NORTH SALEM (August 27) – Labor Day – an American holiday honoring workers, past, present and future. That's exactly what the new, New York-based, dog treat company Good Reasons™ is doing each and every day – creating jobs, honoring workers and growing the American economy with treats for America's favorite pet – dogs!
Good Reasons’ number one goal is to create an integrated workplace that supports and values each of their employee’s unique ability to contribute to their work and mission. We have employees with both physical and cognitive challenges but recognize that while everyone has something to learn, more so, they have something to contribute. In turn, success at work creates success in their personal lives—building confidence, independence and smiles – lots of smiles!
The dog treats are produced locally. Packaging, quality review and distribution also occurs right here in the Hudson Valley. The entire production process of Good Reasons’ line of dog treats, from baking to packaging to shipping supports the not for profit’s integrated workforce or the programs of its parent company Community Based Services, Inc. – a company that provides services and supports to people with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Good Reasons assembly line
Good Reasons projects within the first 12 months of creation they will employ more than 25 people. That's 25 NEW American jobs – jobs that were not here last year. And equally as important we are employing a population that might otherwise be considered unemployable. Employees with physical and mental challenges, yet valuable skills, make a difference in their lives and in their community.
2014 Ulster County Business Recognition Award recipients announced
KINGSTON (August 28) - The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance have announced the recipients of their 10th Annual Business Recognition Awards. The awards recognize Ulster County entrepreneurs and businesses that are leaders in their sectors, have achieved outstanding results, or shown dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and in the Hudson Valley Region.
The 2014 recipients are:
Business Person of the Year - Scott Dutton
Business of the Year - The Reis Group
Small Business of the Year - Deising’s Bakery & Restaurant
Cultural Business of the Year - Hudson River Maritime Museum
New Building Project of the Year - Alfandre Architecture
Adaptive Re-Use Building - Patriots Project
Tourism Business of the Year - Mohonk Preserve
Heart of Ulster County Award - Robert Siracusano
“The Chamber would like to congratulate the winners and to offer special thanks to those who provided the nominations and the independent panel for the final selections,” said Ward Todd, president of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Todd further added that “these Best of Ulster County awards are peer-driven and an excellent way for the business community to recognize outstanding efforts.”
The awards will be presented on October 23, 2014 at Wiltwyck Golf Club.
New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce official accepts position at Mid-Hudson Civic Center
NEW PALTZ (August 28) - The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates its soon to be former Director of Marketing & Communications, Helen Gutfreund, on her new position of the same title at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.
Gutfreund has served the Chamber in the capacity of Director of Marketing & Communications for the past year and a half, but was also an active member of the organization for eight years when she owned Bodymind Massage Therapy in the Village of New Paltz. Gutfreund also served on the Board of Directors two years before selling her business to Chris Hall, its current owner, and heading back to SUNY New Paltz for her second degree in Art Education.
“I’m very excited about this new opportunity, but at the same time will be sad to leave the everyday goings-on in the wonderful business community here in New Paltz,” said Gutfreund. “ I’ve had the opportunity to make so many personal and professional connections through this organization. I wish the Chamber all the best.”
Gutfreund will remain in her position at the Chamber through mid-September and the Taste of New Paltz, the Chamber’s largest annual fundraising event.
The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, with more than 500 members, is an active and trusted voice in the regional business and residential community. www.newpaltzchamber.org
Two Ruby Group developments on regional Priority Project list
GOSHEN (August 22) – The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council announced their endorsements for the regional development projects deemed as high priority status, as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. Included in the Priority Project list are the Middletown Community Health Center, Inc.’s Pathway to Health project and the Equilibrium Brewery, both located in Middletown, N.Y. and partnered with local development firm The Ruby Group.
The Pathway to Health project, spearheaded by CEO Theresa Butler, will include a full renovation of nearly 28,000-plus square feet of a former Ontario & Western Railroad Train Station located in the City of Middletown. The project is seeking $1.8 million in funding from the Economic State Development Grant Fund in order to assist with environmental clean-up. The entire project is estimated at $10 million, and will convert the old station into a healthcare facility that will pair health center services along with diagnostic services with the goal of treating uninsured and underinsured Orange County residents.
The Equilibrium Brewery project, a company owned by environmental engineers Ricardo Petroni and Peter Oates, will be located on 28 Henry Street in the City of, Middletown. The project will include renovating the former meat packing building into a house brewing facility, tasting room, restaurant space and eventually apartments in phase two of development. The project is asking $227,000 out of the $1.14 million dollar project from the Economic State Development Grant Fund to be used towards brewing equipment, including a canning and conveyor belt system for processing.
O&W Depot, left, and Equilibrium Brewery
Both projects were able to secure endorsement due to the dedicated efforts and support from Middletown Mayor, Joseph Destefano, Department of Economic Development Director, Maria Bruni, and collaboration with the Common Council and area State Legislators.
“The Ruby Group is excited about the progress of these two projects and their endorsements as regional priorities,” said Ruby Group CEO, Peter Berman. “We are a local company and are anxious to begin work on developments that will help to bring economic potential, full-time jobs and a future to the respective local communities. Furthermore both projects came to us through the efforts of the Orange County Partnership, without their support and the support of County Executive Steve Neuhaus economic development in the area would be much more difficult”.
The Ruby Group is a project management, general contracting and consulting firm that serves developers, owners, landlords, tenants and investors in both commercial and residential real estate. Visit www.rubygrp.com.
Michelle Kehoe joins Real Estate Solutions
GOSHEN (July 30) - "Real Estate Solutions welcomes a new sales agent Michelle Kehoe to the team! Michelle Kehoe (formerly DeGraaf) was raised in Middletown.
While Michelle has spent most of her years living in the Middeltown/Scotchtown area, she has also lived in Bloomingburg, Highland Mills, and Westchester, as well as Shelton, CT.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Education. Michelle spent 10 years working in auto finance, but now enjoys teaching, working out, and spending time with her family and friends and 2 dogs.
Michelle considers herself to be patient, persistent and professional.
Focus Media names Tony Morino senior vice president of client services
GOSHEN (July 7) – Focus Media, Inc. has promoted Tony Morino to Senior Vice President of Client Services, where he handles relations with some of the agency’s largest clients.
Morino spearheads strategic initiatives and day-to-day marketing needs for a range of Focus Media clients, including Orange Regional Medical Center, Walden Savings Bank and Ulster County Tourism.
“Tony continues to show excellent management and client service that provide creative approaches to solve clients’ needs,” said Josh Sommers, President and CEO of Focus Media. “His extensive skills have helped us take on a growing portfolio of clients across the Hudson Valley.”
Sommers said that Morino’s steady progression at the agency is a reflection of his increasing value to the firm and his contribution to clients. Morino began at Focus Media in 2007 as a Public Relations Strategist, and then served as Director of Client Services and Vice President for Client Services. Before joining Focus Media, Morino spent eight years in broadcasting.
Focus Media, founded in 2002, is a multi-faceted communications organization specializing in public relations, advertising, market research, crisis management, design and web development.
O&R’s Mandara graduates from Leadership Orange
MIDDLETOWN (June 15) - Leadership Orange, a 10-month-long community leadership development program, graduated its most recent class last Wednesday at an event at the Winding Hills Golf Club in Montgomery.
L-R: Karen Miller, the Board President of Leadership Orange; one of the new Leadership Orange graduates,
Middletown resident Joe Mandara, O&R’s Section Manager – Gas Operations; Karolyn Thompson, the Executive Director
for Leadership Orange; and O&R Public Affairs Manager and Goshen resident Eric Fuentes, who also is a
Leadership Orange graduate and a member of its Board of Directors.
HVEDC President/CEO joins New York State Economic Development Council Board of Directors
NEW WINDSOR (May 27) - Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Laurence Gottlieb has joined the New York State Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors, effective May 21, in representation of the Hudson Valley region.
The NYSEDC is the state’s principal organization representing economic development professionals. Its purpose is to promote the economic development of the state and its communities, encourage sound practices in the conduct of regional and statewide development programs, and to develop education programs that enhance the professional development skills of NYSEDC’s over 900 members. The Board of Directors and members of NYSEDC represent the highest standards of their profession, and have unparalleled experience and expertise working with state and local economic development programs.
“I’m honored to have been asked to become a member of NYSEDC's Board of Directors,” said Gottlieb. “This vital organization provides exceptional, essential support to HVEDC and other development professionals; I look forward to supporting the Board in achieving their goals throughout the state.”
Gottlieb is a strategic communications executive who has more than 25 years of senior management experience. He is co-founder of both the NY BioHud Valley biotechnology cluster development coalition and Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance, which promote regional industry growth through aggressive marketing campaigns and innovative programming, such as mini-MBAs for biotech executives and venture capital tours of food and beverage hubs.
Additionally, he is founder of Hudson Valley 3D Printing (HV3D), HVEDC’s latest cluster initiative which lead to the creation of the Hudson Valley Advance Manufacturing Center and the nation’s first MakerBot 3D Printing Innovation Center at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. HV3D promotes advanced manufacturing as an economic driver for the region, combining state-of-the-art equipment with the expertise and curriculum needed to give students hands-on training for this growing industry. In December 2013, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council awarded SUNY New Paltz $1 million to support its 3D Printing program.
“NYSEDC sees the Hudson Valley as a key area of economic development in the future of New York State and Larry Gottlieb will be an important part of that development,” said Brian T. McMahon, executive director of NYSEDC. “As a strategic partner of ours in the Hudson Valley, Larry will provide exceptional insight regarding development initiatives and key industries in that region.”
Decker and Barton
Port Jervis May 2014 Business of the Month: Alice’s Fourth Ward Deli
PORT JERVIS (May 19) – The Port Jervis Mayor’s Office announces that our Business of the Month for May is Alice’s Fourth Ward Deli. The deli is owned and operated by Marlene Barton. Marlene was born and raised in the Tri-State Area and has been in the dining industry for many years. Alice’s opened in July of 2000 and is located at 100 Ball Street.
They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also have daily specials, hot and cold sandwiches, homemade salads and soups and catering for all occasions. Delivery is also available.
Alice’s Deli is open Monday through Saturday from 5 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 6 am to 5pm. They accept cash or EBT only.
For more information about this business or to place an order, stop by 100 Ball Street or call (845) 856-8944.
To submit an application to be considered for “The Business of the Month” please visit www.portjervisny.org and click on the ‘Business of the Month’ tab on the left side
Field Goods expands delivery service to Westchester and Dutchess
ATHENS (May 14) - Field Goods, a subscription delivery service that delivers small farm produce to customers at workplace and community locations, has expanded its service territory to begin deliveries in Westchester & Dutchess Counties. The service area expansion is a natural extension of the exponential growth the company has experienced since its launch in 2011. The company currently delivers to over 2,000 customers in 9 Hudson Valley counties.
"Our success in the Capital District and mid and upper Hudson Valley has inspired us to extend our reach into the lower Hudson Valley" said founder and President Donna Williams.
"When starting up the company, I learned that small farms sell chiefly through farm stands, farmers' markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) organizations, but that these localized outlets did not reach many consumers." said Williams. "I started Field Goods to fill that need -- to bring healthy, locally sourced food to more people and to serve both buyers and farms."
Field Goods delivers more than 150 different varieties local produce purchased from over 60 small farms to its subscribers at over 300 locations from Saratoga to Yonkers. Each week customers receive a bag of fresh local produce selected for them by Field Goods.
"It's another way of getting fresh food for the folks who are too busy with their kids on weekends to make it to the farmers market," said Tom Gossett, owner of Gosset Brothers Nursery in South Salem. "It's a nice service and we're delighted to have them."
A recent Field Goods study found that 80 percent of customers stated their diet had improved through Field Goods deliveries of healthy, locally-sourced food, and that 25 percent reported significant improvements.
Rhinebeck Branch Manager Deborah Kerr welcomes their
first customer, member Dan Michaluk
HVFCU opens Rhinebeck branch
POUGHKEEPSIE (May 13) - Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union opened a new branch at 6740 Route 9 in Rhinebeck, New York. With approximately 4,225 square feet of space, this location offers members five teller windows, two drive-up teller windows, both drive-up and walk-up ATMs, a coin machine, and an iPad station for conducting online transactions. Like other HVFCU branches, Rhinebeck will be open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Deborah Kerr, an HVFCU employee for over 27 years, will be the Branch Manager at this new Rhinebeck location.
“We are pleased to join the Rhinebeck community and look forward to serving new and existing HVFCU members in the area,” said Mary Madden, HVFCU’s President and CEO. “Residents in northern Dutchess County have wanted an alternative to our Hyde Park facility, and with this Rhinebeck branch we are able to give them better access to the products and services we offer.
Turner Construction managed construction of the new branch office from designs by the architectural firm Mauri Associates Architects PC. Arris Contracting Company of Poughkeepsie was the site’s general contractor.
HVFCU is a full service, not-for-profit financial cooperative for individuals and businesses, offering real estate and consumer loans, a wide variety of savings and transactional accounts, investment services, property and casualty insurance, estate planning, and trust services, with more than $3.8 billion in assets, Visit hvfcu.org.
Trade Association announces new name and partnership
NEW WINDSOR (May 3) – The Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, a trade association representing the residential, remodeling and light commercial building industries in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley has announced that it has a new name and national affiliation. In addition to being the only local affiliate for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), The Hudson Valley Builders & Remodelers Association – as it is now known – will also be the sole regional partner for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry or NARI’s core purpose is to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose. In addition to consumer information and awareness, the regional Association’s goals are achieved through member purchasing programs, government advocacy and enhanced professionalism through education and designation programs.
“This new partnership marks a monumental accomplishment for us and allows ours to be the first organization in North America to provide its members with access to both NAHB & NARI.” notes Executive Officer Scott Wohl. “This working arrangement will benefit our members by reducing membership costs and creating greater opportunities as well as consumers by allowing us to more effectively communicate the importance of using builders and remodelers that are committed to adhering to Codes of Ethics and professional excellence.”
Originally establish in 1952, the HVBRA is committed to increased consumer confidence in the industry and professionalism among its builders, remodelers and affiliated trades.
For more information about Association members, programs or outreach, visit www.hvbuilder.com
Homewood Suites Newburgh receives “Connie Pride Hotel Award of Merit”
NEW WINDSOR (May 3) – Homewood Suites Newburgh, an upscale, residential-style, 125-suite, extended stay hotel located at Stewart Airport, is pleased to announce that it has been named recipient of the 2013 Connie Pride Hotel Award of Merit. This is the second consecutive year that Homewood Suites Newburgh has won this prestigious award, having last year accepted the award for 2012.
The recipients of the Connie Pride Award, named after Conrad Hilton, are considered the most esteemed group of award winners within the Hilton organization. The purpose of these awards is to recognize hotels performing within the top ten percent of the Hilton brand, as measured in various categories. Cleanliness, condition, adherence to brand standards, staff service (as indicated by customer satisfaction scores), and the quality of the hotel’s physical accommodations are all factored in. Hotels receiving the award are presented with a trophy, a monetary prize, and special recognition during a series of regional brand meetings.
When asked to explain her thoughts on how it is that Homewood Suites Newburgh was twice honored with this important award, General Manager Kathy Russo answers, “We live the Homewood vision, which is all about being a true home for our traveling guests. We have many regular clients: Our staff members take the time to inquire about their families, we stock their favorite beers, we assign them their favorite suites, we even save them dinner if they let us know they’re running late.”
“Of course we sometimes make mistakes, as does any business,” Russo said. “But I think the difference is in how we react to them.”
A recent TripAdvisor entry entitled “All Smiles” sums up the Homewood Suites Newburgh allure nicely.
“Every staff member I saw smiled — cleaning, maintenance, and desk staff.” In fact, nearly 96 percent of the travelers reviewing Homewood Suites Newburgh on TripAdvisor, which is known as the world’s largest travel website, rated the hotel “excellent.”
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