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Annual meeting, briefing from Business Council of New York

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he January Contact Breakfast—the first official networking event of 2020—will serve as the Chamber’s annual meeting and will feature a keynote address by Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of The Business Council of New York State, Inc discussing the 2020 economic outlook for New York State and the Hudson Valley region. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, January 15 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 2019 accomplishments and 2020 goals. Contact Breakfast sponsored by

Pokalsky is responsible what they do. for management of The JGS, CPA is a full serBusiness Council’s governvice accounting, tax and ment affairs staff and overadvisory firm serving the all legislative and regulaHudson Valley for over 85 tory advocacy efforts; he years. Part of the firm’s is also directly responsible success was built on three Ken Pokalsky for the Council’s lobbythings that have remained ing on economic development and the same throughout the years: pertaxation issues. He received his sonalized service, strong ethics and Master’s degree in Public Admin- valuable accounting expertise. For istration from the SUNY Albany generations, JGS has helped busiGraduate School of Public Affairs nesses pass from parents to children, and his Bachelor’s degree from move in new directions and grow at SUNY Brockport. competitive paces, and through it Tompkins Mahopac Bank and all, the firm has remained the home JGS, CPA are the sponsors of the of some of the Hudson Valley’s most January Contact Breakfast. trusted advisers. Learn more about Tompkins Mahopac Bank has the wide range of services that JGS been a part of the Hudson Valley CPA offers at jgspc.com. community for more than 80 years, Tickets are $25 for Chamber aiming to help communities thrive members with advance reservations and grow. Together with their affili- or $30 at the door. Nonmembers ates, they offer innovative financial can attend for $35. Payment in adsolutions with the personal touch vance is required in order to expeof a community bank. A common dite the check-in process. Cancelcommunity presence as volunteers lations less than 24-hours from the and donators, local is at the heart of event and no-shows will be charged

the full ticket price. Call (845) 4541700, ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org to RSVP. As we all know, there are many in need in our community. The Ambassador Committee is proud to continue its partnership with the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods from breakfast attendees. Donations are greatly appreciated is required in order to expedite the check-in process. 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. Following the breakfast, the Nonprofit Committee will present a seminar “The Capital Campaign: Ready? Set?” from 9-11 a.m. For more information, see page 3. The Chamber invites all members to attend our Annual Meeting/ January Contact Breakfast

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This event is complimentary to attend thanks to our generous sponsors Quint Investments and Insurance, and M&T Bank. Registration is required in advance. To RSVP, visit dcroc.org or call 845.454.1700 x 1000. Quint Investments and Insurance is dedicated to providing risk

and investment management in conjunction with strategic wealth planning for individuals, families, and businesses. Simply put, they function as a trusted advisor for clients. As an insurance agency and registered investment advisory firm, Quint Investment and Insurances primary focus is to provide unbiased opinions that are designed to achieve long term results. For more information, please visit quintii.com. M&T Bank is one of the country’s most highly regarded regional banks and has been helping customers reach their financial goals for more than 160 years. M&T ranks among the top commercial bank holding

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

Message from the Chair ............................. 2 Nonprofit Seminar................................... 3 Message from the Chamber President............. 4 Ambassador Committee............................. 5 Hollywood on the Hudson 2020 Gala............6-7 New Members......................................... 8

Business After Hours heads to Shadows on the Hudson oin us for our monthly Business After Hours on Wednesday, January 22 from 5 – 7 PM for networking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. This month we head to Shadows on the Hudson located at 176 Rinaldi Boulevard in Poughkeepsie. Shadows on the Hudson is an award-winning waterfront restaurant perched above the Hudson River. Enjoy their one-of-a-kind views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge to the north and miles of open river to the south. Shadows on the Hudson is an integral part of the Hudson Valley community, hosting both public and private events.

CHAMBER WINTER WEATHER POLICY:

Network, Present & Refer........................... 9 Ribbon Cuttngs.......................................10

companies in the United States. The company believes strongly in taking an active role in the communities it serves. For more information please visit www.mtb.com.

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

Business After Hours sponsored by

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HVYP Unwind Event & Toy Drive ..................12 2019 Year in Review ................................13 The Chamber Foundation .........................14


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Happy to serve as Chair

Officers . .

William Francis, Chair............................................Fortress Financial Advisory, LLC Scott Pawenski, 1st Vice Chair.....................................................Branding Pros David Bova, 2nd Vice Chair ...........................Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Gregory White, Treasurer...............................................Adams Fairacre Farms . Philip Bronzi, Secretary.......................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Jennifer Dunn, Past Chair......State Farm, Dunn Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel......Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP/SRDD Law Directors Valerie Belton....................................................................UIster Savings Bank Londina Cruz..................................................Londina Cruz Inner-Leadership Amy Dittmar...............................Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation Filomena Fanelli..................................... Impact PR & Communications, Ltd. Joline Frey........................................................MidHudson Regional Hospital Eric Gorman............................................Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. Lawrence Holzapfel.............. Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Susan L. Howell...................................................................... RBT CPAs, LLP Maureen Kangas....................Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Vincent Lemma................................ Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, LLC Michael Mullaney.............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Susan Pagones................................. Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, LLC Stewart Petrovits..................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. Kathy Queenan.................................... M & T Bank, Hudson Valley Division Michael Samuelson.................................................................Nuvance Health Frank Smith...................................................... Marshall & Sterling Insurance Mike Spinelli.................................................................................... TaxBrakes Denise Doring VanBuren................... Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Mary Kay Vrba.............................................................Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Stephen A. Whalen ..........................................................Whalen Architecture Karen Zobel.................................................. The Community at Brookmeade Associate Board Members Jasmine Davis.................................................................Poughkeepsie Galleria Chamber Staff Frank Castella, Jr.................................................................. President & CEO Audra B. Gerty..............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban..................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Steve Bleier......................................Membership Development Representative Domenick Cocchiara..................... Director of Marketing & Communications Joshua Galow.......................................................Director of Business Services Alexandra Goebelbecker ................................ Community Relations Specialist Jean Harris ..........................................................................Director of Events Chelsea Schwarze.................................................. Member Relations Director Kelly Vail..................................................................Director of Media Design The Chamber Foundation Nicholas Shannon............................................................... Executive Director Lisa Niosi............................................................................. Business Manager Hannah Early......................................................... Programming Coordinator Workforce Development Center Katrina Gobins....................................................Workforce Program Manager Workforce Connections Program Everett Johnson....................................Workforce Connections Case Manager. Meredith Madden.....................................Director of Workforce Connections Youth One Stop Staff Akeva Morrison..........................................................................Case Manager. Alyssa Alvarez.............................................................................Case Manager. Antonella Cutello.......................................................................Case Manager Marilyn Figueroa........................................................................Case Manager John Pierre-Louis.......................................................................Case Manager Ashley Adorno .............................................. Data & Technology Coordinator Project FORWARD Danica Pierre-Louis....................................Project FORWARD Case Manager. Career Action Center Nancy Herrera...............................................Director of Career Action Center

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 37 • 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 dcrcoc.org

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irst, allow me to introduce myself—I am Bill Francis, Managing Director at Fortress Financial Advisory LLC in Poughkeepsie. I am honored to serve as the 2020 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. I started Fortress Financial Advisory LLC in 2011, previously having been a Registered Representative for New York Life for 7 years. I appreciated the opportunity New York Life afforded me in getting into the Financial Services career and my time there was very productive. Eventually, I was looking to expand my product offering to help bring my clients a more well-rounded tool box from which to create financial plans for whatever stage of life they were in, and Fortress was born! Throughout the years I have worked closely with business owners, their employees and other individuals to help them achieve their financial goals and I hope to bring this skill to the table as Chair.

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I have served previously as the Chair of The Chamber Foundation’s Board of Directors, and on the Chamber’s board for many years. I can say with confidence that the Chamber is a strong advocacy voice for the business community, an important resource for developing a fuller, business to business marketing plan and, of course offers great networking opportunities. Your membership is simply the key to unlock the potential the Chamber has to help your business move forward. I look forward to meeting and connecting to more of you at the Contact Breakfasts, Business After Hours, and many other networking events. I have served previously as the Chair of The Chamber Foundation’s Board of Directors, and on the Chamber’s board for many years. I can say with confidence that the Chamber is a strong advocacy voice for the business community, an important resource for developing a fuller, business to business marketing plan and, of course offers great networking

Message from the Chair:

Bill Francis opportunities. Your membership is simply the key to unlock the potential the Chamber has to help your business move forward. I am looking forward to helping to continue the mission of the Chamber, to support local businesses through advocacy, networking, and marketing opportunities! Finally, I want to thank Jen Dunn, 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. William Francis of Fortress Financial Advisory LLC is the Chamber’s Board of Directors Chair for 2020. You can reach him at wfrancis@lifemark.comfor 2020. You can reach him at wfrancis@lifemark.com.

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Panel to discuss HR best practices for nonprofits and supporters

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he Chamber’s Nonprofit Committee will present a complimentary panel discussion featuring Kathleen M. Hickey, MA, CFRE, President, Advancement Communications, Inc. and Interim Development Lead, Walkway Over the Hudson, Diana Pollard of Dutchess Community College Foundation, and Christine Kolosky of Our Lady of Lourdes High School as they focus on how to run a successful fundraising campaign. Attendees will gain insight for making better-informed decisions in the year and years ahead. The event will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15 at

the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center, following the Chamber’s monthly Contact Breakfast. Thrivent Financial and Cindy M. Smith CPA sponsor this event. There is no charge to attend; however pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845.454.1700 ext. 1000.

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Security where it counts any businesses use some sort of email application to get business done and when you think about all the things that you send via email, you want to make sure you are making it as secure as possible. Google is hoping to help everyone out with their Advanced Protection Program. The program has been designed to make it virtually impossible for anyone other than you to access Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos or other Google services. In order to offer you such great protection, it requires a physical security key, similar to what you would use to start a vehicle with keyless ignition. It is not required that you have it plugged into your phone, laptop or desktop machine, but you do need to have it nearby. Since

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most attacks by hackers happen over the internet, even if one got a hold of your username and password, they wouldn’t be able to access your account unless they had the physical key with them. Obviously, the tradeoff is that it is going to make it a bit harder for you and other 3rd party apps. Travel tracking apps or 3rd party apps that would need to review receipts for purchases will most likely not work. Services that you would need to use via a mobile or desktop browser will have to be accessed through Chrome or Firefox. If you lose your key or your back up key, the process of getting into your account will take several days, so it’s very important that these are kept secure as well. Once you purchase your key for a one-

time $50

fee (plus a spare), you should register them to activate the service. Since more and more businesses are using Google G-Suite, it can be used with this as well. This is just another innovative way the technology sector is trying to combat those looking to harm your business, and give you peace of mind that your company is safe. 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.

ARE YOU TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP? Schedule a membership development meeting today! Call Nancy at 845.454.1700 ext. 1012

CORPORATE PARTNERS:

Bonura Hospitality Group | Branding Pros Hudson Valley Audio Visual iHeartMedia | Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. M & T Bank | Poughkeepsie Galleria Poughkeepsie Journal Media | RBT CPAs, LLP Rose and Kiernan Insurance | Royal Carting Service Company Tompkins Mahopac Bank CORPORATE SUPPORTERS

Adams Fairacre Farms | Animal Farm Foundation DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota | DocuWare Hudson Valley Credit Union | JGS, CPA Marshall & Sterling Insurance | N & S Supply Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Rhinebeck Bank Riverside Bank - A Division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company Rondout Savings Bank | S&O Construction Services, Inc. Stenger Roberts Davis Diamond - SRDD Law TEG Federal Credit Union | Ulster Savings Bank COMMUNITY PARTNERS

AtlasStar | CareMount Medical | Fortress Financial Advisory Greystone Programs | Hudson Cadillac-Buick-GMC Mackey, Butts & Wise | Meyer Contracting Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. | The Children’s Home MEDIA PARTNERS

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Message from the

Chamber President Frank Castella, Jr.

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s the New Year begins, I like to take time to reflect back but also to look ahead. It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve as President & CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and I cannot wait for this coming year and all of its potential. From proven networking opportunities to encouraging our members to take full advantage of all the tools the Chamber offers to market and promote themselves, and 2020 promises to be exciting. We strive to provide our members with resources that support their growth and development. This year as always, remember to Think Local First by visiting our online business directory, as well as our Chamber Events calendar. We continue to work hard to ensure our members are prepared for new federal and state laws, such as the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. We have a model policy for employers online, and offer training to members and their employees at no charge that satisfies New York State law. Visit the “Business Resources” page on our website for more information on policy information, our government guide, and other resources pertinent to business owners and employees. This Chamber is part of a winning team of business owners and organizations who together do great things. Moving into 2020, we will remain strong, working with elected officials on behalf 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 our members, for your continued support. Here is to another great year!

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January Master Your Membership Luncheon

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hether you’re a new member or finally getting around to realizing your benefits, a great way to launch your efforts is by attending our next Master Your Membership Lunch event on Thursday, January 9 from 11:30 AM -1 PM in the Chamber’s boardroom. Attendees will meet Chamber staff and learn how the departments of membership, events, and communications work together, as well as how The Chamber Foundation and Workforce Development Center operate for the benefit of members. Information about all the services included with your

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dues will be provided, so this will be a great opportunity to ask questions. Master your Membership Luncheon is a complimentary event thanks to our sponsors, Branding

Pros and Poughkeepsie Journal Media. Branding Pros continues to be the premier “go to” for local professionals when it comes to putting your logo on just about anything. When they say local, they mean it. Their in-house capabilities include embroidery, screen-printing, direct to garment printing, laser engraving, banner printing and more. More than 85% of business is customized right in their facility by your neighbors in the community. Understanding their customers’ needs and doing everything they can to satisfy those requirements is what makes them successful. As their slogan says: “Imagine your logo everywhere…Let’s make it happen.” For more information about Branding Pros, please visit brandingpros.com. The Poughkeepsie Journal is an innovative, digitally focused media

and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across the mid-Hudson Valley Region. With unmatched local reach, The Poughkeepsie Journal touches the lives of more than 565,000 people monthly with award-winning content, consumer experiences, and products and services to drive the bests results for their clients. Poughkeepsie Journal Media’s family of brands include the USA TODAY Network, and LOCALiQ, poughkeepsiejournal. com and the Poughkeepsie Journal. Visit them at www.PoughkeepsieJournal.LOCALiQ.com to learn more about how they can help grow your busines. Please note, because of space limitations, only one representative per company may attend. Phone or email reservations only, call 845.454.1700 x1000 or email frontdesk@dcrcoc.org.

Sincerely,

Frank M. Castella, Jr., President & CEO

How has the Chamber helped you? SUBMIT YOUR TESTIMONIAL AT DCRCOC.ORG/TESTIMONIALS

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1012C Main Street, Fishkill, NY 12524 • (845) 896-5880 annalisaromano@allstate.com • agents.allstate.com/annalisa-romano-fishkill-ny.html The Chamber’s Small Business Partner of the Month offers small businesses with 12 employees or fewer, direct advertising to members and the community through print, electronic, and radio media. If you are interested in this program, contact Josh at (845) 454-1700, x 1029.


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The Ambassador Committee helps make your Chamber membership a successful one By Danielle Place, Peak Construction

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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee is a group of dedicated professionals who volunteer their time to help promote the business community and support Chamber functions. We are all long-standing members who see the value in what our Chamber community has to offer. Ambassador Committee members are highly motivated, engaged in the community, and have a passion for making your Chamber membership a successful one. Members of the Ambassador Committee are often seen at Ribbon Cuttings, Business After Hours, Education Seminars, the monthly Contact Breakfasts, Expos, and every other Chamber event that you attend. Consider us your “Event Hosts”, “Networking Army” or “Chamber Champions”! Ambassadors are always networking and ready to facilitate connections for you to other members within the community. We strive to make sure that each member is as comfortable as possible when walking into an event, which can sometimes be overwhelming. Both new and long term members should rely on the Ambassador Committee throughout their membership. Our sphere of influence and professional network is highly beneficial to everyone and

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we stay current on the membership benefits available to you. Are you an existing member looking for ways to get more involved? Becoming part of the Ambassador Committee is an excellent way to further integrate into the chamber community. As an ambassador, you are paired with new members in order to help them navigate chamber resources. Not only does this help you unlock more Danielle Place opportunities within the chamber by meeting all sorts of new businesses and organizations, but being an ambassador turns you into a center of influence. Is there someone who you would like a warm introduction to? Reach out to one of us and I bet we can make that happen! The Ambassadors are a vital resource to available to you through your membership in the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Make sure that you utilize us as often as possible and remember to Think Local First! Danielle Place is the Business Development Specialist for Peak Construction. She can be reached at Danielle@peakconstruction.biz, or (845) 810-9973.

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Denise Doring VanBuren, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

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Joseph T. Kirchhoff, Kirchhoff Companies

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Sims & Associates Podiatry - Dr. Erik Sims Associates Golf Car Service, Inc. Ann Marie Van Etten - Kania, Joseph Van Etten, John Van Etten


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A message from the 2020 WLA Co-Chairs

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to all our gala 2020 sponsors platinum sponsor prize Kirchhoff Companies

By Valerie Belton, Ulster Savings Bank and Linda G. Campbell, The Arc of Dutchess - 2020 Co-Chairs of the Women’s Leadership Alliance Committee

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e are honored to cochair the Women’s Leadership Alliance Committee for 2020. Special thanks to last year’s chair Catherine Pietrow for her time, energy and leadership over the last few years, which took the Alliance to new heights. Our goal is to serve as a central meeting place for women and women’s organizations in the Hudson Valley. Whether you’re an organization serving women’s is-

red carpet Revel 32º

cocktail Riverside Bank - A Division of Salisbury Bank & Trust Company

dessert Rhinebeck Bank

band Animal Farm Foundation | Marshall & Sterling Insurance Ulster Savings Bank

theme RBT CPAs, LLP | S&O Construction | Tompkins Mahopac Bank

decor Adams Fairacre Farms | Hudson Buick-Cadillac-GMC Rondout Bank

dance DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota | JGS, CPA Mackey Butts & Wise, LLP

centerpiece Blacktop Maintenance Corp. | Hudson Valley Credit Union Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP - SRDD Law

gold Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. | DocuWare Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. | M & T Bank N & S Supply | Poughkeepsie Galleria

silver Caremount Medical, P.C. | PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP Meyer Contracting Corporation Royal Carting Service Company | TEG Federal Credit Union

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valet Foam & Wash Car Wash and Oil Change Plus

award De'S Jewelers

Valerie Belton

Linda G. Campbell

sues, an entrepreneur in search of meaningful networking opportu-

nities, or simply enjoy one of our special events, we hope to be your link to the local women’s community. Connect with women in the Hudson Valley. Network with other professionals. Be a mentor. Benefits of joining a professional committee and events are to: • Expand

your client base through referrals. • Develop new skills. • Establish long-term support, connections and growth. • Get involved in the community, which helps you and helps you grow your business. • Understand what makes us a good first resource for all things leadership. Take a look at what we have to offer!

Share an event with a girlfriend! Be the woman you want to be. Share an event with a girlfriend! Be the woman you want to be. Get Involved! We will kick off the year with our first Welcome Event on February 27, so mark your calendars – more details to follow! For more information about joining the Women’s Leadership Alliance, please visit our website, www.DCRCOC. org/WLA. Members and nonmembers of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce are welcome.

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24 Hogan Drive Lagrangeville, NY 12540 (845) 546-5170 Email: County2countyUHC@gmail.com Contact: Tatum Talburt Non-medical home care help for families who has loved ones with dementia Alzheimer's help with basic ADLs help with running errands going grocery shopping companionship

ADVERTISING, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Creative Business Solutions

6 Cross Road Beacon, NY 12508 (914) 772-8861 Email: peter.vanmarkwyk@gmail.com Contact: Peter Van Markwyk ational Advertising, Marketing and Communications Company

Z Farms Organic

355 Poplar Hill Road Dover Plains, NY (917) 319-6414 Email: zfarmsorganic@gmail.com Contact: Diane Zlotnikov Certified Organic farm located in Dover Plains, NY. We strive to provide for our community and bring awareness to healthy living. At our farm shop we sell organic vegetables, meat and eggs.

AUTOMOBILE PARTS Poughkeepsie Imported Car Parts, Inc. 250 South Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-8110 Fax: (845) 454-8112 Email: bwalsh20@aol.com Web: pkimports.com Contact: Brett Walsh Auto parts for imported and domestic vehicles.

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Bruce Television

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220 Old Route 22 Wassaic, NY 12592 (845) 373-4444 Email: Brucetvsystems@gmail.com Web: Brucetelevision.com Contact: Todd Yerks Bruce Television is a custom Audio Video installation company with over 55 years in the Hudson Valley

CAFES Paula's Runway Cafe

263 New Hackensack Rd Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 240-1940 Email: Paulasrunwaycafe@gmail.com Contact: James Sciacovelli Airport Cafe serving breakfast and lunch

DENTISTS - SPECIALISTS Blondin-Assogna Endodontics

46 Fox Street, Suite One Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 473-3636 Email: blondinendodontics@gmail.com Web: drassognaendo.com Contact: Joseph Blondin Practice Limited to Endodontics

124 Barbarasa Lane Kingston, NY 12402 (845) 331-4957 Fax: (607) 588-7609 Email: rshaffer@suburbanpropane.com Web: suburbanpropane.com Contact: Roger Shaffer Complete propane fuel supplier. Offering service for over 75 years.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS Iron City Physical Therapy

696 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (631) 880-1199 Email: donn.shaver@ironcityptny.com Contact: Donn Shaver

Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy

1910 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-8377 Email: les.bowden@ivyrehab.com Web: ivyrehab.com Contact: Les Bowden Outpatient physical therapy

The Ferrara Management Group Inc. 50 Plainfield Avenue Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914) 888-2099 Email: rferrara@ferraramgmt.com Web: ferraramgmt.com Contact: Dawn Lombardo

SPAS, DAY SPAS & HEALTH SPAS Apothecary Spa & Wellness

301 Titusville Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 494-3543 Email: dawnstack1@aol.com Web: myapothecaryspa.com Contact: Dawn Stackhouse Full service esthetics spa & reflexology

TRANSPORTATION/COURIER/ DELIVERY SERVICES Lyft

185 Berry Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 475-8459 Email: bfulmer@lyft.com Contact: Blaine Fulmer

DCRCOC Check out dcrcoc.org/radio-shows for links to the Chamber radio shows each week! For information contact 845.454.1700 X 1000 or email frontdesk@dcrcoc.org

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Networking event targets referrals, connections

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Emery & Webb, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Bernard Handel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Abilities First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Page Lumber, Millwork, & Building Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 MVP Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Babiarz Court Reporting & Video Conferencing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 AM Direct Mail, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Kirshon & Company, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . 29 Dutchess Day School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Elite Dental Group, PC. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 TEG Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . 26 Town of Wappinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Acadia HR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Dowser Spring Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Poughkeepsie Day School . . . . . . . . . . 24 Poughkeepsie Town Government . . . . 19 Cuddy & Feder LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 LCS Facility Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Mother Earth's Storehouse . . . . . . . . . . 18 Hudson Valley Volvo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. . 14 JTR Transportation Corp. . . . . . . . . . . 13 Sports Museum of Dutchess County . 13 Quality Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Bee Bee the Clown / Jackie the Magician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Paul Effman Music (LaGrange) . . . . . . 11 Mid-Hudson Subaru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Full Deck Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Premier Medical Group of the Hudson Valley, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bottini Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Thrivent Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sawyer Savings Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 NorMet Hospital Association . . . . . . . . 9 Best Western Plus The Inn & Suites at the Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sims and Associates Podiatry . . . . . . . . 8 Ferrari & Sons, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 KeyBank - Patriots Park Branch . . . . . . 7 KeyBank - East Fishkill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Crossroads Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bounce Trampoline Sports . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Accent Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Magic Moon Farm Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Tax Alternative Group, LLC . . . . . . . . . . 6 Pearle Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Mr. Samuel O. Akiwumi-Assani . . . . . . 5 PC Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Warlock Athletics Home of Warlock CrossFit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Farm Credit East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 MINI of Dutchess County . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Links at Union Vale . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Mehl & Associates, CPAs . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Barrett Art Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Bonded Concrete Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 netEffx Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 845 Transportation, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 John G. Ullman & Associates Comprehensive Wealth Management . 2 Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC . . . . 2 40 Cannon Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Ginocchio Electric Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 R.J. Haug Agency, Farmers Insurance . 2 Sadie's Place NY, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Luxe Optique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Hudson Valley Windustrial Co., Inc. . . 2 Sunshine Tee's and Embroidery . . . . . . 1 J. Angelo Industries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Combined Insurance (Shemel Jackson).1 Toshiba Business Solutions . . . . . . . . . . 1 Professional Radiation Oncology Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 T & T Karate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 360 Property Management . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Innate Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Automatic Data Processing . . . . . . . . . . 1 Golden Corral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Business Network International . . . . . . 1 Queen City Lofts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 World Insurance Associates LLC . . . . . 1 Verizon Wireless . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Pellegrino Healing Center . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Personalize It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Tipsy Social . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mid-Hudson VIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 DJamesFoss Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Dutchess Ambulatory Surgical Center 1 Reclaim New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 MacDonald Allstate Agency . . . . . . . . . 1 Socks Off Carpet Cleaning, Inc. . . . . . . 1

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he Chamber’s Network, Present & Refer event (NPR) is a targeted networking event offering a unique opportunity for members to share information with their peers who are other, non-competing professionals and business owners. NPR returns at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, January 22 at Shadows On The Hudson, immediately before the Chamber’s Business After Hours event. Attendees will exchange information on their organization or company—such as a brief business description, promotion

of an upcoming event, and sharing brochures and/or business cards— in a roundtable setting. Integrated Enterprise Solutions proudly sponsors this event packed with opportunity to make meaningful connections. One randomly selected attendee will be invited to take 8-10 minutes to present an overview of their 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 NPR event per year. Thanks to our generous sponsor, this event is complimentary to attend, but registration is required. Call 845.454.1700 x 1000 to RSVP. Network, Present & Refer sponsored by

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EVENTS Thursday, January 7

HVYP: Unwind Networking Event 5 - 7 PM J. Dominicks Trattoria 779 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie

Join us for this thought-provoking panel discussion, followed by an opportunity to meet-and-greet with the panelists over a tasting. We will shed light on what it takes to start a business and how to get involve in the spirits, wine, and cider scene in the Hudson Valley.

Thursday, January 9

Master Your Membership Lunch 11:30 - 1 PM Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor

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. Lunch will be provided at this complimentary event. 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. Please, only one representative per company. Call (845) 454-1700, ext.1000 or email: frontdesk@ dcrcoc.org Sponsored by: Branding Pros and Poughkeepsie Journal Media

7:30 - 9 AM Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

Monthly contact breakfast featuring keynote speaker, Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, The Business Council of New York, focusing on a look ahead to 2020 from a statewide economic and legislative perspective. The breakfast will also be The Chamber's Annual Meeting and feature a brief State of the Chamber update from President and CEO Frank Castella, Jr. Sponsored by: Tompkins Mahopac Bank and JGS, CPA

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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. One randomly selected attendee and a representative from the event sponsor will each have 10 minutes to present an overview of his or her organization. Presenters will be chosen at random from attendees registered at least one week in advance.

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4 PM Eastdale Village Town Center, 50 Eastdale Ave North, Poughkeepsie Join us as we celebrate their new location.

​ embers can attend a maximum of M two Network, Present, & Refer events per year. Attendees are limited to one presentation opportunity per year. In an ongoing effort to accommodate our members' schedules, these quarterly events will be held in the morning at various locations or in the evening prior to a Business After Hours event. Sponsored by: Hudson Valley Credit Union

Nonprofit Seminar: The Capital Campaign: Ready? Set? Wednesday, January 22 9 - 11 AM Business After Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Hours 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

Featuring: Kathleen M. Hickey, MA, CFRE, President, Advancement Communications, Inc. and Interim Development Lead, Walkway Over the Hudson Diana Pollard, Executive Director, Dutchess Community College Foundation Christine Kolosky, Director of Institutional Advancement, Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Moderated by: Sarah Weikel, Chief Advancement Officer, The Arc of Dutchess Sponsored by: Cindy M. Smith, CPA, Thrivent Financial

Wednesday, January 22

Chamber Network, Present & Refer 3:30 - 5 PM Shadows On The Hudson 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

A targeted networking event, is limited to 25 Chamber members, one person per industry. Attendees will exchange information

5 - 7 PM Shadows On The Hudson 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

This event is complimentary to attend thanks to our generous sponsors. Registration is required in advance. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and noshows will be charged a catering fee. Sponsored by: M&T Bank and Quint Investments and Insurance

Monday, February 3

HVYP: New Member Meet and Greet 5:30 - 6:30 PM Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie

An informal meeting and discussion with the Advisory Council to learn about the mission and strategy of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, a committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. New and prospective members will learn about our committees, events and how to get involved to make the Hudson Valley a great place to live, give, work, play and stay.

In the event of inclement weather, visit dcrcoc.org 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.

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HVYP Toy Drive brings cheer to local children

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Hudson Valley Young Professionals' Toy Drive and to our volunteers for helping to bring all of the toys to Taconic Resource for Independence, Inc. and Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. Special thanks to the sponsors Foam & Wash and Guardian Self Storage.


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Building a tech-ready workforce

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he need for qualified individuals to fulfill tech industry careers is growing exponentially. And, with your support, The Career Action Center of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is ready to bridge this gap. Established in 2014, The Career Action Center is a drop-in center and classroom providing Poughkeepsie High School students with the necessary skills to identify and pursue their career interests, establish a post-high school plan, and ultimately obtain employment. The Center receives over 200 visits per month. Through STEAM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused curriculum, The Center will provide

Nicholas Shannon Executive Director

lessons on 3-D design and printing, coding, and fundamental computer science skills. Currently, students are discovering coding and basic programming by working with Sphero robots, as pictured. The next step for The Center is to purchase a 3-D printer. Learning on a 3-D printer is not only instrumental in teaching design and printing, but is also

important in developing critical thinking skills that are needed as each student enters the workforce. Your donation to the 2020 Chamber Foundation Annual Fund will help support the purchase of a 3-D printer for The Career Action Center. Projected costs of purchasing the printer, supplies, and providing staff training will total $5,000. Become a champion in building a workforce for tomorrow. The Chamber Foundation is poised to bring technology to the classroom, and we appreciate your consideration in making The Center’s dream a reality. To make a donation today, visit chamberfdn.org/donate. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.

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THE CHAMBER FOUNDATION OFFICERS Maureen Kangas, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center Barbara Ostrander, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RBT CPAs, LLP David Wise, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mackey, Butts & Wise, LLP Jennifer Pawenski, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Chazen Companies Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP/SRDD Law DIRECTORS José L. Carrión . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wappingers Central School District Staci Cussick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Mutual Insurance Joanna S. Escanio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBM John P. Genn III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tompkins Mahopac Bank Tina Hawkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Cap Cleaners Kim Kenyon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gold's Gym Matthew Mullaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Cadillac-Buick-GMC Jessica Pecchia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Galleria Michael Roe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Al Torreggiani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Key Construction Services, LLC Robyn Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union FOUNDATION STAFF Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director Katrina Gobins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workforce Program Manager Lisa Niosi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business Manager Hannah Early . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Programming Coordinator YOUTH ONE STOP STAFF Ashley Adorno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Data & Technology Coordinator Alyssa Alvarez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Manage Antonella Cutello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Manager Marilyn Figueroa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Manager John Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Manager PROJECT FORWARD Danica Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Manager Anna Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Training and Employment Coordinator

Monday, June 15, 2020 8:30 AM - 5 PM Trump National Golf Club - Hudson Valley

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Career Action Center mentors are stationed in Poughkeepsie High School to provide students with the necessary skills to identify and pursue their career interests and/ or obtain employment. Mentors also facilitate an intensive job and career readiness mentoring program to 50 juniors and seniors at Poughkeepsie High School. The Career Action Center is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Exploring college and creating opportunities By Nancy Herrera Career Action Center Director

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s 2019 is coming to an end, the students in the Career Action Center are busy planning for their future. The Career Action Center is a partnership between the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Poughkeepsie City School District. Since 2014, through our Career Explorations course, students

take part in an extensive college 101 unit. During a question and answer, participant Dulce Castellanos stated, “I know college is something that is always talked about, but I am not too sure what I have to do in order to get there.” Together as a class, we break down assumptions students might have about college. Some believe college is only for people who may have the financial resources or that the application process may

be too complicated to navigate. By breaking down the material together and partnering with local colleges like Dutchess Community College, we are able to bridge the gap by empowering them to have the confidence to ask questions, as well as provide families the support their child in the process. “Go visit colleges, you want to get an idea of what you like and what you don’t like. Everyone is going to have different values, but you

want to start exploring them.” Steven Posada, Diversity Admissions Counselor for Dutchess Community College stated as he discussed how to choose the right college. Through their mission, Dutchess Community College offers educational opportunities that prepare individuals to realize their full potential and contribute to a diverse and global society. Their commitment to creating opportunities, especially for the youth in their own backyard,

is demonstrated through Steven’s high energy and very honest presentation. It was amazing to watch him not only connect with the youth, but also reassure them that he and the staff at Dutchess Community College would be there to help support them in their higher education journey, all they have to do is ask. To learn more about the Career Action Center, please reach out to Nancy Herrera at nherrera@ dcrcoc.org.

Youth One Stop is a comprehensive education and job-training program utilizing local resources to benefit at-risk youth in Dutchess County. The program is open to income-eligible youth, ages 14-24 who are facing obstacles inhibiting them from completing school, finishing their HSE or gaining employment. Youth One Stop is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

Youth One Stop is exploring the world of STEAM with Technology Gadget Information Friday’s (TGIF)! By Ashley Adorno Youth One Stop Data & Tech Coordinator

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s a way to start off winter, Youth One Stop has taken major strides to introduce their students to the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) with training modules that incorporate the use of Sphero bots, 3D printing, virtual reality, coding and computer building! The first session took place on December 6th with a brief introduction to the purpose of STEAM and the role STEAM plays in our everyday lives. Students were shown videos and engaged in discussions that focused on how art provides a mapping of our understanding of the world through visual representation and drives the designing process of ideas for science and technology. From the works of Leonardo De Vinici that contributed to the anatomical studies of the human body to technology developed to build three-dimensional objects from

a computer-aided design model known as 3D printing. We reviewed concepts such as the scientific method and the design-thinking process and put those concepts into practice by taking on The Straw Bridge Challenge as a team. With only 15 minutes on the clock, students had to use 20 straws and tape to build a bridge that was one foot long and could support the weight of a Styrofoam cup with as many paper clips as possible in it. After the exercise, students broke down their process of how they designed the bridge and identified the things that worked and didn’t work to successfully complete the challenge. At the end of the session, they were given another chance to beat their record of holding a total weight of 14 clips. Given the excitement and enthusiasm of our participants, we then decided to up the ante by introducing them to our new robot friends, the Spheros. The Spheros are spherical robots that utilize block-coding for their program-

ming. Block-coding is just that— blocks with a list of instructions that are connected together to direct a robot on what it needs to do and where it needs to go. Similar to connecting straws to build a bridge, our students combined an array of blocks using the Sphero application on their chrome book laptops to move our robots around the office space and navigate through different obstacle courses. In the upcoming year, Youth One Stop looks forward to further educating our students on STEAM related occupations and enhancing their computer-based and artistic skills with our new technology training module TGIF! Our TGIF sessions are tailored to explore the coding of Spheros through project-based tasks and games, as well as other areas of STEAM, like playing with light through light painting and building night kaleidoscopes. Each session will take place twice a month on a Friday from 3P to 4:30P. For further information, please reach out to Ashley Adorno at aadorno@dcrcoc.org.


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