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region. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, January 17 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 7:30 a.m. Chamber President and CEO, Frank Castella, Jr. will deliver a brief State of the Chamber update on 2017 accomplishments and 2018 plans. Pokalsky is responsible for management of The Business Council’s government affairs staff and overall legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts; he is also directly responsible for lobbying on economic development and taxation issues. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the SUNY

Albany Graduate School of Public Affairs and his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport. The Chazen ComPOKALSKY panies is the sponsor of the January Contact Breakfast. Founded 70 years ago, The Chazen Companies is an employeeowned, multidisciplinary firm providing engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning and traffic engineering to clients in the private and public

sectors. Chazen’s employees proudly collaborate with clients from project concept to completion, taking a customized approach to every project. With offices in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, North Country, Westchester County and Nashville, TN, Chazen delivers world-class performance focused on creating effective, long-term partnerships with its clients. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members with advance reservations or $30 at the door. Nonmembers can attend for $35. Payment in advance is required in order to expedite the check-in process.

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T 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.

he first Business After Hours of 2018 will be held Wednesday, January 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Shadows on the Hudson, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie. As always, complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. There is no charge to attend, however registration is required in advance. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and noshows will be charged a catering

fee. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. Mehl & Associates CPA’s and Quint Investments and Insurance proudly sponsor this event. Mehl & Associates was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing proactive, strategic, and valueadded services that most business owners live without. Starting in 2009 with only 15 clients, they have grown to currently serve over 600 individual clients and nearly 100 businesses with offices in

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Firmbach & Firmbach Certified Public Accountants

Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit hudsvonvalleycpas. com or call (845) 790-4443. At Quint Investments and Insurance Services, Wayne Quint, CFP and his growing team are dedicated to providing risk and investment management in conjunction with strategic wealth planning for individuals, families and businesses. Their primary focus is to provide unbiased opinions that are designed to achieve long term results, always acting as fiduciaries, putting their clients’ needs before their own. To learn more, visit quintii.com. Preceding the event will be the next Network, Present & Refer from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information on this targeted networking event, see Page 9.

Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and no-shows will be charged the full ticket price. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org to RSVP. The Ambassador Committee has partnered with the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods from breakfast attendees. Donations are greatly appreciated. Following the breakfast, the Nonprofit Committee will present a seminar “Keeping Your Key People” from 9-11 a.m. For more information, see Page 6.

Message from the Chair ............................ 2 Veteran-Owned Business of the Month ........... 3 Master Your Membership Lunch ................... 3 Message from the Chamber President ............ 4 New Members ....................................... 5 Ribbon Cuttings .....................................10 Secret Garden Gala ................................12 Workforce Development Center ..................12 The Chamber Foundation .........................14

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Looking forward to a successful 2018 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 Vince 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. Jennifer Van Tuyl, Esq. .................................................. Cuddy & Feder, LLP 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 ................................................... Dutchess County Government 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 Jean Harris .........................................................................Director of Events Loren Hoffman .......................... Communications & Marketing Coordinator Elena McPhee ........................................................... Director of Membership 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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irst, allow me to introduce myself—I am Jeffrey Senft, the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. in Pleasant Valley. I am honored to serve as the 2018 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. S & O Construction Services, Inc. provides heating, air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing services to a broad range of industries throughout the Hudson Valley. We have successfully performed this public work for 30 years as an open shop contractor for all phases of mechanical construction. We specialize in correctional facilities, hospitals, psychiatric centers, schools, military buildings, colleges and universities, water and sewer treatment plants, and serving New York

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Jeffrey B. Senft

State, the federal government, towns, and other municipalities. Throughout the years I have worked closely with business owners to help them achieve their construction goals and I hope to bring this skill to the table as Chair. I have served on the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee as well as its board for many years and I can say with confidence that the Chamber is a strong voice for the business community and an important resource, which I encourage you

to take advantage of to promote your business, but especially as a tool to make connections at the Contact Breakfasts, Business After Hours, and many other networking events. I am looking forward to helping to continue the mission of the Chamber, to support local businesses, and hope to see you at events throughout the year. Finally, I want to thank Rita McPeck, our outgoing chair, for doing a tremendous job the last year. The level of dedication and business acumen she brought to the table during her tenure was inspiring; I hope to rise to the standard she set. Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. Reach him at (845) 635-2916 or jsenft@ soconserv.com

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ecoming a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is just the beginning. Once you’re a part of the organization, a whole world of business education, political advocacy opportunities, networking and marketing services are at your fingertips. Whether a brand new member Master Your Membership sponsored by

or just getting back into the swing of things, the best place to start is by attending the new Master Your Membership event on Wednesday, January 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Chamber’s boardroom in Poughkeepsie. Lunch will be provided at this complimentary event thanks to our generous sponsor The Arc of Dutchess. Attendees will meet the Chamber staff and learn how the departments of membership, events, communications, The Chamber Foundation, and Workforce Development Center operate for the benefit of members. Information about all the services included with your membership dues will be provided and this is a great opportunity to ask questions. Born from the legacy of

Dutchess County’s Little Red Schoolhouse, a small vocational program of about 15 young adults has developed into one of the largest providers of support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County. Today, The

Arc of Dutchess provides diverse services across the age spectrum in every corner of the county. A workforce of 500 promotes and encourages the 1,000 individuals and families to discover and achieve what really matters to each person most.

Registration is required in advance. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and noshows will be charged a catering fee. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. Please, only one representative per company.

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he Law Office of Mark Smalec practices traffic ticket defense and court coverage for other attorneys in the Hudson Valley. “I take pride in what I do,” Smalec said. “Every case and every client is very important to me. I pay attention to details and study every case closely. I want each and every client to know they can count on me to represent them diligently by applying the skills I have developed over the past 31 years of … practice.” According to Smalec, practicing law is not just about the

law, it is about the people who are affected by legal issues and sufficiently empathizing with each case in order to effectively represent each client. “I have tried more than 20 jury trials in my career and recently attended the Advanced Trial Academy sponsored by the New York State Bar Association,” Smalec said. “No matter how much experience a lawyer has, he can always benefit by learning new techniques or refreshing old ones.” For more information, visit trafficticketdefenseny.com, call (845) 877-1777, or email ticket-

defense@optimum.net. Smalec served in the United States Army from 1970-1972 on the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squad at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Pine Bluff, AR. The Chamber is proud to join County Executive Marcus Molinaro and the Dutchess County Historical Society in supporting 2018 as the Year of the Veteran in Dutchess County by offering special promotional opportunities for our veteranowned member businesses. If you are, or know of a veteranowned business, visit dcrcoc.org/ veterans to enroll.

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Message from the

Chamber President Frank Castella, Jr.

Thank you for making 2017a successful year!

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s the New Year begins, I like to take time to reflect back. It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve as President & CEO and I cannot wait for this coming year and all the wonderful things we have planned. From ample networking opportunities to encouraging our members to take full advantage of all the tools at their disposal (and included in membership dues!) to market and promote themselves, 2018 promises to be exciting! 2017 has been a successful year! We rolled out the quarterly Chamber Network, Present & Refer, which helped our members monopolize their industry and make meaningful connections. We will continue with this very successful event on January 24 ahead of our Business After Hours. For more, see Page 9. We also have been working hard to ensure our members are prepared for the new laws they will have to be compliant with in 2018, such as the new minimum wage and Paid Family Leave. Visit our new Business Resources page online for more information on these and other issues pertinent to business owners and employees. This Chamber is part of a winning team of business owners and organizations who, together, can do great things. Moving into 2018, we will remain strong, working with elected officials on behalf of you, the business community. I encourage you to visit our Legislative Action Committee page online for more information on all of our ongoing efforts. I’d like to thank the Board of Directors, the staff, and especially you, the members, for your continued support. I hope you all have a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Frank M. Castella, Jr. President & CEO

UPCOMING

EVENTS Wednesday, January 10

Master Your Membership Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Chamber Conference Room Poughkeepsie Whether a brand new member, a new employee of a member, or a member just getting back into the swing of things, the best place to start is by attending the new Master Your Membership Lunch. Attendees will meet the Chamber staff and learn how the departments of membership, events, communications, The Chamber Foundation, and Workforce Development Center operate for the benefit of members. Call (845) 4541700, ext.1000 or email: chelsea@ dcrcoc.org Sponsored by: The Arc of Dutchess

Wednesday, January 17

Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly Contact Breakfast featuring a presentation by Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. He will discuss the 2018 economic outlook for New York State and the Hudson Valley region. This event also serves as the

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Chamber’s Annual Meeting. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee has partnered with our Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at our Contact Breakfast. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Sponsored by: The Chazen Companies

Wednesday, January 17

1RQSURŵW6HPLQDU Keeping Your Key People 9:30 - 11 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Keeping Your Key People ... From staff to volunteers to board members: Join us as we talk about employee retention and motivation specific to the nonprofit world. Featuring Kate Rabe, Kate Rabe Consulting. Sponsored by: Cindy M. Smith, CPA PC and Thrivent Financial

Tuesday, January 23

:/$&URVVLQJ the Bridge 12 - 1:30 p.m. Chamber Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Invitation only, please. Collaboration Meeting with Women’s Organization Leaders As the Women’s Leadership Alliance continues to develop as an organization, we’ve had the pleasure of discovering a multitude of local organizations whose missions also support women, girls and families. Many times we were surprised we hadn’t crossed paths before or realized we were having events on the same dates. The goal of this gathering is to find ways to work together and learn from one another to benefit the women in our community. Sponsored by: GTM Payroll Services and Thrivent Financial

Wednesday, January 24

Chamber Network, Present & Refer 3:30 - 5 p.m. Shadows on the Hudson 176 Rinaldi Blvd Poughkeepsie

A targeted networking event, limited to 25 Chamber members, one person per industry. Attendees will exchange information on his or her organization or company such as a brief business description, promoting upcoming events, and sharing brochures and/or business cards in a roundtable setting. Sponsored by: Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC

Wednesday, January 24

Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Shadows On The Hudson 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie The Chamber’s monthly networking event featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Sponsored by: Mehl & Associates, CPA’s and Quint Investments and Insurance

Saturday, February 3

6HFUHW*DUGHQ*DOD 5:30 - 11 p.m. The Grandview Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie Our annual gala is a premier black-tie event, featuring extended cocktail hour, full three course dinner, premium open bar, great music and exciting activities! More info & to RSVP, visit www. dcrcoc.org/gala

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Nonprofit seminar to focus on team, volunteer development

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hen it comes to the nonprofit world, the delivery of a mission statement is only as strong as the team standing behind it. From employees to board members and all of the volunteers in between, how do we engage, motivate and retain when money is not the most important factor? The Chamber’s Nonprofit Committee will host its next seminar “Keeping Your Key People,” sponsored by Cindy M. Smith, CPA PC and Thrivent Financial, on Wednesday, January 17 starting at 9 a.m., following the Contact Breakfast at

the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. This complimentary interactive workshop, presented by Kate Rabe of Kate Rabe Consulting, will focus on the importance of communication, company culture, and employee motivation for all levels of nonprofit organizations. Registration is required in advance. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and noshows will be charged a catering fee. RSVP by calling (845) 4541700, ext. 1000.

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he Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has had the pleasure of discovering many local organizations whose missions also support women, girls, and families. The second Crossing the Bridge Luncheon to discussed collaboration opportu-

nities will be held on Tuesday, January 23 starting at noon at the Chamber’s offices in Poughkeepsie to discuss how the WLA and other women’s organizations can continue to join forces in 2018.

Attendees should bring plenty of business cards and brochures as well as sending a brief description of their organization and contact information to include in a printed booklet. This is

an invitation-only event and is complimentary thanks to sponsors GTM Payroll and Thrivent Financial. Registration is required in advance. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and no-shows will be charged a catering fee. RSVP by calling (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000.

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Magazine names new publisher Hudson Valley Magazine, part of Today Media, has announced the appointment of Dan Burnside as Publisher. The region’s leading lifestyle publication, Hudson Valley Magazine celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2017. Burnside joins Hudson Valley Magazine from The Blue Book Building and Construction Network. In his new role, he will oversee the sales and marketing teams. Jack Driscoll retains his title of Associate Publisher and will focus full-time on business development and advertising sales. Ralph Martinelli will become the Group Publisher of Hudson Valley Magazine, along with Westchester Magazine, Westchester Home, 914INC., and Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings.

Elementary school teachers across the United States are now able to access a new, free online resources hub that provides targeted resource recommendations from the best-of-breed OER providers. TeacherAdvisor.org uses IBM’s Watson technology to help teachers make more efficient and informed instructional decisions for all students, and has over 2,000 high-quality lesson plans, activities, proven teaching strategies, and videos, all specially chosen to meet teachers’ needs. This philanthropic initiative from the IBM Foundation, built in collaboration with teachers, education leaders, and providers of best in class content is freely available to any teacher looking to boost their expertise and Professionals outline holiday help students of all ability levels fire prevention guide master grade-level math content. Lisa Ann Smith of SERVPRO® Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v= of NW and SE Dutchess County AYcqevuR8sI&feature=youtu.be to cautions home owners to follow learn more about the tool. some important American Red Cross guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to prevent Team supports local costly and potentially deadly fires. families in need Place holiday decorations at The Bechtel Cricket Valley least three feet away from heat Energy Center project team sup- sources. Purchase flame-retardant ported local Dutchess County metallic or artificial trees. Frefamilies in need. In November, the quently water live trees. Check team donated food to provide 8 lo- light strings and other holiday cal Dutchess County families with a decorations; do not use those Thanksgiving meal. They are cur- with frayed electrical cords and rently supporting the local Dutchess always follow the manufacturer’s County Adopt-A-Family program, instructions. Keep flammable and are sponsoring 5 families in items, including curtains and Dover Plains, including 11 children. holiday decorations, at least three The team also adopted a sixth family feet away from candles. Place canthat suffered a devastating house fire dles on non-flammable surfaces and never leave lit candles unaton Thanksgiving Day. Overall, the team has con- tended. Ensure all candles and tributed over $10,000 in gifts and smoking materials are properly

extinguished and always unplug decorations before leaving home or going to bed. “If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property,” said Smith. “Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.” For more information, contact Smith at (845) 635-4550 or rcrawford@servpronwsedutchess.com.

Coffee shop opens second location The Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie’s only true coffee house has officially opened its second location at Poughkeepsie Galleria. Its flagship location is on Raymond Avenue near Vassar College. The Crafted Kup offers handcrafted espresso beverages and locally roasted organic coffees and teas. Proudly serving locally made baked goods and bagels, The Crafted Kup is the perfect start or finish to any day. Learn more by visiting thecraftedkup.com.

Landscape architect joins engineering firm The Chazen Companies recently welcomed Linda Stancliffe, RLA, LEED® AP as Senior Landscape Architect and Project Manager in the Land Development Group. She has over 25 years of experience in site design, streetscape and roadway design, storm water management systems, environmental planning and state environmental quality review (SEQR) documentation. She has managed design teams for a wide variety of projects throughout northeast New York and is a registered landscape architect in New York, Vermont, Maine and Pennsylvania. Learn more at www.chazencompanies.com.

Local business now MBE and WBE certified Greenergy Productions, LLC is pleased to announce their recent Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification awarded by New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD). This allows them eligibility to bid on state contracts. Greenergy Productions, LLC is a full-service production company based in New York. Founded in 2010, by Lauren Drummond, a freelance entertainment/travel journalist whose mission is to create events that supports the creative life of our region, execute marketing, publicity, advertising, media and promotion campaigns. They have been producing the annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest, which brings together a multi-cultural audience while highlighting regional vineyards, local craft brewery, farmers, and arts and crafts coupled with showcasing an international mix of music and food. For more info, visit putnamcountywinefest.com.

Fidelis Care receives 5 stars For the third year in a row, Fidelis Care received an overall quality rating of 5 stars for health plan performance as part of the New York State Department of Health’s 2017 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans. The ratings are based on measures such as preventive and well care, quality of care, and member satisfaction. Fidelis Care is the only 5-Star plan in the Central, Hudson Valley, Northeast, and Western regions, and one of only two plans in the NYC and Long Island regions to earn this distinction. Fidelis Care’s 5-star quality rating for Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus reinforces it’s dedication to our members and

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Marketing communications manager named Tompkins Financial Corporation, parent company of Tompkins Mahopac Bank, has announced Abby Peterson has been named the company’s marketing communications manager. In her new role, Peterson will oversee marketing communications efforts for Tompkins Financial’s community banks, including Tompkins Mahopac Bank in the Hudson Valley, along with Tompkins Trust Company in central New York, Tompkins Bank of Castile in western New York, and Tompkins VIST Bank in southeastern Pennsylvania. More information is available at www.mahopacbank.com.

Nonprofit names new board members Greystone Programs, Inc., a Hopewell Junction-based nonprofit that serves children and adults with autism and their families in five Hudson Valley counties, has announced the appointment of two new board members, Renee Valles and Peter Sestito. Valles is a marketing consultant with more than 20 years of experience in U.S. and global biopharmaceutical/healthcare marketing, including a focus on launching new products. Sestito currently serves as assistant vice president, branch manager at Rhinebeck Bank in East Fishkill, where he maintains branch operations, is responsible for small business lending, contributes to local business development and is involved in community events. To learn more, visit www. greystoneprograms.org


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tendee will be invited to take 10 minutes to present an overview of his or her organization. The representative from the event sponsor will likewise have the opportunity to present. Guest presenters will be chosen at random from attendees registered at least one week in advance. In order to diversify these events, Members are limited to attending a maximum of two and presenting at one Network, Present, & Refer events per year. Thanks to our generous sponsor, this event is complimentary to attend. Registration is required in advance. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and noshows may be charged a catering fee if food is served. RSVP by calling (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000.

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Tips to achieve your New Year’s resolutions in 2018 By April Dearden Health & Wellness Club

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hinking about a New Years Resolution? You’re not alone. According to a statisticbrain.com 2017 report, about 41 percent of Americans usually make a New Year’s Resolution. However, only 9.2 percent felt they successfully achieved it. This low success rate could be due to a lack of planning and emotional attachment to the goal. Here are my three steps to achieving a goal:

If, for example, your goal is to lose weight, think about why you want to lose the weight. If you said, “I want to lower my cholesterol, reduce my risk of heart disease and live a longer, healthier life,” now you have an emotional connection to your goal.

Step 2: Make a S.M.A.R.T. plan Be SPECIFIC. Specific goals address the what, why and how. Your what is to lose 20 pounds, the why is to lower cholesterol, and the how is to make sustainable lifestyle changes. By avoiding quick fixes, you can make a change for life. Keep it MEASURABLE. Measurable goals are concrete and observable. Create a tracker to docu-

New Android app manages storage By Jaime M. Butler

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e’ve all gotten the notification that our phone or tablet is running out of storage. The panic sets in as we try to identify unused or unnecessary apps or how much space will open up by moving files and pictures to the cloud. Well, panic

no more; Google has recently launched app to help manage storage quickly and easily. The “Files Go” app for Android devices features a meter on its homepage that clearly displays used vs. available

storage space. Below that are recommendations on how to free up space. The app also can recommend unused apps to uninstall, unnecessary or duplicate files to delete, and can point out exceptionally large

ment progress. Keep it ACHIEVABLE. By breaking your goal down into smaller pieces, you are more likely to reach it. Keep it REWARDING. This means making more positive statements and decisions. For example, if your goal is to cut out sweets at night you could say, “I will have a handful of berries as my nighttime treat” rather than “I will not eat ice cream at night.” Be TIME BOUND. Give yourself a clear target by putting an end point on the goal. files to move to the cloud as well. The file manager breaks down each type of file installed to easily delete, back up, or manage any files on your phone or tablet. It’s not as obvious, but the Files Go app also allows devices to connect to each other using a secure hotspot connection to share files; just approve

Step 3: Utilize resources Ask what resources will you need to accomplish your goal. Will you need to enlist an expert, join a support group or the gym, or buy home equipment? Make a list of what you need to succeed. Enjoy a free online course from New Normal Lifestyle’s Wellness Academy at wellnessacademy.life/p/goalsetting and set yourself up for success. April Dearden, is a certified nutritionist and owner of New Normal Lifestyle, Inc. Reach her at april@ nnls4u.com or visit nnls4u.com the connection! This app will certainly make New Year’s resolutions to get organized a little easier to accomplish. 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.

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Chamber to honor community leaders at Secret Garden Gala 2018 Gala Sponsors R eservations are now being accepted for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Secret Garden Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, where several local businesses and individuals will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the community. Attendees of the Secret Garden Gala will be mesmerized by twinkling lights and whimsical décor while dining on a sumptuous menu of delicacies. Guests will dance the night away to entertainment from Cloud NYne and will have the opportunity to win an array of prizes. For ticketing information, visit dcrcoc.org/ gala or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. The Good Neighbor award is bestowed annually to a local business demonstrating great corporate citizenship through volunteerism and support of the community and our nonprofit partners. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated utility that provides affordable and reliable electricity and natural gas to nearly 1 million people in portions of eight counties of the Hudson River Valley. A subsidiary of Fortis Inc., Central Hudson is headquartered in Poughkeepsie and delivers

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energy in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District in Albany. The company’s more than 1,000 employees pride themselves on a commitment to integrity, hard work and accountability, and they carry forward a strong and unique dedication to the posterity of local customers and communities. Through financial and volunteer support of the United Way, the Chamber and its Foundation, and hundreds of other nonprofit causes, Central Hudson and its employees continue a more-than-century-long devotion to making our region a great place to live, work and raise a family. The Community Spirit Award is given annually to an individual who visibly embraces the community in order to make it a better place to live and work. Joe Daily of Q92, known by many as the “Morning Mayor of the Hudson Valley,” has Joe Daily been entertaining audiences, both on-air and in person, for over 40 years! For his many loyal listeners of all ages, his warmth and quick wit have become a happy part of their morning

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routine. Besides providing music, information and lots of chuckles, Daily encourages and supports the community and the organizations and businesses that call the Hudson Valley home. A firm believer in the power of radio to entertain, inspire, encourage and motivate, Daily spends many hours participating in a variety of community events, lending his on- and off-air support to many local organizations, including the Chamber and The Chamber Foundation, working to improve the lives of the residents of the Hudson Valley. The Next Generation Awards are conferred upon businesses that have survived the test of time and been passed successfully from generation to generation. Devon Luty and her husband, Mark Swenson, Jr., are the third gen-

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eration of Poughkeepsie-based Dorsey Metrology International, which, since 1955, has offered a wide array of inspection products, as well as craftsman services, to a variety of companies. Haeley Rios is a second generation master stylist at Marion Salon Spa, which her mother started in the family basement before opening the first storefront in Pleasant Valley in 1999 and relocated to Salt Point in May of 2017. The Community Service Award is given to an individual who selflessly gives of their time and talent to improve the community in which we live, work, and thrive. Nevill Smythe, owner of Smythe Consulting, is a philanthropic Nevill Smythe consultant specializing in planned giving programs, fundraising, and general non-profit management. He is currently board President of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County; board Secretary for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, and a board member at Community Family Development. He was the Development Chair for the 2016-17 New York Special Olympic Winter Games. He served as President and Treasurer of the Planned Giving Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and is a past-Chair of The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

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Program to expand workshops to encourage self-care “A new year, a new you!” is the motto for the Workforce Connections Program as we look forward to 2018. This is the perfect time to set new, healthy goals for this casemanagement program. Participants are supported through the process of finding and retaining employment, job readiness training, and one-on-one mentoring and, this year, our workshops will expand to focus on the individual as a whole being, encouraging a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Self-care is an important tool for success. Participants will learn how to manage stress, maintain good hygiene practices and regular exercise, and we’ll even offer a few culinary classes and practice techniques for boosting positive thinking and soothing meditation. All of these lessons will benefit each participant’s

personal and professional life. Workshops are offered throughout the week, but we also have family time scheduled weekly at TEA, or Thursday Evening Activities, where children and parents can socialize and find support in a safe environment. 2018 promises many opportunities for hands-on and creative expression as well as outdoor activities such as walks and hiking. We will also be implementing a feedback system to ensure we are creating a healthy and solid foundation to meet the needs of each individual. Happy New You! To learn more about this program, visit dcrcoc.org/workforcedevelopment-center. 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.

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Youth Spotlight By: Rosemary Grabowska Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator

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hen members of The Chamber Foundation Board next meet, there will be a new face at the table as Youth One Stop participant, Terrance Clark, joins the board. Each year the Board invites a participant to sit in on the bimonthly meeting and have the opportunity to observe the nonprofit’s operational procedures, develop professional skills, and make connections. Terrance joined Youth One Stop in August of 2016 and wasted no time in taking advantage of its resources. While employed at Best Western Inn, Terrance applied for and received assistance to attend

the Dutchess BOCES Certified Nursing Assistant class. After attaining his certificate, he began an internship with Wingate at Ulster, which led to a full-time position! Currently, Terrance works at both Wingate and Best Western, and is attending Dutchess Community College to become certified as a phlebotomist. Terrance is looking forward to serving on The Chamber Foundation’s board and is hoping to learn how to create a scholarship fund with his friends. 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.

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Employment Spotlight By Nancy Herrera Career Action Center Mentor

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nternships at the Career Action Center are an important way for students at Poughkeepsie High School to explore careers and feel connected to the business community. Internships not only give students experience and insight, but help develop the professional skills needed for the workplace and introduces opportunities he or she may not have known were available. Over the past three years, businesses in the community have opened their doors to students. Vincent “Vinny” Lawrence, Head Athletic Trainer at Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, has eagerly taken on multiple stu-

dents throughout the school year who are interested in a career as a Athletic Trainer. “The Career Action Center is providing scholars with an opportunity to observe occupations in a real world setting. …I’m honored to be a part of this program … I feel scholars come away with a greater appreciation of the hard work it requires to become a certified athletic trainer and the dedication [it] takes to be successful in the field” Lawrence said. Lawrence will be hosting at least four student interns this school year. The staff at the Career Action Center would like to thank the whole team at Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County for providing these opportunities to the young scholars of Poughkeep-

sie High School. For more information on hosting a student intern, contact Nancy Herrera at nherrera@ dcrcoc.org Career Action Center is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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he New Year is a time to reflect and see what changes we can make and challenges we can overcome. The Leadership Programs of The Chamber Foundation are a good place to start! With signature programming that has been a staple in the Hudson Valley, why not explore the possibility of learning and growing with us? Youth Leadership: Open to incoming high school sophomores and juniors, Youth Leadership is an innovative, leadership development program designed to enrich the academic, social and life skills of area youth. Students will have opportunities for substantive

interaction with his or her peers, community based service organizations, institutions of higher education, and professionals from local industry. First year students learn how to operate a student-based company while building and enhancing their soft skills. Second year students work on career readiness and post high school education planning including a 20-hour business internship. Youth Leadership is once a month in the evening and is filled on a first come, first served basis. Applications are due June 1, 2018 Leadership Dutchess: A leadership program for professionals of all ages, Leadership Dutchess has been dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within

our community. This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. Leadership Dutchess sessions and all course work contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership. Sessions are full day and held monthly. Save the Date – Leadership Dutchess will hold an information session on February 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 to reserve a sport today. Program applications are due June 1, 2018 Career Achievement Program: The Career Achievement Program is a yearlong platform, designed to connect experienced professionals with individuals who are looking for guidance and support. The complimentary program fosters a oneon-one relationship to enhance professional growth, lead-

ership skills, entrepreneurship and self-confidence and is not limited to a specific demographic. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to set achievable goals and meet monthly to work toward completion of these goals. Application

deadline is March 16, 2018. Fulfill your New Year’s resolution and join us! For a more information and applications, please visit ChamberFDN.org and click on the Leadership tab or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1026.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Calling all local students! With eight unique scholarships available, one of the missions of The Chamber Foundation is to provide scholarships for local students attending college/trade school. Applications are due April 1. www.chamberfdn.org/scholarships-1

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SRDD Law DIRECTORS 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 Christopher Short. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DragonSearch 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

Congratulations to the 11 amazing women who were chosen for the class of 2017 ATHENA International Awards here in the Hudson Valley. Thank you to the sponsors – Gold: IBM and KeyBank; Silver: The Arc of Dutchess, Mackey Butts & Wise LLP, ServiceMaster Restore by NEST, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank; Bronze: Dutchess Community College, McCabe Special thanks to: & Mack LLP, Attorneys-At-Law, and Mid-Hudson Subaru and Rhinebeck Ford; Profile: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Supporting: Adams Fairacre Farms and The Chazen Companies; VIP Reception presented by: MidHudson Regional Hospital; VIP Reception sponsors: DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and Wainright Financial Solutions. Thanks to Villa Borghese for hosting and sponsoring our keynote speaker table, and to everyone who came out to celebrate the achievements of these inspirational individuals. Special thanks to Dr. Kathy Magliato for her wonderful keynote address.


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Nominations for Forty Under 40 close Jan. 10

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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker Awards, an honor presented annually to laudable people under the age of 40 making the Hudson Valley a better place to live and work. Complete details and an online nomination form are available at dcrcoc.org/40under40. All nominations must be received by January 10th and winners will be notified by the end of the month. Now in its 13th year, the Mover & Shaker Awards identify and honor the next generation of leaders in our area who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley. Self-nominations as well as nominations for more than one person are accepted. Nominees must be between 18 and 39 years of age before April 5, 2018. Prior yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Forty Under 40 nominations can be re-submitted for consideration. Nominations should share,

2017 Adopt-A-Family a huge success in detail, the individualsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accomplishments both within the community and his or her professional endeavors. A panel of judges comprised of previous Forty Under 40 Award recipients will determine the 2018 honorees. The Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker Awards celebration is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2018. Visit dcrcoc.org/40under40 for more details.

The families of the Workforce Development Center often feel the stress of the season, and many worry about how to provide the Christmas they want to give their children, which is why the Chamber has hosted its Adopt-A-Family program since 2008. This year, through the amazing generosity and giving spirit of our Chamber community, more than 25 participating families will not have to feel the worry. The presents are arriving and Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elves are busy, busy, busy working to deliver a holiday filled with joy and laughter.

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