This year’s pool of nominees created an enormous challenge for our selection committee. With more than 30 businesses and nonprofits highlighting the incredible value that they provide to the community and the economy, the decision to choose just one winner was difficult.
Nonetheless, a pattern emerged in the selection that saw an emphasis on organizations that were building their businesses through a common element- community impact. Many of the organizations nominated positioned their businesses to succeed not just through standard business development, but through investing time and resources into serving a greater cause. The winners selected this year not only are pivotal to job creation and economic growth but serve as true community champions making Dutchess County a great place to live, work and play.
And the winners are…
Small Business of the Year: Prime Print Shop
A local print shop serving the Hudson Valley’s professional, municipal and educational communities. Celebrating its 10th year in business, Prime Print is a community ally investing time and money to donate and support local organizations earning a win-win in business and community support
Large Business of the Year: The Chazen Companies
Headquartered in Poughkeepsie since 1947, The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned firm specializing in engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning and traffic engineering for private and public sector clients. Taking a community-minded approach, Chazen looked to develop and expand local business relationships to benefit not only Chazen, but the greater business community as well.
Innovator of the Year: Titan Barrel Works
Titan Barrel Works is a manufacturer of a new type of ppatent-pending barrel for the wine, spirits, beer and cider industries. Offering its clients a cost-effective way to age beverages, this company is also reducing wood waste through its innovative processes;
Nonprofit of the Year: Unshattered
“Making broken pieces whole again.” A social enterprise providing pathways toward economic independence and sustained sobriety for women winning their fight against addiction.
The Grand Award- Business of the Year, MidHudson Regional Hospital of WMC
Overcoming great challenges, MidHudson Regional Hospital has never let go of its commitment to improving and providing services that have been in place for over 100 years. Investing significantly in internal infrastructure, technology and staff, this top employer continues to forge strong relationships within the community.
The Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards will be held November 1, 2018 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are on sale now.
Join us for this special 20th-anniversary event with keynote speaker, Bill Stainton.
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