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Contact breakfast will provide holiday cheer

Message From The Chair.............................2 Member Spotlight - Villa Borghese.................3 Headliner Awards .....................................3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Member Spotlight - All Sport Health & Fitness.......4

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et into the holiday spirit and revel along with local students at the Chamber’s December Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, December 18 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. While guests enjoy breakfast

and networking, the musical styling of the Roy C. Ketcham Choir, Arlington High School Brass Choir, FDR High School Choir and Poughkeepsie High School Choir will delight the crowd and fill the room with cheer. A chocolate milk toast will be offered to celebrate the

holiday season, courtesy of Hudson Valley Fresh. Guests at the December Contact Breakfast are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Hudson Valley Young Professionals annual toy drive. Also, as at every Contact Breakfast, the Chamber’s

Upcoming Events......................................6 Small Business Partner of the Month...............7 HVYP Toy Drive........................................7 New Members ...................................... 8-9 Member News ....................................... 10

Ambassador Committee is accepting donations of canned or dry goods to support Dutchess Outreach. The Poughkeepsie Journal and Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center sponsor the December Contact Breakfast. Not-for-profit members from Julie’s Jungle at Lime Kiln Park, Inc. and Dutchess ARC will also be in attendance. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. To reserve your place, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org. Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

The Chamber Foundation.......................... 14 Adopt-A-Family ..................................... 15

The Artist’s Palate gives backdrop for networking pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000. EmbroidMe and Sedore & Company, CPAs P.C., proudly sponsor the December Business After Hours. With offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Port Jervis, Sedore is a full-service CPA firm that provides

accounting and consulting services to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties. With over 30 years of experience, they provide their clients with reliable strategies and solutions to achieve your goals. Visit sedoreco.com for more.

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alling early in the calendar because of holiday celebrations, the December Business After Hours networking session is set for Wednesday, December 11 from 5-7 p.m. at The Artist’s Palate, 307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. As always, complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. In addition, all attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Hudson Valley Young Professionals annual toy drive. More information about the collection is available on page 7. There is no charge to attend Business After Hours, however


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giving thanks for this experience

Officers Jill Sammon, Chair ...........................Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Ori Brachfeld, 1st Vice Chair ...............................Dash Lock & Key Service Joseph Bonura, Jr., 2nd Vice Chair...................................... The Grandview John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary ....................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Frank Castella, Jr., Past Chair ................. Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel .................................... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ..................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Carol Gordon .................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Gail Jones ................................... Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers Vincent R. Lander ...Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. .............................................. Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer...................................................... The Chazen Companies Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank Scott Pawenski ..........................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman ..........................................................................IES, Inc. Barry Rothfeld ........................................................... Poughkeepsie Journal Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson............................................. Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Loren Hoffman ..........................................Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban .......................................... Vice President of Communications Dee Richter ............................................................Director of Membership Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Angela Signor .......................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ............................................................... Director of Events Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon ...........................................................Executive Director Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Maryann McKenzie ............................................ Director of Youth Services Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Youth One Stop Staff Susan Grecke .................................................... Director of Youth One Stop Matt Bettina................................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Zoaya Fatima.......................................... Youth One Stop Services Specialist Jesse M. Kimmerle ...................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager Kadiyah Lodge ............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager

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ratitude. That is the overwhelming feeling I have as I write my final Bottom Line article. It has truly been my pleasure to serve as Chair of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce over the past year. I would like to express my appreciation to the following: To the Board of Directors; I am grateful that you granted me the privilege to serve as Chair. It has been a delight to work alongside this group of talented leaders. I commend all of the Board members of both the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation for their leadership and support not only to the Chamber, but to our entire community. To our Chamber members; I am in awe of how strong you make our Chamber. The commitment and participation of our members is what makes this Chamber the strong organization it is. To the Chamber staff; words cannot express my gratitude and

Message froM the Chair:

Jill sammon

appreciation for all you do and all you are. From the Executive team of Charlie, Audra, Gloria and Nick, throughout the entire organization, the dedication and passion exhibited by all is unparalleled. The Chamber truly has its own Dream Team, I am so grateful that you allowed me to be a part of it. To my employer, Central Hudson Gas & Electric; the support that is provided to the Chamber and our community is inspiring. I am fortunate that I work for a Company that highly values the significance of community involvement. Big thanks to my Real Property Services team for all of their assistance over the

past year while I was attending Chamber events. A special thank you to Denise VanBuren, as it was Denise who called me in 2006 saying: “Jill, I have an opportunity for you.” An opportunity it has been indeed, thank you. To my family; I could not have served as Chair without the unwavering support I received from my husband, John, and our children, Isabella and Jacob. I am a very lucky lady because I have you! Lastly, thank you to Ori Brachfeld for taking on the role of the 2014 Chair of the Board. I am excited to see Ori bring his enthusiasm and leadership to the Chamber. The Chamber truly is the best resource a business and community could have. Thanks again, I wish you and yours a holiday season filled with love, laughter and much happiness! Jill Sammon is the DirectorReal Property Services, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.

Annual Gala award winners announced

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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gala will take place on Saturday evening, February 1, 2014 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. This year’s theme is the Kentucky Derby, and lots of great surprises are being planned! The Chamber is proud to announce that several members of the Dutchess County business community will be honored at the event.

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 33 Henry Street • Beacon, NY 12508 www.dcrcoc.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 30 • Number 12 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce website, www.dcrcoc.org, is developed by Design Intervention Studio. PK-0000179364

Community Spirit Awards will be presented to Frank Castella, Jr., of Harmon and Castella printing and Jennifer Pawenski of United Way of the DutchessOrange Region. A Next Generation Award will be presented to the Baxter family of R.L. Baxter Building Corporation. A Community Service Award

for Quality of Life in the Hudson River Valley will be presented to Scenic Hudson. Chamber members will be receiving invitations to the Gala in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities or corporate tables should contact the Chamber at 845454-1700 ext. 1000.


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nominees, winners will be chosen by a committee of Chamber members, and are saluted at the April Contact Breakfast. To learn about the different awards categories and to download a nomination form, visit the Headliners Committee page at www.dcrcoc. org. For more information, contact Rich Kleban at 845-454-1700 ext. 1023 or richk@dcrcoc.org.

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Message from the

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or the past year, my staff and I have had the pleasure of working with Jill Sammon of Central Hudson as the chairperson of our board of directors. At the Chamber, this is not a ceremonial position. Jill has taken countless hours out of both her work schedule and personal time in order to serve the members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she has sat on committees, attended events and made presentations at just about every ribbon cutting ceremony we performed this year. Through it all, she always represented the Chamber with class and professionalism, and I cannot thank her enough. The Chamber’s board of directors is a very active body, holding regular meetings and doing a real service in positioning the Chamber for future success. Jill not only oversaw their work, but also kept an eye on the heads of all the other Chamber committees. She did all this as a volunteer because she believes in our mission. Jill’s easygoing nature and approachability were great assets for our Chamber. She made members feel like family at events, was always willing to lend an ear to their concerns and has turned into quite the emcee!

Among her most enduring legacies will be the time and energy she spent supporting our legislative action efforts on behalf of our members. Our Legislative Action Committee helps you stay connected to elected officials, and Jill has been front-and-center in advocating for your interests from town hall to Albany and beyond. She also has helped make sure our Gala is the finest in the region. Jill personally sat in on every meeting, offered helpful suggestions and rolled up her sleeves when the work of planning a major event like the Gala needed to get done. As Jill passes the gavel to Ori Brachfeld for 2014, I’m happy to report that she’ll remain active on Chamber committees and I’m certain she will be no stranger to Chamber events. On behalf of the Chamber staff, our members and myself, I want to again give my most sincere thanks to Jill Sammon for everything she did for us during her year as chairperson. She without a doubt made our Chamber better.

Sincerely,

Charles S. North President & CEO

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UPCOMING

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Tuesday, December 3 Early Bird Connections

7:30 - 9a.m. Main Street Pizza & Cafe 283 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

An early morning speednetworking event allowing Chamber members to deliver a strategic 2-minute promotional pitch to all participants. Sponsored by: Servpro of N.W. & S.E. Dutchess County

Sunday, December 8 ATHENA Awards® Brunch 12 - 3 p.m. The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

Celebrate the 2013 ATHENA Award Honorees. Sponsored by: Health Quest, Inc., KeyBank, Dutchess ARC, Mid-Hudson Subaru, RiverStone Wealth Management, Hudson Valley Office Furniture, McCabe & Mack, LLP, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Orange County Trust Company, Ulster Savings Bank, COBESO, Inc., DRA Imaging, PC, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Hudson Valley Fresh and College Planning 101

Wednesday, December 11 Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. The Artist’s Palate 307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: EmbroidMe and Sedore & Company, CPAs, P.C.

Wednesday, December 18 Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

Featuring holiday performances from local high schools. Sponsored by: Poughkeepsie Journal and Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center

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he Hudson Valley Young Professionals, a committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, are for the fifth year holding a holiday toy drive to benefit Astor Services for Children and Families, Anyone interested in dothe Anderson Center for Autism nating a new, unwrapped gift and the Catharine Street Commu- can find drop boxes at select Foam nity Center. Through December & Wash Car Wash locations in 18, the Young Professionals will be Dutchess County, where Foam & collecting new, unwrapped gifts Wash is generously donating one throughout the region to be deliv- Rain-X Complete Wash to each ered to children in need of holiday customer who contributes to the cheer. The last two Toy Drive Sponsored by: success of the toy years, the Hudson drive. To find a Valley Young Proparticipating locafessionals Toy Drive tion near you, visit resulted in over 30 foamandwash.com. boxes full of toys In addition to benefiting local chilthe boxes around dren, and the group is hoping to the community, unwrapped toys affect even more lives this year. can also be donated by stopping

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60 Merritt Blvd, Suite 106 NY 12524 Fishkill, 161 Clubhouse Drive 845-202-7182/Fax:845-202-7185 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 1 Forrestal Heights Email: gtruhe@eosmd.com Gina Marie’z Academy 845-486-8000/Fax: 845-486-1322 Beacon, NY 12508 Web: www.eosmd.com Email: linda.gannon@ LLC Arts, Performing of 845-831-1289/Fax: 845-831-1370 Contact: Sue Corsetti, COO concordrents.com 3650 Route 9W, Suite 9 Email: rtraudt1@aol.com Eos Medical Group provides Web: www.grandpointepark.com Web: www. Highland, NY 12528 emergency medicine full-time Contact: Linda Gannon, 845-834-2995/Fax: 845-834-2996 beaconhousingauthority.org physicians, allied health Community Director Email: ginamariez@optimum.net Contact: Veronica Schetter, and scribe staffing professionals Est. Nov. 1997; Rental Contact: Gina Zambito, Owner Est. 1969; Federal public hospitals. for appartment community. Est. July 2010; Offering all types housing. of dance classes for all ages to MusiC for Business residents of Highland and the Business serviCes Hudson Valley Cancer surrounding area. Our certified Resource Center instructors can help anyone Accent Communications 5linx Enterprises, 100 Ward Street learn to dance or improve their 3 Park Lane Montgomery, NY 12549 Ricardo Suber skills and technique. Highland, NY 12528 845-457-5000/Fax: 845-476-2420 PO Box 2533 845-834-2737/Fax:845-834-2739 casey@ Email: Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Email: lisa@ entertainMent and/or 781-354-3975/Fax: 914-902-1388 hudsonvalleycancer.org muzakhudsonvalley.com Web: www.hudsonvalleycancer.org aMuseMent Email: rsuber@5linx.net Web: www.muzakhudsonvalley.com Contact: Casey MacDonald, Web: www.ricardosuber.com Contact: Robert Peplow, President Director Executive Contact: Ricardo Suber, Global Magic Moon Farm Inc. Est. 1963; Muzak franchise. Est. 2011; Our mission is Expansion Leader dba Headless Horseman Messaging on-hold and in to connect cancer patients Est. May 16, 2011; A directHayrides store, background music, sound and their families to all the selling essential services 778 Broadway video system design and and and services resources, brokerage allowing residential Ulster Park, NY 12487 installation. Digital signage. programs that make their and business customers the 845-339-2666/Fax:845-339-3933 installation (drive-thru) Intercom cancer journey easier to bear. ability to cut costs on energy, hauntedny@aol.com Email: maintenance. and Sponsor: Jimmy Smith wireless, health care, security, Web: www.headlesshorseman.com mobile marketing, internet, Contact: Michael Jubie, Owner nursing - skilled television services and more. ContraCtors – general Est. 1993; Fall and holiday entertainment. Headless Sharon Health Caterers Verticon, Ltd. Horsemen Hayrides and Care Center 24 Gilbert Street Ext. Haunted Houses and Frosty Fest. Hill Road Hospital 27 Monroe, NY 10950 High Country Que Sponsor: Frank Castella, Jr. Sharon, CT 06069 845-774-8500/Fax: 845-774-8695 173 Nevis Road 860-364-1002/Fax:860-364-0237 Email: izuckerman@verticon.net event/wedding Tivoli, NY 12583 Email: administrator@ 845-756-4841/Fax: 845-756-4841 Web: http://www.verticon.net/ planning/guide sharonhcc.com A general contracting and Email: highcountryque@aol.com Web: www.athenahealthcare. Web: http://highcountryque.com full-service construction com/sharon Cassel Events, LLC firm. Formerly Zuckerman Contact: Magda Phillips, Contact: Marc Lei, 353 Box PO Barbecue catering and vending. Contractors, Verticon Ltd. is Administrator Poughquag, NY 12570 family-owned and operated. Est. October 1992; A skilled 914-659-5530 Cleaning & nursing and rehabilitation lynn@casselevents.com Email: Copywriting Janitorial serviCes center with an 88 bed Web: www.casselevents.com Contact: Lynn Cassel, President capacity providing short term Concurrent Marketing rehabilitation including physical, Wilson Wonders Est. June 2013; Provides 2600 South Road, Suite 44-310 the tools needed to plan an occupational and speech 77 Losee Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 therapies; orthopedic treatment Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 event/affair, staff the event 845-926-2108 of joint fractures and joint 845-298-2435 with professionally trained replacements with therapies Email: wilsonwonders1@aol.com Email: jsosler@ individuals and provide menu concurrentmarketing.com available up to seven days per Contact: Janet Wilson, creation utililizing the best Web: www. Proprietor resources in the Hudson Valley. week; long term care, respite concurrentmarketing.com and Hospice; and Alzheimer’s Est. September 2013; Contact: Jeffrey Osler, Owner and dementia care. Managed Residential and commercial by Athena Health Care. cleaning and lawn maintenance Corporate and non-profit copywriting for a cause. Writes services. the campaign for the cause

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1983 Route 52, Suite 4 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-896-1300/Fax: 845-896-2600 Email: sunshinebequm@ hotmail.com Web: www.agilitymedicalcare.com Contact: Ishrat Arefin, Est. 2012; Doctor’s office specializing in pain menagement and physical therapy. Sponsor: Shoshanna Speyer

real estate agenCies & Brokers K. Fortuna Realty, Inc.

1708 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-632-3492/Fax: 845-625-1955 Email: mt.kfortunarealty@ gmail.com Web: www.kfortunarealtyinc.com Contact: Michael Tobiasen, Office Manager Est. 2008; Kevin Fortuna established this real estate agency in 2008. Residential and commercial real estate services in Dutchess, Westchester, Bronx, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Ulster counties.

restaurants Asian Temptation

718 Dutchess Tunrpike, Suite 3 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-485-8383 Email: hsialingw@gmail.com Contact: Kung Wong, Est. August 24, 2013; Asian modern cuisine.

Coach’s Food & Spirits

156 Church Street Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-5125/Fax: 845-677-5153 Email: loulougirl77@aol.com Web: www. coachsfoodandspirits.com Contact: Mary Lou Keenan, Manager Est. 2009; Millbrook’s affordable friendly restaurant features a cozy dining room offering delicious daily specials and a separate bar area with several flat screen televisions to watch your favorite sports events.


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12 Father Cody Plaza Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-6600 ext 200/Fax: 845-454-1674 Email: principal@ stpetersparishny.org Web: www.stpetersparishny.org Contact: Michael Clavin, Principal Est. 1844; A Catholic school offering a well-rounded education to children in grades pre-K to 8.

2 Neptune Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-206-4555 Email: infopok@bounceonit.com Web: www.bounceonit.com Contact: Bruce Katz, Managing Partner Est. September 2013; An indoor sports trampoline park featuring free jumping, dodgeball, basketball dunking, foam pits, kids’ area, and space for parties.

PO Box 108 Fishkill, NY 12524 845-765-1555 Email: david@ dlsvoiceproductions.com Web: www. dlsvoiceproductions.com Contact: David Strickland, Owner Est. May 2003; Professional voice over services and production for radio and television commercials, audio books, video/industrial narration, messaging on tax preparation serviCes hold, animation, as well as live event/public address Tax Alternative announcing and emcee Group, LLC services for conferences, charity 695 Dutchess Turnpike, Suite 202 events Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Sponsor: Cecilia Cook 845-242-2151/Fax:855-309-0281 Email: patrick@ wholesalers taxalternativegroup.com Web: www. Distinctly Himalayan taxalternativegroup.com 6565 Spring Brook Ave, Suite 5 Contact: Patrick O’Hara, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 President 845-876-6331 Est. July 2013; Income tax Email: sales@ services for individuals and distinctlyhimalayan.com small businesses including Web: www. preparation, consultation and distinctlyhimalayan.com planning, and taxpayer. Contact: Jennifer Neufeld, Sponsor: Ken Mann Owner Designs, manufactures, and tutors & tutoring serviCes wholesales its own accessories line to retailers. Created were Tutoring Up-Grades, Inc. spirit inspires style, the ‘kooloo’ 3 Neptune Road, Suite M8 line of scarves and wraps fuse Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 the luxury of natural fibers 845-462-8886 with contemporary style and Email: tess@ affordability. tutoringupgrades.com Web: www.tutoringupgrades.com Contact: Tess Fisher, Owner Est. 2009; Specializes in helping girls with math, science, and SAT/ACT preparation.

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1122 Route 82 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-447-1444 Email: crossroadsgiftshop@ gmail.com Web: crossroadsgiftshop.com Contact: MaryAnn Martorano, Est. April 2012; A familyowned and operated gift shop specializing in unique items, including many that are handcrafted and locally produced. Sponsor: Susan Shier

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go online to read More MeMBer news To contact Aspire, call 845-8030438 or info@AspireAdvantage.com.

MEMBER nEwsLinE Susan Lauer and Laurie Cohn, Principals at Aspire Consulting, Ltd. have completed all requirements for, and have been designated as, “Certified Business Coaches” through Resource Associate Coaching Academy. The Developmental Coaching Model recognizes coaching is a powerful, highly tuned process of communication and problem solving. The relationship between coach and client is “co-creative.” It focuses entirely on the client’s interests, challenges, and goals, identifying gaps between where the client is and where they want to be. To learn more about how executive coaching may help you contact Aspire Consulting Aspire is dedicated to helping companies and organizations discover their potential and get results that are important to them. Aspire’s team assists in building and/or implementing strategic plans, and aligning the people, processes and systems that support necessary change, transform leadership and sustain success.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. Kings of Fitness is pleased to announce the launch of their YouTube channel. This channel has been in the works for the past few months, and in that short period of time, Kings of Fitness has gained over 300 subscribers worldwide and are closing in on 10,000 views on their videos. See for yourself at youtube.com/KingsofFitness. Health Quest Medical Practice Fishkill location has moved to the Vassar Brothers Medical Mall located at 200 Westage Business Center Drive, Suite 240 in Fishkill. The Vassar Brothers Medical Mall

combines cutting-edge technology with compassionate, experienced professionals. The new location offers easy access to all the resources at the Medical Mall including Ambulatory Surgery Center, Center for Sleep Medicine, Eye Institute, Imaging Center, Physical and Occupational Therapy Center, Radiation Oncology Center and Speech-Language Pathology Center. Health Quest Medical Practice also offers specialty services at the same location for Neurosurgery and Spine and OB/GYN services. “The new location is freshly renovated and offers ours patients easy access to many other services to assist with their healthcare needs,” said Dr. Anthony D’Ambrosio, Primary Care Physician, HQMP, Fishkill. “We are welcoming new patients and look forward to providing primary care services for the whole family.” Dr. D’Ambrosio is board certified in family medicine, affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians and has extensive background in pediatrics. To meet Dr. D’Ambrosio visit www. health-quest.org/myHQMPdoc and watch his introductory video. Call the Concierge Scheduling Line to make an appointment at 1-888-525-HQMP(4767). A 2-Penny Social will be hosted at St. Mary’s School in Wappingers on January 25, 2014 (2 Convent Avenue). Free admission.

Health insurance advice available

What does the new affordable health care act mean? How will it affect me and my business? Will I be losing coverage?

The new year will bring about many changes that are new to everyone and will affect your health insurance. The professionals at Complete Benefit Solutions, Inc., the insurance broker of record for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce health plans, have been working tirelessly to make sure they stay current with all of the changes and have the most updated information to provide their clients. They pride themselves on being as knowledgeable as possible and able to answer any questions that may arise. For more information and answers to your questions, please call COBESO at (845) 279-2742 or go to COBESO.com

Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Calling begins at 1:00 p.m. Over 200 new items. Food will be for sale. 50/50 raffle tickets for sale. Proceeds go to the school. For questions, please contact Mary Joe at 592-0147 or maryjoempq@aol.com. The Mid-Hudson Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC-MHV) is proud to host a Holiday Mixer and Fundraiser featuring keynote speaker, attorney Jonna M. Spilbor of Jonna Spilbor Law, PLLC and special guest, Keryl Pesce, author of “Happy Bitch” and co-founder of Happy Bitch Wines. The event will be held on Wednesday, December 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls and feature hors d’oeuvres, DJ Hobie Armstrong, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $35 advanced/$40 at the door. For tickets and information contact Lea Bishop at lbishop@wedcbiz.org or 845-575-3438. All proceeds benefit WEDCMHV in support of their mission to provide access and equal opportunity for local entrepreneurs. Learn more at wedcbiz.org. John Jeffreys, Healthcare Reform Specialist at Ulster Insurance Services, Inc has earned the Chartered Healthcare Consultant™ (ChHC™) professional designation from The American College, the nation’s largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Mr. Jeffreys, a Kingston resident, is a licensed New York State Life & Health Insurance Agent and New York State Property & Casualty Insurance Broker. While his primary focus has been on employee benefits for small businesses, he is certified to assist both individuals and small businesses with the New York Health Exchange. Candidates for the ChHC™ designation must complete a minimum of six courses and 12 hours of proctored examinations. They must also fulfill stringent experience and ethics requirements. The ChHC™ program is considered the most comprehensive credential

available for benefits specialists, healthcare consultants, and financial advisors interested in effectively providing clients with cuttingedge information. Once the program is completed, a Chartered Healthcare Consultant TM can provide expert advice on a broad range of health insurance related topics including state exchanges; medical loss ratios; Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); Health Savings Accounts (HSAs); Cafeteria Plans; and more. Mr. Jeffreys joined Ulster Insurance Services in 2008. Ulster Savings Bank recently announced the promotion of Valerie Belton to Manager at their 39 Burnett Boulevard, Poughkeepsie branch. Ms. Belton, of Fishkill, previously served as Assistant Branch Manager at the Bank’s New Paltz branch. In her new position, she will be responsible for community and customer relations, regulatory compliance and business development efforts at the branch, as well as oversight of branch staff, procedures and operations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in business administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She currently serves as a Fellow of the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Regional Leadership Training Program. Her community involvement includes participation in local United Way campaigns and the Walk for Autism and service with the Feed the Homeless Program in Poughkeepsie. She also serves as a Trustee at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Wappingers Falls. Ms. Belton joined Ulster Savings Bank in 2012. Richard Amodeo has recently launched a new website for his tax and accounting practice at www. richardamodeo.com. With tax season fast approaching, he offers over 40 years of experience and a reasonable cost for services. Richard has offices in Hopewell Junction and Poughkeepsie.


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Key steps to ensuring success with your online business

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aving completed close to 200 web projects, I have found that there are some key guidelines to assure the success of your online business. 1. Stay up to date Being a web developer is extremely satisfying. But it didn’t even exist as a career when I went to college. Things change quickly, and you need to be ready to react. Now, we depend on how we present ourselves online for our livelihood, and staying up to date is key. Here’s how: You can use a subscription ser-

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neil Eisenberg vice to always keep your website software and content fresh. Don’t lock in your technology. I use Adobe Business Catalyst because they keep improving it, assuring a

future-proof site. You can write blogs, articles, and news regularly or use subscription-based content providers who will write your content for you! It’s surprisingly affordable. 2. Give your customers what they want. Figure out what a customer of yours might want, and make sure you give it to them upfront. You don’t want to bury the most popular content deep within your site. Use your analytics tools wisely to find out what people are looking for,

and give it to them! If you search for what your customers are looking for, you should come up in the results. 3. Look like the biggest thing out there! A website is a perfect opportunity to present yourself as well, or better than your largest competitor! It doesn’t cost any more, or it shouldn’t, to add all the bells and whistles so that you are perceived as an industry leader. Couple the look and feel of your site with solid information, and you will BE the industry leader! Lastly, establish a relationship

with people who can help. We are lucky that our Chamber provides a network of experts who can help our businesses grow. Feel free to use me if you need to. This article was provided by Neil Eisenberg, Owner, Design Intervention Studio. Design Intervention Studio is an Adobe Business Catalyst Partner, and builds online business solutions for companies of all sizes. Since 2002, they have consulted with hundreds of businesses to maximize their online presence. Please visit DesignInterventionStudio.com or call (845) 679-8052.

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“As new business owners, we cannot begin to describe the importance and value of finding help and support from other businesses and local leaders. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has provided our company with guidance, support, and essential business contacts with whom we have partnered throughout the entire process of starting a new business. From helping us secure insurance, banking, payroll, and marketing assistance to the use of the Chamber’s office space for interviewing during the construction of our store, being a member of the DCRCoC has helped us almost every step of the way with our endeavor. we cannot imagine having done this without the Chamber’s support. on behalf of Peachwave Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Poughkeepsie, thank you to all of the DCRCC staff AND the membership community for being there when we needed them most!”

Businesses and residents help recycle

It’s official...the Chamber collected over 23,000 pounds of electronics to be properly and safely recycled over two Electronic Recycling Days at Recycle Depot in November! Thanks to everyone who supported The Chamber Foundation, Inc. with a donation, our sponsors Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy, LLC and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, and the Living Green Committee for organizing the event.

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Ribbon Cuttings Riverside bank grand opening

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Congratulations to Riverside Bank on the opening of their newest branch location on New Hackensack Road in Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to BBQ RED for a great ribbon cutting, continuing to celebrate their first year in business. Check them out at 1289 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls.

Keybank’s new Arlington-Poughkeepsie branch

Daley’s Lawn and Landscape Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to our good friends at KeyBank on their grand opening ribbon cutting at their new Arlington-Poughkeepsie branch at 55 Burnett Boulevard in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to Daley’s Lawn & Landscape, located at 131 Pine Hill Rd in Pleasant Valley, on celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Mt Connect’s new website

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The Manufacturing and Trade Committee had a special luncheon to unveil a new resource available on the Chamber’s website. Check it out at www.dcrcoc.org/ COMMITTEE/manufacturing-and-trade-committee.

Congratulations to 2 Smiles Ice Cream, now open in the Apple Valley Plaza (704 Freedom Plains Rd., Poughkeepsie) serving terrific homemade ice cream and supporting Think Local First!


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Ribbon Cuttings Peachwave Frozen Yogurt grand opening

houlihan Lawrence Real Estate 10-Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Peachwave - Poughkeepsie, now open in the South Hills Mall on Route 9!

Congratulations to The Freeman Team - Houlihan Lawrence located at 1989 Rt. 52 in East Fishkill on 10 years in business!

Joan Cybulski, LMhC, pllc third Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

serviceMaster Restore 30th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Joan Cybulski, LMHC, pllc on three years in business. Visit www. findempathyhere.com for more information about Joanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services.

Congratulations to ServiceMaster Restore on 30 years in business as well as on the opening of their new warehouse space at 2 Commerce Court in Wappingers Falls!

Family Partnership Center Ribbon Cutting

MassMutual Financial group grand opening

The official unveiling of the Family Partnership Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new sign and opening of the Dutchess County Department of Health Clinic at 29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to MassMutual Financial Group on the opening of their brick and mortar presence on Commerce Drive in New Windsor.


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Foundation campaign getting closer to its goal

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am proud to announce that, to date, The Chamber Foundation Campaign has raised nearly $17,000 toward its goal of $25,000. With a Foundation Development Committee now in place to help complete the final fundraising by March 31, as well as continue the philanthropic growth of The Chamber Foundation, I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. As 2013 comes to a close, please consider making The

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Chamber Foundation one of your choices for your end of year charitable giving. Through donor contributions, The Chamber Foundation will be able to

continue to grow its signature leadership programing including Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership; enhance the Youth Development initiatives including College Campus Tours and the Golf Mentoring Program and expand the scholarship program that allowed us to award over $53,000 to local students this past year. With donors supporting the future leaders of the Hudson Valley, The Chamber Foundation will be able to make an impact not only today, but also for years to come. Donations can be made by visiting ChamberFDN.org/ campaign or by calling The Chamber Foundation at 845454-1700 ext 1026. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Interested in joining the Foundation’s Development Committee? Please reach out to me at nick@chamberfdn.org. On behalf of The Chamber Foundation Board of Directors, its staff and all the individuals it serves, thank you for your continued support and warm wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

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The 2013 ATHENA Award honorees were celebrated at a reception held at Mariapolis Luminosa and sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and Orange County Trust Company. Pictured above, from left, are Natalie Borquist, Linda G. Campbell, Steven J. Chickery, Peter Maher, Gertrude O’Sullivan, Kelly Outwater, Angelline Smalls and Sue Sywetz Sullivan. Not pictured are Ellen Baker, Lisa M. Cathie and Michelle Martin. Providing remarks during the event was Cecilia Dinio-Durkin (right), the 2012 ATHENA Award recipient. One of the 2013 honorees will be announced this year’s recipient at a brunch reception December 8 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. For more on the ATHENA Awards, to see a list of the honorees, and information and tickets for the brunch please go to chamberfdn.org/events-1/ athena-awards-brunch.

OfficerS Bill francis, chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Vice-chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank Stacey Langenthal, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cuddy & Feder LLP Stephen e. Diamond, Of counsel . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DirecTOrS Amy Dittmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas. . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Health Quest Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mid-Hudson Subaru carmen McGill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dutchess Community College Doug McHoul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McHoul Funeral Home rita McPeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Lisa Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union charles “chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Aleta Symon, cPA . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. fOunDATiOn STAff charles S. north . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President nicholas Shannon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director


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Consider helping those less fortunate this holiday season

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By louise Mcloughlin vice president, workforce development Center

was talking to a three-year-old girl the other day, and mentioned that I was meeting with Santa next week. Her eyes instantly lit up. I told her that I could tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas. She said, “I would like a baby and a tea set please.” In that moment I was remind-

ed of my daughter at that age. She had the same flyaway blonde hair that no matter what you do won’t be tamed. She spoke in the same happy, breathless way. And she was filled with the same innocence and joy. There was a big difference, though. Santa came to our house every year without fail. I looked to her mom, who was busy filling out our Adopt-A-Family wish list. We exchanged a glance that said it

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all: without the assistance of our Chamber members or a local family, this little one may not get her Christmas wish. We select our families based on their performance within our program. This little girl is lucky

that her mom has been working hard all year to improve the quality of life for her family, and was selected to be part of Adopt-AFamily. In this season of giving we all have many opportunities to help our neighbors. Whether you call the Chamber and “adopt” one of our families, drop a toy off at Foam & Wash or Chamber event for our Hudson Valley Young Professionals Toy Drive, or select an

angel off a tree in your place of worship, it is extending a hand to help someone up. One of my happiest moments this year was sending out the family profile for my new little friend and knowing that under her tree there will be a doll and a tea set. How to Help: Call or email Louise McLoughlin for more information on how to Adopt-AFamily. (845) 454-1700 x 1024 or louise@dcrcoc.org.

Nominations open to recognize future leaders

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he Chamber’s annual Forty Under 40 awards will be presented on April 22, 2014. Nominations are now being accepted. Do you know an outstanding person under the age of 40 who is making a positive impact in the community? If so, nominate them for a Shaker Award, an honor presented annually to the rising stars in the region. A good nominee is between

the ages of 18-39 and is committed to making the Hudson Valley a better place to live, give back, work hard, play hard, and ultimately put down roots. Successful candidates might be a young business leader, a trailblazer with a new idea, someone who shows an outstanding dedication to volunteerism, or just a person who, in their own way, makes a difference day in and day out. To make a nomination, com-

plete the electronic form located at www.dcrcoc.org. Nominators will be asked to include background on their nominees’ achieveprofessional ment, community involvement, and what sets them apart from their peers. It is also advised that all nominations include an up-to-date resume, biography and

letter of recommendation. The 2014 Forty UnUNDER der 40 Shaker Awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 22. All nominations must be received no later than January 24, 2014. For questions regarding the nomination process, email Carmela@dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1006.

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