Five Ways Think Dutchess Supports Entrepreneurs

It’s National Entrepreneur Day!  Dutchess County recognizes that the key to building a strong community is a strong ecosystem of local businesses. Dutchess County has rich history of entrepreneurs like Adams Fairacre Farms, Dorsey Metrology, Efco Products and Schatz Bearing Co. who have called Dutchess home for decades.

We recognize that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbones of our cities. We are proud of our entrepreneurial communities like Beacon, Millbrook, Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie that continue to provide innovative ideas and efforts, and develop products recognized both locally and worldwide. Companies like Crown Maple, More Good, Sloop Brewing, Salleyander Soap, Screamin’ Onionz, Unlimited Tomorrow are leading entrepreneurial growth here in Dutchess.

One of our biggest strengths in driving economic growth has always come from this entrepreneurial spirit. A spirit that creates a constant source of jobs, innovation and revenue that drives a diverse industry base keeping a steady influx of capital flowing into the local economy. From business services and a range of products, to restaurants and manufacturing facilities, Think Dutchess provides services to businesses of all sizes to keep that spirit strong.

We understand the dynamics of entrepreneurship. Some businesses that start small will grow quickly to employ many people and increase production rapidly. Others will remain small, following a more gradual growth path. Whatever your path, here are five key ways we support entrepreneurs and small/medium businesses:

  • Build your Dutchess County WorkforceWe provide access to a network of resources that work alongside your growth.

From workforce development incentives available from the Dutchess Community College, Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and Empire State Development, to commercial real estate analysis and site selection support, we can help you find the people and space you need to scale your business.

  • Think Dutchess helps you navigate regulatory process and remove barriers to entryWe simplify processes.

Our experts help simplify regulatory processes and remove barriers that can slow your growth. We can help navigate and anticipate compliance and regulation procedures including permitting and review processes, licensing and zoning.

 

  • Think Dutchess increases your access to capitalWe expand access to capital.

Whether you need assistance with deal structuring, access to funding or just perfecting your pitch and business plan, we can introduce you to people like Community Capital, Hudson Valley Start-up Fund, SBDC and WED-C to keep the ideas, and cash flow, coming.

  • Think Dutchess gets you networking like a proWe grow your network.

From meetups and co-working spaces to keep you inspired to important face-to-face meetings to get you to your next milestone, Think Dutchess will get you networking like a pro!

  • We encourage innovation.

We know the greatest entrepreneurs are the ones that dare to challenge the status quo.  If you are an idea/seed stage company that is seeking to disrupt an industry and develop their idea here in Dutchess, apply to compete in the Innovation Challenge- Think Dutchess’ entrepreneurial pitch competition that aims to launch the next great business idea.  Applications are being accepted now through December 31, 2018.  Compete and gain all of these services and more cash and prizes to take your business to the next level.

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