Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Announces 2021 Virtual Business Excellence Awards Winners

 Four businesses recognized for their ability to thrive, expand, innovate and strengthen the Dutchess County workforce and community post-pandemic.

September 28, 2021


Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Business Excellence Awards. Although originally scheduled as in-person event, out of an abundance of caution the event is going virtual with a video premiere on the Think Dutchess YouTube channel on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

The second virtual event will honor the following Dutchess County businesses:

“After a year that challenged our entire business community, our Business Excellence Awards winners proved that no matter the challenge, innovation, resilience and success are possible when businesses remain committed to their community roots,” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “Despite navigating an ever-changing business climate, these four businesses never lost sight of providing services far beyond their traditional product and service offerings. Their commitment to growth, consistent employment, development and better futures for our residents and Dutchess County are inspirational– and we are honored to celebrate them.”

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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. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit


Food & Wine Magazine Ranks Dutchess County Ice Cream Shop Top in NY State

Tivoli’s Fortunes Ice Cream Named Best Ice Cream in NY State by Food & Wine Magazine

Dutchess County residents are spoiled with the number of culinary options available. Dozens of top companies produce iconic food and beverage products in Dutchess County. Our food & beverage industry ranges from dozens of large manufacturers like Efco, Sloop Brewing and Crepini to the many small businesses and niche restaurants that are local favorites. Much of this luck is driven by a combination of factors that make Dutchess County a great place to live, work and play.

While residents know and love our hidden gems, it’s always exciting to see major publications give our small businesses the recognition they deserve. Tivoli’s Fortunes Ice Cream recently earned a prestigious nod from Food & Wine Magazine earning the title of Best Ice Cream in NY. Congratulations, Fortunes Ice Cream!

So what’s the secret recipe? Equal parts education and location. Fortunes owners, Brian Ackley and Lisa Farjam are the real-life recipe for success. The Bard College grads made the decision to relocate from Brooklyn to start this venture. Add just a sprinkle of the creativity you can find throughout the region, it’s no wonder, they have found success.


With more than 20,000 students enrolled full-time across our five universities and colleges, students coming to Dutchess County schools facilities are given an opportunity to learn everything from trade-specific skills in culinary arts to the business knowledge needed to scale.


Just 90 minutes from NYC, with easy access to major air, rail and road corridors, Dutchess County’s strategic location puts businesses within reach of 68 million U.S. and Canadian customers. More than that, our superior quality of life that combines bucolic scenery with city-like amenities makes our affordable and welcoming communities a desirable place to live and raise a family.

If you’re looking for some more spots to cool down with a sweet treat this summer check out these write-ups as well!

Dutchess Tourism- Must-Try Ice Cream Shops In Dutchess County

Hudson Valley Magazine: Cool Down at Three of the Hudson Valley’s Freshest Ice Cream Stands


And if you’re ready to start your business here in Dutchess County reach out to:

Chris Glancy, Director of Business Attraction



Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee, Featured on Medium’s Authority Magazine

The COVID pandemic has exposed a number of weaknesses and strengths across every industry. Leaders in all fields have been required to adapt and adjust to changing environments and community needs. The best leaders have been able to unite teams and create immediate and future impact on the industries they serve.

Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess was recently spotlighted as one of those leaders in Medium’s Authority Magazine. She has led the organization on impactful work, including recognition from the International Economic Development Council for their entrepreneurship program and marketing efforts. As CEO of Think Dutchess, she has facilitated over $2.5 billion in private investment in Dutchess County.

To learn more about Sarah’s achievements and goals to move Dutchess County forward in a post-pandemic environment, click on the photo below.

Think DUtchess CEO Sarah Lee
Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee



A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 11 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.