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Air National Guard at Stewart Airport Speaking at Breakfast What’s New In 2012. .................................3 Message From The Chamber CEO...................4 Workforce Development Expands...................4 Request The Energy.................................. .5 Business Education Committee............... .......6 Chamber Hosting Jazz Concerts.................... 6 Upcoming Events......................................7 Member News ...................................... 8-9 New Members ................................... 10-11 Ribbon Cutting Pictures ....................... .12-13 The Chamber Foundation, Inc. ................... 14 Headliner Nominations Sought .................. 15 Are You Using Your SmartCard?. ................. 16

Anyone doing business in the Hudson Valley knows how important Stewart International Airport is to the region’s economy. At our February Contact Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, two leaders of the Air National Guard at Stewart will discuss how Stewart can work with you. The breakfast is sponsored by The Heart Center. Brigadier General Verle L. Johnston, Jr., is the Wing Commander for the 105th Airlift Wing at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. He assumed command in 2007, and he is responsible for the combat readiness of assigned units by reviewing training programs and ensuring availability of necessary equipment and supplies. Brig. Gen. Johnston received his commission in 1974 as a

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graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. He served 6 years on active duty primarily flying KC-135A aircraft in the Strategic Air Command. In the Air National Guard General Johnston has flown numerous aircraft as an instructor and evaluator pilot. He has served in command as Operations Group Commander, Logistics Group Commander and Vice Wing Commander in addition to

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currently serving as 105th Wing Commander. He has served as an Air Expeditionary Group Commander in Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze. He is a command pilot with more than 7,500 flying hours. Lieutenant Colonel Peter Meyer has been well decorated by the Navy and Air Force. He has completed the Aviation Safety Officer Course, Forward Air Controller Course,

Business After Hours at Adams Previews Lawn & Garden Show Come network with fellow members at the February Business After Hours, to be held at Adams Fairacre Farms in Poughkeepsie at 743 Dutchess Turnpike on Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. Full Deck Design and Main Printing sponsor this event. While enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, check out an exclusive sneak preview of the Adams Lawn and Garden Show opening to the public the following day. The Adams Landscaping

crews design and install an amazing backdrop of hardscapes for hundreds of flowering bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs. During the Show, beginning February 24, vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region will be there to answer all your questions. It also includes seminars,

giveaways and raffles for great prizes on select dates. Adams Fairacre Farms began in the early 1900s as a roadside farm-stand in Poughkeepsie run by Ralph A. Adams and his family. To this day Adams Fairacre Farms is a familyowned and operated business, now operating in four locations including Wappinger, Newburgh and Kingston. Known for its fine produce, Adams also offers full-service meat and seafood departments, deli and prepared foods, cheese

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and coffee shops, a bakery and sweet shop as well as gift and flower departments and a full garden center complete with greenhouses and nurseries. Adams also has three side businesses -- Adams Landscaping, Adams Fences and Adams Power Equipment. Visit them at www. adamsfarms.com. This event is complimentary and open to the public, however reservations are requested. To RSVP, call 845-454-1700 x1000 or visit www.dcrcoc.org.

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An All-American Affair Annual Gala - February 4, 2012 Officers Frank Castella, Jr., Chair ........................ Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Jill Sammon, 1st Vice Chair .............Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Joseph Bonura, Jr., 2nd Vice Chair...................................... The Grandview John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary ....................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Gaye Mallet, Past Chair .............................................Adams Fairacre Farms Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ....................... Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Directors Renee Bulla ........................................................... Momentum Advertising Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Ori Brachfeld .......................................................Dash Lock & Key Service Jan Dewey .................................................................. Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Carol Gordon ........................................................Rhinebeck Savings Bank Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Alexandra Laubacker ......................................................................IES, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. ............................................Sedore Hudson Valley CPAs Theodore Luty, Jr. ........................................................... Dorsey Metrology Paul S. Mancarella ..................................................................De’S Jewelers Doug McHoul ................................................McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Robert Ranieri ........................................................... Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Nicholas Shannon .........................Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.................... Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Darlene Bruno ....................................................... Administrative Assistant Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership Rich Kleban ..............................Director of Communications & Marketing Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Carmela Spreer ...................................................... Administrative Assistant Laurie Schrull White ..............................................Membership Consultant Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Karolyn Osborne.................................. Director, The Chamber Foundation Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Mercy Turugh ....................................................Director, Step Up Program Maryann McKenzie ............................ Youth Employment Services Mentor

Message from the Chair: Frank Castella, Jr. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is kicking off another great year with An All-American Affair, our 2012 themed Annual Gala. This event is especially meaningful to me, as it exemplifies one of the most rewarding and unique attributes of our Chamber – recognizing deserving family businesses, Community Spirit and a Good Neighbor. For the Good Neighbor Award, our selection committee has chosen LCS Facility Group and the Lepore family. The Community Spirit Award is given to Carole Wolf of Mill Street Loft, and the Next Generation Awards recognize the Baright family of Foam and Wash and the Porco family of Villa Borghese.

The Grand Prize for our Chamber Gala was provided by Interlaken Inn, a Chamber member based in Lakeville, Ct. Interlaken’s “American Le Mans Package” consists of: • A two-night stay from Saturday, July 7 – Monday, July 9 • A three-course dinner for two on Saturday and Sunday nights • A New England breakfast for two on Sunday and Monday mornings • Two tickets to the “American

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 www.dutchesscountyregionalchamber.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 29 • Number 2 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Web site, www.dutchesscountyregionalchamber.org, is developed and hosted by Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (IES).

These deserving individuals, families and businesses are household names in the Hudson Valley. Their success is due in part to their community involvement and generosity – always giving to the place they live. All of us have likely attended an event where Carole Wolf was present, likely recognizing the Baright Family, sponsored by LCS and held at the Villa Borghese…or mix it up any which way. These names are not only local legends and friends to the Hudson Valley, but they are the finest example of successful business leaders Dutchess County has to offer. The Chamber is proud and honored to have each of

them as apart of our family. Congratulations go to each of them for an honor well deserved.

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Chamber Announces New Logo, Innovation For 2012

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charlie North delivered the State of the Chamber address on January 18. North introduced Online Ribbon Cuttings, a new Chamber logo, a recommittment to the SmartCard and more.

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online at www.dcrcoc.org, and members wishing to submit a promotional discount for their own businesses can do so there as well. Starting in 2012, The Workforce Development department of the Chamber is growing. Through a contract from the Dutchess County Department of Social Services, the Chamber has implemented The Step-Up Program, which offers local employers the opportunity to hire trained individuals and to receive a wage subsidy for a period of time. The wage subsidy agreement is based on the technical aspects of the job, skills required and various other factors. There are currently over a dozen participants in The StepUp Program, with total enrollment expected to grow continuously through 2012. Perhaps the most innovative new initiative North unveiled during his “State of the Chamber” is the creation of Online Ribbon Cuttings. In response to certain members’ desire to extend the marketing cycle of a traditional ribbon

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As Chamber President and CEO Charlie North delivered his “State of the Chamber” address in mid-January, he focused on all the new and exciting initiatives the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pursuing during the next 12 months and beyond. Headlining the list of advancements is a new look for the Chamber itself. With help from Full Deck Design, the Chamber has redesigned its official logo, leading to a stylish and modern representation of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, long the symbol of strength in the Hudson Valley, to serve as the Chamber’s avatar. The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit educational arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, also has a fresh logo, a new take on its classic acorn motif, to go along with its new website that can be found at www. ChamberFDN.org. North also re-introduced the Chamber’s renewed commitment to backing the SmartCard, a free discount program eligible to everyone who is either a Chamber member themselves or works for a Chamber member. Users simply show their SmartCard when patronizing a participating Chamber member’s business in order to receive their discount. All local businesses offering a SmartCard perk are listed

cutting, Online Ribbon Cuttings exist solely in cyberspace, but provide a long-term promotional outlet for members choosing to have one. After scheduling a mutually agreeable time, the Chamber staff photographer will complete a photo essay showcasing the business cutting a ribbon, and North will provide his commentary about what said organization brings to the local community. The entire package will be attractively edited together and posted on a dedicated ribbon-cutting webpage, which is entirely shareable via social media, e-mail, or however else a member wants to spread the word. Between the Chamber and the Foundation’s new look, a recommitment to the SmartCard, a new Workforce Development program and the creation of Online Ribbon Cuttings, 2012 is a better time than ever to join the Dutchess


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by Charles S. North In the State of the Chamber address at the January breakfast (see page 3 for a summary), we focused quite a bit on events and new initiatives taking place in the coming year. We’ll focus more on The Chamber Foundation, Inc., at our May breakfast, when we award scholarships from the Foundation. It’s one of my favorite events of the year because we help young people realize their dreams of continuing their education. Hopefully in January you saw one of our billboards around Dutchess County. They featured our new Foundation logo and the name of our brand-new, snappy website www.chamberfdn.org. But it also said that scholarships are now available. We awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships last year, and applications are being accepted until April 1. There are 11 categories – everything from academic to leadership to music. These scholarships would not be possible without the generosity of the Hudson

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River Valley Region’s business community. As spring approaches, our Foundation, led by Director Karolyn Osborne, is planning events that not only provide entertainment but also support what our Foundation does, including these scholarships. There’s Bowling coming up this month, April’s Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers, the Annual Day of Golf in June, and the Reverse Drawing in July, among others. More information on these events, as well as updates on Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership, is available on page 14 as well as the Foundation’s website. Please take a few moments to learn more about what the Foundation is doing and how you and your business can help. It’ll be worth your time. And what’s better than putting a smile on a young person’s face! Sincerely,

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Thanks to Advance Testing and Highway Displays, The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was able to promote its many scholarships in the month of January. Look for more billboards from the Arlington and Poughkeepsie school districts in the coming months.

Workforce Development Center New Step-Up Program Offered to Help Add Jobs in 2012 The Workforce Development Center at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Dutchess County Department of Social Services to offer a new program. The Step Up program, funded in part by the County of Dutchess, began in January 2012 and offers local employers the opportunity to hire trained

individuals and to receive a wage subsidy for a period of time. The wage subsidy agreement is based on the technical aspects of the job, skills required and various other factors. Program participants are referred based on income qualification and will be enrolled in training programs for CNA, PCT, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, auto

repair, secretarial, office work and customer service. The Chamber is currently working with over a dozen participants that will be starting training shortly. Interested businesses with current or future job openings or apprenticeship opportunities should call Mercy Turugh at the Chamber at 845-454-1700 x 1001 for more information.

Continued From Page 1... Stewart Air National Guard To Speak At February Breakfast Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star. He is a graduate of Roger Williams College in Rhode Island where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and he has been deployed to places like Pakistan, Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan. The February Contact Breakfast is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Heart Center in recognition of February being heart month. Hudson Valley Heart Center is the place to

find world-class expertise and a complete range of technology to manage your cardiovascular condition right here in the Hudson Valley. It offers complete cardiac rehabilitation services to get you back on your feet and into your life following surgery or medical intervention. Not-for-profit members Mill Street Loft, Mid-Hudson Animal Aid and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will be on hand to promote their organizations.

To earn your wings for this special breakfast, call the Chamber at 845-454-1700 x1000, or visit www.dcrcoc.org. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase, $25 at the door. Nonmembers can attend for $30. For more information about Stewart International Airport, visit them online at www.panynj. gov/airports/stewart.html, and remember, when you have the occasion to fly, why not give Stewart a try?


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Women’s Leadership Alliance

International Women’s Day Event Returns to the Hudson Valley on March 8 as Women for Women International have dedicated significant resources to the success of the event, and turned the day into a walk of solidarity over bridges. Here in the Hudson River Valley, the WLA will once again use The Walkway Over the Hudson. The International theme this year is “Connecting girls, inspiring futures”. The event will begin with

a ceremony to discuss information about important women’s issues and how we are working to solve them here in the Hudson River Valley. The program will offer an opportunity for local women’s

organizations to showcase their work beginning at 2:30 p.m. At 4 p.m. local dignitaries will speak and kick off the solidarity march over the Walkway starting at 4:30. Walkers can come from the Ulster side or the Poughkeepsie side, and can be shuttled back to their cars at the conclusion of the

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organization’s requests can be fulfilled, however the Young Professionals will do everything in their power to meet the demands of the community in whatever ways possible. M&T Bank generously sponsors the Request The Energy Program. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 40 in the Hudson Valley and are looking for ways to help your region grow and prosper, consider becoming part of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals.

Chamber members or employees of Chamber members can participate at no cost, and non-members may join for a nominal fee. The Hudson Valley Young Professionals engage in political advocacy, business training and networking, community service and much more throughout the year. Whatever your passions are, there’s certain to be an opportunity to get involved. For more information or to join the committee, visit www.hvyp.org.

Stay in the loop with the HVYPs this year by visiting www.hvyp.org or call Geoff at 845-454-1700 x1020. Be sure to check us out on Facebook too!

Forty Under 40 Shaker Awards Save the Date for the Biggest Award Show of the Year! The Chamber received more than 100 nominations for the 2012 Forty Under 40 award, and the selection committee is hard at work picking worthy recipients. The Seventh Annual Shaker Awards will be presented on Monday, March 19 at the MidHudson Civic Center. As with previous years, this is an event not to be missed, and anyone interested in purchasing tickets

can do so now by going to www.dcrcoc.org or calling 845454-1700. Forty Under 40 strives to recognize 40 people between the ages of 18 and 39 who are committed to shaping our region and making it a better place for everyone. A panel of judges comprised solely of past honorees will determine this year’s recipients. Keep an eye out for the

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big announcement with this year’s recipients, who will be featured on a special website. Businesses and individuals looking to congratulate the class of 2012, will be able to do so at the event with congratulatory ads and messages. You can speak with Karolyn Osborne for more details, by calling 845-454-1700 x1026 or emailing karolyno@ dcrcoc.org.

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trip. We encourage groups to join us, and to bring a banner to march with! This event is sponsored by Health Quest Medical Practices, KeyBank, DRA Imaging, and COBESO, Inc. For more information on our event and the Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Alliance please go to the WLA Committee page on www. dcrcoc.org.

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The Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) is again this year working with Hudson Valley partners to participate in International Women’s Day. The event has become a major program for the WLA, and last year attracted more than 750 people. It is celebrated internationally on March 8, and the 2011 event commemorated 100 years of celebration. Organizations such


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UPCOMING EVENTS

SBA Days Put Together Your Business Plan

Small Business Seminar Workforce Communication the Focus of Presentation

Again in 2012, the Chamber is presenting monthly SBA Days, where small business owners or anyone interested in starting or expanding a business can learn about products and services provided by the Small Business Administration. On Thursday, February 23 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber offices, John Moriarty from the New York State Small Business Development Center will be presenting a discussion on business plans and how prospective business owners can begin the process. He will review essential elements of a business plan, and then provide resources for more details assistance. SBA Days is a complimentary event for members and nonmembers, including lunch, thanks to the generous sponsorship of KeyBank. “KeyBank is committed to the SBA program, and we’re excited

The February Small Business Seminar features Skip Weisman, who will present “The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication: How Business Leaders, Employees & Your Co-Workers Unknowingly Undermine Motivation, Morale and Trust in the Workplace Today”. In this session participants will learn: • the 7 most damaging communication mistakes business leaders make, and enable in their employees and work environments • the 3 primary reasons these communication mistakes occur and perpetuate • specific communication tips to easily overcome each of the 7 sins

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(845) 483-3000 www.key.com about presenting informative topics to the regional business community through these events and the Chamber,” said April Volk, vice president and senior SBA specialist. For more information about KeyBank and all the ways they serve our local community, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC. To reserve your spot at the February SBA Days, please go to www.dcrcoc.org or call Darlene at 845-454-1700 x1000.

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the 3 different levels of communication these sins impact, and the • 3 power beliefs of “champion” communicators that breakthrough these limiting communication habits The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, February 23 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s Poughkeepsie office, 1 Civic Center, Suite 400. All business seminars are complimentary and open to the public thanks to our series sponsor McCabe and Mack. A continental breakfast will be served. Please make your reservations by going to www. dcrcoc.org or calling Darlene at 845-454-1700 x 1000. Skip Weisman helps business leaders create a

Champion Organization with an engaged, enthused and empowered workforce. For more information visit www. WeismanSuccessResources. com or e-mail Skip@ WeismanSuccessResources. com. McCabe & Mack LLP is one of the leading law firms in the Hudson Valley, offering a comprehensive range of legal services. Its clients include banks, insurance companies, developers, manufacturers, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and service companies as well as many small businesses. Individual clients and their personal concerns remain a primary focus of the practice. For more information go to www.mccm. com.

Business Education Committee Committee Planning Monthly Seminar Series The Chamber’s new Business Education Committee is busy planning monthly seminars for 2012 to help members learn more about operating and promoting their businesses and organizations. The committee is comprised of members of the Chamber’s former Small Business Council as well as the Marketing Committee, which was formed in late 2011. Committee chairs are Debbie Gioquindo, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, and Ken Mann, of Freedom Financial LLC.

Presentations will be held the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s offices in Poughkeepsie. A continental breakfast will be served, thanks to our sponsor, McCabe and Mack. These events are complimentary to members. Topics of future seminars will include a Marketing 101 overview, how to create and implement a business plan, and branding your business or organization. The committee is also planning hands-on social media workshops later this year,

where people will be able to get advice and create or embellish profiles on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as learn about websites, using videos, and analytics, among other topics. For more information about the Business Education Committee, you can speak with Rich Kleban, the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, by emailing richk@ dcrcoc.org or calling 845-4541700 x1023.

Jazz Event Save the Date for a Special Concert at Cunneen-Hackett The Chamber’s love of music will be on display in March as it presents a concert by the SUNY Fredonia Jazz Ensemble. The Ensemble, traveling to the Hudson Valley from upstate Fredonia, will visit Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park on Tuesday, March 13 and Poughkeepsie High School

on Wednesday, March 14. It will work with the schools’ own jazz ensembles, giving them coaching and advice. A concert will be given on March 13 by the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble at the CunneenHackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie. Complimentary tickets will be

available through the Chamber thanks to our event sponsors: Adams Fairacre Farms, Amici’s Restaurant, Davis Furniture and Paul Effman Music. For more information, and to reserve tickets, please call the Chamber office at 845-454-1700 x1000.


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February 4 - Annual Gala: An All-American Affair 5:30PM. The Grandview - 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie Platinum Sponsor: Health Quest

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February 7 - Go Red Reception 5PM. River Station Restaurant - 1 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie Sponsored By: TEG Federal Credit Union, EmbroidMe, 92.1 LITE-FM. Thanks to the New York State Bridge Authority and Legion Fireworks

February 15 - Contact Breakfast 7:30AM. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. Featuring Brig. Gen. Verle L. Johnston, Jr., and Lt. Col. Peter Meyer from the Air National Guard at Stewart International Airport. Sponsored By: Hudson Valley Heart Center

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tailor the survey to the people they are trying to connect with, like using branch logic, which routes the users to the questions that pertain the most to them because of previous answers given. • Create additional invitations. The respondents to your first survey may also be the proper target for a second or third survey, so you can try sending them additional invitations after they complete the first survey. It’s also less stress on the survey author so the initial survey could be kept much shorter if there are additional opportunities to dig deeper into an issue. For more information, contact Integrated Enterprise Solutions at www.ies-ny.com.

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The Board of Directors of TEG Federal Credit Union has named Ronald A. Flaherty to the position of President and CEO, effective immediately. Flaherty is replacing Joseph T. Prokop, who retired on January 2 after serving for 32 years as the credit union’s President and CEO. “Ron is eminently qualified to take the reins at TEG,” said Walter V. Behrman, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors. “His proven leadership during his tenure at TEG and throughout his career made him the natural choice to be our new leader.” Flaherty has been with TEG since 2000, most recently serving as the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. He has over 27 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting. Prior to joining TEG he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Executive Vice President of Operations at Freeplay Energy USA, Inc., Orangeburg, NY. Flaherty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from American International College in Springfield, MA.

Family Services is pleased to announce that Leah Feldman is the recipient of the 2011 President’s Award, an honor presented each year to a Family Services employee who distinguishes him or herself in exemplifying the values espoused by Family Services. In the past year Domestic Violence services and systems have been undergoing a high degree of scrutiny and analysis. Feldman, who is an integral part of Family Services’ Battered Women’s Services, serving as the County’s Universal Response to Domestic Violence Coordinator, has been at the

forefront of that analysis. She has been charged with strengthening the universal response to domestic violence in Dutchess County during this critical time. A comprehensive review of the system was completed for the Dutchess County Legislature, which included a comprehensive set of recommendations. These recommendations led to an increase in funding for Domestic Violence services, despite cuts in many other areas. It also led to an increase in offender accountability measures and changes in State legislation.

An award is being presented to Joan Monk and Cecilia Dinio-Durkin of Women’s Work, representing the Poughkeepsie Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), for their project “My Sister’s Keeper.” My Sister’s Keeper is a NYS AAUW State Project, developed by Melissa Guardaro, International Affairs Director and Joan Monk, NYS AAUW Board Member and co-chair of the Poughkeepsie AAUW Branch project. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn, authors of Half The Sky, AAUW members were encouraged to read the book and attend the 2011 CTAUN Conference at the United Nations.

Toni Hokanson has joined C2G Environmental Consultants, LLC. as Director of Marketing and Acquisitions. Hokanson has 18 years of experience with town government, planning and environmental protection. She has served the Town of New Paltz as Supervisor for the past six years. “As the only full service environmental company in Ulster County, we are committed to strictly following federal, state and local regulations in the protection and clean up of our environment. Ms. Hokanson’s

municipal, environmental and managerial experience is a natural fit for our company,” stated company founder Gene O’Neil. C2G Environmental Consultants, LLC is located in New Paltz and Farmingdale, N.Y., serving Long Island to Albany.

Frances Chiu of RE/MAX Realty Center was recently installed as the 2012 President of the Dutchess County Chapter in a ceremony held at The Grandview on Dec. 14, 2011. The Dutchess County Chapter is a 140-member professional real estate group affiliated with the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), a national professional development organization with 12,800 members. Chiu will serve a one-year term as President and will hold monthly Business Resource meetings of education and business tools focused on the needs of women REALTOR® entrepreneurs at all stages of development.

Mid-Hudson Love INC named five local business people to serve on the Board of Directors beginning in January 2012. Mid-Hudson Love INC is a local non-profit that serves people struggling against the tide of poverty by mobilizing caring volunteers, coordinating existing assistance, and creating gap ministries to address unmet needs. Joining the Love INC Board of Directors is Paul Curran of SunEdison, Steve Jones of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Maritza Norton of Lamar Advertising, Lee Pagones of Pretak Pagones Insurance and Matt Williams of Realty Executives – Williams-Skyes Realty. For more information see www.mid-hudsonloveinc.org.


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The seventh annual Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is scheduled for Saturday, March 10. The tournament will be held at Marist College at 9 a.m. using 10 half courts for 3-on-3 competitions. Forty teams are expected to participate and spectators are welcome. The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson

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St. John’s Lutheran Church is presenting an Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on February 25 at the Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie. You will be entertained by the hilarious mystery production of Suspect Hollywood written by Nancy Bond, and directed by Leslie MacConnell. A super sleuth will be chosen to receive an award. All profits from this production will go directly to the Building of a Water Well in the Dominican Republic. And Thrivent will be matching funds for the first $800. Tickets are $35 each, with tables of 8-9 people available. Email cohenrd98@comcast.net or call Bob at 845-724-3518.

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The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse invites the public to “Take a Bite Out of Child Abuse” on March 12-18 at participating area restaurants. Dine out at one of the restaurants and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Center’s efforts to eradicate child abuse in Dutchess County. For a list of participating restaurants, go to www. preventchildabusedutchess.org. “Our restaurant week, ‘Take a Bite Out of Child Abuse,’ is an excellent opportunity for people to participate in our mission,” said executive director Kathleen Murphy.

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Follr, Inc., based in Wappingers Falls, has announced a partnership with WiseStamp, creator of the leading social email signature builder. This deal increases exposure of Follr Digital Identity Websites through seamless and automated email signature integration. Follr’s Digital Identity Websites organize and aggregate an individual’s online information making it accessible via one memorable website address. Corporations hoping to extend and protect their brand are increasingly using these sites. Users will now be able to easily generate an e-mail signature that will include a Follr icon and a direct link to their Follr Website. For more information about Follr and to create you own digital identity consolidating all your social media profiles, go to www.follr.com or call 1-888201-5160.

support on your journey to lose weight and create health in your life. This free club will be ongoing but will initially meet for four consecutive Saturday mornings to help set and achieve your goals early in the year. The program will be held on 1/28, 2/4, and 2/11 from 10-11 a.m. at the Auerbach Family Chiropractic Center (3650 Rt. 9W-Bridgeview Plaza, Highland). For more information and individualized coaching, contact Ellen Smith, Certified Health Coach for Take Shape for Life at 845635-5003 or esmithcoach@aol. com

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New York Global Consultants Corp. 42 Catherine Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-664-9999/Fax: 866-842-3120 Email: mukesh@nygci. com Web: www.nygci.com Contact: Cathleen Abraham A software development and service company providing comprehensive, integrated services and business solutions.

Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Inc. 317 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-485-6911 Email: info. heritagecenter@gmail. com Web: www. midhudsonheritage.org Contact: Roy Budnik, Director Est. 2011; Local heritage center and art gallery for community. Sponsor: Gloria Cukar, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

n Business Services McQuade Development, LLC dba Entrepreneur’s Source 6 Trails End Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-227-6069 Email: tmcquade@ esourcecoach.com Web: www.theesource. com/tmcquade Contact: Tom McQuade Est. 11/21/2011; We are a global leader in business and franchise coaching. We help people build rewarding careers, take control of their lives and create financial freedom.

Premier Cares Foundation PO Box 93 Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 845-453-1160 Email: jgoldfischer@ premiercares foundation.org Web: www. premiercares foundation.org Contact: Julie Goldfischer, Executive Director; Monica Relyea, Associate Director Est. April 2011; 501(c) (3) charity whose mission is to raise money for individuals in our community without insurance to receive urologic and GI preventative care, treatment and education.

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Simplicity 1820 New Hackensack Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-240-1794 Email: megan@ simplicitygoods.com Web: www. simplicitygoods.com Contact: Megan Lawrence, Owner Est. Nov. 2010; EcoChic consignment shop in the Hudson Valley that sells women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, furniture, home decor and eco-friendly products. n Entertainment

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Killer Cool Entertainment, LLC 35 High Street #1A-B Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-485-8151/Fax: 845-485-8152 Email: jeff.menig@ gmail.com Web: www. killercoolent.com Contact: Jeff Menig, Owner Est. 9/17/2009; Concert promotions, clothing line, recording studio, artist mangement.

Your Event Matters Entertainment 9 Doyle Drive Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-224-4795 Email: sales@ youreventmatters.com Web: www. youreventmatters.com Contact: Jennifer and Donnie Lewis, Owners Est. March 2010; We are a family owned and operated entertainment company specializing in DJ/ Emcee services, lighting services, photography and beauty services, as well as photo booth rentals located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley region of New York. n Financial Services Majestic USA Capital, Inc. 2424 Route 52, Suite 4-A Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-223-5534/Fax: 845-223-5533 Email: eponzini@ majesticinsurance.com Contact: Erina Ponzini, Asst. General Counsel Est. Dec. 2005; Holding company.

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AFLAC (Hinsman) 40 Abbeyfield Lane Brewster, NY 10509 845-279-7927 Email: jenny.hinsman@ gmail.com Web: www.aflac.com Contact: Jenny Hinsman Est. Sept. 2011; Offering supplemental insurance to businesses and individuals: disability, accident, hospital, cancer, life and more. Sponsor: Michael Spinelli, The Brake Shop n Insurance

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United Health Group 505 Boices Lane Kingston, NY 12401 845-382-7680/Fax: 845-382-7991 Email: eileen_j_ liverari@uhc.com Web: http://home.uhc. com Contact: Eileen Liverari, Senior Site Director Est. 1968; Call Center/ Processing Center.


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DECEMbER nEw MEMbERs Century 21 Hudson Valley Realty 531 Haight Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-454-6334/Fax: 845-473-0619 Email: jc21hudsonvalley@aol. com Web: www. century21hudsonvalley. com Contact: Joyce Stanton, Principal Broker Est. 1976; Residential and commercial sale of properties including short sales and foreclosures; a HUD listing brokerage. We also do rentals.

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GiG Marketing PO Box 185 Tivoli, NY 12583 917-991-1055 Email: andrea@ gigmarketing.us Web: www. gigmarketing.us Contact: Andrea Rhodes, Managing Director Physical Therapists Hudson Valley Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy 1222 Hopewell Avenue Fishkill, NY 12524 845-896-5380/Fax: 845-896-5161 Email: jode@hvospt. com Contact: Dennis Lopez, Owner Est. 1992; Private practice/indepently owned. Outpatient physical therapy facility.

n Recycling Advanced Recovery Inc. 50 Grafton Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 973-485-9100/Fax: 973-485-8844 Email: rdelucca@ advancedrecovery.com Web: www. advancedrecovery.com Contact: Ruben DeLucca, Vice President of Sales Est. 1991; Advanced Recovery Inc recycles all electronics and scrap metals. Sponsor: Audra Gerty, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

n Resorts Circle Lodge - Camp Kinder Ring 335 Sylvan Lake Road Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-221-2771/Fax: 845-227-7881 Email: bob@circle.org Web: www.campkr.com Contact: Bob Parrinello, Director of Operations and Hospitality Est. 1927; Full service, year round retreat center ideal for corporate and family groups. Sleep away camp with traditional Jewish programming.

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n Restaurants La Puerta Azul 2510 Route 44 Salt Point, NY 12578 845-677-2985/Fax: 845-677-6803 Email: dwhiteley0317@ yahoo.com Web: www. lapuertaazul.com Contact: Danielle M. Whiteley, General Manager Est. 6/21/2006; Authentic Mexican restaurant with happy hour 4pm-7pm, 7 days a week and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

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All Sport Health & Fitness

Saint Francis Center For Balance & Mobility

All Sport Health & Fitness (17 Old Main Street, Fishkill) cuts a ribbon to commemorate their re-opening following major renovations.

The Center for Balance and Mobility at Saint Francis Hospital (243 North Road, Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon to mark their grand opening.

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Best Western Inn & Suites at The Falls (50 Red Oaks Mill Road, Poughkeepsie) cut a ribbon to celebrate their grand opening.

St. Luke’s Cornwall Medical Group

St. Luke’s Cornwall Medical Group (1510 Route 9W, Marlboro) cuts a ribbon to welcome Dr. Michael J. Gaesser to the staff and to celebrate his new office location.

Children’s Media Project (42 Catherine Street, Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon to officially open their new location.

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Pete’s Famous Cafe and Grill (357 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon to welcome new owner Atlaf Hussain to the Hudson Valley.


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Miche Bag of New York

Miche Bag of New York cuts a ribbon at the Chamber offices in Poughkeepsie following the presentation of their line of handbags to the community.

American Heart Association BetterU Campaign

The participants of the American Heart Association BetterU Campaign cut a ribbon at Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie to officially begin their new health program.

Corsino Cakes

Corsino Cakes (2653 E. Main Street, Wappingers Falls) cuts a ribbon to commemorate the grand opening of their new storefront.

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D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP

D’Arcangelo & Co. (510 Haight Avenue, Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon to show off their new office space.

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The Hudson Valley Ski Club gathers in Waryas Park for a club photo as part of their Online Ribbon Cutting.

Abilities First School

The staff at the Abilities First School (280 North Road, Poughkeepsie) poses for a group photo as part of their Online Ribbon Cutting.


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The Foundation Perspective By: Karolyn Osborne, Foundation Director To an outsider, they might look like run of the mill teenagers -sporting the latest in sneakers, fashion and cell-phone technology -- but these local youths are doing much more than their household chores to ensure a prosperous future for the Hudson Valley area. Each year, more than 100 teenagers participate in The Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program. Funded in part by The Gap Foundation, this innovative 4-year program is a collaborative effort of the Beacon and Spackenkill Central school districts, helping to develop leadership and life skills for our area youth. One of the most challenging periods of the program takes place during the sophomore year, when students participate

in a virtual enterprise through the Junior Achievement Program (JA is a nationally accredited program created and distributed by Junior Achievement of America; this program is facilitated by a Chamber business volunteer). Students work in cooperation with local business leaders to design, capitalize and run their own business. The program uses hands-on experiences to help the students understand the economics of life. It brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their full potential. This year’s class has created a company called “Limited by None”, and has sold more than 120 shares of stock. They have put into a production a t-shirt that they will be selling at the

Bowl-A-Thon, Chamber events and some local malls. Students are required to make sales both independently and as a group. Overall, Junior Achievement is one of the most valuable portions of the Youth Leadership program. Students often refer back to this program as being the time they learned the most skills that will positively influence their future. For more information about Junior Achievement please visit our website at www.chamberfdn. org or contact me at 845-4541700 ext. 1026. Special thanks to the Gap, Inc., for its generous support of the Youth Leadership program. Through their support we continue to make a valuable and tangible difference in the lives of our area youth.

Bowling Tournament Bowling for a Good Cause After the Super Bowl, what are you going to do on a Sunday afternoon? How about bowling! Make your reservations today to participate in The Chamber Foundation’s annual Bowling Tournament, set for Sunday, February 12 at Mardi Bob Lanes in Poughkeepsie from 1-4 p.m. Everyone is guaranteed to have a good time. In addition to the bowling, there will be prizes,

refreshments and fun for the entire family for you and your colleagues or friends. This event is generously sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank, Health Quest Medical Practice, Navigator Money Management and EmbroidMe, and all proceeds will benefit the Foundation Scholarship Fund and the Youth Leadership Program.

There are still a few spots open. Cost is $100 for a team of 4 players. Business may also sponsor a lane for $75, and a team of 4 students can be sponsored for $100. Individual bowlers are also welcome for $25. For more information, and to register, please contact Karolyn Osborne at 845-454-1700 x1026.

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Leadership Dutchess Aluminaries Stephanie Baran, Leadership Dutchess Class 2010, Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank, Beacon 1.) What is your favorite Leadership Dutchess session, and why? My favorite session was the Team Building session with Christ Short. I think that he is incredibly motivating and it was the best way to bring together a group of people who have never worked together in the past. I found it to be an engaging class. 2.) What makes a good leader? Patience. If you do not have patience with people, then you have no place being a leader. A leader should also be humble. The most influential leader in my life always sat beside her team, never stood up front. 3.) How has this experience enhanced your career? This experience reinforced my desire to be a leader. My passion

is helping people, specifically those that I work with at M&T Bank and the customers that I meet each day. I met a lot of wonderful contacts through the program that have helped me become a stronger leader, both in the community and at my job. 4.) What prompted you to participate in Leadership Dutchess? Each year M&T Bank puts a participant through the program. I have worked with both Tina Walz, co-chair of the Leadership Dutchess Committee, and Rosie Giammatteo, a graduate of the program as well. I look to both of them as leaders and saw this as an opportunity to develop my skills as well. For more on Leadership Dutchess, visit www.facebook. com/LeadershipDutchess or www.chamberfdn.org.

Board of Directors Officers Nevill Smythe, Chair..............Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Trista Parker, 1st Vice Chair..................................................Health Quest Bill Francis, Treasurer.................................Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Lisa Morris, Secretary.........................Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Directors Stephen E. Diamond.........Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Stacey Langenthal................................................Rhinebeck Savings Bank Tina Ludwig............................................................The Valley Group, Inc. Rita McPeck................................................................................KeyBank Anna Marie Paolercio.....................................................Dutchess BOCES Charles “Chip” Simon..............................................Taconic Advisors, Inc. Tina Walz..................................Manufactures and Traders Trust Company Thomas Weddell................Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell

Foundation Staff Charles S. North........................................................................President Audra Gerty.......................................................................Vice President Karolyn Osborne...........................Director, The Chamber Foundation, Inc.


WWW.DCRCOC.ORG Business of the Month Van DeWater & Van DeWater Van DeWater & Van DeWater is approaching 100 years as one of the leading law firms in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. Its talented attorneys are able to handle a broad range of client needs while providing exceptional customer service. The firm was established in 1914 in Pougkeesie by John B. Van DeWater. His son, Robert B. Van DeWater, joined him in the practice of law in 1950. Since those historic beginnings, the firm has carried on a tradition of excellence. Today, practices include municipal law; real estate; tax assessment challenges; family law; elder law; trusts & estates; estate planning & administration; wills; Medicaid applications /asset protection; banking & public finance; land use & commercial litigation; business transactions; banking & public finance; media. The firm moved to its new

offices at 85 Civic Center Plaza (the Poughkeepsie Journal building) in 2010. Currently there are 12 attorneys and 13 support members on staff. Shari S. L. Hubner joined the firm on January 3, 2012, bringing 20 years experience in elder law; estate planning & administration; Medicaid applications/asset protection. Many of the partners are involved with community organizations, including John K. Gifford (Community Foundation), Ronald C. Blass (Sky Lake Lodge), Cynthia S. Rosenzweig (Children’s Media Project, Credit Abuse Resistance Education Committee) and Hubner (Vassar Warner Home). The staff is participating in the American Heart Walk in February. For more information on Van DeWater & Van DeWater, go to www.vandewaterlaw.com or call 845-452-5900.

Sam’s Club Special Offer For Chamber Members Sam’s Club has partnered with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to help fellow members get a head start on savings in 2012. Until March 31, all Chamber members will receive a Sam’s Club gift card of up to $25 when they sign up for a new Plus Membership or renew their existing membership. Chamber members who may choose to enroll as

an Advantage or Business member will receive a $10 gift card at sign-up. This is an exclusive offer for Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce members. To receive this promotion, simply show proof of affiliation when signing up at the Member Services Desk of the local Sam’s Club located at 56 West Merritt Boulevard in Fishkill. Sam’s Club Plus members enjoy additional benefits beyond the basic club membership including extra e-value savings, additional discounts at the pharmacy, early shopping hours and the potential to save even more at Sam’s when purchasing with their Discover card. For more information about Sam’s Club membership, visit www.samsclub.com or call 1-800-881-9180.

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Community Spotlight Special Olympics - Polar Plunge Looking for a great opportunity to give back? If you can handle the cold waters, then you can help support Special Olympics New York and their Fishkill Polar Plunge. Special Olympics New York is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is funded primarily by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is supported by over 29,000 volunteers. By holding fundraisers throughout the year, the organization can continue its mission to provide quality sports-training in 22 Olympics-style sports for all children and adults with

intellectual disabilities. One of the biggest local fundraisers is the Fishkill Polar Plunge (Freezin’ for a Reason) on Saturday, February 25. In its 14th year, the annual polar plunge event takes place at the Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill with registration beginning at 9 a.m., and the “plunge” starting at noon. The organization is still recruiting brave souls to participate by taking the plunge and raising funds for the organization through pledges. Each participant is encouraged to raise $100 and receive an official polar plunge sweatshirt as an incentive.

“The event is truly inspirational,” says Teresa Gilli, Associate Director of Development. “It is so wonderful to see the athletes’ excitement and smiles as they jump in with everyone else!” To register for the Fishkill Polar Plunge, log on to www. polarplungeny.org and click on “register here” under the Fishkill Polar Plunge. For more information on Special Olympics NY or to volunteer at the Fishkill Polar Plunge, visit www. specialolympicsny.org, email tgilli@nyso.org or call 845-7652497.

Headliners Committee Nominate a Business or Organization for a Headliner Award Everyone surely knows an outstanding business or organization in the Hudson Valley worthy of being recognized. Please consider submitting a nomination for the 2012 Headliner Award. The Headliner Awards program was created by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to recognize and celebrate outstanding companies and nonprofit organizations located in the county. Each year winners are selected as exemplary in the following categories: • Leadership in Organization & Community

• Outside-the-Box Innovator • Green-Friendly Organization • Continued Growth in Current Economy • Customer Service Nominations can be made by members of the community including employees, customers, friends, neighbors or the organization’s leaders. Winners, chosen from these nominees by a committee of Chamber members, are saluted at the April Contact Breakfast. Nominations are now being accepted for achievement during 2011, and an organization can be nominated in a maximum of three categories.

Winners of the 2011 Headliner Awards presented in April were: • Dash Lock & Key Service, Inc. • PEOPLe Inc. • Cafe Bocca • Robert Ranieri, Rose & Kiernan, Inc. • LCS Facility Group • Culinary Institute of America • Mid-Hudson Subaru The deadline for nominations is February 24, and the forms may be found at www.dcrcoc. org For more information about the Headliner Awards, please contact Rich Kleban at the Chamber 845-454-1700, ext. 1023 or richk@dcrcoc.org

MEMBER TESTIMONIAL “I just wanted to express my thanks for introducing my staff and I to the Chamber. I attended the New Member Luncheon last week and was totally thrilled with being able to participate in such a positive event. One of my representatives attended the recent Chamber Connections Speed Networking event. She was still in the parking lot and couldn’t wait to call me to tell me what an outstanding time she had! We are so fortunate to have such a powerful leadership team in the Dutchess County Chamber. We can’t stop talking about the opportunities that the Chamber has afforded us. - Deb Leto, Verizon FIOS - Wappingers Store Read more testimonials or write your own by visiting www.dcrcoc.org, click on Members and Member Testimonials from the drop-down menu.


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Being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce comes with many benefits, and one of them is discounts on other members’ products and services. Simply carry your SmartCard, show it at these businesses and receive the discount mentioned. That’s it! What a great way to save money, meet other Chamber businesses and ‘Think Local!’ Don’t have your SmartCard or need a new one? Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1009 and let us know.

Hyde Park Brewing Co. 4076 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-229-8277 10% off food only, dine in only, no alcohol, parties of 6 or less excluding holidays

Do you need a SmartCard or a mass quantity of SmartCards to hand out to your employees? Call 845454-1700 ext. 1000 for more information.

For a complete listing of SmartCard members and their discounts, visit: www.dcrcoc.org, click on the Members tab and then Member Discounts.

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Chamber Membership Pays! Call Christine “Desi” Desmoni to learn about these benefits: Marketing opportunities Discount insurance rates Networking events

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Call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1009 or email christine@dcrcoc.org www.dcrcoc.org