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DUTCHESS COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Speaker to discuss tourism’s impact in the Hudson Valley

Contact Breakfast sponsored by

Vrba has called the Hudson Valley home since 1977 and started her career in tourism in 1994. She has a background in recreation and in her past has worked as the Dutchess County’s Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, & Conservation, served as the Hudson River Valley Association’s director of tourism, was a partner in Crossroads International Management and taught as an adjunct professor at NYU’s hospitality program. In 2006, she was named director of Dutchess County Tourism; in early 2012, her title expanded to executive director and in that same year was elected to the board of directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation.

Vrba will be discussing tourism’s impact on the economy, future initiatives and what’s on the horizon for the Hudson Valley. To register for the August Contact Breakfast, please visit dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Our August contact breakfast is sponsored by TEG Federal Credit Union. TEG Federal Credit Union’s local roots stretch back to 1969, when teachers from the Wappingers Central school district decided to create an alternative as they desired a financial institution that would provide fair and equitable treatment. Over the years membership expanded to government workers, employee groups and to all who live, work,

worship or attend school in New York’s Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. They know that choosing where to save, invest, and where to borrow from, are some of the biggest decisions any person faces. That’s why they take their responsibility to their members seriously. They’re proud to be local, memberowned, and not for profit. For more information please visit them at tegfcu.com. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee has partnered with our Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at our Contact Breakfast. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

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oin us for our yearly Joint Business After Hours at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, 1500 NY-9D, for networking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar on Tuesday, August 7, from 5 - 7 PM. All attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to the game that night! This networking event is produced in conjunction with the Beacon and Hudson Valley Gateway Chambers of Commerce. Business After Hours gives members and non-members alike the opportunity to meet a diverse range of business professionals in a comfortable, casual environment. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org events page or call 845.454.1700 x 1000. Business After Hours is sponsored by: Antalek & Moore Insurance, Judelson, Giordano &

Siegel, CPA, PC, and TD Bank Antalek & Moore Insurance is a full-service insurance and risk-management agency based in Beacon, New York. They offer commercial and personal insurance solutions to customers in the Hudson

of over 80 years of experience. They have been solving business problems and revealing business opportunities for their clients in a wide variety of industries. Many of their clients have been with them for four generations. Please visit them at jgspc.com. TD Bank is the 6th largest bank in North America by branches, servicing approximately 24 million customers in a number of locations in key financial centers around the globe and in the Hudson Valley. Stop by any branch for more information, or visit TDBANK.com.

Valley community, the New York region, and across the country. Give them a call, or stop in - they look forward to sharing their passion with you visit.antalek-moore. com. Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC draws upon a rich history

Message from the Chair ............................ 2 Message from the Chamber President ............ 4 Upcoming Events .................................... 4 Small Business Partner ............................. 5 Member News .......................................10 Chamber Foundation ..............................12 New Members ......................................13 Member Anniversaries .............................14 Workforce Development Center ..................15

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ary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Chamber’s August Contact Breakfast. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 15 starting at 7:30 AM at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center and is generously sponsored by TEG Federal Credit Union.


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Prospectives in membership Officers Jeffrey B. Senft, Chair...................................S&O Construction Services, Inc. Jennifer Dunn, 1st Vice Chair ...State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. William Francis, 2nd Vice Chair ............................Fortress Financial Advisory, LLC Lauren Gillett, Secretary ............................................ The Chazen Companies Scott Pawenski, Treasurer.............................................Sciane Enterprises, Inc. Rita McPeck, Past Chair ...................................................................KeyBank Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ......Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Directors David Bova.....................................................Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Evelyn Constantino .......................................Royal Carting Service Company Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Freddimir Garcia ...................................................................... Marist College Paul Hochenberg .............................................. MidHudson Regional Hospital Lawrence Holzapfel ............. Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Susan L. Howell CPA ............................................................. RBT CPAs, LLP Maureen Kangas...................Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Vincent Lemma............................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, LLC Michael Mullaney............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Stewart Petrovits .................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. Michael Samuelson.....................................................................Health Quest Tim Scannell ...................................................... Mobile Life Support Services Catherine Secor ................................................................................ TD Bank Frank Smith ..................................................... Marshall & Sterling Insurance Mike Spinelli ................................................................................... TaxBrakes Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Mary Kay Vrba ............................................................Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Tina Walz ................................................................................... M & T Bank Gregory White ..............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms Eben Yager ..............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members Philip Bronzi ......................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Julia Pagones ................................................................... CareMount Medical Chamber Staff Frank Castella, Jr. ................................................................ President & CEO Audra B. Gerty .............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban .................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Steve Bleier .....................................Membership Development Representative Nicole Christenson ........................................ Community Relations Specialist Nancy DeWitt.....................................................Director of Business Services Joshua Galow .................................Membership Development Representative Jean Harris .........................................................................Director of Events Susan Newhouse .................................................................. Finance Manager Angela Signor-Brown ..............................................Director of Media Design Chelsea Schwarze ................................................. Member Relations Director Lj. Julee Whalin ............................................ Marketing & Communications The Chamber Foundation Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director Brianne Kelly......................................................... Programming Coordinator Workforce Development Center Anne De Muro ...................................................Workforce Program Manager Workforce Connections Program Elizabeth Kwant .......................................Director of Workforce Connections Meredith Madden .................................................Program Data Coordinator Karen Williams....................................Workforce Connections Case Manager Youth One Stop Jessica Vitolano.................................................. Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska ..........................Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator Danica Pierre-Louis .........................................Youth One Stop Case Manager John Pierre-Louis .............................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Career Action Center Katrina Gobins .............................................Director of Career Action Center Nancy Herrera...................................................Career Action Center Mentor

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ith the 27th Annual Hudson Valley HotAir Balloon Festival in its rear-view mirror, the Chamber staff is already planning events for the second half of the year, as members and the business community will soon start thinking about 2019. Previously I have challenged our membership to be more engaged, and this month I ask you to become more proactive in your membership. While August can be a slower month for some, it is a good time for you to take stock of what your membership plans are for the remainder of the year. Our event calendar is the best place to start. The Chamber is steadfast in providing regular programming designed to align with your current and future business priorities. Our signature Fall events can be key in helping promote members’ products and services. By providing venues where potential customers and business contacts can learn what you have to offer, we offer a strong foundation of support for regional businesses. Keep an eye out for information about the Think Local First

Message from the Chair:

Jeffrey B. Senft

Job Fair, and the Business and Hospitality Expo. We encourage members of all sizes to register soon and participate in these fantastic opportunities. The Job Fair provides members with exposure to local talent as we work to employ more members of our community who want to Work Local First. The Business Expo is perfect for organizations

looking for meaningful business contacts as we strive to attract quality attendees to our member vendors. This event is designed to not only highlight your products, business, or services, but also help you build referrals and your network. The Chamber works hard to help promote organizations of all sizes and the products and services you offer. Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming events, and enjoy the rest of your summer! Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. Reach him at 845-635-2916 or jsenft@ soconserv.com

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Vinyard bound, After Hours heads to Millbrook also features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings. Chamber members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. This event is complimentary to attend thanks to our generous sponsors. To RSVP, call 845.454.1700 x1000 or visit dcrcoc.org. The Bank of Millbrook, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Mackey Butts & Wise LLP, and Meyer Contracting Corporation proudly sponsor this popular networking event.

Operating since 1891, the Bank of Millbrook is committed to providing customers with the best banking service possible. This includes modern technologies, convenience and accessibility, as well as exceptional customer service. Stop in and let the bank learn how it can help you or visit bankofmillbrook.com DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota is part of the DCH Auto Group, which has a stellar reputation for selling top-quality new and preowned cars and providing top-

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notch customer service. It is deeply invested in the success of its employees and committed to giving back to the communities where its dealerships operate and employees and customers live. Stop by 1349 Route 9 Wappingers Falls or visit dchwappingerstoyota.com Mackey Butts & Wise is a law firm dedicated to taking a proactive approach to the needs of, and issues confronting clients. They find each client the most efficient, productive, and economical result, regardless of the type of case or matter. Their attorneys are committed to ensuring your understanding of the legal process and ultimate satisfaction with their service. Visit them at mbwise.com. Meyer Contracting Corporation has served businesses and families in the Mid-Hudson Valley

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Message from the

Chamber President Frank Castella, Jr.

Balloon Festival a big success thanks to sponsors, partners

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he 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival is behind us, and this signifies that more than half the year is over. And while we have many exciting events on the horizon, I would like to take this month’s message to give proper accolades to everyone who helped make the festival successful this year. As you know, one of the main goals of this event is to gain exposure to the Hudson Valley region and in particular local businesses and organizations. We unquestionably achieved this in 2018 for the Chamber and for our sponsors. Only a few short years ago we had about 10,000 page views on our balloon festival website. And as a result of promotion and media attention, we increased that this year to over 400,000 page views leading up to the event. And our social media reach through our efforts and to those of our partners exceeded 5.5 million impressions. This directly correlates to market penetration, event brand ownership, exposure and economic impact for our members. And consequently, traffic to our membership directory has increased significantly. For many years we have looked to the business community to help underwrite the expense of the festival, and as

always, this community delivered. We plan to thank all our sponsors at a special tourismthemed breakfast at the August Contact Breakfast but a special thanks now to our three main event sponsors -- Q92.1 FM (iHeartMedia), Bottini Fuel and LCS Facility Group. These organizations were true partners in this event, and they played an active role in its day-to-day success. Many volunteers signed up to help with staffing throughout the weekend, in addition to the support of several of our community partners. Whether providing logistics, promotion, security, or even printing materials, these organizations all went above and beyond both leading up to and during the festival weekend. You can still see the list of our sponsors and partners at www. balloonfesthv.com. Thank you to each and every one of you: our sponsors, volunteers, community partners, municipal agencies, the Fairgrounds, and our faithful and tireless Chamber employees, and attendees, for helping us to make this year’s festival a phenomenal success! Sincerely,

Frank M. Castella, Jr., President & CEO

UPCOMING

EVENTS Tuesday, July 31

HVYP - Unwind 5 - 7 PM Paula’s Public House 2186 New Hackensack Rd Poughkeepsie Join the Hudson Valley Young Professionals for their next Unwind networking event. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit hvyp.org Sponsored by: Hudson Valley Renegades

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Hike Vassar Farms with the Health & Wellness Club 6 - 7:30 PM 51 Vassar Farm Lane Poughkeepsie Hike through our local gem, Vassar Farms, to enjoy the carriage trails and wooded areas. Learn hiking safety information and then hike or stroll around the wooded hiking trails and carriage trails. This hike will last approximately one and a half hours and will include tips on how to avoid injury, proper stretching techniques, and hiking safety. Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water in non-disposable containers to carry while hiking, as well as an energizing snack. Proper hiking shoes or boots are required. The hike is open to anyone – frequent breaks can be taken along the way to rest and to enjoy the scenery. This is a moderate hike of about 2.65 miles. Parking area and trailhead are located at Vassar Farms. RSVP is strongly recommended to receive up to date information. Rain date August 9. Sponsored by: Health Quest

Tuesday, August 7

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with Beacon and Hudson Valley Gateway Chambers of Commerce. All attendees receive a complimentary ticket to the game that night! Sponsored by: Antalek & Moore Insurance, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC, TD Bank

Wednesday, August 15

Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 AM Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast featuring Dutchess Tourism’s President & CEO, Mary Kay Vrba to discuss tourism’s impact on the economy, future initiatives and what’s on the horizon. As you all know, there are many people in need of our assistance. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee has partnered with our Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at our Contact Breakfast. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Sponsored by: TEG Federal Credit Union

Wednesday, August 29

Business After Hours 5 - 7 PM Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 26 Wing Road, Millbrook

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Monthly networking event featuring wine tastings and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Sponsored by: DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Meyer Contracting Corporation, Bank Of Millbrook, and Mackey Butts & Wise, LLP

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he Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee has organized a series of hikes starting late July running through October that will feature attractive hiking locations across Dutchess County. Hikes are open to anyone and led by committee members. • Participants should carry ID, water and light snacks. • All hikers must wear hiking boots, proper clothing for the weather as well as sunscreen. • Bug spray is a must. • Pre-registration REQUIRED. Sign up at: www.dcrcoc.org/ events Health & Wellness Club Activities sponsored by

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Hike 3: Stissing Mountain & Fire Tower, Pine Plains

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The Chamber is proud to join County Executive Marcus Molinaro and the Dutchess County Historical Society in supporting 2018 as the Year of the Veteran in Dutchess County by offering special promotional opportunities for our veteran-owned member businesses. If you are, or know of a veteran-owned business, visit dcrcoc.org/veterans to enroll. CORPORATE PARTNERS:

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Choices in fitness trackers By Jaime M. Butler

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re you looking for a fitness tracker? This month we’ll compare two popular options, the Fitbit Versa and the Apple Watch to help you make a final decision. The Fitbit Versa for starters is a more affordable cost option than the Apple Watch. But if cost isn’t a deterrent, here’s some information and details that will further help in your decision. B o t h products share a similar look and feel, have interchangeable straps and a selection of finishes and faces so you can customize the look to your taste. They are both water resistant up to 50 meters, so showering or tracking laps in the pool won’t be an issue. Once we dig into their design features, like

comfort, the thin design of the Fitbit is hard to beat. However, changing the band becomes quite a struggle whereas for the Apple version, swapping straps is quite easy. The Apple Watch is overall smaller on the wrist, but the sensor on the bottom bulges out and may dig into your skin when the strap is set too tight. W h i l e both devices can send notifications to/from y o u r phone, only the Apple Watch gives you unlimited responses. You can handle quick replies on the Versa, but it has no microphone so you won’t be able to dictate or scribble a response like you can with the Apple. Both devices can give you deeper details about your fitness data over time. Fitbit consolidates this into its main phone app, while

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the Watch splits this across the Watch app, the Activity app and the Health app on the iPhone. The Fitbit app has a better way to translate heart-rate readings into useful information like telling you if you were in a fatburning, cardio or peak zone during a workout. That said the Apple Watch will soon be upgrading their activity tracking fea-

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he 27th Annual Hudson Valley HotAir Balloon Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck was a huge success. Balloons dotted the sky throughout the weekend, and huge crowds enjoyed the entertainment, food, and vendors. Special thanks to event sponsors Q92.1, LCS Companies, and Bottini Fuel, all our other sponsors, pilots, community partners and volunteers, and of course the Fairgrounds. See more great pictures and video on social media using #hvballoon.

Thank you to our sponsors: EVENT SPONSORS SPONSORS: Bottini B i i Fuel F l • LCS Facility F ili G Group • Q92.1 Q92 1 FM BALLOON SPONSORS: Angry Orchard • D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota • Dutchess Day School • KeyBank • Meyer Contracting Corporation Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • New York Lottery • QB Collision • Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Poughkeepsie Galleria • Royal Carting Service Company • RE/MAX • ServiceMaster Restore dba Nest • The Arc of Dutchess The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center • WRWD Country 107.3 BALLOON FEST HOTLINE SPONSOR: AT&T • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. | VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR: TEG Federal Credit Union EVENT GUIDE SPONSOR: MidHudson Regional Hospital | MEDIA SPONSOR: Hudson Valley Weather • Poughkeepsie Journal Media


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2nd annual children’s event returning to Millbrook With the help of over 100 dedicated volunteers and the community, last year, Angels of Light, a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, sponsored over 210 children that received over 2,000 gifts during the holiday season. In many cases, it is their last holiday together with their families and Angels of Light’s mission is to try to make it as special and as memorable as possible. Gifts are purchased from their wish list, wrapped and delivered to their home or hospital while in treatment. ALL of the children in their household are taken care of. On September 22 at 6:30 PM, Angels of Light will be hosting the 2nd Annual, Event: For the Children, Making Wishes Come True, at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook. The event will feature the finest local cuisine and beverage; a live and silent auction; and live entertainment. Angels of Light is proud to announce that this year’s honorees are Marlene Weber-Garnot and Michael Poulin, for their commitment and dedication. They join the succession of last year’s honorees Jennifer Thorne and Joshua Mackey. Angels of Light will also be recognizing Volunteer of the Year, Nancy Kotzur. For more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.angelsoflighthudsonvalley.org/events.

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ee off with us at our Annual Norman & Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Day of Golf Tournament held Monday, October 1 at the Links at Union Vale! Shotgun start at 10 AM. The Day of Golf will feature prize opportunities, raffle contests, a silent auction, on course contests including drink and food samplings and much more! Golf ticket includes continental breakfast featuring Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, lunch at the turn, and concludes with a cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, a carving station, dessert and a two-hour, top-shelf open bar. And this year every guest in attendance will receive a special gift as a token of our appreciation.

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Can’t be at the event, but still want to be part? Purchase a tee sign to show your support or donate a gift-in-kind for our various prize and raffle opportunities! The Foundation’s Day of Golf Tournament is one of the best

in the Hudson Valley. The Links at Union Vale has been named one of the top New York courses constructed on a nearly treeless site that has spectacular views of the Hudson and Catskill Mountains. And with over 130 golfers in the tournament each year, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to be a part of the excitement all while supporting the good work of The Chamber Foundation and the Norman & Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Fund. Just this past year, The Chamber Foundation awarded over $40,000 through its scholarship program to local students.

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Vanderbilt Mansion hike The Health & Wellness Club hiked through Vanderbilt Mansion to enjoy the carriage trails and wooded areas. The walk boasted some of the most iconic views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Thank you to Health Quest for sponsoring.

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Students gain skills through the Summer Youth Employment Program By Katrina Gobins Director of Career Action Center

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ven in the heat of summer, the Career Action Center (CAC) is open and assisting students throughout the season. This summer, 12 students from Poughkeepsie High School are participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Each year the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board awards grants to different agencies who have submitted an application to either employ youth in Dutchess County or to place them with a business in the community. The Career Action Center was excited to receive the award grant which alotted for 12 spots to place youth with a local business. Students are able to work up to 20 hours a week for 6 weeks in the summer with the hopes of gaining positive workplace habits that help them learn skills to obtain perma-

nent employment. Once a week students meet at the Chamber office and attend job readiness training. By the end of the program they will have developed a resume, have increased knowledge of financial literacy, developed computer skills, and become aware of various career options. Ty’shea Cumminings, an upcoming junior this fall is part of this program and is currently working at Crunch Fitness in Poughkeepsie. Ty’shea was interested in possibly pursuing a career in the field of Athletics, so this position was a good fit. When asked about the program Ty’shea stated, “I like the program because everyone involved is very uplifting and it’s a good fit for my future because of the access to different experiences. At my job, I am learning everything from customer service, intake procedures, and learning about using office equipment”.

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The Workforce Connections Program comprises both education/training services and staffing resources. These organizations are often multi-faceted and offer several programs that help with both existing and future employees. The Workforce Connections Program is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Participants get a hand up in navigating job search By Elizabeth Kwant Director of Workforce Connections

T Together the CAC and the SYEP are helping program particapants increase their employability skills, as well as providing much needed exposure to various careers that they wouldn’t normally have access to. These experiences help students learn valuable long term life skills on how to be successful in the workplace. This combined with the commitment from local community businesses that are willing to work with our youth - is what makes this such a meaningful experience for these students.

Youth One Stop is a comprehensive education and job-training program utilizing local resources to benefit at-risk youth in Dutchess County. The program is open to income-eligible youth, ages 14-24 who are facing obstacles inhibiting them from completing school, finishing their HSE or gaining employment. Youth One Stop is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

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he journey to employment can be a long and often overwhelming for many job seekers. Individuals who have been out of the workforce for any period of time often have a difficulty readjusting to the working world. Having a knowledge base of office etiquette, job searching skills, problem and conflict solving, and resume writing helps to give the Workforce Connections Program (WFC) participants a hand up while navigating the employment process. Laying the foundation of this knowledge begins upon enrollment into the Workforce Connections Program. Upon enrollment, each participant is assigned a case manager, whom they will work one-on-one with to receive advice, encouragement, mentoring, supportive services, and so much more. WFC participants then be-

gin attending regular workshops about budgeting, soft skills, life skills, and personal and professional development. Each participant creates a resume and cover letter and works one-on-one with their case manager to job search and eventually secure employment. After gaining employment, the WFC case managers work to assist their participants in retaining their jobs. Ultimately, WFC case managers will provide the ongoing supportive services necessary to aid their participants in their success.

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his month we are profiling Khalil Charles, who we’re proud to say met all of his goals this year for the Youth One Stop program. Khalil enrolled into the program in June of 2017. Despite facing some challenges, he persevered and is working full time at the Anderson Center for Autism

as a direct support professional. Khalil’s motivation is his new born son, girlfriend, and his siblings. He understands the importance of having a full time job and taking care of his family. He is looking forward to growing within the company at Anderson in hopes to become a shift supervisor or a manager of a house. He loves working and helping clients who have difficult needs. Khalil is also

an active mentor with students on a day-to-day basis and always up for the challenge in particular when a new intake arrives. He strives for excellence in his work and methods, adheres to his training schedule and attends all his required classes. He also continues to be an active participant in the Youth One Stop program attending monthly activities. Youth One Stop will continue

to follow up with Khalil to make sure he continues to meet his goals and continues on his path. We wish him the best in continuing his employment and pursuing his dreams, which include aspirations for college. We will continue to be a level of support in helping him and all of our graduates reach their goals. Khalil is an upstanding individual and he was a pleasure to work with.


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