Whether you’re a creative, entrepreneur, senior executive or inventor, Dutchess County allows business to create, innovate and prosper in today’s global economy.

If you’re looking to start a business in Dutchess County, NY, Think Dutchess can help build your business plan and structure, obtain licenses and permits, search and select property, explore loans, grants and funding, and hire employees. Not to mention we’ll get you networking like a pro, with connections to groups like Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and Hudson Valley Young Professionals.

Companies like Harney & Sons, Marshall & Sterling and Crown Maple Syrup choose Dutchess for its proximity to major markets, infrastructure and business climate. They all started here small and continue to grow year after year to serve markets far beyond our county borders. Now, it’s your turn.

Ready to start a business in Dutchess?

GEARS Program

GEARS, an initiative of Think Dutchess powered by the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation (HVCI), is an innovative free program that will help your startup or small business grow and thrive by offering targeted programs to overcome your entrepreneurial challenges and help you clarify your plan. 

Gain program insight from HVCI and meet their team here!

Learn more and join our registration announcement list here


Access to Capital: What You Need to Know

When you’re growing your business or getting ready to take on a new opportunity, there are many funding options available to you. Which one is the best for your business? And what do you need to do to prepare?

Join Pursuit’s Carol O’Connell and Think Dutchess’s Renee Richard as they walk you through your options in this free webinar! You’ll learn about the different loan options available to your business, how to prepare before you apply, what lenders look for in an application, and more!

Learn more and save your seat here


Sarah Lee, Executive Director/CEO,



A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.