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Congressional candidates featured in breakfast forum graduate of SUNY Brockport and Georgetown University Law Center, Faso is a former Republican leader of the New York State Assembly. As a member of the Assembly, he developed and championed proposals that led to real balanced budgets, and made a difference for tens of thousands of families through policy advocacy, such as the STAR program, educa- Faso tion, criminal justice and state spending reform. Antonio Delgado was born and raised in Schenectady. His parents worked for General Electric and benefited from a better regional economy. Antonio attended Colgate

University where he graduated with high honors and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. From there, he went to law school at Harvard, which is where he met his wife, Lacey, a native of Woodstock and Kingston. According his website, the values Delgado learned growing up – hard work, discipline, service and character – helped him get a great education, alDelgado lowed him the opportunity to start his own company, empowering young people to learn through music, and then begin a second career, as an attorney fighting for what’s fair and just. The Contact Breakfast is spon-

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sored by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. HVFCU is a community-based financial cooperative that is committed to strengthening the quality of life for its members, friends, families, and neighbors in the Hudson Valley. For more than fifty years, it has been their mission to provide affordable products and convenient services to help you succeed financially through every stage of life. At HVFCU membership has benefits. As a credit union member, you will join your neighbors in our financial cooperative and enjoy a lifetime of financial savings. For

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hamber members and guests are invited to join us for our monthly Business After Hours on Wednesday, October 10 from 5 - 7PM for networking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. This month we head to Dutchess Manor located at 263 Route 9D in Beacon.

For 70 years, Dutchess Manor has been a unique venue for corporate meetings, trade shows, group fundraisers and many other civic and business events. Business After Hours gives members and non-members alike the opportunity to meet a diverse range of business professionals in a comfortable, casual environment. This event is complimentary to attend thanks to our generous sponsors Marshall and Sterling Insurance and Rhinebeck Bank. Registration is required in advance. To RSVP, visit dcroc.org or call 845.454.1700 x 1000. Known for providing risk management, insurance and financial services Marshall and Sterling Insurance guides their clients through a world

of risk and opportunity. Since 1864, Marshall and Sterling Insurance has been administering noteworthy insurance coverage with unparalleled service and support for their clients. This company is an employee-owned company, so Marshall and Sterling Insurance has the ability to assist customers with any virtual risk. For more information please call 845.454.0800 or visit marshallsterling.com. In its 157th year, Rhinebeck Bank has played a crucial role in growing the economy along the Hudson River Valley. Despite their success, Rhinebeck Bank has stayed local over the years in order to keep in touch with the Hudson Valley community. Rhinebeck

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Bank is constantly looking for improvement for the next 157 years in banking, investment, and insurance service for their customers. For more information please visit rhinebeckbank.com. Business After Hours sponsored by

more information visit hvfcu.org. Chamber members and guests will need to pre-register for the October Contact Breakfast by visiting dcrcoc.org or calling 845.454.1700 x 1000. Tickets are $25 for members, and $35 for non-members. 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.

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he Chamber’s October Contact Breakfast will feature a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 AM at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. Congressional candidates from New York’s District 19 will be featured - incumbent John Faso and challenger Antonio Delgado. Economic-related questions for the candidates may be submitted for consideration prior to the breakfast by emailing richk@dcrcoc.org. U.S. Congressman John Faso was elected to represent the 19th District of New York in the United States Congress in 2016. According to his website, Rep. Faso is advocating policies to increase opportunity for families and supports reforms to boost the economy and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. A


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Consider supporting Chamber Foundation Officers Jeffrey B. Senft, Chair...................................S&O Construction Services, Inc. Jennifer Dunn, 1st Vice Chair ...State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. William Francis, 2nd Vice Chair ............................Fortress Financial Advisory, LLC Lauren Gillett, Secretary ............................................ The Chazen Companies Scott Pawenski, Treasurer.............................................Sciane Enterprises, Inc. Rita McPeck, Past Chair ...................................................................KeyBank Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ......Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Directors David Bova.....................................................Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Evelyn Constantino .......................................Royal Carting Service Company Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Freddimir Garcia ...................................................................... Marist College Paul Hochenberg .............................................. MidHudson Regional Hospital Lawrence Holzapfel ............. Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Susan L. Howell CPA ............................................................. RBT CPAs, LLP Maureen Kangas...................Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Vincent Lemma............................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, LLC Michael Mullaney............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Stewart Petrovits .................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. Michael Samuelson.....................................................................Health Quest Tim Scannell ...................................................... Mobile Life Support Services Catherine Secor ................................................................................ TD Bank Frank Smith ..................................................... Marshall & Sterling Insurance Mike Spinelli ................................................................................... TaxBrakes Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Mary Kay Vrba ............................................................Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Tina Walz ................................................................................... M & T Bank Gregory White ..............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms Eben Yager ..............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members Philip Bronzi ......................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Julia Pagones ................................................................... CareMount Medical Chamber Staff Frank Castella, Jr. ................................................................ President & CEO Audra B. Gerty .............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban .................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Francesca Bernhardt ...................................... Community Relations Specialist Steve Bleier .....................................Membership Development Representative Nancy DeWitt.....................................................Director of Business Services Joshua Galow .................................Membership Development Representative Jean Harris .........................................................................Director of Events Angela Signor-Brown ..............................................Director of Media Design Chelsea Schwarze ................................................. Member Relations Director Lj. Julee Whalin ............................................ Marketing & Communications The Chamber Foundation Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director Lindsay Baer .......................................................... 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 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 10 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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t is a busy season at the Chamber with events and programming. Many of you are familiar with the Chamber’s calendar – breakfasts, networking events, ribbon cuttings, and more. The Chamber Foundation is also busy this time of year. As you may know, The Foundation presents leadership programming as well as raising money for scholarships each year. My company, S&O Construction, is a proud supporter of the Foundation through several events, and I hope your organization will consider participating and supporting the Foundation as well. Some of the upcoming Foundation events include the annual Day of Golf, Pigskins and Pints and the ATHENA Awards ceremony in November. You can read

Message from the Chair:

Jeffrey B. Senft

more about these events inside, and get additional details online. The Foundation has also kicked off another year of Leader-

ship Dutchess (celebrating 30 years) and Youth Leadership. See Executive Director Nick Shannon’s column on page 12 for more information on these programs. As the Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, I am very proud additionally of what the Foundation does to make our organization and our community stronger. While you continue to support the Chamber and its advocacy of the business community, please also recognize the additional impact your support of the Chamber Foundation represents. Remember to think – and give local first, and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Chamber of Foundation event. Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc.

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845.297.4247 redcedarinc.com Red Cedar Arborists & Landscapers specializes in commercial maintenance, landscape design and build, tree services, plant health care, and commercial snow services. The Chamber’s Small Business Partner of the Month offers small businesses with 12 employees or fewer direct advertising to members and the community through print, electronic, and radio media. If you are interested in this program, contact Josh at 845.454.1700, x 1029.

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by N&S Supply, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and SRDD Law. You can RSVP to attend this event by registering on our events page. Attendees will also be able to try their luck at casino games to win some great prizes. Our Business After Hours networking opportunity also returns this year from 4 - 6 PM with music, food, and a cash bar for vendors and attendees.

This year, KeyBank is the American Red Cross Blood Drive Sponsor, which will be located in the lobby of the Civic Center during the Expo from 1- 6 PM. To make an appointment call the Red Cross at 1.800RedCross. Also during the Expo from 1 - 3 PM, Legal Shred will pro-

vide business-shredding services. Donations are suggested and benefit the Chamber Foundation, Inc. This service is sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies. The 2018 Think Local First Business & Hospitality Expo is proudly sponsored by The Arc of

Business & Hospitality Expo sponsored by

Dutchess, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Riverside Bank - a division of Salisbury Bank & Trust Company, Royal Carting Service Company, Mid-Hudson Civic Center and ServiceMaster Restore by NEST. Media Sponsors are Hudson Valley Magazine and Poughkeepsie Journal. For complete information on attending or exhibiting, visit dcrcoc.org/businessexpo.

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re you in? Many Chamber members mbers are in already, and you can still join in us and other local organizations who have signed up to exhibit at the annual Think Local First Business & Hospitality Expo this month from 1 to 6 PM on Wednesday, October 24. Hudson Valley businesses of all industries will have booths at the MidHudson Civic Center, where there will be les plenty of interactive exhibits and samples throughout the day, including the hospitality tality trade highlighting local venues, restaurants, caterers, and craft beverage makers. As one of the biggest business trade shows in the area, the Think Local First Expo is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business to a powerful audience in the business community while exploring other regional and local offerings. This event will also afford you another great chance to network with other business professionals. Back this year is the extra Business After Hours with entertainment, samples from the hospitality industry and a cash bar from 4 - 6 PM during the expo. We invite you to join us for this extra networking event - bring plenty of business cards and make connections with fellow business professionals. Your business card is your entrance ticket into this premiere business-to-business event where you can forge connections that can prove mutually beneficial. Part of the Chamber’s mission is benefitting local businesses by encouraging people to Think Local First, and what better way than by helping Hudson Valley businesses gather together to promote their products and services in a single location. Get on board today – contact Jean Harris and sign-up to be an exhibitor. You’ll be glad you did!

ontinuing to transform the way we think and lead is essential for success. Sticking with the same approaches and methods because we’ve always done it that way does not add up to growth, either professionally or organizationally. As Pietrow business leaders, we all must be lifelong learners and be willing to adapt, change and look at things in new ways. But how do we do that? How do we make time in our already packed workweek? The true question is how can we not evolve and expect success. One way is to honestly measure results of what we’re currently doing. What must we do more of or less of? In addition, it is key to seek new learning opportunities and chances for skill development.

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The Women’s Leadership Alliance offers ways to develop important professional skills. The November program “Lean In & Speak Up: A Public Speaking Workshop for Women in Business” will be held November 8 from 5 - 7 pm in the Chamber‘s conference room. It’s essential to speak clearly about who you are, what your business is about, and how you serve your marketplace. The Women’s Leadership Alliance is also pleased to announce a new program format for 2019. The WLA membership spoke and the leadership team listened. The WLA members asked for deep dives on key topics and working meetings that offer not only great opportunities for connections with other professionals but valuable takeaways that can be integrated into their organizations. The WLA will offer two key-

stone events in 2019. In May, the 4th annual Business Case for Diversity will be presented as a halfday workshop style event. This program presents a closer look at creating more diverse organizations to achieve higher levels of success. Studies continue to show that ethnic, racial and gender diversity is good for business, reaching financial returns above that of industry norms. The second event of 2019 will be a longer-format leadership summit in October. More details for follow! The Women’s Leadership Alliance is an organization under the DCRCOC. The WLA mission is “Leadership, Collaboration & Advocacy” Catherine Pietrow, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Alliance, is a Certified Family Business Advisor and Professional Certified Executive Coach with Advantage Family Business.

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Thursday, October 11

The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse 4 PM 35 Van Wagner Road Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate 45 years of service and the introduction of several unique new programs.

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EVENTS Monday, October 1

Nussbickel Annual Golf Tournament 8:30 AM - 5 PM The Links at Union Vale 153 North Parliman Road LaGrangeville The Chamber Foundation’s annual golf tournament. Visit ChamberFDN.org for more info.

Tuesday, October 9

Master Your Membership Lunch 11:30 AM - 1 PM Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie Attendees will meet the Chamber staff and learn how the departments of membership, events, communications, The Chamber Foundation, and Workforce Development Center operate for the benefit of members. Information about all the services included with your membership dues will be provided and this is a great opportunity to ask questions. Call 845.454.1700, x 1000 or email: frontdesk@dcrcoc.org to register. Sponsored by: FastSIGNS and Coffee System of the Hudson Valley

Saturday, October 13

HVYP: New Member Hike Mount Beacon with the Health & Meet and Greet 5:30 - 6:30 PM Wellness Club Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie

9 AM - Noon 788 Wolcott Avenue Beacon

Hudson Valley Young Professionals present 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.

Hike up Mount Beacon to enjoy the beautifully scenic views and cool fall weather. This hike will include tips on how to avoid injury, proper stretching techniques, and hiking safety. Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water in nondisposable containers to carry while hiking, as well as an energizing snack. Proper hiking shoes or boots are required. The hike is open to anyone – frequent breaks can be taken along the way to rest and to enjoy the scenery. This is a challenging hike, covering about 4.4 miles of steep and rocky terrain. Sponsored by: Health Quest

Wednesday, October 10

Business Education Seminar: Year-End Planning 101 3:30 - 5 PM Dutchess Manor 263 Route 9D Beacon The Business Education Committee will present a seminar on the basics of finance and tax for small businesses. Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP and Mehl & Associates, CPA’s

Wednesday, October 10

Business After Hours 5 - 7 PM Dutchess Manor 263 Route 9D Beacon

employees, build partnerships and alliances, and increase your credibility and reputation. Visit dcrcoc.org/businessexpo for more info.

Wednesday, October 24

Marketing Expert Panel - Putting the Power Into Your PR 3 - 4 PM Mid-Hudson Civic Center 14 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Panel featuring Filomena Fanelli of Impact PR & Communications. Sponsored by: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, N&S Supply, and Stenger Roberts Davis & Diamond, LLP

Sunday, October 28

Pigskins and Pints A Wing Fest Event 12:30 - 4 PM Darby O’Gills Restaurant 3969 Albany Post Road Hyde Park Join us for a day of football, wings, beer and fun! Casual atmosphere, prizes, games, and a silent auction. Featuring Giants vs. Redskins, Jets vs. Bears, and all other games. Tickets: $40 each or $70 for two, includes food and unlimited select draft beer. Sponsored by: Branding Pros, Fortress Financial Advisory, McHoul Funeral Home, Meyer Contracting, Mobile Life Support Services, S&O Construction Services, and Rhinebeck Bank

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Wednesday, October 17

To be a “Flavor of the Month,” call Joshua at 845.454.1700, x 1029

Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 AM Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast featuring a candidate forum between New York District 19 Representative, John Faso and challenger Antonio Delgado. Please send questions for the candidates in advance for consideration to richk@dcrcoc.org. Sponsored by: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Wednesday, October 24

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Central Hudson gets their kicks A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR

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hank you to all of the great teams and spectators who came out in support of our 2018 Kicks for College Kickball Tournament and congratulations to the 2018 Champions from Central Hudson! We had a great time playing ball at the beautiful Beacon Memorial Park and a fantastic time

dancing to DJ music and eating food truck fare from Farmers & Chefs all in support of the Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Workforce Development Scholarship. Thank you to our sponsors 40 Cannon, CR Properties Group, LLC, Studio 8, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank and special thanks to CLUBWAKA for the equipment!

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

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

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he HVYPs will host a New Member Meet & Greet on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 PM. This New Member Meet & Greet is an informal setting where new and prospective members get

to meet and talk with the Advisory Council to learn about the mission and strategy of the HVYPs, a committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Come

to 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. Refreshments will be served. This event is complimentary and registration is required.

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raveling presents it’s own set of challenges. But traveling internationally can be even more stressful if you’re not prepared with the right tech know-how. Here are some tips you may want to consider before you hop on a flight to your next adventure: • Know your device - It sounds obvious, but the only way to know if your phone or tablet will work overseas is to make sure you have the right access. If you can connect to a wireless network, that means you’ll be able to get email, update social media, etc. To make calls and texts though, you’ll need a cellular network. To make those calls, you’ll need to make sure you are network compatible with the country you are visiting. Call or stop by your service provider to fill in any gaps you may be concerned with. • Swap your SIM – The advice used to be that when you arrived at your destination, try and buy a SIM card. Its important to know that a new SIM card can be troublesome as it changes your phone number while in use. This sometimes makes calling or texting an issue. The best advice is to get your SIM card stateside. SIM card scan be bought at electronic devise stress, service provider sites and are readily available online. • Find an alternate way to verify your identity – You won’t

be able to verify your identity for important accounts because your new number won’t direct text messages needed for two-factor authentication. Be prepared and review all your important bank and social media accounts to make sure you have an alternate way to authenticate your accounts. • Third-party messaging - Messaging abroad is a challenge because of your new number and the fees involved. Using a third-party app like Facebook Messenger will only use data while you are on Wi-Fi and you can also video and voice call. The catch is that you can only message people who have Facebook Messenger. Many apps are popular in other countries. Ask your host, concierge or friends and family about what apps are popular at your destination so that you can have it downloaded in the event they do not use messenger. • Power - Make sure you are equipped with the right power adaptor for your device for your travel destination. Power adaptor specs will vary by country. • While you’re on the phone, Let your service provider know in advance that you will be traveling. They have best practices to keep you safe and running. 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 NEWS – POWERED BY INTEGRATED ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS, INC.

MEMBER NEWSLINE New hires and expansion at The Chazen Companies The Chazen Companies has announced that Richard M. Loewenstein, Jr., P.E., has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Loewenstein earned his BS in Forest Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University. He is a licensed professional engineer in 10 states, has held a number of professional and civic leadership positions, with over 30 years of experience. Chazen also announced Matthew Korn, P.E., and Walter Kubow, P.E., LEED® AP, as new associates of the firm. Korn and Kubow are both based in Chazen’s Capital District office. Lastly, the Chazen Companies announced that its North Country office has moved to a new and larger location as a result of rapid company growth. The new office is located at the historic Clark Brothers Glove Factory in Glens Falls at 20 Elm Street. For more information please visit chazencompanies.com.

Dina Menzie named Chief Program Officer Dina Menzie has joined Abilities First and will be responsible for day-to-day operational oversight of all residential, service coordination, community habilitation, day habilitation, employment, and educational services and programs. Menzie most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Seamen’s Society for Children and Families, a $20 million charity in New York City where she led a multi-office IT transformation, agency-wide implementation of evidence-based practice and

opened three new business lines. Dina has also worked as Chief of Staff for Special Projects to the CEO and COO of The Children’s Village, a $90 million charity, doing work in NYC and surrounding areas, Michigan, Australia, The Netherlands and Iraq. Dina’s experience in the forprofit sector includes working on IT and software development teams in the financial industry at companies such as Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (acquired by Goldman Sachs) a leader in trading, execution and clearing technology and Credit Suisse Asset Management in NYC. Menzie has a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and recently completed a Value in Health Care certificate through Harvard Business School's Executive Education program. For more information, visit AbilitiesFirstNY.org

John Morgan earns fiduciary designation

credited Investment Fiduciary designation (AIF) from Fi360, an industry leading organization that empowers wealth advisors to use the Prudent Practices® model to gather, grow and protect investors’ assets with a fiduciary standard of care. Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) training empowers investment professionals with the fiduciary knowledge and tools they need to serve their clients’ best interests. Advisors who earn the AIF® Designation are immediately able to demonstrate the added value they bring to prospective and existing clients. Learn more at mswealth.com.

Tompkins Mahopac Bank advances commercial lending team Tompkins Mahopac Bank’s announced new team positions in its commercial lending division, including the promotion of William J. Dunkel of the bank’s Mt. Kisco location to senior vice president, and the addition of team member, Gary Grandstaff, vice president, commercial lending in Dutchess County. Dunkel has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management Science from State University of New York Cortland. He is president of the board for Habitat for Humanity Putnam County, where he’s been a board member since 2014, and belongs to various chambers and business organizations. Dunkel lives in New Milford, Connecticut with his wife, Lauren, and four children. More information is available at www.mahopacbank.com.

John S. Morgan of Morgan Strategic Wealth has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies®, the standards-setting body for Fi360. The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the Center’s Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. On an ongoing basis, completion of conSRDD Law hires 15th tinuing education and adherence attorney to focus on to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards are required to maintain personal injury SRDD Law has announced the the AIF designation. Learn more at hiring of its’ fifteenth attorney, Almorganwealth.net. exandria D. Weininger. Alex will practice Personal Injury, Family Law, and General Litigation for the Dean Lysenko earns firm. While in law school, Alex was fiduciary designation recognized for her work with Seton Dean Lysenko, CPFA from Hall Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. Marshall & Sterling Wealth Ad- After law school, Alex clerked for visors has been awarded the Ac- the Honorable James A. Farber,

J.S.C., Chancery Division – Family Part, Superior Court of New Jersey. While serving as a law clerk, Alex handled family matters including divorce, domestic violence, child custody, and post-divorce issues. Alex also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Jersey Battered Woman’s Legal Advocacy Project. Prior to law school, Alex was a television news producer at CNN in New York. Prior to CNN, Alex was a writer/producer at WJLA-TV ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C. Alex earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and received her law degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 2013. For more information visit srddlaw.com.

Dutchess Outreach Coat Drive set for October 1 – 31 Dutchess Outreach, Inc. will conduct the Annual Susan DeKeukelaere Memorial Coat Drive, sponsored by Guardian Self Storage, from October 1 to October 31. Wanted are clean (new or used in good condition) winter coats, especially children's and adult plus sizes. Donations can be dropped off at any Guardian Self-Storage facility or any Rhinebeck Bank branch. Coats are distributed in November at eight locations around Dutchess County. For more information contact Nyhisha T. Gibbs at Nyhisha@dutchessoutreach.org

to the American Cancer Society and Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation for every new unlimited car wash membership. It’s just one more reason to become a member of our unlimited car wash club. Over 5,000 of your friends and neighbors are members how about you? Shine and smile every day!

House of Hope's Legacy of Hope Gala to be held House of Hope is celebrating the 10-year Anniversary of the Legacy of Hope in the service to survivors of Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 25 at 5 PM. The ticket cost for this event includes entrance for the event, hors d' oeuvres, dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. The Special Guest Speaker for this event will be George D. Martin - the former Defensive End for the New York Giants and Founder of “a Journey for 9/11” which is the ongoing initiative to raise awareness and funds for the serious medical conditions faced by thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery Ground Zero workers. Mr. Martin was a star defensive end and co-captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champion New York Giants (1986). For more information please visit hudsonvalleyhouseofhope.org.

City announces free Foam & Wash raises money weekend parking City of Poughkeepsie and is Thinking Pink Foam & Wash Car Wash, Oil Change Plus and the Foam & Wash Mobil Mart are just wrapping up their support for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and should once again be fortunate enough to donate about $35,000. Thank you to everyone who helped in these efforts. Starting October 1, Foam & Wash will be thinking pink, and is proud to support breast cancer treatment, research and awareness. Foam & Wash car washes and staff will be quite pink with heartfelt support. Throughout October, Foam & Wash will donate $20

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Mayor Rob Rolison announced that through the end of this year parking at all city-owned surface lots will be free on weekends. “Parking in the lots is already free on Sunday, so it just makes sense to expand this to include Saturday, and have our weekend parking entirely free”, said the Mayor. All parking regulations, including alternate side parking rules, and no-parking zones, will continue to be enforced. For additional information contact: Kathy Vacca at KVacca@ CityofPoughkeepsie.com


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Bechtel Financial Services

Valley National Bank Home Mortgage TrueNorth Financial Solutions

Tops Friendly Markets – Rhinebeck

Stillman Travel

Health & Wellness

Furniture Retailers

Nuleaf Tattoo Removal Hudson Valley Healing Center - Salt Cave + Yoga

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British Swim School

Northwest Lawn & Landscape Maintenance, LLC

Health Care Services

Physical Therapists

Powers & Associates Enterprise

Taconic Retreat and Conference Center

Health Insurance Plans

Retreat Centers

WellCare of New York, Inc. Moriarty Physical Therapy Nonprofits

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Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition of New York

Accent Cabinetry and Woodworking, Inc.

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Stephen Cihanek Photography & Cinematography Allan E. Levine Photography Real Estate Agencies & Brokers

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Gina M. Domenico

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Cannizzaro Real Estate Center

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Travel Agencies

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F & M Cleaning Services Cleaning & janitorial Services

Stormville Oil Company Nonprofits

Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc. Spas, Day Spas & Health Spas

The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House Website Design & Support

Fisch Solutions, Inc.

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CLEANING & JANITORIAL SERVICES GROCERY STORES & SUPERMARKETS

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PHOTOGRAPHERS & PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS

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The Inn and Spa at Beacon

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CONSULTANTS EOA Group LLC

Brancaster Marketing, Inc. 5 Ferris Lane 5 Fir Street Red Hook, NY 12571 845.430.3709 Email: jessie@bmincpromo.com Web: BrancasterMarketing.com Contact: Jessie Boyle

ATTORNEYS & LEGAL SERVICES Finkelstein & Partners, LLP 1778 South Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845.298.2870 Email: dmackey@lawampm.com Web: lawampm.com Contact: Danielle Mackey

Letterio, Shedden & Haug LLP (LSH Law Group)

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845.489.2560 Email: pmoore@eao consulting.com Web: eoaconsulting.come Contact: Patrick Moore Consulting Practice specializing in marketing and risk management.

ENGINEERING AND/OR SURVEYING SERVICES

Marona's Market 32 Front Street Millbrook, NY 12545 (845) 677-3471 Email: Zach@maronasmarket.com Web: maronsmarket.com Contact: Zachary Hampton

HEALTH & WELLNESS Kina Africa 1016 Dutcher Drive Fishkill, NY 12524 845.897.2921 Email: info@kinaafrica.com Web: kinaafrica.com Contact: Mildred Agbana A social enterprise and commercial entity that sells high quality unrefined shea butter and shea butter products. Our mission is to promote economic empowerment of women in Africa.

SEBI Environmental Services Inc.

HEATING OIL & GAS COMPANIES

337 Fullerton Avenue Newburgh, NY 12550 845.789.1307 Email: marcod@sebiny.com Web: sebiny.com Contact: Marco D'Antonio Environmental engineering, consulting, services, investigation.

Kimlin Energy Services

397 A Fishkill Avenue Beacon, NY 12508 845.765.8881 Fax: 845.765.8886 FUNDRAISING Email: aletterio@lshlawgroup.com Web: lshlawgroup.com Ultimate Fundraising Inc Contact: Anne Bethany Letterio 9 Autumn Knoll New Paltz, NY 12561 Levine & Levine, PLLC 845.255.4001 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 100 Email: bermanbarry@yahoo.com Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Web: ultimatefundraisinginc.com 845.452.2350 Contact: Barry Berman Email: info@levinelevinelaw.com Fundraising for not for profit organizations and schools. Web: levinelevinelaw.com Contact: Suzanne Mariconti Business & corporate law; GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS litigation; corporate & residential real estate; commercial leasing; Putnam County wills, trusts & estates; banking Golf Course law; personal injury. 187 Hill Street Mahopac, NY 10541 CHAMBER COMMITTEES 845.808.1880 Email: mikem@ ARE HARD AT WORK putnamcountygc.com Web: putnamcountygolfcourse.com STAY CURRENT AND GET Contact: Mike McCall INVOLVED. GO TO ''Where Golf Meets the Scenic DCRCOC.ORG AND CLICK Beauty of the Lower Hudson Valley'' A unique golfing “COMMITTEES” experience awaits.

14 Steves Lane Gardiner, NY 12525 845.255.7324 Email: max@kimlinenergy.com Web: kimlinenergy.com Contact: Max Kimlin Heating oil, propane, commercial fuels delivery and equipment service provider in the Hudson Valley

HOME HEALTH CARE Marquis Home Care 230 North Main Street Spring Valley, NY 10977 845.459.2412 Email: Sschwartz@Marquishc.com Web: Marquishc.com Contact: Sandra Schwartz We are an all-inclusive Home Healthcare Company. We are New York State regulated, and can accept Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and private pay.

151 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508 845.205.2900 Email: info@innspabeacon.com Contact: Roger Greenwald A boutique hotel with critically acclaimed spa facilities. Special Discounts for Chamber Members!

INSURANCE AGENCIES & BROKERS AFLAC (Carolin Mohrmann) 550 Route 299, Suite #1B Highland, NY 12528 845.901.4346 Email: Carolin_Mohrmann@ us.aflac.com Web: aflac.com Contact: Carolin Mohrmann Voluntary insurance comes in a number of different types, customizable to each business and employee. Accident Insurance, Cancer/SpecifiedDisease Insurance, Hospital Confinement Indemnity Insurance

Hudson Valley Insurance Agency 1661 Route 300 Newburgh, NY 12550 845.287.0222 Email: pcarr@ hvinsuranceagency.com Web: hvinsuranceagency.com Contact: Pete Carr Commercial and Personal Insurance

MARKETING SERVICES E<]dÚ[gEYjc]laf_ & Events

Fishkill, NY 12524 845.234.5641 Email: elissa@mdelficomktg.com Web: mdelficomktg.com HOTELS & MOTELS Contact: Elissa Delfico Marketing that helps Comfort Suites - Fishkill Architectural, Engineering and Construction firms fill their 835 Route 52 pipelines with future work Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 by collaborating on strategy, 845.765-8668 branding, online presence, Fax: 845.165.8670 Email: comfortfishkill@gmail.com proposals & marketing materials.

88 Layton Rd Stanfordville, NY 12581 347.405.3322 Email: glynis@furtherupfurtherin.com Web: furtherup-furtherin.com Contact: Glynis Carpenter A direct-to-the-public portrait division of commercial and editorial photographer, Glynis S. A. Carpenter.

PRINTING SERVICES Camelot Print & Copy Centers (Hopewell Junction) 7374, 822 NY-82 #3, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845.226.4153 Email: servicehw@teamcamelot.com Web: teamcamelot.com Contact: John DeBoghossian

Camelot Print & Copy Centers (Poughkeepsie) 630 Columbia Street Extension Latham, NY 12110 518.435.9696 Fax: 518.435.9688 Email: johnd@teamcamelot.com Web: teamcamelot.com Contact: John DeBoghossian

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS & INVESTORS The Rhinebeck Gardens Group, LLC 2 Sunflower Place Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845.721.0276 Email: sales@gardensat rhinebeck.com Web: gardensatrhinebeck.com Contact: David Silver Developing 76 Ranch and Town Home style Condominiums.

RESTAURANTS Aba's Falafel LLC 54 E. Market Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845.876.2324 Email: abasfalafel@gmail.com Web: abasfalafel.com Contact: Cathy Naor


THE BOTTOM LINE Red Line Diner LLC 588 Route 9 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.765.8401 Email: roseanne@dineatredline.com Web: dineatredline.com Contact: Roseanne Vanikiotis 24hour/7 day a week eatery. Extensive menu, daily specials, full bar and in house bakery. Family-owned and operated, in house or on-site catering available. Lunch delivery service available.

OCTOBER 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION Associates Golf Car Service 69 Taft Avenue Poughkeepsie NY 12603 845.471.5225 Fax: 845.471.5242 Email: associatesgcr@aol.com Web: www.associatesservice.com Contact: Ann Marie Donohue Same-day local delivery services, golf car rentals, sales and repairs.

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Learn to master your membership

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hether you’re a new member or finally getting around to realizing your benefits, a great place to launch your efforts is by attending our next Master Your Membership Lunch event on Tuesday, October 9 from 11:30 AM -1 PM in the Chamber’s boardroom. Attendees will meet Chamber staff and learn how the departments of membership, events, and communications work together, and also how The Chamber Foundation and Workforce Development Center operate for the benefit of members. Information about all the services included with your dues will be provided, so this will be a great opportunity to ask questions. Master your Membership Luncheon is sponsored by FASTSIGNS® and Coffee System of the Hudson Valley. At FASTSIGNS®, you get visual communications solutions including sign and graphic consultation and design, production, delivery and installation services.

Whether you need architectural signs, vehicle graphics, point-ofpurchase posters or a building identification sign, they’re more than ready to help you meet your visual communications goals. For more information please visit fastsigns.com. Coffee System of the Hudson Valley began in 1970 with one truck “Delivering Delicious Coffee to Businesses throughout the Valley.” Over the years, they’ve expanded considerably and now have 15 trucks delivering delicious coffee, plus a whole lot more. They serve the New York counties of Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Sullivan, Greene, Columbia and Albany. For more information

Master Your Membership Lunch sponsored by

please visit coffeesystemhv.com. Please note, because of space limitations, only one representative per company may attend. Phone or email reservations only, call 845.454.1700, x1000 or email frontdesk@dcrcoc.org.

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2019 Leadership programs kick off

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he Leadership Dutchess Class of 2019 recently kicked-off the celebration of the 30th Anniversary year of the Program. Twenty-nine class members were selected through an interview process to be part of this year’s class. For nine months, participants will embark on a journey that will include dynamic presentations, unique insight and access to community and government agencies, as well as collaborative projects that will instill leadership skills both professional and personally. When you’re at an event or in the community and see a class participant, congratulate them for taking the challenge of building and enhancing their leadership in the Hudson Valley! Special thank you to our sponsors: • Platinum Sponsor: Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation • Program Supporters: The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie,

Nicholas Shannon Executive Director

IBM, KeyBank and RBT CPA’s The Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program held its first session in September welcoming over 80 Dutchess County High School students. This year’s program is hosted at Dutchess Community College. Thank you to Londina Cruz, International Trainer & Executive Coach, John Maxwell Team, for being the sessions keynote speaker and providing an inspirational lesson on resiliency. Youth Leadership is an innovative, leadership development pro-

THE CHAMBER FOUNDATION OFFICERS Amy Dittmar, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas, Vice Chair. . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Barbara E. Ostrander, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RBT CPAs, LLP David Wise, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mackey Butts & Wise LLP Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS José L. Carrión . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wappingers Central School District Staci Cussick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liberty Mutual Insurance Tina Hawkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Red Cap Cleaners Matthew Mullaney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Cadillac-Buick-GMC Jennifer Pawenski. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Chazen Companies Al Torreggiani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Key Construction Services, LLC Robyn Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union FOUNDATION STAFF Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director Anne De Muro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workforce Development Center Program Manager Lindsay Baer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Programming Coordinator YOUTH ONE STOP STAFF Jessica Vitolano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator Danica Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Case Manager John Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Case Manager

gram designed to develop the academic, social and life skills of area youth. Students have opportunities for substantive interaction with his or her peers, community based service organizations, institutions of higher education, and professionals from local industries. For nine months students will hear from prominent community leaders and educators on topics including well-being, leadership, community awareness and post high school education opportunities. Students will also work on creating a student-run business company as well as work on resume writing, creating cover letters, practice interview skills, and complete 10 hours of community service and a 20 hour business internship. Joining the program are 20 business professionals to help mentor and guide students throughout the year. Special thank you to our sponsors: Gap Inc., IBM, State Farm and Dutchess Community College. The Chamber Foundation is proud of its unique leadership programs and wishes all of its participants a successful academic year. To learn more about these programs, as well as other opportunities for mentorship, education and volunteer experiences, please visit ChamberFDN.org.

Leadership Dutchess Class of 2019 Sheila Bogan, American Cancer Society of the Hudson Valley

James Morrow, Walden Savings Bank

Kevin Bruckner, IBM Corporation

Christina Myers, Rondout Savings Bank

Jasmin Davis, Poughkeepsie Galleria

Jeff Nelson, Gordon Fire Equipment

Kristin Delia, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd.

Ellie Nieves, The Guardian Life Insurance Company

Jeff Doane, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

Michelle Paolicelli Choubah, Brinckerhoff & Neuville, Inc.

Liz Donohue, Marist College

Malinda Pollack, TEG Federal Credit Union

Caroline Falk, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Heather Fitzsimmons, Mount Saint Mary College Kelly Formoso, American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley Brittany Hunt, M & T Bank, Hudson Valley Division Kari Lahey, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. Matt LaSpada, Residential Home Funding

Dylan Murphy, Rhinebeck Bank

Renee Richard, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Courtney Rovere, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Austin Salcedo, Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. Emily Sassano, United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region Chelsea Schwarze, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Tara Tornello, Adams Fairacre Farms

Anthony Lepkowski, Rhinebeck Bank

Ross Trapani, RBT CPAs, LLP

Ray Melendez, Ulster Savings Bank

Glenn Wu, Tompkins Mahopac Bank

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Foundation announces Hike Mount Beacon ATHENA Honorees with the Health & Wellness Club

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he Chamber Foundation, Inc., is excited to announce its 2018 ATHENA honorees. Chosen by a selection committee composed of the past three years’ honorees, these individuals demonstrate strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor – especially to women in the business community.

This year’s honorees are: • Shirley Adams from Catherine Street Community Center • Filomena Fanelli from Impact PR & Communications, LTD. • Holly Kramer from GAP, Inc., Fishkill Distribution Campus • Maureen Lashlee from Habitat for Humanity Dutchess County • Tina Ludwig from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • Carol Ann Malizia from CAM integrative Consulting • Melissa McCoy from Abilities First • Alexis Mills from Complete Benefit Solutions • Dr. Lubna Somjee licensed psychologist and executive coach • Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart from Walkway Over the Hudson

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The ATHENA Award Reception will be on Thursday, November 29 at the Culinary Institute of America and will feature the ATHENA awards being presented to each individual. Proud sponsors to date include: Gold Sponsors: IBM and KeyBank. Silver Sponsors: Rose & Kiernan, ServiceMaster Restore by Nest, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Mackey Butts & Wise, Rondout Bank, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Bronze Sponsors: Fortress Financial Advisory and D’Arcangelo & Co. Supporting Sponsors: Adams Fairacre Farms, Greystone Programs and PVE, LLC. A VIP Reception will be held in October sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota. Now in its 13th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Award is given to members of the community who best embody the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce advocacy in pursuit of excellence. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Rich Kleban at 845.454.1700 x 1023. Tickets for the ATHENA Awards Reception on November 29 are available at ChamberFDN.org or call 845.454.1700, x 1000.

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Congratulations to Vitality Bowls on their grand opening. Stop in at 1839 South Road in Wappingers Falls.

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Congratulations to New Horizons Resources, Inc. on the grand opening of their multi-sensory room at 123 West Road in Pleasant Valley.

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

Program helps students reach potential By Katrina Gobins Director of Career Action Center

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resident Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. Through this initiative, the Federal Government supports cities, towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to the mentoring, support networks and skills they need. The Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD) received the MBK grant in 2016 and has collaborated with the City of Poughkeepsie, The Chamber Foundation Inc., and the Dutchess County Regional Cham-

ber of Commerce to implement the initiative. On September 13, MBK mentees, families and key stakeholders came together for an event to kick off a series of sessions. All MBK mentees dressed to impress in suits, and came with confidencebearing smiles. The kickoff event and dinner opened with remarks from City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, New York State Senator Sue Serino, and Dr. Anael Alston from NYSED. The keynote speaker Edward Lawson, spoke about the importance of community and family engagement in supporting young men of color. After the keynote, mentees and community members broke up

into groups to discuss a few of the milestones of the MBK Program: graduate from high school ready for college and a career, grow up in safe communities, and to get a second chance if they make a mistake. Facilitators led the discussions in an intimate setting where students, families and community members were able to speak openly about the challenges of trying to achieve these milestones. Dr. Kathleen Farrell, Interim Superintendent of PCSD stated, “There’s perhaps no more important work than to support our youth so that they reach their full potential. It is the responsibility of every person to recognize that the things that divide us are far less

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

YOS members enjoy strategic partnership By Danica Pierre-Louis Youth One Stop Case Manager

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ver the course of the last two years, Youth One Stop (YOS) staff and participants have formed a strategic community partnership with the Bruderhof Community at Maple Ridge. If not once then twice every other month, participants from YOS and the Bruderhof Community come together to learn life skills and enjoy each other’s company. In collaboration with members of the Bruderhof Community, YOS staff has been able to teach students home economic skills like making apple pies, pickling and sugar cookies, of which Maple Ridge provides all the necessary ingredients. We have also been able to meet up for cupcake decorating, family game nights and even a kickball game. We have

taken joint day trips and visited places like the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary together, which was educational and enlightening. Some of our participants also gathered with members of the the Bruderhof Community at Maple Ridge for a barbeque and ice cream making. While these activities are fun, they also provide opportunities and access for participants to

experience what they wouldn’t normally have the chance to encounter daily. These events would not have been successful without the strong partnership and generous continued support the Bruderhof Community provides. Both YOS and Bruderhof recognize the valuable impact adults can model for youth who are in need of guidance and mentoring.

important than those that connect us, and the connection for us all are our young. We are blessed to be able to work with community partners

such as the Chamber to assist in providing this support through the work of the Career Action Center located within our high school.”

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.

Activities offered for families By Elizabeth Kwant Director of Workforce Connections

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esume development, softskills training, and oneon-one case management are the cornerstones of one’s experience in the Workforce Connections Program. Participants learn about career exploration and job development, as well as networking and interpersonal skills. This is accomplished through an ongoing workshop program run by the staff at the Workforce Development Center Programs. Another regular activity held in the Workforce Development Center is a family-focused fun evening every Thursday. The Thursday Evening Activity, or TEA time as we call it, consists of a planned activity or outing that includes program participants and their families.

Providing an opportunity for safe, free family bonding is a critical element of the program. These activities, which include family movie night, barbecues, scavenger hunts, craft nights, and holiday parties, give case managers an opportunity to meet with an entire family and observe the interactions between its members. This can be incredibly beneficial in identifying additional resources or referrals needed by the family, and can open the door to teachable moments within the family unit. During, one activity, (see inset) Workforce Connections staff and participants took a trip to The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, where they baked and decorated cookies with the community friends, the Bruderhof. This activity was just another enriching event to explore culture, teamwork, and family.


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