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Chamber News ....................................... 3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 International Women’s Day ........................ 5 New Members ...................................... 6-7 Gala Photos............................................8 Upcoming Events......................................9 Member News ...................................10-11 SBA Days ............................................. 12 Networking, marketing workshops ............... 12 Ribbon Cuttings ..................................... 13 The Chamber Foundation.......................... 14 Fleet Week ........................................... 15 Are You Using Your SmartCard?. .................. 16


ust over three months into his tenure as Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro will address the Hudson Valley business community at the March Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. The keynote address will be Molinaro’s first to an all-Chamber audience since he took office in January. Molinaro has made the fiscal health of Dutchess County a top priority in his first term. The county, as stated during his State of the County address in February, faces increasing service demands, the challenge of the new state tax-levy cap and continuing state mandates. He also made mention of his particular concern of the dwindling amount of money available in governmentcontrolled rainy-day funds, a situation he hopes to rectify. During his campaign, Molinaro pledged to aid the growth of county commerce by restructuring the economic development apparatus put in place in the mid-1990s and working with local and countywide government officials to cut through much of the red tape as-

sociated with starting and maintaining a small business. former The state assemblyman has also promised an MolINARo increased focus on attracting new business to the region. Immediately following his keynote, Molinaro will host a closeddoor forum with members of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals. Anyone interested in staying to attend this event should visit www. or for more information. Marshall and Sterling Insurance proudly sponsors the March Contact Breakfast. Since 1864, Marshall & Sterling Insurance has been

the name synonymous with outstanding insurance coverage and customer service. As an employeeowned company, their experienced insurance professionals can assist with virtually any insurance need. Their pride in ownership drives us to be an insurance agency unlike any other. For more information, visit To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30.

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Outback is the in-place for Business After Hours

Join the Chamber “Down Under” for Business After Hours on Wednesday, March 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Outback Steakhouse, 1510 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls. Business After Hours allows the Chamber members and their guests to meet and network in a relaxed atmosphere after work. All members and guests are invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, as well as

enter to win the 50/50 raffle and door prize. Admission to the Business After Hours is complimentary, however registration is requested. To RSVP, log on to or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Outback Steakhouse is an Australian themed steakhouse restaurant. Although beef and steak items make up a good portion of the menu, the eatery offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and

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pasta dishes as well. Their strategy is to differentiate its restaurants by emphasizing consistently highquality food and service, generous portions at moderate prices and a casual atmosphere suggestive of the Australian Outback. N & S Supply proudly sponsors the March Business After Hours. Its mission is to provide customers with the finest selection of quality plumbing, heating and HVAC

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products at affordable prices. Serving both the contractor and discerning homeowner, N&S Supply offers options that can fit into any budget. Its sales staff is committed to exceptional customer service and is ready to be of assistance with exemplary product and technical knowledge. Going “above and beyond” is an everyday occurrence at N & S. For more information, visit

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Message from the Chair: Frank Castella, Jr.

T 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 LLP 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 Nancy Amy ..................................................... Director of Member Services 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 Angela Signor .......................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ...................................................... Administrative Assistant 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 Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Susan Grecke .................................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................ Youth Employment Services Mentor

he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce extends a helping hand back to the community: the foresight of our Chamber Executive leadership has led to the development, growth and prosperity of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, also known as the Chamber Foundation. The Chamber will always be an advocate for hundreds of area not-for-profits, and the Chamber Foundation is a fine example of what our organization does to foster non-profit organizations and community growth. Developed to promote education and training programs, the Foundation has established eleven scholarships, a Youth Leadership program, college campus tours, and Leadership Dutchess. These scholarships and programs ensure the enrichment of our Hudson Valley residents and offers opportunity to further their education. We all know that knowledge is power, and the Foundation is a model of practicing what is preached; through assisting individuals of all ages with the potential to succeed and become the future leaders of our region. If you know someone who

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Gerty, President and Vice President of the Foundation. Audra’s vision to expand the Foundation has become one of the proudest, and most commendable, achievements of the Chamber Foundation and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. While both the Chamber and the Foundation have separate Boards of Directors, a great deal of the credit and kudos for this accomplishment is due to Mr. North, Audra and Karolyn Osborne, Director of the Chamber Foundation. For more detailed information on the Chamber Foundation, its programs and scholarships, visit

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is making the move from high school to college, or would like to further their education, and needs tuition assistance – the Foundation can offer much needed financial assistance to achieve their educational goals. Some scholarships the Chamber Foundation offers are in the following areas: Engineering, Culinary Arts, Business, Manufacturing and Trade, Fashion, Nursing, Music and more. The scholarships, Leadership Dutchess and the Youth Leadership Program are all made possible through the generosity of private and corporate donations, as well as fundraising from special events such as; the Athena Awards, the Chamber Foundation Bowling Tournament, Annual Day of Golf, Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Server Dinner, and my personal favorite - the Twisted Gala. The Twisted Gala is not for those wanting a romantic black tie evening on the town – it is a reverse drawing with a grand prize of…a Harley Davidson. Now you’re talking! This organization certainly has taken a shape the community can embrace, none of which would have been possible without the leadership of Charles North and Audra





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New and exciting developments at the Chamber ager also conducts standardized assessments including employability issues, career strategy surveys, and learning/reading skill assessments. If appropriate, the participant will be referred to additional programs and service providers, depending on the needs of the individual and family.

(including employees of Chamber members) are invited to obtain and present their SmartCard when frequenting any participating establishment in the Hudson Valley to receive discounts, promotional offers and more. To see a complete list of SmartCard participants, visit

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s a major part of his State of the Chamber address in January, Charlie North unveiled the possibility of a member choosing an Online Ribbon Cutting to serve as the cornerstone of their annual promotional package. Members scheduling an Online Ribbon Cutting receive a dynamic multimedia slideshow featuring images of their business or organization complete with narration from North himself offering his congratulations. The entire package is then housed on an exclusive Chamber-hosted website complete with contact information and space to further promote the business or event being featured. For more information about Online Ribbon Cuttings and to see those already completed, visit www. and click on ‘Ribbon Cuttings’ along the left hand side of the page. To inquire about booking availability for your business or organization, call the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1004.



n order to continue to provide the best and most dynamic service possible to members and sponsors alike, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is growing. Chamber President and CEO Charlie North is proud to announce that three new staff members have joined the team. As with all other Chamber staffers, if at any time you as a member have a concern or an idea about how the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce may better serve you, do not hesitate to make contact at your earliest convenience. Nancy Amy rejoins the Chamber family as Director of Member Services. She is responsible for reaching out and educating memabout bers AMY all the resources and benefits that are available to them through the Chamber, helping members develop strategic marketing plans utilizing the Chamber’s advertising options, coordinating and scheduling the guest list for the Chamber’s weekly radio talk shows, coordinating both online and traditional ribbon cuttings and much more. Amy will serve as a direct point of contact for anyone seeking to learn about what’s available from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce or those hoping to get the most out of their membership. Angela Signor comes to the Chamber as Director of Media Design following stints as a designer at Westfair, Inc., (publishers of HV Biz) and the Poughkeepsie Jour-

nal. She will be responsible for the Chamber’s entire web and print design catalog, including the monthly Bottom Line newsletter, annual Membership Directory and much more. She is available to assist members with SIGNoR the technical side of graphic design, and to serve as a guide when designing promotional materials, new websites, and more. Rounding out the staff expansion, the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center has hired an additional Case Manager. Susan Grecke, the new Responsible Parent Initiative Program (RPI) Case Manager, will be working with children and families by referred the Dutchess County Department of SerSocial Since vices. 2001, the ReGRECKE sponsible Parent Initiative program assists those parents who qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families that are in danger of becoming sanctioned or who are currently on sanction with the positive resolution of self-sufficiency issues. The program helps move families into compliance with Department of Social Services (DSS) regulations. RPI services include an intensive interview with the participant and family members to assess the home, family and work life situations that may be preventing the parent from complying with DSS requirements. The RPI Case Man-




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There is also a tremendous opportunity for the Baby Boomer generation to transfer their wealth and help allocate a portion of their estates to local foundations. A recent study commissioned by the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, found that if just 5% were allocated to local foundations, the result would be an additional $55 million in annual giving. It’s important to not only realize what organizations like the Dyson Foundation and Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley do, but to help in whatever ways we all can to emulate these organizations. The economy has shown signs of coming back, but there are still many people and organizations helping them in need of our support. Please be generous with your money but also with your time. Remember … give local first.


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Students from Poughkeepsie High School are pictured with Chamber President Charlie North, Advance Testing Director of Business Development Christopher McCracken and art teacher Susan Chlystun. The students produced the billboard at left, which will be seen throughout Dutchess County during the month of March thanks to Advance Testing’s sponsorship and Highway Displays. The Arlington Education Foundation was promoted in February with a similar billboard produced by Arlington High School students.

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ning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are still available by going to the Chamber’s website or calling Carmela Spreer at 845-454-1700 x1006. A selection committee comprised of former honorees chose the 40 award recipients from more than 100 nominations. This year’s group of Forty Under 40 winners ranges in age from 23 to 39, and encompasses a wide spectrum of Schoolprofessions. teachers and entrepreneurs are feted equally alongside businesspeople and not-for-profit staffers, organization UNDER making the final list of 40 a true representation of the best of the best throughout the entire Hudson Valley. For more information about the event, and to view the list of recipients, please visit the Chamber’s website at

he Forty Under 40 awards is an annual event not be missed. This year’s Hudson Valley “Academy Awards” program is set for Monday, March 19 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. For the 7th consecutive year, the regions top young professionals will be recognized with a Shaker Award with the ceremony begin-




everal months now past the traditional giving season, it’s important to remember those less fortunate as well as the numerous nonprofit organizations in the Hudson Valley region. There are many organizations around that give generously, but none more than the Dyson Foundation. At the forefront of philanthropy, the Dyson Foundation awards an average of $17 million in grants each year, much of it in Dutchess and the surrounding counties of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Non-profit organizations make up a significant part of our economy, adding jobs and services to our great region. And the Dyson Foundation plays a large part in supporting their work. They also fund a comprehensive study called Many Voices, One Valley, produced with the Marist Institute of Public Opinion. The third such study is due out later in 2012. This demographic information provides a great view of our economy and helps us all learn about spending habits, allowing area businesses to get to know more about their potential customers.

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well as an international speaker for Parker Seminars and The Master Circle program, both dedicated to the development of strong professional leadership and personal excellence. She has been awarded Chiropractor of the Year in 1996, and in 2005 Women Chiropractor of the year by the World Congress of Women Chiropractors. In 2008, One Voice for Chiropractic, Chiropractor of the Year was also awarded to Dr. Malizia for her international contributions to chiropractic in Japan, as well as to our chiropractic colleges. Dr. Malizia has also co-founded Girls, Gals & Guru’s, a global company whose mission is to impact and empower all women to embrace the fundamentals of beauty and wellness from an inside out model, physically, chemically and mental/emotionally. She possesses a burning desire, backed with energy and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives people she touches by her own example of a purpose drive life. Also speaking will Highland High School senior Shafari Pinak. Born in Bangladesh, 19-year-old Pinak helps care for her family as they find their way in this country. Her dream is to graduate and



nternational Women’s Day will be celebrated on Thursday, March 8 throughout the world and right here in the Hudson Valley region. The Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will marktheevent by gathering on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Women’s organizations will display MAlIzIA goods and information, there will be music and a keynote speaker before the group walks in solidarity over the bridge. The committee is proud to present Dr. Carol Ann Malizia as its featured speaker for this event. Dr. Malizia was born and raised at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and she has maintained one of the most progressive chiropractic practices in the county for nearly 20 years. Her public speaking career has led her to the study of Universal Laws of Success and Leadership, and she has been a featured lecturer to the Medical Staff at Keller Army Hospital at West Point as


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dAnCers & dAnCe CompAnies/ studios/instruCtion Two Left Feet Dance Studio

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-380-4241 Email: Web: Contact: Eugene & LyudmilaYermolayev, Business Owners Est. August 2002; Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Wedding, group and private dance instruction. Various location off site.


AviAtion serviCes Pioneer Business Services, LLC dba Millbrook Aviation

263 New Hackensack Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-677-1237/Fax: 845-517-1699 Email: Web: Contact: Douglas C. Wattoff, Managing Member Est. February 2003; Air charter and jet management.

BAnks & BAnking AssoCiAtions TrustCo Bank

2656 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-485-6419/Fax: 845-485-8983 Email: Web: Contact: Irma Puig, Branch Manager Est. 6/9/1902; Full service Savings Bank.

Business mAnAgement ConsultAnts LinguaLinx, Inc.

122 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047 518-388-9000 Email: Web: Contact: Jay Nish, National Sales Director

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-575-3000 x2814 Email: Web: rotc.html Contact: Major John McBride

Special Olympics NYHudson Valley Region

1207 Route 9, Suite 1C Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-765-2497/Fax: 845-765-2501 Email: Web: Contact: Teresa Gilli, Associate Director of Development Est. 1970; Provide year round sports training and competition to our athletes. We never charge our athletes to participate.

ConstruCtion mAnAgement G2 Project Planning, Inc.

75 Beacon Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845-440-7015 Email: christine@ Web: Contact: Christine Glavasich, President Est. 1998; Provide construction cost estimating to Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Developers.

eduCAtion Sprout Creek Farm

34 Lauer Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-485-8438/Fax: 845-454-6158 Web: Contact: Sukey Pett, Development and Marketing Director; Meredith Hanley, Director of Marketing and Retail

FinAnCiAl serviCes AXA Advisors, LLC

85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 202 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-485-8487 x24/Fax: 845473-2760 Email: Contact: Ruth Diamond, Administrative Asst. AXA Advisors is a financial services leader providing wealth protection strategies, wealth management, and financial and estate planning to individuals and businesses.

Hibbing Financial

22 Hibbing Way Newburgh, NY 12550 845-554-2801/Fax: 845-345-0360 Email: hans.vanmeer@ Web: Contact: Johannes (Hans) van Meer, General Partner Est. June 2011; Hibbing Financial offers financial services such as insurance, retirement products and tax preparation.

HeAling Arts Healthy Self-Healthy Family

11 Raymond Avenue, #25 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-242-5374 Email: Web: www. Contact: Nancy Tsoubris Est. May 2011; Holistic health coaching, invest in self-carehealthy nutrition for mind, body and soul that doesn’t come out of a box! Start with a free consultation and end with a life full of energy and less stress. Couples and families welcome. Business house calls available. Phone sessios available. Ongoing email support. Sponsor: Jeanine Agnolet, The News Lady

HeAltH & Wellness Spice Dance & Senior Fitness

14 C Abes Way Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 914-475-0493 Email: zumbawithcarmen@ Web: or www. Contact: Carmen LaSerna & Linda Thomas Spice Dance classes are for all ages and levels. We offer Zumba Toning, Zumbatonic (for children), Zumba Gold and AquaZumba. Senior/Baby Boomer Fitness is focused on all senior fitness levels including wheelchair participants. Classes can be held at your facility, nursing homes and senior centers. We are available for private/ corporate parties, conventions, health fairs and fundraisers.

mAiling And/or sHipping serviCes The Shipping Place

600 Violet Avenue Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-483-7447/Fax: 845-483-7407 Email: Web: or Contact: Ted Timmons, Owner Est. 5/7/1998; Big or small-we pack and ship it all.

mArketing reseArCH & serviCes Mark and Phil

2 Lagrange Avenue, Suite 214 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 917-338-0626 Email: Web: Contact: Daniel Schutzsmith, CEO Est. July 2010; Mark and Phil provides marketing and philanthropic strategy for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible companies.

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169 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508 845-724-4700 Web: Contact: Ken Berisha, Owner Est. October 2008; Full service restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine.

The Nuddy Bar & Grill

367 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-2951/Fax: 845-452-2954 Email: Web: Contact: Scott Manning, Sales Manager Est. August 2008; We offer classic menu items and a full bar with multiple beers on tap. Serving lunch, dinner and late night.

seCurity guArd serviCes T.S.T. Enterprises, Inc.

10 Golden Way Staatsburg, NY 12580 914-204-6373 Email: Web: Contact: William J. Sleight, III Est. March 1994; Tactical Security/ Safety Techniques Enterprises, Inc. provides armed/un-armed corporate and executive protection for individuals and property Telecommunication Equipment & Services

trAvel AgenCies Hudson Valley Travel

28 Market Street, Suite 1 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-298-1500/Fax: 845-297-6511 Email: Web: Contact: Douglas Ashbrook, Manager Est. 1985; Full service travel agency.

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Congratulations to all the Gala award winners!

Carole Wolf, winner of the Community Spirit award, posing with Brent Caster of The Grandview.

Paul and Joe Porco of Villa Borghese are honored with a Next Generation award.


Gary, Scott and Todd Baright of Foam & Wash Car Wash receive a Next Generation award.


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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik enjoying the Gala.

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GIFt SPonSoR: KeyBank


Dancers from Two left Feet Dance Studio in Wappingers Falls put on an exhibition.

Thank you to all of our 2012 sponsors!




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BAnd SPonSoR: Advance Testing Company, Inc. COBESO, Inc.

ALL-AMERICAn AFFAIR SPonSoRS: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Kirchoff-Consigli Construction Management, Inc. Marshall & Sterling Mid-Hudson Subaru Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home

.CEntERPIECE SPonSoRS: M&T Bank Pougkeepsie Journal Saint Francis Hospital & Health Center Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni, & Weddell, LLP, CPAs

CoCktAIL RECEPtIon SPonoR: Riverside Bank PRIzE SPonSoRS: A&R Security Carter-MGM Insurance Agency IES, Inc. S & O Construction Services, Inc. CASIno SPonSoRS: N&S Supply Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Rose & Kiernan, Inc. VIEnnESE SPonSoR: L.C.S. Facility Group

Review, update your processes

SUNY Fredonia Jazz Ensemble

March 13, 7:00 p.m. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center 12 Vassar Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Please contact Chamber office at 845-454-1700, Ext. 1000 Event is sponsored by Adams Fairacre Farms, Amici’s Restaurant, Davis Furniture and Paul Effman Music.

Astor Services Public Policy Breakfast

March 15, 7:30 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Rose & Kiernan, McCabe & Mack and Integrated Enterprise Solutions By Invite Only

Networking with a Purpose Workship - Part 1

March 15, 4:00 p.m. The Italian Center, 227 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sponsored by: Complete Benefit Solutions, Inc., The Studio at Stephanies Salon and Spa and Ulster Savings Bank

Forty Under 40 Shaker Awards

March 19, 5:30 p.m. Mid-Hudson Civic Center Sponsored by: Health Quest, Riverside Bank, EmbroidMe, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Rhinebeck Savings Bank, Rose & Kiernan, N & S Supply, M & T Bank, McCabe & Mack, Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Renegades, St. Lukes Hospital, Cuddy & Feder, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP, HG Page & Sons, Inc. and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center

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and after you’ve tested it and seen the results, make a decision if it’s worth updating. If the outcome isn’t leaps and bounds above the output you were already getting, it may be time to move on to another process. • Feedback from all areas is important – In order to understand what truly should or needs to be done differently within your company, you need to hear from everyone who plays a part in your current process and get a consensus on what would help improve it so it can be more efficient or profitable.


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• Don’t forget there’s a bigger picture – Make sure you and your staff have a clear understanding of where the business is supposed to go in the future. When you start to look at individual processes, it is very easy to lose sight of your future goals, and you’ll waste time and energy improving/automating processes that might not even be necessary as you move toward your vision. • Don’t go too far – You may not actually need to automate or improve every single process. Take your processes one at a time, try out a new approach




e all have processes that we follow day-in and day-out that help us complete our assigned tasks within our particular department or office. Most of the time we don’t even think about the process itself because we’re so used to following these specifics steps that they become almost second-nature. However, every now and then businesses should be reviewing the processes they have in place to see if there are ways they can make improvements that equal better production or lower costs. With technology for the business community changing so rapidly, there may also be an opportunity to automate some of these processes. Here are some key insights to keep in mind if you think you’re in a position to review and update your processes:


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MEMBER NeWSliNe News... Freedom Financial Solutions is proud to announce that Gina Mann has earned the classification of Enrolled Agent. An enrolled agent (EA) is a person who has earned the privilege of practicing (representing taxpayers) before the IRS. EAs, like attorneys and CPAs, are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can practice before. Ken Mann has earned the Intuit QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification, distinguishing him as a specially trained QuickBooks expert. ProAdvisors help businesses customize QuickBooks for their unique needs and help them get the most out of the software. ProAdvisors are also a great resource if you run into trouble with QuickBooks or just need general QuickBooks help. Freedom Financial Solutions wants to remind small business members about their offer for a free detailed Business Benchmark (a $500 value). This tool provides a complete financial picture of your company’s health and how your business compares to others in your industry. Pamela Landolt has been appointed acting executive director of the Saint Francis Health Care Foundation. The Poughkeepsie resident had served as development director under Robert Lane, Foundation president since 2006, who has assumed the position of vice president for development at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Westchester County. Landolt has been integral in many Foundation initiatives including the $15 million capital campaign completed in 2008, has brought in five- and six-figure donations, formed the Mair Legacy Society for bequest donors,

established many new department protocols and developed a strong fundraising team at the Foundation. PartyTime Rentals announced that it will be opening a new location in Beekman. The new store, located at 2575 Route 55, is scheduled to open late winter 2012. This location will offer several services: a retail party store, balloon decorating, a full service rental showroom, event planning and a propane fill station. “We are excited to further expand our operations in Dutchess County. Our new location will help us to operate more efficiently, create local jobs and to offer a retail presence to the residents of Beekman and the surrounding towns and villages.” said Darren Morizet, President & CEO of PartyTime Rentals, located in Wappingers Falls. PartyTime Rentals’ retail store and rental operations in the Wappingers Falls location will remain open. The Poughkeepsie Public Library District Board of Trustees welcomes first-time Trustee Nathaniel Almeida and re-elected incumbent Trustee Miriam Zimet-Aaron to the Board effective January 1, 2012. Almeida, representing the city of Poughkeepsie, succeeds retiring Trustee Mary McGowan. McGowan completed two fiveyear terms in December of 2011, including two years as President of the Board. Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley announces that 69 different scholarship programs through affiliates in Dutchess and Ulster are available online this year to eligible students. Each year, the Community Foundations’ competitive scholarship program results in the Foundation awarding more than $250,000 to eligible students in Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and surrounding counties. Visit the Foundation’s searchable Scholarship Directory at Applications and guidelines for scholarships are available online. Students are also encouraged to visit their Guidance Office for more information. Ap-


plication deadlines vary but most are due by April 1, 2012. Greg Jones, a resident of Port Jervis, is a Network Technician at Integrated Enterprise Solutions (IES). He joined the company in November 2011 to support their primary network technician. His previous experience running an electronics department for Staples Inc., as well as handling customer service and providing technical assistance to customers for 10 years has helped IES maintain its goal of great customer service and technical skills. Greg was born and raised in Goshen, and moved to Albany in 2001 to continue his education. He graduated Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) with an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Network Administration. Hudson River Housing, a member of the national NeighborWorks® network, announced that it received $130,700 in flexible grants from NeighborWorks® America, which will support the agency’s affordable housing and community development activities, at a time when communities need investment most. “This flexible funding source will help Hudson River Housing provide operating support that will allow the organization to continue running its key programs,” said Ed Murphy, executive director of Hudson River Housing. “It also includes funding for rehabilitation of a vacant house in the City of Poughkeepsie, in which we hope to create four rental units for returning veterans.” Diane Hart has been named by United Way of the DutchessOrange Region as Director of Community Impact as announced by President and CEO Don Hammond. As Community Impact Director Hart’s will engage all private, nonprofit and public sectors throughout the Dutchess and Orange County communities to partner with United Way in addressing the critical needs in Education, Income and Health facing the region.

Hart comes to United Way from the post as grants and development manager of AHome Housing in Pleasantville, Westchester County. She has also served as director of state business development for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, AmeriCorps VISTA program manager, independent program evaluator for the Orange County Youth Bureau and mentoring manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Susan Lauer, Principal at Aspire Consulting, Ltd., is a contributing author for the newly released “A Common Sense Approach to Sustainability: Accelerating Your Profit Through Aligning Your People and Processes with the Environment.” The book was written to help business owners and senior leadership of organizations understand that sustainability is not just about being or going green. Sustainability is a strategic decision, and when embraced, helps an organization align its critical business elements: its people, processes, and environmental concerns to generate profitability, innovation, and employee involvement. Aspire is dedicated to helping companies and organizations discover their potential and get results that are important to them. Aspire’s team assists in building and/or implementing strategic plans, and aligning the people, processes and systems that support necessary change, transform leadership and sustain success. To contact Susan, call 845-803-0438 or Want to have a little fun at the workplace and benefit from it too? We can offer a 20-minute Zumba class at your facility during lunch and you don’t have to change your clothes and you can keep your heels on! You and your staff will feel so invigorated and renewed! Your afternoon at work will be more productive and everyone will be smiling. For more information, contact us at Zumba with Linda at 914-475-0493 or email

The Dutchess County Electrical Contractors Association is seeking exhibitors for Know Show 2012, an educational symposium and trade show for professional electricians. Know-Show 2012 will take place Saturday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fishkill Ramada Inn on Route 9 at the interchange with Interstate 84. The exhibitor fee of $250 includes both day of show networking opportunity and year-long visibility on the DCECA website. For information and a reservation packet, contact DCECA President William Kimmel by email at The Know-Show traditionally draws electrical contractors from Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, Orange, Putnam, Greene, and Westchster counties and from western Connecticut for educational seminars and the opportunity to meet with vendors and manufacturers showcasing new and state of the art products. The show opens at 7 a.m. with registration and a two-hour opportunity to meet with exhibitors before the first seminar at 9 a.m. Additional exhibitor-networking/ business opportunities include a mid-morning break and an extended (one and a half hour) lunch break. The day wraps up by 5 p.m. Exhibitors will be located in the hall adjacent to the meeting room and a spacious lobby area. Participating exhibitors also automatically receive a one-year web-ad placement on the DCECA website The exhibitor fee of $250 per table includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch for one exhibitor representative. Set-up begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and reduced-rate rooms at the Fishkill Ramada Inn are available for exhibitors. The Walkway Over the Hudson organization recently hired Ellen Henneberry to serve as the Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit’s new Development Manager. “Ellen brings a tremendous amount of experience, talent, and professionalism to Walkway Over the Hudson. She is already contributing greatly to our mission,” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “As we enter our third year as one of the New York’s most popular and exciting parks, Walkway State Park is

Support Dutchess Outreach on a road trip to the Boston Garden & Flower Show on Wednesday, March 14. This year’s theme is “First Impressions” featuring 25 show gardens and 240 garden vendors. A motor coach will depart Poughkeepsie at the Dutchess Center on Route 44 promptly at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m. Cost is $75 for transportation and includes show admission. Reservations are necessary. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s programs and services providing emergency assistance, food and advocacy for less fortunate people of Dutchess County. For reservations call Dutchess Outreach 845-454-3792, ext. 3208 or visit for more information.

Mid Hudson Animal Aid is holding a Two-Penny Social on Sunday, March 18 at the Rombout Fire Company, 901 Main Street in Fishkill. Viewing begins at 12 p.m. and calling begins at 2 p.m. Items that will be raffled off include theme baskets, kitchen treasures, children’s goodies, jewelry – collectibles, pet accessories, gift cards from local businesses and more. Refreshments will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit Mid Hudson Animal Aid, a nonprofit free range, no-kill cat sanctuary located in Beacon. It provides

Friendly Honda in Poughkeepsie has announced record sales for 2011, and finished as the 5th highest volume Honda dealership in Honda’s New England Region of 92 dealerships from the Hudson Valley to Maine. “We are extremely grateful to be a leader in Honda’s New England Region and to sell more cars and trucks than any other dealership in the Hudson Valley despite the significant shortage of Hondas last year,” said Eric Kahn, Owner of Friendly Honda. “Though 80 percent of Hondas sold in the U.S. are manufactured here, the supply of Hondas was limited due to a shortage of a few parts sourced from Japan and Thailand, which both experienced natural disasters last year. Honda continues to provide great products with exceptional value and we continue to strive to give our customers a truly unique dealership experience. Now that we are finally receiving a normal supply of Hondas, we’re very optimistic about sales in 2012.”

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“the Chamber has transformed me from a groomer that owns a business to a business woman that grooms. When i really started to work the Chamber by attending the events and joining a committee, many doors started to open. By attending networking events, i learned how to shake hands, where to put your name badge, how to do an elevator speech and network. By being part of the Ambassador Committee, i learned how to conduct a business meeting and how you can start with just an idea and transform it into a new project or program. the latest benefit of the Chamber is that by attending their social networking seminars, i have become social networking savvy. those are only a few of the many things i have learned from being part of the Chamber. i love the chamber staff because they make things happen. i really look forward to 2012 and the many new exciting things planned at the Chamber.” – Lynn Edwards, Dirty Dogs Pet Services 3592 Rt. 9W • Highland, NY, (845) 691-4928

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Known for real fruit smoothies and specialty sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads with an island twist, Tropical Smoothie Café announces the grand opening of its first location in Poughkeepsie on March 9. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives will be in attendance, celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, and select flatbreads will be discounted to 99 cents throughout the premiere weekend. Additionally, customers who text “TSCNY” to 35350 will automatically be entered to win one of two gift cards valid for free smoothies for a year.


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United Way of the DutchessOrange Region will honor the 2012 Marion S. Murphy Award winners in its Annual Celebration of Service from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Anthony’s Pier 9, Route 9W, New Windsor. To be honored with Neighbors Helping Neighbors Awards are veteran community volunteers David Weaving of Poughkeepsie and Marilyn D’Ambrosio of Newburgh. Weaving currently serves as a United Way board member and chair of the Hudson Valley CASH Coalition’s Dutchess County unit. D’Ambrosio serves as a Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties volunteer and on the Hospice Auxiliary board. Tickets for the event are $70 or $650 for a table of 10. For tickets and more information, call Julie Wittenberg at 845-457-4774 or e-mail

abandoned and abused cats with a safe, healthy environment pending adoption. Please join us for this fund-raiser and/or if you’d like to donate goods or gift cards for the social, please email MHAA at


facing many new challenges, such as the building of a new waterfront elevator and connecting with the Dutchess Rail Trail. Capable and dedicated people like Ellen will help us get the job done right.” Henneberry, a Rhinebeck resident, will serve as Walkway’s development manager overseeing the organization’s fundraising efforts. Before joining Walkway, Henneberry worked at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck where she held a dual role for individual giving and event planning. Prior to joining Omega, she consulted for the Office of Advancement at the Culinary Institute of America. Previously, she was co-owner of the popular Twist Restaurant in Hyde Park.


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SbA Days can help business owners


mall business owners and entrepreneurs will want to attend the next SBA Days event, scheduled for March 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s offices in Poughkeepsie. Lunch will be provided. Ron Goldstein, from the U.S. Small Business Administration based in Albany, will be the featured speaker at the The event. topic will be “Seeking Funding For Your Small GolDSTEIN B u s i n e s s ”. Goldstein, director of Lender Relations for the New York district

office, is an expert in the area of small business lending. U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA Days is a complimentary monthly event, thanks to the generous sponsorship of KeyBank. KeyBank provides deposit,

lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small businesses in 14 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC. To reserve your spot at the March SBA Days, please go to or call Darlene at 845-454-1700 x1000.

Marketing is focus of business seminar


he Small Business Seminar in March will focus on Marketing and be presented by Alan Mangelsdorf of Group 82. The event will be Thursday morning, March 22, beginning at 7:30 at the Chamber offices in Poughkeepsie. Breakfast will be served. Business owners interested in more information about operating and promoting their companies MANGElSDoRF are encouraged to attend the Small Business Seminars, held each month on the fourth Thursday morning. Mangelsdorf, the co-owner of Group 82, has had a career spanning more than 20 years in marketing related positions with well-known PR agencies and cli-

ent-side with both large and startup software providers serving the financial services industry. He is an innovative marketing leader with domestic and international experience translating business vision and goals into marketing strategies, programs, execution and success. His sales generation marketing programs for both entrepreneurial and growth brands have delivered strong double-digit sales and profitability growth. Mangelsdorf will provide basic and essential information about marketing and branding.

Upcoming Small Business Seminars will focus more on branding, as well as providing a marketing assessment for interested business owners and information about social media. The Small Business Seminars are generously sponsored by McCabe and Mack LLP, 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 is a primary focus of its practice. The event is complimentary, and open to members and nonmembers. Please make sure you register by going to the Chamber website at or call 845-454-1700 x1000.

Improve networking skills during two-part workshop


veryone has contacts and friends that can help spread the word about their business. But the art of networking, asking for referrals and word-ofmouth marketing can be challenging and intimating. Chamber members are invited to participate in a two-part Ne t wor k i ng with a Purpose program, beginning T h u r s d a y, March 15 at The Italian Center, 227 Main Street in WEISMAN Pou g h ke e p sie. The event runs from 4-6 p.m. and includes dinner. This program will introduce participants to the power of networking and referral, word-ofmouth marketing. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of what networking is and what it isn’t, and how to network to impress the other networkers they meet at events so they lead to referrals in the shortest timeframe possible.

The Arlington High School Jazz Ensemble will perform as the opening act. 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. Hudson Valley graduates are featured as part of the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble. The SUNY Fredo-

Network with a Purpose Sponsored by:

Specifically it will cover: • Defining “networking” so it works for you • Understanding the power of “RQ, the IQ of Networking” • The different levels of referrals and how to use them for maximum effectiveness • The #1 habit of power networkers • Networking practice followed by Q&A and networking coaching

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SUNY Fredonia Jazz Ensemble to provide complimentary concert A limited number of tickets are still available for the upcoming free jazz concert being given by the SUNY Fredonia Jazz Ensemble. The concert is set for Tuesday, March 13 at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie beginning at 7 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to also register for part 2 of this special program, scheduled for April 25. Facilitating the program is Skip Weisman. Skip helps business leaders create a Champion Organization with an engaged, enthused and empowered workforce. For more information visit www.WeismanSuccessResources. com or e-mail This is a complimentary event thanks to the generous sponsorship of COBESO, Inc., The Studio at Stephanie’s, and Ulster Savings Bank. To register, please go to www. or call the Chamber at 845-454-1700 x1000.

nia School of Music is an internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate program. It provides the foundations of outstanding musicianship for all music majors and enriches the cultural life of the campus and community. In an environment oriented to the indi-

vidual, it endeavors to create musicians who will assume vigorous roles as leaders and participants in significant musical experiences. The concert is free and open to the public thanks for the generous sponsorship of Adams Fairacre Farms, Amici’s Restaurant, Davis Furniture and Paul Effman Music. Tickets are available by calling the Chamber at 845-454-1700 x1000.

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RibboN CUttiNGS

Bridgeway Federal Credit Union

Bridgeway Federal Credit Union cuts a ribbon during the grand opening celebration for their newest location inside the Walmart Supercenter in Fishkill.


Mid Hudson Medical Group

Mid Hudson Medical Group (6734 Route 9, Rhinebeck) cuts a ribbon to officially open their new office location.

Verizon Wireless

Dutchess County SPCA

Verizon Wireless (2544 South Road, Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon to commemorate the grand opening of their new storefront.

Staff at the Dutchess County SPCA pose during their online ribbon cutting to promote Spay Day on February 28.

Small Wonders Florist

Verizon FiOS

Small Wonders Florist (2345 Route 9, Poughkeepsie), located in the space previously occupied by Rood’s Florist, recently cut an online ribbon to showcase their floral arranging and photo framing/restoration services.

Verizon FiOS (1830 South Rd., Wappingers Falls), located in the Route 9 Plaza, cut an online ribbon to introduce their products and services to the community.


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Share your experiences as part of Career Night


ne of the key components to the success of the Youth Leadership program is exposing students to role models in the business community and giving them a broader sense of the opportunities available to them upon graduation and beyond. Each year, the 11th grade students from the Youth Leadership program are tasked with assisting in the planning of a Career Night, where over 30 business and professional leaders participate in roundtable discussions with students to discuss career and life strategies. This event is extremely useful for students as they benefit from talking to members of the business community and become aware of a number of different occupational fields, the education required and what it takes to get them there. Help us make our Career Night a success for our Youth Leadership students! Students are currently seeking more business professionals from areas of work such in Me-

dia, Sports Management, Architectural Studies, Financial Services, Medicine, Manufacturing and Human Resources. If you would

like to share your experience and become an tremendous resource for our students then please contact or

845.454.1700 ext. 1026. Career Night is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 21 at Beacon High School. For more

information about this event and/ or the Youth Leadership program, please visit our Foundation website at



Scholarship Deadline

Youth Leadership Career Night

Beacon High School 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm Sponsored by: Riverside Bank

For scholarship applications visit


Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner


College Campus Tour Dutchess Community and Marist College Sponsored by: TD Bank

5:30 pm Cosimo’s, Poughkeepsie


Annual Day of Golf

JunE 22

LEADERSHIP DUTCHESS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LEADERSHIP ORANGE PRESENTS Kathleen DeFreest, Guidance Counselor for Spackenkill High School with a student

Bowling Tournament

Special thanks again to our sponsors Health Quest Medical Practice, Navigator Money Management, Ulster Savings Bank and our gift sponsor EmbroidMe. Proceeds from the Bowling Tournament will benefit the Foundation Scholarship Fund and the Youth Leadership Program.

Wing Madness

2-5pm Billy Joe’s Ribworks $25 Wings ‘n things, beer, wine soda Sponsored by: Adams Fairacre Farms, Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Hudson Valley Marketplace, Marshall & Sterling, COBESO, Inc., Dash Lock & Key, Fortress Financial and Valley Group

Benefits the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Fund Links at Unionvale Shotgun 1 pm, Scramble Format

For more information about The Chamber Foundation’s Upcoming Events visit

Bowling Tournament sponsored by:


Brigid Gisolfi, ServiceMaster Clean with her family at the Chamber Foundation Bowling event held last month. Brigid’s daughter Erin is currently enrolled as a sophomore in the Youth leadership program.

WiN 2 tiCKetS to PUeRto RiCo

May 31st the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2012 will be hosting a drawing for a chance to win two round trip tickets to Vieques, Puerto Rico for 6 days and 5 nights! Only 850 tickets will be printed with a total of 12 prizes!

Drawing tickets will be sold at various Chamber Events. Leadership Dutchess is the flagship program of The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the non-profit educational organi-

zation of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community. Support of Leadership Dutchess will in turn benefit educational support to local high school seniors, future community leaders and Rebuilding Together.

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


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

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Charles S. north . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President karolyn osborne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . director, the Chamber Foundation, Inc.


MARCH 2012


Astor Public Policy Breakfast


The Gap Foundation proudly supports The Chamber Foundation Inc.

the Gap supports community


t’s easy to assume that “Think Local First” means to support only businesses owned by people in the Hudson Valley, but that’s a shortsighted view. At its core, thinking local first means to patronize those companies that care about you and where you live, and that’s a trait not limited to small businesses. Take The Gap for instance. Though based in San Francisco, they’re proud members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and extremely active in the Hudson Valley community. Built on the legacy of their founders, Doris and the late Don Fisher, Gap takes pride in being able to give back to those communities where are businesses are located and where our people call their homes. The Gap, through

their enormous distribution center just off I-84 in Fishkill and associated not-for-profit organization The Gap Foundation, pumps hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Hudson Valley every year. They’re among the largest corporate supporters of The Chamber Foundation, Inc., and have recently committed to raising at least $75,000 in order to build a house in the Hudson Valley for Habitat For Humanity among their many other charitable efforts. The Gap is a communitycommitted organization that lives by their Foundation’s motto of “Be What’s Possible.” It serves as their call to arms. They are passionate and proud of their involvement in the community and look forward to many more years of involvement in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

With a focus on youth in the developed world and women in the developing world, The Gap Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities that unleash potential, a mission that is made even more powerful by the work they do to support their non-profit partners and employee volunteers. For more information about The Gap Foundation visit To make a donation to help further their efforts, contact John Cronin at 845-8977676. The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit educational arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner with Gap, Inc. To learn more about how the Foundation’s efforts go hand-in-hand with The Gap Foundation’s mission, visit

here is still time to make your reservations for the 9th Annual Public Policy Breakfast, hosted by Astor Services for Children & Families and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. This complimentary event will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Mark Katz, who will speak on the topic, “Children Who Fail in School but Success in Life: Advances in our Understand of Human Resilience”. Dr. Katz will discuss the challenges children face in school and will illustrate with examples from across the country on how school can turn around the lives of children. Dr. Katz is a clinical and consulting psychologist in San Diego, and is the recipient of the 1998 Rosenberry Award, given yearly by

Astor Public Policy Breakfast Sponsored by:

Children’s Hospital in Denver in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the field of behavioral science. County Executive Marcus Molinaro will provide opening remarks. The breakfast is generously sponsored by Rose & Kiernan, M&T Bank and McCabe & Mack LLP. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations by calling the Chamber at 845-4541700 x1000.

Food pantry needs donations


he Beverly Closs Food Pantry at Dutchess Outreach is encountering bare shelves as a result of a demanding holiday season. The Food Pantry provides a three day supply of food to lowincome families, senior citizens, the unemployed and to those who are unable to work. There are people who are depending on the pantry to help them make ends meet, and right now it is difficult keeping up with that demand. In the past 4 months, there has been a 10% increase in the number of patrons

needing food for themselves and their families. Items needed the most include: canned meats (such as hash, stews, etc.), tuna, canned vegetables, fruits, soups, canned yams, potatoes, pasta/spaghetti with sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereals and juices. Anyone interested in donating food or conducting your own food drive should contact Carol Beck at (845) 454-3792 or visit www. for more information.

Chamber members invited to participate in Dutchess County Fleet Week


s its President, I am pleased to announce that the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is in complete support of the Dutchess County Fleet Week 2012 Committee’s fundraising efforts to bring up to 50 officers and crew members of the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), the official Navy vessel of Dutchess County, as honored guests to participate in Hyde Park’s Memorial Day Parade as well as the American Legion and National Park Service annual Memorial Day events.

Donations are needed to provide transportation, meals and lodging for the participating crew. Two donation opportunities are being provided. John Coppola, Sponsorships for President, Hyde Park businesses, cor- Chamber of Commerce porations and individuals are being offered at three levels: Ensign at $50, Commander at $100, Admiral at $150. Participa-

tion in any of these levels will receive recognition in the event program. However, donations in any amount will be graciously accepted. The second opportunity is entitled “AdoptA-Sailor”. For a $25 per person donation/reservation an individual will “adopt” a crew member of the USS Roosevelt and be invited to attend a picnic style dinner at Hyde Park’s Rogers Point Boat Club from 5-8 p.m. on May 28. Families of 4-6 members may donate $100 for this dining experience. All donation checks should be made payable to

Dutchess County Fleet Week 2012 and sent to: Mr. Ralph Osterhaudt Sr., Treasurer Dutchess County Fleet Week 2012 3 Pinewoods Rd. Hyde Park, NY 12538 Sponsorship donation checks should be appropriately noted and will be accepted up to May 15 for inclusion in the event program. “Adopt-A-Sailor” dinner reservation/donation checks should indicate that in the memo of the check

and will be accepted on a ‘first come/ first served’ basis due to capacity limitations of the Rogers Point Boat Club. April 1, 2012 is the deadline for these reservations. Please join the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce in helping to make this an event all of Dutchess County businesses and residents can be proud of. For additional information or to answer any questions, contact Committee Chairperson Carney Rhinevault at 845-229-8225 or via email at


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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. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

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MARCH 2012 Freedom Financial Solutions

3592 Route 9W Highland, NY 12528 845-691-4928 Free toothbrushing with take home toothbrush

2863 Route 9D Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-8421 10% discount on income tax preparation Free detailed Business Benchmark (a $500 value). This tool provides a complete financial picture of your company’s health and how your business compares to others in your industry.

Dutchess County SPCA, Inc.

Recycle Depot

PO Box 68, Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-214-0265 10% off all print products and design; 20% off all web design, Free consultation

Dirty Dogs Pet Services

636 Violet Avenue Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-454-5346 25% discount off the cost of pet adoption for the month of March

230 Van Wagner Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-452-3939 10% off haul charge for any size roll off dumpster. Sizes

available-10,12,15,20,30 and 40 cubic yards. *Some exceptions may apply. Sign up for weekly residential trash and recycling service and receive a month Free. *Presently 19.95 + tax per month.

Club membership (Business or Advantage Primaries) will receive a $25 or $10 gift card (depending on level of membership).

Royalty Carpet

Poughkeepsie, New York 12603 845-380-4241 10% discount for group or private lessons

288 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845-831-4774 Save 10% on our cleaning sevices

Sam’s Club

56 West Merritt Blvd. Fishkill, NY 12524 845-896-5883 From now through March 31, 2012, any chamber member and their associates who join or renew Sam’s

Two Left Feet Dance Studio

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

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