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September breakfast to feature County Executive forum opened up to attendees’ questions. If you have a question for the candidates, email email@example.com. A Red Hook resident, Molinaro was first elected to public office in 1994 at age 18, serving on the Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees before becoming the youngest mayor in America a year later. He was subsequently re-elected five times as Tivoli mayor and four times to the Dutchess County Legislature before becoming a representative in the New York
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State Assembly. While serving as county executive, Molinaro has worked to unify county departments to cut county costs. He has also been recognized for his role in many community organizations. Jablonski is a former Dutchess County comptroller. A Poughkeepsie resident, she spent 28 years in management positions at IBM Poughkeepsie. She also served as director and consultant at Cap Gemini and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young. Jablonski is also a member
Make connections after hours in Fishkill
ooking to broaden your business network in a pleasant setting? September’s Business After Hours, a monthly Chamber networking event, will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, September 24, at the Grand Centro Grill in the Fishkill Plaza at 738 Route 9. Members, nonmembers and guests are welcome to attend. Grand Centro Grill is a bar,
grill and lounge featuring a comfortable, modern setting and a classic American menu with an urban twist. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available courtesy of sponsors M&T Bank and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovani & Weddell, LLP, and there will be a cash bar available. Founded in 1856 in western New York, M&T Bank credits itself
with understanding what is important to clients. It provides a variety of financial solutions for personal, business and commercial banking needs. The bank strives to aid customers with their current banking, while also helping build financial stability for the future. The CPAs at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, have provided 40 years of business consulting services in
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of the League of Women Voters and serves as a president and a member of the board for the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus. September’s Contact Breakfast is sponsored by MidHudson Regional Hospital. MidHudson Regional Hospital is among the region’s most innovative health-care delivery systems. Its staff recognizes the importance of employees’ health to the well-being of the workplace. The focus is on the patients, making sure they receive the best care they can close to home. For more information, visit midhudsonregional.org. The Women’s Leadership Alliance – a Chamber committee devoted to cultivating women’s leadership and networking within the community – will be recognized at
Hudson Valley. As one of the largest public accounting firms in the Hudson Valley, the firm has locations in Newburgh, Middletown and Wappingers Falls and offers a local touch as well as the national resources of one of the nation’s largest accounting and consulting firms. For more information or to register for Business After Hours, visit www.dcrcoc.org or contact the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.
the breakfast. And nonprofit members from the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Family Services will also be in attendance with tables and information as guests enter the breakfast. Attendees of the September Contact Breakfast are asked to remember the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee’s ongoing collection of canned and dry goods at all Contact Breakfasts to benefit Dutchess Outreach. Donations may be deposited in the marked boxes near the registration tables at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Tickets to the breakfast are $25 for Chamber members in advance or $30 at the door. Nonmembers can attend for $35. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.
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ant to learn more about the candidates running for Dutchess County Executive this fall? The Chamber’s September Contact Breakfast set for 7:30-9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, at the Grand Hotel at 40 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie, will feature a forum with Republican incumbent County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Democratic challenger, Diane Jablonski. Each of the candidates will speak before the floor is
Officers Joseph Bonura Jr., Chair ........................................Bonura Hospitality Group John Davies, 1st Vice Chair......................................................Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, 2nd Vice Chair ............................................................KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Treasurer ............................................... Red Cap Cleaners Jeffrey Senft, Secretary................................S & O Construction Services, Inc. Ori Brachfeld, Past Chair .......................................Dash Lock & Key Service Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ...... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Jan Dewey .....................................................................Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ...................State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Bill Francis ....................................................Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Lauren Gillett....................................................................Chazen Companies Paul Hochenberg ... MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi .................................................. Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................... McCabe & Mack LLP Vincent R. Lander...... Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. William Lessner ............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio Jr. ...................................................Sedore & Company, CPAs Patrick Moore...................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Michael Mullaney............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Scott Pawenski .............................................................................EmbroidMe Stewart Petrovits.................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. David Ping .................................................................................Health Quest Vincent Ricotta ........................................ Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Mary Schoonmaker .......................................................................... TD Bank Mike Spinelli..........................................................................The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl............................................................ Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tina Walz................................................................................... M & T Bank Tom Weddell................ Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager .............................................................. Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members James Lentz ...........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Daniel Lepore........................................................................ LCS Companies Chamber Staff Frank Castella Jr. ................................................................. President & CEO Audra B. Gerty.............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban .................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Pamela J. Balga................................................. Director of Member Relations Ashley Harvey ............................................... Community Relations Specialist Josely Millington ............................................................ Assistant to the CFO Carrie Nealy ....................................................... Director of Member Services Elena Overbey........................................................... Director of Membership Dugan Radwin ......................................................Director of Media Content Angela Signor ..........................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ......................................................... Vice President of Events The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director Nancy DeWitt...................................................................................Associate Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin ....................... Vice President of Workforce Development Stephanie Seymour .................................... Director of Workforce Operations Maryann McKenzie ............................................... Director of Youth Services Elizabeth Kwant ................................................ Supervisor of Adult Programs Jesse Crisalli ................................................................ Director of Work Now Diane DeDominicis .................................... Director of Employment Services Loren Hoffman ..................................................................RPI Case Manager Margaret S. Inge..................................................Workforce Training Director Karen Williams..................................................................Work Now Mentor Career Action Center Staff Katrina Gobins.............................................Director of Career Action Center Kadiyah Lodge ..............................Assistant Director of Career Action Center Youth One Stop Staff Jessica Vitolano.................................................. Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska ................................ Youth One Stop Services Specialist Rachel Bassett .................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Dylan Miyoshi ................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Ashley Wright..................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager
Upcoming job fair makes it easy to work – and hire – local first
mployers and job seekers will have a great opportunity at the end of the month to make exciting new career connections at the Chamber’s Work Local First Job Fair on Wednesday, September 30, at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Poughkeepsie. A diverse group of businesses from around the region will have booths on-site where prospective employees can come to introduce themselves, talk about openings, hand out resumes and exchange business cards. There will also be educational seminars for job seekers and critiques of resumes and
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cover letters available. Events like the job fair reflect the Chamber’s ongoing mission to encourage local businesses and help educate the workforce for a stronger overall community. In a climate where finding desirable openings and qualified workers to fill them can be a big challenge,
bringing employers and potential employees together in a central location can help both sides fulfill their goals more quickly. So if you’re in the market for some new staffers, think about becoming an exhibitor; it might be just what you need to fast-track your hiring process. And if you’re unemployed or preparing to make a major career transition, be sure to visit the job fair to explore your options. With so many resources available in one place, you’re bound to find something worthwhile. Working and hiring local first are key to a stronger local community and a healthier local economy.
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Think Social First provides customer support on all social sites, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. Contact Michelle Barone for help with modern technology and social media. 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 Carrie at 845-454-1700 ext. 1012.
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Job fair beneficial for job seekers, hirers
re you seeking a new job, or are you an employer looking to fill full-time, part-time or temporary positions? If either description applies, the Work Local First Job Fair is for you. The event, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center at 40 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie, will host top regional employers who have positions to fill. Individuals looking for employment are invited to take advantage of this great opportunity to widen their career horizons. “Having a large number of individuals from various industries
at the same time and place is a great way to become acquainted with potential employers,” said Chelsea Schwarze, 23, a recent college graduate and former Chamber intern who recently returned to the area to seek employment. “The best part is inquiring face-to-face, which always makes for richer interaction,” she added, saying she looks forward to the job fair as she begins her search for a local career. “The Job Fair gives business owners access to qualified candidates, saves time and recruitment dollars and affords employers the opportunity of meeting a candidate in person without having a formal inter-
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view,” said Louise McLoughlin, “The participants in our Workvice president of the Workforce force Development programs atDevelopment Center, adding, tend job fairs to maximize their time and efforts. Having access to dozens of potential employers increases their personal network
and ‘puts a face’ to their application. We have had tremendous success and have people still hard at work in positions they found at last year’s job fair.” This job fair is sponsored by Health Quest, Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services, Dutchess One Stop, Fidelis Care and Quality Environmental Services & Technologies, Inc. Its media sponsor is the Poughkeepsie Journal. For more information about the job fair or to become an exhibitor, visit www.dcrcoc.org or contact the Chamber with questions at 845-4541700 ext. 1000.
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ver wondered how to more effectively brand yourself and your business? In today’s competitive business climate, branding is a crucial part of any successful strategy. September’s Business Education Seminar will offer some guidance on how to do it for the best results. “Branding 101: Why you need it and how to do it right,” will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, September 24, at the Chamber offices at 1 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie. A light breakfast will be provided. The seminar will be presented by Katy Dwyer of Hand in Hand Marketing and Lisa Morris of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Dwyer has more than 15 years
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currently the marketing director for Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, a full-service nonprofit financial cooperative that serves more than 302,000 members. Morris will discuss the process the credit union recently used to successfully reinvigrorate their brand. To register, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or online at dcrcoc.org. The Chamber’s Business Education Seminars are sponsored by Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond. With a track record of success as both litigators and negotiators, the firm has a wealth of experience in matters of personal injury, elder and estate law, family law, criminal defense and more. One of the largest law firms in Dutchess County, they practice in state and federal courts throughout New York. To learn more, visit www.srddlaw.com
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Forums offer way to get informed on local candidates
t’s shaping up to be a busy fall as election season gets under way – and this year we have some key local seats in play. Six candidates are running for Poughkeepsie mayor in the primary, and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, a Republican, is facing Democratic challenger Diane Jablonski. A crucial part of our mission here at the Chamber is to serve as an advocate for local businesses and the overall community with our local politicians. That’s why the Chamber provides opportunities for the public to get acquainted with their political candidates by hosting interactive events such as forums. From 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, the Chamber is teaming with the Poughkeepsie Journal to host a forum with the Poughkeepsie mayoral candidates at Poughkeepsie High School. The two Republican candidates, Rob Rolison and Jere Tierney, will be featured for one hour, followed by the four Democratic candidates – Lance Hardy, Randy Johnson, Ken Levinson and Robert Mallory Jr. – over the last two hours. Candidates will make opening and closing
statements, and audience members can submit questions by emailing the Poughkeepsie Journal at pjevents@ poughkeepsiejournal.com. It will be a great opportunity for City of Poughkeepsie voters to learn about the candidates’ positions on various issues ahead of the primary on September 10. We’re also offering candidate forums at our next two Contact Breakfasts. Our September breakfast on September 16 will feature the two county executive candidates, and the October breakfast on October 21 will include the City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidates who win in the primary. We hope you’ll take advantage of these great opportunities to learn where the candidates stand on key local issues. The outcome of these races will have a substantial impact on the valley’s future economic development, and we want to make it easier for you to make informed decisions at the polls. Sincerely,
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PARTNERS: Bonura Hospitality Group • COBESO, Inc. • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Hudson Valley Audio Visual • Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. • M&T Bank Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. SUPPORTERS: EmbroidMe • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • Hudson Valley Renegades LCS Companies • Marshall & Sterling Insurance • Meyer Contracting • N&S Supply Orange County Trust Company • Rhinebeck Bank • Riverside Bank – A Division of Salisbury Bank Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP • TD Bank • TEG Federal Credit Union Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home • Ulster Savings Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs MEDIA PARTNERS: Fox Radio • HVNN.com • iHeartMedia • Media 276 • Poughkeepsie Journal Radio Woodstock 100.1 • Townsquare Media COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Associa New York • Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP
Celebrate fall as the perfect season for new beginnings ummer is coming to a close, and we are shifting gears into a new season. It’s time for crisp mornings, football games, back to school and schedules and breathtaking fall colors. Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season in the Hudson Valley. It’s also a fantastic time to take stock of where you are and where your business is as 2015 be-
gins to wind down. Ask yourself some questions. What have you accomplished so far this year that you committed to in January? Was it to network more? Create more revenue? Tighten up the reins on expenses? Did you vow to be more organized? Release some weight? Get to the gym more? For many, September signifies an end – the end of summer, the end
of vacations, the end of longer, lazier days and taking it easy. I prefer to think of September as a fresh start – a new school year, new school supplies, fresh habits for getting things done, both for my kids and for myself. I take full advantage of the shift in our lifestyle to refocus my energy on my business and my life. I also begin thinking about next year and
what it is I want to build and create in 2016. What can I “clean up” in these last four months – habits, bills, clutter (both at home and in my office) so that I position myself for my most prosperous year ever. This gets me reenergized for and refocused on my “to-dos,” which ultimately brings me closer to that other list I really like – my “to-haves.” So do yourself a favor. Instead of focusing on all the “endings” that September brings, capitalize
Interns help, learn much at Chamber
Continuing with The Chamber Foundation’s mission of providing educational opportunities for youth and students, The Chamber Foundation was happy to host a local college intern this summer. Sally Torreggiani, a junior at Marist College majoring in marketing, was looking for experience in event planning. Sally spent much of her time shadowing Vice President of Events Carmela Spreer and the Foundation’s Executive Director, Nicholas Shannon. Sally helped keep them organized and gained an understanding of the programming taking place as well as knowledge of the Chamber of Commerce as a whole. This is what Sally thought of her experience: “I started my internship here at The Chamber Foundation and
much appreciated. Here’s what Chelsea had to say about her time at the Chamber: “I fondly look back on my internship at the Chamber. From my first day, the entire staff was welcoming and made me feel at home. … I have learned a great deal, from enhancing my writing skills to seeing all that (everyone at the chamber) contributes to the success of events. “During my short time at the Chamber, I have grown to admire the organization. I have never worked at a place where the staff worked so well together and provided such gratitude and appreciation to one another. The positive atmosphere impressed me each day I walked through the doors. “I have learned such a great deal about positive team effort … Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce on June 9. I have learned so many new things and have made great connections. I really enjoyed this summer working closely with Nick and Carmela. I was able to see how much time and effort goes into planning each event, Torreggiani whether it was a contact breakfast or the Balloon Festival. There is so much that goes on in events that I did not know. Working at the Chamber has assured me in what I would like to do as a career after school and what to look for in
in creating a thriving economy here in Dutchess County. It was touching to hear members speak of their success, in large part because of the Chamber’s help over the years. I feel more aware and connected to my community since learning how the Chamber’s efforts impact many local people. Being given this opportunity meant a lot to me. It really was a great experience for learning, growth and meeting inspiring people. I am sad that my internship is coming to a close and will truly miss working at the Chamber.” Internships at the Chamber aim to provide educational opportunities to benefit tomorrow’s workforce and leadership. Many thanks to you, Chelsea, for all your great work, and good luck in your future endeavors!
future internship opportunities. I also learned about programs like Youth Leadership and Leadership Dutchess, and it made me want to be involved in programs like these. The Chamber has so much more to offer than I ever thought. I enjoyed the work environment in the office. Everyone was so welcoming, and I am sad that this summer is coming to an end. It was an awesome experience, and I am proud to say that working at the Chamber was my first internship while attending Marist College.” From the staff at both the Chamber Foundation and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, thank you, Sally, for all of your hard work and countless hours. Best wishes for a bright future!
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SEPTEMBER 2015 Tuesday, september 8 Chamber Connections
EVENTS Tuesday, september 1
City of Poughkeepsie Mayoral Forum
6 - 9 p.m. Poughkeepsie High School 70 Forbus St. Poughkeepsie The Chamber and the Poughkeepsie Journal present a candidate forum in advance of the primary for City of Poughkeepsie mayor. This event is free to the public. Sponsored by An’tyrice Salon & Spa, LCS Companies, Inc., Poughkeepsie Galleria, PVE Sheffler, LLC, and S & O Construction Services, Inc.
4- 6 p.m. Arbor Ridge Catering 17 Route 376 and Route 55 Hopewell Junction Speed networking event.
Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank
wednesday, september 16
7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie
Monthly contact breakfast featuring candidate forum with County Executive Marcus Molinaro and challenger Diane Jablonski Sponsored by MidHudson Regional Hospital
Thursday, september 24 Business After Hours
5 - 7 p.m. Grand Centro Grill Fishkill Plaza, 738 Route 9, Fishkill
The Chamber’s monthly networking event with complimentary hors
WWW.DCRCOC.ORG d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by M&T Bank and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP
Thursday, september 24
Business Education Seminar
7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie
Educational seminar on branding featuring Katy Dwyer of Hand in Hand Marketing, who will talk about “Branding 101: Why you need it and how to do it right.” Lisa Morris, marketing director of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, will also talk about her company’s recent rebranding process. Sponsored by Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP
Monday, september 28
The Women’s Leadership Alliance NetGiving Reception focuses on offering ideas, suggestions, resources and/or connections to fellow attendees. Special welcome session with newest members will be held 5 -5:30 p.m., followed by regular NetGiving session from 5:30-7 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available. Sponsored by The Hodgkins Agency
wednesday, september 30
8 - 10 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie By invitation only; 7:45 a.m. registration. Employers will be honored as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Sponsored by Rose & Kiernan, Inc.
wednesday, september 30
WLA NetGiving Reception
Work Local First Job Fair
5 - 7 p.m. Hyde Park Brewing Co. 4076 Albany Post Road
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand
Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie For employers looking to fill full-time, part-time or temporary positions who want to hire from the local community and job seekers, who can meet with some of the top regional employers that have positions to fill. Sponsored by Health Quest, Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services, Dutchess One Stop, Fidelis Care and Quality Environmental Services & Technologies, Inc. Media sponsor is the Poughkeepsie Journal
Tuesday, october 6
Early Bird Connections 7:30 - 9 a.m. Location to be announced
Early morning speed-networking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results. Attendance is industry-exclusive so sign up early! Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 to RSVP.
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RIBBON CUTTINGS wednesday, september 9
Noon 22 Market St. Poughkeepsie
Join us to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the office of the county clerk. Refreshments wil be provided.
Town of Poughkeepsie Thursday, september 17 4 p.m. Higher Choices Greenvale Park Personal Fitness 2260 New Hackensack Road
Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the Town of Poughkeepsie’s new “Jack Still Memorial Pavilion” at Greenvale Park. Refreshments will be provided.
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Friday, september 18
Noon Poughkeepsie Plaza 2600 South Road, Suite 33 Poughkeepsie Celebrate three years in business. Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, september 24
Casperkill Golf Club
4 p.m. 110 Golf Club Lane Poughkeepsie
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Thursday, october 1
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Wednesday, october 28 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Friday, october 2
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4 p.m. Shadows On The Hudson 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie Join us for a launch celebration. Refreshments will be provided.
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yber threats are at an alltime high these days, so most Internet users are hypersensitive about making sure the websites they visit show some level of security so their personal information will be protected, and even more so if they are making transactions online with credit cards. SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a universal technology used to secure websites so sensitive information can be protected. The part that’s specific to websites is a small piece of code that the site owner installs onto the website. Once installed, the SSL certificate uses an extensive system of security checks that involve the server, the browser and the data-center maintained by whoever provided the certificate to establish a domain and server as trustworthy. When trust is established,
the certificate actually encrypts information sent over the Internet so cybercriminals can’t intercept or decode it. This type of security is so effective hackers can’t secretly spy on sensitive communications, including credit card transactions. If the certificate is issued by a trusted and independent third party, these certificates also serve to authenticate the actual website. The site owner needs to work with an independent provider known as a certificate authority that offers SSL certificates. Usually the certificate authority will require business registration documents and other types of proof to confirm the web site owner’s location and identity. Certificates signed by a credible third party are much more secure and much easier to manage. Websites and servers that use self-generated or self-signed certificates
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Journal, Chamber to host Poughkeepsie mayoral forum
he public will have a chance to hear City of Poughkeepsie mayoral candidates offer their views at a forum from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, September 1. Organized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Poughkeepsie Journal, the forum will be held at the Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium, 70 Forbus St., Poughkeepsie. The format will include a onehour segment for the two Republican candidates, and a two-hour
segment for the four Democratic candidates. Candidates will make opening and closing remarks in addition to taking questions from the forum organizers and the audience. The Republican Party candidates are Rob Rolison and Jere Tierney. The Democratic Party candidates are Lance Hardy, Randy Johnson, Ken Levinson and Robert Mallory Jr. “We think it is critically important that voters become better informed about the candidates before casting their ballots,” said Poughkeepsie Journal Interim Publisher and Executive Editor Stuart Shinske. “The forum promises to be illuminating, and we be-
lieve the public will benefit from the discussion.” “The Chamber is excited to be a part of the Poughkeepsie mayoral candidates’ forum. The city’s next mayor will have a crucial role in mapping out the direction of our local economy, and we are pleased to offer this event to help the public learn more about where the candidates stand on the issues,” said Chamber President and CEO Frank M. Castella Jr. “Involvement in local government is a key part of our mission of advocacy for local business and the Hudson Valley community as a whole.” Dr. Ronel Cook, deputy superintendent for operations for the school district, said, “On behalf of
the Poughkeepsie City School District’s Superintendent Dr. Nicole L. Williams and the Board of Education, we are very excited to host the mayoral debate.” The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are requested to register through the Chamber’s website, www.dcrcoc. org. Call the Chamber at 845-454-
1700 Ext. 1000 with registration questions. Other questions on the forum can be directed to the Journal at 845-451-4508. The Poughkeepsie Journal will live stream the forum on its webwww.poughkeepsiejournal. site, com, and make it available for replay. Questions for the candidates can be submitted in advance to pjevents@poughkeepsiejournal. com and must include the person’s name, hometown and telephone number for verification purposes. Questions must be addressed to all the candidates and not be specific to a particular candidate. The primary elections will take place on Thursday, September. 10.
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In her new role, she will work closely with Director of Membership Services Carrie Nealy and Director of Member Retention Pam Balga as the Chamber continues to focus on attracting new members and satisfying and retaining current ones. overbeY “ We’r e thrilled to have such great new staffers on board as we enter the busy fall season. We’re sure they’re going to do some great work with us and look forward to having them as part of our team,” said Frank Castella Jr., president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
accounting diploma from RidleyLowell Business & Technical Institute, she previously worked for MPI, a Poughkeepsie manufacturing company. Soon after graduation, she began working on her associate’s degree, ultimately obtaining a degree MillingTon in applied science in accounting with honors. She is now 50 percent of the way toward earning her bachelor’s degree through the University of Phoenix. Elena Overbey is the chamber’s new director of membership. Overbey previously worked in the Poughkeepsie Journal sales department for the last seven years.
he Chamber welcomed three new staff members in August. Rachel Bassett was hired as a Youth One Stop case manage r, where she will help atrisk youth obtain the education and skills needed basseTT to support themselves. A recent graduate of Susquehanna University, she has been an intern at Vassar Brother Medical Center and Susquehanna Valley Court Appointed Special Advocates: Voice of the Children. Josely Millington is the chamber’s new assistant to the CFO. A 2013 graduate with a managerial
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MEMBER NEwSLINE 9/11 tribute talk planned at Mount Saint Mary College
Lt. Col. Robert Darling will present a talk, “Never Forget” on at 4 p.m. Friday, September 11, at Aquinas Hall Theater at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. Darling will speak in his hometown, Newburgh, about his experiences in the White House Bunker on Sept. 11, 2001. Doors will open at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by MassMutual Albany. Darling flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War. In October 2000, he was picked to work for the White House Airlift Operations Department, in which capacity he supported the president, vice president and national security advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center on September 11, 2001. Visit 24hoursinsidethe presidentsbunker.com for details.
Abilities First event will honor community helpers Abilities First has announced 2015 Annual Award recipients to be honored at its signature event to be held on Friday, September 11. David and Lynn Melby will be recognized as outstanding volunteers for their years of leadership and support. Both have served many years on event and board committees. David Melby, now in his third year on the board, serves as vice-president of the Abilities First Board of Directors, and Lynn Melby is the returning co-chair of the 2015 Golf Classic Committee. Rose & Kiernan, Inc., will be honored as the outstanding community leader. Regionally led by Executive Vice President Charlie
Daniels, Rose & Kiernan’s dedication to meeting the needs of their clients goes beyond their corporate values to a commitment to volunteer work and philanthropic support of Abilities First among other community organizations. To inquire about tickets or sponsorship opportunities for the event, contact Regina Fitzgerald Donato at 845-485-9803 ext. 384 or online at www.abilitiesfirstny.org.
Entrepreneurial training available at DCC The Women’s Enterprise Development Center will offer a 60-hour entrepreneurial training. Instruction includes planning, entrepreneurship fundamentals, set ting up a business, market planning, cash flow, operations, social media marketing and sustainability. The fall program starts September 17 at Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie. For details, call 845-363-6432.
Greystone to hold wine showcase fundraiser Greystone Programs will hold its 26th Annual International Wine Showcase & Auction on Sunday, September 20, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event will feature indoor and al fresco wine tastingspaired with two live bands, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, a chilled seafood display and desserts. The evening will culminate with a fireworks display and there will also be silent and live auctions. This year’s honorees are Dr. Donald J. Calista, director of the Graduate Center on Public Policy at Marist College, and IBM. Proceeds fund as Greystone’s Programs. Tickets are $150 and are available by calling 845-4525772 ext. 119. Visit www. GreystonePrograms.org for more information.
Free retirement seminar to be offered
Make a Difference Day set for October 24
From 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, September 22, Fortress Financial Advisory LLC will sponsor a seminar called “The Social Side of Retirement” focusing on Social Security and retirement options. The seminar will be held at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s conference room. Registration is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited to 30. To register, contact Fortress at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-345-4740.
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County and Thrivent Builds Repairs will participate in the national Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 24, in the City of Poughkeepsie. Hundreds of volunteers will work side-by-side with homeowners, helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable home repairs and improvements. Volunteers can register at habitatdutchess.org/MADD
Prostate Cancer Walk coming up September 26
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The Premier Cares Foundation will hold its sixth annual prostate cancer walk from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, September 26. Registration will be from 9-9:45 a.m. The walk will be followed by an awards ceremony and refreshments. Submit donations to the Premier Cares Foundation (Attention Julie Goldfischer), P.O. Box 93, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. Checks should be made out to Premier Cares Foundation with reference made to “Prostate Walk” under notes. For more about Premier Cares Foundation, visit www. premiermedicalhv.com/premiercares-foundation
The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts recently announced that Michelle R. Martin of RiverStone Wealth Management, Inc., in Rhinebeck recently completed a specialized educational program in professional divorce analysis and is now a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Martin is trained to provide financial information and assistance to people going through a divorce. She evaluates the tax implications of dividing property and the financial impact of various settlement options for dividing marital property (including pensions) and child and spousal support payments. Founded in 1993, The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts has more than 2,000 Certified Divorce Financial Analysts across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.institutedfa.com.
Branding Expo planned at Grandview The Build a Better Brand Expo presented by Safeguard Business Systems to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 6 at the Grandview at 178 Rinaldi Blvd. in Poughkeepsie, will feature more than 25 vendors showcasing products and branding options. There will be a marketing specialties presentation, door prizes, giveaways, and Safeguard Bucks as well as a complimentary lunch. For more information about Safeguard Business Systems, visit www.gosafeguard.com.
Foundation grants available to teachers, nonprofits The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley recently announced the fall 2015 grant cycle opening. It is accepting online applications from public school teachers for field-trip grants and online applications from nonprofit organizations for the Fall 2015
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Community Response and competitive grants. Fall applications are due September 30 and October 15; spring applications are due December 30 – check each fund’s specific deadline. Community Response and Competitive Grants Nonprofit organizations in Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster and neighboring counties are eligible for program-related grants. See all grant opportunities at cfhvny.org/Receive/Grants. Thanks to an anonymous donor, $20,000 in grant funds are also available to organizations based in/serving Millbrook, Dover Plains, Millerton, Pine Plains and Stanfordville. All programs, application information, guidelines and deadlines are on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfhvny.org. For questions regarding grant programs, application guidelines or the application process, contact Vice President of Programs Jennifer Killian at email@example.com or at 845-452-3077.
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County gets grant Together Rebuilding Dutchess County has received a $6,000 grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to support its Rebuilding Day Program, which for more than 20 years has provided cost-free home repairs low-income homeowners throughout Dutchess County. The Northeast Dutchess Fund will be used to directly help RTDC continue providing critical home repairs and accessibility modifications to the homes of income-qualified Dutchess County residents at no cost to the homeowners. For an application or to learn how you can help, visit www.RTDutchess. org or call 845-454-7310.
Book Buddies program expands in Newburgh Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley’s highly successful
MeMBer neWs – powered by integrated enterprise solutions, inc. Book Buddies program expanded to Orange County’s Newburgh Enlarged City School District thanks to a gift from Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, through the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. Book Buddies is a program of Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley that provides adult volunteers an opportunity to read one-on-one with elementaryschool children in first, second and third grades. In addition to books, flash cards and reading games, volunteers work with instruction material from the Reading A-Z program to address students’ individual needs. The students, who are selected by their teacher to participate in the program, are those who are reading below their grade level, need extra practice reading, or lack confidence in their reading ability. For more nformation, visit uwdor.org and LiteracyConnections.org.
ArchCare hires staffer to oversee new facility ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home, a healthcare facility in Rhinebeck recently announced it has named Charissa Brown director of its new Center for Neurodegenerative Care. In her new role, Brown will oversee the programmatic approach for the 38-bed specialized facility, which caters to those with neurodegenerative diseases including Huntington’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). She will ensure all staff meet the needs of this population and that residents’familiesreceivetheeducation and support they need. ArchCare is the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York and one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic Catholic healthcare systems. ArchCare provides quality care to thousands of people of all faiths. For more information, visit ArchCare at www.archcare.org.
Children’s home director to retire this month
Bank hires Business Development Officer
Theresa Kerin, director of development and public relations for the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, recently announced she will retire in early September. Kerin helped establish the development office in 2006 after serving more than 15 years in senior level advancement positions in higher education, followed by several years as a development consultant. Development Associate Erin Cafarelli will assume the director position upon Kerin’s departure. Cafarelli has helped lead the agency’s fundraising and public relations efforts for three years. Established in 1847, the Children’s Home provides services and programs for abused and neglected children. Last year, it served 300 children and their family members, providing a full range of residential treatment services, including campus-based care, community-based group and boarding homes and independent living programming. It also trains and serves foster-home parents. For more information, visit www.childrenshome.us or call 845-452-1420.
Ulster Savings Bank recently announced the hire of Lake Katrine resident Marian A. Odenwald as business development officer for its 180 Schwenk Drive headquarters in Kingston. Odenwald has more than two decades of marketing and sales experience. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the bank’s business development efforts at its 13 branches in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties. Odenwald serves on the Leadership Council of Raising HOPE, a women’s mentoring program offered by the United Way of Ulster County, and has chamber memberships in Ulster and Dutchess counties. For more on Ulster Savings, contact Odenwald at 845-3386322 ext. 3279, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ulstersavings.com.
Hopewell Depot starts fundraising for tower The Hopewell Depot Restoration has started a crowd funding campaign to raise cash to build a replica of the tower that stood next to the Depot from 1892 to 1938. The tower will have high-quality restrooms on the first floor and be open to Depot visitors and Dutchess Rail Trail users. The second floor will be a museum withreplicasoftheoriginalswitching equipment used at the time. Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.hopewelldepot. causevox.com or http://hopewelldepot.org. The Hopewell Depot is a restored 1873 train station and museum at 36 Railroad Ave. in Hopewell Junction at the southern end of the Dutchess Rail Trail.
An SBA preferred lender, KeyBank provides investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment products and services to individuals and companies throughout the Hudson Valley. For more information visit www.key.com or call Fred Swint, Vice President/SBA Specialist at 845-483-3031.
Timed event perfect for boosting network
ooking for ways to expand your business network this fall? Chamber Connections is a speed-networking event that allows 40 businesspeople from diverse fields to get acquainted and cultivate professional relationships. Attendees deliver strategic two-minute promotional pitches to all participants. It’s fast, fun and produces results. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and be ready to talk about your business. This month’s event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, at Arbor Ridge Catering, 17 Route 276 and Route 55 in Hopewell Junction. There is no cost to attend. Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 to reserve a spot. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
will be available at the event along with a cash bar thanks to the sponsor, Ulster Savings Bank. Founded in 1851. Ulster Savings Bank remains locally focused and operated with locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Every year, Ulster Savings Bank supports hundreds of local organizations throughout our community. To learn more about Ulster Savings, visit www.ulstersavings.com or stop in at a branch near you.
wla tours omega institute
The women’s leadership alliance toured the omega institute campus on august 11, enjoying a buffet lunch and listening to a talk by omega’s Chief external affairs officer Carla goldstein. The day ended with a meditation session in the sanctuary. Thank you to omega institute for sponsoring this inspiring day.
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Congratulations to Pearle Vision at the Poughkeepsie Galleria on its one-year anniversary.
Congratulations to Curvy Consignments Plus on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls on its grand opening ribbon cutting.
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women execs can help one another
nterested in sharing your ideas to help empower other professional women? The Women’s Leadership Alliance’s NetGiving receptions are a great opportunity to do that while networking with other professionals. The alliance’s next NetGiving session will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, September 28, at the Hyde Park Brewing Co. at 4076 Albany Post Road (Route 9) in Hyde Park. New members are invited to a special early session from 5-5:30 p.m., where they can become acquainted with women who work and volunteer in all levels and sizes of local businesses and organizations. The Women’s Leadership Alliance is an affiliate of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce — a network of professional women who help support the leadership and professional
and economic growth of their peers throughout the Hudson Valley. It collaborates with women’s organizations around the region to post events and information of concern to Hudson Valley women. The Women’s Leadership Alliance NetGiving Reception focuses on an exchange of ideas, suggestions, resources and/or connections atamong tendees. After a brief general networking session, attendees gather into small groups. Participants then take turns sharing general or specific challenges or goals and receive advice and suggestions from
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the rest of the group. The WLA’s Mentorship Program matches eligible applicants with professionals, who serve as mentors to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Networking opportunities — attended predominately by women — offer a collegial and friendly environment to cultivate meaningful business relationships. This is a timed and structured event. Attendees should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and plan to stay until 7 p.m. To register, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit wlahv.org. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available. The Hyde Park Brewery in historic Hyde Park across from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has offered the Hudson Valley handcrafted beer since 1995 along with a menu that utilizes seasonal ingredients from local farms. For more information about the Hyde Park Brewing Company, call 845-229-8277 or visit hy-
peparkbrewing.com The event is complimentary thanks to its sponsor, The Hodgkins Agency. A financial services firm in Poughkeepsie that has served the Hudson Valley since 1977, the Hodgkins Agency represents more than 30 companies, performing assessments on clients’ products and pricing and specializing in risk-management strategies for
group health insurance. It also performs complimentary audits on group health insurance, individual health insurance, disability income insurance, life insurance, annuities, long term care and retirement plans, as well as Medicare supplements, business and estate plans. To learn more about The Hodgkins Agency, call 845-790-8070 or visit hodgkinsagency.com
Inclusive companies to be honored at 2015 NDEAM Awards
he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the MidHudson Employment Alliance and New York State ACCESS-VR, is pleased to recognize local businesses that have a shown a commitment to strengthening their workforce through the hiring of individuals with disabilities by presenting the 2015 NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) Awards from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. This year, the American Red Cross of Poughkeepsie and Chart-
wells - Compass Group of Bard College in Annandale have been selected as regional recipients of the NDEAM award along with the following local winners: Bonura Hospitality Group, Dunkin’ Donuts, The Home Depot, Just-ABuck, the Salvation Army, Sew-NVac, Sodexo, Spark Media Project in Poughkeepsie, Kmart in Poughkeepsie and Mahopac, Walmart in Napanoch, The Home Depot in Brewster, Marshalls in Kingston, Ivy Family Lodge in Saugerties, ShopRite in Carmel, The Community at Brookmeade (The Baptist Home) in Rhinebeck, Applebee’s in Kingston, Burger King in Highland, CVS in Mahopac, Fred’s
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will feature Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Director of Development for Pros-
pector Theater, Mike Santini. Sign language interpretation will be provided by Mid-Hudson Interpreter Service (MHIS), a program of Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. A complimentary breakfast will be provided by the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The invitation-only event is sponsored by Rose & Kiernan, Inc. For more than 125 years, Rose & Kiernan has been a leading general insurance agency in the Northeast, highly regarded for both its insurance expertise and its community involvement. For information about New York State ACCESS-VR, visit www.acces.nysed.gov/vr.
County sets new procurement policy; local businesses invited to register
he Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dutchess County. As an expansion of the Chamber’s Think Local First initiative, County Executive Marcus Mo-
linaro has established a new registry for local businesses as part of its new procurement policy, which authorizes the Department of Central Services to
permit a local low-price matching policy on goods and services between $5,000 and $20,000. This means if you’re a registered local business that has submitted a bid within 5 percent of the lowest bidder, you have the option to match the low bid. If
your business is capable of supplying products or services to the county, we want to make sure you’re registered and have made it known what you have to offer. If you’re interested in learning more or want to be a part of this registry system, click on
the icon on the Chamber’s website homepage entitled, “County of Dutchess Procurement Registry.”
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
youth get insights from Molinaro By louise Mcloughlin and dylan Miyoshi
hen Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro visited the Chamber office last month, he talked with youth enrolled in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the Youth One Stop and the Youth Employment Services (YES) programs. Connor McCormack, a Summer Youth Employment Program and Youth One Stop participant, introduced the county executive, saying, “I think it is important for us to know what is happening in local government because it affects our everyday lives.” Molinaro answered questions and discussed mental health services, the current jail facilities and population and the role of the county executive. The youth were especially interested to learn that Molinaro was the youngest mayor in the United States when he served as mayor of Tivoli. Prior to meeting with the county executive, the Summer Youth Participants had a roundtable discussion on topics including spending and saving money.
In addition to providing spending money and funds to buy clothes for school, our youth shared that they helped their families with expenses, including paying rent and utility bills and buying food. The youth said they were extremely grateful for the opportunity to help their families. The group was interested to learn how the funding works and why they were selected. Mentors explained that the youth are selected based on income eligibility and program involvement. They learned that through the leadership of the county executive, the Department of Community and Family Services and the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board are able to fund and run a Summer Youth Employment program in Dutchess County.
The participants decided to create “Thank You” cards, which were presented by McCormack and Kyrone Brown to Molinaro, the executive director of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, Laraine Kautz, and the deputy commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services, Theresa Giovanniello. If you are interested in hosting future summer youth or interns during the school year, contact Vice President of Workforce Development Louise McLoughlin at 845-454-1700 ext. 1024. Louise McLoughlin is vice president of workforce development at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dylan Miyoshi is a case manager for Youth One Stop.
Computer zone helps teens bridge digital divide By theresa giovanniello and louise Mcloughlin
n July 20, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce staff, Dutchess BOCES Adult Learning Institute staff and a youth participant in the Computer Zone program were invited to speak with Theresa Giovaniello, the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Community and Family Services in a presentation, “Foundation for the Future: Youth Computer Zone.” Presenters joining Giovanniello included Dutchess BOCES Adult Learning Institute Staff Specialist Michael Batira, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and Frank Castella, Jr., Vice President of Workforce Development Louise McLoughlin, Director of Youth Services Maryann McKenzie and Poughkeepsie High School senior Courtney Hall. The presentation focused on
the partnership of four local agencies and its positive outcomes. For the last three years, the Department of Community and Family Services has partnered with three local agencies, Dutchess County BOCES, Bridgeway Federal Credit Union and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to coordinate financial and computer training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Foster Care youth. The training teaches budgeting and computer programs and builds bridges between youth and community resources that can help them gain skills and secure employment. The two-day training includes resume writing and interviewing tips and awards laptops and printers to students who complete it. Skill improvement rates have been above 80 percent and participation/completion rates in the last year were 100 percent. The program aims to lessen the
digital divide between the underprivileged who lack access to computers or the Internet, and wealthy, middle-class and young Americans who do have access. Courtney, who received a laptop and printer through the Computer Zone program in 2014, said, “I was kind of nervous speaking in front of a whole group of ... people, but I wanted them to understand how great and life-changing the Computer Zone and the laptop has been for me. I shared with them how entering the YES (Youth Employment and Education Services) program has taught me life lessons. I feel that I have learned about the real world and am better prepared to transition to adulthood.” Theresa Giovanniello is the deputy commissioner at Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services. Louise McLoughlin is the vice president of Workforce Development at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
From left, Connor McCormack and lenaire daniels at their summer jobs.
Summer jobs are more than just a paycheck
By laraine Kautz
ntry-level jobs for 14- to 20-year-olds are critical. They offer much more than a source of revenue, such as exposure to careers, workplace expectations, mentors, future references, personal likes and dislikes and, of course, valuable hard and soft skills. When young people want to work but can’t, they miss out on experience, growth and earning potential. They may also feel an assortment of negative feelings including depression, frustration and anxiety. The parallel conversation to this is that employers are increasingly dissatisfied with the applicant pool, especially the young and inexperienced. As a result, it is getting harder for 14- to 20-year-olds to find entry-level work. According to the United State Census Bureau’s American FactFinder site, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds in Dutchess County is about 28 percent. Fortunately, in Dutchess County, there are impressive youth programs and a dedicated group of professionals who work tirelessly to help youth understand how to be successful at entry-level employment, and why it is critical to their employment success. The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) has worked closely with the Department of Community and Family Services for the past 10 years to make Dutchess County’s summer youth employment program (SYEP) more relevant in today’s employment environment and give young people the skills needed to meet national job readiness standards. A competitive process determined that the programs run by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dutchess ARC, Dutchess County Regional
Chamber of Commerce, Family Services Inc., Hudson River Housing, Mill Street Loft, North East Community Center, Nubian Directions II, Inc., R.E.A.L Skills Network and Spark Media Project would receive youth employment program funds to collectively hire 138 eligible youth from across the county. The program is intended to introduce participants to employer expectations and provide them with the opportunity to enhance their self-confidence and articulate their transferable skills as they apply to entry-level jobs and learn about various career paths and career clusters. “What do I need to know to find, get and keep a job?” as well as “What should I do when I graduate from high school? What choices are out there? How do my skills, interests and values match with available careers?” are some of the questions they will be able to answer at the conclusion of the program. “I have always wanted to work with kids with disabilities, so working at Abilities First was the perfect summer job for me,” said Erica Bridle, who spent her summer vacation working with youth at Abilities First. “I learned how to handle working with the kids during behavioral issues, and I learned patience and compassion. This was a great experience because I realized that this is definitely the type of work I really want to do in the future.” We are living in very challenging economic times, and it is important for young people to gain skills to help prepare them to enter the workforce. The Summer Youth Employment Program provides invaluable training and gives them a competitive advantage for the future. Laraine Kautz is executive director of Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board.
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n August 5, The Chamber Foundation hosted the Home Run Helicopter Drop at Dutchess Stadium. More than 1,500 baseballs were released from a helicopter onto a car after the game. The winning ball that fell through the sunroof and landed in the console won $2,000! Ball No. 373 was the lucky winner, and receiving the cash was Toni Favata, general manager for Cosimo’s Brick Oven in Poughkeepsie. Thank you to everyone who
supported the event by sponsoring, purchasing baseballs, or donating prizes. We could not have done it without you!
Thank you to our sponsors:
• Clancy Relocation & Logistics • Cobeso Incorporated • Cosimo’s Brick Oven • Curvy Consignments Plus • Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC • Hudson Valley Renegades • Independent Helicopters • Integrated Enterprise Solutions • J.A.M. Associates, Inc. • Key Construction Services LLC • LCS Companies • Legion Fireworks • Love/Effron Fuel Oil Company • Meyer Contracting Corporation • N&S Supply From left, Foundation associate nancy dewitt stands next to winner Toni Favata of Cosimo’s brick oven and • Peak Construction Foundation executive director nicholas shannon. • People’s United Bank
• Phelps Memorial Hospital Center • Stormville Oil Company • Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell • Youth One Stop • Apple Greens Golf Course • Bee Bee the Clown • Beekman Square Diner • Cibo • Color & Shape Salon • Cosimo’s Brick Oven in Poughkeepsie • Daddy O’s • Falls Diner and Catering • Frida’s Bakery at Buttermilk Day Spa • Gino’s Pizza & Restaurant • Halo Couture, Inc. Hair Salon • Harney & Sons Fine Teas • Hudson Valley Renegades • Il Barilotto • Lola’s Café • Outback Steakhouse • Planet Fitness • Serious Skin Care by Maryanne
he Chamber Foundation is proud to introduce and welcome the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2016! After applying to the program and going through an interview process, these individuals were hand-selected to be a part of our 27th Leadership Dutchess class. We have an exciting nine months in store and cannot wait for the journey to begin. If you see one of these individuals, congratulate them and wish them good luck in this spectacular leadership experience!
Dr. Jill Brodsky, Mount Kisco Medical Group Philip Bronzi, Tompkins Mahopac Bank Kelly Caldwell, Rondout Savings Bank Joseph Cook, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Nancy Costa, Brinckerhoff & Neuville, Inc. Angela DePaolo, Vassar College Nicole Domkiw, MedAllies, Inc
Melissa Frank, New Horizons Resources, Inc.
Andrew Oliver, Rhinebeck Bank
Sanya Gudim, Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Casandra Padgett, MidHudson Regional Hospital
Devin Hare, Pentair
Andrea Parent-Tibbetts, Poughkeepsie Day School
Danielle Hostetter, Sedore & Company, CPAs, P.C. Nicholas Kalogris, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Joseph Koberger, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
Garrett Dyal, Adams Fairacre Farms
Maryann McKenzie, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Steven Engels, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP
Jordan Mentry, Wilmington Trust
Mary Fleming, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Janelle Mihan, Health Quest Alexis Mills, Complete Benefit Solutions
• Kim Barnett of Taconic Professional Resources • Kristen Huss of the Hudson Valley Renegades
leadership dutchess class of 2016 announced
Brian Arico, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
The winning ball.
Stephanie Renino, Dutchess One Stop Career Center Ashley Ritter, Marist College Amy Stanton, KeyBank Linda Steinberg, Hyde Park Central School District Jessica Wallach, Family Services Janel Winters, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Tiffany Wisniewski, D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP
a helicopter drops baseballs onto target. • Terra Firma Massage • The Bagel Shoppe • Tiramisu • Umberto’s of Mamma Marisa • Viscount Wines and Liquor Finally, a special thank you to the Home Run Helicopter Drop Committee for making this event a success:
• Michelle Adel of M&T Bank • Vicki Batten of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • David Gasparri of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP • Sean Kammerer of Hudson Valley Renegades • Alexis Mills of COBESO, Inc. • Matt Mullaney of Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC • Brandi L. Rider of Rhinebeck Bank • Erica Riti of People’s United Bank in Hyde Park • Stacey A. Trapani-Barber of Traber, LLC
BOaRd Of dIRECTORS Officers Tina Walz, chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank stacey Langenthal, Vice-chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Amy Dittmar, secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp . stephen e. Diamond, Of counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DirecTOrs Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John e. Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Quest Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Barbara e. Ostrander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Dr. Greer rychcik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyde Park Central School District charles “chip” simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc . skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc . David Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP AssOciATe BOArD MeMBers Kristen Huss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Renegades ryan Judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millbrook Central School District fOunDATiOn sTAff frank castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President nicholas shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director nancy DeWitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate
Small Business Institute to have sales focus
his fall’s Small Business Institute will have a sales-training focus. “The Success Odyssey: Close more deals, get more referrals and exceed your sales goals” kicks off Thursday, October 8, at the Adriance Memorial Library auditorium at 105 Market St. in Poughkeepsie. The Institute runs for four consecutive Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. through Thursday, October 29. The lectures will be given by MaryBeth Cale of Cale Communications. A longtime publicist, execu-
tive coach and life coach, Cale has more than 18 years of experience in communications. She delivers public relations, strategy development and implementation, reputation management, writing, media relations, corporate and community relations, and relationship development services to her clients. She also offers workshops and one-on-one coaching around the country, helping clients discover their dreams and optimize their personal and professional potentials. Many Chamber
members, as well as Chamber partners at SCORE and SBDC, have expressed strong interest in this type of training, so registration is expected to fill up quickly. The cost to attend the series is $99 for Chamber members or $149 for nonmembers. To register, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. The Institute’s sponsors are Cindy M. Smith, CPA and Community Capital New York. Cindy M. Smith, CPA, Tax and Consulting Services offers a broad
range of accounting and tax services for individuals, small businesses, community groups, nonprofits and condominium associations. Smith herself has more than 25 years of accounting and tax preparation experience. Community Capital New York is a nonprofit alternative lender that serves eight counties in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County,
Connecticut. Community Capital provides loans to help create quality jobs, revitalized Main Streets, affordable homes and tax revenues to foster opportunity. Through flexible, innovative and responsive lending coupled with financial education, it seeks to create economically healthy communities and enable traditionally underserved people to become economic stakeholders.
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