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cellations 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. Contact Breakfast sponsored by

2017 Scholarship Winners sic, journalism, culinary arts, and more. For complete information about the Foundation and their annual scholarship offerings, visit ChamberFDN.org. There are many people in need of our assistance. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee has partnered with the Chamber’s Work-

force Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at each Contact Breakfast. Donations are greatly appreciated. Rhinebeck Bank sponsors this special breakfast. A full-service, locally focused bank headquartered in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck Bank offers a full range of personal

checking, savings and money market options as well as business and loan needs. For more information, visit rhinebeckbank.com. Tickets are $25 in advance for members, $30 at the door. Nonmembers can attend for $35. Payment in advance is required in order to expedite check-in. Can-

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ome and network on a picturesque excursion at this year’s Margaritaville themed Floating Business Break on Wednesday, June 27, launching from the Shadows Marina on the Hudson at Rinaldi Boulevard in Poughkeepsie. Spend the evening touring the Hudson River aboard the River Rose Tour Boat, an authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler, while enjoying delicious curated fare from The Poughkeepsie Ice House as well as dancing to the spun tunes of John Hannah’s Mobile Music Services. Boarding begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. with departure at 6 p.m. sharp from the marina. The cruise will dock at 9 p.m. Tickets are $45

for members only and can be picked up at the Chamber’s Poughkeepsie office or at various Chamber events. This event is proudly sponsored by Branding Pros, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., Mehl & Associates, CPAs, Poughkeepsie Galleria, and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP|SRDD Law. Space is limited! For more information and reservations, visit dcrcoc. org or call 845-454-1700, ext. 1000.

Message from the Chair ............................. 2 Business Education................................... 3 Message from the Chamber President............. 4 Upcoming Events..................................... 4 New Members ........................................ 8 Member News......................................... 9 Chamber Foundation...............................10 Member Anniversaries..............................11 Workforce Development Center ...................12

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uture leaders of our community will be recognized during the June Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. High school seniors and young adults will take center stage as The Chamber Foundation awards nearly $40,000 in scholarships to those looking to further their education in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Chamber Foundation scholarships range from broad to very specific in scope, some offered to students across multi disciplines, while others are precisely targeted for those pursuing a career in mu-


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Officers Jeffrey B. Senft, Chair....................................S&O Construction Services, Inc. Jennifer Dunn, 1st Vice Chair....State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc.. William Francis, 2nd Vice Chair.............................Fortress Financial Advisory, LLC Lauren Gillett, Secretary............................................. The Chazen Companies Scott Pawenski, Treasurer.............................................Sciane Enterprises, Inc. Rita McPeck, Past Chair ....................................................................KeyBank Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel.......Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Directors David Bova.....................................................Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Evelyn Constantino........................................Royal Carting Service Company Ron Flaherty .........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Freddimir Garcia....................................................................... Marist College Paul Hochenberg............................................... MidHudson Regional Hospital Lawrence Holzapfel.............. Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Susan L. Howell CPA.............................................................. RBT CPAs, LLP Maureen Kangas....................Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Vincent Lemma................................ Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, LLC Michael Mullaney.............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Stewart Petrovits..................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. Michael Samuelson.....................................................................Health Quest Tim Scannell....................................................... Mobile Life Support Services Catherine Secor................................................................................. TD Bank Frank Smith...................................................... Marshall & Sterling Insurance Mike Spinelli.................................................................................... TaxBrakes Denise Doring VanBuren................... Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Mary Kay Vrba.............................................................Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Tina Walz.................................................................................... M & T Bank Gregory White...............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms Eben Yager...............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members Philip Bronzi.......................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Julia Pagones.................................................................... CareMount Medical Chamber Staff Frank Castella, Jr.................................................................. President & CEO Audra B. Gerty..............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban..................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Nicole Christenson......................................... Community Relations Specialist Nancy DeWitt......................................................Director of Business Services Joshua Galow..................................Membership Development Representative Jean Harris ..........................................................................Director of Events Susan Newhouse .................................................................. Finance Manager Chelsea Schwarze.................................................. Member Relations Director Angela Signor-Brown...............................................Director of Media Design Lj. Julee Whalin ............................................. Marketing & Communications The Chamber Foundation Nicholas Shannon............................................................... Executive Director Brianne Kelly......................................................... Programming Coordinator Workforce Development Center Anne De Muro....................................................Workforce Program Manager Workforce Connections Program Elizabeth Kwant........................................Director of Workforce Connections Meredith Madden..................................................Program Data Coordinator Karen Williams....................................Workforce Connections Case Manager Youth One Stop Jessica Vitolano.................................................. Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska...........................Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator Danica Pierre-Louis..........................................Youth One Stop Case Manager John Pierre-Louis............................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager Career Action Center Katrina Gobins..............................................Director of Career Action Center Nancy Herrera....................................................Career Action Center Mentor.

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e are closing in on summer, and that of course means it is almost time for the Chamber’s 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. People in the business community sometimes ask me why the Chamber presents the Balloon Festival. It is very simple: The Chamber as an organization is working to bolster our local and regional economy. I cannot think of a better way than having more than 25,000 people come from all parts of the state (and even other states) to be a part of this weekend-long festival. When people come to an event like this, they usually

Message from the Chair:

Jeffrey B. Senft

spend the entire day. Of course, there will be balloons, but also there will be dozens of vendors, food trucks, and activities for people of all ages. And before or after the event, hopefully people will get a bite to eat, shop in some local stores, or maybe even spend the night. All this benefits Chamber members as well as the economy in general. In addition, Chamber mem-

bers are used as vendors, and many help underwrite the cost of this event by being sponsors. Sponsorship comes with significant exposure for these businesses and organizations, connecting them with the audiences they are looking to reach. So, yes, the Balloon Festival is a very large community event, but the Chamber is the perfect organization to present it. That said, I hope you will make plans to join us at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck on July 6, 7 and 8. Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. Reach him at 845-635-2916 or jsenft@ soconserv.com

Small Business Partner of the Month

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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 35 • Number 6 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

Intelligent IT Designs is a complete technology solution provider. They are 100% committed to making sure business owners have the most reliable and professional IT service. Their team of talented IT professionals can solve your IT nightmares once and for all. 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 Joshua at 845-454-1700, ext. 1029.


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Wednesday, June 6

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UPCOMING

RIBBON CUTTINGS Friday, June 1

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tion, visit hudsvonvalleycpas.com or call 845.790.4443. Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP is one of the largest and most experienced law firms in the Hudson Valley. With 13 exceptional attorneys, who are active members of our community, we represent a wide array of individuals, businesses, municipalities and institutional clients throughout the area. Their knowledgeable and experienced team of attorneys, along with a dedicated support staff, draws their strength from working together to support each individual case. Please visit srddlaw.com or call 866-290-6929.

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Message from the

Chamber President Frank Castella, Jr.

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s you know, The Chamber is dedicated to not only improving our local economy and business climate, but also the community as a whole. It accomplishes this largely through the work of its affiliate, The Chamber Foundation, Inc. which hosts a variety of leadership and mentorship opportunities as well as a robust scholarship program. In the last weekend of April, The Chamber Foundation presented the second annual Hudson Valley KidVenture. Thousands joined us on the streets of downtown Poughkeepsie for a weekend of discovery, adventure, and learning. I think it’s safe to say the event was a huge success! Notable Foundation successes this past year include close to 80 local high school students completing the Youth Leadership Program, over 30 Poughkeepsie High School students completing the Leadership Connections mentorship program, over 25 pairs of adult professionals either completing or starting a year-long mentorship relationship through the Career Achievement Program, and a newly formed Executive Leadership Program that implemented a four-part, high-level, educational series for current and potential senior executives in the Hudson Valley. In June, 28 adult professionals will graduate from Leadership Dutchess, joining the ranks of more than 700 individuals who have benefitted from this

signature leadership program since its inception in 1986. The Class of 2018’s recent Cirque 29 Masquerade fundraising event was a huge success and the final fundraising total will be revealed at their graduation this month. The Foundation’s grand finale happens at the June Contact Breakfast, where we will award nearly $40,000 to local students to further their education goals. See Page 1 for complete event information. I hope you will join me as we recognize these students for their hard work and determination. In short, The Chamber Foundation is deeply rooted in its mission to further enhance the future of our community through training, education, mentorship, and commitment to community service. I commend the hard work and dedication of The Chamber Foundation’s staff, its board of directors and the many volunteers who help to make the programming possible. Please consider giving of your — together we can make a difference in our community. For more information on The Chamber Foundation’s programming, volunteer opportunities as well as to donate, visit chamberfdn.org. Sincerely,

Frank M. Castella, Jr., President & CEO

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UPCOMING

EVENTS Tuesday, June 5

Chamber Network, Present & Refer 7:30 - 9 a.m. Warlock Athletics Home of Warlock CrossFit 60 Firemens Way Poughkeepsie

Chamber Network, Present & Refer, a targeted networking event, is limited to 25 Chamber members, one person per industry. Attendees will exchange information on their 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 their organization. Sponsored by: TEG Federal Credit Union

Wednesday, June 6

Beginner Yoga with HVYP & DCRCOC Health & Wellness 5 - 7 p.m. Hudson Valley Healing Center Salt Cave + Yoga 51 Springside Avenue Poughkeepsie

Join the Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee and the Hudson Valley Young Professionals for an evening of Kundalini Yoga, networking and refreshments at the Hudson Valley Healing Center. Sponsored by: Health Quest and M&T Bank

7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

Monthly contact breakfast. The Chamber Foundation will present scholarships to local students at this annual education breakfast. As you all know, there are many people in need of our assistance. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee has partnered with our Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at our Contact Breakfast. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Sponsored by: Rhinebeck Bank

Wednesday, June 20

Business Education Seminar: Using Instagram as a Marketing Tool 9 - 11 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

The Business Education Committee will present a seminar featuring Ed Weeks of Hudson Valley Social Media. Learn how to use Instagram as part of your integrated marketing plan to promote your business or organization. Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP and Mehl & Associates, CPAs

Thursday, June 21

WLA - Planning Along A Lifetime Career Path 5 - 7 p.m. ChangePoint Church 260 Mill Street Poughkeepsie

Join us for a panel of experts who will share their firsthand experiences gleaned from a lifetime of careers

developed by taking risks and managing transitions. They will discuss the road to success and share their bumps along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to connect in breakout sessions of small focus groups aimed at early, mid-career and established professionals. Sponsored by: Rondout Savings Bank

Wednesday, June 27

Floating Business Break: Sailing to Margaritaville 5 - 9 p.m. Shadows On The Hudson 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

The Chamber’s monthly networking event hits the Hudson with River Rose Tours out of Shadows Marina in Poughkeepsie. Network, relax, dine and unwind. Entertainment for the Floating Business Break will be provided. Boarding begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. with departure at 6 p.m. sharp. The cruise lasts until 9 p.m. Members only event. Please call 845454-1700 ext. 1000 for reservations, space is limited! Sponsored by: Branding Pros, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., Mehl & Associates, CPAs, Poughkeepsie Galleria, and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 6 - 8

27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival Dutchess County Fairgrounds 6636 Route 9 Rhinebeck

Our festival is BACK with lots of exciting things planned for the whole weekend! Follow us on social media for updates all weekend! #HVBalloon. Complete event information and schedule of events at balloonfesthv.com Special thanks to our event sponsors: Bottini Fuel, LCS Facility Group, Inc. & Q92

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Owning it: The risks and rewards of owning your own business

Melissa Surprise, Surprise Photography

Rhinebeck Bank, Melissa Surprise of Surprise Photography, Anna Trocino of the American Cancer Society, Gloria Cukar of MidHudson Regional

Career and Family - is there such a thing as balance? Anna Trocino, American Heart Association

Hospital, and Lauree Ostrofsky of Hudson Valley Women in Business. Topics will include creating a career plan, the challenges of starting your own business, wanting to better balance your personal and

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Networking Naturally

Michelle BaroneLepore, Rhinebeck Bank

Finding new challenges and making the change

Gloria Cukar, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital

professional list, giving back to the community, and learning how to network like a professional. Rondout Savings Bank proudly sponsors this complimentary event. To register, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700, ext. 1000.

Change: Figuring out where to start Lauree Ostrofsky, Hudson Valley Women in Business

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he Women’s Leadership Alliance presents its next educational event “Planning Along a Lifetime Career Path” on Thursday, June 21, from 5-7 p.m. at the ChangePoint Church in Poughkeepsie. After a period of networking, attendees will get to hear from a panel of savvy women professionals. These experts will share their firsthand experiences gleaned from a lifetime of careers developed by taking risks and managing transitions. They will discuss the road to success and share their bumps along the way. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect in breakout sessions of small focus groups aimed at early, mid-career and established professionals. Panelists include Michelle Barone-Lepore of

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2018 Corporate Sponsors A Special Thank You to our

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veteran-Owned

CORPORATE LEADERS:

The Chamber is proud to join County Executive Marcus Molinaro and the Dutchess County Historical Society in supporting 2018 as the Year of the Veteran in Dutchess County by offering special promotional opportunities for our veteran-owned member businesses. If you are, or know of a veteran-owned business, visit dcrcoc.org/veterans to enroll. CORPORATE PARTNERS:

Bonura Hospitality Group Coffee System of the Hudson Valley DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota | Hudson Valley Audio Visual iHeartMedia | Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. M&T Bank | MidHudson Regional Hospital Poughkeepsie Galleria | Poughkeepsie Journal Media RBT CPAs, LLP | Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Royal Carting Service Company CORPORATE SUPPORTERS:

Adams Fairacre Farms | Branding Pros D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Marshall & Sterling Insurance | Mehl & Associates, CPA’s Mid-Hudson Civic Center | N&S Supply Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Rhinebeck Bank Riverside Bank – A Division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company S&O Construction Services | ServiceMaster Restore by Nest Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP TEG Federal Credit Union | The Arc of Dutchess Tompkins Mahopac Bank Community PARTNERS:

CareMount Medical | Hudson Valley Renegades Fortress Financial Advisory Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC Mackey Butts & Wise | Meyer Contracting Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. | Ulster Savings Bank MEDIA PARTNERS:

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he Chamber’s Network, Present & Refer, a targeted networking event offering a unique opportunity for members to share information with other, Network, Present & Refer sponsored by

non-competing professionals and business owners, returns at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at Warlock Athletics Home of Warlock CrossFit, located at 60 Firemens Way in Poughkeepsie. Attendees will exchange information on their organization or company—such as a brief business description, promoting upcoming events, and sharing brochures and/ or business cards—in a roundtable setting. TEG Federal Credit Union

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one week in advance. In order to diversify these events, members are limited to attending a maximum of two and presenting at one Network, Present, & Refer events per year. Thanks to our generous sponsor, this event is complimentary to attend, but registration is required. Call 845-454-1700, ext. 1000 to RSVP.

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mart home tech is all the rage. And it seems we’ll do anything to achieve the goal of having a home that can do everything from a phone app or voice command. However, there are some things you should know as you decide to dip your toe in the smart products pool but for this article let’s start with lighting. Most big box stores carry smart switches, which is common smart product to control your lighting. But there are also have smart bulbs and plugs, which when combined to your smart switches, could offer a better custom fit for your needs. Smart bulbs not only let you set a schedule or give you the ability to control them remotely – but they also allow you to change colors on a whim. Smart plugs on the other hand allow you to turn an existing

lamp into a device that can be controlled remotely or scheduled in a simpler way if they don’t accept the installation of a smart bulb. You also have the flexibility to move a smart plug or bulb to wherever you may need it. Smart switches are a bit more of a permanent installation but still give you the flexibility to use the manual switches or remote controls. You can use the existing light fixtures that can’t accept smart bulbs as well. Mixing and matching these products in various areas of your home allows you to customize the look and feel throughout your space while still getting better efficiency. Jaime Butler, business development specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., contributed this article. For more information about IES, visit ies-ny. com or call 845-226-9983.

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Attorneys & Legal Services Maker, Fragale & DiCostanzo, LLP

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845-897-1777 Fax: 845-897-1778 Email: ebaecher@aol.com Web: www.ntcautobody andglass.com Contact: Edward Baecher Autobody repair.

Bed & Breakfasts Brinckerhoff Inn Bed and Breakfast

1577 Route 52 Fishkill, New York 12524 845-765-2535 Email: Brinckerhoff.inn@gmail.com Web: www.Brinckerhoffinn.com Contact: Robert Chiulli A 300 year old historic house with nine beautiful guest bedrooms.

Beer Manufacturing Sloop Brewing Co.

2070 Rt. 52 Building 330C, Suite 1 Fishkill, NY 12524 (917) 848-3865 Email: adam@sloopbrewing.com Web: www.sloopbrewing.com Contact: Adam Watson Brewery and Tasting Room

Cemeteries Fishkill Rural Cemetery

Automobile Dealers

801 Route 9 Fishkill, NY 12524 845-896-6227 Fax: 845-896-1597 Email: fishkillruralcemetery@ verizon.net Contact: Sterling Gaston

Poughkeepsie Nissan

Churches & Synagogues

1445 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-4314 Fax: 845-297-6557 Email: poknissan@aol.com Web: www.poughkeepsie nissan.com Contact: Fran Pomarico New and used car dealership.

Congregation Schomre Israel

18 Park Ave. Poughkeepsie, new york 12603 845-454-2890 Email: schomre1@aol.com Web: www.schomreisrael.org Contact: Leonard Grosman

Automobile Services, Repair & Maintenance

Dentists - Specialists

NTC Collision Services

1557 Route 82, Suite 5 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-896-8880

218 Route 9 Fishkill, NY 12524

Dutchess Orthodontics

Fax: 845-896-2439 Email: dr.kelly.walters@gmail.com Web: www.dutchessortho.com Contact: Kelly Walters, D.M.D. Providing children, teens and adults with high quality care including traditional and aesthetic braces and invisalign.

Electrical Contractors DS Electric

23 South Creek Road Staatsburg, NY 12580 845-240-1235 Fax: 845-240-1960 Email: dave@dselectric.org Web: www.dselectric.org Contact: Dave Stewart Residential and commercial electrical contractor focused on customer service. Generac generator sales and service.

Engineering and/or Surveying Services TEC Land Surveying PC

15c Tioronda Avenue Beacon, NY 12508 845-445-6590 Email: tomc@tecls.com Web: www.teclandsurveying.com Contact: Thomas E. Cerchiara

Financial Services Colonial Voluntary Benefits / National Wealth Network

1131 Freedom Plains Road LaGrangevile, NY 12540 516-967-3643 Email: mike.tannenbaum@ coloniallife.com Web: www.coloniallife.com Contact: Michael Tannenbaum

Financial Services Merrill Lynch

200 Park Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10166 (212) 338-6279 Email: dianne.delfino@ml.com Contact: Dianne Delfino AVP/Financial Advisor Holistic Financial Planning, Investments, Deposits, Insurance, Lending, Business Succession, Estate and Trust Planning

Grocery Stores & Supermarkets Hannaford Food and Drug Store #334

1490 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-8254 Fax: 845-297-8359 Web: www.hannaford.com Contact: Donna Munoz Full service supermarket with 14 stores in the lower Hudson Valley.

Health & Wellness Johanna’s Raw Foods

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Omega announces scholarship opportunities

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning, announced today that more than $300,000 will be awarded in full and partial scholarships to eligible applicants for more than 70 workshops taking place on their Hudson Valley campus in 2018. “Omega is committed to modeling a holistic learning environment. We can’t achieve full participation without removing economic barriers that exist,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega. “Our scholarship fund is creating increased access to the educational opportunities that we offer and, importantly, helping us bring a diversity of voices, perspectives, and life experiences to Omega’s learning community.” To see the full list of scholarships, and for more information, visit eOmega.org/scholarships.

Women in Business event is planned

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union is hosting Women in Business: 2018 – Maximizing our Potential on Tuesday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Morning session topics include expanding your business at your pace, as well as two panel discussions on executive/entrepreneurial success stories and creating your company’s culture and hiring for it effectively. End the morning at our networking lunch with keynote speaker Casey Brown, President of Boost Pricing, and learn how to “Get Paid Well for Your Excellence.” Casey’s Ted Talk has been viewed more than 2.4 million times. Join us at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor for just $59 for all sessions, conti-

Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference

The Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference is being held on June 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Culinary Institute of America. The conference will focus on how individuals and businesses can be involved in the film industry in the Hudson Valley, with breakout topics on casting, job training, film festivals and local economic development – plus there will be networking opportunities. It’s a great opportunity for local businesses, including caterers and hotels, to learn about how they can work with the film industry. Sponsorships, tickets, and more information about the event can be found at: www.dutchesstourism.com/hv-filmconference

Warlock Athletics hosts 6 Week Challenge

Want to take your fitness to a new level? Or maybe you’re new to fitness and looking to jump-start a healthier life? Even if you’re just looking for a great place to socialize while improving your health! Our 6 Week Challenge can be tailored for absolutely anyone, regardless of experience or athletic ability. It doesn’t require any special skills other than the desire to work hard with a small group of other motivated individuals. What You Can Expect: A super-welcoming environment that reduces stress, helps you get in shape through exercise and nutrition guidance, and a fun way to help you achieve your individual fitness goals! Dates: Week of June 11 to week of July 16 Cost: $250, includes:

• 3 one-hour, coach-led classes per week for 6 weeks • Nutritional education and guidance • Check-ins along the way to help keep you motivated and accountable For more info, visit www. warlockathletics.com/6-weekchallenge.

City of Poughkeepsie receives NYCOM Local Government Award

The New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) selected the City of Poughkeepsie as a first place winner of NYCOM’s Local Government Achievement Awards. The awards program, in its 31st year, recognized Poughkeepsie for its Transit Consolidation for Sustainability project. In commenting on the award, NYCOM President James Miccio, Mayor of the Village of Fishkill, stated: “The City of Poughkeepsie is to be commended for its desire to improve City services as well as the City’s finances through this extraordinary example of intergovernmental collaboration. The Transit Consolidation for Sustainability project will benefit Poughkeepsie for years to come and is just one example of how local officials continue to work diligently to enhance their communities and the quality of life for their residents. I would like to congratulate Mayor Rolison on this tremendous accomplishment.” The City of Poughkeepsie worked with Dutchess County and consolidated their two transit systems. Since the City’s system was experiencing declining ridership and was a drain on the City’s finances, this consolidation will not only save the City money, but has resulted in a significantly improved County bus service which will benefit the many riders who use it. The award was presented on May 6 at NYCOM’s Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs. NYCOM represents 575 cities and villages in New York State and has been in existence since 1910.

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n behalf of The Chamber Foundation, its board of directors, and staff, I am pleased to report that Hudson Valley KidVenture 2018 was a smashing success! This year’s event saw tremendous growth, with better-thanexpected attendance on both Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. We had a sold-out Civic Center, with vendors, performances, food trucks, and event enhancements such as: two days of Touch-a-Truck, a roaming railroad, life-like tyrannosaurus rex, the Market Street performance stage, and much, much more. The community’s support of KidVenture allowed children of all ages to explore and discover the Hudson Valley, and furthered The Chamber Foundation’s mission and promise of providing educational opportunities and resources to our community. I am grateful

Nicholas Shannon Executive Director

for the partnerships and dedication of the many that made this event a success as well as the leadership of the KidVenture Committee led by David Wise and Kate Rabe. A special thank you to our presenting sponsor, IBM as well as the rest of the sponsors for their financial commitment. Also, thank you to the City of Poughkeepsie for stepping up and making our city shine. Finally, thank you to the over 100 volunteers who made sure guests were safe and happy. We couldn’t have done this event without them!

Please keep up on all things KidVenture by visiting hvkidventure.org to see pictures from this year’s event, view sponsors as well as keep an eye on the date for

2019. We’re looking forward to the event returning in April next year...stay tuned!

be a mentor Officers Amy Dittmar, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas, Vice Chair . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Peter Maher, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru Barbara E. Ostrander, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RBT CPAs, LLP Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Directors José L. Carrión . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wappingers Central School District Staci Cussick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Mutual Insurance Tina Hawkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Cap Cleaners Anthony Morando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Matthew Mullaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Cadillac-Buick-GMC Jennifer Pawenski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Chazen Companies Al Torreggiani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Key Construction Services, LLC Robyn Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union David Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mackey Butts & Wise LLP Foundation Staff Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director Anne De Muro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workforce Development Center Program Manager Brianne Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Programming Coordinator Youth One Stop Staff Jessica Vitolano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator Danica Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Case Manager John Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Case Manager

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JUNE 2018WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER 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.

Taking initiative pays off for CAC graduate By Malik Young, Poughkeepsie High School 2016-2017 Career Action Center & Leadership Connections Participant

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always knew what I wanted to do in my future, but there wasn’t any form of guidance given to me in my life. In 2017, I started my own cleaning business. From doing that I have obtained a number of customer service skills and discovered my business niche. Starting my own business and seeing the results from being focused and passionate about what you do, I could see great fulfillment where an otherwise ordinary job could lack. Especially if you started it from the ground up like I did. I sold hundreds of

shirts where I learned a lot of marketing techniques, which usually helps to draw more customers to a business. I was only 17 and making more money than my regular paying job. It started to get so busy and time consuming that it started to have a effect on my school life. Eventually, I put my business on hold and focused on the opportunities I could find in school that’d enhance my business skills. Through my guidance counselor at Poughkeepsie High School, I learned a lot about the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Career Action Center, and the Leadership Connections Program. This Program pairs students with leaders from

our community that come from a variety of industries, career fields, and businesses. It also prepares young adults to seek careers of their interest and what’s required

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 participant blazes trails By Rosemary Grabowska Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator

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tephanie came to Youth One Stop last fall. She was already working as a C.N.A. but felt she could do more. After enrolling in the program she began working with a case manager on entering Emergency Medical Technician training. If she completed the course, Stephanie would be Youth One Stop’s first certificate in that field. She began the process by completing a job shadow day in which she observed the dayto-day operations of EMT personnel. This is a required part of the applicant for Youth One Stop in

order to confirm that such training is what the individual really wants. Stephanie wasn’t phased by what she observed. She completed the remainder of the application; wrote an essay detailing her passion for helping others and being of service. In her application interview she was reminded that emergency workers do not get snow days; people’s lives depend on them. She nodded and said, “I can do this.” This past winter, Stephanie began the EMT training program with Dutchess Community College, while still working as a C.N.A. in Hyde Park. She enjoyed the class though it was

challenging and progressed quickly in picking up new skills. When it came time for the final certification test, she felt a little nervous, but knew she had studied and prepared as best she could. Unfortunately, in her first attempt she failed. But Stephanie didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for herself. She reapplied to take the exam, studied hard and took it again. This time she passed with a 95. Youth One Stop is exceptionally proud of Stephanie. With determination, confidence, and hard work she’s blazed a new trail! We admire that she stepped out of her comfort zone, pushed herself to new heights and succeeded. We look forward to helping other youth with passion and grit to achieving their professional and educational goals.

WWW.DCRCOC.ORG in order to begin that career path. During this year-long program, I met influential people such as Katrina Gobins, who has always encouraged me and showed me what I need to do to get my foot through the door in order to succeed. It’s also where I met my mentor, now friend, and business partner Larkland Campbell. He has had a huge impact on my life. I took the initiative to call him to become my lifelong mentor. With his help and guidance, I started to pursue my goals, both short and long term. Some of my short-term goals were to start

self-educating myself on business techniques, self-improvement, decision making, and how to build and maintain good credit. About 8 months into my mentorship, I’ve been able to reach goals I never believed I could achieve in such a short time. I’m now buying property as part of major business projects, as well as getting a job at Mid-Hudson Credit Union. That’s where I plan on continuing my career in the banking industry as well as acquiring a financial education. I plan on one day to inspire youth to believe in themselves, and to teach them that if they’re determined and passionate about something they could achieve their desires. Said Larkland Cambell “It has been my experience that when it comes to people, most have great intentions but few are able execute it to their full potential. Malik has proven to be one of the very few. He has shown great initiative, a definite self starter. He’s shown tremendous dedication over the last year and great passion for business and everything it entails. Malik is well on his way to realizing remarkable results.”

The Workforce Connections Program comprises both education/training services and staffing resources. These organizations are often multifaceted and offer several programs that help with both existing and future employees. The Workforce Connections Program is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Keeping a competitive edge By Karen Williams Workforce Connections Case Manager

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hether you are searching for something fulltime or something to supplement your income, the warm months of summer are always more challenging. There are always so many questions and concerns when hiring or accepting a job, which tends to amplify during the warmer months. Because college graduations pour many new job seekers into the market every year, working to make sure that your resume and cover letter really stand out is most essential. Working with the staff of the

Workforce Connections Program, through group Resume Writing Workshops and individually with Case Managers, the participants of WFC will help ensure that your resumes, cover letters, and references are in excellent shape. The summer months can also pose another challenge for many working and job-seeking parents: childcare. Working to secure and afford reliable and safe childcare during the summer months always poses an additional employment barrier. Working to ensure that all of the potential employment barriers are resolved is key to ensuring the success of our Workforce Connections Participants.


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Congratulations to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue on their 10th anniversary. Visit them at 2699 Route 22 in Dover Plains.

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WLA hosts Business Case for Diversity Corning Glass Barge

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cenes from the May 17 Women’s Leadership Alliance event, The Business Case for Diversity with keynote speaker Mecca Santana, including speakers: Sofia Bonnet Hollis, Wendy Maragh Taylor, Melinda Martinez, Lorraine Lopez-Janove and Freddimir Garcia. Thank you to our sponsors: Association of Fundraising Professionals, Omega Women’s Leadership Center, and Rondout Savings Bank.

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orning Museum of Glass (CMoG) GlassBarge will be docked at Waryas Park on the Poughkeepsie waterfront June 8-10, offering glassblowing demos from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., every 45 minutes. Up to 150 guests are welcome onboard for each 30-minute performance. It’s free, but pre-registration is required to board at www.cmog. org/glassmaking/demos/hot-glassdemos/glassbarge. CMoG celebrates its 150th Anniversary of glassmaking, which began as the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company. Now Corning Incorporated, they relocated via the New York Waterways by canal barge to Corning, now a center for important artistic and technological innovations in glass. Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is sponsoring the barge’s residency in Dutchess County. This 30’ x 80’ canal barge is specially equipped with the Museum’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the recreation of the 1868 barge

voyage emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. In addition to the hot glass demos (rain or shine), there will be a festival on shore. The Dutchess County Historical Society’s Over Here WWI exhibition will be on display, and Ill Harmonix will provide live music and entertainment for the weekend (weather dependent). The South Street Seaport Museum will also be on hand to share information about their role in the GlassBarge project. Again, due to limited seating aboard GlassBarge, reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made at www. cmog.org/glassbarge.

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