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A QUARTERLY BUSINESS NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE NEW PALTZ REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

THE POWER OF MAIN STREET Solutions in this Economic Climate? Just Look Around By Gregory Schoenfeld

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n the wake of the recent presidential election, there isn’t an American citizen who hasn’t been inundated with the ongoing debate over the state of the economy—and a host of suggestions to get back to prosperity. For years, we have heard politicians compare “Main Street” to “Wall Street” as an appeal to voters. Yet divisive speculation continues in Washington DC, and Wall Street’s struggles often seem far more distant than a two hour drive down the Thruway. Continued on p. 12

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An innovative spirit marks New Paltz’s legacy, and local businesses are looking back to move forward.

New legislation allows farm distilleries to sell liquor at farmers’ markets; New York’s tax climate ranks lowest in the country.

Member Profiles Hurds Family Farm, Tuthilltown Spirits, Ulster County Tourism, Groovy Blueberry.

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Our Chamber community’s continued dedication to each other and the quality of life here is absolutely inspiring.

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’d like to use this introductory space in the first issue of Regional Report for 2013 to discuss the Chamber’s role in economic development in the Hudson Valley. Our boutique approach to service and our location at Exit 18—the Gateway to the Hudson Valley—uniquely positions us to commit ourselves to building the vital strategic alliances necessary to thrive here, directly impacting our members’ bottom lines. As part of that commitment, we are proud to host Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams this January to discuss the Valley’s economic outlook. The State’s dedication to achieving stable and diversified local economies dovetails beautifully with our goal to establish ourselves as the go-to resource for vital business relationships. By helping to protect the entrepreneurial climate and sustainably strengthen the Valley’s economic position, we create an attractive and welcoming environment for new businesses, and advance established companies’ capability to grow, succeed, and to retain key employees. Tourism is a large part of our region’s economic composition, and our Chamber is uniquely positioned there as well. The Valley is very good at being charming on its own— one need only look to National Geographic Travler’s inclusion of the Hudson Valley in its list of 2013 Must-See Places among worldwide tourism destinations, where we are beautifully highlighted in the article alongside destinations from around the world, including Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia; Valpariso, Chile; Revenna, Italy; and Kyoto, Japan. Ours is the only Chamber in the Mid-Hudson

region with a walk-in tourism center, and our gorgeous and user-friendly new website, concierge-style tourism counseling services, and active social media presence mean our members’ messages reach those traveling here from across the country and around the world first. We’re hosting a seminar in January to help our members make the best use of their directory listing on www.newpaltzchamber. org, and are always happy to provide oneon-one discussions on the tools we’re now able to provide through our partnership with Chamber member WebLink International. We are so grateful to our members for sharing our commitment to making the Hudson Valley one of the best places in the country to live, work, play, worship, and do business. Our Chamber community’s continued dedication to each other and the quality of life here is absolutely inspiring. As we embark upon a new year, we invite you, as always, to share your experiences, challenges, and questions with us. We look forward to serving you throughout 2013 and beyond. Sincerely,

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UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday, January 8

Friday, January 25

January After-Hours Mixer @ McGillicuddy’s Restaurant and Tap House, New Paltz

Winter Business Card Exchange @ John J. Lease Realtors, Highland

Join us at our first After-Hours Mixer of 2013! Once again, we kick off a new year at McGillicuddy’s Restaurant and Tap House, where abundant, delicious food and drink and fabulous networking will be the order of the night. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: McGillicuddy’s Restaurant and Tap House, 84 Main Street, New Paltz Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

Tuesday, January 15

Website Members Only Seminar @ SUNY New Paltz School of Business

Join us for a highly informative seminar on how to make best use of the brand new Members Only section of the Chamber’s new website. Through our partnership with Chamber member WebLink International, we are proud to offer you some fantastic new functionality! Learn how to personalize your business or organization’s page, promote your specials and coupons, add events to the Chamber’s online calendar, access your invoices, and much more! We will also touch upon the Chamber’s social media plan. Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Place: SUNY New Paltz School of Business, van den Berg Hall 110 Cost: Complimentary Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

Wednesday, January 16

January Business Luncheon @ the Terrace Restaurant, SUNY New Paltz, featuring Kenneth Adams, President and CEO of Empire State Development Center, and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development

The current economic climate in New York State is very much on all of our minds as we embark upon 2013. Join us as we present Empire State Development’s Kenneth Adams, who leads New York’s chief economic development agency in its mission to promote a vigorous and growing economy, and strives to enhance private business and investment growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Sponsor: Complete Benefit Solutions Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Place: The Terrace Restaurant, SUNY New Paltz campus Cost: Complimentary to Corporate Partners; $20 for Chamber members; $25 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

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Warm up an early winter Friday with hot networking at the offices of John J. Lease Realtors, Highland. Build your business connections with us! Since its founding in 1938, John J. Lease Realtors has grown to include three offices in Ulster and Orange counties and a total of 130 agents. Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Place: John J. Lease Realtors, 550 Route 299, Highland Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations Required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

Tuesday, February 12

After-Hours Mixer @ Woodland Pond at New Paltz, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of New Paltz and Highland

Join your Chamber peers as you grow your network and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of New Paltz Rotary Club and Highland Rotary Club, joined by Kingston Rotary, Kingston Sunrise Rotary, and Rotary Club of Southern Ulster. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Learn more and make new connections at our February Mixer! Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Woodland Pond at New Paltz, 100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

Wednesday, February 20

February Business Luncheon @ Ship Lantern Inn, featuring Raleigh Green of Raleigh Green, Inc. on Branding, Social Media, and Your Business

More and more, modern branding practices mean communicating your message throughout multiple media. Join creative thinker and branding expert Raleigh Green for a lively discussion of social media marketing best practices and how to strategically brand your business. Sponsor: Empire State Bank Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Place: Ship Lantern Inn, 1725 Route 9W, Milton Cost: Complimentary to Corporate Partners; $20 for Chamber members; $25 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

Tuesday, March 12

After-Hours Mixer & Annual Pot-O-Gold Raffle Drawing @ The Silverado Saloon, Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland

Do you have the $10,000 ticket? Join us for our annual Pot-O-Gold Raffle drawing and find out! Held this year

in Rocking Horse Ranch’s newly refurbished Silverado Saloon, this fun yearly event’s western flair, stunning array of hors d’oeuvres, and the fact that someone will walk away $10,000 richer always makes it a night to remember. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Raffle drawing at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Place: The Silverado Saloon, Rocking Horse Ranch, 600 Route 44/55, Highland Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members and PotO-Gold ticket holders; $15 non-members Reservations required. For more information about the Pot-O-Gold Raffle, including how to purchase a ticket, call 845-255-0243.

Wednesday, March 20

March Business Luncheon @ Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant, Gardiner, featuring Walter Marquez of Antiques Barn at Water Street Market

Bring along a treasured antique for an opinion from our very own Walter Marquez of Antiques Barn at Water Street Market. Walter is a vital part of the Hudson Valley antiques community, and will present pieces from his own collection for discussion at this lively luncheon, which will be held at local German gem Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant. Sponsor: Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Place: Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant, 3123 Route 44/55, Gardiner Cost: Complimentary to Corporate Partners; $20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

Save the date: Friday, April 12

1st Annual Pot-O-Gold Business Showcase @ Holiday Inn at Kingston

We are proud to introduce a brand new Business-toBusiness marketing event: The Pot-O-Gold Business Showcase. Taking place a month after the Chamber’s Pot-O-Gold Raffle Drawing, this new event will be a rainbow of B2B marketing, new connections, and education about local products and services, including seminars and break-out sessions. Reserve your booth to follow that rainbow toward your business or organization’s pot of gold. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Place: Holiday Inn at Kingston, 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston Cost: Early bird registration (application received by 1/30/2013): $250 for Chamber members; $350 for nonmembers. Regular registration (application received after 1/30/2013): $300 for Chamber members; $400 for non-members (non-member fees include $100 credit toward NPRCoC annual membership investment). Registration required. Call the Chamber at 845-2550243 to request a vendor application or to learn more about this exciting new event!

For more information, call the Foundation at 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org.

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MEMBER PROFILES Just Do It!

Regional Report checks in with local entrepreneurs who are celebrating the vitality of the region in their businesses: Hurds Family Farm, Tuthilltown Spirits, Ulster County Tourism, and Groovy Blueberry.

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The Power of Main Street Solutions in this Economic Climate? Just Look Around Main Street, fueled by a “buy local” strategy, offers a great location for economic development that is cause for optimism throughout the New Paltz regional landscape. Tried-and-true techniques and formulas for economic success are natural extensions of our core community values.

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American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS) Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress Southern Ulster Alliance Hudson Valley Regional Coalition (One Valley—One Voice) Who We Are The New Paltz Regional Chamber, organized in 1900, is an active and trusted voice in the regional business and residential community that forges strong relationships between businesses and residents and promotes growth, prosperity, a sense of local pride, and a high quality of life in the Hudson Valley region. The Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz aids and augments the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce’s current slate of successful educational programs. The foundation envisions a comprehensive program of educational activities and scholarships, all geared toward educating and supporting the community.

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2012 CORPORATE PARTNERS LEADING PARTNER Complete Benefit Solutions (COBESO) ASSOCIATE PARTNERS Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Ulster Savings SUPPORTING PARTNERS Empire State Bank HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Health Quest Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union KIC Chemicals Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC Luminary Publishing M&T Bank Ulster Savings Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs

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A QUARTERLY BUSINESS NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE NEW PALTZ REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

INNOVATION VS. TRADITION By Gregory Schoenfeld

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OLD MEETS NEW IN A CHANGING MARKET

t’s an old saw of business practice that you must consistently adapt in order to stay current—and remain successful. Advancements in an almost unlimited range of technology are available, but increasing your technological arsenal is one part of the evolution of a business. While consumers are more tech-savvy than ever, able to access information anywhere, at any time, depending too heavily on the mechanization that technology can provide leaves consumers yearning for that oneto-one, “old-fashioned” kind of attention. Creating an effective blend of old and new requires a thoughtful inventiveness, and many Mid-Hudson Valley businesses are prospering by meeting that challenge.

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The Bottom Line New York’s aging infrastructure; Belleayre Mountain Ski Center management shuffle; economic recovery may be losing steam.

Member Profiles PDQ Business Printers, Associated Abbey Carpet and Floor, Main Street Bistro Alfandre Architecture, PC.

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Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz Board OF DIRECTORS Chair Sue Van Voorhis M&T Bank Secretary Theresa Thompson Main Street Bistro Treasurer Michael A. Smith New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce PAST Chair Kathy Ferrusi Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Board member Marsha Jones New York Life Board member Joyce Minard Board member Cathy Sifre Board member Ernie VanDeMark Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

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Board of Directors Tom Edwards Fox & Hound Wine and Spirits Lydia Fitzgerald Charmed Places Planning and Locations Barry Henck Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Glen F. Kubista Glen F. Kubista & Associates Walter Marquez Water Street Market Dr. David Ness Performance Sports and Wellness Craig Shankles PDQ Business Printers Glenn Sutherland Catskill Hudson Bank Susan VanDeBogart St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Sue Van Voorhis M&T Bank

750 Project Founding Members Fox and Hound Wine & Spirits Water Street Market McGillicuddy’s Restaurant and C2G Environmental Consultants Tap House Catskill Hudson Bank PDQ Business Printers Empire State Bank Ship Lantern Inn Jackson Lewis LLC Ulster Savings Luminary Publishing Apple Hill Farm Mohonk Mountain House Hurds Family Farm Rocking Horse Ranch Minard Farms Ship Lantern Inn Tantillo’s Farm Market Toshiba Business Solutions Wright’s Farm Win Morrison Realty

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Board Officers CHAIR Chris Drouin Beyond Wealth Management 1 ST VICE CHAIR Frank Curcio Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 2 ND VICE CHAIR Mindi Haynes Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, CPAs SECRETARY Constance Harkin Ulster Savings TREASURER Kay Hoiby Free Fall Express, dba Blue Sky Ranch LEGAL COUNSEL James Yastion Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC PAST CHAIR Ernie VanDeMark Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

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Regional Report is published quarterly by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Information in this publication was carefully compiled to ensure maximum accuracy. However, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce cannot guarantee the correctness of all information provided herein. Readers noting inaccurate information should contact the Chamber with corrections and updates. @2012 New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission is strictly prohibited. Publishing services provided by Luminary Publishing. www.luminarypublishing.com.

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1 The NPRCoC celebrate with friends, family and staff of Mike Arteaga’s Health and Fitness Centers as Mike Arteaga cuts the ribbon celebrating Mike Arteaga’s Express’s 10 years in its Highland location. 2 Katherine Vogel and Jerry Pantano of Pantano’s Wine Grapes and Home Brewers share a hilarious moment at the Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz 2nd Team Trivia Night, held at Main Street Bistro in November. 3 Lenore Strocchia-Rivera with the ceremonial scissors just moments after cutting the ribbon celebrating the grand opening of Learning Insights’ permanent location in Highland. 4 NPRCoC President Michael A. Smith (left) and 1st Vice Chair Frank Curcio of Bank of America (right) learn to juggle with Jim Perry of Jim Perry Magic (center) at the Chamber’s Fall Business Card Exchange, held at Mike Arteaga’s Express, Highland. 5 The NPRCoC joined the Red Hook and Hyde Park Chambers of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening of Always There’s new adult day care program in Rhinebeck. 6 NPRCoC President Michael A. Smith presents a certificate of appreciation to Kristin Tully, Michael Ruger and Amy Stroope of The 1850 House Inn & Tavern, host of the Chamber’s December After-Hours Mixer. 7 Dr. Alan Chartock of WAMC Northeast Public Radio, guest speaker at the Chamber’s November Business Luncheon held at the Terrace Restaurant, SUNY New Paltz campus.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Arrow Marketing Consultants 35 Highland Avenue Ulster Park, NY 12487 845-338-5654 Fax: 845-338-5656 Contact: Michael Zulich Email: arrowpromotions@hvc.rr.com Website: www.arrowpromote.com Consultant—Private Sector Belleayre Mountain 181 Galli Curci Road PO Box 313 Highmount, NY 12441 845-254-5600 Fax: 845-254-5630 Contact: Alexandra Sines Email: belleayre@belleayre.com Website: www.belleayre.com Outdoor Recreation Blue Willow Guest House PO Box 7 3772 Route 209 Stone Ridge, NY 12484 845-389-1844 Email: pam@thebluewillowguesthouse.com Website: www.bluewillowgetaways.com Lodging Resources

Jim Perry Magic 133 Mount Zion Road Marlboro, NY 12542 845-701-5041 Email: magician@jimperrymagic.com Website: www.jimperrymagic.com Entertainment Johanna Herget Acupuncture 3 Paradies Lane New Paltz, NY 12561 917-803-2403 Contact: Johanna Herget Email: johannaherget@gmail.com Website: www.johannaherget.com Acupuncture Learning Insights 20 Milton Avenue Highland, NY 12528 845-532-1575 Fax: 845-691-6708 Contact: Lenore Strocchia-Rivera, PhD Email: support@learninginsights.net Website: www.learninginsights.net Educational Services

Community Partnership for a Safer New Paltz 3 Veterans Drive PO Box 550 New Paltz, NY 12561 845-419-3678 Contact: Phoenix Kawamoto Email: pkawamoto@safernewpaltz.org Website: www.safernewpaltz.org Government

Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa PO Box 388 Ellenville, NY 12428 845-647-6000 Contact: Michael R. Treanor Email: mtreanor@claremontplc.com Website: www.claremontplc.com Hotels/Resorts

Dan’s Taxi of New Paltz 852 Route 32 Tillson, NY 12486 845-240-2411 Contact: Daniel Patterson Email: dinodan2@yahoo.com Taxi Service

Nutraloid Labs, Inc. 120 Wood Road Building #2 Kingston, NY 12401 772-291-7510 Contact: Bart Panessa Website: www.herberex.com Manufacturers

Gomen-Kudasai 232 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-8811 Fax: 845-255-8172 Contact: Youko Yamamoto Email: gomenkudasainy@gmail.com Website: www.gomenkudasai.com Restaurants Integral Chiropractic 3 Paradies Lane New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-3300 Fax: 845-255-4220 Contact: David Lester, D.C. Email: dalester1@earthlink.net Chiropractors

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Park Point New Paltz 1265 Scottsville Road Rochester, NY 14624 585-464-9400 Email: tgeorge@wilmorite.com Website: www.parkpointnewpaltz.com Lodging Resources Patricia Matteson 730 Mohonk Road High Falls, NY 12440 845-687-4005 Contact: Patricia Matteson Email: vlyhome@yahoo.com Publishing/Writer—Articles & Books

Planet Pet Grooming PO Box 450 Rosendale, NY 12472 845-658-3787 Contact: Tara Logan-Delardi Email: ddelardi@aol.com Website: www.planetpetgrooming.com Pet Services Rhett Miller Entertainment 420 Lexington Avenue # 1756 New York, NY 10170 646-254-6928 Website: www.rhettmillerentertainment.com Entertainment Rock and Snow, Inc. 44 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-1311 Contact: Rick Gottlieb Website: www.rockandsnow.com Outdoor Recreation StoneStedge 177 Maple Hill Drive Kingston, NY 12401 845-658-3047 Contact: Douglas Stedge Email: stonestedge@msn.com Website: www.stonestedge.com Contractors—General Superior Telephone Systems 2410 Route 44 Salt Point, NY 12578 845-677-2000 Contact: David Jones Email: djones@superiortelephone.com Website: www.superiortelephone.com Telephone & Data Systems TheCommunityGuide.net/First Connections, Inc. PO Box 42 Woodstock, NY 12498 845-679-0569 Fax: 845-679-4798 Contact: Gail Kandel Email: info@firstcx.com Website: www.thecommunityguide.net Advertising/Marketing Twelve Thousand, LLC 510 Cedar Street Eddyville, NY 12401 845-339-8982 Contact: Jacqueline Dooley Email: jackie@jacquelinedooley.com Website: www.twelvethousandllc.com Web Marketing

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FROM TRADITION TO INNOVATION

OUR EVOLVING HERITAGE As the Business Culture Expands, the Tradition Grows By Gregory Schoenfeld

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s much as the age-old fields of unrivalled sweet corn, a pioneering innovative spirit also helps to shape the distinguished legacy of the New Paltz region. Case in point: The realized vision of Maurice and William Wurts who, in 1825, staged an impromptu appeal for investors in a café on Manhattan’s Wall Street. When their gambit garnered an astounding $1 million, the result was the groundbreaking, 108-mile trade route known as the D&H Canal, helping to put a sleepy, remote area on the map. Now, not two hours from the brash, nonstop roar of New York City, our bucolic retreat certainly still provides an entrancing alternative, and our rich history serves as a sedate and measured juxtaposition to the constantly shifting “modern” world. Still—in its perhaps more pleasant way—this region remains equally driven by determination and transformation. There is a unique strength that comes from being informed and influenced by our traditions, yet continually assimilating new ideas and new members to our culture.

“They want to escape to something from another era, and that’s what we are, and what we offer.” —Rob Rones, A Little Guest House

New-Old-Fashioned Hospitality

One of the primary definitions of the region’s character—and one of its chief economic engines—has long been the hospitality it offers, the promise of a country home-away-fromhome. The old-fashioned, amiable custom it presents, and bountiful cuisine that goes with it, is maintained by a steady complement of fresh energy and input. Rob and Gillian Rones and their quaint-country-home-turnedbed-and-breakfast, affectionately called 10

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A Little Guest House, provide a poignant testament. (It was former NPRCoC president Joyce Minard who recommend they use “A” instead of “The”, cleverly putting them at the top of the lodging listings.) Longtime weekend residents, the birth of the business was fueled by a desire to share their idyllic experience with other metro-area residents in need of a country getaway. The two transformed their 1850 High Falls farmhouse into their vision of the perfect country escape, reaching into the past to shape their business. “That’s why people come here,” explains Rob. “They want to escape to something from another era, and that’s what we are, and what we offer.” The Rones’ find that, even though they provide all the modern amenities, sometimes the most satisfying thing for their guests is to forego them. “People like to enjoy the slower pace—in the city everything is incredibly fast, it pushes you, and sometimes the best thing is detaching yourself from it,” says Rob. “For instance, though we offer WIFI, we have city guests who actually decide to put away their laptops!” he adds with a laugh. One of the newest and most promising additions to the New Paltz business landscape is another example of looking back to move forward: Darrin Siegfried’s Il Gallo Giallo. The Newburgh native returned to the area he loves after 26 years as a top-shelf chef and sommelier in New York City, opening his unique wine bar in early August. The yellow rooster insignia on the village’s Main Street heralds a menu truly comprised of the classic fruits of this region. “From the local beef to the locally-made artisanal cheeses to the famous sweet corn, I have such

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an appreciation of the roots and the real truth of this area,” says Siegfried. As with the Italian cuisine he prepares, Siegfried is motivated by authenticity above all else. Adamant about sourcing locally, his largely Italian wine list features an exclusive selection of New York vintages, and his marrow bones and burgers alike feature local, grass-fed meat. “Though we’re a wine bar, you’ve got to have a great burger!” the chef asserts with a smile. Modern Tradition

Fresh local meat, in fact, is another deep-seated way of life in the New Paltz region, one that Brykill Farm’s Susan Eckhardt has put her own progressive stamp on. As a Bard College student, Eckhardt gained a love for the area; however, the art and art history student hadn’t the faintest inclination back then that she would one day join time-honored ranks of those who raise cattle. She bought Brykill in Gardiner in 1997, committed to fixing up an historic property. It was actually her growing concern for unhealthy and inhumane “Big Agriculture” practices—and 100 available acres—that motivated her to try farming. “I thought ‘well, how hard can it be to raise some beef on my own?’” says Eckhardt, jovially. “I was fortunate enough that a few old-time farmers and farming neighbors were either kind enough or curious enough to help.” Now, with 450 acres and a burgeoning business, Eckhardt recognizes and appreciates how much her humane, grass fed, sustainable approach has become an integral part of the local culture. “I love that this community has embraced agriculture with so much enthusiasm,” she explains. “Ulster County is becoming known as a place to go to check out the newest, coolest food and farming trends.” Rather than a new spin on a traditional business, J.T.S. Design Inc.’s Jeff Severson offers an approach to new technology richly steeped in time-honored local values. A lifetime Ulster Park resident, whose grandfather owned the town’s Vineyard Lodge—a piece of local history in its own right—Severson has no regrets about choosing to keep his web development business here in the region. “As someone who enjoys hiking and photography, the region’s natural beauty and many hiking opportunities is what makes it special to me,” says Severson. “It’s worth it for me to work from here. The pace, the community we have here helps me focus on the business.” After ten years and growing success, says Severson, the balance that defines his home continues to be the right choice. REGIONAL REPORT WINTER 2013 11


THE POWER OF MAIN STREET Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Main Street. The good news is, there is cause for optimism throughout the New Paltz regional landscape, and there are tried-and-true techniques and formulas for success that are natural extensions of our core community values. According to NPRCoC President Michael Smith, that optimism stems from a region vibrant with possibility. “We do have a very great location here for economic development,” suggests Smith. “We have the people, we have the talent. The engine is still here, from the tourism trade, to manufacturing, to the educational component. We have the power here to convert that into more jobs and to build even greater success.” Support Local

The statement “buy local” is far more than a message for bumper stickers and signs. It is an involved strategy for economic health, and a mandate for rejuvenating fiscally challenged municipalities. So posits 3/50 Project Founder and President Cinda Baxter, who has gained national prominence for her tireless efforts to support local business. “3/50” derives from her seemingly simple suggestion to choose three local businesses, and spend $50 in each—and Baxter offers a ready-made marketing kit to get the word out properly. Since the project’s inception in 2009, the retailstore-owner-turned-consultant has spoken continually throughout the country, touting cooperation and determination in support of independent business. Her 2010 New Paltz visit made a significant impression, says Baxter. “New Paltz stands out in my mind,” she recalls. “I was so impressed with the combination of attendees, and the enthusiasm that I saw there. That kind of energy really speaks loudly about what comes next—it’s a mindset that has success written all over it.” Taking care of your own backyard is at the heart of how the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union approaches its business. In stark contrast to big-picture-driven national banks, HVFCU presents a reliable, community-focused banking entity whose vitality depends directly upon that of its local customers. What started almost 50 years ago as a credit union for IBM Poughkeepsie employees

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now serves Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, and Putnam Counties; and, according to Director of Marketing Lisa Morris, the company takes each relationship just as seriously now. “Our focus has always been to provide the high quality, affordable financial products and services our members deserve,” says Morris. “We want to be our members’ financial partner for life.” A strong local employer with over 850 staff members, HVFCU’s example is a reminder that supporting locally encompasses much more that just shopping at the corner store. “As a large local employer,” explains Morris, “we understand that when our local communities thrive, so do local businesses such as the credit union and our commercial members.” The Bright New Paltz Horizon

Looking for encouraging news in the region requires a trip no further than South Putt Corners Road, where C2G Environmental Consultants made its permanent home in 2009. Along with sister company, Green State Services, C2G provides the full array of environmental contracting and consulting services and products, with the stated mission of adhering to the highest EPA/DEC/OSHA standards (C2G stands for “Complete Compliance Guaranteed.”) Lending their expertise to higher standards—in the industry, and in the community—has been a key element of C2G’s success, as well. They were the primary consultant that worked with the DEC to write safety codes for the delicate work of Petroleum Bulk Storage, and have just recently partnered with

the NPRCoC to create the soon-to-be released “Practical Guide to Planning and Zoning for Business in New Paltz.” According to Director of Marketing Toni Hokanson, investing locally, and giving back to the community, is paramount to their continued growth—the company is a supporter of the New Paltz Police, Fire Department, and Rotary Club. “A strong company is one that combines philanthropy with providing jobs for the community,” Hokanson explains. The newest addition to the business landscape can be found right down the road, as Craft Beer Guild Distributing of New York puts the finishing touches on its new Ulster County location. The growing craft beer industry in New York State—and in the Hudson Valley in particular—made New Paltz the right choice. “We anticipate that by having a strong local presence, we will help elevate consumer interest in beer by helping to educate and serve the local beer community,” offers General Manager Paul Bussiere—who eagerly anticipates moving not only his business, but his family to the area as well. Of course, ideal logistics weren’t New Paltz’s only appeal for the Craft Beer Guild. “We couldn’t be happier to have settled in New Paltz,” Bussiere says enthusiastically. “The ethos of the community is very much in line with our personal and business philosophies. It embraces the type of business we are, and the products we sell.” Reinvesting to the local economy is very much a part of the company’s ethos, adds Sales Director Matt Rogers—and, with at least 25 new jobs available for the local workforce, that boon will be warmly welcomed.

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Any plan for economic growth, at any level, must be built with responsibility, integrity, and the ability to innovate. In contrast to the conflicts that are evident throughout the nation, the regional business community is replete with examples of results garnered from a commitment to quality. At Sean Griffin’s Cornerstone Services, that accountability and forward vision is, in fact, a true cornerstone of his approach. Though Griffin’s field of mailing services has certainly been pressed by a plethora of new communication developments, a combination of precision and adaptability has kept him at the forefront for over 10 years. “Cornerstone is probably alive today through sheer Will—with a capital ‘W’,” explains Griffin. “In the past few years, it would seem absolutely incredible that a business such as ours could operate in Upstate New York in what one could easily call a ‘dying industry.’ However, my approach has been to stay focused on what I know works and innovate wherever possible. Will plus focus equals enormous results.” Results are equally essential, and just as hard-earned, for Ellenville Regional Hospital CEO, Steve Kelley. What is at stake is not only a major part of Ellenville’s struggling economy—over 200 jobs—but the health of every patient that depends upon the hospital’s diligence. Rising from crippling past budget difficulties, and operating in a fiscal environment that has seen a steady challenge for healthcare, Kelley and the hospital’s Board of Directors have settled for nothing less than excellence. “When you show that as the backdrop, it makes what we’re doing here even more remarkable,” Kelley proudly reports. How to rebuild, to revitalize—not to some average level, but to be one of the finest small hospitals anywhere. How are we going to take care of this community? We’ve had to think outside the box.” The hospital’s list of achievements is nothing short of remarkable: For instance, in 2012, they boasted the fastest emergency response time in all of New York. Perhaps Kelley’s proudest is winning this year’s Physicians Reciprocal Insurance Best Practices Award, an industry benchmark for quality. The hospitals that received honorable mention in the same competition? Both large capacity, big budget metro-area facilities. Reason for optimism, indeed.

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MEMBER UPDATES Chestnut Petroleum Distributors Featured in Retail Merchandiser Magazine Mickey Jamal and Chestnut Petroleum Distributors were the subjects of a recent feature in Retail Merchandiser magazine, an award-winning national trade publication. The article focused upon CPD’s successful network of nearly 400 sites throughout New York and New Jersey, and its vision of establishing its own brand through technological infrastructure and market research. For more information or to read the article, visit www. retail-merchandiser.com. Ulster Savings Employees Give Back to the Community Ulster Savings Bank is well known for its support of community, but the untold story is what their employees do throughout the year. Bank employees donated over $18,000 in the 2012 United Way campaign; over $2,700 was raised during the Bank’s 2012 Happy Christmas Fund radio-thon hosting period; food was collected for the New Paltz Food Pantry by the staff at the New Paltz branch; victims of Hurricane Sandy received clothing and food through the efforts of Kingston branch locations; the Auditing department collected new, unwrapped toys for Joys for Tots; the Saugerties branch is active with Hurricane Sandy relief and in support of the Saugerties Animal Shelter and United Methodist Church; and the Bank held its annual drive for The Washbourne House, a domestic violence shelter named after a former employee. For more information, visit www.ulstersavings.com. Floyd Patterson, II to Portray Robeson at Unison Unison Art Center will present Paul Robeson starring Floyd Patterson, II on

Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. To celebrate Black History Month, Unison has partnered with the Black Studies and Fine and Performing Arts Departments at SUNY New Paltz to present this play about a great American athlete, activist, singer and scholar, starring the son of the late heavyweight champion of the world, Floyd Patterson. For tickets or more information, visit www.unisonarts.org or call 845-255-1559. Robert S. Ross Promoted to President at SLCH St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Board of Trustees recently announced that Robert S. Ross has been promoted to the position of President, while Allan E. Atzrott continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Ross has been with SLCH since 2001, most recently serving as Executive VP and COO. Ross holds a Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University and a BS in Computer and Information Science from Brooklyn College. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. For more information, visit www.stlukescornwallhopsital.org. VDDW’s Magda Reyes Receives CPA Certification Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell LLP, CPAs is proud to announce that Magda Reyes, of Middletown has received her certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Magda joined the firm in June, 2010 and works in the Orange County office as an In-Charge Accountant in the Audit Department. Magda holds a Masters from Mount Saint Mary College and an undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz. For more information about Vanacore DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell LLP, CPAs, please visit www.vddw.com or call 845-567-9000.

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36th Annual Holiday Salon Show at Mark Gruber The 36th Annual Holiday Salon Show at the Mark Gruber Gallery runs through January 16. The gallery is resplendent with both classical and contemporary gems by painters from all over our region including Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Paul Abrams, Eric Angeloch, James Coe, James Cramer, Barry DeBaun, Carolyn Edlund, Thomas Locker, Ron Schaefer, Christie Scheele, Robert Trondsen, Marlene Wiedenbaum, and more. For more information, please contact Mark Gruber at 845-255-1241. PCHFCU Merges with HVFCU PCH Federal Credit Union (PCHFCU) in Carmel has merged with Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU). HVFCU assumed the operations of PCH Federal Credit Union effective October 1, 2012. The Boards of Directors of both credit unions approved the merger. HVFCU President and CEO Mary Madden welcomed the members of PCH Federal Credit Union into the HVFCU family. PCH FCU members will now have access to HVFCU’s Carmel and Brewster branches, as well as more than 15 others in Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties. For more information, visit www.hvfcu.org. REGIONAL REPORT WINTER 2013 15


Central Hudson Works with Customers Facing Financial Challenges Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation facing financial challenges will not have their electric service disconnected this winter under the utility’s Essential Services program, and may be eligible for financial assistance. Other assistance programs include the Powerful Opportunities Program, to help qualified customers manage monthly Central Hudson bills, reduce past due amounts and learn about energy efficiency; Deferred Payment Agreements to pay past due amounts over time; and the Good Neighbor Fund, a last-resort grant administered by the Salvation Army and funded through donations and contributions from Central Hudson customers and shareholders. For more information, visit www. CentralHudson.com, and click “Your Home.” SUNY Ulster Student Government president Jesse Hicks Appointed to SUNYwide Student Assembly Executive Committee SUNY Ulster Student Government president Jesse Hicks, of Ulster Park, has been appointed to the SUNY-wide Student Assembly Executive Committee. He will serve as the community college government affairs representative for Corning Community College, Monroe Community College, Erie Community College, Niagara Community College and Genesee Community College. This is the first time a representative from SUNY Ulster has served on the state-wide student Assembly Executive Committee. For more information about SUNY Ulster, visit www.sunyulster.edu. HealthAlliance Introduces “Shared Governance” Practice Model HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley introduced a professional practice model called “shared governance”—an organizational model where the majority of patient-care decisions are made by nurses at the point of care, where they can control their own practice and be accountable for quality patient outcomes—at its first annual Nursing Seminar for staff from Benedictine, Kingston and 16

Margaretville Hospitals. Through the new datadriven Clinical Advancement Program, nurses’ strengths and weaknesses will be matched to the needs of patients and their families. Nursing governing councils at HealthAlliance are now responsible for issues and decisions related to nursing practice, education, quality assurance, research and management. For more information, visit www.hahv.org. Courtney Conklin Receives Chairman’s Award for TALENT at MHVFCU Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union congratulations Courtney Conklin, Loan Servicer, who received the 2nd Quarter 2012 Chairman’s Award for TALENT, as announced by Gary Anderson, Chairman of the Board. Courtney began her career at MHV more than 5 years ago as a Co-op Teller. Her responsibilities include ensuring mortgage, equity and commercial loans are efficiently and accurately serviced and maintained at the Credit Union Center in Kingston. For more information, visit www.mhvfcu.com. CDPHP Receives National Business Coalition on Health Award CDPHP received the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) eValue8 Innovation Award for its Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) initiative, recognizing the work of health plans to develop programs that address critical health care issues. The EPC program abandoned the “fee-for-service” model and instead rewards doctors for spending more time with patients with the greatest needs. CDPHP has garnered national attention for this unique model of care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently selected New York’s Capital Region and the Hudson Valley to test payment models to improve the quality and efficiency of care. For more information, visit www.cdphp.com. HeatLh Quest Practitioners Named “Favorite Docs” Health Quest is pleased to announce that Anthony D’Ambrosio, MD, HQMP Fishkill, Chista Safajou, MD, VBMC Care Center, and Adam Whitehead, MD, HQMP Carmel have each recently been recognized as a “Favorite

Doc” through Hudson Valley Parent’s reader survey. The survey recognized close to 100 providers in the Hudson Valley with votes submitted through a parent to parent forum from June through September 2012. For more information, www.health-quest.org/hqmp, or to read the article, visit www.hvparent.com.  Pfalz Point Trail Challenge Raises Money for the Mohonk Preserve The Pfalz Point Trail Challenge raised over $30,000 to benefit the Mohonk Preserve, attracting nearly 350 runners from six states to complete the 10-mile course designed to highlight the beautiful trails and dramatic scenery of the Shawangunk Ridge. The next Pfalz Point Trail Challenge will be held in late September, 2013. For more information about the race, as well as general information about running at the Preserve, visit www. mohonkpreserve.org/run. Fore full 2012 race results, visit www.mohonkpreserve.org/pptp. Walkway over the Hudson Hosts Hudson Valley Make A Difference Day Hudson Valley Make A Difference Day participants from projects throughout the region attended a kick-off event at the Walkway over the Hudson’s Center Observation Area on the morning of Saturday, October 27, and returned later that afternoon to celebrate their accomplishments with prizes, refreshments and the creation of a Helping Hands Across the Hudson commemorative banner. The Walkway also hosted a Make A Difference Day project of its own to help with clean up and landscaping at the park’s East approach and Washington Street entrance in Poughkeepsie. For more information about Walkway over the Hudson, visit www.walkway.org. Ellenville Regional Hospital Annual Gala and Silent Auction The Ellenville Regional Hospital hosted its Annual Gala and Silent Auction in October at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club. This year’s honoree was Jonah Mandelbaum, principal of Warwick Properties Inc, which has partnered with Ellenville Regional Hospital to construct the 142-unit Ellenville Senior

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SUNY New Paltz launched its latest renewable energy project in November with the installation of a 5 kilowatt solar array now being used to power a garage and to recharge the batteries of the fleet of electric vehicles that were acquired in an earlier environmental initiative. This is the fourth solar installation on the campus. For more information, visit www.newpaltz.edu. New Paltz Residents Meet About Park Point New Paltz The Town of New Paltz Planning Board staged its second public hearing in November on the proposed Park Point New Paltz living community at SUNY New Paltz. Students, local residents, college officials and business owners spoke publicly in support of the project, a 732-bed purpose built student and faculty housing community located on 42 acres adjacent to the campus. In conjunction with the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, Rochester developer Wilmorite hopes to

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THE BOTTOM LINE LEGISLATION AND NEWS THAT AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS Compiled by Gregory Schoenfeld

Tough Taxes in Tough Times

Opening a Fine Bottle

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation allowing farm distilleries to sell their liquor at the New York State Fair, recognized county fairs, and not-for-profit farmers’ markets. The bill, which will take effect in early 2013, will allow farm distilleries to take their place at fairs and markets alongside breweries and wineries in order to sample and sell their products. To date, distilleries have only been permitted to offer those products on their own premises. The new law will require that distilleries hold a New York State Liquor Authority permit, and that a distillery representative be onsite to oversee tastings and sales. The new legislation represents acknowledgement at both local and state government levels about the blossoming craft beverage industry in New York, and its positive impact upon the state’s economy. “Governor Cuomo clearly recognizes the value of creating synergies among these growing industries,” said Assembly Member Kevin Cahill, “and his support will help these small businesses expand and draw attention to the top quality spirits made right here in our backyard.”

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According to a recently released report by the Tax Foundation, New York State ranks lowest in the country as far as aggregate “tax climate” is concerned. The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group that has operated since 1937, reports that the tax burden at both a local and state level has worsened from the previous year, when New York ranked 49th. “Despite moderate corporate taxes, New York scores at the bottom this year by having the worst individual income tax, the sixth-worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes,” the report said. The Foundation cites startling figures like an average property tax burden of $2,105 per person, and a total average per-person payout of 12.8 percent of income in New York—far higher than the national average of roughly 9.8 percent. The report highlights differences between New York and states like Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming, which maintain a more agreeable business tax situation by imposing neither corporate tax nor personal income tax. Neighboring New Jersey ranked second-to-last in the report. Not In Our Backyard

The New Paltz Town Board recently approved local laws that prohibit the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking”, within the town. The ordinance, which offers a comprehensive list of restrictions, makes a strong statement and appeal to state government in Albany about concerns over the controversial drilling method. Town Supervisor Susan Zimet, who was a Public Relations specialist for groups that oppose fracking prior to her election to office, says that action like New Paltz’ is crucial. “The longer you take to study it, the more problems present themselves,” Zimet said. “So the longer we go without permitting it or issuing permits, the better chance we have of fracking not coming to New York.” Chief among the new town codes are the prohibition of land for “extracting, developing, and producing natural gas, oil, or other subsurface hydrocarbons,” as well as restricting fluids used in hydrofracking from municipal sewer lines.


Moving Towards Cleaner and Greener

In the Mid-Hudson Valley, a consortium of local officials and many other contributors are working steadily towards a substantive response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Cleaner, Greener Communities” program. Vying for over $90 million in available state grants, the Mid-Hudson region— comprised of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan counties—recently offered its first draft of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan for public review. Cochaired by Greenburgh’s Commissioner for Community Development and Conservation Thomas Madden, and Orange County Commissioner of Planning David Church, the report focuses upon five core topics: Land use and transportation, agriculture and open space, energy, materials management, and water resources. The plan’s economic development and sustainable improvement initiatives are intended to take place at a municipal level; “We’re looking at this as a plan that counties and municipalities can implement into their local comprehensive plans to help them out,” Madden describes. More information about the continuing plan can be found at www.engagemidhudson.com.

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EVENTS SPOTLIGHT January 16, 2013

BUSINESS AND PLEASURE

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oin your fellow NPRCoC members and other colleagues from the business community in a very special event, this Wednesday, January 16 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm, as we welcome speaker Kenneth Adams to our January Business Luncheon. Mr. Adams is the President and CEO of Empire State Development, and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. As we seek to navigate the new year towards paths of success, Adams brings insight into the ESD’s mission to “promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities,” and to “enhance private business and investment growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State.” Held at the Terrace Restaurant at SUNY New Paltz, and sponsored by Complete Benefits Solutions, it is an affair not to be missed. Sponsor: Complete Benefit Solutions Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Place: The Terrace Restaurant, SUNY New Paltz campus Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Cost: Complimentary to Corporate Partners; $20 for Chamber members; $25 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org.

February 12, 2013

March 12, 2013

Service Above Self

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oodland Pond at New Paltz is the place to be on Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, as our February After-Hours Mixer honors our regional Rotarians. The Rotary Clubs of New Paltz and Highland are your gracious hosts, and will be joined by the Kingston Rotary, Kingston Sunrise Rotary, and Rotary Club of Southern Ulster. We invite you to join your Chamber peers as you make new connections, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, and learn about the inspiring history and work of our local Rotary Clubs. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world share a commitment to “the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace, through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.” So come on down, and combine a glass of wine with an enlightening time! Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Woodland Pond at New Paltz, 100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email info@newpaltzchamber.org

A Win-Win Evening

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ady Luck will be in the house on Tuesday, March 12, as we host our After-Hours Mixer & Annual Pot-O-Gold Raffle Drawing! Combine an easy night of networking and a chance to be a high roller, as we gather at the newly-redone Silverado Saloon at Highland’s Rocking Horse Ranch, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, to find out who will walk away $10,000 richer. The fully refurbished lounge will add a western flair to this exciting yearly event, as well as offering a stunning array of hors d’oeuvres. Join friends and fellow chamber members in kicking back, making new contacts, and enjoying an event that is always a night to remember. Do you have the $10,000 ticket? Join us for our annual Pot-O-Gold Raffle drawing and find out! Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Raffle drawing at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Place: The Silverado Saloon, Rocking Horse Ranch, 600 Route 44/55, Highland Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members and Pot-O-Gold ticket holders; $15 non-members Reservations required. For more information about the Pot-O-Gold Raffle, including how to purchase a ticket, call 845-255-0243

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MEMBER PROFILES Face-to-Face

By Gregory Schoenfeld

THERE ARE SO MANY PIECES THAT MAKE UP THE WHOLE of the New Paltz Regional business community,

each a vital and individual piece of the collective personality we present. The warm Mid-Hudson Valley greeting offered by those out on the front lines carries the strength of every facet of that diversity, welcoming each visitor with a depth that helps make the area much more than just the sum of it parts.

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he welcome of the Mid-Hudson Valley exists first and foremost in the bounty and beauty of its land, and the farmers that serve as both its ambassadors and its stewards. Clintondale’s Hurd family is an integral part of the farming community’s rich history, and in offering that culture and history to be shared with the region’s visitors. The business that became Hurds Family Farm on Route 32 in Modena was the result of a brainstorm in 1994—though, for co-owner Susan Hurd, the business was just a logical progression. “When our children were in preschool,” recalls Hurd, “we always invited their classes to come to the farm as a field trip—and that was the seed planted that is now blossoming.” Indeed, since that time, Hurds has blossomed into an interactive destination for visitors from near and far. 24

Centered around a classic Dutch barn that once belonged to one of the region’s most storied families—the Hasbroucks—the farm on Route 32 now features a host of seasonal activities and attractions that keep visitors connected with both the earth and the past. Featuring the apple orchards that have become a local tradition, Hurds customers can choose from a range of pick-your-own produce; their four-acre cornfield maze has become a local spectacle in its own right. After adding in hayrides, live concerts, and the farm’s educational programs, it is easy to see why Hurd proudly refers to her business as “a blossoming agri-tourism enterprise.” The focus for Susan Hurd, however, is the spirit of family community that gives the farm its singular appeal. “Our staff wears ‘team’ on the back of our shirts, and there’s a reason for that,” explains Hurd. “We do this

together. Friends and family help to make the spirit of this thing.” And, according to Hurd, that ever-expanding family includes their customers as well as their staff. “There is a real connection here—it just builds up over the years, because we go the extra mile. It’s the little things—the unexpected and spontaneous. That’s what keeps people coming back. We’re always looking forward to seeing them again.” We’re sure the feeling is mutual HURDS FAMILY FARM
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Tuthilltown Spirits

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f Ralph and Gable Erenzo represent the face of the region, then the region is wearing a big, inspiring smile. The father and son that make up the heart of Gardiner’s Tuthilltown Spirits are a telling example of how, when determination meets opportunity (and unparalleled local produce!), the result can be success. Yet when Ralph Erenzo bought Tuthilltown in 2001—a richly historical farm and gristmill that was once the focal point of Gardiner’s community—he wasn’t thinking about liquor, he was thinking about tired climbers. An avid climber and frequent Shawangunk Ridge visitor and enthusiast, unsatisfied with the campsites and motel rooms there were to choose from, Erenzo’s plan was to create a rock climbers ranch on his new property. When zoning difficulties prevented the plan from going forward—the land, fittingly, was zoned for agriculture—Erenzo was

undeterred. Following a friend’s good advice to “find an agricultural use for the property,” he partnered with Tuthilltown co-owner Brian Lee in 2003 and began to research and develop a distillery. The first whisky distillery in New York State since Prohibition was born; the market—and the local farming community—hasn’t been the same since. To understand the appeal of the tasting shop and open-to-the-public distillery that draws visitors year round, it is essential to consider Tuthilltown’s proudest feature: 90 percent of the fruits and grains they use are sourced within ten miles. According to Gable Erenzo, it is the area itself that is the ultimate selling point. “It would be totally accurate to say we embody the spirit and character of the local region,” he explains. “By taking fruits and grain that were grown in local soil, with local water, by local people, and distilling that

down to its essence, we capture the area, the people, and the harvests in the bottle, then share it with the world.” And that produce from local farms—like Tantillo’s Farm Market—is indeed travelling the world, as Tuthilltown’s Hudson Whiskey line is being distributed in Europe, Australia, and soon will move into Asia. “Gardiner grains are going to the top restaurants all over the place,” says Ralph Erenzo. “It’s just amazing.” TUTHILLTOWN SPIRITS PO Box 320 14 Gristmill Lane Gardiner, NY 12525 845-633-8734 Fax: 845-255-1527 Ralph Erenzo www.tuthilltown.com

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ppreciation for the region’s many treasures begins with creating awareness of and access to all that it has to offer—and, at Ulster County Tourism, stewardship of the area’s multitude of offerings is literally a full-time job. Established in 1971, Ulster Tourism is charged with the mission “to bring tourists and tourism dollars into the county, and to expand economic development opportunities by not only promoting Ulster County regionally and nationally, but internationally as well.” A tall order to be sure, says Tourism Director Rick Remsnyder, and certainly not without its challenges. Yet since Michael Hein became County Executive in 2009, their efforts have ascended to a level of effectiveness that is paying real dividends for Ulster County. “Almost immediately after taking office as County Executive, Mike Hein made tourism the priority it should be in Ulster County,” Remsnyder explains, “and dedicated the necessary resources to make the county’s tourism operations a huge success.” That success takes shape in almost as many forms as there are attractions in Ulster, starting with the new Ulster Tourism office. Hein’s expansive vision made reality, the new visitors center in Kingston’s waterfront district is a tourist attraction unto itself, and a veritable doorway to the rest of what the county has to

offer. The numbers also reflect that Ulster Tourism’s efforts have been well spent, says Remsnyder. He cites an increase of 6.5 percent in County Occupancy Tax collected in 2012 over the previous year, a reliable benchmark used to evaluate the tourism sector. In addition, the official Economic Impact for Tourism in New York study found that visitors spent $453 million in Ulster County in 2011, a 5.3 percent increase over the previous year—encouraging news, especially in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. New developments, like the ongoing work towards creating a continuous, thirty-two-mile rail trail, are just more cause for redoubled enthusiasm. Of course, says County Executive Hein, the true reward exists in simply sharing the diverse appeal of Ulster County itself. “Ulster County is the best place in the world to live, work, visit, and raise a family,” posits Hein. “Our history is fascinating, and our scenery is spectacular. It is an honor to help promote all that Ulster County has to offer!” ULSTER COUNTY TOURISM 20 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 845-340-3566 Rick Remsnyder www.ulstertourism.info

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ny New Paltz aficionado, be they visitor or resident, would agree that one of its most compelling charms is its eclecticism. That same admirer would be hard pressed to consider both “New Paltz” and “eclectic” and not think of Jonathan and Amy Cohen’s Main Street staple, Groovy Blueberry. The counter-culture feel that the shop maintains is as genuine as it gets, rooted in Jonathan Cohen’s first visit to New Paltz. In 1972, fourteen-year-old Cohen hitched a ride from New York City (in a Volkswagen bus, of course)—ending up at the legendary local Split Rock swimming hole, forever to be captivated by the local flavor. When it came time for the adult Cohen family to make a life-changing move, New Paltz was the obvious choice. The sum total of both Jonathan’s experience owning retail clothing stores in New York’s Brooklyn and Amy’s background as a fine artist and textile designer were poured into their new venture. “The original Groovy Blueberry store on Main Street in New Paltz was a natural,” Amy explains. “We wanted to live somewhere beautiful and wholesome—a hometown for our growing family.” As the Cohen’s family has grown as a part of the New Paltz community—they and their three children live in the village, right

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near the store—so has their business. What began as a splash of local color fifteen years ago has taken flight into a national brand. Two years ago, the Cohens expanded, renovating an historic house next to Water Street Market on the Walkill River and making it their distribution headquarters. Yet Amy Cohen asserts that, at the business’ core, nothing has changed. The “family” in “family business” has simply widened to include a larger clan of past and present staff, as well as the many local artisans and artists who have their wares displayed among the store’s signature handmade tiedyes. And a significant part of their brand is the community itself, says Amy. “We care very much about our local community,” she proclaims, “and we are proud of our family, our artists, our staff, and of our home. In fact, a Groovy Blueberry product is a little piece of New Paltz ,wherever you may send it!” GROOVY BLUEBERRY 57 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 845-256-0873 Amy Cohen www.groovyblueberry.com

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LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER In this issue, we introduce the Pot-O-Gold Business Showcase, a brand new Business to Business marketing event, and MED, a brand new referral incentive program.

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any of you have already seen our handouts and press, and have read and heard about our 1st Annual Pot-O-Gold Business Showcase, to be held at Holiday Inn at Kingston on Friday, April 12, 2013. We are proud to introduce this Business to Business marketing event, which is a terrific chance to find the pot of gold at the end of your business rainbow as you make new, regional connections, tour booths, and displays. The event will also feature seminars and break-out sessions focusing on the best ways to communicate your message to customers and clients for the best results on your bottom line. It’s going to be the place to see and be seen in the Hudson Valley this spring, and we hope you’ll be able to join us. The vendor application is available for download at www.newpaltzchamber.org, or simply give us a call at 845-255-0243 to learn more and request an application by mail.

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We’re also proud to introduce a fantastic new member referral incentive program: The Membership Enrollment Drive (MED). This new program rewards you each time a business, organization, or company you referred to us joins the Chamber. The MED program is a great way for your Chamber staff to say “thank you!” for sharing your positive experience here with potential members, as well as promoting the benefits of membership in the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Incentives include News & Event email

sponsorship, M2M emails, and membership investment discounts! As always, we appreciate your membership and your commitment to helping us raise the quality of life for all who live, work, worship, play, and do business here in the Hudson Valley. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, ideas, challenges, or opportunities! We love to hear from you, and we���re proud to serve you as we enter another successful year. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Nancy Dodge New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Andrew Ciccone Hudson Valley Media Glen Kubista Glen F. Kubista & Associates Susan Lyke Cooper KeyBank Brian MacGregor The Valley Group Mike Zulich Zulich Financial Matt Rocket Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union John Sorlie Empire State Bank

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OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS, at the highest level of membership, play an exclusive and vital role in the important work of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. As a premier member at the Corporate Partner level, they enjoy the advantage of exceptionally valuable benefits, in addition to those included in the standard NPRCoC membership.

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