Save the Date! 20th Anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards are open!  Nominate the Dutchess County businesses that have earned a reputation for excellence, service and innovation to be honored at this year’s special anniversary event.

Save the date, Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 5:30 to 9 pm, where the Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year will be honored at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Innovative Manufacturer, Titan Barrel Works, Seeks to Expand Production and Create Jobs

In 2017, entrepreneurs Michael Georgacopoulos and his partner Christopher Kay sought to reinvent the cooperage business to make things easier, and create more affordable options for wine and spirits manufacturers to barrel-age their products.  The result was an innovative stainless-steel and wood barrel that is revolutionizing the industry.

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As demand and production increase, Titan Barrel Works continues to grow here in Dutchess County.  Adding up to 20 new jobs by the end of the year, the company’s projected growth and ability to produce 40-50k barrels Titan Barrel could add up to 150 jobs to the area.


International Women’s Day

For decades, women in Dutchess County have been trailblazing paths in business.  Today, on International Women’s Day, and every day- we are proud of the women who set prime examples, push the boundaries, and contribute to our communities in so many ways. Read more about the women impacting business and life here in Dutchess County.
















Dutchess County’s Fastest Growing Industry

Mixing a $50 million agricultural sector with revitalizing Hudson River cities, Dutchess County is home to many successful farm-based ventures. 


Last month, Think Dutchess hosted five national agri-business journalists to discover how Dutchess leads New York’s $3.5 billion craft beverage economy.
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Stops on our press trip ranged from farmlands to distillery floors to a visit at New York’s first standalone TASTE NY store, located at Todd Hill Rest Stop in Dutchess. Journalists also learned how farm-based startups like SHADY KNOLL and DENNING’S POINT DISTILLERY are successfully establishing roots in Dutchess, especially thanks to the CRAFT NEW YORK ACT.
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Dutchess County is home to many PRESERVED FARMLANDS – a rare offering considering the American Farmland Trust reports that the U.S. loses 40 acres of farmland each hour.
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Production on Dutchess farms range from dairy and cattle to apples and flowers, including leaders like JSK CATTLE, HUDSON VALLEY COLD PRESSED OILS and BATTENFELD FARM. Many farmers also supply nationwide, like MIGLIORELLI FARM, which partners with Blue Apron.
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While Dutchess County is already home to top companies like Crown Maple and Harney & Sons Fine Teas, we strive to increase our number of agri-business startups and foreign companies.
That’s why Think Dutchess will lead a group of leaders from government, tourism and the private sector to Israel – a global leader in fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems. On the trip, we’ll meet with Israeli agri-business and tech companies interested in investing in Dutchess and participate in a knowledge exchange on growing our agri-business industry.
To learn more about what Think Dutchess is doing to keep Dutchess County business growing, sign up for our Newsletter and visit our News & Events page.

Fueling the Talent Pipeline

Dutchess County places a priority on education.The county offers five highly regarded institutions of higher education – three which rank among Princeton Review’s “2017 Best Colleges” – and all which support a robust talent pipeline.
That talent pipeline is suited to meet today’s changing business needs. Each year, there are 25,000 total students enrolled in Dutchess County colleges and thousands stay upon graduation, including a large population of millennials – a local demographic expected to grow 21 percent by 2025.

Marist College: A Local Talent Pool for IBM, NBC, and HBO

 As our partner sponsor in the Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge, Marist has significant influence in educating future IT and engineering professionals, thanks the school’s CLOUD COMPUTING & ANALYTICS CENTER. Partnering with IBM for more than 30 years, the center provides Big Blue and other companies with an ample talent pool of highly-skilled recruits.
A popular private liberal arts college, MARIST COLLEGE is also home to the MARIST POLL, which utilizes up to 300 undergraduates each semester to conduct polls for the WSJ, NBC News, HBO Real Sports, and more.

Vassar College: The Birthplace of “Hamilton”

An influential private liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, lin-manuel-miranda-powerhouse-theater-vassar-collegeVASSAR COLLEGE was home to the early development of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, HAMILTON. Today, Vassar employs 1,100 people and has a wide range of academic offerings, like Chinese, Anthropology, Physics, and Economics.
Last year, Vassar opened the $125 million Bridge-for-Laboratory-Sciences-Vassar-College-Integrated-Science-CommonsBRIDGE FOR LABORATORY SCIENCES, which is an 82,000-square-foot integrated science commons for eight of the school’s prestigious science departments, including a robotics lab.
The school is also home to VASSAR FARM, a 500-acre working farm and ecological preserve where students engage in research projects, providing training and resources for Dutchess’ competitive agri-business industry.

The Culinary Institute of America: Where Food Means Big Business


A premier culinary school, the 170-acre CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA at Hyde Park is where world-renowned chefs like Anthony Bourdain, “Cake Boss” Duff Goldman, and Roy Yamaguchi cut their teeth.

Today, CIA students have an average of six job offers upon graduating and go on to work at top restaurants and food companies, if not planning to start their own unique ventures. A partnership with 3D SYSTEMS also allows students to explore the possibilities of 3-D printing, innovating the future of food worldwide.

Bard College: Arts and Culture Fit for the Bard Himself

Ranked the nation’s fourth most innovative national liberal arts college by US News & World Report, BARD COLLEGE graduates nearly 2,000 alumni each year.Fisher-Center-at-Bard-College
Known for arts and culture, Bard is home to the Frank Gehry-designed FISHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. During the summer, it produces two of the most ambitious and highly anticipated performing arts festivals in the country: SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival. The college is also a top Dutchess County employer, employing 1,800 people.

SUNY Dutchess: Providing Tech Skills to Today’s Workforce 

Offering the lowest tuition of any college or university in New York, SUNY DUTCHESS
graduated 1,142 students this year, ranging from ages 18 to 68.
Their $2.6 million E-TECH (Engineering, Technology, Early College High School) program prepares students for skilled tech jobs. The program enrolls 400 students and is an initiative between the City of Poughkeepsie School District, Central Hudson, and The Chazen Companies.dutchess-community-college
Employing 926 people, SUNY Dutchess is also an economic driver in Dutchess and taxpayer return is currently calculated at nine times its original investment.

Success Stories: Niche Modern

Company Profile: Niche Modern

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.

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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.

Niche_Modern_1Regardless 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.

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction.

Think Dutchess Wins Three NYSEDC Awards!

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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

Announcing the Innovation Challenge!

Th!nk Dutchess Alliance For Business

To Host The Innovation Challenge


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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

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


Contact Info: Rachel Welch Communications Coordinator, Th!nk Dutchess Alliance For Business 845-463-5400 ext. 5401


Success Stories: 4th State Metals


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.

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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.”

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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,

Check out the inaugural issue of Think Dutchess Magazine!

As we ethink-dutchess-magazine-covernter a new year and endure the winter doldrums, Think Dutchess is pleased to share the inaugural issue of Think Dutchess Magazine, a publication dedicated to sharing the success stories, development and innovation happening right here in Dutchess County.

On these pages, you’ll find profiles of some of our most creative entrepreneurs and leaders in both business and academia.

Whether it’s our legendary tech sector, anchored by IBM and GlobalFoundries, or our burgeoning agri-business industry changing the way people think about foodthink-dutchess-magazine-table-of-contents and drink, this magazine will give you an overview of the plethora of historic and new activity in Dutchess County.

With more than $3 billion in projects in development or under construction, Think Dutchess has positioned itself strategically to support and assist all businesses – from the garage based start-up to the large-scale research and development project.

Working successfully with businesses to find creative ways to structure and grow your organization, Think Dutchess provides a one-stop shop for getting started in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Of course, our stories are much better in person. If you’d like to visit Dutchess County or see some of our available properties, we’d be happy to arrange a tour.

#ThinkDutchess for business… and for life.


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.