Vote for the Best of Columbia County!

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media are very excited to announce the creation of the “Best of Columbia County Awards.”  We are proud to highlight some of the best the county has to offer.  Columbia County has some of the best food, best views, best, well, everything! Now it is time to recognize those people and places who help make Columbia County the best place to live and work.  The best part of these awards is that you, the people, get to pick the winners. If you fill out a ballot, be sure to include your info as you can win a gift certificate to a Chamber member restaurant.  Winner will be chosen at random.  If you are a business owner, start campaigning! You don’t have to be a member of the Chamber to win.  Click on the link to cast your votes

Women’s Networking Luncheon @ The Vanderbilt House – April 9

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will host a Women’s Networking Luncheon at The Vanderbilt House on Wednesday, April 9 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.  Networking luncheons provide a great opportunity for area business women to promote their business to other professionals interested in what they have to offer or know someone who is.  In a roundtable format, business representatives will have 2-4 minutes to promote their own business and distribute promotional and marketing materials.  Following this structured networking, guests will be given time to network with the many other professionals in attendance. The cost for Chamber members is $20 and $24 for non-members.  The Vanderbilt House is located at 161 Main Street in Philmont.  Please contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 to make a reservation by April 7.

Young Professional Networking social @ Columbia County Council on the Arts – April 16

Join the Columbia County Young Professionals for at Columbia County Council on the Arts for a networking social on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Columbia County Young Professionals networking event will be great for “Connecting, enriching and informing young professionals, who work, live or play in Columbia County”.  The target age group for this event is 25 to 40, but open to anyone who is young at heart.  Columbia County Council on the Arts is located at 209 Warren Street in Hudson.  For more information, call the Chamber at 828-4417 or visit them on facebook.

Home & Garden Buy Local Expo – May 8

First Annual Buy Local Business Expo: Home and Garden is on Thursday, May 8 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm brought to you by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. This is a specialized edition of the Buy Local Business Expo geared specifically toward homeowners, second homeowners, and property managers. The Expo will give our home improvement, landscape, real estate, contractor, and craft based businesses the opportunity to showcase their talents to this desirable market.  For a registration form, call the Chamber at 518-828-4417 or visit

Annual Golf Tournament – May 19

Get your golf clubs ready for the 25th Annual Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Copake Country Club in Copake.  The day will start with registration and lunch provided by Copake Country Club beginning at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at 12:30 pm.  Reservations include golf, cart rental, lunch, open bar cocktail hour and dinner.  The cost is $135 per golfer if you register by May 9th.  To reserve your foursome contact the Chamber at

Business After Hours @ Chatham Brewing – May 22

Come check out the Chatham Brewing’s new facility at the Business After Hours on Thursday, May 22.  Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people.  All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event.  Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be offered during the After Hours.  There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend or email

Promote Your Business in the July 2014 Chamber Connection Mailing

Are you looking for new connections? The Chamber Connection is a great way to promote your business to over 1,000 Chamber members for only a $150. Promote your business this summer and get a great return on your investment, while saving over $400 in postage. The next mailing will go out in July 2014. The deadline for materials is June 27, 2014.  Please contact the Chamber if you are interested in promoting your business at

A Member Benefit That Can Put Money Back in Your Pocket

This, no out of pocket cost, program could provide you with a REFUND for past utility overcharges and save you money on future utility bills.  Reviewable Utilities include Natural Gas, Electric, Propane, Water/Sewer, Telecom Svcs., Cable & Internet. The Chamber has partnered with Utility Refund Company to provide this valuable service for its members.  Eligible business types include Agriculture, Manufacturing, Non Profit and Residential Facilities (Nursing Homes, Senior Living, etc.).  Simply click on the link below, or at the top of our website home page,, to learn the simple steps to take.  You will also see that our personal Assessment Agent Mike Jablanski is available by email for any questions you may have.

Member Events & Information

Berkshire HomeStyle announces deadlines for the May 2014 issue, published May 1st.  This issue closes for space on April 14th, with materials due April 18th.  Read the latest issue online at

Shana Lee Jewelry Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Opening Friday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.  Come be among the first to see Shana Lee’s new collection, a combination of 1920s meets punk rock meets Indian Princess. For the first time ever, more than 50% of the pieces sparkle with stones for a look that’s sexy, glam and fun!

Kids Yoga – Teacher Training at Bodhi Holistic Spa & Yoga in Hudson on April 12 & 13.  Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 13 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  For more information  visit

Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union is proud to present The Great Boat & RV Extravaganza at the Boat n RV Warehouse located at 12634 Route 9W in W. Coxsackie on Friday, April 11 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.  For more information call 518-828-5216.

The Salvation Army Service Center in Hudson will be offering free training classed in emergency preparedness and disaster response on “Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services”, Wednesday, April 16  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and “Incident Command System”, Thursday, April 17 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Keep an eye out for the Chamber Connection coming to your mailbox R.H. Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry & Gifts has a great offer to Chamber Members.  If you stop in to R.H. Van Alstyne between April 23 & 26th mention your Chamber Membership and they will take 20% off your purchase.  Don’t miss out on a great offer.  They are open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  For more information visit their website at

Third Annual Partners in Prevention Breakfast on April 20 from 8:00 – 9:30 am  buffet breakfast at Club Helsinki at 405 Columbia Street in Hudson.  Sponsored by Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Action & Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.  No charge to attend this event.  RSVP required at 518-822-0999.

Financial Planning in a Post–DOMA World – May 10 11:00am – 1:0opm – As a result of Marriage Equality passing in New York in 2011 and the Supreme Court ruling in June, 2013 overturning section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), many legal rights that were previously denied to the LGBTQ community are now available.  On Saturday, May 10 from 11:00am – 1:0opm chamber member Beth Jones of Third Eye Associates, Ltd. will be giving an information session on how these changes affect same sex couples and their plan for their financial future.  This is a FREE event and an RSVP is admired but not required (845.752.2216,  For more information please check out

Congratulations to Marc Levesque, Columbia Golf & Country Club Head Golf Professional, for being named the 2014 NENY PGA Youth Player Development Award winner!   His dedication to the Junior/Youth Camp at Columbia, as well as, his continued devoted involvement in the community through youth school programs has earned Marc this well-deserved honor by the Northeastern New York PGA (NENY).

SAVE THE DATE! – It’s a Party at Tousey Winery…Peacock Style, Chamber members and friends are invited to come and support Kimberly & Ben Peacock, Owners of Tousey Winery in Germantown, as they conquer Ben’s battle with Burkitts Lymphoma.  The date is Friday May 16th at Tousey Winery, 1774 Route 9, Germantown (Blue Roof Building), from 5pm-7pm.  More info will follow.  This event is presented by “Friends of the Peacock Family”.

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