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County Executive set to speak at March Breakfast

Contact Breakfast sponsored by

Wednesday, March 21 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. Chamber members and guests can register at dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Tickets are $25 for members, and $35 for nonmembers. Payment in advance is required in order to expedite the check-in process. Cancellations less than 24-hours from the event and no-shows will be charged the full ticket price. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Workforce Development Center. Marshall & Sterling proudly sponsors the March Contact Breakfast. Now in its 154th year in business, Marshall & Sterling is

nsurance and risk a full service insurance gency headquarmanagement agency eepsie, with a totered in Poughkeepsie, tal of 24 branch offices – and over 450 employees – throughout New York, Michigan, Virginia, Florida, he US Virgin IsCalifornia and the bbean. lands in the Caribbean. n Founded in 1864, Marshall & Sterling Insurance is currently ranked the 33rd largest independent insurance agency among more than 40,000 privately held in-

surance agencies nationwide. They are proud to be one of the founding members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit marshallsterling.com

Networking at the Culinary in March

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

njoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar all while networking at the Marriott Pavilion at the Culinary Institute of America (1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park) for the next Business After Hours on Wednesday, March 28 from 5-7 p.m. There is no charge to attend; however pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.

org or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. TEG Federal Credit Union proudly sponsors this event. TEG Federal Credit Union knows choosing where to save, invest,

and borrow are some of the biggest decisions any person faces. That’s why they take their responsibility to their members seriously. They are proud to be local, memberowned, and nonprofit. For more information, visit tegfcu.com

Message from the Chair ............................ 2 Forty Under 40....................................... 3 Message from the Chamber President ............ 4 Upcoming Events .................................... 4 Member News ........................................ 8 New Members ....................................... 9 Veteran-Owned Business of the Month ..........11 The Chamber Foundation .........................14 Workforce Development Center ..................15

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utchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber’s March Contact Breakfast. Molinaro will be updating membership on strategic economic development projects in the works for Dutchess County, as well as answering relevant questions pertaining to the business community. The event will be held on


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

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 35 • Number 3 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Online at www.dcrcoc.org, developed by Design Intervention Studio

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he Chamber recently announced its Forty Under 40 honorees, and it’s another great list of future leaders of our community. As you may know, this award is presented annually to 40 people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley. More than 100 nominations were submitted this year, and the list has everything from bankers to teachers to veterans and more. I am very impressed with the talent and dedication that these young professionals have. What is equally impressive is that a selection committee comprised of former honorees judge all the nominations based on profes-

Message from the Chair:

Jeffrey B. Senft

sional and community achievements. These individuals volunteer a considerable amount of time to score each nomination, and the awards are based solely on these forms – not sponsorship or even Chamber membership.

The awards ceremony is on April 5. It’s a great night to celebrate these honorees and learn more about their accomplishments. I would encourage you to attend and join the Chamber Board and fellow members to salute the future leaders of our business community. I know the Chamber is working hard to continue to grow the value of membership which benefits the community as a whole, and I look forward to seeing you soon at an event or even a ribbon cutting. Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. Reach him at (845) 635-2916 or jsenft@ soconserv.com

National Small Business Development Center Day is coming up

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he Small Business Development Center is setting aside March 21 for National Small Business Development Center Day to proclaim the impact that America’s SBDCs have had on the effective operation and economic development of small businesses throughout the country. There have also been many contributions made specifically by SBDCs in New York State and the Mid-Hudson Valley. SBDCs have helped new entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership and aided existing businesses

through pro bono consulting and training. They have been in operation since the 1980s providing business counseling across the state. Since its inception the NYSBDCs have worked with over 450,000 clients, helping them to invest $6.2B in the state economy and to create or save 196,000 jobs. SBDC counselors help to: • Develop effective business plans • Find sources of funding • Access our research library for industry trends, demographics,

financial benchmarks, etc. And thanks to its partners in the public and private sectors, SBDC services are free of charge. The Mid-Hudson SBDC main office can be reached at (845) 3390025; the Dutchess SBDC office is located at the Chamber offices at (845) 454-1700.

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2018 Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker Honorees announced

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or the 13th year, the Chamber, in conjunction with previous recipients of the Forty Under 40 Award, has identified a talented and diverse group of young professionals in the Hudson Valley to be presented with a Mover & Shaker Award. Bestowed annually to 40 people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Mover & Shaker Awards honor the next generation of leaders in our region. A selection committee comprised of former honorees judge nominations based on professional and community achievements. They score each nomination independently of each other and the Chamber, and the scores are then tallied to

also a difficult task to be a part of the selection process to pick the next 40 Under Forty Movers & Shakers in the Hudson Valley,â&#x20AC;? said Selection Committee Co-Chair Candice Signor-Brown of Vassar College, a 2016 honoree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of young professionals who give their time and talents in our community. That is what makes it F O R T Y U ND D E R 4 0 S H A K E R AWAR RDS a great place to live and work.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What HGM?@C==HKA=? ?J9F<@ @G L=DD;;@9F?=HGAFLLL@=9LJ= amazes me is the depth of TICKETS AT DCRCOC.ORG/40UNDER40 quality and talent in each

determine the Top 40. Neither the Chamber staff nor any sponsors or partners influence the judging in any way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 40 young professionals who have been chosen by a committee of their peers, truly represent the best and brightest

especially excited to see how they shape our community in the years to come.â&#x20AC;? Chosen from a pool of over 100 nominations, the 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees encompass professions ranging from fitness trainers, investors and bankers,

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in the Hudson Valley,â&#x20AC;? said Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone at the Chamber sincerely congratulates the honorees and I am

of the nominees,â&#x20AC;? said Selection Committee Co-Chair Philip Bronzi of Tompkins Mahopac Bank, a 2016 honoree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I underestimated just how difficult selecting the top 40 would be. Once you learn about this diverse group of passionate individuals, and the impact they are having on this area, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but feel energized about the future of the Hudson Valley.â&#x20AC;? The Mover & Shaker Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 5 at the Changepoint Theatre in Poughkeepsie. A cocktail reception at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel will precede the ceremony. Complete information about the event, including how to obtain tickets, is available online at dcrcoc. org/40Under40.

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Chamber Network, Present & Refer

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pringtime is a busy time at the Chamber. As you can see, we have a lot of great events on tap – from the Foundation’s Hudson Valley KidVenture to Forty Under 40, our networking events, and more. It’s also a great time to make sure you are utilizing the Chamber’s resources, including our membership directory. There is no better way to Think Local First than by going to our website and connecting with a fellow Chamber member to do business. And, later in March, all our members will be receiving their printed Business Directory. This bi-annual directory is a convenient listing of great local businesses, all who believe in and support Think Local First. I hope you will find it helpful when deciding where to shop, dine and have a good time. If you know of a business or organization not included in our directory, visit the s BusinesRY Chamber’s website or give us a call. Joshua TO EC DIR Galow, our Membership Development Representative, will take your referral and contact them to share all of the benefits of a Chamber membership. As you know, membership is everyone’s business. A larger, stronger, more representative Chamber is good for everyone, and you can play an active role in helping us grow. By referring companies or organizations to the Chamber, you’re not only contributing to the vitality of our broader business community, but also to the continued success of your colleague’s business. Remember, growing your business is our business! R 2018

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7:30 - 9 a.m. Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, PC 1910 South Road Poughkeepsie

Monthly networking event. Join us for a sneak peek of Adams’ annual garden show. Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank

A targeted networking event, limited to 25 Chamber members, one person per industry. Attendees will exchange information on his or her organization or company such as a brief business description, promoting upcoming events, and sharing brochures and/or business cards in a roundtable setting. One randomly selected attendee and a representative from the event sponsor will each have 10 minutes to present an overview of his or her organization. Complimentary to attend. Sponsored by: Mehl & Associates, CPA’s

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Thursday, March 1

Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Adams Fairacre Farms, Garden Center 160 Old Post Road Wappingers Falls

International Contact Breakfast Women’s Day Bus Trip 7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel to New York City 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Board bus at Poughkeepsie Galleria (far/outer lot closest to Food Court)

The Women’s Leadership Alliance invites everyone to join forces for International Women’s Day. Bus will depart Poughkeepsie at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost is $50, and includes round-trip transportation from Poughkeepsie to New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to hear from Barbara Rocha Williams, Executive Director and then on to the New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History, for private tour and a viewing of “We Rise,” a film narrated by Meryl Streep that puts women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century. Admissions and a box lunch is included. Deadline is Friday, March 2. Payment required in advance. Anyone canceling after that or no-shows will be charged the full amount. Sponsors: IBM, KeyBank, The Arc of Dutchess, Greystone Programs, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Rondout Savings Bank, and Royal Carting Service Company

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Monthly contact breakfast featuring Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. As you all know, there are many people in need of our assistance. The Chamber’s Ambassador committee has partnered with our Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at our Contact Breakfast. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Sponsored by: Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Thursday, March 22

HVYP: Helen Rothberg on Leadership 5 - 7 p.m. Marist College - Cabaret 3399 North Road Poughkeepsie

Join the Hudson Valley Young Professionals & Marist Young Professionals to hear from Marist College Professor and author Helen Rothberg, highlighting her book, “The Perfect Mix, Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned as a Bartender.” Sponsored by: M & T Bank

Wednesday, March 28

Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Culinary Institute of America Marriott Pavilion 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park Monthly networking event. Sponsored by: TEG Federal Credit Union

Monday, April 2

HVYP: New Member Meet and Greet 5:30 - 7 p.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie

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

Thursday, April 5

Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker Awards 5 - 8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception: Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Awards Ceremony: Changepoint Theater 260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie

Bestowed annually to 40 people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Shaker Awards honor the next generation of leaders in our region. Sponsored by: 40 Cannon, CareMount Medical, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Judelson, Giordano and Siegal, CPA, PC, Key Construction Services, Mackey, Butts and Wise, LLP, Marshall and Sterling Insurance, N&S Supply, RBT CPAs, LLP, Rhinebeck Bank, Rose & Kiernan, Inc., S & O Construction Services, Inc., ServiceMaster Restore dba Nest Restoration Services, TD Bank, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank


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ooking for a way to expand your business network and don’t want to worry about your competitors crowding the spotlight? Chamber Network, Present & Refer returns to offer Chamber members a unique opportunity to share information with other, non-competing professionals and

business owners. The next event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, PC in Poughkeepsie. Attendees will exchange information on his or her organization or company—such as a brief business description, promoting upcoming events, and sharing bro-

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chures and/or business cards—in a roundtable setting. Mehl & Associates, CPA’s proudly sponsor the inaugural event. Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to talk about your business. This event is packed with opportunity to make meaningful connections, including a special invitation to one randomly selected attendee to take 10 minutes to present an overview of his or her organization. The representative from the event sponsor will likewise have the opportunity to present. Guest presenters will be chosen at random from attendees

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

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he Hudson Valley Young Professionals and Marist Young Professionals will host an education event from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Marist College’s Cabaret, located at 3399 North Road in Poughkeepsie. This event will feature Marist College Professor and author Helen Rothberg to highlight her book, “The Perfect Mix, Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned as a Bartender.” The event is complimentary thanks to the support of the series sponsor, M&T Bank.

With questions or to register, call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. Questions may also be emailed to hvyp@ dcrcoc.org. S i n c e 2007, the Hudson Valley Young Professionals have worked to provide ROTHBERG local young professionals with opportunities to learn, lead, grow personally and professionally, network effectively and give back to the community.

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like a standard pair of glasses with nothing “smart” that really stands out. All the elements that would normally scare people away are not visible. The device actually projects information directly onto the user’s retinas, and it only happens when the wearer specifically looks at an areas of the glasses. The information that is shared with the user actually comes from

a connected Android or iPhone with only useful information and notifications displayed. Users wearing the glasses will be able to control them via voice, as well as with head and eye gestures at some point in the future. Artificial intelligence may also play a role in how you control them. The glasses themselves will be available to developers at some point this year, but it’s not entirely clear when regular consumers can get their version. Jaime Butler, business development specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., contributed this article. For more information about IES, visit ies-ny. com or call (845) 226-9983.

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MEMBER NEWSLINE Girls’ Leadership Worldwide accepting applications Do you know a fierce girl between the ages of 14 – 16 looking for an exciting, explorative, lifechanging summer experience? The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at ValKill is accepting applications for the 2018 Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program through April 10 for girls who want to spend 8-days in July exploring their inner most passions, bringing their true leadership potential to life. Now in its 21st year, GLW brings together teen girls from all corners of the globe for a one-ofa-kind program inspired by the life-lessons and leadership legacies left by the First Lady of the World, Eleanor Roosevelt. Interactive workshops and activities are specifically tailored to transform and empower girls to emerge as the compassionate, socially conscious, and fearless leaders they are made to be. Two sessions offered: July 7 – 15 and July 21 – 29. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, visit www.ervk.org.

Arlington Foundation to host 5k, fun run The second annual Arlington Education Foundation 5K Run/ Walk & Kids Runs will be held on April 21 at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville. One lap Fun Run (for ages 5 and under) will start at 8:30 a.m., one mile Kids Run (for ages 10 and under) will start at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk (for all ages) will start at 9 a.m. All levels of experience are wel-

come. Great raffles, a door prize and event prizes will be available. Visit aefny.org for online registration and more info. Register by April 6 to receive a free t-shirt. Sponsor opportunities are available, email arlingtonfoundation@acsdny.org.

Chazen announces office relocation and expansion On February 13th, The Chazen Companies relocated its Westchester office to a new site that will allow for further expansion as the company grows. The new office space is located at 1 North Broadway, Suite 803 in White Plains. “Since merging with Chazen, Adler Consulting has continued to grow and it was time to look for a larger space,” said Bernard Adler, P.E., Adler Consulting, a Chazen Company. “The new space is only one block from our previous location and it gives us the opportunity to hire additional staff.” Learn more at www.chazencompanies.com.

Marshall & Sterling Designated as an ‘Elite Insurance Agency’ Marshall & Sterling Insurance has been designated as an “Elite Insurance Agency” in the nation for 2017 by Insurance Business America, a national insurance publication. Elite Insurance Agencies are recognized for their overall reputation in the industry, and broad spectrum of insurance products and services offered to clientele. The agencies recognized by Insurance Business America include many of the largest and most respected firms nationwide. Elite agencies are also measured for their overall growth, revenue production and their commitment and involvement in the communities they serve. “We are exceptionally proud to be included among the top elite agencies in the United States

in 2017”, commented Tim Dean, President of Marshall & Sterling Insurance. “This award is a result of the dedication and hard work of our 450 employee-owners, and their collective commitment to excellence.” For more information visit: marshallsterling.com

Fleet Feet Sports Poughkeepsie introduces 3D foot scanning Fleet Feet Sports Poughkeepsie has announced the introduction of 3D scanning technology into its in-store experience. The new technology complements the custom-fit experience that Fleet Feet currently employs. Fit id,™ which creates a 3D scan of customers’ feet provides specific measurements including foot length and width, arch height, foot volume, heel width and more. The scan takes few seconds and results are instantly transferred to an in-store electronic tablet, allowing the fit specialist to review, discuss observations, and find the most appropriate footwear solutions with the customer. A copy of the 3D scan is sent to the customer via email and can be rescanned on future visits to evaluate any changes in measurements. “Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie is committed to being on the forefront of the latest innovations in running shoes and fit technology,” said storeowner, Kim Caruso. For more information, please contact Kim Caruso at kim@fleetfeetpoughkeepsie.com.

Rocking Horse Ranch named top 10 family hotel in the world Rocking Horse Ranch, America’s Favorite Family Resort, is proud to announce that it has been named #2 among the top hotels for families in the United States, and #9 worldwide according to TripAdvisor. “We pride ourselves on being a premier boutique destination

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Impact PR CEO tapped to host HVNN online TV show Filomena Fanelli, CEO and founder of Impact PR & Communications, Ltd., an awardwinning Hudson Valley public relations and marketing firm, has been brought on to serve as host of a soon-to-be re-launched video business news segment on HVNN (Hudson Valley News Network), a growing hyper local media organization. Fanelli will curate interviews with Hudson Valley business leaders and change makers on “Business Newsmakers,” a weekly show sponsored by Tompkins Mahopac Bank, with new episodes aired on HVNN.com on Tuesday mornings, beginning March 6. Guests from Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Westchester and Rockland counties will be featured. “Filomena and I share a profound interest in the fascinating people who make the Hudson Valley a wonderful place to conceive, launch and grow businesses,” said Charlie Cornacchio, founder and CEO at HVNN. “Her exceptional background and desire to get to the

heart of the story are aligned with our ‘always local, always free’ way of sharing news. Viewers will enjoy the candid business lessons from guests firsthand, as well as a better understanding of familiar names and businesses. The format is fresh and engaging and born out of an increasing demand for local business news.” For more information visitwww.prwithimpact.com, or call (845) 462-4979

SplashDown Beach announces new ride SplashDown Beach, America’s Biggest Little Water Park, just got bigger. The water park recently announced the addition of their newest thrill ride, the Megalodon. “After extensive research, we are incorporating the latest in thrill ride technology to bring one of the fiercest prehistoric predators under the sea back to life,” said Steve Turk, Owner. “I personally rode this 10 times and am convinced the Megalodon is the perfect addition to our collection of larger thrill rides.” This six-story attraction rushes riders on a four-passenger raft through a dark tunnel dropping them unsuspectingly down a vertical free-fall through thousands of gallons of oceanic surge. SplashDown Beach was named a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Winner as one of the Top 25 Water Parks in the United States, offering a clean environment for water fun and adventure that the whole family can enjoy. The park is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and currently our Season Passes are on sale for only $89.00 each. For more information call (845) 691-2927

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the Good Neighbor Award. • Joe Daily of Q92, known by many as the Morning Mayor, was presented with the Community Spirit Award. • Nevill Smythe, who has volunteered for countless organizations including the Chamber, was presented with the Community Service Award. • And the Hudson Valley Young Professionals helped present Next Generation Awards to Haeley Rios of Marion Salon Spa and Devon Luty & Mark Swenson, Jr. of Dorsey Metrology. More details, including a complete list of sponsors, is available on the Chamber’s website at dcrcoc.org/ gala. You can see pictures and video from the event on social media by searching for #dcrcocGala.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome spring by increasing your consumption of greens. As nature gets busy after the stagnant winter months, adding in more detoxifying greens can reinvigorate your body. They energize, alkalize, and give you tons of energy.â&#x20AC;? ~ Alyson Chugerman, owner of Attain True Health

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ing stocks, and sales and marketing techniques. For example, this year the Track One students all agreed upon developing a drawstring bag. First, you sell stocks in order to have enough funds to pay for the bags. You are encouraged to sell your products and stocks to people other than your families so Track One offers a chance to participate in business after hours, a place where you interact with local business owners and possibly sell the product you developed. Once all of the product is sold, the stock holders receive their money back. To help support the lessons being taught, the students are required to complete ten hours of community

service. During Track 2, students focus more on college planning, resume writing, and college applications. Students may arrange their own internship, but if students are undecided in what they would like to do, The Chamber Foundation will help place them in an internship placement. Students are required to do 20 hours in their assigned internship. At the beginning of each session, a local businessperson or community leader guest speaks. During this part of the session, both tracks participate together. Students will come out of this program having developed new and well-rounded leadership and life skills. They will also have a better understanding of their local com-

Brianne Kelly and Jennifer Pawenski pose with Youth Leadership students at Business After Hours. munity. Along with these skills, students will have more confidence in themselves and will have developed skills needed for college and for life after college. Youth Leadership is open to any high school sophomore and junior from any school or district within Dutchess County, and it is sure to enhance the skills of all participants. The Track 1 Company, String,

will be selling its string bag until April 4th. Please help them to practice their networking, public speaking and sales skills at upcoming chamber functions. To be a part of The Youth Leadership Program, visit ChamberFDN.org and apply today. Deadline is June 1 – but do not wait, seating is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.

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ing citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community. This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. Leadership Dutchess sessions and all course work contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership. Apply today at ChamberFDN.org, the deadline June 1, 2018.

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

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mazing internship opportunities continue to flourish at the Career Action Center located in the Poughkeepsie High School. Internships are an important component of our program, providing opportunities for students to connect with local

businesses in their field of interest. Najyah Dancy joined Daina DiPinto at Dutchess 3D Imaging. Dancy was given the opportunity to learn alongside DiPinto as a Sonographer Intern. “I really enjoyed interning at Dutchess 3D Imaging. Daina is great to work with. It is exciting to get an opportunity to see how everything works and experience a day in a Sonogra-

pher’s shoes. Working with Daina at Dutchess 3D Imaging makes me really want to be an Ultrasound Technician,” said Dancy. Dutchess 3D Imaging is one of the first Dutchess County ultrasound services located in Poughkeepsie, New York. With over 20 years of experience, they specialize in early gender reveals, 3D and 4D ultrasound services, as well as

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

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hrough employment related workshops and oneon-one case management, The Workforce Connections Program assists program participants in attaining their goals and securing employment with local businesses. This month, we are spotlighting two of our participants, Yuderka and Ansley. They have each shown dedication in achieving their goals and in doing so, obtained and retained employment. Ansley and Yuderka shared their experiences being a part of the Workforce Connections Program: Ansley stated, “My experience with the Workforce Connections Program has been life changing. The staff was amazing and friendly. I genuinely felt their desire to help me. The non-judgmental environment was very welcoming and I will forever be in debt to the Workforce Connections Program. I greatly appreciate being a part

of the workforce. The assistance I received in taking the steps toward my financial independence has led me to success. After being a stay at home mom for over 16 years, I had so many doubts of ever getting a job. Thanks to this

program, I have taken my first steps. Forever grateful.” Yuderka stated that she “appreciates everything that the program has done for me. I am thankful for the support in finding and keeping my job.”

creating memorable bonds and keepsakes for expecting parents and families within a warm and welcoming environment. As a recent member of the Dutchess County Regional Cham-

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ber of Commerce, DiPinto was gracious enough to open her doors to the students at the Career Action Center. DiPinto will be hosting three interns during the 2017-2018 school year. “Ultrasound is an extremely rewarding field to get into. When I was asked if I would be willing to host interns here at Dutchess 3D Imaging, my immediate response was absolutely. This is the best way that students can get first hand visual aid experience, before they take the plunge into continuing their education and decide on a career path. Thank you for providing programs for inquiring students that allow them to get their feet wet and help them make an educated decision on these important life choices. I’m so happy to be able to be a part of this experience!” If you are interested in hosting a student intern: Please contact Nancy Herrera at nherrera@dcrcoc.org

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he Dutchess County Youth One Stop provides youth with education through the HSE program, or an occupational skills training program. The Youth One Stop offers a unique program, which allows businesses to provide paid and unpaid work experiences within Dutchess County. Students gain experience by working with local businesses to provide job shadows. Job shadows are a great tool that allows youth to see the day-to-day responsibilities and ask questions. This opportunity to shadow lets the students see if they are really interested in that specific occupation. Youth One Stop works with businesses to provide transitional jobs. The transitional job program allows students to work in their preferred occupation while giving the business the opportunity to teach them what it is that they do. The program allows for 300 total paid hours over the course of 8 to 12 weeks. Some examples of

a transitional job that youth have participated in are; EMT, Dental Assistant, HVAC, Activity Aid, and Culinary Arts. This is an easy pathway for our clients to obtain work experience. Being able to do a transitional job allows the students to build their resumes and gain professional references. Internships are offered to students that have either done occupational training or will be starting occupational training in the near future. This is a 60-hour paid program that gives the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the course. The goal is to see that students are dedicated to completing their work experience. They have to attend soft skills workshops provided by the Youth One Stop. The program covers all areas of professionalism so the students are prepared and ready for employment. Youth One Stop is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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