DUTCHESS COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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State senate candidates featured in breakfast forum Sue Serino is a Republican member of the New York State Senate representing District 41, and she was first elected in 2014. Serino Prior to that, Sue was elected to the Hyde Park Town Board in 2010 and then to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2011. According to her website, as a
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county legislator she is a vocal advocate for hardworking taxpayers and c ons i s te nt ly resisted efforts to raise taxes and fees at the local level. Sue Smythe firmly believes that like so many hardworking families in our communities, our government needs to learn to do more with less and needs to prioritize measures that will directly benefit our local communities. Karen Smythe is a Red Hook resident and the Executive Director of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association. A former marketing executive, she became the fourth-
generation to run her family’s construction business. According to her website, Karen’s platform comes from the understanding that more middle-class jobs are needed that pay a living wage. Committed to strengthening the Hudson Valley, Karen has put her skills to work on the Board of the Bardavon Theater, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and as a Trustee of Vassar College. The Contact Breakfast is sponsored by MidHudson Regional Hospital. From its state-of-the-art Center for Robotic Surgery to the healing hands of their physical and occupational therapists at the Therapy Connection, MidHudson Regional Hospital features the latest healing techniques and technology delivered by the most caring and
compassionate staff in the world. For more information, please visit midhudsonregional.org. Chamber members and guests will need to pre-register for the September Contact Breakfast by visiting dcrcoc.org or calling 845.454.1700 x 1000. Tickets are $25 for members, and $35 for nonmembers. 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. Nonprofit organizations The Art Effect and Poughkeepsie Public Library District will also be in attendance.
September Business After Hours heads to Hyde Park
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oin us for our monthly Business After Hours on Wednesday, September 26 from 5 - 7 PM for networking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. This month we head to Hyde Park Brewery located at 4076 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park. Known for its 19th century German brewing style, the Brewery is now in its 22nd year of business. Business After Hours gives members and non-members alike the opportunity to meet a diverse range of business professionals in a comfortable, casual
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environment. This event is complimentary to attend thanks to our generous sponsors, Mehl & Associates, CPAs and M&T Bank. Registration is required in advance. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845.454.1700 x 1000. At Mehl & Associates their approach starts by “beginning with the end in mind.” This perspective allows them to help clients grow their businesses with a focus on using Financial and Accounting information to increase their profitability. By approach-
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ing challenges from the business owner’s perspective, they begin to prioritize internal metrics, internal organizational structure, net worth and retirement goals, financial trending, tax planning strategies and more. For more information please call 845.790.4443 or visit hudsonvalleycpas.com – they’ll be happy to offer you a free initial consultation. For more than 160 years, M&T
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oin us for a candidate forum at the September Contact Breakfast on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 AM at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. Please note, this event will be held on a Thursday. Candidates for State Senator from New York’s 41st District will be featured - incumbent Sue Serino and challenger Karen Smythe. Questions for the candidates may be submitted for consideration prior to the breakfast by emailing email@example.com.
Busy fall season ahead for members 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 Susan Newhouse .................................................................. Finance Manager 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
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hile the rest of us hold on to the last few weeks of summer, the Chamber staff is busy preparing for a busy fall season. Members are encouraged to take advantage of networking events, business seminars, as well as promotional opportunities to further their reach and be positioned in front of their targeted audience. Many upcoming events are described further inside this newsletter. Specifically there are the regular events like the Contact Breakfast (this month with a candidate forum) and Business After Hours. Then there is the annual Work Local First Job Fair, a business education seminar, Women’s Leadership Alliance panel discussion, and much more. Additionally the Chamber has several ribbon cuttings on the calendar, which is a great way for local organizations
Message from the Chair:
Jeffrey B. Senft
to show their support for a new or expanding member. Also on the horizon is the Think Local First Business and Hospitality Expo in October. This is perhaps the top business showcase event of the year in our region, and gives Chamber members the opportunity to display and showcase their product or service in front of a very large audience. There will be much more to come on the Expo, but I know big plans are in the works for a great day. Another way to stay relevant in the local business scene is to be
included in the Chamber’s biannual Business Directory, which is currently in production for the fall/winter edition. All members are included by industry – it is always a good idea to check your listing on the Chamber’s website to make sure it’s updated. The more I see what the Chamber offers to its members, the more impressed I am of the services and resources available. But it’s up to you to make sure you are realizing these benefits in any way you can. Please reach out to the Chamber staff if you need more information or have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event or ribbon cutting. Jeffrey B. Senft is the President, CEO & Founder of S & O Construction Services, Inc. Reach him at 845.635.2916 or jsenft@ soconserv.com
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tyling on the Go, an initiative from Dress for Success, and Dutchess One Stop will both be present at this year’s Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’ Work Local First Job Fair. The Job Fair returns this yyear on Thursday, September 20, at the Poug h ke epsie Grand Hotel & Conference Cenl look their best. The ter from 11 AM s style team plans to A program of Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County to 3 PM following b bring an assortment the Chamber’s o career ensembles. of September ConTh strongly suggest They tact Breakfast. Inj seekers call ahead job dividuals looking o time and make an of for employment a appointment to endvanare invited to take advanth will have the right sure they pportunity tage of this great opportunity inventory. A Anyone outfitted in reer horizons, to widen their career their career best that day will get learn about job openings, and sub- County. Job seekers who plan to to keep their outfit. Individuals attend and need help in showing can make an appointment by callmit résumés. New this year for job seek- their best can contact the Styling ing Robin from Styling on the Go ers will be “Styling on the Go”, a on the Go team and make an ap- at 845.452.5104 x 138. The Styling division of Dress for Success, a pointment for that day. Styling on on the Go team will be present at program from the Community the Go has in-house career stylists the Job Fair from 10:30 AM - 12:30 Action Partnership for Dutchess who will work with candidates to PM. This service is complimentary
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Dutchess One Stop will also be on site that day. Their staff will provide complimentary one-onone resume critiques. For more information on these partners and exhibitor opportunities please visit dcrcoc.org/jobfair. For employers booth space is available. Sponsors who make this event possible include Poughkeepsie Galleria, Dutchess One Stop and Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies. Our media sponsor is Poughkeepsie Journal Media. For more information about the Job Fair, including a list of who’s hiring or how to become an exhibitor, visit the website or call 845.454.1700 x 1000.
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Candidate forums help you make informed decisions
Change is in the air for WLA
he Women’s Leadership Alliance presents Leading Through Change. Join this lunch-time panel discussion on the realities and opportunities of leading an organization through major change. Three experienced, local leaders will share their stories of organizational transformation, lessons learned, and strategies for navigating the unknown and unexpected. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 11 from 11:30 - 1 PM at the Mid-Hudson Chil-
dren’s Museum on 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie.
Panelists Dr. Pamela Edington, President, Dutchess Community College Charting a new course after a longtenured predecessor Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director, The Art Effect Merging two established organizations Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Taking on a “fixer upper” Moderator Cammie Jones, Associate Dean for Bard College If you are a business leader, entrepreneur, or program directors you should attend this important discussion. The cost to attend is $25 per person, includes lunch. Please RSVP by September 6th by visiting our events page at dcrcoc.org or by calling 845.474.1700 x 1000. The panel discussion is sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank.
he Chamber is devoted to advocating for local businesses with and providing access to our elected officials and candidates running for office. As is our tradition, we will be presenting a candidate forum at our upcoming Contact Breakfast on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 AM at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. Chamber members as well as community representatives will have the opportunity to hear from New York’s 41st District senatorial race candidates, incumbent Senator Sue Serino and challenger Karen Smythe. (See more on page 1) The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce works hard to help acquaint the business community with candidates in a non–partisan familiar setting so that our members can make informed choices at the polls. We feel these platforms also encourage a comfortable and productive two-way dialogue with our representatives in order to help them focus on prominent business concerns and opportunities directly facing our region. Advocating access for businesses during this important race through a forum gives a larger voice and understanding to the business community, with the hope that with combined efforts like this can positively affect legislation – ultimately improving the business and economic environment. Local municipal governments and regional district leaders are at the forefront when determining the path of Hudson Valley’s economy and the ultimate health of our business community ability to move forward. We value your input and participation – local races are too important to ignore and deserve our full attention. The Chamber is committed to doing our part by providing this access. We hope to see you at the Contact Breakfast and until then, be informed and be educated as our local business community’s economic future depends on it.
Wednesday, September 12
Join us for the New Horizons Multisensory Room opening.
Friday, September 14
4 PM 148 North Creek Road Staatsburg Join us to celebrate the grand opening.
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Old Adriance Farm
4 PM 235 Myers Corners Road Wappingers Falls Join us to celebrate the grand opening.
Thursday, September 13
New Horizons Resources, Inc.
4 PM 123 West Road, Pleasant Valley
Monday, September 17
RE/MAX Town & Country Noon 584 Route 9, Fishkill
Join us to celebrate the grand opening.
Monday, September 24
The Source NY 4 PM 143 Boardman Road Poughkeepsie
Join us to celebrate the grand opening.
Tuesday, September 25
Anderson Center For Autism 4 PM 22 Bill Horton Way Wappingers Falls Join us to celebrate the opening of the newest LifeLong Learning Center.
Thursday, September 27
Dutchess Tourism & The Poughkeepsie Galleria Mural Project 4 PM Poughkeepsie Galleria 2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate Dutchess Tourism & The Poughkeepsie Galleria’s new mural project.
EVENTS Tuesday, September 11
Women’s Leadership Alliance:
Leading Through Change
11:30 AM - 1 PM Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum 75 North Water Street Poughkeepsie Join us for a panel discussion on the realities and opportunities of leading an organization through major change. Three experienced, local leaders will share their stories of organizational transformation, lessons learned, and strategies for navigating the unknown and unexpected. Panelists: Dr. Pamela Edington, President, Dutchess Community College: Charting a new course after a long-tenured predecessor; Nicole FenichelHewitt, Executive Director, The Art Effect: Merging two established organizations; Lara LitchfieldKimber, Executive Director, MidHudson Children’s Museum: Taking on a “fixer upper”; Moderator, Cammie Jones, Associate Dean for Bard College; Target Audience: Business leaders, entrepreneurs, and program directors. Please RSVP by September 6th. $25 per person, includes lunch. Sponsored By: Rondout Savings Bank
Thursday, September 13
Business Education Seminar:
Saturday, September 15 Health & Wellness Club
Hike Stissing Mountain
9 - 10:30 AM 355 Lake Road, Pine Plains Hike up Stissing Mountain to enjoy the beautifully scenic views and cooler fall weather. Learn hiking safety information and then hike up the mountain. This hike will last approximately one hour, starting at 9 and 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 short but challenging hike, covering about 1.9 miles of steep and rocky terrain. Sponsored by: Health Quest
Monday, September 17
HVYP: Kicks for Worksite Enforcement College Kickball – Hiring Best Practices Tournament & Compliance 4:30 - 8:30 PM 7:30 - 9 AM Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie
Guest speaker Bruce Scott is a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) based out of New York, NY and has over 20 years of experience working in federal law enforcement for HSI and one of its predecessor agencies, the
Memorial Park Robert Cahill Drive, Beacon Join us for the Hudson Valley Young Professional’s third annual Kicks for College Kickball Tournament! All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Chamber Foundation’s Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Workforce Development Scholarship which the Hudson Valley Young Professionals
support annually. This scholarship is awarded to a Dutchess County resident to aid the advancement of their education. Please Call: 845454-1700 ext. 1000 to register. Sponsored by: CR Properties, Studio 8, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank
Thursday, September 20
Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 AM Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie
Monthly contact breakfast featuring a candidate forum between New York State Senator, Sue Serino and challenger Karen Smythe. Sponsored by: MidHudson Regional Hospital
Thursday, September 20
Work Local First Job Fair
11 AM - 3 PM Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie If you’re looking for work, make sure to stop by and meet with some of the top employers in the region, all of whom have positions to fill. Sponsored by: Dutchess One Stop, Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc., and Poughkeepsie Galleria; Media Sponsor: Poughkeepsie Journal
Wednesday, September 26
Business After Hours 5 - 7 PM Hyde Park Brewing Co. 4076 Albany Post Road Hyde Park
The Chamber’s monthly networking event featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Sponsored by: Mehl & Associates, CPAs and M&T Bank
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 in support of the Norman & Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship. Singles and Foursomes available - all players will be eligible for incentives and great prizes based
on pledges raised! Reception Sponsor: N&S Supply; Hole-In-One Sponsor: Hudson Cadillac-Buick-GMC; Lunch Sponsor: Mobile Life Support Services; Golf Ball Sponsor: Key Construction Services; Gift Sponsor: Branding Pros; Beverage Cart Sponsor: ServiceMaster By Nest; Putting Green Sponsor: Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley and Fabricatiors, Erectors and Reinforcers Association of the Hudson Valley; Closest To The Pin Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls; Par Sponsors: D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies, RBT CPAs, LLP, Riverside Bank a Division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, Royal Carting Services Company, S & O Construction Service, Inc., TEG Federal Credit Union, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank
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Wednesday, September 26
Chamber Network, Present & Refer 3:30 - 5 PM Hyde Park Brewing Co. 4076 Albany Post Road Hyde Park
A targeted networking event, is limited to 25 Chamber members, one person per industry. Attendees will exchange information on his or her organization or company such as a brief business description, promoting upcoming events, and sharing brochures and/or business cards in a roundtable setting. One randomly selected attendee and a representative from the event sponsor will each have 10 minutes to present an overview of his or her organization. Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank
US Immigration & Naturalization Service. He has worked in a number of areas including critical infrastructure, national security, financial crimes, child exploitation, and worksite enforcement and is currently assigned as the IMAGE coordinator for the New York Metro area, conducting outreach and education to employers about the I-9 Form, E-Verify and the IMAGE Program. This event is FREE and breakfast will be provided. Registration is required in advance. Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, and Mehl & Associates, CPA’s
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Adams ms Fairacre Farms | Branding Pros Dâ€™Arcangelo l & Co., LLP Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Marshall & Sterling Insurance | Mehl & Associates, CPAâ€™s Mid-Hudson Civic Center | N&S Supply Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Rhinebeck Bank Riverside Bank â€“ 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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NDEAM Awards recognize businesses’ workforce support
he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance and New York State ACCES-VR, is pleased to recognize statewide businesses that have a shown a commitment to strengthening their workforce through the hiring of individuals with disabilities at the 17th Annual NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) Awards.
The awards breakfast will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. Keynote speakers include Lorraine Seckendorf, General Manager, New York Sports Clubs and Patricia Limpert, Lecturer, National Alliance on Mental Health, (NAMI). This year eleven employers will be recognized. This years honorees include Deisings Bakery & Restaurant of Kingston, Central Hudson
Gas & Electric of Highland, Hannaford Supermarket of Wappingers Falls, Darmstadt Doors of Kingston, Mike Arteaga’s Health & Fitness Center of Highland, Dollar General of Lake Katrine, Murray’s Café of Tivoli, Flory’s Mobile Corporation of Fishkill, Over the Rainbow Daycare Center of Brewster, FDR Presidential Library & Museum and Peter Harris Clothes of New Paltz.
Sign language interpretation services will once again be provided by Mid-Hudson Interpreter Service (MHIS), a program of Taconic
Resources for Independence, Inc. This event is invitation only and is sponsored by Rose & Kiernan, Inc. and The Arc of Dutchess.
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Locked and loaded – Securing your iPhone By Jaime M. Butler
Thank you for your support as we celebrate 150 years of being your community bank. Help Make 2018 a Meaningful Year
In honor of our 150th Anniversary, each month we will be collecting donations for a non-profit charity in our community.
Please help us reach our goals.
Drop off your donation at any branch.
Go to rondoutbank.com for this month’s charity and goal
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f you’ve ever misplaced your iPhone for any length of time, you are very aware of the panic that can set in until it’s located. Here are a few tips for your consideration that can help you secure and find your phone if and when you are ever separated again. Passcode: First and foremost, if you have never set a passcode on your phone, you must. You can also add Face ID in case your hands are wet or have lotion or food on them or Touch ID. Lock Screen + SIRI: Next, you want to make sure that you disable some lock screen options. Siri, although very helpful on most occasions, could actually be too helpful with personal information to someone with ill intent when you have her available with a locked screen. While the screen is locked, hackers can also set your phone to Airplane mode to buy more time while they try to crack your passcode. This would make it impossible to track with Find my iPhone. Timing: You may want to consider changing the lock screen timing. As there exists the opportunity before your phone locks to access it during the small window before it locks again. The most secure option is to set it to Require Passcode to Immediately, which will force you or anyone who picks up your phone to en-
ter a passcode no matter when it was last unlocked. This becomes a default setting when you set up Touch ID or Face ID. Your iPhone also has a security feature that will wipe your phone if 10 consecutive attempts with incorrect passcodes are made. But keep in mind, there is a timer set after the first 4 failed attempts that will extend if additional attempts are made to up to 1 hour. Find My iPhone: Lastly and perhaps the most imperative, the enable the Find My iPhone feature. If this is enabled on a secondary device like your Mac, iPad and even a PC, you can track your lost device from another Apple device or your computer. This allows you to geographically locate your iPhone on a map. You will log into your iCloud account to login to this feature with your Apple ID. Please be mindful of your Apple ID as if you forget it and lose your iPhone simultaneously things could prove difficult. The Find my iPhone app must be loaded on your phone, which is automatic with newer versions. This feature will also let you lock your iPhone remotely and erase its data if needed. Jaime Butler, business development specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., contributed this article. For more information about IES, visit ies-ny. com or call 845.226.9983.
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MEMBER NEWSLINE Visitor tourism spending up 25% since 2013 Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company, recently released their report “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York” which showed 2017 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 5.9% over 2016 to more than $601.5 million. This is the eighth consecutive year spending has increased and marks a 25% increase since 2013. More than 4.75 million people are estimated to visit the county annually. In addition to spending over half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions and transportation, tourism generated $43 million in local taxes and $33 million for New York State. According to the report, were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average household in Dutchess County would have to pay an additional $711 to maintain the same level of government revenue. According to Dutchess Tourism President & CEO, Mary Kay Vrba, growth is expected to continue. “Anyone who has tried to book a hotel in the fall or during major event weekends knows rooms can be hard to come by. With four new hotels being built in Dutchess, we will be able to better accommodate those additional visitors and eliminate the need for them to look outside the county.” Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 11,239 people within Dutchess, up 7.2% over 2016. Vrba added, “The addition of these properties and other tourism related businesses in the works, will provide new job opportunities at all levels for our
residents.” Savings Bank had collection boxFor more information please es in each of their seven locations, visit DutchessTourism.com. collecting bicycle helmets for the non-profit organization. This summer, the bank dropped off their collected items LCS Facility Group to the YMCA’s President/CEO acquires commercial space Heidi Kirschner and Tom Polk, LCS Facility Group, the re- Bicycle Educator—a total of 49 gion’s most experienced and larg- bike helmets were delivered. The est provider of facilities solutions, YMCA offers many bicycling prorecently acquired the partial cor- grams—from youth to adult—inner property to the east of its Cot- cluding Bike It! Youth Bicycle Edtage Street headquarters in Pough- ucation Program, Smart Cycling keepsie. The company plans to use Adult Bicycle Education Class, the existing building and land to including the Annual Tour de support commercial businesses in Kingston and Ulster Road Ride. the area and accommodate parking for its growing staff. The Cottage Street property includes a vacant 9,000-square- Dine Out to benefit foot warehouse and approximate- children’s hospital ly one acre of land, which will Grab a fork and make a resbe converted into commercial ervation for “Dine Out” for Blycondos and a 35,000-square-foot thedale Children’s Hospital parking lot. LCS Landscapes, a fundraiser on Tuesday, October division of LCS Facility Group, 23. Eat at one of 130+ participathas begun excavating and re- ing restaurants. A portion of the grading the land. proceeds will benefit the hospiThe estimated $600,000 invest- tal’s infant unit. Blythedale serves ment includes the cost of acquir- hundreds of medically fragile chiling the property and the expenses dren every year, like 10-year-old required to create individual office Emilie of Hopewell Junction, who spaces in the existing warehouse suffered a traumatic brain injury and a large parking lot for employ- after being thrown from a horse. ees of the future tenants as well as Blythedale’s expertly trained staff LCS customers and staff. helped Emilie relearn how to walk, talk and eat—allowing her to return home. For more information or to Rondout Savings Bank get involved, visit www.dineouthelps bike programs forblythedale.org. In celebration of a century and a half of philanthropy and service, Rondout Savings Bank is marking their 150-year cele- Chazen Companies bration with a Calendar of Giving announces new additions program. A different local nonThe Chazen Companies is profit organization is featured pleased to announce the addieach month, fostering commu- tion of four new employees to its nity engagement and financial Poughkeepsie office. Ann Sandsupport. In each of the bank’s ford joined Chazen’s Accounting locations, donation drop-offs are team as an Accounting Associate. featured in the lobbies keeping Sandford is a resident of Clinton the spirit of philanthropy alive Corners and earned her B.B.A in throughout the year. The YMCA Accounting from Siena College. of Kingston and Ulster County, a She previously worked for Vassar community-based organization College and Pine Plains Central providing social and recreational School District. Also, Dan Panko services to the residents of Ulster has joined Chazen’s Land DevelCounty was featured. Rondout opment group as a Land Planner
and Designer. Panko was previously an intern with Chazen, and is returning after earning his B.S in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning from Stony Brook University. He resides in Hopewell Junction. Chazen Companies is also pleased to announce that Jason Tommell has joined the Chazen team as the Director of Land Surveying for the Poughkeepsie office located at 21 Fox Street. Tommell is a professional experienced in account management, program management, and strategic marketing. Tommell received his bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and his M.B.A in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. And finally, Rich Carney has joined Chazen’s Land Development group as an Assistant Project Engineer. Carney is a resident of Red Hook, and has experience working in Land Development. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Buffalo.
$250,000 USDA investment for Fishkill Farms Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced a $249,997 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development investment for Fishkill Farms in Dutchess County. The investment will allow Fishkill Farms to improve its marketing for new products. Rep. Maloney has served the Hudson Valley on the House Committee on Agriculture since being elected to Congress in 2013. This Rural Development investment will be used to build brand recognition for Fishkill Farm’s Treasury Cider suite of hard cider products. The farm will increase on-farm cider sales with marketing materials, social media promotion, and greater use of Treasury Cider products in the farm’s prepared food and retail offerings at the on-farm store, restaurant, and visitor center, a popular regional agri-tourism destination.
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9th Annual Prostate Cancer Walk coming up Premier Cares Foundation is proud to announce its 9th Annual Prostate Cancer Walk over the beautiful Walkway Over the Hudson Highland Side on September 29th! Prostate cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer, if detected in the early stages. One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Premier Cares Foundation helps provide support, awareness, education, and treatment to those individuals in the community with urologic and digestive diseases. Money raised by the walk benefits financially challenged patients in the Hudson Valley with prostate cancer. Register to walk at givegab.com.
BPS system featured on Bar Rescue series BPS is proud to announce its Point-of-Sale System was recently featured on the television show Bar Rescue. Jon Taffer, executive producer and host of Bar Rescue, endorsed the Point-of-Sale System as “Best-In-Class” and will now be using it exclusively on the show. BPS offers free full-featured point of sale systems that include comprehensive reporting, timeand money-saving features, employee management, streamlined operations, as well as inventory tracking. These systems are specifically designed for the hospitality, bar & restaurant, quick service delivery, retail, and salon & spa industries. The company has been servicing local merchants for over a decade. BPS provides free on-site installation and training, and 24/7 service. For more information please contact Maryann B. Tompkins at 914.475.1224 or email maryann@BPSmerchant.net or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breaking ground at Eastdale Village Ground was broken in Eastdale Village, Dutchess County’s first pre-planned community. Eastdale Village, which will have more than $90 million invested in the project, is a unique, smart-growth designed, walk-
able commercial and residential town center in the Town of Poughkeepsie being developed by Joseph T. Kirchhoff, Founder of Kirchhoff Companies, Eastdale Village Partner Christopher C. Dyson and David Silver. The development will span the Dutchess Turnpike (U.S. Route 44) between Arlington
and Pleasant Valley, one mile east of Adams, and be developed in five phases over fiveand-a-half years. This community, inspired by traditional Northeastern main streets and neighborhoods, creates a lifestyle where people can live, work, shop and play, all within a short walk.
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ruce Scott will be the Business Education Committee’s special guest speaker on Thursday, September 13, from 7:30 – 9 AM at the Chamber offices in Poughkeepsie. He will be discussing Worksite Enforcement – Hiring Best Practices & Compliance. Bruce is a Special Agent with Homeland Security InvestigaBusiness Education Committee Event sponsored by
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HVYPs to host Third Annual Kicks for College Kickball Tournament and other beverages available for purchase. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit The Chamber Foundation’s Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Workforce Development Scholarship, which the HVYPs support annually. This scholarship is awarded to a Dutchess County resident to aid the advancement
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of their education. There will be a first place trophy, team spirit award, a 50/50 raffle, and more! Games will be played for five innings or 30 minutes, whichever comes first. Complete rules will be distributed to team captains upon registration. All teams are guaranteed at least two games, and a
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oin the Hudson Valley Young Professionals on Monday, September 17 for the Third Annual Kicks for College kickball tournament at Memorial Park in Beacon. Registration starts at 4:30 PM and kick-off is at 5 PM. This fun event will feature multiple games of kickball, DJ music, food truck fare, and beer
Community partners help to raise support
he Chamber Foundation is proud to be the benefactor of three organizations who are paying it forward in our community. Two benefactors, Debra M. Salon and Allan E. Levine Photography, recently held a “Profile Picture and Makeover” event. This event helped job seekers put their best foot forward when using career-related social media profiles. Clients who signed up received a professional digital headshot as well as a salon hair and/or make-up enhancing service. Said owner Debra McGarvey, “I believe in my community and am a proud member of the Chamber. Success unshared is pointless.” Another similar event will be scheduled later this year.
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The Fred Astaire of Dutchess Dance Studio recently held its Second Annual Gala Showcase to benefit The Chamber Foundation. The theme was “Dancing Through the Decades,” and over 30 student dancers performed. Songs ranged from the 1930s hit, Cheek to Cheek to a marathon of Queen songs from the 1980s. After the showcase, guests enjoyed dinner and danced to the live sounds of the
band, Crazy Feet. When owner Alex Vasendin explained why he chose The Chamber Foundation for a second year in a row, he stated, “We wanted to give back to our community, and The Chamber and its Foundation have been very good to us. It was an easy decision.” On behalf of The Chamber Foundation, I want to personally thank these three organizations for thinking of the Foundation
in their charitable giving. The Foundation prides itself on unique mentorship experiences, remarkable leadership programming and generous scholarship opportunities. Donor support allows us to continue our work in building the leadership of tomorrow, today. Interested in hosting an event on behalf of The Chamber Foundation? Please reach out to me at 845.454.1700 x 1026.
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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 Brianne Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .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
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Hike with Health & Wellness
he Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee has organized a series of hikes starting late July running through October that will feature attractive hiking locations across Dutchess County. Hikes are open to anyone and led by committee members. • Participants should carry ID, water and light snacks. • All hikers must wear hiking boots, proper clothing for the weather as well as sunscreen. • Bug spray is a must. • Pre-registration REQUIRED. Sign up at: www.dcrcoc.org/events Health & Wellness Club Activities sponsored by
Saturday, September 15
Hike 3: Stissing Mountain & Fire Tower, Pine Plains Time: 9 - 10:00 AM Route: 1.9 mile loop / Challenging Terrain: Steep relatively short climb to scenic outlook
Saturday, October 13
Hike 4: Mt. Beacon & Fire Tower, Beacon Time: 9 AM - Noon Route:Overlook & Fire Tower 4.4-miles / Difficult Terrain: Steep and rocky to scenic outlook then to Fire Tower
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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.
Mentoring program leads to City job By Katrina Gobins Director of Career Action Center
akial Smith came to the Career Action Center Mentoring program as a Junior and soon enrolled in the Chamber Foundation’s, Leadership Connections program. In addition he attended job shadow days to learn about careers, and volunteered in the community. For the last five years the Chamber has been producing an annual Career & Job Fair at Poughkeepsie High School. Businesses from Dutchess County and beyond come together to speak to students about career opportunities and
possible job openings. One organization that participates every year is the City of Poughkeepsie. Katrina Gobins, Director at the Career Action Center, recognized an opportunity and seized the moment by introducing Makial to the City of Poughkeepsie Mayor, Rob Rolison, who were both present at the fair last year. She’d heard there were open summer positions at the Department of Public Works and knew he would be a great fit. Mayor Rolison encouraged Makial to go the Human Resources table and get an application. And as Makial walked to the City’s career table, Katrina informed the Mayor he would be a great worker
and would not regret hiring him. A few weeks later she saw Makial at school and there was great news - he’d gotten the summer job! And not only did he get the job, we have since learned that Makial’s job has turned into a permanent position. Said Mayor Rolison: “Makial is solely responsible for this achievement, and it’s due to his followthrough and perseverance that he got the job. Additional skills and licenses are needed for many city jobs, and Makial’s job required that he have a driver’s license, which he didn’t have at the time. While most candidates would abandon their application there, Makial immediately set to fullfill
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 incomeeligible 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.
Youth One Stop part of National Night Out By Jessica Vitolano Youth One Stop Coordinator
an organization that focuses to end gang violence, and Hudson River Housing, an organization that provides housing to those in need. Other activities have children in mind like touch-a-truck for young children, with fire trucks and police cars. Also available was free food, petting zoos, and other children’s activities. Youth One Stop (YOS) exhibited for the first time, and in ad-
dition to educating passersby on the YOS mission, small branded give-a-ways for children and program literature were available. The event proved a great opportunity to spread the word about YOS to a targeted audience and to meet candidates for the program. YOS is looking forward to attending again next year in 2019. Anyone looking for more information on the YOS program can visit myyos.org.
Are you interested in becoming a mentor to youth in the Poughkeepsie area? Contact Katrina Gobins at 845.454.1700 x 1005. Our next Career and Job Fair will be in November 2018. More information will be forthcoming in next month’s Bottom Line.
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.
Success can be rewarding By Meredith Madden Program Data Coordinator
ational Night Out in the City of Poughkeepsie fosters an opportunity to community members and law enforcement to have fun and get to know one another in a neutral environment. The night’s mission is to help communities work together as one. This is a nationwide collaboration between police, community partners and neighbors, and is held on the first Tuesday in August. This night gives community partners the opportunity to promote their organization, communicate available community resources and for law enforcement and the neighbors to put a human factor to what they do. An example of the kinds of the organizations that attend this event are those like the SNUG Project,
and obtain that requirement.” Makial’s story shows us that youth in our community are eager to learn and want to give back and even stay. That’s why mentoring, programs and events produced by the Career Action Center are critical for positive youth development.
ow does one define success and then reach it? There are as many answers to these questions as there are people. It is also true that many individuals face several barriers to reaching their goals. Participants in the Workforce Connections Program face an overabundance of barriers including some of the following: little or no reliable transportation, insecure housing, unreliable childcare, not having proper interview and/or work clothes, and not having sufficient office skills. The Workforce Connections Program, which is funded by the Department of Family and Child Services, works with their participants to define their goals, identify barriers to achieving them, and defining the actions to take to bypass or help eliminate those
barriers. One of the biggest barriers to success is a lack of training and education. Paying for additional education necessary to increase one’s skills can be an enormous hardship for most participants. Fortunately, the Workforce Connections Program empowers participants to seek out resources and agencies to overcome this adversity. High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation is offered onsite, while other participants receive training as CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistant), Dental Technicians, or Return-to-Practice for CNAs outside of the WFC offices. Success feels amazing, and it’s rewarding for everybody to create valuable connections between participants and funding. It is equally gratifying to support these individuals during the process of training, and then witness a true success story when they graduate!
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