Business Excellence Awards

Honoring Our Region’s Top Businesses

For over 20 years, the Business Excellence Awards celebration has attracted hundreds of prominent business leaders to recognize the people and companies that demonstrate unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of our region’s economy.

This year’s event will look different but rest assured that we will celebrate the innovation, resiliency, and success of our businesses during these unprecedented times. The Virtual Business Excellence Awards will be premiered in mid-November. This year’s event will honor the following businesses:

Innovator of the Year: Hudson Valley Concierge Service

Nonprofit of the Year: Community Family Development

Small Business of the Year: Story Screen Beacon

Large Business of the Year: Crepini

The Grand Award: Central Hudson

Special Recognition Award: Mary Kay Vrba


Each year, Think Dutchess hosts the Business Excellence Awards to showcase the impact and vital role that businesses large and small play in the overall economic development of Dutchess County. Award winners are outstanding representatives of the diversity of our region’s business community.

Businesses and nonprofits are recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability and contribution to Dutchess County growth. Winners have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the business community an impact on the lives of our citizens by creating jobs and increasing the tax base. Over the years, the scope of the Excellence Awards has grown to acknowledge leaders in innovation and significant individual contribution towards Dutchess County’s economic resilience and success.

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contributions toward making this event possible. Learn more about our sponsors and supporters in the digital Business Excellence Awards Digital Program.


This year, your support is appreciated even more! Our Stay-At-Home Celebration tickets from Essie’s, Twisted Soul Food Concepts and La Deliziosa not only provide “guests” and sponsors with a delicious meal like you would have experienced at the in-person event, but they show our support for the small business sector in Dutchess County. Thank you to all who purchased meals. We hope you will share them along with your congratulatory messages to the winners by tagging @ThinkDutchess on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and using the hashtags #ThinkDutchess and #2020BEAs. 

And now we present our 2020 Virtual Business Excellence Awards!







Corporate Sponsor
Innovation Challenge Leader Sponsor Central HudsonPartner Sponsor

Advocate Sponsors

Ashworth Creative

Guardian Self-Storage

Key Construction Services

Perreca Electric

Tompkins Mahopac Bank

United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region

Media Sponsor

J6 MediaWorks


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.