Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Recognizes Local Changemakers with Business Excellence Awards

For more than 20 years, nationally recognized nonprofit Think Dutchess Center for Economic Development has hosted the Business Excellence Awards, the Hudson Valley’s premier business event. Recognizing key businesses and nonprofit organizations making a significant economic impact on Dutchess County, the annual awards have in past years celebrated regional leaders like iPark84 as well as innovative changemakers such as The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory.

This year’s award ceremony took place on Oct. 27 at The Culinary Institute of America, continuing a tradition that has attracted hundreds of prominent business leaders in showcasing the people and companies that make Dutchess County, N.Y. a great place to live, work and visit.

“The Business Excellence Awards winners exemplify Dutchess County’s innovation, creativity and distinction,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “We are proud to bring together the entire business community in celebrating the outstanding individuals and companies that support economic development in our region and contribute to the immense growth happening right here in Dutchess County.”

The winners of the 2022 Business Excellence Awards are:

  • Grand Award: Kirchhoff Companies
    • Founded in 1986, Kirchhoff is an integrated real estate development, investment and management firm. Kirchhoff is dedicated to the growth and development of Dutchess County, contributing to the community through sponsorship, taking part in local events and building residential and commercial spaces that help increase jobs and housing in the area. As the developer of Eastdale Village, Kirchhoff has built a new live, work and play, mixed-use experience in Dutchess.
  • Innovator of the Year: Uncharted
    • Uncharted is an award-winning, MWBE-certified company on a mission to raise the standard of living for everyone. Demonstrating thought leadership, innovation, and commitment to youth community engagement, the Uncharted Platform is a software-as-a-service (SAAS) solution for securely centralizing and fusing infrastructure information. One of Uncharted’s successful initiatives includes securing a $1.8M grant to deploy an alternative modern standard for infrastructure development in Poughkeepsie; Uncharted has also reached 200+ students through their UPlift STEM/innovation program.
  • Small Business of the Year: Hybrid Electrostatic Industries (HES)
    • Operating out of iPark in Hopwell Junction, HES Industries designs and manufactures a device called an Electrostatic Chuck which is used to hold special material in place during the manufacturing of computer chips – successfully contributing to the dynamic semiconductor manufacturing industry in Dutchess County. HES has overcome COVID-related supply chain difficulties, developing new opportunities through growing partnerships and reaching out to local technical schools to work to employ their students.
  • Large Business of the Year: Arnoff Moving & Storage
    • Family-owned and operated since 1924, Arnoff Moving & Storage is focused on expanding their company while exceeding customers’ expectations. Through 2022, Arnoff has continued to adapt to the changes in the industry and economic environment while upholding their company commitment of giving back to the community.
  • Non-Profit of the Year: Family Services
    • Family Servicesbrings people together to improve lives and local communities, building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley. Founded in 1879, programs ranging from Community Safety to Family Programs serve over 14,000 individuals annually in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. Utilizing an evidence-based and research-based approach, Family Services strives to enhance their work by remaining open to innovation that will result in the best outcome for clients and the community.

 

For more information on the Business Excellence Awards and Think Dutchess Center for Economic Development, visit www.thinkdutchess.com or contact Amanda Gomes, Marketing and Development Manager.

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About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com.

 

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NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Application Closing Sept. 30

As of September 13, 2022, due to adjusted guidelines, your business may now be eligible for the NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant.

Governor Hochul announced that applicants of the grant no longer need to demonstrate positive net profit on 2019 Business Returns ($1 or greater) or at least a twenty-five percent (25%) loss in annual gross receipts in a year-to-year revenue comparison as of December 31, 2020, to the same period in 2019, in each case, as reflected on Grantee’s 2019 and 2020 filed federal tax returns, including any 2020 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment.

NOTE: Per the NYS website in the link below, existing applicants will be reexamined for eligibility and contacted by Lendistry via email. Please do not submit a new application, as this may be considered as potential fraud and disrupt the reexamination process.

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on September 30, 2022. All applications in progress must be fully completed with all required documents and banking information uploaded by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2022, to be considered for a grant.

If you have any questions, please contact nysmallbusinessrecovery@lendistry.com or call 1-877-721-0097 to speak to an ambassador.

Visit the grant page here to learn more

Two Opportunities for New York Businesses & Entrepreneurs Announced

Seed Funding Grant Program Now Open

Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge Applications Now Open

 

NYS Seed Funding Grant Program for Early Stage Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

This grant program will provide flexible grants to support early stage, micro and small businesses in a recovering New York State economy. The program will ensure that small businesses that opened shortly before or during the COVID-19 pandemic, have the funds to continue to operate and grow. The application portal opened as of September 14, 2022.

Governor Hochul states, “This first-in-the-nation Seed Funding Grant Program rounds out $1 billion in flexible funding to support both early-stage, and established small and micro-businesses. New York businesses were among the hardest hit nationwide at the height of the pandemic, but with this funding, we’re extending a lifeline to help them continue to grow and operate. Applications open tomorrow, and I encourage all New York business owners to take full advantage and be a part of New York’s remarkable recovery.”

The application and eligibility requirements can be found here.

 

Empire State Development Announces Applications Open for the New York State Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge

Will Leverage the Power of Advanced Materials to Promote Greater Environmental Sustainability and Drive Innovation Across the State. Empire State Development (ESD) announced the New York State Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge is open and accepting applications through September 30.

New York State-based innovators are encouraged to submit projects for the Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge that achieve one or more of these goals:

  • Reduce the use of toxic chemicals during manufacturing.
  • Shorten the supply chain to use locally-sourced and sustainable materials instead of materials that require long-distance transportation.
  • Identify, develop and/or validate alternative sustainable materials.
  • Reduce or eliminate the creation of harmful byproducts during manufacturing.
  • Reduce landfilling and/or repurpose waste from manufacturing or product end-of-life.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight states, “Advances in materials science are providing groundbreaking opportunities to replace or reduce the use of toxic or excessive materials in manufacturing while also developing new and improved high-performance products. The strongest proposals for the New York State Innovation Challenge will deliver positive change by using or developing advanced materials that are themselves sustainable while creating applications that promote environmental sustainability.”

Read the full announcement here

More details, including guidelines and the application, are available on Fuzehub’s website here

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Business Excellence Awards

Winners represent what makes our region Distinctly Dutchess – our community 

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – September 21, 2022

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Business Excellence Awards. Each fall, the annual awards recognize key businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact on Dutchess County.

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at The Culinary Institute of America  in Hyde Park, NY.  The winners were determined based on a variety of criteria which contribute to overall economic development including innovation, creativity, community engagement and total impact made in their respective industry.

The premier business event of the year will honor the following Dutchess County businesses:

  • Large Business of the Year: Arnoff Moving & Storage
    • Since 1924, Arnoff Moving & Storage has been a family-owned and operated, full-service moving and storage company. Arnoff focuses on ways to expand their company while providing the necessary services to exceed customers’ expectations. Through 2022, Arnoff has continued to adapt to the changes in the industry and economic environment while upholding their company commitment of giving back to the community.
  • Non-Profit of the Year: Family Services
    • Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley. Founded in 1879, programs ranging from Community Safety to Family Programs serve over 14,000 individuals annually in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. Utilizing an evidence-based and research-based approach, Family Services strives to enhance their work by remaining open to innovation that will result in the best outcome for clients and the community.
  • Small Business of the Year: Hybrid Electrostatic Industries (HES)
    • Operating out of iPark in Hopwell Junction, HES Industries designs and manufactures a device called an Electrostatic Chuck which is used to hold special material in place during the manufacturing of computer chips – successfully contributing to the dynamic semiconductor manufacturing industry in Dutchess County. HES has overcome COVID related supply chain difficulties, developing new opportunities through growing partnerships and reaching out to local technical schools to work to employ their students.
  • Grand Award: Kirchhoff Companies
    • Founded in 1986, Kirchhoff is an integrated real estate development, investment and management firm. Kirchhoff has remained dedicated to the growth and development of Dutchess County, contributing to the community through sponsorship, taking part in local events and building residential and commercial spaces that help increase jobs and housing in the area. As the Eastdale Village developer, Kirchhoff has built a new live, work and play, mixed-use experience in Dutchess.
  • Innovator of the Year: Uncharted
    • Uncharted is an award-winning, MWBE-certified company on a mission to raise the standard of living for everyone. Demonstrating thought leadership, innovation, and commitment to youth community engagement, the Uncharted Platform is a software-as-a-service (SAAS) solution for securely centralizing and fusing infrastructure information. One of Uncharted’s successful initiatives includes securing a $1.8M grant to deploy an alternative modern standard for infrastructure development in Poughkeepsie; Uncharted has also reached 200+ students through their UPlift STEM/innovation program.

Tickets are on sale now for the October 27th event at The Culinary Institute of America

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 

Visit www.thinkdutchess.com to purchase tickets or find out about sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Think Dutchess Adds to its Growing Team

June 30, 2022

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Announces New Director of Business Attraction and Marketing & Development Manager

Poughkeepsie, NY  – Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, recently added two new hires to its growing team: Philip Scarano III, Director of Business Attraction and Amanda Gomes, Marketing and Development Manager.

As the Director of Business Attraction, Philip Scarano III manages all business and investment attraction activities, working closely with Sarah Lee, CEO of the Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, to market the Dutchess County region alongside the Business Development and Marketing team. With more than twenty years of media publishing and marketing experience, Philip supports business investment and job creation goals in Dutchess County by expanding local partnerships and developing strategies to attract and retain companies in the region.

Philip joins Think Dutchess from AIN Publications, an aviation and aerospace publishing company, where he developed and managed logistical strategies for all onsite operations. Philip’s history of directorial roles informs his ability to lead a team of staff while developing multi-media marketing objectives that assess needs and introduce viable strategies and solutions to successfully promote and market the region.

Amanda Gomes also joins the Business Development and Marketing team. As the Marketing and Development Manager, Amanda executes the communication and fundraising goals of Think Dutchess, implementing and managing marketing, advertising, and media-relation objectives to communicate Think Dutchess’ impact to a wide variety of audiences.

Amanda comes to Think Dutchess with extensive experience in marketing communications and social media management. Having developed a marketing department from the ground up in her previous role as Marketing and Social Media Manager at an international company, Amanda leads a variety of marketing initiatives and campaigns from conception to completion. With a background in event management, Amanda thrives in dynamic and fast-paced settings and applies solution-based approaches to her work – from everyday responsibilities to crisis management.

“We’re thrilled to have Philip and Amanda join our Think Dutchess team,” said Sarah Lee, “Both Phillip and Amanda will play crucial roles in supporting business investment in the Hudson Valley.”

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkduchess.com.

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