Bottom Line - December 2015

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Students to share holiday cheer at Breakfast With performances by the Poughkeepsie High School Choir, Roy C. Ketcham High School Choir and the Arlington High School Brass Choir, as well as the annual Hudson Valley Fresh chocolate milk

toast, our shared Christmas cheer is sure to drown out even the loudest “Bah, humbug!” In addition to enjoying the festivities, all attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate to the Hudson Valley Young Professional’s Holiday Toy Drive. All donations will benefit local kids and teens served by House of Hope and Mental Health America. While all toys are graciously accepted, items for teens are especially encouraged. Look for the marked Guardian Self Storage boxes upon entry at the Poughkeepsie Grand. For more info, see page 13. Paul Effman Music will present

The Chamber Foundation with a donation of $750 collected at last year’s Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra Concert. For more details, see page 4. The December Contact Breakfast is sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal. Thanks also to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel for providing the students’ breakfast. Nonprofit members from The Arc of Dutchess and Dutchess Day School will also be in attendance. Tickets are $25 for members in advance or $30 at the door. Nonmembers can attend for $35. To RSVP, call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or visit

Contact Breakfast sponsored by

Networking abounds at River Station After Hours


ecember’s Business After Hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 9, at River Station, 1 Water Street, Poughkeepsie. Both Chamber members and guests are welcome to attend this networking event featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Networking make you nervous?

Attendees are invited to come at 4 p.m. to participate in the Business Education Committee’s complimentary workshop on Networking how-tos and then stay for the Business After Hours. The seminar is sponsored by Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond. The After Hours is sponsored by Riverside Bank, a subsidiary of Salisbury Bank and Trust, Co. and

Business After Hours sponsored by

EmbroidMe, In December, last year, Riverside Bank and Salisbury Bank and Trust merged. They are pleased to offer the added convenience of an expanded branch network and additional online services. When it comes to money, you can count on them to help manage challenges and reach goals. When EmbroidMe opened its doors in 2005, local residents Diane and Scott Pawenski had no idea of just how successful their new franchise would become.

Firmbach & Firmbach Certified Public Accountants

WINTER WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement weather, visit the Chamber’s website and Facebook page by 6:30 a.m. for updates regarding events and committee meetings. The status of afternoon meetings, ribbon cuttings and events will be posted accordingly.

Message From The Chair ........................... 2 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4

Member News........................................ 5

Upcoming Events ...................................11

Workforce news .....................................14

Foundation news ...................................15

Nestled in the Poughkeepsie Plaza, EmbroidMe has become the region’s premier provider of decorated apparel and high-quality promotional products. To register, call (845) 4541700, ext. 1000 or visit

A Fa mily A cc ou n tin g p rac tic e Our family has been serving the Hudson Valley’s Accounting needs for the last 50 years.

Call and ask for Karl or Rudy 845-454-5440 w w w . F i r m b a c h C P A s . c o m



et in the holiday spirit and revel in the sounds of the season at the December Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, December 16 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.