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May 2014 Enewsletter

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Home & Garden Buy Local Expo – May 8

Attend the 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.  The event is at the Catskill Point, located at the end of Main Street, over looking the Hudson River.

Benefit for a Member of Tousey Winery – May 16

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”.

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.  Singles or foursomes can register by clicking here for a registration form.

“Dare to Dream” – Entrepreneurial Forum – May 21

This forum is put together to inform and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in and around Columbia County.
Our panelist will consist of relatively new business in our area and sharing their stories of successes and pitfalls along the way from creating a business from just a spark of an idea.
Including Melissa Auf Der Maur of Basilica; Hilary Corsun of Dog Wood Farm; Chip of Grazin and Michael Molinski of Photographics Solution.  Curated by the Columbia County Young Professionals, we invite anyone who can attend for those who can’t to pass the word on for others.  Forum will take place at Stageworks in Hudson at 8:30 am on May 21.  Please call the Chamber to reserve at 518-828-4417

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 mail@columbiachamber-ny.com.

The Use of Color in Your Home – June 5

On June5 at 5:00 pm at the Chamber.  Learn how to use color effectively in your home and why different colors affect us as they do. Whether building, renovating or just updating a room in your home, many property owners struggle with paint color decisions.  As an Architectural Color Consultant, Amy Krane Color advises clients on paint color selection for their homes and businesses, interior and exterior.  Trained in the functional application of color in the built world, Krane’s training and expertise incorporate both aesthetic and scientific fundamentals which can make or break a color choice. Create the ambience you desire to make your home the sanctuary you always dreamed it could be. Get tips on how to choose the right colors for your home.  Admission is free.

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 akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com.

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, www.columbiachamber-ny.com, 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

Broadband Accessibility in Columbia County Survey: A survey is being conducted by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Congressman Chris Gibson to gather needed information and data that will allow us to address the lack of access to high quality broadband for Columbia County residents.  The survey can be found at www.columbiacountyny.com.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey as it will provide us with vital information that will be used in attaining new and cost effective broadband accessibility throughout the county.

Governor Cuomo launched round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, officially kicking off the 2014 competition for up to $750 million in state economic development resources.  The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) will be opened to applicants on May 1, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state funding programs, through a single application, for job-creating and community development projects.  The 2014 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources will be accessible on the Regional Council’s website www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.  The CFA deadline for applications is Monday, June 16th at 4:00 pm.

Attention Class of 2015 Seniors! It’s getting towards that time of year to start thinking about your Senior Photo’s. Call (518)441-4882 to book your FREE consultation today at Photographics Solution!  For more information about Photographics Solution visit their website at www.photographicssolution.com.

Mothers & Daughters, sisters & friends – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Bodhi Spa with one of their great spa packages and save.  For more information visit their website at www.bodhiholisticspa.com.

Berkshire HomeStyle announces deadlines for the June 2014 issue, published June 1st.  This issue closes for space on May 12th, with materials due May 16th.  Read the latest issue online at www.berkshirehomestyle.com.

26th Annual Columbia Memorial Hospital Ball  on June 7th hosted by Steve & Renee Clearman and presented by Mid-Hudson Cable.  “Paris” – in honor of Francis Greenburger.  It will take place at the Catskill Point in Catskill.  Black Tie optional.  For more information or to make a reservation call 518-282-8239.

American Joint Care Foundation will be holding the 6th Annual Mother’s Day Craft Fair & Luncheon at Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center at 1 Whittier Way in Ghent on Thursday, May 8 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  All are welcome.  Admission to the craft fair is free.  Lunch is $6.00.  Please feel free to call 518-281-1046.

Free Junior Golf:  The Start to Finish Junior Golf Academy at New York Golf Park is offering 4 free clinics, and camps throughout the summer designed specifically for juniors of all abilities, ages 5-15.  Beginners are welcome.  Equipment can and will be provided at no additional charge.  Clinics are designed to make golf fun for beginners and help those with experience become better players.  Saturday, May 17 (skills challenge/demo day); Saturday, June 21; Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 9.  For more information visit their website at www.nygolfpark.com.

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, info@thirdeyeassociates.com.  For more information please check out thirdeyeassociates.com.

The Hudson Day Care Center is holding their annual Brooks Barbecue on May 22, 2014. It runs from 4:00-7:00 p.m. or until sold out.Chicken dinners, rib dinners or combination dinners are available. Home made desserts and a Senior Citizen discount will be available. The event takes place at the First Presbyterian Church(corner of Fourth and Warren St. Hudson).You may eat in or take out.  Please call 828-9657 or 567-5588 for tickets.

The Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival on May 24 & May 25 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham.  Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries & Cideries from New York & Massachusetts.  There will also be food, raffles, bounce house, horse & pony rides for the kids and Local and Regional Food Producers.  Ticket information is available online at www.hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com.

Megan Yeats,outstanding Hudson High School (class of  ’99) tennis player and former New York State tennis champion, has been appointed head tennis pro at Columbia Golf & Country Club www.columbiagolf.org.  Yeats went on to Arizona State University (ASU) where she amassed a winning record, as well as, achieving Pac-10 All-Academic first-team honors. After earning a BS at ASU, Yeats earned a master’s degree at Union College and currently is boy’s head tennis coach at Ichabod Crane High School. Members of CG&CC enjoy social tennis activities, as well as, instruction for all levels. Private lessons for members are also available. For more information about membership opportunities please contact Lisa Thurin, 518-851-9195.

A free ½ day workshop for local organizations on:  Emergency Management Planning at the Columbia-Greene Community College, Student Dining Hall, 4400 Route 23, Hudson on May 19th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  About the Program:  The Columbia Greene Counties Regional Hazards Team is the recipient of a grant that is designed to gather great emergency planning data within the two counties.  As part of the grant, the team is providing this presentation in-conjunction with the Chambers of Commerce on emergency planning for local organizations.  Topics will include:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements for all employers, both public and private, to create emergency action plans and train employees.
  • Participants will learn what a plan should consist of, best practices for drilling and training, how to manage fires, natural disasters, bomb threats, acts of violence and      hazardous materials incidents.

Attendees will receive a formal certificate of participation and light refreshments will be served.  The Presenter:  Michael Needham, CSP, RES, CFPS, CET, contractor to the Columbia Greene Regional Hazards Team.  Mr. Needham is a Board Certified Safety Professional, the President of the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), a Registered Environmental Scientist and Certified Fire Protection Specialist.  Mr. Needham has over 25 years of experience in developing emergency management plans in both the public and private sector.  To Register:  Registration for this program is free. To register for this important program, simply fill out the attached registration form and mail it or fax it to Columbia County Emergency Management 85 Industrial Tract Hudson, N.Y. 12534 FAX# (518) 828-9088.

Horseplay Camp  registration is now open for summer programs at High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center.  A camp for all abilities with an emphasis on self development and team building.  The camp incorporates a variety of equine activities such as riding, driving, horse handling, grooming and stable chores. Additional activities may include music, movement, drama, arts and crafts. Each camper leaves their unique “hoof print” on the farm (additions to the sensory trail, games for other campers, signage for our trail system).  We emphasize responsible stewardship practices for our Earth.  Scholarships available contact Laura Corsun at 518-672-4202.  Register for one week or more: July 7-11; July 14-18; July 21-25; July 28- Aug. 1 or Aug. 25-29

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