’s the motto of Highway Displays, the locally owned outdoor advertising firm that’s been helping to promote Hudson Valley business since 1921. This winter, following a generous offering of six billboards to The Chamber Foundation, Inc., and thanks to the sponsorship of Advance Testing, Highway Displays is hoping everyone sees some positive messages around the community. Through March, six fullsized billboards scattered around the Hudson Valley will feature local not-for-profit organizations. Until the end of January, The Chamber Foundation, Inc., is promoting all of its available scholarships before turning the billboard space over to the community. Beginning in February, students from Arlington and Poughkeepsie High Schools will not only work with the not-for-profit organizations to receive promotion, but will also

have a hand in designing the advertisement, making Highway Display’s generosity not just of billboards, but of an educational opportunity as well. For more information about Highway Displays and how utilizing some of its approximately 500 clean, up-to-date and prominently located billboards might boost your bottom line, visit www. highwaydisplays.com. For more about The Chamber Foundation, Inc., and its available scholarships, visit www.chamberfdn.org. Advance Testing is a consulting construction materials testing laboratory that has been providing outstanding service to its clients since 1984. Advance Testing Company provides both field inspection and laboratory analysis of all construction materials for commercial, private, and public organizations. For more information, visit www. advancetesting.com.

WWW.DCRCOC.ORG Community Spotlight Hudson Valley Ski Club the Clarion Hotel on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. Members also gather each Friday evening for “Race Training,” a social night out at local restaurants designed to promote friendship and camaraderie off the mountain. The Hudson Valley Ski Club is currently planning trips to ski hot-spots like Colorado and Vermont, so join now. Yearly membership is just $40 for an individual, $50 per couple and is open to anyone 21 years or older. For more information on how to join, contact club Membership Chairman Peter Gray IV at 845-462-2010 or pg4@pg4.net. For the complete happenings and background on the Hudson Valley Ski Club, visit them online at www. hudsonvalleyskiclub.org.

Hit the slopes this winter with the Hudson Valley Ski Club. Now in its 73rd year, the Ski Club offers members the chance to socialize with those who share a common interest, get discounts on lift tickets and ski equipment, participate in club trips to some of the top winter sports destinations in the world, and much more. Not a skier or snowboarder? Not a problem. During most club outings, experienced certified instructors offer free lessons to fellow members in the group. The club’s lessons are a great way to get started on the slopes and also to meet fellow skiers at a similar ability level. The Hudson Valley Ski Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at

Adopt-a-Family Thank You For Your Support!

Arlington High School students (who will create the February billboards) pose with faculty and staff of Advance Testing and the Arlington Education Foundation.

Member Spotlight Dutchess Manor When it comes time to plan your next event, be it a wedding, corporate meeting, anniversary party or any other occasion, consider Dutchess Manor to serve as the host. Housed in an historic mansion built in the 1860s perched high on the bluffs of Beacon overlooking the Hudson, Dutchess Manor offers guests amazing river views and use of their expansive outdoor lawn, terrace and gazebo space during warmer months, and the interior grand opulence of a Hudson Valley estate during the winter. Regardless of season, Dutchess Manor’s commitment to quality and service guarantee

a stunning and successful affair. A full-service event house, Dutchess Manor provides on-site catering and even a bakery to suit the needs of their clients. Sample menu items, all carefully prepared by chefs trained at the Culinary Institute of America, include apricot chicken, Chilean sea bass, a classic chateaubriand and more. All menus are customizable to suit individual tastes. Bookings for the spring and summer are going fast. For more information about Dutchess Manor, or to reserve your date, visit www. dutchessmanor.com.

The staff of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District at Adriance Library participated in Adopt-A-Family The Workforce Development Center of the Chamber wishes to thank the following individuals and families for their support: • Angela Adams - Adams Fairacre Farms (2 Families) • Rebecca Lee - Bella Luci Salon • Janet Novak - Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty • John McLoughlin Citizens Bank • Susanne Barbaro - DSL Financial Services • Pat Miller - Evergreen Chorus • Rita McPeck and Brenda

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Parrilla - KeyBank Lauren Muffs Poughkeepsie Public Library District Sinikkia Sherwood Premier Medical Group Christina Myers Rhinebeck Saving Bank Susanne Koval Riverside Bank Sophia Donohue Southlands Foundation Pam Gartland - St. Francis Auxillary Kathleen Wiehe - Staff, Corbally, Gartland and Rappleyea Mary Schoonmaker - TD Bank

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Mary Galbraith - TEG Federal Credit Union Irene Andujar and Donna Slavin - Vassar Warner Home The Family of Pat & Toby Miller The Harte Family The Russell Family The Sammon Family The Valvo Family The Currie Ciardi Family The Hunt & Lee Families The staff of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce The Hudson Valley Young Professionals


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By: Karolyn Osborne, Foundation Director students who will be attending college. With the cost of education continuing to rise, many students and parents have to take out loans to pay for college or resort to other measures. Scholarships are a great way to cover part of or even all of the cost of a college education. The Chamber Foundation, Inc., currently offers 11 different types of traditional and non-traditional scholarship opportunities for high school seniors. There are currently scholarships available in the areas of culinary arts, nursing, music, athletics, engineering, manufacturing and trade,

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Leadership Dutchess Aluminaries Jeff Breen - Class of 2010

The Foundation Perspective One of the educational missions of The Chamber Foundation, Inc., is to provide scholarships for students attending local area schools. Last year, The Chamber Foundation, Inc., awarded $38,000 in scholarship funds and experiences to deserving students in Dutchess County. Monies for scholarship programs are contributed through corporate sponsors and fundraisers such as Bowl-AThon, Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner, Annual Day of Golf and the ATHENA Awards Program, just to name a few. Scholarships are very important to high school

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journalism and communications and more. The scholarships are extended to individuals who are in need of financial aid or quality based on merit. Scholarships are a powerful tool in the overall development of a person’s future. To find out how they might be able to benefit your educational future, visit www. chamberfdn.org or contact me at 845-296-0001 ext. 104 or Karolyn@chamberfdn.org. As The Chamber Foundation board chairman Nevill Smythe is continuously telling students, “… you will NOT get a scholarship unless you apply,” so apply today! Deadline for scholarship submission is April 1, 2012.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012 1 - 4 p.m. Mardi Bob Lanes, Poughkeepsie For more information, call 845.296.0001 x104 The Chamber Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors

Local Care, Global Strength

Officers Nevill Smythe, Chair.................................Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Trista Parker, 1st Vice Chair.........................................................................Health Quest Bill Francis, Treasurer......................................................Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Lisa Morris, Secretary..............................................Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Directors Stephen E. Diamond............................Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Stacey Langenthal......................................................................Rhinebeck Savings Bank Tina Ludwig....................................................................................The Valley Group, Inc. Rita McPeck.........................................................................................................KeyBank

Jeff was interviewed by Tina Ludwig of The Valley Group, member of the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2008. 1. As a Sole Proprietor, what were the reasons that you decided to put yourself through the LD program? It was an excellent way to meet the up and coming business leaders in the local area. Making the right connections is crucial for the vitality and success of any small business owner, and LD was the perfect platform for me to broaden my networking database. 2. How do you feel the LD program benefits our community? In addition to the scholarship fundraising and the home repair projects that we complete with Rebuilding Together of Dutchess County as part of the LD curriculum, I feel the program helps showcase what Dutchess County offers in terms of opportunity, growth, education and resiliency for businesses and families. 3. Have you stayed connected with your class and the LD program and if

so, how do you feel that has helped you become or stay successful in business? Yes, I have stayed closely connected with both my class and the program. The program has helped me both professionally and personally. From a professional standpoint I was able to make connections with other professionals that I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. Those connections have had a tremendous impact on the growth of my business. I have stayed very involved with Leadership Dutchess. I am currently a member of the LD Alumni committee, I am a mentor for a member of the current class and help with various LD events that take place throughout the year, which has introduced me to even more professionals. I encourage anyone who is on the fence about joining the program to do it, it is an investment in yourself, your business and the community! For more on Leadership Dutchess, visit www.facebook. com/LeadershipDutchess

Our business is growing and our focus remains the same: • Cherish our clients • Value our employees Toshiba •3 xSupport the community 4 With Toshiba Business Solutions, it all adds up.

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Being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce comes with many benefits, and one of them is discounts on other members’ products and services. Simply carry your SmartCard, show it at these businesses and receive the discount mentioned. That’s it! What a great way to save money, meet other Chamber businesses and ‘Think Local!’ Don’t have your SmartCard or need a new one? Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1009 and let us know.

The Brake Shop 1228 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-298-6000 10% off all services for foreign, domestic autos and small trucks Prudential Serls Prime Properties Blake Michaud 1131 Route 55 Lagrangeville, NY 12540 845-797-3627 Free “Home Protection Plan” when you buy or sell your home through me ($447 value)

Thai Spice Restaurant 28 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 10% off all food & beverage –take out and dine in R.J. Centrello, CPA 4 Nancy Court, Suite 1 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-896-6202 Free consultation & 10% off services for the first year For a complete listing of SmartCard members and their discounts, visit: www.dcrcoc.org, click on the Members tab and then Member Discounts.

MEMBER TESTIMONIAL “I am amazed at the opportunities the Chamber has provided me both personally and professionally. One of the most beneficial opportunities I had was participating as a Table Host at a Chamber event. Not only did I meet ten new friends, but gained four new clients as a result of this chance meeting. Taking advantage of the many events sponsored by the Chamber, I have quickly acclimated to being a new business owner in the community.”

Read more testimonials or write your own by visiting www.dcrcoc.org, click on Members and Member Testimonials from the drop-down menu.

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