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Message From The Chair.............................2 Small Business Partner of the Month...............2 Member Spotlight - FASTSIGNS ....................3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Business Education Seminar.........................6 Upcoming Events & Ribbon Cuttings ...............7 Member News ...................................... 8-9 New Members ....................................... 10 SBA Days ............................................. 11 Ribbon Cutting Photos.............................. 12 Member Spotlight - Thrivent Financial ............. 13 The Chamber Foundation.......................... 14
ear from developer Michael Treanor, founder of Claremont Partners Limited, about how the proposed Nevele Resort and Casino can positively impact the Hudson Valley at the March Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, March 19 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Treanor has over 20 years of real estate and investment experience. He graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1988 and earned a Juris Doctor in 1992 from Fordham University School of Law. In 2011, Treanor founded Claremont Partners Limited to focus on early-stage gaming projects. In 2011, Claremont purchased all of the assets of AMZ
Holdings consisting of the largest private undeveloped land site in Penghu County, Taiwan. In 2012, Claremont purchased the Nevele Grande in New York, and also in 2012, Claremont negotiated casino development rights for a property in South Florida. All three projects are on track for development into destination gaming resorts in the coming years. Also, Dr. Kari Reiber, Dutchess County’s Acting Commissioner of Health, will discuss the 2013-2017 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan, which is the culmination of a multi-year collaborative process to identify opportunities to improve the health of our county.
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In addition, the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee is continuing to collect canned and dry goods at all Contact Breakfasts to benefit Dutchess Outreach. Please deposit donations in the marked boxes as you approach the registration tables at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Marshall & Sterling Insurance proudly sponsors the March Contact Breakfast. Celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2014, Marshall & Sterling is a full-service insurance and risk management agency headquartered in the City of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. with a total
of 22 branch offices throughout New York State, Michigan, Florida and the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Founded in 1864, Marshall & Sterling Insurance is currently ranked the 21st largest independent insurance agency in the United States. They are proud to be one of the founding members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Not-for-profit members from the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will also be in attendance. Breakfast tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.
Do some networking with members at The Derby dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 to RSVP. Poughkeepsie Nissan proudly sponsors this event with representatives from the Hudson Valley Community Services also in attendance. Poughkeepsie Nissan has built its reputation on customer trust and satisfaction. Poughkeepsie Nissan is committed to superior service in all departments, from sales to finance to service. They carry an extensive selection of new and used vehicles for you to choose from, because they know that you
want choice, and they provide it. Stop by the dealership located at 1445 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls or call 866-703-2288. The Derby is Poughkeepsie’s oldest restaurant and bar. Featuring restaurant seating for 125 and
private catering for any occasion, The Derby is a great choice for an after-dinner drink, bite to eat or celebration event. The kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. until midnight. Visit them online at brownderbyny.com.
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ix and mingle with fellow Chamber members at The Derby at 98 Main Street in Poughkeepsie during the next Business After Hours networking event scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. As always, complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Business After Hours is complimentary to attend for both members and their guests, however pre-registration is requested. Visit
Inspired by 40 movers and shakers Officers Ori Brachfeld, Chair ............................................Dash Lock & Key Service Joseph Bonura, Jr., 1st Vice Chair........................................ The Grandview John Davies, 2nd Vice Chair ................................................ Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, Treasurer ................................................................. KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Secretary .............................................Red Cap Cleaners Jill Sammon, Past Chair ................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel .................................... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Michael Dinizo..........................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ..................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Vincent R. Lander ...Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. .............................................. Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer............................................................. Chazen Companies Patrick Moore................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Scott Pawenski ..........................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman ..........................................................................IES, Inc. Vincent Ricotta .....................................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Barry Rothfeld ........................................................... Poughkeepsie Journal Cathy Secor...................................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Mike Spinelli ...................................................................... The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren ............... Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members James Lentz ....................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Daniel Lepore..................................................................... LCS Companies Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson............................................. Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Loren Hoffman ..........................................Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban .......................................... Vice President of Communications Dee Richter ............................................................Director of Membership 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 Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Elizabeth Kwant ............................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................................ Director of Youth Services Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Youth One Stop Staff Matt Bettina................................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Zoaya Fatima.......................................... Youth One Stop Services Specialist Katrina Gobins............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Jesse M. Kimmerle ...................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager Kadiyah Lodge ............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager
ven nearly a decade later, I still feel honored to have been chosen as one of the Hudson Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural Forty Under 40 Shaker Award recipients way back in 2006. That day is special to me for a number of reasons. Personally, my wife and I were just moments away from the birth of our daughter when the event took place. Professionally, it was amazing to have my work highlighted among the wonderful contributions of 39 other leaders and citizens who care just as much as the Hudson Valley as I do. Then when you factor in the
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chase your tickets to attend the annual awards ceremony event, this year scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie with a reception at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel to precede the festivities. All the information is on the Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Congratulations again to the worthy honorees. And to those that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t chosen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we received over 120 applications this year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; keep doing your thing, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop working to make our hometown better, and apply again next year. If we all band together, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do.
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complimentary and a cash bar will be available. TEG Federal Credit Union is proud to sponsor this event. Chamber Connections is a speed-networking event that allows members to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results. Make sure to
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o you have five minutes to make our Chamber better? The easiest thing anyone in the business community can do to help us become bigger, better, more responsive and more inclusive is to send us a referral. You know you’re doing business with someone who is not yet part of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. It could be a supplier, a vendor, the place next door – anyone. If you could do me a favor, take a couple of minutes and tell them why you’re a Chamber member. Then let us know that you did, and we’ll have our membership department get in touch. Doing this is easy too. Just go to dcrcoc.org/ referrals, provide us with some basic information, and you’re done. Or you can call our office and we’ll get that information from you. By sending us a referral, you’re helping us grow our membership base. This means we’ve got a stronger community to draw from to be sure that the people we
do business with believe in the values of the Think Local First campaign and see the reward in giving back to the local community. It also means that when we go and approach our state senators or U.S. congressmen or even the governor, there’s more weight behind what we say. It’s another person to network with, a new product to try, a potential new customer for your business or your friend’s business, another potential volunteer or sponsor for your favorite community event and who knows what else. So please, send us a referral. Then make sure you’re doing business with fellow Chamber members. A great place to start is by checking out our new, streamlined member directory that you’ll be receiving shortly. Keep and eye out, and keep on Thinking Local First. Sincerely,
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obile apps are no longer the “wave of the future”. They’re here now, and they’re here to stay! Do you need one for your business? Here’s what you need to know: • A mobile app is generally something that provides a unique user service or experience that someone can NOT get by simply going to your website. Don’t bother just duplicating your web content. That’s unnecessary. • If you want to provide a simple representation of your company as an app, check out CONDUIT MOBILE, or something like it. You pay a monthly fee for a simple app and you can be up and running in minutes. Be prepared to answer the question “Does anyone care?” • If you want something custom that takes advantage of the latest features of mobile devices, like
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ment, testing, submitting to the various app stores, and be prepared for possible rejection. Apple only approves apps they think are useful, or different. In short, start with a website. Look at the opportunities for a mobile version or custom mobile experience. Develop a mobile app ONLY if you think you have something unique to offer with revenue generating potential, that people will want to use on a mobile device! This article was provided by Neil Eisenberg, Owner, Design Intervention Studio. Design Intervention Studio is an Adobe Business Catalyst Partner, and builds online business solutions for companies of all sizes. Since 2002, they have consulted with hundreds of businesses to maximize their online presence. Please visit DesignInterventionStudio.com or call (845) 679-8052.
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Be prepared so Mother Nature doesn’t damage electronics
s we hopefully prepare for spring after what was a rough and downright frigid winter here in the northeast, let’s talk about the weather and how it can affect your favorite electronics. Sure, we all know it’s not good to leave your phone out in the rain or drop it in a bucket of water. However, maybe you are less familiar with some of the more subtle weather effects that can damage your electronics or smart phones. Here is a small list of some weather conditions that could catch you off guard: Wind – I know, you are probably scratching your head at this
one, and in and of itself, not a particular threat. However, wind usually carries with it teeny tiny particulate, from dust to sand or
Solar Radiation – This is actually a serious problem for those in the communication industry if you weren’t aware. This can actually garble radio transmission and fry electronics on satellites or in antennas. During strong solar activity, shortwave communications are particularly problematic, with range being significantly affected. Satellite operation, particularly those used for global positioning systems, television and radio sustain the harshest affects. Humidity – Maybe you thought you knew about this one already, but did you realize that
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members, or have another plan. The Business Education Seminar series includes a light breakfast, is complimentary for Chamber members and costs just $10 for non-members thanks to the sponsorship of Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP. The firm takes a different approach to the practice of law. While many clients want advice about classic legal issues, some clients require more. Some clients need an attorney who will take the time to fully research their case and to develop creative legal strategies that
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orried about the cyber safety of your business? The upcoming webinar hosted by the IT Committee on Tuesday, March 25 from 10-11 a.m. will help put you at ease. The committee will examine potential threats to your business including exterior, interior, so-
cial engineering, and APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) concerns. Many people think that their business won’t be attacked or that they don’t have sensitive information that can be compromised. But what if it were? What will an intruder observe about your business and your life? This seminar will give attendees the
tools that will build layers of security. To register for this webinar, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845-4541700 ext. 1000. Whether you’re technical or non-technical, you still have the opportunity to be a member of the IT Committee. The group meets once a month on a Thurs-
day morning at the Chamber and several events are held each year. Prospects are welcome to attend a meeting and observe to help decide if you would like to become a full member.
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he March Business Education Seminar -- “Business Planning – Start With the End In Mind” -- is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s Poughkeepsie offices. The presentation will cover business succession and how to plan your business from start to finish. The speakers will be Stephen
7:30 - 9 a.m. Durants Party Rentals 1155 Route 9, Wappinger Falls Early morning speed-networking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic 2-minute promotional pitch to all participants. Sponsored by: Durants Party Rentals
Wednesday, March 5 Youth One Stop Career & Job Fair
Wednesday, March 19 SBA Days
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Key Bank SBA Specialist Fred Swint will discuss new programs the SBA offers for small businesses, including a program for Veterans. Sponsored by: KeyBank
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Tuesday, March 25
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Chamber Talks Technology-Information & Mobile Device Webinar 10 - 11 a.m. The Chamber’s IT Committee will host a webinar about Information and Mobile Device Security. Registration required to receive webinar link and to be eligible for Prize Drawing!! Complimentary to attend For more info: Stephanie 845-454-1700 ext. 1022 E-mail: email@example.com
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Business Education Seminar 7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP
Thursday, March 27
Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner 5:30 - 9 p.m. Cosimo’s Brick Oven Poughkeepsie
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Chamber Connections 4 - 6 p.m. Towne Crier Cafe 379 Main Street, Beacon
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Monthly contact breakfast featuring: Michael Treanor, The Nevele Sponsored by: Marshall & Sterling, Inc.
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The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: Poughkeepsie Nissan
Tuesday, March 4
7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie
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MEMBER NEWSLINE Eos Medical Group welcomes Jason Friedman, MD as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Ellenville Regional Hospital. “Ellenville Regional Hospital has a long history of providing excellent care,” says Dr. Friedman. “I look forward to helping Eos continue to enhance the tradition of first-class care.” Dr. Friedman has been a part of Eos Medical Group since January 2013 and has been a member of the medical staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center since 2004. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at UMDNJ-RWJ/Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ after earning a medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Friedman is board certified in emergency medicine. Eos Medical Group is a Hudson Valley-based emergency medicine group who provides full-time physicians and allied health professional staffing for Ellenville Regional Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center. For more information, visit eosmd.com.
All cash, checks and food items donated to Dutchess Outreach from March 1 to April 30 will be counted toward the Feinstein Challenge. For the 17th consecutive year, The Feinstein Foundation, a philanthropic organization devoted to ending hunger in the United States, will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide us-
ing it to help them raise funds this March and April. Since the campaign’s inception, The Feinstein Foundation has raised over $2 billion for more than 1,800 agencies and houses of worship nationwide, helping the needy. The Beverly Closs Food Pantry at Dutchess Outreach is experiencing a major food shortage due to a significant increase in demand. More than 800 people were served in January; more than 300 of them children! The pantry provides a three-day supply of food to low-income 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, spaghetti, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, cereals and juices. Anyone interested in donating food or conducting your own food drive should contact Carol Beck at (845)454-3792 or visit www.dutchessoutreach.org for more information. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) is pleased to announce the addition of Vincent Aurigemma as Loan Origination Manager. Mr. Aurigemma joins HVFCU after more than 25 years of sales and operations management experience in the financial services industry. In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership for the Mortgage Loan Origination area. He reports to David Brand, Director of Loan Origination. Vince is active in the real estate industry and in the local community. He is a member of the Dutchess County Association of Realtors and the Ulster County Board of Realtors. He also holds a seat on the Board of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials #114 and is deeply involved in
their “Officials vs. Cancer” annual charity basketball tournament, raising money to benefit the local American Cancer Society. As part of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the museum is seeking nominations for its inaugural “Great Friend to Kids Award.” This award will recognize an individual or organization that is making a positive difference in the lives of young children living in the Hudson Valley region. Individuals, companies and not-for-profit organizations in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Ulster Counties are eligible to receive the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum “Great Friend to Kids Award.” Nomination forms may be downloaded from the museum’s website at www. mhcm.org. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 14, 2014. The award will be presented in July 2014. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, announced that Prudential Serls Prime Properties has joined the brand and is operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties. The brokerage, one of the Hudson Valley’s largest, joins a growing roster of affiliates that have joined the network since September. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices now accounts for more than 22,000 agents and nearly 600 offices in 26 states. “Our transition to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a wonderful opportunity for our company, agents and clients,” said Steven Domber, president and principal broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties. “We enjoyed tremendous success in the Hudson Valley for the past
35 years and built our company into the perennial market leader. We’re delighted to launch a new era under Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and look forward to years of continued growth, providing exceptional service.” Steven and Debbie Domber, the brokerage’s director of marketing, commemorated their new brand today and unveiled Hudson Valley Properties’ new yard sign during an agent event at Dutchess Golf Club in Poughkeepsie. The Dombers discussed the company’s bright future under the new brand and how Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will change the local real estate market. Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, environmental, planning, and landscape architecture services, is pleased to welcome several new employees. Chazen welcomes Sharon Froedden back to the environmental group at their headquarters in Poughkeepsie. Froedden returns to Chazen as Environmental Scientist with responsibilities including all aspects of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Jennifer Pawenski is the new Marketing Coordinator. Pawenski is an accomplished executive assistant and event planner with experience in non-profit, hospitality, theme park and sporting event industries. Prior to joining Chazen, Pawenski worked as an executive assistant for the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and KSA Events in Orlando, FL. Sean Martin joins Chazen as a Geologist. Prior to joining Chazen, Martin worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Martin’s extensive background includes Phase II Work Plans, Remedial Action Plans, Health and Safety Plans and final site engineering reports.
Blake Michaud, Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties (formerly Prudential Serls Prime Properties), has achieved top real estate salesperson in all of Dutchess County for 2013. According to the MidHudson Multiple Listing Service, Blake led the county in both “number of homes sold” and “total dollar volume”. Michaud has been recognized as a top Realtor in Dutchess County for the past 31 years, providing the highest level of service and integrity to buyers and sellers in nearly 1,800 real estate transactions. He has consistently achieved the top agent title for the largest real estate agency in Dutchess County for the past 16 years and 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.
Many braved the unrelenting snow and came out to celebrate the Grand Opening of Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Poughkeepsie. Some jumped and bounced for hours while others just took in all the action from the sidelines. The WOLF Radio station was on hand to broadcast from the facility as well as give out prizes and even New York State Senator Terry Gipson came by for the ribbon cutting. People were encouraged to indicate which organization they were supporting and by the end of the day The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kingston had received a donation of $2,950 while Vassar Brothers Medical Center received $1,560 and the Boy Scouts of America Hudson Valley totaled $1,050. “We were thrilled to see so many folks come out to support these important local organizations and have such fun doing it,” stated Co-Owner Bill Mer-
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The year 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Ten years of helping people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since 2004, Miles of Hope has given away over $1 million dollars for programs and services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley,â&#x20AC;? explained Executive Director Pari Forood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are
so very proud and honored to be one of the organizations helping to raise the quality of life in our region.â&#x20AC;? Miles of Hope holds 6 annual events: Hoops for Hope Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball Tournament (3/16/14), The Family Fun Run (4/26/14), Annual Spring Brunch (5/4/14), Goals for Hope Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer Tournament (8/2/14), Community Walk for Breast Cancer (10/5/14), and Hits for Hope Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Softball Tournament (10/11/14) as well as other smaller events. Foundation Co-Founder and Occupational Therapist Cathy Varunok said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of the sports competitions that we sponsor are designed to be a friendly message emphasizing the benefits of exercise to all women. They are not about winning or losing but about participating and recognizing that we can be proactive about our health.â&#x20AC;? For more information please visit www.milesofhope.org
Be a part of the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No Excuse for Child Abuseâ&#x20AC;? Gala and Silent Auction! Get your business card
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rill who was joined by his partner Bruce Katz, Poughkeepsie Town Supervisor Todd Tancredi, Ward Todd President of the Ulster County Chamber, Gloria Cukar and Loren Hoffman of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Priscilla Weaver and Ann Armater of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Joe Fay of the Boys & Girls Club. Bounce! Trampoline Sports at 2 Neptune Road in Poughkeepsie, is the third Bounce! location in the tri-state area and the first trampoline park franchise for the company. The Valley Cottage facility opened in Rockland County in November of 2011 and the second in Syosset on Long Island opened in September of 2013.
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MARKETING RESEARCH & SERVICES Dash Ink 8 Lasher Road Tivoli, NY 12583 845-514-0063 cell Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.dashink.com Contact: Stephanie Wyant, Owner Est. Jan. 10, 2011; Offers complete marketing and advertising services including social media, wordpress website development, Search Engine Optimization, and graphic design. Specializes in small businesses and realtors.
PARTY SUPPLIES PartyTime Rentals, Inc. 2575 Route 55 Poughquag, NY 12570 845-249-2135/ Fax: 845-204-9099 Email: email@example.com Web: www.partytime-rentals.com Contact: Melissa Morizet Est. 2004; A full-service rental and event planning company. We can provide everything needed for events from backyard parties to weddings and corporate events.
REAL ESTATE AGENCIES & BROKERS Houlihan Lawrence (Krall) 1989 Route 52 East Fishkill, NY 12533 845-227-4400/ Fax: 845-677-6570 Email: lkrall@ houlihanlawrence.com Web: lindakrall. houlihanlawrence.com Contact: Linda C. Krall, Real Estate Agent Est. May 2, 2013; Licensed residential real estate sales agent.
RESTAURANTS Gino’s Pizza & Restaurant 706 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-454-2525/ Fax: 845-454-5252 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ginospizzerias.com Contact: Donato Gemmati, Owner Est. 1970; Restaurant, wine bar, pizza, and catering
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THEATRICAL & COSTUMES Center Line Studios 112 Forge Hill Road New Windsor, NY 845-534-7143/ Fax: 845-534-4560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.centerlinestudios.com Contact: Shelley Gray, Managing Director
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International Women’s Day is a celebration of women around the world and an opportunity to educate people about women’s issues. Join us to hear inspirational speeches, learn how to get involved and walk together in solidarity across the Walkway Over the Hudson. The keynote address will be delivered by NYS Commissioner of Diversity Mecca Santana.
mall business owners and en- Business Administration. The agentrepreneurs will want to at- cy has delivered millions of loans, tend the next SBA Days event loan guarantees, contracts, counselscheduled for Wednesday, March ing sessions and other forms of as19 from 9-11 a.m., at the Pough- sistance to small businesses. keepsie Grand Hotel and ConferSBA Days is a complimenence Center immediately following tary event for members and nonmembers thanks the March Conto the generous tact Breakfast. SBa Days sponsorship of The featured Sponsored by: KeyBank. The speaker will be company proFred Swint, an vides investment SBA Specialist management, refrom KeyBank. tail and commerHe will be discial banking, concussing new prosumer finance, grams offered by the U.S. Small Business Adminis- and investment products and sertration for small businesses, includ- vices to individuals and companies throughout the Hudson Valley. For ing a program for Veterans. Also attending will be a repre- more information, visit www.key. sentative from the SBA in New York com. To reserve your spot at the to discuss resources available from March SBA Days, please go to www. that Federal agency. SBA Days is held quarterly in dcrcoc.org or call Loren at 845-454conjunction with the U.S. Small 1700 x1000.
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utchess County is home to many veterans who have returned from bravely serving our country to a struggle finding housing and employment. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Hudson River Housing’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help create a database of employers willing to help out of work veterans. Participating employers will be connected with SSVF case managers for more information. Funded primarily through the VA, the goal of the SSVF program
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On February 1 the Chamber hosted A Night at the Derby, the annual gala, at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Business and community leaders were honored, and more than 400 guests enjoyed a night of great food, entertainment and even a few horse races. More pictures at facebook. com/DutchessChamber.
RIBBON CUTTINGS Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enterprise Development Center Ribbon Cutting
Bounce! Trampoline Sports Grand Opening
Congratulations to the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enterprise Development Center Inc., celebrating its one-year anniversary of the Mid-Hudson Valley Satellite.
Congratulations to Bounce! Trampoline Sports, now open at 2 Neptune Road, Poughkeepsie. Bring the family!
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A healthy strategy can let you deal with the effects of diabetes By Lou Paradise, President, Topical BioMedics Member: Health and Wellness Club
iabetes is a demanding disease. Because of Topical BioMedics’ active involvement helping with people who suffer from diabetes, we have insights into just how challenging it is. A person with diabetes needs to deal with the disease throughout their entire day. They have to regularly pause to ask themselves how they are feeling, remember the last time they ate, and determine whether they need to test their blood. Depending on the results of testing (or guessing their blood sugar level), they
must plan when to eat or take their next insulin shot. This is just a ‘snapshot’ of how managing diabetes greatly impacts those dealing with it as well as their family members. When a loved one is diagnosed with diabetes, it can be stressful for everyone. Spouses can feel stressed adjusting to dietary restrictions or medication management. Children might feel anxious with changes in routine, including doctor visits and daily blood glucose monitoring. Further complicating the situation is the fact that 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have neuropathy – a burning pain in their feet – that can interfere with sleep
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his is a great time to participate in all that The Chamber Foundation has planned……get involved, have fun and support a great cause – The Chamber Foundation! Read on and go to chamberfdn.org or call 845-454-1700 ext 1000 to sign up today! Thursday, March 27 – Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner. Trade in that suit and tie and become a waiter for the evening. Compete for tips to benefit the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship Fund! Contests will be held throughout the evening and prizes will go to the top earners. Wednesday, April 23 – Leadership Dutchess Class of 2014 presents the Homerun Helicopter Drop. Take you chance, purchase a baseball or two and watch as it is dropped from a helicopter onto the field at Dutchess Stadium! If you your baseball falls in the targeted area, you will be the cash prize winner. Multiple chances to win. There’s baseball too, with Marist taking on Army in the Hudson
tee sign and pin flag sales are now taking place. Sign up before this event is sold out! Nicholas Wednesday, August 13 – Twisted Gala. This signature event Shannon is making its return giving you Executive a chance to win your very own Director Harley Davidson motorcycle! Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold. Raffle Valley Baseball Classic - plus there tickets will be drawn throughout the evening – with the last ticket will be fireworks to follow! remaining winning the bike. A Tuesday, May 7 – Youth Leadership Career Night – 5:30 – 8 p.m. suspenseful evening where every - John Jay High School. See box on raffle ticket holder walks away with a prize! the right for more info. This is just a taste of all The Thursday, May 8 – Golf Mentoring Day - 8 am., hosted at Vassar Chamber Foundation has to offer! Plus, there are a variety of commitGolf Course. Become a mentor tees that help to run each of these and pair up with local high school students to not only learn about the activities. Call me at 845-454-1700 ext 1026 to find out how you can game of golf, but also the game of get involved. The bigger the suplife. A complimentary lunch will port, the more we can do for our follow. community! Tuesday, May 27 – Day of Golf benefiting the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Scholarship Fund. Dutchess Golf Club – 10:30 a.m. registration – Noon shotgun start. Prizes, contests and surprises along the way. Foursome, single golfer,
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Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner 5:30 - 9 p.m. Cosimo’s Brick Oven 120 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie
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Dutchess Golf Club 2628 S Rd., Poughkeepsie REGISTRATION: 10:30 a.m. SHOTGUN START: 12 Noon WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13
Career NIGHT Wednesday, May 7 6 - 8 p.m. at John Jay High School 5:30 p.m. - Complimentary Dinner Inspire students. Take this opportunity to share your career. Students will have the chance to visit your table and learn about your industry and business. Interactive displays, information, and verbal interaction is highly encouraged. Hosted by: & For more information contact Zoaya Fatima at 845-454-7629 ext. 1053.
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THE CHAMBER FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Bill Francis, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Vice-Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank Stacey Langenthal, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cuddy & Feder LLP Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS Amy Dittmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas. . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Health Quest Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mid-Hudson Subaru Carmen McGill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dutchess Community College Doug McHoul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McHoul Funeral Home Rita McPeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Lisa Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Charles “Chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Aleta Symon, CPA . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. FOUNDATION STAFF Charles S. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director
New York State high school equivalency: A new era By Lydia Binotto Dutchess Community College
or seven decades, the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;GEDâ&#x20AC;? was synonymous with attainment of a high school equivalency diploma. At the start of the new year, the GED was replaced with a new exam that also will lead to a high school equivalency diploma in New York state. The new exam, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion or TASC, is similar to its predecessor
oining the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been one of the best decisions I have made towards growing my business. The staff of this organization goes out of the way on a regular basis in order to make sure that we are taking full advantage of everything they have to offer, which, by the way, is a lot.
in many ways. It is still a paper and pencil test and it still consists of five content areas: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Since there is some prior knowledge required specifically for the science and social studies sections, students are advised to take a preparatory course for the exam. We are fortunate in New York state that there has never been a charge for taking the exam that leads to a high school equivalency diploma. This continues
to be true; there is no charge for taking the TASC exam in New York State. For those students who tested prior to January 2014 and received a diploma, that diploma continues to be valid. For students who tested and did not pass the exam, it is possible to carry over some of the scores. Students should contact a high school equivalency (HSE) preparation program for more information on this regulation. Dutchess Community College
offers the TASC exam preparation classes in Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, Beacon, Millerton, Amenia, Dover Plains, Pawling, and Brewster with classes offered in both English and Spanish. Tuition for all HSE classes is $20. Those with questions or wishing to register may call the Office of Community Services at Dutchess Community College at (845) 4318905. Students also may register in person at the DCC main campus, DCC South, or at other sites throughout the county.
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