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March Enewsletter

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Upcoming Events

Direct Mail 2.0 Proven Tactics + Cash Results – March 2
Join local marketing professional and fellow chamber member, Sean Griffin, President of Cornerstone Services, Inc. on Wednesday, March 2 from 8:00 – 10:00 am to learn about simple, creative affordable yet proven methods of reaching your marketing goals in 2016 through direct mail advertising.A great deal has changed in the USPS world of direct mail since the “Great Recession”, so this workshop should prove useful to many as a refresher of prevailing and working direct mail tactics.  Additionally, this is not a mere “pitch session” — much of what will be discussed will also include “Do It Yourself” strategies for small businesses. Please bring questions and even examples of things you have done, are doing or considering to do.  Sean Griffin is an expert in direct mailing marketing and a 20+ year veteran of mailing services.  He is also one of 500 people DMCSM certified in the United States by the MSMA (Mail Systems Management Association) as well as a Hudson Valley resident.  As a Columbia County Chamber member, you are being offered this workshop at no charge with free consulting guidance during the morning’s session.  Registration is necessary so please sign up today.

Identity Theft Workshop – March 16
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America today. The average identity theft victim can spend hundreds of hours in restoring their identity. Much of this time must be spent during normal business hours. Every year businesses lose millions of dollars because of identity theft victims in the workplace.  Harvard Risk Management the largest broker of identity theft plans in the country offers employers and employees a FREE WORKSHOP on Wednesday, March 16 from 8:30 – 10:00 am at the Chamber Office, that will educate your employees on how to protect themselves from identity theft as well as learn about restoration services and credit monitoring plans.  Contact the Chamber to make a reservation at 518-828-4417.

Annual Agricultural Brunch – March 23

Join us at this year’s Agricultural Brunch at Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, March 23 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. The program connects local business people through networking while enjoying a great brunch buffet.  Event Sponsors are Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp, Columbia Economic Development Corp., Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties, Farm Credit East, Fix Bros, Inc., Hawthorne Valley Association and Hudson Valley Fresh. Enjoy a great brunch. The cost is $25. Contact the Chamber for reservations by March 18 at 828-4417.

Business After Hours @ Hudson Home – March 24
Hudson Home invites you to a Business After Hours to check out their new place on Thursday, March 24 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 beverages will be offered during the After Hours. Hudson Home is located at 366 Warren Street in Hudson. There is no cost to attend but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.

Non-Profit Direct Mail 501(c) Results – March 30
Join local non-profit professional and fellow chamber member, Sean Griffin, President of Cornerstone Services, Inc. on Wednesday, March 30 from 8:00 – 10:00 am to learn about simple, creative affordable yet proven methods of reaching your 2016 non-profit fund-raising and awareness outreach goals through discounted direct mail.  A great deal has changed regarding not-for-profit mail at the US Postal Service since the “Great Recession”; therefore, this workshop should prove useful even to existing 501(c)(3) organizations (libraries, schools, museums, social service organizations, foundations, etc.)  as a refresher for best practices in direct mail.   This is not a mere “pitch session” — much of what will be discussed will also include “Do It Yourself” strategies for non-profit entities.  Feel free to bring questions and even examples of mailpieces you have previously sent, are designing or considering to send.  To reserve a space, contact the Chamber at 518-828-4417.

Membership Celebration & Annual Meeting – March 31
On Thursday, March 31 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce celebrates 20 and 25 year members and members who have been in business for a significant number of years at the Upstairs Gallery located at 13 Main Street in Chatham.  This event will have

  • Hors d’ oeuvres by Carlucci Simons Catering
  • Local Wine & Beer
  • Music
  • Special Member Recognition
  • Chamber Goals and Accomplishments

Come join your fellow members to celebrate the accomplishments and success of our local business community.  The cost of the event is $35.  Call the Chamber at 518-828-4417 or email: to reserve today.

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.

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 April 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 April 2016. The deadline for materials is March 31, 2016.  Please contact the Chamber if you are interested in promoting your business at

Chamber Bylaw Change:  The members present at the Membership Celebration & Annual Meeting on March 31 will vote to change Section3 – Audits from An audit by an independent certified public accountant is required at least every three years or upon change of Chief Executive Officer to An audit by an independent certified public accountant shall be required upon either: (a) an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the voting members of the Executive Committee; or (b) an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.

The Columbia Economic Development Corporation has launched its new Membership Program, with four investment levels and specific tangible benefits for each level of investment.  Over the past month, the members of the Chamber and CEDC Board of Directors have worked together to develop a joint membership which provides Columbia County businesses with the greatest range of business information and access to economic development programs and tools.  Chamber members will be offered a $100 rate reduction when investing in CEDC’s Full or Associate Memberships.  CEDC encourages local businesses to consider membership in both organizations.  It’s a way to amplify your voice – not just in presenting your business, but in speaking for the interests of business in general, and in making clear that our best future is the one we can make achievable starting right now.  Please contact CEDC Marketing Director Carol Wilber at 828.4718 for more information, or visit the CEDC website at

Member Events & Information

Please join us Saturday, March 5th from 4 – 6pm for refreshments and live jazz by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner.  Thompson Giroux Gallery departs from the group show format this month with Oceans Apart, an installation by multimedia artist Kingsley Parker.  The recipient of a Sea Grant from the University of Rhode Island, Parker will take over the entire gallery space with work created especially for this this show, focusing on the current state of Earth’s oceans and how they got that way.   They are located at 57 Main Street in Chatham.  Gallery Hours are Thursday – Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.  For more information visit

Valley Investment Planning (VIP) is an investment firm with a rich family heritage that is dedicated to providing individual investors and businesses financial planning designed to meet your individual, family and organizational goals. This planning can include working with a variety of investment strategies such as; life insurance, retirement plans, endowments, estate, 401k’s and investment plans.  Our office is located at 7582 North Broadway in Red Hook, NY. Call us if you have any questions or would like to speak to a representative, 845-758-9149 or on the web at   On March 5th stop in and see us at the MoneyWise Financial Wellness Expo being held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel from 10-4pm. Stop by our booth and sign up for a chance to win a free Kindle

Patty Crane Discusses Translation of Poetry, Saturday, March 12, 5–7 p.m. at Chatham Bookstore. Berkshires poet Patty Crane reads from and discusses her book, “Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer,” Swedish poet and Nobel laureate, at the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005.

Farm Film Fest 8 on Sunday, March 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Crandell Theatre.  Admission is free.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for Chatham’s Silent Food Pantry.  This is presented by Chatham’s Agricultural Partnership, Chatham Film Club and Columbia Land Conservancy.  Meet your maker reception will follow the screening at Chatham Brewing.  For more information visit or call 518-392-5108.

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, March 14, 2016 @ 6:45 pm
Location: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce building at 1 North Front St. Hudson, NY

Concert at Camphill Ghent on Saturday, March 19 at 3:00 pm.  The Trout and the Double Bass – Dvořák – Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat Major; Dittersdorf – Duetto for Viola and Double Bass and Schubert – The Trout Quintet in A-Major D. 667.  For more information visit

Hope College Chapel Choir from Holland, Michigan will perform on Sunday, March 20 at 7:00 pm at Reformed Dutch Church located at 88 NY 9H in Claverack.  Admission is free, but donations would be accepted.  For more information call 518-851-3811 or visit

Saturday, March 26, Birding 101: Lecture and Hike at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center from 9:00 -11:00 am, $5/Member, $10/Non-member, All Ages.  Join Audubon NY education coordinator Larry Federman for an early spring birding event at Olana.  Observe a brief PowerPoint presentation about local birds at Olana and around the Hudson Valley.  Following the presentation will be a guided walk in Olana’s beautiful artist-designed landscape.  Bring binoculars and wear sturdy walking shoes.  For more information visit

Columbia-Greene Community College is now offering – Earn your Business A.A.S. Degree on your schedule!  Receive a quality education with 100% online delivery in a career-oriented program.  Gain the knowledge and experience you need for success in private or public sector business environments.  Flexibility, affordability, accessibility and quality.  Apply online today at

Save money & save lives and implement a screening program today.  Cancer Services program of Columbia & Greene Counties can help at no cost to you.  For more information call 518-822-8741.

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