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Vassar College president to speak at Breakfast
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Contact Breakfast sponsored by
the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Tickets are $25 in advance for members, $30 at the door. Nonmembers can attend for $35. Payment in advance is required in order to expedite the check-in process. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and noshows will be charged the full ticket price. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org to RSVP. A central focus of President Bradley’s career has been improving health care delivery in the United States as well as through projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe. She has also published more than 300 peerreviewed papers and three books. Since 2016, Bradley was the Di-
rector of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, a program that examines academic disciplines as context to address a wide range of current-day challenges. In her role as Head of Branford College, she was responsible for the intellectual and social life of the college. President Bradley is also the founder and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, where she provided leadership and management education to empower lowincome communities, and countries, to improve health outcomes. Bradley grew up in New Britain, Connecticut and graduated from Harvard University before earning her Master of Business Ad-
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hake off the cold weather blues and get ready for spring at the next Business After Hours on Thursday, March 1 from 5-7 p.m. The Chamber invites members, nonmembers, and guests to join us at Adams Fairacre Farms in Wappingers Falls (160 Old Post Road) for a sneak preview of the annual Spring Lawn and Garden Showcase. As always, complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. This event is complimentary to attend; however registration in advance is required. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and no-shows will be charged a catering fee. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org to RSVP. Ulster Savings Bank proudly sponsors this event. Ulster Savings remains a locally
ministration from the University of Chicago and PhD in Health Policy and Health Economics from Yale University. The cardiology group at The Heart Center offers comprehensive cardiac care in the Mid-Hudson Valley. By providing a deeper, integrated experience at both the office and hospital level, patients can conveniently receive the cardiovascular specialty services they need, from consultations to follow-up care. Learn more at healthquest.org/heart-center. The Member Ambassadors have again partnered with our Workforce Development Center for its annual food drive. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Message from the Chair ............................ 2 International Women’s Day ........................ 3 Message from the Chamber President ............ 4 Veteran-Owned Business of the Month ........... 7 Member News ........................................ 8 New Members ....................................... 9 Ribbon Cuttings .....................................10 The Chamber Foundation .........................14 Workforce Development Center ..................15
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he Chamber’s next Contact Breakfast will feature Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley giving a keynote address, “Higher education in the 21st Century: Vassar College and its role in the Hudson River Valley.” The breakfast, sponsored by The Heart Center a division of Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, P.C. and an affiliate of Health Quest, will be held 7:30-9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21 at
Master the Chamber experience 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 Jan Dewey ..........................................................Poughkeepsie Journal Media 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 ...........................................................Tompkins Mahopac 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 Nancy DeWitt.....................................................Director of Business Services Joshua Galow .................................Membership Development Representative Jean Harris .........................................................................Director of Events Loren Petrella ............................. Communications & Marketing Coordinator Susan Newhouse .................................................................. Finance Manager Lauren Schultz .............................................. Community Relations Specialist Chelsea Schwarze ................................................. Member Relations Director Angela Signor-Brown ..............................................Director of Media Design 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..................................................................Work Now Mentor 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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eing as active as possible with the Chamber is imperative to getting your dollar’s worth out of your membership dues. Attending some of the many networking events is essential to business and personal success, but the Chamber also has specific tools designed to bring more exposure to your business or organization. In addition to networking, consider volunteering for a committee. The Chamber has committees designed for people who are concerned with legislative issues, for those committed to health and wellness, for nonprofit organizations, and for planning business and educational seminars. Consider joining a commit-
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Jeffrey B. Senft
tee, it’s a great way to meet new people, help grow our Chamber, and make a real difference in the community. Membership is what you make of it. You have to be involved, which means taking advantage of and utilizing the invaluable resources of the Chamber. I promise, the professional staff will help you make connections and you will see the benefits.
Lastly, share your successes and be an ambassador for everything the Chamber does within the community. Help spread the word about this organization to non-members, send referrals by visiting dcrcoc.org/referrals, and consider sharing a testimonial— after all, positive customer reviews go a long way towards broadening the Chamber’s reach. Thanks again for being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. I hope to see you at an event, soon. Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. Reach him at (845) 635-2916 or jsenft@ soconserv.com
Bowling tournament returns to Fishkill
he Hudson Valley Young Professionals present the Strikes for Scholars Bowling Tournament benefiting The Chamber Foundation, Inc. on Sunday, February 25 starting at 1 p.m. at Schneider’s Fishkill Bowl. The tournament will include food, prizes and fun for all ages plus a trophy ceremony for top scoring teams. 40 Cannon, Adelphi University, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Branding Pros and Mobile Life Support Services sponsor this year’s event. Tickets are $175 for a team of five players, $225 for a team and lane sponsorship, and $35 for individual bowlers. Spectators are welcome to attend for free, but food is additional. Lane sponsorships are available for $100. For complete information and to register your team, visit ChamberFDN.org
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This year’s theme is “Press for Progress: Empowering Women’s Voices” and tickets are $50 per person. Tickets include round-trip bus transportation from Poughkeepsie, museum admission and private guided tour, and a box lunch. The day will also include guest speakers and a viewing of “We Rise,” a film narrated by Meryl Streep that puts women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century. IBM, KeyBank, The Arc of Dutchess, Greystone Programs, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Rondout Savings
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Leadership Alliance will celebrate with a bus trip to New York City on Thursday, March 8 to explore the untold stories of women at the New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History – the first of its kind in the nation th walls of a mawithin the m jor museum.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to vote for the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year, which will benefit from the resources the WLA can provide as well as fundraising efforts at events throughout the year. Candidates this year are Family Services, Astor Services, and Hudson River Housing.
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hank you, to everyone who made it to the January Contact Breakfast and Annual Meeting. While the meeting portion and my address were brief, it was rewarding to see so many of you in the audience learning about all we accomplished in 2017 and are working towards this year. I would like to highlight some of what I am especially proud of, such as how we’ve taken your feedback and are working to make our events relevant and valuable to our community, members, and sponsors. We want to ensure you get the most out of being a part of this organization. At the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, we understand many entrepreneurs often experience the challenges and rewards of owning a business alone. However, we want you to know we’re here for you. Networking and educational events offer a forum for individuals to share resources, experiences, advice, knowledge, and skills. A dedicated professional staff is here to help promote your business through marketing opportunities and partnership initiatives. Expert advisors are available for complimentary and confidential consultations. We are your union; we are tireless in our efforts to advocate to elected officials in all levels of government on behalf of the business community. Our members are invaluable to the Chamber’s success and your success can only help us fulfill our mission of growing the local economy, improving the community and business climate. I am excited to see where this year takes us as we continue to add value to Chamber membership, listen to our members, and maintain our growth momentum. Sincerely,
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WLA: NetGiving Reception
5 - 7 p.m. Poughkeepsie Ice House 1 Main Street Poughkeepsie
The Women’s Leadership Alliance NetGiving Reception focuses on offering ideas, suggestions, resources and/or connections to fellow attendees. After a brief general Saturday, February 3 networking session as participants wait for all guests to arrive, attendees will gather into small groups. Each 5:30 - 11 p.m. person will take a turn sharing a The Grandview Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie general or specific challenge they face or goal they would like to Our annual gala is a premier achieve. Then they will receive advice black-tie event, featuring extended and suggestions from the group. cocktail hour, full three course dinner, This event allows participants to premium open bar, great music and help their colleagues, follow through exciting activities! on help they’ve offered and enjoy More info & to RSVP, visit www. knowing they have helped others dcrcoc.org/gala pursue their goals and dreams. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Thursday, February 8 cash bar available. Sponsored by: Rondout Savings Bank
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Business Education Seminar 7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie
Wednesday, February 21
offering simple tools and techniques to help calm nerves, cut prep time in half, and double your impact. Sponsored by: Mehl & Associates, CPA’s and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP/SRDD Law
Monthly contact breakfast featuring Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley. As you all know, there are many people in need of our assistance. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee
7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel This interactive workshop will feature 40 Civic Center Plaza Toastmasters experts Linda Farley, Poughkeepsie Diane Miller, and Skip Weisman
has partnered with our Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at our Contact Breakfast. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Sponsored by: The Heart Center/ Health Quest
Sunday, February 25
HVYP Present: Strikes for Scholars Bowling Tournament 1 - 4 p.m. Schneider’s Fishkill Bowl 110 Route 82 Fishkill
The Hudson Valley Young Professionals will present the Bowling Tournament benefiting The Chamber Foundation, Inc. It’s food, prizes and fun for all ages plus a trophy ceremony for top scoring teams! Sponsored by: 40 Cannon, Adelphi University, Branding Pros, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, and Mobile Life Support Services
Thursday, March 1
Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Adams Fairacre Farms, Garden Center 160 Old Post Road Wappingers Falls
Monthly networking event. Join us for a sneak peek of Adams’ annual garden show. Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank
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from 1982-84 and from 1984-86 at Cannon Air Force Base in Clo vis, New Mexico. 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 spe cial promotional opportunities for our veteran-owned member businesses. If you are, or know of a veteran-owned business, visit dcrcoc.org/veterans to enroll.
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Are there things that need cleaning you keep pushing off? Do you settle for superficial cleaning when a room really requires a deep clean? If so, you may be in need of a cleaning service. Many people are apprehensive about spending money on a cleaning service. If you’re unsure of the benefits of a quality, professional cleaning team such as Clean Sweep Professional, here are a few reasons why they are worth the money. When you hire Clean Sweep Professional, not only will your home or business actually shine, you’ll free up time for you and your family, to workout, or build your business. A cleaning service can be a gift of time. While some may consider a cleaning service a needless expense, it can save money by freeing up time for you to focus on other things. Additionally, a tidy, organized home or office can help with productivity and even reduce anxiety. For more information on Clean Sweep Professional, call (845) 489-8313.
Agent promoted to district sales manager Michael Maegerle, licended Aflac agent, has been elevated to the role of District Sales Manager. Maegerle offers a broad range of supplemental health benefits to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals throughout New York and Connecticut. He is licensed in Accident, Health and Life Insurance and will manage the Aflac office location at 60 Park Lane in Highland. Maegerle is actively recruiting new agents and can best be reached at (201) 481-0351 or via email at Michael_maegerle@ us.aflac.com.
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marketing firm, announced the appointment of Kristin Delia to senior account executive. Delia joins the agency from Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications in Nyack, New York, where she managed strategic communications campaigns, secured top-tier media placements, arranged press trips and executed events for a variety of hospitality, tourism, food and beverage and lifestyle clients. For more information, visit prwithimpact.com or call (845) 462-4979.
Attorney joins law firm Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey, Sappe & Regenbaum LLP, a Fishkill-based law firm with clients throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital District, has announced attorney Ellen A. Fischer has joined the firm. A medical malpractice, personal injury and appellate attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Fischer has an extensive background in New York State appellate and motion practice. She has worked primarily as a medical malpractice defense attorney since 1998. For more information, visit fkcsr-law.com or call (845) 897-5199.
Firm donates $2K to nonprofit In the spirit of holiday giving and in recognition of its clients in and around Westchester County, Tompkins Financial Advisors has donated $2,000 to Lifting Up Westchester, a social services nonprofit that provides food, shelter and support to Westchester County’s men, women and children in need. All donated funds will support housing and feeding services, youth programs, and elderly and disabled services, plus other vital programs. For more information, visit tompkinsfinancialadvisors.com.
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Health Quest offers heart-health seminars Learn the facts about preventing, detecting and treating many cardiac and vascular diseases during Health Quest’s Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn events happening throughout February. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Sharon Hospital will host no-cost, educational luncheons in honor of Heart Month. A nutritious meal will be served while the audience hears from cardiologists. Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess will also have nutrition counselors to speak about heart-healthy foods. Seating is limited and fills up quickly. Registration is required. To view the complete series and reserve a seat, visit healthquest. org/heartlunch.
Children’s learning center relocates Renaissance Kids, Inc., a creative learning center where students can develop skills to enrich their lives, has moved to a new location at 1343 Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. The new 1,500-square-foot facility contains a beautiful, fencedin, outdoor area. Programs have also expanded and include group classes in art, music, acting, singing, writing, and drums. They also offer private lessons for children and adults in piano, guitar, violin, singing, and drums, as well as Spring Break Camp, Summer Camp, workshops for small groups, birthday parties, and inschool and after-school programs. New students may enroll at any time. For more information visit, renkids.org or call (845) 452-4225.
Credit union donates toys to pediatric unit All children staying in the Pediatric Unit at Vassar Brothers Medical Center received a toy for Christmas this past December thanks to Mid-Hudson
Valley Federal Credit Union. The credit union recently hosted an event to support its sponsorship of The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program where they asked for a small donation, which they matched and provided the child with a bear to stuff. The event raised more than $400 for Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Visit mhvfcu.com for more info.
Abilities First welcomes new board member Thomas R. Davis, Managing Partner at Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP/ SRDD Law joins the Board of Directors for Abilities First. Abilities First is a nonprofit organization serving the needs of over 1,400 children and adults with developmental disabilities through educational, vocational, residential, and habilitation services in the Hudson Valley. For more information, visit AbilitiesFirstNY.org.
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Submit nominations for 2018 Headliner Awards
he Chamber’s ninth annual Headliner Awards, sponsored by Hudson Valley Fresh, will be presented at the April Contact Breakfast. Nominations can be submitted through February 15 to recognize and celebrate outstanding companies and Headliner Awards sponsored by
nonprofit organizations as well as individuals in the following categories: • Best Place to Work • Customer Service • Leadership in Business & Community • Outside-the-Box Innovator For more information on all of the categories, criteria, and to download the nomination form, visit dcrcoc.org/headliners-committee. Members of the community including employees, customers, friends, neighbors or the organization’s leaders are welcome to submit nominations. Self-nomi-
nations are also accepted. For additional information, or to have a copy of the nomination form sent to you, please contact the Chamber by calling (845) 4541700 ext. 1000.
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Generosity goes a long way towards a happy holiday “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” ~ Ronald Reagan
he 2017 Adopt-A-Family program was once again a tremendous success thanks to the generous support of our Chamber community. Since 2008, the Workforce
Development Center program participants have been recipients of that generosity. This year was above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. Because of our 30 donors we were able to deliver a holiday filled with joy and laughter to 26 families (88 parents and children!). There are no words to express our sincere gratitude. Please join us in thanking these generous supporters.
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M Congratulations to Youth Mission Outreach, Inc. on their grand opening of Needle In The Haystack Thrift Store. Stop in at 30 North Grand Ave. in Poughkeepsie.
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Congratulations to Antalek & Moore Insurance, celebrating 165 years in business as well as new partners Susan Antalek Pagones and Vincent Lemma. Visit them at 340 Main Street in Beacon.
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aybe you don’t have a browser of choice, but for many, the security and features of Google Chrome make it a first choice. Here are some special features even the most avid user may not be aware of to make surfing the Internet faster and more efficient. With Chrome’s tab-pinning feature, users can keep regular features such as Gmail or Google Drive parked on the left of any open tab so they are always accessible. Chrome can also identify tabs with audio playing and puts a speaker icon at the top. Users can right click and select ‘mute’ to silence the tab without leaving their current page. Similarly, Chrome has a feature to block auto-play videos. Type chrome:// f l ags/#autoplaypolicy into the URL bar, then from the auto-play policy, select ‘document user activation is required’ and then click ‘re-launch now.’ Another handy setting is for those users who want to start a
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new browsing session where they left off with the same tabs open. Visit Chrome’s ‘settings’ menu, scroll down to the ‘on startup’ list and select ‘continue where you left off.’ These are just a few of the tricks to optimize your Chrome browsing experience. Happy surfing! Jaime Butler, business development specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., contributed this article. For more information about IES, visit ies-ny. com or call (845) 226-9983.
he Chamber is pleased to welcome a new member to its dynamic full-time staff. Joshua Galow will be the new Membership Development Representative. Previously, Galow worked with Skytop Strategies, an Ulster County-based media company, facilitating business GALOW development and marketing relationships, creating outreach strategies, and generating leads. In his new role, he will
work closely with Director of Business Services Nancy DeWitt as the Chamber continues to focus on attracting new members and satisfying and retaining current ones. “We’re thrilled to welcome a new, talented addition to our team. I am confident Joshua will play an important role in our ongoing efforts to serve our local business community,” said the Chamber’s President and CEO Frank Castella, Jr. For more information on Chamber membership and promotional opportunities, call Joshua Galow at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chamber and Foundation board members, committee chairs, and select VIPs met for an open discussion with County Executive Marcus Molinaro. Thank you to our sponsor and host Marist College and sponsors S&O Construction Services, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP/SRDD Law, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank for making events like these possible.
Keeping Your Key People Nonprofit Seminar Thank you to everyone who joined the Nonprofit Committee for their workshop “Keeping Your Key People” featuring Kate Rabe of Kate Rabe Consulting. Thank you to Thrivent Financial and Cindy M. Smith CPA for sponsoring this event.
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Thank you to all of the women’s organization leaders in our community for joining The Women’s Leadership Alliance to discuss their missions and possible collaboration opportunities in the future. Thank you, especially to Thrivent Financial and GTM Payroll Services Inc. for sponsoring this event.
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Joining a committee is a great way to network, give back Hudson Valley Young Professionals Advisory Council
No matter which Chamber committee you volunteer on – we thank you for your commitment. Looking to get more involved? Committees are one of the most rewarding aspects of Chamber membership and are a great way to build relationships, network, and strengthen the community.
Business Education Provides informative and educational forums and workshops to Chamber members and guests relative to operating and promoting their businesses and organizations. Presenters include industry-professionals who are Chamber members to educate on various topics such as marketing, public relations, social media, utilizing the GERSHMAN WEEKS Chamber resources, networking, and more. CO-CHAIRS: Howard Gershman, Primerica and Ed Weeks, H.V. Social Media
Forty Under 40 Selection The Selection Committee is made up of past honorees and are responsible for reading, scoring and ranking community nominations in order to empirically choose the top Forty Under 40 Movers & Shakers in the region. Honorees are individuals who are committed to shaping our SIGNOR-BROWN BRONZI region and making it a better place for everyone. CO-CHAIRS: Candice Signor-Brown, Vassar College and Philip Bronzi, Tompkins Mahopac Bank
Advocates for job opportunity and economic growth, effective and efficient government, and for Chamber members to all levels of government. CO-CHAIRS: Paul Mancarella, De’S Jewelers and Philip Bronzi, Tompkins Mahopac Bank
Member Expos Responsible for planning and logistics of the Chamber’s annual Think Local First Business & Hospitality Expo giving businesses throughout the Hudson Valley the opportunity to market and showcase products, services, and job opportunities to business VRBA PAWENSKI professionals. CO-CHAIRS: Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and Scott Pawenski, Sciane Enterprises
Annual black-tie dinner for members and non-members recognizing community leaders in the Next Generation, Community Spirit, Good Neighbor, and Community Service categories. CHAIR: Maureen Kangas, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center
Provides young professionals with opportunities to learn, lead, grow personally and professionally, network effectively, and give back to the community. CO-CHAIRS: Geoff Brault, MidHudson Regional Hospital and Kaitlin Gisolfi, D’Arcangelo & Co.
These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals located in Dutchess County in the following categories: Best Place to Work, Customer Service, Leadership in Business & Community, and Outside-theBox Innovator. The committee is comprised of past honorees who read and rank community submitted nominations. Awards are SAMMON presented at the April Contact Breakfast. CHAIR: Jill Sammon, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
To retain and build the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce membership base and add value to its businesses and organizations. CO-CHAIRS: Cathy Secor, TD Bank and Tony D’Aquanni, Branding Pros
Nonprofit Committee Dedicated to providing resources and events for the nonprofit community to increase their benefit of Chamber membership. CHAIR: Jennifer Henion, Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and The American Science & Technology Center
Health & Wellness Steering Committee
Women’s Leadership Alliance
The goals of the committee are to create awareness of health and wellness throughout the Chamber and community; to provide venues for health industry Chamber members to promote their business or organization; to provide opportunities to include Chamber members’ families at Chamber events and activities; and to promote healthy living options to the community. CHAIR: Bob Gorman, Gorman’s Garage
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Special thanks to our volunteers and supporters
he Chamber Foundation plays an integral part in the lives of many youth and adults right here in our very own community. The services we provide could not be possible without our volunteers. They help with things such as planning events, overseeing the programming committee, and even mentoring youth and adults. Our success is due in large part to these volunteers; we would not be where we are today without each of them. It is estimated that more than 200 individuals donated close to 4,000 hours of their time last year. Thank you for helping The Cham-
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ber Foundation to be a strong and vibrant organization in our community and for contributing to our growth. To become a mentor or for more information on other volunteer opportunities, contact The Chamber Foundation at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1026.
Exploring career growth opportunities? Dealing with career challenges? Want to develop untapped potential? Are you a veteran seeking professional growth? Looking to attain professional or communication skills? Need focus to achieve your goals?
Join the Career Achievement Program for a remarkable mentorship opportunity Visit chamberfdn.org/programs/career-achievement-program. Applications are due March 16.
Here is what two of our mentors have to say: “Renée’s advice, support, and extensive network in the local community has helped me to launch and grow my business even faster than I thought possible. She has been there to help me identify the best first steps for getting my business off the ground, offer advice in client negotiations, and coach me through some of the bumps along the road. I am beyond grateful to Renée and the CAP program for offering me the support and guidance that I needed during this exciting transition in my life.” ~ Jennifer Stokum
“We me almost monthly in person and when we cannot meet, we talk either by phone or text. It is great to have someone who I can talk to about my concerns in a leadership role and to bounce ideas off of. Rebecca….encourages me to get out of my comfort zone. She has only made me a better leader. Thank You for this experience!” ~ Taﬀord Oltz
Want to be a mentor? OFFICERS Amy Dittmar, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas, Vice Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Peter Maher, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mid-Hudson Subaru Barbara E. Ostrander, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RBT CPAs, LLP Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS José L. Carrión . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wappingers Central School District Staci Cussick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Mutual Insurance Tina Hawkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Cap Cleaners Anthony Morando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Matthew Mullaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Cadillac-Buick-GMC Jennifer Pawenski. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Chazen Companies Al Torreggiani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Key Construction Services, LLC Robyn Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union David Wise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mackey Butts & Wise LLP FOUNDATION STAFF Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director Anne De Muro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Workforce Development Center Program Manager Brianne Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Programming Coordinator YOUTH ONE STOP STAFF 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
Visit chamberfdn.org/programs/career-achievement-program and apply today! “(As a mentor) it has challenged me to reflect on what has worked and what hasn’t in my own career, and draw from those insights to provide Jennie with the best I have to offer. I have felt the excitement of Jennie building her new business and experienced the vicarious gratification of that journey. I have most especially appreciated connecting with a true kindred spirit; someone whose intention it is to make our world better, healthier and stronger on many different dimensions. I feel as though I’ve received more than I’ve given, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.“ – Renée Fillette
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Be a part of the 30th Anniversary Leadership Dutchess Class of 2019! Learn about this remarkable growth opportunity at a free information session.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
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Career Action Center mentors are stationed in Poughkeepsie High School to provide students with the necessary skills to identify and pursue their career interests and/or obtain employment. Mentors also facilitate an intensive job and career readiness mentoring program to 50 juniors and seniors at Poughkeepsie High School. Career Action Center is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Walk-in career center mixes fun with career building By Nancy Herrera Career Action Center Mentor
he Career Action Center continues to work with Poughkeepsie High School juniors and seniors in its intense mentoring program. This year, students have considered a variety of questions such as “What career am I interested in?” or “How do I know what college is right for me?” The program
helps students work through these questions and many others. Throughout the year, educational and fun activities are incorporated into the program to help promote student development and teamwork. Students recently competed in the Marshmallow Challenge. Groups of four or five students built freestanding towers with dry spaghetti, tape, string, and
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 Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Students achieve HSE, see bright future By Rosemary Grabowska Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator
outh One Stop is proud to partner with community agencies to provide access to career and education opportunities for at-risk youth of Dutchess County. One such partnership is with Dutchess Community College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) class. Taught by Cliff Liu, this class meets in the Youth One Stop office space four days a week with 10 students currently enrolled. With a strong background in math, Liu is committed to helping his students attain diplomas, which in turn, open up a plethora of opportunities. “I often tell them, though they’re all very nice people, hopefully I won’t see them again after they [take their HSE] test,” Cliff said. “Meaning I hope they pass the test on the first try.” Having a high school diploma
a marshmallow. The goal was to make it strong enough to support the marshmallow and the team with the tallest structure won. Guest speakers are also a key component of the Career Action Center program. Lydia Hatfield from Hudson River Housing visited with the students, recently. She provided information about the services Hudson River Housing provides and demonstrated
the importance of community engagement. Lydia invited students to write and draw what they love about the community and then share their vision of the community in 5 to 10 years. Students highlighted the importance of schools, libraries, and parks. Others spoke about becoming doctors, teachers, and architects – all careers we are helping these students to explore and pursue at the Career Action Center.
The Workforce Connections Program comprises both education/training services and staffing resources. These organizations are often multifaceted 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.
Partnerships imperative to program’s success or equivalency has a vast impact on an individual’s employability. Without it, career options and upward mobility are limited, often locking individuals into minimum wage jobs. It is estimated those with high school or equivalency diplomas will earn, on average, $10,000 more annually than those without. This certificate shows employers the applicant is willing and able to put in the work and follow through with projects that take a long period of time, and proves proficiency in basic skills in various academic areas.
Youth One Stop also partners with Dutchess County BOCES Adult Learning Institute, referring youths needing to complete their education to their HSE classes. Between these partnerships, more than a dozen youth have attained an HSE diploma. According to a 2015 Urban Institute report, “parental education is closely related [to] the academic achievement of … children.” Essentially, children whose parents have completed high school or higher education are 30 percent more likely to finish school.
By Elizabeth Kwant Director of Workforce Connections
he Chamber has been offering Workforce Development programs since 1996 thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS). Last year marked the first full year of the Workforce Connections Program, a program designed to assist individuals with significant employment barriers succeed in finding and retaining employment, as well as accomplishing professional goals. In 2017, the Workforce Con-
nections Program enrolled 90 new individuals and worked one-on-one with 120 participants to identify barriers, overcome obstacles, and work toward securing employment. The strong partnership with DCFS, along with support and resources from other local organizations, has been crucial to the success of this program and its participants. The Workforce Connections team would like to extend their sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of their community partners. We are excited to celebrate all of the participants’ achievements and hope to assist many more individuals in accomplishing their goals.
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