Bottom Line - March 2013

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Molinaro to provide look ahead at Breakfast


utchess County Government is in the midst of a multi-year transformation to “right-size” county Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

government, re-establish fiscal stability, build an improved and sustainable economic foundation and meet the needs of our county residents. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro will look back on the work of county government over the past year and discuss what is ahead in a special town-hall style forum at the March Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, March 20 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Molinaro will answer attendee questions and listen to feedback about the goals and

objectives for Dutchess County Government. Immediately following the Contact Breakfast, Molinaro will take part in a closed-door forum with members of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals from 9-10:30 a.m. For more information about this complimentary opportunity for young people to discuss issues important to them with the County Executive, visit Marshall and Sterling Insurance proudly sponsors the March Contact Breakfast. In addition

to Molinaro’s presentation, notfor-profit members Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley, Taconic Resources For Independence, Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and Trinity Players will be in attendance. Remember to bring non-perishable items to be collected for Dutchess Outreach. Chamber members are invited to attend at a cost of $20 with advance reservations. Nonmembers and guests are welcome for $30. Visit to RSVP.

Chambers to offer joint networking opportunity

Small Business Partner of the Month.............. 2 Member Spotlight.....................................3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Upcoming Events......................................6 International Women’s Day ........................ 7 New Members ...................................... 8-9 Member News ...................................10-11 Ribbon Cutting Pictures ........................12-13 Smart Card Deals ................................... 13 The Chamber Foundation.......................... 14 Forty Under 40 ...................................... 16


eet and greet members of the Hyde Park, Rhinebeck and Red Hook Chambers of Commerce at the March Business After Hours. The monthly complimentary networking event takes place on Wednesday, March 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Red Hook Golf Club. Passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be Business After Hours Sponsored by:

available, and attendees can participate in raffles and a 50/50 drawing. LCS Facility Group, Inc. and Rhinebeck Bank proudly sponsor the March Business After Hours. Even though there is no cost to attend, reservations are required. To RSVP, visit or call Whitney at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. LCS Facility Group, Inc. stands above and apart from their competition because their focus is on their customers and the pride they take in being the best. LCS’ professional staff is comprehensively trained and educated to provide customers with the highest level of value and quality of service. Now, as they celebrate 10 years in business, they continue to strive for excellence, improving as they grow. Rhinebeck Bank has seen it all through 152 years, helping their customers succeed, and they remain committed to staying local, involved and responsive in all facets of personal and business banking. Furthermore, as one of the few in-

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Get information about alternative funding options Immediately preceding the March Business After Hours from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, Eric Egeland from Capacity Consulting will present about acquiring alternative funding for your business, touching on everything from hard money to private loans and finding investors, in a pre-Business After Hours educational seminar geared toward anyone looking to start, expand or grow their business. To RSVP for this complimentary event, visit or call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000. Capacity Consulting, Inc. has provided strategic and management consulting services for multiple industries since 1999. They have consulted on hundreds of projects, startups, plans, assessments, turnarounds, closures, and reorganizations. To learn more, visit

dependent banks that haven’t lost its way through mergers and acquisitions, Rhinebeck Bank pledges to continue to deeply invest in the communities they serve. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is

proud to present this joint networking event, giving our members the opportunity to meet and development professional relationships with members of the Hyde Park, Red Hook and Rhinebeck chambers.

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Upcoming events put spring into step

P Officers Jill Sammon, Chair ...........................Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Joseph Bonura, Jr., 1st Vice Chair........................................ The Grandview Ori Brachfeld, 2nd Vice Chair..............................Dash Lock & Key Service John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary ....................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Frank Castella, Jr., Past Chair ................. Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel .................................... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ..................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Carol Gordon .................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Gail Jones ..................................Saint Francis Hospitals and Health Centers Vincent R. Lander ...Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. .............................................. Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer...................................................... The Chazen Companies Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank Scott Pawenski ..........................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman ..........................................................................IES, Inc. Barry Rothfeld ........................................................... Poughkeepsie Journal Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Nancy Amy ..................................................... Director of Member Services Whitney Bowers .........................................Community Relations Specialist Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership Rich Kleban ..............................Director of Communications & Marketing Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Angela Signor .......................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ............................................................... Director of Events Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon ...........................................................Executive Director Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Susan Grecke .................................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................................ Director of Youth Services

unxsutawney Phil granted my wish for any early spring, so let’s see if Mother Nature holds the famous groundhog true to his word! March means madness, and while most people will be following the NCAA and its basketball tournaments (and hopefully the Marist Women’s Basketball team!), the Chamber is having quite a bit of event madness of its own and is holding something for everyone! You can wear your green on March 2 at the Village of Wappingers Falls St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or your blue on March 5 at the Ice House in recognition of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. For those who want to savor the last jolt of winter, join us as we hit the slopes at Jiminy Peak


Jill Sammon on March 3. Or if you fantasize about hitting the greens, attend Business After Hours on March 27; and while we won’t be actually on the putting green, we will be joining the Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park Chambers of Commerce at the Red Hook Golf Club. An event that I am truly excited about is International Women’s Day on March 8. I hope you consider joining us for this wonderful event that is the creation of our

ever-powerful Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA). Melinda Gates once said, “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” The WLA recognizes this and is a network of professional women dedicated to supporting women and providing them with the tools they need for self-fulfillment and success. International Women’s Day is both a celebration of women around the world, and an opportunity to educate people about the plight of women in other countries. Please join us to hear inspirational speeches and walk in solidarity across the Walkway Over the Hudson. Hope to see you on the Walkway!

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Thrivent Financial is a faith-based, not-for-profit membership organization nearly 2.5 million members strong. They’re a Fortune 500 financial services organization with the strength of more than $75 billion in assets under management. The Chamber’s Small Business Partner of the Month offers small businesses (12 employees or less) direct advertising to members and the community through print, electronic and radio media. If you are interested in this program, please contact Nancy Amy at 845-454-1700.

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Health and Wellness Club is introduced


t the suggestion of membership, the Chamber has recently introduced a new Health and Wellness Club. The group aims to promote health and wellness among area businesspeople and offers opportunities for everyone to learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the committee is to create awareness about healthy choices, provide venues for the promotion of Chamber members in the health industry, provide opportuni-

ties to include members’ families in Chamber events, and promote healthy living to the community. Dr. Pat Heaney, chairperson of the Health and Wellness Club, along with the other committee members, understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The group includes a physician, chiropractor, and nutritionist, as well as others. They hope to partner with many Chamber members and organizations to encourage a holistic and well-rounded approach

to wellness. Chamber CFO Audra Gerty and Nancy Amy, Director of Member Services, serve as the staff liaisons for the committee. The Health and Wellness Club is excited about the events planned for 2013, including their first, a ski trip at Jiminy Peak scheduled for the first weekend in March. Members can expect a Living Well Expo in April, as well as a 5K Freedom Run in July. For more from the Health and Wellness Club, visit and visit their webpage under the ‘Committees’ tab.

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he Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA) has been working diligently to prevent child abuse in Dutchess County since 1973. Originally named Task Force for Child Protection, CPCA encourages child sexual abuse prevention, multidisciplinary responses to child sexual abuse and severe abuse/neglect, and parent empowerment. At this time, CPCA is serving more than 15,000 children and adults. Approximately 3,000 child abuse reports are handled each year in Dutchess County. Last year, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a CPCA program, worked with 823 of those children. Every year, the CAC serves a growing number of victims. CPCA also helps to educate parents through the Parent Empowerment Pro-

currently employs 14 full-time workers and three part-time staff members, but their current location is not sufficient for each worker to have even a desk and computer. CPCA hopes to expand and develop their programs in a better-suited environment that would benefit both the workers and clients, with additional space and technology needed to serve the growing population of child victims. CPCA further wishes to fill the walls of its new CAC with tiles of child artwork. A generous Ulster County artist is making these tiles onto which art can be scanned. Large tiles are $150 and small tiles are $100. Companies who support the CPCA will be acknowledged on the tile they purchase. For more information about the CPCA or to donate to their capital campaign, visit



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MARCH 2013


Making your website an online business

T by Charles S. North


ver the past several months, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been working with Walkway Over the Hudson and Scenic Hudson on a comprehensive plan to help create, label, brand and promote the new “Greater Walkway Region.” These efforts have included a large number of organizations and representatives from municipalities on both sides of the Hudson. We are all working together to boost the profile of the Greater Walkway Region, bring tourists to the Hudson River Valley and help the local economy by generating increased revenues and tax dollars. The Chamber has been working on behalf of our members to attain these goals. The Poughkeepsie Journal noted these efforts in a recent editorial in particular the branding aspect of it. They wrote: One strategy is to create sharp, prominent signs promoting the “Greater Walkway Region” and using color codes and icons to depict the various offerings, from shops and restaurants to scenic views. These signs will be placed in neighboring areas around the span, enticing Walkway visitors to explore the surrounding communities. Chamber members as well as the business community at-large have the opportunity to get involved in these efforts. There will be dozens of signs on both sides of the river directing visitors to the

Greater Walkway District. These signs will be large and very visible, and they can include your name as a way of promoting a business or organization. They will be placed throughout neighborhoods in Poughkeepsie and Highland, around parking lots, the train station, rail trails and more. The Chamber has already committed to sponsoring one of these signs, located at the Parker Avenue parking lot at the east entrance to the Walkway. Attractive sponsorship packages will soon be available for all size businesses and organizations, and if you are interested in helping support these efforts and being recognized on one or more of these signs you should keep an eye out for more information from us, the Walkway and Scenic Hudson in the coming weeks. This is truly one of the top tourist destinations in the Northeast. We hope to not only attract people to our great communities, but also keep them here to take advantage of our wonderful restaurants, attractions and retail shops. Let’s all work together to embrace the Greater Walkway Region, showcase our area businesses, and (as always) Think Local First!


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HVYPs plan networking at Torches


he Hudson Valley Young Professionals (from both Dutchess County and Westchester/Putnam counties) are joining forces with the Orange County Young Professionals for a night of relaxing after-work networking on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Torches on the Hudson in Newburgh.

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plimentary event. Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Torches and a cash bar will be available. Attendees can participate in door prize raffles and a 50/50 drawing with proceeds to benefit local not-forprofit organizations. To RSVP, visit For more information, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000.

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PARTNERS: All Access Dental • Bonura Hospitality Group • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Design Intervention Studio • Hudson Valley Audio Visual • Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. M&T Bank • Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. SUPPORTERS: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. • EmbroidMe • Hudson Valley Renegades LCS Facility Group, Inc. • Marshall & Sterling Insurance • Mid-Hudson Subaru • N&S Supply Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center • Poughkeepsie Journal • Rhinebeck Bank Riverside Bank • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. • Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP • TD Bank TEG Federal Credit Union • Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home • Ulster Savings Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs MEDIA PARTNERS: Clear Channel Media & Entertainment • Cumulus Broadcasting • Fox Radio • Radio Woodstock 100.1



MARCH 2013

The sky is the limit when you use the Cloud for technology


osted Exchange may be something you’ve heard about in conjunction with the “Cloud” on recent technology posts or in the news. Let’s understand what it is and what it could mean to your business. Instead of having a physical server at your office that handles all of your email accounts, shared calendars and contact features that you need to maintain, update and keep running so you have email when you want it, your email accounts and associated information are hosted by a provider across the Internet on their virtual server in the cloud. What’s the advantage of this

verses the traditional method? For one, you have almost continuous access to your email at all times and it offers you a variety of features. You have none of the maintenance or management headaches that come with having your own physical server. If you don’t have an IT person on staff, this makes creating and managing accounts as simple as a phone call or email to your provider.

You also receive automatic back up of all mail accounts with most service providers, so if anything ever becomes corrupt and needs to be restored, the information is readily available – can you say the same about the accounts set up on your actual exchange server? This isn’t something you want to enter into lightly; you want to make sure you consider all the factors including the costs involved, as a hosted exchange provider has a lot of options on how they decide to charge you for your accounts and their maintenance. Depending on the size of your business, it could be more costeffective to keep your physical

server environment in place. Hosted Exchange offers options like “Encryption” that ensures you are HIPAA compliant. Spam filtering is standard and it may be easier and more cost-effective to pay for Hosted Exchange accounts than to worry about obtaining all these pieces yourself. Timing is another factor. Moving from a traditional server to Hosted Exchange may only make sense if your current server is at its end of life. Another

consideration is your Internet connection. You may need to consider establishing a redundant Internet connection to make sure you always have access your email. As with any technology decision, look at the big picture. This article was provided by Jaime Butler, Business Development Specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. For more information about IES, please visit them online at or call 845-226-9983.

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Healthy planet, health body event

Green Symposium Sponsored by:

Marianne Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning & Academic Resources, will serve as symposium host. After lunch, health and wellness topics take center stage with various presenters from throughout Dutchess County to be announced. Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy, LLC; Topical BioMedics, Inc.; Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc.; and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation proudly sponsor the Living a Green and Healthy Lifestyle symposium, while Radio Woodstock 100.1 serves as media partner. This event is complimentary to attend, however reservations are required. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc. org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.


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County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Living Green Committee and Health and Wellness Club have teamed up to host “Living a Green and Healthy Lifestyle” on Tuesday, April 30 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. inside the Aula at Vassar College. The day begins with a focus on environmental issues as Vassar College sustainability assistant Alistair Hall and purchasing department buyer Karen Gallagher present about the college’s efforts to promote green practices in purchasing and waste reduction. Dave Byrne from Hudson Solar and Mike Arnoff from Arnoff Moving and Storage will then share the story of their success with their recent solar project. A question and answer session will follow.



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MARCH 2013 The Hudson Valley Young Professionals (from both Dutchess County and Westchester/Putnam counties) are joining forces with the Orange County Young Professionals for a night of relaxing and after-work networking.


EVENTS Sunday, March 3

Health and Wellness 1st Annual Family Ski Trip

Agenda: Meet at Chamber 5:30 a.m.; Bus departs 6:00 a.m.; Returning to Chamber 5:00 p.m. Jiminy Peak 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA Spnsored by: Staff-Line, Inc. and Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, PC

Tuesday, March 5

Early Bird Connections - A Speed Networking Event 7 - 8:30 a.m. Durants Party Rentals 1155 Route 9, Wappingers Falls Sponsored by: Durants Party Rentals

Tuesday, March 5

Colon Cancer Awareness Night

5 - 7 p.m. Poughkeepsie Ice House Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Premier Medical Group

Friday, March 8

International Women’s Day

2:30 - 5 p.m. 61 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie Walkway over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Complete Benefit Solutions (COBESO); Health Quest; KeyBank; DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota; Ulster Savings Bank; Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Vassar College

Thursday, March 14

HVYP Networking Mixer with Orange County Young Professionals 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Torches on the Hudson Newburgh Waterfront

Wednesday, March 20

Contact Breakfast Featuring Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro 7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie

Sponsored by: Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Wednesday, March 20

HVYP Forum with Marcus Molinaro 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Starlight Room 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie

Members of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals are invited to meet and address Marcus Molinaro in this closeddoor forum. Complimentary to attend, open to HVYP members only. Not a member of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals? Visit

Thursday, March 21

SBA Days

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chamber Office One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie


RIBBON CUTTINGS Wednesday, March 6

Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc.

8:30 a.m. 3 Nancy Court, Suite 1, Wappingers Falls Join us as we kickoff IES’s Two-Day Seminar Series: “15 Years of Wisdom from 15 Years in the Industry.”

Wednesday, March 6

Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse 4 p.m. 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

Join us in celebrating with Mahoney’s their newly renovated catering room!

Monday, March 18

Friendly Ford

1 p.m. 2250 South Road, Poughkeepsie Join us as we kick-off Friendly Ford’s Grand Opening Week! All week there will be special pricing on new, pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles as well as special offers in their service department. Refreshments will be provided.

Topic: Export Express Program Sponsored by: KeyBank

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 27

12 p.m. 817 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park

Pre-Business After Hours 4 - 5 p.m. Red Hook Golf Club, Inc. 650 Route 199, Red Hook

Topic: Alternative funding options Hosted by: Capacity Consulting

Wednesday, March 27

Joint Business After Hours

5 - 7 p.m. Red Hook Golf Club, Inc. 650 Route 199, Red Hook Sponsored by: LCS Facility Group, Inc.; Rhinebeck Bank

Thursday, March 28

Business Education Seminar

7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Office One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Topic: Print Advertising Sponsored by: Gellert & Klein, P.C.

Big Bear Ziplines

Come celebrate with Big Bear! They won Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation’s Business Excellence Award in Tourism.

Tuesday, March 19

Billy Joe’s Ribworks Outpost

4:30 p.m. 1557 Route 9, Wappingers Falls Join us in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Billy Joe’s Wappingers location! Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Friday, April 5

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

4 p.m. 2507 South Road, Poughkeepsie Join us in celebrating Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s One Year Anniversary! Refreshments will be provided.

Learn how to obtain financing for loans and lines of credit


on Goldstein from the Small Business Administration will be presenting in March at SBA Days, scheduled for Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Chamber’s offices in Poughkeepsie. He will discuss the SBA Export Express Program, which provides exporters and lenders a streamlined method to obtain SBA-backed financing for loans and lines of credit up to $500,000. The program lenders use their own credit decision process and loan documentation. SBA then provides an expedited eligibility review and provides a response

within 24 hours. This complimentary event is sponsored by KeyBank, and lunch will be served. The public, as well as Chamber members, are invited to SBA Days, with advance registration requested. To RSVP, visit or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. SBA Days Sponsored by:

Workshop to provide tips on printing, using QR codes


avid Monto, founder of Dutchess ProPrint, will be presenting “Maximizing Print in the Digital Age” at this month’s Business Education Seminar on T h u r s d a y, March 28 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Chamber office in Poughkeepsie. Monto’s “Are You QRious?” MoNTo segment will cover Quick Response (QR) codes, noting how they allow print and local web media to work together. Business Education Seminar Sponsored by:

He will also address Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) and the ways it can help to inexpensively reach more customers. In 1986, Monto, a founding member of the National Print started Owners Association, Dutchess ProPrint. Since then, ProPrint has grown because of its dependability and reliability, as well as its commitment to fair prices and treatment of customers with the utmost respect. Anyone looking to enhance their marketing strategy, from a small business owner to a corporate marketer, can benefit from the strategies presented by ProPrint at this Business Education event. Gellert & Klein, P.C. sponsors the Business Education Seminar. It is complimentary to attend; however, registration is required. Please visit or call Whitney at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 to save your place.



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here in the Hudson Valley, as well as globally. Local women’s organizations have the opportunity to share their work at the event as well. More information on these vendors is on the Woman’s Leadership Alliance website, COBESO, Inc., DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Health Quest, KeyBank, Vassar College, Ulster Savings Bank, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies are proud sponsors of International Women’s Day. More information about the WLA, as well as an International Women’s Day Registration form, can be found at Registration can also be completed by calling 845-4541700 ext.1000 or e-mailing




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he Woman’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) will once again be marching over the Walkway Over the Hudson in commemoration and support of International Women’s Day. Celebrated around the world on March 8, International Women’s Day raises awareness of women’s issues and highlights their many accomplishments. This year’s theme, The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum, focuses on these achievements and the progression of equality throughout time, while also encouraging women to remain persistent for further change. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with a ceremony in honor of International Women’s Day. The march over the Walkway then commences at 4:15. Attendees should meet at the Poughkeepsie entrance to the Walkway Over the Hudson, 61 Parker Avenue. It is suggested that participants park on the Highland side of the Walkway, where they will be shuttled to the location and back to their cars at the end of the walk. The entire event, including parking, is complementary. The WLA understands the importance of support in accomplishing desired success. They encour-


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ATTORNEYS & LEGAL SERVICES Denise M. FitzPatrick, Esq. 43 Bennett Common Way Millbrook, NY 12545 845-926-0677 Email: Contact: Denise M. FitzPatrick, Owner Practice of law, litigation, appeals, medical malpractice, environmental, land use, real estate issues and transactions, water drainage, Article 78 proceedings, matrimonials and family court matters.

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CAREER CONNECTIONS FOR PROFESSIONALS Keith Stroud 20 Townsend Extension LaGrangeville, NY 12540 845-226-3923 Email: Contact: Keith Stroud Experienced plumber, maintenance professional and landscaper seeks employment as a professional indoor/outdoor maintenance mechanic.

DANCERS & DANCE COMPANIES/ STUDIOS/INSTRUCTION Miss Becca’s Dance Centre, Inc. 1601 Main Street PO Box 663 Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 845-891-4556 Email: missbeccasdancecentre@ Web: Contact: Becca Gapinski, Owner/ Choreographer Est. 2012; A fun and friendly environment, committed to providing the best dance education for ages 3 and up.



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DENTISTS - SPECIALISTS Cigna Orthodontics 592 Route 22 Pawling, NY 12533 845-227-7880/Fax: 845-227-2804 Email: Web: Contact: RoseAnn Salvo, Administrator Est. 1989; Orthodontic practice for children, teens and adults. Over 7000 smiles completed! Free exam, call today.

DOG GROOMING Bow Wow Salon 119 Academy Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-485-3402 Email: Contact: Teresa Berry Est. Oct. 2012; Experienced dog groomer with flexible hours. References available.

Groomingdales Doggie Daycare & Salon 1385 Noxon Road LaGrangeville, NY 12540 845-447-1DOG Email: info@ Web: www. Contact: Joyce Redl, Owner Est. Feb. 2013; Exclusively For Dogs! 2000 square foot indoor facility with outdoor area. Crate-free grooming with relaxing spa and play area. Designed to give dogs the exercise and attention they need. Open 7 AM – 7 PM, Monday – Friday. Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

FARMING & AGRICULTURE Hitchcock Cattle Corporation 248 Hitchcock Lane PO Box AD Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-9564/Fax: 845-677-9560 Contact: Catherine Culkin, Office Manager Est. 1963; Purchase and breed cattle; grow hay and corn.



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37 Baron Drive Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-790-4302 Email: Web: Contact: Thomas Pasqua, President Est. 1997; We are a CPA and Registered Investment Advisory firm offering fiduciary investment and consulting services to retirement plan sponsors of 401(k) plans, other defined contribution plans and defined benefit plans.

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2537 Route 52 East Fishkill, NY 12533 Katy Dwyer Design 845-226-6126/Fax: 845-226-8569 Kingston, NY 12402 Email: joshua.breitmaier@ 845-901-9047 Email: Web: Web: Contact: Josh Breitmaier, Unit Contact: Katy Dwyer Field Trainer Est. 2012; Full-service graphic Est. 1879; Senior services firm design studio offering design, working closely with seniors and the marketing, and branding services areas of their retirement. Medicare, to small, independently-owned long-term care, home care, final and start-up businesses. Over 4 expenses, retirement income and year experience helping clients savings and estate planning. establish, develop, and enforce their brands through logo INTERNET SERVICES development, identity design, brochures, websites, trade show graphics, advertisements, and more. 84 Alda Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-704-7464 Email: Web: Contact: Trista Polo Est. Nov. 2008; Internet franchise offering products and services in internet and web solutions. Sponsor: Joann DiNotte, Complete Balance Wellness Center


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William Reinert Associates, Inc. PO Box 1049 Millerton, NY 12546 212-799-5365/Fax: 775-259-5585 Email: Web: Contact: Bill Reinert, President Est. July 2001; Classical music artist, conductor, singer management.

RESTAURANTS Izumi Fusion 18 Westage Business Center Drive Fishkill, NY 12524 845-896-2888 Web: Contact: Long Guo Est. 2013; Izumi features three distinct dining areas plus a bar. The hibachi area, with large flat top grills, provides ample seating for large groups. The sushi bar featuring fresh seafood allows you to watch the sushi chefs create and plate their masterpieces. The dining area has individual tables for a quieter meal. Sponsor: Greg Ball, New York State Senate



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MEMBER NEWSLINE News... New Horizons Resources, Inc. Executive Director Regis Obijiski resigned from his position effective at the end of January. Obijiski had been with New Horizons for 26 years and has been recruited by Commissioner Courtney Bourke to serve as the Deputy Director of Workforce & Talent Development for New York State OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities). William Beattie, who has been with the agency for 30 years and currently serves as the Associate Executive Director, was appointed to Obijiski’s position by the board of directors. New Horizons Resources, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency that employs 430 staff and provides services to 400 children and adults in the Hudson Valley with developmental disabilities. The agency was founded in 1974 with a mission to enable people with developmental disabilities to achieve fulfilling lives within their local communities by engendering a sense of home, belonging, self-determination, learning, productivity and individual respect. For more information on New Horizons Resources, Inc. and New Horizons Foundation, please contact Beth Cookinham, Foundation Director at 473-3000 x 322 or The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, environmental, planning, and landscape architecture services, announced that it has become an employee-owned firm by implementing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for

the benefit of its employees. Chazen was able to create an ESOP as a result of recent changes in New York State law with respect to ownership of certain professional corporations. With the change in law, employees that are not licensed engineers, land surveyors, architects or landscape architects are now allowed to collectively own up to 25% of a professional corporation. Founded over 65 years ago, The Chazen Companies is a professional services firm with an accomplished staff of over 100, including more than 40 licensed or certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Chazen serves a diverse range of clients, including land developers, municipalities, healthcare and educational institutions, and private industries from offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy, and Glens Falls, New York. Ulster Savings Bank announced the selection of Lisa M. Cathie, President and CEO, to the New York Federal Reserve’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). The New York Fed’s CDIAC, created in 2011, consists of CEOs from a broad group of commercial banks, thrift institutions, and credit unions in the Second District. The CDIAC provides input on the economy, lending conditions and other district issues to the New York Federal Reserve. Cathie’s community service includes serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, Marist College Strategic Planning and Steering Committee, as Chairman of Marist College’s Global and Professional Programs Advisory Board, and involvement with numerous organizations throughout the area. She is a graduate of Marist College, Dutchess Community College, and of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Cathie joined Ulster Savings Bank in 2011. She resides in Highland with her husband, Bruce, and their children, Daniel and Rachel.

Marist Fishkill has a new HR Professional Development offering. SHRM Essentials® of Human Resource Management is an introductory course which gives a comprehensive overview of human resource roles and responsibilities to those who are just starting in the H.R. profession or those looking to gain employee management skills. The course provides participants critical knowledge for reducing potentially costly lawsuits as well as improving ability to handle challenging HR issues. This 5 session program runs from 6-9 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, March 6 and ending on April 3. Call the Marist Fishkill Executive Center at 845 897-9648 for more information. Together Rebuilding Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates homes and revitalizes communities to make them safe and healthy. The organization is happy to announce that TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, has awarded a $5,000 grant to support the Rebuilding Day Program. This grant will support Rebuilding Together Dutchess County’s Rebuilding Day Program, bringing volunteers together to donate their skills and time to help homeowners return to a warm, safe, and dry environment. Over 400 homes have been served since Rebuilding Together Dutchess County’s inception 20 years ago. Eddy A. Sloshower is pleased to announce that he has expanded his Insurance and Business Consulting business to include not only worksite voluntary benefits, but company health plans and business audits to reduce operating expenses and increase revenue. Operating as a broker, Sloshower now works with major insurance carriers offering Short Term Disability, Accident, Cancer, Critical Illness, Hospital, Term, Whole Life, Group Plans, Medical Plans, and LTC. Individual coverage is also available. Also in re-

viewing existing company health plans and the overall operating expenses of a business, Sloshower is able to identify areas of possible cost cutting which will lead to an increase in company revenue. He can be reached at 914-772-3853 or 511NY is the official one-stop, all-encompassing telephone and Web service offering information on transportation services and conditions throughout New York State. This information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and there are no charges for these services. 511NY is bringing together a multitude of transportation information available in New York State in one easy-to-use website portal. By making it simple to learn about and to start using alternatives to traveling alone – such as carpools, vanpools, buses, trains, ferries, bicycling and more, 511NY can help to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and energy use. 511NY Rideshare is a vital feature of the 511NY system. 511NY Rideshare is New York’s home for ridematching, commuter and traveler services and those individuals who are seeking enhanced mobility options. We work with commuters, travelers and employers to make ridesharing an easy, affordable and appealing alternative to traveling alone. To get started, visit www.511NY. org and click on the “Rideshare” icon or call 511 and say “Rideshare”; or, contact Ken Cothren at or at (845) 838-6776. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration fund 511NY services.

All cash, checks and food items donated to Dutchess Outreach from March 1-April 30 will be counted towards the Feinstein Challenge. For the 16 consecutive year, The Feinstein Foundation, a philanthropic organization devoted to ending hunger in the United States, will divide $1 mil-

lion among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds this March and April. Since the campaign’s inception, The Feinstein Foundation Challenges to fight hunger have raised over $1.5 billion for over 1,800 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy. The Beverly Closs Food Pantry at Dutchess Outreach is experiencing a food shortage due to increase in demand. The Pantry provides a three day supply of food to lowincome families, senior citizens, the unemployed and to those who are unable to work. Items needed the most include: canned meats (such as hash, stews, etc.), tuna, canned vegetables, fruits, soups, canned yams, potatoes, pasta with sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereals and juices. Anyone interested in donating food or conducting your own food drive should contact Carol Beck at (845) 454-3792 or visit for more information. Hudson Valley Magazine, a division of Today Media, will host its 6th annual Excellence in Nursing Awards on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie to celebrate the region’s finest nurses in correlation with National Nurses Week. Hudson Valley Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards will celebrate 2013 National Nurses Week by welcoming nominations for local nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The top 20 nominated nurses will be profiled in the issue, and all nominees will be individually recognized at the awards gala. Also, a $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a local high school senior looking to pursue a career in nursing. This award is open to all healthcare settings - hospitals, home healthcare, health centers, schools, health departments, long- term care, nursing schools, agencies, and medical practices. All are warmly invited to participate. Brought to you by: Health Quest, Orange Regional Medical Center, and Hal Prince Music and Entertainment. Visit for more.


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...AND SUBMIT YOUR OWN! HVFCU Financial Services helped raise more than $2,400 in donations and collected care package items to support Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley. These donations helped Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley send approximately 175 care packages to active military serving overseas. “This donation reflects the first ever distribution of $1,000 from HVFCU Financial Services’ Community Fund,” said Jeffrey G. Thatcher, Director of HVFCU Financial Services. “We created the fund to help support local charitable organizations and are very happy to contribute to an organization like Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley.” Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley’s mission is to be an emotional outlet for Marine/military parents of those in boot-camps or with active or reserve status. They help raise funds for care packages that are sent to our troops, hold educational workshops for parents and troops, and provide scholarships to troops who wish to further their education.

Grow the power of bilingual communication in your own hands. Grow your margins. Grow your business. Do this with Great Spanish Resources For Contractors. Do you have Hispanic workers or want to hire Hispanic workers that speak limited English? Are you intimidated by the idea of communicating with them in Spanish? Now available on, Spanish Dictionary for Contractors by Joseph L. Colclough can help. This book is packed with job-specific terms to get you communicating with confidence. For more info visit:

The Business Resource Team of Dutchess County released a report discussing workforce development in the healthcare sector of

Dutchess County. The Healthcare Initiative specifically sought to identify the skills desired by employers in the healthcare sector when hiring, and to find ways to create training programs to correspond to meet these needs. By helping to educate the workforce, the initiative strives to meet employment needs of healthcare employers in Dutchess County. The organization is committed to supporting business by helping to better educate the workforce. Creating a connection between the skills of the workforce and the desired abilities of companies in the healthcare sector will not only increase employment but also fulfill the needs of healthcare businesses and increase economic development in the region. To view the report, visit www.

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is conducting its 22nd Administrative Assistants’ Week Anemone Sale. Orders, at $12 for a 10 stem bouquet, may be placed with Kathleen by phone at 473-2500 x 1305, or by e-mail at until Friday, April 12. Flowers may be picked up at 253 Mansion Street, Poughkeepsie on either Monday, April 22 or Wednesday, April 24 from 12 noon -5 p.m. Vases are available for $4 each. Flowers are freshly cut/delivered each sale day. As there is only one distributor, Anemone supplies are limited. On Administrative Assistants’ Day, deliveries will be provided to local businesses ordering 12 or more bouquets.

Retail Group of America is pleased to announce that it has executed a 52 lease package with Pyramid Management Group, the largest privately owned developer of shopping centers in the Northeast and manager of the Poughkeepsie Galleria. The leases are for specialty French, Spanish, German and British fashion brands

such as Promod, Jennyfer, Cortefiel, Women’s Secret, New Yorker, Ziddy, Sergent Major, Suite Blanco and Lipsy; all of which are new fashion branded concepts to the United States. Launching initially on both coasts, RGA plans to build a strong presence in major shopping malls across the country. Through aggressive acquisition efforts, Retail Group of America plans to further expand by bringing upwards of 11 European brands, through many top developers, to the U.S. throughout 2013. Today, RGA operates the U.K. fashion brands, Monsoon and Accessorize with 24 brick and mortar locations across the East Coast and Midwest.

Roosevelt The Eleanor Leadership Center is accepting applications for its 2013 Girls1 Leadership Worldwide Program - (Session I - July 6-July 14; or Session II, July 20-July 28). Now in its 16th year, Girls Leadership Worldwide (GLW) is an international leadership development program for girls diverse in culture and geography, entering their sophomore or junior year of high school in the fall of 2013. More than 1,000 girls from around the world have graduated from the program. Using the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt, GLW’s nine principles give participants the building blocks to be powerful leaders who bring their passion and leadership potential to life through a series of interactive workshops, field trips to the United Nations in New York City and other significant sites. The transformative program teaches girls how to use their voice, build confidence, develop a positive self-image, and address issues important to them. The Center is committed to providing needbased tuition assistance to as many qualified girls as possible. For application and program brochure, visit www.erleadership. org. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. Acceptance is not based on the abil-

ity to pay. For information about sponsorship/naming opportunities, please contact Kathleen Durham at 845-229-5302.

Kudos... Bee Bee the Clown, a.k.a. Jackie Reynolds of Milan, won several first and second place awards in the facepainting, balloon sculpture, clown makeup and costume, and individual skit competitions at the 20th annual Clown Jamboree in Mystic, CT. Reynolds, who also performs as Jackie the Magician, specializes in entertaining mixed-aged audiences at community and corporate events, preschools, schools and libraries, parties, and senior centers throughout the Hudson Valley. Her skills, in addition to comedy, include magic, puppets and ventriloquism, juggling, face painting, and balloon sculpture. She speaks Spanish and a bit of Japanese. For more information see her web site at www.beebeetheclown. com or contact her at 845-7581938.

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is pleased to announce that Interfaith minister Rev. Jude Smith has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 as a wedding officiate in the Hudson Valley/ Westchester/Albany region of New York. The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality,

service, responsiveness and professionalism. Rev. Jude Smith’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire. The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 are given to vendors that are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, Rev. Jude has been highlighted from among the 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. For more information about Rev. Jude Smith and the services she offers please visit her website today at or

Blake Michaud, Associate Broker with Prudential Serls Prime Properties, has achieved top real estate salesperson in all of Dutchess County for 2012. According to the MidHudson Multiple Listing Service, Michaud led the county in both “number of homes sold” and “total dollar volume”. He has been recognized as a top Realtor in Dutchess for the past 30 years, providing the highest level of service and integrity to buyers and sellers in over 1700 real estate transactions, and has consistently achieved the top agent title for the largest real estate agency in the county for the past 15 years. Michaud has extensive experience in all areas of residential real estate including first time buyers, move up buyers, relocations, short sales, new construction, and land sales.



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RIBBON CUTTINGS First Congregational United Church of Christ

DBS Remodel, Inc.

Congratulations to the First Congregational United Church of Christ on its 175th anniversary and recent renovations.

Congratulations to DBS Remodel, Inc., celebrating 25 years in business.

Elizabeth Boutique

Wappingers Falls Grand Re-Opening

Congratulations to Elizabeth Boutique on the opening of their great new space at 35 College Avenue in Poughkeepsie.

The Village of Wappingers Falls re-opened for business following a building collapse. Check out the Village for lunch, a great gift idea and a whole lot more! Think Local First at ‘Shoppingers Falls.’

Wells Fargo


Congratulations to Wells Fargo on the opening of their new office space at 3649 South Road in Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to MPI-Systems for expanding and keeping their headquarters in the City of Poughkeepsie.


RIBBON CUTTINGS Hudson Valley Sharepoint

Congratulations to Hudson Valley Sharepoint for cutting a ribbon to celebrate the opening of their new offices.

Le Express Bistro

Congratulations to Le Express Bistro & Bar who cut a ribbon at their Grand Opening. If you haven’t enjoyed their wonderful French cuisine yet, stop by soon at 1820 Route 376, Wappingers Falls.

Izumi Fusion

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Astor Public Policy Breakfast to highlight community issues


stor Services for Children & Families and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce are presenting the 10th Annual Public Policy Breakfast on Thursday, March 14 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. This invitation-only event will help highlight significant community issues. Robert Brooks, Ph.D, will deliver a keynote presentation on “Creating a Mindset of Success in Children.” He will focus on the mindset of those educators and other professionals who are able to teach and reach out to children and adolescents in the most effective ways, as well as the significance of empathy when responding to children. Parents, educators, mental health professors, and business people have listened to Dr. Brooks’ lectures on topics such as motivation, resilience, family relationships, the qualities of effective leaders and executives, and balancing personal and professional lives. His speeches have been heard internationally and his writing on the subjects includes 15 books. Dr.

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Brooks also produced a documentary with Dr. Sam Goldstein entitled, “Tough Time, Resilient Kids.” The film was a finalist in the 23rd Telly Awards. More information on Dr. Brooks can be found on his website, The breakfast is sponsored by M&T Bank, McCabe & Mack LLP and Rose & Kiernan, Inc.

Being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce comes with many benefits, and one of them is a discount on other members’ products and services. Simply carry your SmartCard, show it at these businesses and receive the discount mentioned. That’s it! What a great way to save money, meet other Chamber businesses and ‘Think Local!’ Don’t have your SmartCard or need a new one? Call Nancy Amy at 845-454-1700 ext. 1004 and let us know.

Dutchess County S.P.C.A.

Congratulations to Izumi Fusion on its Grand Opening at 18 Westage Drive in Fishkill. Enjoy everything from sushi to hibachi.


636 Violet Avenue Hyde Park, NY 12538 (845) 454-5346 25% off the cost of pet adoption for the month of March. Offer valid at either of our adoption locations: the shelter in Hyde Park and our satellite location inside the PetSmart store in Poughkeepsie.

NEW DISCOUNTS Zott Construction, Inc. 551 Hosner Mountain Road Stormville, NY 12582 (845) 227-4141 Free insurance loss consultation on any type of loss (water, fire, mold) as well as free estimates for any construction or restoration; business or residential.


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Leadership programs offer great opportunities; now is time to apply


he Chamber Foundation prides itself on offering some of the finest leadership programs in the Hudson Valley. Applications are now available for the upcoming 2013-2014 classes!

Nicholas Shannon Executive Director

The Youth Leadership Program: The Youth Leadership Program allows high school sophomores and juniors to gain out-of-the-classroom experience and improve their leadership skills preparing them for college and the workforce. During their first year, sophomores will participate in Junior Achievement, working on the formation of their own classroom-based company including selling shares of stock, selecting a product, and developing sales and marketing techniques. During the second year, as juniors, students will participate in college/



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Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner Cosimo’s Brick Oven of Poughkeepsie



Benefiting the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley


Twisted Gala

The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

real world preparation sessions about résumé writing, interview skills, college applications, paying for college and finance education. The program also incorporates interactive presentations on various leadership topics, and requires community service hours and internship placements.

Leadership Dutchess: Leadership Dutchess is proud to be celebrating its 25th year of educating and motivating aspiring

citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community. This prestigious leadership program, with over 550 alums, is designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period through a variety of experiences that include lively discussions, interactive exercises, experiential roles, community service and ongoing feedback. The class is also required to coordinate and complete a community service and class fundraising project. Don’t miss out on your chance to take part in these unique leadership development opportunities. Applications can be downloaded by visiting Space is limited, so early application is encouraged. Please call me with any questions at 845-454-1700 ext 1026.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Bill Francis, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M & T Bank Lisa Morris, Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Nevill Smythe, Past Chair Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS Stacey Langenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Provident Bank Tina Ludwig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru Carmen McGill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Doug McHoul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .McHoul Funeral Homes Rita McPeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Anthony Morando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Charles “Chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Thomas Weddell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Weisman Success Resources, Inc. FOUNDATION STAFF Charles S. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President Nicholas Shannon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director

Mother and son give views on Foundation programs


his year, The Chamber the time to learn all that Dutchess Foundation has the unique has to offer. Leadership Dutchess situation of the enrollment is an excellent forum for getting of both a mother and son in Lead- to know the businesses and people ership Dutchess and Youth Leader- in the community and to find out ship, its signaabout various ture leadership non-profit orprograms. ganizations that Staci Cusprovide volunteer sick and her opportunities. son Zach are So far I have building and really enjoyed the strengthening class and since a their leaderlot of the curricuStaci and Zach Cussick ship skills lum parallels that and are being of Youth Leaderbrought closer together through ship in regards to topics, it provides the topics that they are learning common ground for Zach and me. about. Though a generation apart, For instance, both of our classes atboth are learning how leadership tended separate team building sesconcepts are translatable at any sions at Sharpe Reservation in Fishstage of life. Below are thoughts kill. Although the focus and scope from mom and son on each of the of these activities was different for programs: the two programs, both Zach and I were able to relate to each other and Staci learned the importance of working The Leadership Dutchess pro- within a team structure and benefitgram is an excellent opportunity ing from people’s individual unique to develop leadership skills and strengths to overcome challenges. become more involved in the community. Despite living in Dutchess Zach Youth Leadership has taught County for 32 years, for the majority of these years I worked in a dif- me many valuable lessons such as ferent county and really never took the importance of participating in

community events and community service to improve the area we live in. Youth Leadership is easy to balance with academics and other extracurricular activities since it only meets once a month for a few hours but the experiences will last forever. It has been great doing the program with my mom because the activities we do and the skills we attain are

very similar. Of course the skills learned in Leadership Dutchess are more in-depth, but those learned in Youth Leadership are still very valuable and I will use them academically and in my future business career. Youth Leadership is a great opportunity and I recommend the program to anybody who is eligible.

Congratulations to TEG Federal Credit Union, 2013 Bowling Tournament Champions

Thanks to everyone who came out to support The Chamber Foundation at our annual Bowling Tournament on February 10 at Mardi Bob Lanes! A special thank you to All Access Dental, EmbroidMe, Health Quest, Navigator Money Management, TEG Federal Credit Union, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and Superior Sounds for sponsoring. To see more photos from Bowling Tournament 2013, visit The Chamber Foundation on Facebook.


MARCH 2013


The Great Gala at the Chamber Club

A great time was ad by all at ur 2013 Gala, as we transf rmed T e Grandview int a 1920s Speakeasy. T anks t all attendees and sp ns rs, and c ngratulati ns t award winners Vanac re, DeBenedictus, DiG vanni & Weddell LLP, Lisa M rris, t e Mch ul siblings and t e Mullaney br t ers. Enj y t ese scenes fr m t e nig t!

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Women’s Development Center opens at Marist


By Haylee Caravalho Chamber Intern

n January 31, the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) celebrated the grand opening of the new Mid-Hudson Satellite Center located in the Hancock Center on the campus of Marist College. Since 1997, entrepreneurs have turned to the non-profit WEDC for guidance, and now more than 1,000 women are graduates of the organization’s training courses. With the addition of this new satellite office, the WEDC will now make affordable, high-quality business training available to the residents of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. The goal of WEDC is to aid aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners in acquiring the skills, tools, and resources needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency. In turn, it hopes the businesses it helps start strengthen the local community and economy. The corporation believes in the strength of small business to create job opportunities for the region through their expanding success. WEDC wants to encourage this success through counseling, workshops, networking, and a variety of other methods. Clients will not only have access to this wealth of knowledge, but also to the technology offered in the Hancock

Center at Marist. Lea Bishop, WEDC Satellite Director, began the grand opening event by explaining the mission of WEDC and the goals this new office hopes to accomplish. Following Bishop, Hudson Valley Regional Director Susan Spear from the Office of U.S. SenaBIShoP tor Kirsten Gillibrand addressed the crowd. In October, Senator Gillibrand encouraged the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) to invest $488,000 in the WEDC. Beverly Franklin, co-owner of the small business Measured To Fit, is excited about the prospects the new incubator will have. “This organization will transform our business,” she said. Franklin went on to express that there was still so much for her to learn about running a business and the WEDC would help to make her company more solid. WEDC began their First Steps Program in February, introducing participants to the world of business ownership. Their 60Hour Business Training Program will begin in March. For more information on these programs and other opportunities WEDC offers, visit


MARCH 2013



Congratulations to our Class of 2013


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