January 2013 Bottom Line

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Bottom Line JANUARY 2013

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Breakfast will feature State of the Chamber

Small Business Partner of the Month.............. 3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Member Spotlight.....................................4 Gala Next Generation Award Winners .............5 Upcoming Events......................................6 Smart Card Deals .....................................7 Member News ...................................... 8-9 New Members ...................................10-11 Ribbon Cutting Pictures ........................12-13 The Chamber Foundation.......................... 14 Suits and Sneakers.................................. 16

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hamber President and CEO Charlie North will address members and present the State of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce during the January Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, January 16 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. North’s speech will lay out the Chamber’s areas of focus for the upcoming year as well as outline new features and benefits of membership. Highlighting the presentation will be the first public unveiling of the Chamber’s new website and a brief walkthrough of its new features, many of which members will be able to immediately take advantage of following the event. The morning gathering also serves as the Chamber’s annual meeting. In addition to the State of the Chamber, attendees will also be introduced to the new board of directors and the committee chairs for 2013. The breakfast will mark Jill Sammon’s first as Chairperson. The Chazen Companies spon-

sors the January Contact Breakfast. Not-for-profit members from the Community at Brookmeade and the American Cancer Society will also be in attendance. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.

The Chamber invites all members to attend our Annual Meeting/January Contact Breakfast

Step out of the Shadows for Business After Hours

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he first Business After Hours networking get together is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 at Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie from 5-7 p.m. As always, Chamber members are invited to mix and mingle and a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. While there is no charge to attend any Business After Hours, advance registration is requested. Visit dcrcoc.org to reserve your

place. All Access Dental, The Brake Shop and Quint Investments and Insurance sponsor the January Business After Hours. Shadows on the Hudson’s prime location affords us one-of-akind, truly grand views of the MidHudson Bridge to the north and miles of open river to the south. Their menu has a broad appeal with a focus on seafood and steaks. Visit shadowsonthehudson.com to learn more. All Access Dental is a network

of comprehensive family dentistry practices. Each All Access Dental office has a caring and highly trained staff. They take great pride in serving their patients and have assembled a professional staff that combines expertise, experience & efficiency with the warm personal touch that all patients have come to expect. For more information, visit allaccessdental.net. With 15 years of experience, The Brake Shop has quickly become one of the premier automo-

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tive service facilities in Dutchess County, handling much more than just brakes. To find out how Mike and his team can service your automobile, visit thebrakeshoponline. com. Quint Investments and Insurance, headed by Chamber associate board member Wayne Quint, can offer guidance when it comes to financial planning and other monetary matters. For a special oneon-one consultation with Wayne, email wquint@quintii.com.

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