Mixing a $50 million agricultural sector with revitalizing Hudson River cities, Dutchess County is home to many successful farm-based ventures.
COMPANY PROFILE: MORE GOOD
People. Planet. Profit.
That’s More Good’s triple bottom line.
Founded in 2012, Jason Schuler identified an opportunity to impact the three things that defined his personal ethos of success. From behind the bar, Schuler took his knowledge of the beverage industry and passion for spices to create More Good. Beginning first with a line of handcrafted mixers and syrups to create healthier cocktails, demand for the syrups forced the company to quickly outgrow their 200 square foot facility. This rapid expansion led More Good to its current 2,000 square foot retail location which includes loose teas, bitters, spices and other bar accouterments in Beacon, NY. The location also serves as More Good’s manufacturing facility.
More Good’s location also operates a commissary kitchen and acts as a co-packing facility to support local food and beverage entrepreneurs. This multi-function facility is once again bursting at the seams and will be moving to a larger location in Dutchess County in the coming year.
Working closely with Dutchess County farms, artisans, and the community Schuler’s philanthropy is not just regional. More Good’s commitment to social responsibility leverages local success to create global impact. Through strategic partnerships, More Good has raised more than $25,000 to fund water wells in Ghana, Haiti and other developing countries.
Recently honored as our Business of the Year at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards, we are happy to have Jason be such an example of the way a business can thrive in Dutchess.
When Robb Turner and his wife, Lydia, began their search for the ideal family vacation home in 2007, they couldn’t have imagined a sweeter deal. After hunting for a getaway in Dutchess County, they landed on a picturesque 800-acre property in Dover Plains, lush with aged maple trees. Soon, neighbors began to tease them about tapping the land’s abundance of red and sugar maple trees for their golden insides.
The idea stuck. A former West Point engineer, Harvard Business School graduate and successful financier, Robb poured his efforts into developing what is today known as Crown Maple syrup. He tapped into the expertise of experts from Cornell University’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station to formulate a production process that would be sustainable, consistent, and create the purest, 100% organic syrup available.
Madava Farms, named for the Turner’s daughters Maddie and Ava, began its Crown Maple operations in 2010. Today, the company employs more than 30 people and produces syrup from 400,000 taps―the highest production rate in North America. Their estate also boasts one of the industry’s nicest sugarhouses, with more than 27,000 square feet of gleaming stainless steel production machines, each optimized for sustainable production.
Crown Maple products have received accolades from The Wall Street Journal and have even held a spot on the White House dinner table. New York chefs at gourmet restaurants like Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Lincoln Ristorante prefer Crown Maple throughout their food and cocktail menus, while the company’s products also grace the shelves of stores like West Elm, Dean & DeLuca, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods and more.
Looking ahead, the Turners are dedicated to further growing their business in Dutchess County. Through a recent county grant, Madava Farms expanded as an agri-tourism destination by adding a café to the property. They’ve also partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County to provide youth development programs and lead presentations on agricultural real estate development opportunities in the region.
For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, at 845.463.5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Innovation Challenge at Marist College on September 14th was an enormous success. Thank you to all who attended!
We are grateful to Ross Media, who compiled this video footage of the event and to our very own CFO, Marilyn Yerks who captured these images throughout the evening.
In the Young Business Category, the winner is Richard Romano of Screamin’ Onionz.
Presenting a passionate presentation with a thorough go to market strategy and impressive footholds in place to propel his business forward, Screamin’ Onionz is the winner of a $1,500 check presented by William A. Smith & Son Insurance as well as other invaluable business services from our prize sponsors that will keep his business safely and smartly scaling as he continues to grow.
In the Pre-Venture Business Category, the winner is Danny Gonzalez of Facticiti.
The Pre-Venture category was a neck-and-neck race between potentially disruptive technologies. Ultimately, Facticiti presented a strong assessment of the current landscape and the way this unique algorithm could change the way employees and employers search for jobs and candidates. Facticiti is the winner of $1,000 and business services from our prize sponsors. Additionally, the Pre-Venture Business will benefit from the increased exposure and connections to potential investors to spur their momentum.
We would like to thank our partner sponsor Marist College and our event sponsors Central Hudson, IBM, Key Construction Services, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region. A special thanks to our prize sponsors: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Judelson, Giordano and Seigel CPA, PC, CUBE (Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law, Catskill Hudson Bank and to Tony Fareed of Marist College, Bridge Global Capital Group and 360 Acceleration, and Luke Stangel of Dandelion Energy who provided invaluable coaching and mentorship for our contestants.
“Facticiti is a solution for young adults with the desire to discover their passions and explore opportunities. At Facticiti, it’s about helping 100 million people to get excited about going to work every day.”
Telelingo believes that distracted driving is not only a problem, but it’s also preventable. As a result, they created LingoFit- “a digital assistant using machine vision and AI to manage driver’s attention and drowsiness.” LingoFit aims to provide the ultimate co-pilot.
“While others are trying to blow you away with the Hottest Heat,” Screamin’ Onionz decided that flavor was the most important aspect of a condiment. A versatile condiment “that’s kinda like onions in hot sauce, the focus is on the best flavor with the fewest ingredients and no added sugar.”
Finergy is a locally owned and operated company in Dutchess County. “Finergy provides services in areas such as; bookkeeping, invoicing, budget, forecast, gross profit analysis and many other financial tasks.”
Follow our contestants journey on Facebook and Instagram. Also be sure to tune into Wake up with Rhinebeck Bank on HVNN on Sept. 4th to learn more about their business. Finally, watch all four compete live at Marist College on September 14th, and help determine the winner at the Innovation Challenge! Limited seats are available so buy your tickets now to influence innovation!
When Jeremy Pyles accidentally backed his company van into a brand-new Mercedes in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, he knew it was time for a change. Frustrated with the challenges of working and living in New York City―expensive rent, lack of available space, congested streets and a lifestyle constrained by urban confines―Jeremy began actively seeking new opportunities. After renting out a Hudson Valley home with his wife and young children as their “weekend escape,” he found Dutchess County.
Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Niche Modern, a luxury lighting company which handcrafts stunning glass fixtures at their headquarters in Beacon, NY. Founded in 2003 as a retail store in New York City’s East Village, the company spent its formative years hopping around the city, including a stint at a warehouse in Brooklyn. After realizing that Niche couldn’t scale up successfully due to Brooklyn’s pricey location and poor logistics infrastructure, Jeremy and company relocated to Dutchess County in 2006.
Today, Niche produces their signature modern lighting in a 20,000 sq. ft. former bronze foundry in Beacon―a creative city where craft manufacturers are flourishing. Due to a growing number of employees, friends and neighbors also relocating from Brooklyn, Jeremy even jokes that Beacon is now nicknamed “NoBro”: the newest New York City neighborhood, just north of Brooklyn.
From chandeliers to pendants to table lamps, Niche Modern products are sold around the globe, with approximately 20 percent directly shipping to international markets. Niche’s work has been featured in top publications like The New York Times, ELLE Décor, Better Homes & Gardens and Dwell.
Regardless of success, the company is still authentically dedicated to the Dutchess community. With a passionate motto of “made, not manufactured,” Niche proudly states that 100 percent of their products are handmade in Beacon, New York.
Think Dutchess Alliance For Business
Winner of Three NYSEDC Marketing Awards
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – May 24, 2017 – Think Dutchess Alliance for Business announced today that it has been named a winner for in multiple categories of the New York State Economic Development Council marketing awards. The awards include wins for: Best in Class Website, Best In Class Multi-Media Advertising Video, and a Certificate of Excellence for the Think Dutchess Magazine Development Brochure.
NYSEDC has been the state’s principle organization representing economic development professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities for more than 40 years. The annual marketing awards are open to economic development organizations throughout the state in two budget categories and recognizes excellence in economic development marketing while encouraging creativity to impact community and business outlook.
“It is a great honor to receive these awards. Our goal at Think Dutchess is to advocate the existing assets of the business community and raise awareness to the endless possibility that Dutchess County holds” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “Creating these pieces serves as testament to the distinguished community we serve and the positive impact we create.”
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, N.Y. A business-led, nationally recognized organization, its 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.
To learn more, visit www.thinkdutchess.com
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – April 10, 2017 – Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business announces The Innovation Challenge. An entrepreneurial competition for new and fledgling businesses in Dutchess County, this business accelerator and pitch competition sponsored by Th!nk Dutchess and its partners, supports the thought leadership and rapid economic development of the region. An array of prizes include cash, access to professional services, networking opportunities, an invitation to the Business Excellence Awards, and more to be announced.
The competition will feature two categories, Pre-Venture Start-Ups and Existing Business. Eligible applicants are Hudson Valley residents ages 18 and older with a pre-venture startup or existing business less than 3 months old. Applicants from any industry will be required to submit business plan summaries and an application on the Th!nk Dutchess website. Winners will present to a panel of highly respected local and regional judges September 14, 2017.
“Dutchess County thrives on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in the region. It is the mission of Th!nk Dutchess to empower businesses to develop and grow this talent,” stated Sarah Lee, CEO of Th!nk Dutchess. “Given our unique, ‘one-stop shop’ ability to provide a wealth of information that young and growing businesses need, we are thrilled to be able to host this event. This competition will help increase the awareness and opportunities for companies to engage individuals who offer unique perspectives and value propositions.”
Teams will be selected based on their business idea, skills, background, ability to execute and the likelihood that product or service will resonate within the market. Contest opens April 3, 2017. Application and business plan summaries must be submitted through the Th!nk Dutchess website by July 21, 2017 at 5pm. Official rules can be found at thinkdutchess.com
About Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business
Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, N.Y. A business-led, nationally recognized organization, its mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Th!nk 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.
To learn more, visit www.thinkdutchess.com
Contact Info: Rachel Welch Communications Coordinator, Th!nk Dutchess Alliance For Business 845-463-5400 ext. 5401
What happens when two guys in Brooklyn – one an artist, the other an engineer – get together around some serious heavy machinery? 4th State Metals. And what happens when the original Brooklyn shop is rezoned and rents are raised? You open your next facility in Dutchess County, N.Y.
Dave Markusen-Weiss and Isaac Sprachmen are co-founders of 4th State Metals, an award-winning creative design and machinery firm with industrial, artistic and private clients looking to make a statement through engineering and design. After needing more production room beyond their Brooklyn footprint, 4th State Metals opened a second location in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in 2016.
Searching for space to design and create their larger pieces of art, they found a building that worked for their immediate production needs, with room to expand and grow their business. Choosing warehouse space along the Cottage Street Industrial District in Poughkeepsie allowed them to operate “in three times as much space at ten percent less of what they paid in Brooklyn.”
With strong connections and customers in New York City and surrounding areas, 4th State Metals chose Dutchess County not only for the business-friendly costs, but also for the location. With Metro-North and Amtrak trains available for their customers and employees, as well as access to interstate highways like I-87, I-84 and I-95 for the logistics and distribution of materials and installments, the City of Poughkeepsie proved the ideal spot to take their business to the next level.
For more information on locating your business in Dutchess County, N.Y., contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, 845.463.5404, email@example.com
A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agencies under one unified vision for one-stop shop site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking.