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January 2014 Enewsletter

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Credit Scoring and How to Improve Your Credit Profile! – January 15On January 15 at 8:30 am at the Chamber Office we will be starting the New Year off with a discussion of “Credit Scoring and How to Improve Your Credit Profile!”  Seminar provided by Laura Staerker at   Homestead Funding.  Your credit score is the most important three-digit   number in your life.  Improving your credit can lead to savings of   hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage.  In   addition, a better credit profile can help you with credit card rates, auto   loans and help you get that job you wanted.  This session will discuss   the 12 fundamental differences between Personal & Business Credit.    What your credit score mean, what are the determining factors affecting your   score, how you can improve your score, and what is Business Credit.    Participants will learn an action plan for things you can to maximize your   credit profile; simple adjustments to the way accounts are being reported can   have a massive impact on your overall credit grade and profile. Participants   will also learn how business credit different from personal credit.  Call the Chamber at 518-828-4417 to make a reservation.

Leadership Forum Sponsored by the Young Professionals and Leadership Columbia County –   January 16

Columbia County Young Professionals and Leadership Columbia County are very   excited to be hosting our 3rd annual Leaders Forum on Thursday, January 16, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Saland Forum.  The Program will be a panel discussion on leadership with rising stars in our local business community.  Tom Crowell, Chatham Brewing; Richard Matacchiero, Taconic; Dr. Eromo, Columbia Memorial Hospital and John Balli, Kinderhook Bank.  Brandee Nelson of Crawford & Associates Engineering & Land Surveying will moderate a list of questions in a question and answer format, asking for each panelist to respond to the questions.Now in it’s third year,   Columbia County Young Professionals was formed to create an opportunity for   young professionals to build important business relationships.  Their mission is: connecting, enriching and informing young   professionals who live work or play in Columbia County.  The forum will   be similar to last year and comprised of County Leaders from a variety of   sectors.  The cost to attend is $10   and includes a continental breakfast.  Call the Chamber to make a reservation.

Business After Hours @   Hawthorne Valley Farm Store – January 29

Join the Chamber as Hawthorne Valley Farm Store hosts a Business After   Hours on Wednesday, January 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  This event   celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Farm Store.  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 beverages will be offered   during the After Hours.  Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is located at   327 Route 21C in Harlemville.  There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417.

Dynamic Workshop Series

Are you struggling to create more online sales?  Would you like to   unlock the keys to a vibrant Facebook community for your business?  Join   M. Scott and Colleen of  Winnovative  Tech Consulting LLC for this   dynamic workshop series and discover your unique online market.  Cost   for members is $51 per session or all three for $134.  Cost for non-members is $65 per session or all three for $159.  The following   sessions will take place from 9:30 – 11:30 am in the Chamber Conference Room.

  1. Where will you sell? – February 5
  2. Get the word out. (Social Media ~ Blogging, FB, Twitter, LinkedIn) – February 19
  3. Create a killer FB campaign. – March 5

To sign up, please click on the attached link


Ways to Increase   Happiness at Work … and In Life! – February 27

A three-hour workshop presented by Jerry Posner, at the Chamber Office on   Thursday, February 24, 2014.  Networking, coffee & breakfast snacks:   9:00 – 9:30 AM; Workshop: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  The cost is $49 for   Chamber Members and $89 for non-members.  Seating is limited to 24   people.  Contact the Chamber at 828-4417 for more information or to make   reservations. Join training specialist, author, lecturer Jerry Posner for a   practical, powerful, entertaining three-hour workshop.  Learn how you   and your business can create a more positive atmosphere for your employees   and customers.  Jerry will share tools, techniques and strategies for   increased happiness; improved customer engagement; mood and stress management   … all based on modern science and extensive research.  One great idea,   applied, can change your business (and life) for the better.  In this   workshop, you’ll have PLENTY to choose from!  For more information visit   the Chamber website at

Promote Your Business in the April 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 April   2014. The deadline for materials is March 25, 2014.  Please   contact the Chamber if you are interested in promoting your business at

Member Events & Information

Berkshire HomeStyle announces deadlines for the February 2014 issue, published February 1st.  This issue closes for space on January 13, with materials due January 17th.  Read the   latest issue online at

Wetland Ecology on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Columbia Land Conservancy Office located at 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY.  This presentation by Casey Tompkins, wetland biologist and owner of   Tompkins Ecological Group, will introduce you to Wetland Ecology: its unique   features, diverse inhabitants, and its crucial role in the greater web of   life we call “ecosystem.” The program will include a slide show and will   allow plenty of time for discussion, so bring a friend and all the questions   you’ve been meaning to ask about this rich and beautiful natural environment.   Light refreshments will be served.  To reserve a spot or for more information   contact Sara Hart at 518-392-5252.

Thompson Giroux Gallery is pleased to present “Big Shoes to Fill”   an installation by Kate Hamilton on view January 11 – March 9, 2014. Please   join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 11th from 4-6pm for light   refreshments and live jazz.  Gallery hours: Thursday – Monday, 11am –   5pm, open late on Fridays till 7pm. The Gallery is closed for the month of   February. Thompson Giroux Gallery is located at 57 Main Street, Chatham, NY   12037. For more information please visit   or call 518-392-3336.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret will perform at 9:00   pm at Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson.  Hudson’s own   Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a   monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical   entertainers.  These adult only shows will feature a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing,   juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns.  Adults only.  For   more information call 518-828-4800  or visit their website at
See “My Cousin Rachel” at The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place (off Rte 66), Ghent.  Admission: $18/adults, $10/students.  Did she or didn’t she?  An English Lord is dead.  Is his widow grieving his demise or the fact she is not named in   his will?  Will his new heir become a new target and fall prey to her   charms? The mystery unwinds with all the twists and turns, intrigue, suspense and romance of the classic Daphne du Maurier novel.  For more   information on dates or to reserve tickets call 800-838-3006 or visit their   website at

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