The following are testimonials from our members. Read how the Chamber has helped them grow their business, and how we can help you!
"When I joined my current firm in 2012, The Hodgkins Agency, I was in charge of going to the Chamber events to help expand and grow our practice. From there it has been a great experience and has tremendously helped grow not only the firms client base but has greatly improved my own client base and helped me get connections I otherwise would have not been able to obtain. I first started by going to as many ribbon cuttings as my schedule allowed to meet local business owners and then became heavily involved with the HVYP (Hudson Valley Young Professionals). I can say that because of HVYPs, I was able to meet one of my best clients and also become good friends with many people. I have been on the advisory council for the HVYP for 3+ years and former chair for their Membership. It has helped me be able to give back to my community as well by connecting with various charitable organizations such as the Chamber Foundation. I believe had it not been for the Chamber I would have not achieved the great honor of a 40 under 40 nomination this past year."
Devan Cleary, Financial Services Professional – The Hodgkins Agency - hodgkinsagency.com
“The first organization that Whalen Architecture joined when we opened was the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Though we have been members for only a few years, the number of contacts made and the opportunities to network with likeminded professionals has far exceeded our expectations. Being a member of the Ambassador Committee has not only been a privilege, but has also helped to grow our business with those in the construction industry and well beyond. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to impress us with their dedication to their members and we look forward to many years of being members! ”Stephen A. Whalen, RA, LEED AP – Whalen Architecture, PLLC - whalenarchitecture.com
“Being an active member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in growing my agency in the Hudson Valley. If you’re a local business looking to build business, look no further. From networking events to on-site assistance and tools, every entrepreneur and rising executive stands something to gain by aligning with the Chamber. I’m proud to have such a robust resource in our community.”
Filomena Fanelli, CEO Founder - Impact PR & Communications
"I have been a member of the Chamber since July 2011. My first event was a new member luncheon and, not only did I meet a lot of nice people, but I made a business connection and gained a new policyholder. That alone sold me on the importance of the Chamber and made me want to attend as many events as possible. Over the years, I have made some wonderful connections that have been beneficial to me personally and for my business in personal lines insurance. In the process I have gained many new friends. I have such a large network now that if I can’t help a client with something I know someone who can and feel confident referring that person to them. It’s all about helping people and that’s the goal of the Chamber. I have found the staff members to be very helpful when I’ve needed an introduction to someone or wanted some advice as to how to best market my business. They are an invaluable resource. Everyone should take advantage of all the Chamber has to offer and find out more about them by attending that 1st event. I’m certainly glad I did."
Staci Cussick, Lead Sales Representative – Liberty Mutual Insurance
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything that you and the Chamber have done for Residential Home Funding in Lagrange. From helping me to organize my ribbon cutting to providing me a forum to connect with other business professionals at the monthly Contact Breakfasts and After Hours events. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping business develop relationships within the community. You have also given us a stage through your radio program and the business education seminar series to get the word out about RHF and to help me stand out as an authority networking in the business community. The Chamber has also benefitted me greatly through the leadership training programs offered by The Chamber Foundation. My son graduated from the Youth Leadership Program. I have attended the Executive Leadership Program and a member of my team will be going into the leadership Dutchess this year. Whether its a networking opportunity, an event to benefit the community, or a leadership training program, the Chamber is always there to help me grow my business. "
Adam Simpson – Residential Home Funding
"The Chamber has played an integral part in the growth of my business. Introductions, relationships developed, as well as enduring friendships are some of the direct benefits to my business and my personal well being. Their events attract a wide variety of persons that are particularly appealing when shared with a “Buddy” or seasoned member. Additionally the Leadership Dutchess program is a valuable development tool for any Chamber member. In a business environment such as what we have in the Hudson Valley, it is vital for small businesses to support one another in order to keep a LOCAL focus. The Chamber’s presence and role, allows not only my business, but every other business that ability to be seen and recognized, and to participate on a level playing field. This role allows every business an opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the largest employers in the region and be counted."
Tony D’Aquanni – Branding Pros
"Being part of the Chamber has given me with so much value for the amount of events that are provided for member and the quality of the events goes above and beyond the investment in the member fee. I have revived my investment in the Chamber many times over and being part of the ambassador committee and being able to add value to others is an honor."
Londina Cruz, Executive Director – John Maxwell Team
"It is very hard to over-estimate the contribution that the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has made to the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum over the past several years. The Chamber is an extremely valuable resource for putting non-for-profits like Old Rhinebeck in touch with individuals who can help with the organization’s specialized mission, and exposing that mission to other individuals outside of the organization’s constituency. The Chamber’s reach within Dutchess County is very wide and the museum has benefitted from establishing relationships with individuals that will aid in Professional Development, Education, Marketing and bolstering volunteerism which is critical to the not-for-profit entity. The value of Membership in the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proven every year. As priorities and need for attention shift over time within the organization chances are that the Chamber can offer assistance. I would encourage all members of the Chamber to support the monthly contact events and utilize this extremely valuable resource. These are attended by an extremely diverse representation of the business community and one is hard-pressed to not find a like- minded individual that is willing to share information, or suggest someone you should meet. The complexities of being a “living” museum are many and can result in immeasurable expenses. The chamber’s promotional assistance with our most recent fundraiser had a profound effect on attendance and contributed to a record setting event. Likewise, as the gold-standard of all event planners, their suggestions for our gala have us looking forward with enthusiasm to making the event even more effective and successful. The DCRCOC are consummate professionals. It is difficult not to get wrapped up in the enthusiasm they exhibit while going about their business. What is good for the Chamber is good for Dutchess County. "
Stewart Sommerville – Development Chairman, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
"Just wanted to express our gratitude toward everyone at the Chamber that helped to organize and put on the Consumer Expo. For a small business like ours, the exposure we got during our two days was extremely valuable. We talked with a lot of good people and possibly made a few contacts that might help us nurture some new business opportunities. Thanks again for arranging this Expo."
Rob Rose – Curious Tongue Creations
"The relationship between the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Bob's Discount Furniture - Poughkeepsie has been extremely productive and pleasurable! Located in the Shoppes at South Hills in the shadow of the Poughkeepsie Galleria, Bob's was seeking a way to attain more visibility. The Chamber has proven to be a great catalyst to get this done. By utilizing the Chamber's Breakfast Meetings, the Business-to-Business gatherings and our recent 5th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Event, we have gained much of the visibility we sought. The Chamber staff has worked very hard to give us ideas of how we can continue to improve the traffic to our store. Several Chamber staff have even attended our Shoppes at South Hills "Town Meetings" and are actively involved in helping our shop owners to improve their businesses. Joining the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of the best things we could have done to move our business forward."
Bob Cristadoro - Bob's Discount Furniture
“As new business owners, we cannot begin to describe the importance and value of finding help and support from other businesses and local leaders. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has provided our company with guidance, support, and essential business contacts with whom we have partnered throughout the entire process of starting a new business. From helping us secure insurance, banking, payroll, and marketing assistance to the use of the Chamber’s office space for interviewing during the construction of our store, being a member of the DCRCOC has helped us almost every step of the way with our endeavor. We cannot imagine having done this without the Chamber’s support. On behalf of Peachwave Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Poughkeepsie, thank you to all of the DCRCOC staff AND the membership community for being there when we needed them most!”
Kirk Page - Peachwave Yogurt
Joining the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been one of the best decisions I have made towards growing my business. The staff of this organization goes out of the way on a regular basis in order to make sure that we are taking full advantage of everything they have to offer, which, by the way, is a lot.
This is one of the most well run organizations I have ever encountered. So much so that I have even used some principles from the chamber as examples to help other organizations I belong to run more effectively. On top of that, the chamber staff consists of some of the smartest, most talented, funny, and all around good people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Even before joining, they were all so welcoming and helpful. Immediately upon joining, the staff all went out of their way to get to know me and to make sure that they are helping in any way they possibly could.
Mark Copans - Real Eye On Solutions
Thank you for coordinating such a great networking event this evening at Coppolas. It was fun and worthwhile. Not only did I make connections with others who were interested in my work, but I made connections with people who were offering services that I was needing. I love being part of something that's organized. So much easier to connect with people than at an event that's less structured.
I am writing to thank you and all involved with the “Work Local First” job fair on September 19th. The event was successful for my business beyond my expectations. The ability to push that many people through the event after the Contact Breakfast brought us a substantial number of people and exposure that was invaluable.
I hired an Associate who has now officially on board and in training at Corporate Headquarters. This person had never considered this kind of work, but is already talking to clients and having success.
I also placed a CCP member into a business that he had never considered. He is a former IT person who is now a distributor and future Chamber member. He is setting up business in the Wappingers area and should be fully operational in a couple of months.
I have several more leads who are not quite as far down the road. This event was very successful and I am grateful for the opportunity. My membership in the Chamber is the most effective asset I have for building my business.
Tom McQuade - The Entrepreneur's Source