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April Enewsletter

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Upcoming Events

Annual Legislative Breakfast – April 8
Congressman Chris Gibson, Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblyman Peter Lopez and Steve McLaughlin, Assemblymember Didi Barrett and Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murrell have been invited to speak at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Breakfast.  This event offers Columbia County’s legislators an opportunity to outline their plans for 2016 and beyond to the local business community.  The breakfast will be held on Friday, April 8 at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Student Center from 7:30 to 9:00 am.  The college is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson.  The cost of the breakfast is $18.  Reservations are required by April 4.  Please contact the Chamber to make a reservation at 828-4417.

Business After Hours @ Sloop Brewing Co. – April 14
Sloop Brewing Co. invites you to a Business After Hours to check out their new place on Thursday, April 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  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.  Sloop Brewing Co. is located at 1065 County Rte 19 in Elizaville. There is no cost to attend but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.

Women’s Networking Luncheon – April 20
Ladies, don’t miss this great way to promote your business at one of our most popular events at The Vanderbilt in Philmont on Wednesday, April 20 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Please contact the Chamber for reservations by April 15. Cost for Members is $25 and non-members is $35. 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. Contact the Chamber at 518-828-4417 to make a reservation.

Mobile Social Media Workshop Part II – April 27
Second part to the Mobile Social Media with Mark Johnson on Wednesday, April 27 at the Chamber office from 8:30 – 10:00 am.  This will include social and digital media marketing.  This is for any business, organization or individuals who have started a social media site like facebook, instagram, youtude and the list goes on.  If you are currently investing  time and money into social and digital advertising this workshop may be for you.   To reserve a space, please call the Chamber at 518-828-4417.

Business After Hours @ New York Golf Park – May 12
New York Golf Park welcomes all Columbia County business people and their families to come and take part in miniature golf, driving range and batting cages on Thursday, May 12 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with fellow business professionals and have some fun. FREE Access, Contests and Prizes. This event is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend.  Reservations are not necessary, but appreciated.

27th Annual Golf Tournament – May 16
Get your golf clubs ready for the 27th Annual Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Copake Country Club.  The day will start at 11:30 am with registration and a complimentary lunch provided by Copake Country Club The Greens catering and play begins at 12:30 pm with a shotgun start. Lunch and refreshments will also be available on the turn.  The early bird rate valid through May 6 is $135 per person for members.  Reservations include golf, cart rental, lunch, open-bar cocktail hour, and dinner.  Singles or foursomes can register by contacting the Chamber.   To register contact the Chamber at Chamber at (518) 828-4417.

Speed Networking – May 26
Enhance your Networking, by attending a Chamber of Commerce Speed Networking event.  Speed Networking is a fun and effective way to focus your networking efforts.  You will increase your business contacts in a relaxed and enjoyable, yet structured environment.  The date is Thursday, May 26 from 8:15 to 9:30am in the Chamber Conference Room, located at 1 North Front Street, Hudson.  Speed Networking is a structured event and seating is limited, so reservations are necessary by May 24, 2016. Call the Chamber at 518-828-4417 to make your reservation or learn more or email Amy at akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com.  Seating is limited.  Cost is $5.

2016 Sponsorship Opportunities
Thank you to everyone who sponsored events in 2015.  Event sponsorship enables us to provide quality programming for our members and extensive promotion for your business.  The Chamber is now securing sponsors for our 2016 events.  If you are interested in sponsoring an event in 2016, please click here.

Promote Your Business in the July 2016 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 fall and get a great return on your investment, while saving over $400 in postage. The next mailing will go out in July 2016. The deadline for materials is June 27, 2016.  Please contact the Chamber if you are interested in promoting your business at akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com.

Member Events & Information
On Friday, April 8 at Great Finds they will be hosting their annual Spa-ring Celebration from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  All you have to do is stop by.  There will be complimentary chair massage, some free refreshments and a wonderful gift basket raffle.  Remember to bring a friend.  Great Finds is located at 3043 Upper Main Street in Valatie.

A fundraiser for Our Community Cares, Inc.  50% of profits to OCCI Cancer Fund and 50% of profits to current cancer clients.  Strike Down Cancer – One pin at a time on Saturday, April 9 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Chatham Bowl.  3 hours unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda buffet and live music with Joe Adee.  Ages 3 to 11 are $10 donation and age 12 & up are $20 donation.  For more information visit www.ourcommunitycarescc.org.

See a 21st Century Library! – On April 9th, the NEW home of the Hudson Area Library will be dedicated.  This is the culmination of 7 years of planning and a great step forward for the Hudson area.  Join the Celebration.  At the conclusion of the Ribbon Cutting, the Library will be officially open to the public.  Festivities start at 10AMin front of the building –  51 North 5th Street.  All are welcome.

Young Living Essential Oils 101 Class on April 9.  Are you looking for a new wellness routine or wanting to supplement your current one?  Please join us on April 9 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at the Chamber Office at 1 North Front Street in Hudson to find out how you can enhance your wellness through the use of Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils and wellness products.  From essential oils, to toothpaste, to vitamins, to chemical free cleaners and more.  We have something for everyone.  Bring a friend and have the opportunity to win some DIY oily goodness!  Please RSVP for this free event to Tonya Schmidt at (518) 821-0142 or tfinley2195@gmail.com.

Arbonne Healthy Living Challenge Presentation – Are you ready to look great and feel great in 2016? Are you ready to reach your weight loss goals? Are you ready to have more energy and mental clarity?  Join us as we will share how to get started and how to have a successful formula for a healthy lifestyle in  2016 with Arbonne’s gluten free, vegan certified, nutritional products.  There will be sampling, 40% discount and a $50 Free Gift.  Discover a NEW YOU in the New Year!  For more information and to RSVP please call 518-755-1316.   Date: Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm  Location: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce building at 1 North Front St. Hudson, NY

Columbia Economic Development Corporation – Annual Member Meeting – April 19

Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) would like to extend an invitation to all Chamber members to attend its Annual Member Meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, from 7:30-9:15AM at Kozel’s Restaurant in West Ghent.  During the past six monthsCEDC has worked diligently to put the organization on a clear and decisive path to promote economic development in the County.  One big agenda item has been creating a Strategic Plan that identifies the areas where CEDC’s economic development energies are best spent in terms of creating jobs, growing existing businesses and enhancing the county’s quality of life.  Please join over 100 other business, government, education and community leaders as CEDC presents its Strategic Plan and agenda for Columbia County’s economic development priorities for 2016.  We look forward to seeing you there – see details and RSVP below!  The event is free of charge.  Reservations are required.

15th Annual Sean’s Run & Ride Weekend will be held in Chatham, NY on the weekend of April 23 &24.  The event continues to grow with new amenities and features, guaranteeing your participation will be memorable.  To register for the Sean’s run visit www.seansrun.com.

Start and run a Home-based Food business guides you step by step through the entire process from initial idea to delivery of products to your customers.  This class will be held at Columbia-Greene Community College on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  The fee is $70.00.  Register today by calling 828-4181 ext. 3342.

How AIDS made The New York Times a Better Newspaper – On April 30th, co-authors Samuel G. Freedman and Kerry Donahue will speak about their book, Dying Words, The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times. Freedman, an award-winning journalist who currently writes a religion column for The Times was mentored by Schmalz.  Donahue is the director of Radio Programming at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She has produced an audio documentary on Schmalz’ influence.  This event will be held at 4pm in the Community Room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.  This reading and book signing is being presented in collaboration with the Alliance for Positive Health and is occurring in conjunction with Dining Out for Life (www.diningoutforlife.com).  For more information go to www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org.

Free Breast Cancer survivors come in all colors.  A mammogram can make a difference.  Free cancer screening for uninsured women 50 years or older.  On May 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Greene Medical Imaging 154 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.  Call today to schedule your breast cancer screening at 822-8741.

Congratulations to Chamber member Liberty Farms and The BARN at Liberty Farms on being featured in the New York Magazine Weddings Issue.  Visit http://www.weddingchicks.com/2016/02/16/fall-farm-wedding-ideas/.   Located at 114 Ostrander Road in Ghent, Liberty Farms is a picturesque 300+ acre farm that has been transformed from a former thoroughbred breeding farm into a state-of-the-art horse boarding and training facility, alongside a diversified organic farm.  The property also offers a stunning site for weddings and special events. See and learn more at www.libertyfarmsny.com.

Please send your news items to Amy Kneller at akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com

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