• Business Resources

  • The Chamber is an advocate and resource for businesses and organizations of all sizes in the community. We understand the challenges associated with doing business, especially in New York State, and strive to pave the road for growth. Below are resources relevant to businesses, employers, and employees.

  • NEW MINIMUM WAGE Effective December 31, 2017! NEW MINIMUM WAGE Effective December 31, 2017!

    Is Your Business Ready?

    New York State’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2017 as an incremental step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget. Across the state, this plan will increase spending power by more than $15.7 billion that will directly benefit our businesses.

    The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of the business. To ensure all businesses understand the minimum wage changes, the Department of Labor has several useful tools available on our website: www.labor.ny.gov/minimumwage.

    You can also request more information by calling the Minimum Wage Hotline: 1-888-469-7365.

    In addition, we have a fact sheet highlighting our suite of no-cost business services. Included on that sheet is contact information for our regional experts who can help you save time and money by using these services.

  • PAID FAMILY LEAVE Effective in 2018 PAID FAMILY LEAVE Effective in 2018

    Is Your Business Ready?

    On January 1, 2018, Paid Family Leave launches in New York State. Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in April 2016, this landmark benefit will enable employees to take job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or assist loved ones when a family member is called to active military service abroad.

    Paid Family Leave is provided through an insurance policy fully funded by employee payroll contributions. Studies show that paid leave increases workplace morale and retention, which reduces hiring costs.

    Complete details on Paid Family Leave are available online at ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave, including an Employer page where you’ll find helpful implementation resources such as:

    • a checklist of important actions businesses must take before December 31, 2017
    • general information on benefits and eligibility
    • details on how to obtain insurance coverage
    • a weekly payroll deduction calculator
    • Paid Family Leave request forms
    • model language for handbooks and other written materials for employees

    Here's a helpful, downloadable Quick Guide for employers & employees. Just add your company's logo and distribute. Please click here.


  • Poughkeepsie Public Library District is offering the opportunity for you to receive individualized help addressing your computer-based needs. Specific tasks staff can help with include: learning basic computer skills, creating email accounts, performing job searches, filling out job applications, formatting resumes, filing for unemployment, and creating and editing Microsoft Office documents.


    Microsoft Office Classes

    Word 101 • Word 102 • Excel 101 • Excel 102 • Excel 103  Excel Functions • Excel Tips & Tricks •
    PowerPoint 101 • Mail Merge in Word & Excel


    Technology You Can Use

    Working with Digital Photos • Intro to Google Drive & Docs • Creating a Website • Intro to Selling Online • Intro to 3DPrinting Services • Intro to Instagram • Intro to Twitter



    For dates, times, and location info and to register, visit PokLib.org

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    • A Quick Guide for employers and employees on the Paid Family Leave benefit requirements in New York State.

    Please click here

    • The Chamber's Guide to Government, with contact information for Federal, State, County and Local elected officials, as well as county and municipal resources

    Please click here



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