Bottom Line - January 2015

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Breakfast features 2015 State of the Chamber

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Message From The Chair ........................... 2 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4 Small Business Partner of the Month ............. 5 Upcoming Events and Ribbon Cuttings .............. 6 New Member Lunch ................................. 7 Chamber Member Anniversaries ................8-9 New Members.......................................10 Ribbon Cutting Photos .........................12-13 Member News.......................................11 The Chamber Foundation .........................14 Member Spotlight - Good Reasons ............... 15

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

osting the first major event of his tenure as President and CEO, Frank Castella, Jr. will deliver the annual State of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce address at the January Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, January 21 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. The event also serves as the Chamber’s annual meeting. Castella’s remarks will allow him to officially introduce himself to the Chamber community as well as lay out his vision for the organization. Key partnerships will be highlighted and points of emphasis for the upcoming year will be revealed. Castella is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident, former small business owner and past chair of the Dutchess County Regional Chamebr of Commerce. The Chazen Companies proudly sponsors the January Contact Breakfast. An employee-owned firm of engaged and motivated pro-

fessionals working collectively and collaboratively to provide clients with high quality consulting services, Chazen offers its engineering, land surveying, environmental and landscape architecture services to a wide array of clients including municipalities, state agencies and nonprofits. Learn more at chazencompanies.com. Not-for-profit members from the American Heart Association will also be in attendance. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Workforce Development Center. Breakfast tickets Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

cost $25 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $30 at the door. Non-members can attend for $35. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.

If there are cancellations or delays for Dutchess County schools, all morning committee meetings are cancelled with the exception of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings. Information will be posted to the Chamber’s website and Facebook page by 6:30 a.m. The status of afternoon meetings, ribbon cuttings and events will be posted as well.

Business After Hours networking heading back to Shadows bar will be available. There is no charge to attend Business After Hours, however pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Sedore and Company, CPAs, The Brake Shop and Quint Investments and Insur-

ance proudly sponsor this event. With offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Port Jervis, Sedore and Company is a full-service CPA firm that provides accounting and consulting services to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals in

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he first official networking event of 2015, the January Business After Hours, will be held Wednesday, January 28 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


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A challenge from Board Chairman Officers Joseph Bonura, Jr., Chair ........................................................The Grandview John Davies, 1st Vice Chair......................................................Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, 2nd Vice Chair ............................................................KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Treasurer ............................................... Red Cap Cleaners Jeffrey Senft, Secretary................................S & O Construction Services, Inc. Ori Brachfeld, Past Chair .......................................Dash Lock & Key Service Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ...... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Jan Dewey .....................................................................Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ...................State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Bill Francis ....................................................Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi .................................................. Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................... McCabe & Mack LLP Vincent R. Lander...... Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. William Lessner ............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. ..................................................Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer ................................................................Chazen Companies Patrick Moore...................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Michael Mullaney............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Art Nizza........ MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center Scott Pawenski .............................................................................EmbroidMe Stuart Petrovits ...................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. David Ping .................................................................................Health Quest Vincent Ricotta ........................................ Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Mary Schoonmaker .......................................................................... TD Bank Mike Spinelli..........................................................................The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl............................................................ Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tina Walz................................................................................... M & T Bank Tom Weddell................ Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager .............................................................. Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members James Lentz ...........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Daniel Lepore........................................................................ LCS Companies Chamber Staff Frank Castella, Jr. ................................................................ President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban ................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson ............................................... Director of Member Services Pamela J. Balga..................................................................Director of Finance Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Communications Loren Hoffman ............................................. Community Relations Specialist Dee Richter............................................................... Director of Membership Angela Signor ..........................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ......................................................... Vice President of Events The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director Nancy DeWitt...................................................................................Associate Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin ....................... Vice President of Workforce Development Stephanie Seymour .................................... Director of Workforce Operations Maryann McKenzie ............................................... Director of Youth Services Elizabeth Kwant .................................................Director of Step Up Program Tim Meyer ........................................................................Work Now Mentor Karen Williams..................................................................Work Now Mentor Career Action Center Staff Katrina Gobins.............................................Director of Career Action Center Dylan Miyoshi ..................................................Career Action Center Mentor Youth One Stop Staff Jesse Crisalli ....................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Diane DeDominicis .................................................. Youth One Stop Mentor Kadiyah Lodge ................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Jessica Vitolano ...............................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Ashley Wright............................................ Youth One Stop Services Specialist

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y name is Joe Bonura, Jr., and I’m honored and excited to serve as chairman of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2015. I would like to begin by recognizing the outstanding leadership of; our Immediate Past Chair, Ori Brachfeld; our outgoing President, Charlie North; and our outgoing Senior VP, Gloria Cukar. I have worked with all of these fine people very closely over the past several years, and while I am sad to see them move on, I am grateful for the current state of the Chamber and excited about our very bright future. Frank Castella, our new President and CEO, and the entire Chamber staff are really amazing

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR:

Joseph Bonura, Jr.

people who are full of the ideas and energy necessary to take this Chamber and business community into its next phase of growth. It is my pleasure to work with them. Sometimes I’m asked by non-members why they should consider becoming a duespaying member. As a longtime businessperson in the Hudson Valley, I can say from experience that it is extremely important to have a strong Chamber, and that

we support our Chamber. The organization provides business advocacy on behalf of us all, and I can see that vocal advocacy growing in the future. Our Chamber provides dozens and dozens of efficient and well-executed events each year, and the list of benefits goes on and on. However, being a Chamber member is in some ways like joining a gym: your membership is only effective if you actually show up. With that in mind, I challenge each of our members to attend an event that they don’t normally go to at least once in the next three months. Provide us your feedback and we will work hard for you to make this the best Chamber in all the land. Joe Bonura Jr. is Managing Partner at Bonura Hospitality Group.

Chamber promotes two on staff

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ich Kleban will become the Chamber’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, replacing Gloria Cukar. Cukar has accepted a position as Senior Director of External Affairs with M i d Hu d s o n Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. KLEBAN Kleban, previously Vice President of Communications, has been with the Chamber since 2011. He is the former Managing Editor of the Poughkeep-

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 33 Henry Street • Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 32 • Number 1 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Online at www.dcrcoc.org, developed by Design Intervention Studio PK-0000196926

sie Journal and he has 25 years of management experience. “Rich has done an outstanding job since arriving at the Chamber, elevating our Communications D e p a r t m e nt and helping promote the Chamber and all our programs,” former President and CEO Charles BRAULT S. North said. “I couldn’t be happier to have the ability to move him into this role. We won’t miss a beat.” “Of course we are sorry to see

Gloria go, but the Chamber is in good hands with Rich as Senior Vice President,” said Frank M. Castella, Jr., incoming President and CEO of the Chamber. “We are such a strong and vibrant organization, and we look forward to continuing to best serve the regional business community.” Kleban will oversee the Membership, Events and Communications Departments in his new role. Geoff Brault will become Director of Communications, managing the department that maintains the Chamber’s websites, produces the monthly newsletter, annual publications and promotional vehicles throughout the year.


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he Chamber’s annual Gala is set for Saturday evening, February 7, 2015, and it

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The deadline for nominations is January 23!

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February 7, 2015 Platinum Sponsor:

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place at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Health Quest is the Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 Gala. Among the honorees that evening will be: • Charles S. North, former President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce • Next Generation Award winners will be N&S Supply and Tim Doyle Funeral Home Tickets for the 2015 Annual Gala are available by visiting www. dcrcoc.org/gala. Corporate tables, digital ads and congratulatory messages are also available. Anyone with questions or needing further information is invited to call Carmela Spreer, Vice President of Events, at 845-4541700 ext. 1006.

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et up early and network with fellow Chamber members at Early Bird Connections. The January Early Bird Connections event will take place on Tuesday, January 6 from 7:30-9 a.m., at Warlock Athletics located at 1097 Route 55 in Lagrange. This event is sponsored by People’s United Bank. Also save the date for the February Early Bird Connections, scheduled for Tuesday, February 3. Early Bird Connections is a speed-networking event that allows

you to interact with other Chamber members and deliver a two-minute promotional pitch to all those in attendance. The goal of the event is to develop meaningful business relationships and discuss your business. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most important-

ly, it produces results. This event is complimentary and industry-exclusive. Attendance is industry-exclusive so sign up early. Reserve your spot today by calling the Chamber at 845454-1700 ext. 1000

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Message from the

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elcome to my first official newsletter column as President and CEO of the Chamber! It is an honor to address you in this capacity and I truly appreciate the many congratulations and support offered by the membership. While I’m glad you’re reading our newsletter, I also hope you’ll join me at the Contact Breakfast on January 21 to hear the State of the Chamber and learn more about the future direction of the Chamber moving forward. I’m eager about the work ahead of us. I believe we can further spread our message of ‘Think Local First’ throughout the community, while continuing to brand Dutchess County and the whole Hudson Valley. We have a unique physical opportunity with many wonderful assets to capitalize on for both tourism and commerce. That is, after all, one of the core functions of a Chamber. Another major role of this Chamber is lobbying on behalf of our members; working with elected officials to achieve the results necessary to inspire and develop new and existing businesses. We also strive to bring our members together with our elected officials, so they can meet face-to-face. We are also continuing to inspire change within government to benefit development within our region and will continue to host events where members can question those in power both locally and nationally.

These are only a few initiatives we focus on at the organization, but we cannot do it alone. Here in Dutchess County, we have a business community that believes in the value of a strong, centralized voice and rest assured you have a robust Chamber to make your opinions heard. We need to continue to band together as one to stimulate the reform which will bring about progress and in order to do so we need to grow the Chamber membership base. All businesses can benefit from Chamber membership and we need your help to convince them of the importance to be associated with likeminded individuals. With your support we can continue to be the ‘union’ on behalf of all businesses. You likely have a colleague, friend, client, vendor or maybe the person who owns the shop down the block that needs to be a part of this community. Please, encourage them to join. Tell them why you joined, affiliated and what you get out of it. Then visit dcrcoc.org/referrals and let us know you did. The Chamber, like your business, looks forward to a happy and prosperous year of growth in 2015.

Sincerely,

Frank Castella, Jr. President & CEO

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f you’ve been interested in streaming media on your TV, there are quite a few options on the market and it may be hard decipher what the differences are and what would best suit your needs. Let’s take a look at the top three contenders in the streaming media race: Roku has a total of four options available to consumers – versions 1-4, with 3 being the most highly recommended. What makes the Roku stand out is that it has over 1,700 apps, including a massive channel library for Netflix, Amazon Instant and HBO Go just to name a few. If you don’t want to disturb others, you can plug headphones into the remote of versions 2 and 3 and listen to whatever you are streaming as it automatically mutes your

TV. The Roku 3 is also the fastest of the models, making it feel more responsive than others you might use. It also allows you to search for a title across many services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant. Google Chromecast is next up and how do you beat $35? It looks like a regular USB stick, so there isn’t any “box” you need to find space for. It covers all the major apps you’ll need like Netflix, YouTube and more. The biggest downside of this device is that it doesn’t have a true TV-based user interface. Everything is controlled through your smartphone or tablet, which means you may need to unlock your device every time you want to pause or rewind.

Now we come to Apple TV. If you are a fan of the Apple ecosystem, this will blend right in with all your other devices and your iTunes account right from your TV. Pretty much every major video app is now available on Apple TV. There are no game options at all with this model; you also can’t search across different apps for content. And you won’t be able to rent or buy content from online stores with this device. 2015 might dawn a new version of Apple TV, so it may be best to wait it out and see whether Apple delivers on all the rumors. This article was provided by Jaime Butler, Business Development Specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. For more information about IES, please visit them online at www.ies-ny.com or call 845-226-9983.

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first heard about the Youth One Stop program at the Civic Center Plaza last summer while job hunting. I walked into Red Cap Cleaners looking for a job when I met another girl interning where she told me all about YOS. I was a 17-year old girl, eagerly trying to obtain a job and a step in life, also preparing to head into my senior year and then on to college. When I heard about YOS, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to know everything about the place. What does it provide? Where is it located? Who do I talk to about it? And how can YOS help me help myself? The same day I heard about YOS, I made a trip to Civic Center Dutchess County Plaza. I was unsure of what the program was about County Regional or what it would Dutchess Chamber of Commerce entail but I was about to find out. After visiting the wrong floor and getting some Chamber members confused about what program I was searching for, finally I was directed to the

ing and giving back, getting an internship, taking fun trips and even getting tutored. The Youth One Stop is definitely a place for me and people like myself: people who are always looking out for the next big opportunity and people who need assistance in finding those opportunities. The best thing about YOS is that all the help and support that is given is free. Anyone could walk in the doors of the Chamber and get help with whatever they need. YOS provides a lot for young adults like myself. I often wonder what other opportunities I would have had if I had joined the program a little earlier. YOS is an organization that helps raise awareness to young adults that there are organizations out there that will help them in the simple everyday teen struggles and also help them achieve their goals. If more adolescents also knew about this program, YOS would be a larger program than it already is, helping young adults one by one become successful people. There are many young adults that need help and guidance but don’t know where to turn and if you’re that person then the YOS program is the program for you.

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Tuesday, January 6 Early Bird Connections 7:30 - 9 a.m. Warlock Athletics and CrossFit 1097 Route 55 Lagrangeville This is an early morning speed-networking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic twominute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results. Sponsored by: People’s United Bank

5 - 7 p.m. DC Indoor Golf 10 Crannell Street, Poughkeepsie Join the HVYPs for an evening of networking and camaraderie. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar available. DC Indoor Golf’s eight simulators will be open and available for use. Bring your golf clubs! There is no cost to attend this event. It is open to HVYP members, their guests and prospective non-members. Sponsored by: Hudson Valley Renegades

Wednesday, January 14 New Member Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie Chamber Conference Room Meet the Chamber staff along with other new members while enjoying lunch.

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Wednesday, January 21 Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

Thursday, January 22 Business Education Seminar 7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie “New Year, New You” presented in association with the Health and Wellness Club. Make sure you’re on track personally, professionally and physically for this new year. Featuring presentations by: Tonya Lopez - Registered Dietician, Shoprite Colleen Ashe - Professional Organizer, Ashe Organizing Solutions Donna Iannacchino - Personal Trainer/Owner, Higher Choices Personal Fitnes Dr. John Quinn - Moriarty Physical Therapy Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP

Monthly contact breakfast featuring: The State of the Chamber - annual meeting Sponsored by: The Chazen Companies

Wednesday, January 28 Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Shadows On The Hudson 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: Quint Investments and Insurance, The Brake Shop and Sedore & Company

Tuesday, February 3 Early Bird Connections 7:30 - 9 a.m. TBD This is an early morning speed-networking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic twominute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results.

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New members invited to luncheon the chance to meet the Chamber staff while enjoying lunch in the Chamber’s Poughkeepsie boardroom. You will learn more about the roles of the departments of membership, events, operations, communications, The Chamber Foundation and Workforce De-

velopment Center. Information about all the available services and resources will be provided. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn how to make the most out of your membership. To RSVP, please visit dcrcoc. org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Only one representative per company will be accepted. If additional representatives would like to be put on the waiting list, please email Loren at lhoffman@ dcrcoc.org.

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he Chamber’s Business Education Committee and Health and Wellness Club present a joint seminar “New Year, New You” on Thursday, January 22. The event will be from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Chamber’s Poughkeepsie offices and a light breakfast will be served.


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DCRCOC Member * Membership renewals received November 1 - December 17, 2014

One Year Attorneys & Legal Services

The Law Office of D. Jen Brown Churches & Synagogues

Regina Coeli Parish Consultants

Bevintel of the Hudson Valley

Delicatessens

Plattekill Corners General Store

Retail

Whitman Engineering

Home Health Care and Companion Agency

STS Tire & Auto Centers

Entertainment and/or Amusement

Poughkidsie, LLC Furniture Retailers

Ashley Furniture Home Store The Welltree

LDR Home Repairs and Renovations Hudson Solar

Home Health Care

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Contractors - General

Contractors - Specialized

Engineering &/or Surveying Services

Health Care Services

Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley, PC Hearing Aids

Zounds Hearing of Dutchess County

Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester Landscaping Services

Northwest Lawn & Landscape Maintenance, LLC Sharon Health Care Center Physicians - Specialists

TLC Pediatrics, PC Nesheiwat Builders

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Taconic Retreat and Conference Center Telecommunications Equipment & Services

Avaya Truck Dealers & Services

Arkel Motors, Inc.

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Real Estate Developers & Investors

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Five Years Attorneys & Legal Services

Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Beauty Salons, Services & Supplies

C & C Unisex Hair Design Bookstores

The Book Lover Community Based Service Organizations

Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc. Jewish Federation of Dutchess County Contractors - Paving/Sealcoating

Avello Brothers Contractors, Inc. Education

College Planning 101 Hospitals

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Pet Supplies & Services

Leashes Real Estate Agencies & Brokers

The Dagar Group, Ltd. Tanker Chartering

Island Tanker Chartering, Inc.

Ten Years Automobile Dealers

DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Cable/TV

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Charles Effron & Son, Inc. Telecommunications Equipment & Services

AT & T

Fifteen Years Property Managers

Associa New York

Twenty Years Advertising/Promotional Items & Services

Hotline Creations Community Based Service Organizations

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Forty Years Cleaning & Janitorial Services

HV New System Cleaning Co., Inc.

Expand your member listing at dcrcoc.org Advertise in the 2015 Business Directory For more info contact Myriah, (845) 454-1700 ext. 1004 or myriah@dcrcoc.org


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Contact: Theresa Haney I am a licensed psychotherapist, using my 25 years of experience 560 Route 52, Suite 103 Concetta Chiarolanza, in helping to support and Beacon, NY 12508 Attorney at Law educate others about health (845) 765-8888 4 Yellow City Road and entrepreneurship with Fax: (845) 765-8890 Amenia, NY 12501 Email: caitlin@bms4success.com USANA Health Sciences’ (914) 274-1671 products and opportunity as Web: www.bms4success.com Email: cchiarolanza@ an Independent Distributor. Contact: Caitlin McVicker hvlawcare.com USANA manufactures high BMS is consulting firm that Web: www.hvlawcare.com quality nutritional supplements, Contact: Concetta Chiarolanza helps entrepreneurs and weight loss products and a self small business owners tackle Elder law, estate planning, preserving, anti-aging skin care tedious and time consuming medicaid applications, wills, line using pharmaceutical level trusts, powers of attorney, HCps, administrative tasks. BMS offers GMPs. a variety of services including and living wills. bookkeeping, business planning, marketing planning, HOTELS & MOTELS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT project management, organization and process Beekman Arms Small Start Investing improvement. We focus on Delamater Inn 2600 South Road, Suite 44-282 the necessary evils of running 6387 Mill Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 a business, allowing business Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (888) 505-2521 owners to focus on growing (845) 876-7077 Fax: (845) 363-0314 their businesses. Fax: (845) 876-2530 Email: info@smallstartinvesting. Email: manager@ com Career Counseling beekmandelamaterinn.com Web: www.smallstartinvesting.com Web: www. Services of Dutchess Contact: Larkland Campbell beekmandelameterinn.com 70 Wilbur Blvd. We connect entrepreneurs and Contact: Oliver Silva Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 small business owners with 19 rooms with private bath. (845) 849-9217 investors who are willing to Children welcome, pets Email: mvillanti69@gmail.com invest $500 to $20,000. restricted to motel units. Contact: Mark Villanti Smoking rooms, handicapped COMMUNITY BASED accessible, 1766 restaurant. FINANCIAL SERVICES

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River Pool at Beacon, Inc. 2649 South Road P.O. Box 173 Beacon, NY 12508 (914) 629-4598 Email: info@riverpool.org Web: www.riverpool.org Contact: Michael Gersh Recreational swimming facility in the Hudson River.

CONSULTANTS Taconic Professional Resources 300 Westage Business Center Drive, Suite 320 Fishkill, NY 12524 (845) 231-0380 Fax: (845) 896-9306 Email: kbarnett@taconicpro.com Web: www.taconicipa.com Contact: Kim Barnett Provides practice optimization, transformation, consulting services, etc. to health care organizations.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 341-3312 Email: alex.tronco@nm.com Contact: Alex Tronco Our financial representatives provide comprehensive financial planning to help meet a variety of personal and business needs, including asset and income protection, investment and advisory services, trust services, education funding, retirement solutions, estate planning, and employee and executive benefits.

HEALTH & WELLNESS USANA Health Sciences 49 Saint Paul Road Red Hook, NY 12571 (845) 758-5855 Email: tmhaney1@gmail.com Web: www.diazaney.com

INSURANCE AGENCIES & BROKERS Curtis L. Hoskins Agency LLC 488 Freedom Plains Rd, Suite 101 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 206-4381 Fax: (845) 678-3407 Email: choskins@farmers agent.com Contact: Curtis Hoskins Insurance for home, auto, life and commercial needs.

helping local, statewide, and national clients increase visibility and profitability. We integrate HD video into PR, marketing, advertising, and social media campaigns.

RADIO STATIONS Hudson Valley Public Radio, Inc. P.O. Box 920 Port Jervis, NY 12771 (845) 858-9100 Fax: (845) 856-4757 Email: budwilliamson@dre.cc Web: www.hvpr.net Contact: Bud Williamson The Hudson Valley’s only public radio station featuring jazz music.

RESTAURANTS Fireside BBQ and Grill 1920 Salt Point Turnpike PO Box 324 Salt Point, NY 12578 (845) 266-3440 Fax: (845) 266-3423 Email: nooch24@aol.com Web: www.firesidebbq.com Contact: Paul Iannucci Home of New York’s first and finest slow tri-tip roast.

Gusto 15 Collegeview Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 454-8200 Email: chris@gustopk.com Web: www.gustopk.com Contact: Chris Murphy erving Italian food with Mediterranean influences. Serving pizza, pasta, great dishes and wine list. We can accommodate large parties and have a private dining room available for private events.

MARKETING SERVICES

RETAIL Boudoir Baby Furniture and More 114 Partition Street Saugerties, NY 12477 (845) 247-3781 Email: boudoir57baby@gmail.com Web: www.boudoir-baby.com Contact: Veronica Ferraro Holmquist Fine nursery furniture, bedding and window treatments as well as design services. Also offers locally made items such as toys, booties, blankets, and more.

SECURITY GUARD SERVICES Atlas Security Services, Inc 2002 Route 17M Goshen, NY 10924 (800) 646-0438 Fax: (845) 306-5440 Email: sperry@ atlassecurityservices.us Web: www.atlassecurity services.com Contact: Scott Perry Security guards, mobile patrol services, executive protection, and investigative services throughout the Hudson Valley.

VETERINARIANS Full Circle Veterinary Hospital 1609 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 234-4417 Fax: (845) 678-3391 Email: info@ fullcirclevethospital.com Web: www.fullcirclevet hospital.com Contact: Christine Pupek Integrative holistic veterinary medicine offering complete preventative, surgical, and dental care for your furry family members.

Brand News Team, Inc. P.O. Box 268 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 943-5366 Email: info@brandnewsteam.com Web: www.rosenbaummedia.com Contact: Roger Rosenbaum Brand News Team, Inc. is a full-serivce digital agency with a successful track record of

DCRCOC Check out dcrcoc.org/radio-shows for links to the Chamber radio shows each week! For information contact Loren at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000 or lhoffman@dcrcoc.org


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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley awarded more than 100 grants totaling nearly $200,000 to support the work of local nonprofits in our communities. Grantees were selected by volunteer committees who collectively reviewed the more than half million dollars in grant requests. These highly competitive grant programs fund work that connects people to their neighbors, their land, and their history in ways that strengthen the fabric of our community. “We are so grateful for the many hours our volunteer committee members spend carefully reviewing each request we received,” said Andrea Reynolds, President and CEO. “These applications tell the story about the breadth and depth of needs in our community, and of the many wonderful nonprofit organizations working to address them.”

for those with developmental disabilities. The current school program has been located in Poughkeepsie for the past 35 years. With expansion constraints at its present location, increased classroom technological needs, and the rising demand of enrollment, the new facility will be a much needed resource to meet the highest standard of service to this student population. Abilities First, a notfor-profit organization, provides services to over 1,200 developmentally disabled individuals, aged pre-school through adulthood, including students from 19 school districts throughout Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, and Columbia counties. approval from Funding NYSED and the New York State Division of Budget (NYSDOB) will allow the $1.2M construction project to begin. The new facility will include nine (9) classrooms with instructional technology, adaptive physical education space, a fully outfitted sensory gym, clinical space for therapies, and a fully accessible playground. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015, allowing the program to start occupying the facility in the summer of 2015.

Abilities First has received funding approval from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to begin renovations of an available property in LaGrange, for its new state-of-the-art school

Members of the Walkway Over the Hudson organization have elected Patricia Duane Lichtenberg to serve as the nonprofit group’s new chairperson and voted to add five new directors—Kath-

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leen Smith, Paul Kassel, Michael Oates, Dr. Daniel Aronzon, and Fred Schaeffer—to its board. Members gathered at the organization’s Annual Meeting held at Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse to elect board members and hear a report on the year’s activities from Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. Lichtenberg assumes leadership of the Walkway organization’s board of directors from Sally Mazzarella, who stepped down after serving as chairperson for four years. A Highland resident, Lichtenberg is Associate Vice President of Alumnae/i Affairs and Communications and Executive Director of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College. Her extensive volunteer work has included board service for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at ValKill, The Hyde Park Festival Theater, The Valley Theater Company, and the Dutchess County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She has chaired and served on committees for several charities including: the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Diamond Gala, the Saint Francis Hospital Gala and the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal Ceremony.

Participants can “go red” on February 6th by wearing a red dress, scarf, jacket, shirt, tie, hat or other item to raise awareness and show support of all women who have been touched by heart disease or stroke. Registration is open at www.wearredday.org to receive free materials and red dress pins before February. Landmarks, buildings, main streets and town centers can also “Go Red” to raise awareness! Contact the AHA at 845-905-2123 for info.

It’s almost time to “go red” with the American Heart Association to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation’s number one and four killers. Local businesses and organizations are being encouraged to join National Wear Red Day for Women on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Ashe Organizing Solutions, Ltd. (www.asheorganizing.com), a leading Dutchess County-based professional organizing firm serving individuals and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and New York metropolitan region, announces company CEO, Colleen Ashe, has been named to the National Asso-

Jewish Family Services of Dutchess County is forming a bereavement support group. Members of all faiths are welcome. The group is open to participants approximately age 30 and older and will be co-led by Lenora Koffman, LCSWR, and Lee Corwin, retired NYS psychologist. Group will take place Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. in Poughkeepsie and is free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10.00 per session. For more information or to register to attend, contact Lenora Koffman at Jewish Family Services, 845471-9817 or jfs@jewishdutchess.org.

ciation of Professional Organizers’ (NAPO) elite Golden Circle. The Golden Circle designation is awarded to eligible members of NAPO with a membership standing of at least one year plus a minimum of five years of experience as a professional organizer. Ashe also holds credentials as a Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO) and Project Management Professional® (PMP), demonstrating proven levels of high expertise and practice ethics. “Delivering top-notch, customized service to my clients is paramount,” said Ashe. “With the Golden Circle recognition, along with my CPO and PMP professional designations, I have been able to further advance my commitment to client care, ensuring that every individual receives exceptional personal attention and strategies to suit their needs.”

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-kill (ERVK) is offering a limited edition, “Tea with Eleanor.” Savor a cup of Irish Breakfast (Assam) tea while reflecting on the heartfelt sentiments of a very special First Lady. Developed in partnership with Harney & Sons Fine Teas. the collectible tea tin celebrates the tradition of sharing and commitment to community. Proceeds support ERVK programs including Girls’ Leadership Worldwide and Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders. To order, go to: www.ervk.org/ html/tea-with-eleanor.html.

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Brain health affects your ideal weight By: Dr. Lynne Kavulich

Fallacy: You gain weight because you eat too many calories. You know this is not always the case because of that tiny little lady who eats unreal amounts of food! Fact: You gain weight because your hormones are totally out of balance. Hormones affect neurotransmitter levels causing reduced concentration, memory loss and insomnia. Serotonin deficiency causes

carbohydrate cravings and weight gain. Hot cocoa and turkey calms your mood and raises serotonin. The abnormal adrenal, thyroid, sex hormone balance, along with insulin resistance will pack on the pounds and fat no matter how little you eat. I know this from personal experience of gaining 30 extra pounds during menopause. Unlocking this secret allows me to help more people with ideal weight

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and a future of lowered risk for diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease these past 30 years. If you consumed too many cookies, chocolate and calories this holiday season there is no question you need to detoxify your body. I choose systems that address individual needs, since many people do not want to swallow pills. A 3-4 week purification should not be some-

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thing to dread. Why not resolve to create new habits, drop toxic weight and keep it off? Keep your mindset relaxed and goal-oriented. An example of a great start is reducing body fat from 34-29 percent.

The Truth About Permanent Weight Loss 1. Poor eating habits, lack of movement, stress, and aging result in hormone decline. 2. Purification programs decongest the organs, especially the liver. A healthy liver will reduce risk of hormone excess or deficiencies. 3. The presence of toxins in the

body generates more fat to store more toxins. 4. 90 percent of all hormones are produced or regulated by the brain. 5. When your hormones are balanced you achieve your ideal weight. Your brain may need increased protein to boost dopamine which catapults your concentration and metabolism. Be encouraged and get informed. Dr. Lynne Kavulich, a member of the Chamber’s Health and Wellness Club, is Clinical Director of American Wellness Care and is Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition and Anti-Aging Medicine.


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RIBBON CUTTINGS The Blue Olive

Royalty Carpet

Congratulations to The Blue Olive on their grand opening ribbon cutting. Check them out at 26 Charles Colman Blvd., in Pawling.

Congratulations to Royalty Carpet on the grand opening of their new showroom. They are located at 288 Main Street in Beacon.

Career Action Center

Toll Brothers Regency at Wappinger

The Chamber and Poughkeepsie City School District have embarked on a landmark partnership to bring the Career Action Center to local students. Thanks to Superintendent Dr. Nicole Williams and everyone at PHS and the PCSD for joining forces with our Workforce Development Center.

Congratulations to Toll Brothers Regency at Wappinger on the opening of two beautiful model homes for their new active adult community.

Taconic Dental

Hobby Lobby

Congratulations to Taconic Dental, now open at 1557 Route 82 in Hopewell Junction.

Congratulations to Hobby Lobby on their 5th anniversary. Stop by and see them the next time you’re at The Shoppes at South Hills.


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Congratulations to Accent Cabinetry and Woodworking on its Grand Opening ribbon cutting in Pleasant Valley. Check them out at 215 West Road in Pleasant Valley.

Congratulations to Hudson Valley Concierge Service, celebrating their 2-year anniversary. Take advantage of their services at hvconcierge.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts

Congratulations to TFW Ropestone on their grand opening. Check out their gym on Route 52 in Fishkill.

Congratulations to Dunkin’ Donuts - now open at the corner of Main and Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC

Walkway2College

Congratulations to Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC on a great ribbon cutting to open their Fishkill offices.

Congratulations to Walkway2College on three years in business.


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he New Year is a time of reflection, self-renewal and overall betterment of ourselves. The Chamber Foundation has many opportunities for you, or someone you know, to take on the challenge of self-improvement through our various programming!

Leadership Dutchess Class of 2016 Want to build and improve your leadership skills? Want to get more involved in the community? Want to move to that next position? Apply to be a part of the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2016! Celebrating over 25 years of educating and motivating aspiring citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community, Leadership Dutchess is designed to foster the development of a group of adult professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. Full day sessions are held once a month at various professional locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Each session focuses on a specific leadership skill and is hosted by an expert or experts in the area of content. The class also participates in a challenge fundraising project and a community service project to help reinforce the leadership lessons learned. Graduates of Leadership Dutchess leave the program more confident, self-aware and ready to take on challenges in both their

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professional and personal lives. These individuals often go on to achieve great success in our community and beyond.

Youth Leadership Class of 2016 Know a high school student who needs leadership development? Know a high school student who needs to breakout of their shell? Know a high school student who needs career and post high school guidance? Have him or her apply to be a part of the Youth Leadership Class of 2016! A two-year program, Youth Leadership focuses on giving high school students unique, out-of-the classroom leadership experiences. Ideal students should be sophomores and juniors. Sessions are held once a month in the evening at Marist College and feature professional speakers and hands on experiences. Students will emerge from this dynamic program more confident and well-rounded with improved leadership skills and a better understanding of themselves and their community.

Acceptance is on a first come, first served basis. Highlights of the program include public speaking experience, resume building, interview coaching, college planning, career exploration and much more. In addition, sophomores have to complete 10 hours of community service and juniors need to complete a 20 hour business internship in a potential field of interest.

Scholarship Program Are you or someone you know in college? Are you or someone you know returning to college? Apply for a Chamber Foundation scholarship! With a wide variety of scholarship categories, The Chamber Foundation is proud to support local students pursuing their academic dreams. Last year The Chamber Foundation awarded nearly $65,000 in academic scholarship and since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly half a million dollars. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn free money! Scholarship applications opened on January 1 and are due March 15. So step up to the plate – or reach out to someone you know – and make this a year to remember; a year of growth, happiness and peace. To find out about all of these programs and apply, please visit chamberfdn. org or call 845-454-1700 ext 1026 for more information.

With the 2015 Chamber Foundation Campaign underway, every dollar raised will support our signature leadership initiatives and remarkable scholarship program that awarded nearly $65,000 this past year. Did you know that The Chamber Foundation’s scholarships are not funded by a family or group of donors? Instead, our scholarships are fully funded by the events and yearly donations of The Chamber Foundation’s generous supporters. Without them, our scholarship program would be nonexistent.

Give local students hope and the support to forge ahead with their educational dreams. Help us build a brighter future for the Hudson Valley.

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OFFICERS Bill Francis, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Vice-Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M & T Bank Stacey Langenthal, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS Amy Dittmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John E. Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Quest Peter Maher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mid-Hudson Subaru Carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Lisa Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Barbara E. Ostrander. . . . . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Dr. Greer Rychcik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyde Park Central School District Charles “Chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS Duval Hanchard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Student Kristen Huss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Renegades FOUNDATION STAFF Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director Nancy DeWitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate


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work environment. Good Reasons Dog Treats launched its website at goodreasons.com, where treats are available for purchase. Good Reasons Dog Treats are made with natural ingredients and come in three flavors: Charlie’s Cheddar Chomps, Bella’s Barkery Bone, and Hudson’s Pumpkin PB Pieces. The profits from the treats go directly to the efforts of Community Based Services.

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“Now that I am 58 I can add a new activity to my busy life and that is running! I was not prepared for the health benefits as well as the fun that I encountered while participating in the the Chamber of Commerce’s Learn to Run program. Each Tuesday night after I taught my Marist class, I would change into my running clothes, and meet my group at Moriarity’s Physical Therapy on the rail trail off Route 55. We would stretch, run, laugh, talk, run some more, talk more as we encouraged each other to keep going! And with each week, our ability grew as we increased our length, and our friendships grew as we increased our camaraderie with each other. Before long our bodies changed slightly, losing a few pounds and gaining muscle, but in my case, something else also changed, something quite unexpected. My breathing was better. Because I am asthmatic, diagnosed as an adult, I have had bi-weekly injections to control my allergic asthma for over five years. And it was this learning to run program that gave me the best result--- my breathing had increased and I was learning to breathe more deeply and therefore more efficiently. Something I never expected. The effects of running were now evident in my peak flow monitoring, and why this program changed my total health, thanks to the insight of the Chamber’s Health and Wellness Club!�

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he Chamber’s Health and Wellness Club’s Learn to Run Program began on September 16, and met each week through November 18. Over the course of 10 Learn to weeks, participants progressed from non-runners to being able to run for 20 minutes without stopping. A special thanks to the Learn to Run sponsors, Moriarty Physical Therapy, with supporting partners Banner Lifestyles - Shaklee and Attain True Health.


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