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Award Nominations Open For The 2016 Trailblazers

Each year we nominate the best and brightest in the Putnam County business and nonprofit community for a series of awards to recognize their dedication and achievements.  In March 2017 we will host the 7th annual event to honor those chosen by their peers during the selection process, known as the “Best in Business” Trailblazer Awards.


This year there are 18 categories to choose from, in an online survey available on HERE.  They are:  Company of the Year, Best “New” Company of the Year (must have been started in 2016), Most Innovative Company, Best Company Comeback, Most “Socially Responsible or Environmentally Friendly” Company, Most “Customer Friendly” Company, Best Company to Work For, Best Law Firm, Best Advertising/Marketing Company, Best Not-For- or Nonprofit Company, Best CEO/Executive, Best Sales Executive, Best Entrepreneur/Founder, Best Innovator, Best Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best Business Web Site, Best Social Media Campaign of the Year, and Best Restauranteur.


As you can see there are many awards recognizing a wide swath of companies/organizations and a vast array of talent.  Putnam County is only as good as its business community and community organizations, and the dedicated people who make things happen every day.  This is our chance to recognize them.


So save the date!  The Best in Business Trailblazer Awards will be given at Villa Barone on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6-9PM.  Sponsorships are available ranging from $500 to $5000, so please consider getting in early and maximizing your exposure and recognition through this marquee, countywide event.  There will also be a printed program for the evening, with various sized ads available.  For more information on sponsorships, program advertising, or nomination of award candidates, please call me at (914) 330-7222 or for info on chamber membership call President/CEO Bill Nulk at (845) 225-8595, or email info@putnamchamberny.org.

Small Business Development Center returns to Putnam 

After more than a decade’s absence, the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has returned to Putnam County with a satellite office alongside the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce in the Tompkins Community Center, 953 S. Lake Blvd., in Mahopac.


"Over 90 percent of the companies that operate out of Putnam County are small businesses," said Faith Ann Butcher, chairwoman of The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. "We want to provide access to educational and financial resources, and teaming up with the Small Business Development Center makes sense."


Regionally headquartered in Rockland County, the SBDC provides technical, management, and business development assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs. It combines federal, state, and university resources into powerful business counseling and training services available at no charge to small- and medium-sized companies, including women- and minority-owned businesses, veterans and entrepreneurs throughout the state. 


"Having an office in Putnam County is a great opportunity for the SBDC to serve the small business community," said Regional Director Thomas Morley. "I’d like to express my thanks to Faith Ann Butcher, Amy Sayegh and Erin Meagher for initiating this partnership and for always being on the lookout for resources for the area’s economy. We are excited to be working with The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce." 


The SBDC offers free, confidential business advisement services, training and workshops in areas such as: business plans, accounting guidance, financial planning and cost-analysis, loan information and packaging, start-up guidance and entrepreneurial education, organizational structure and productivity enhancement advice branding, marketspace, and positioning.  It can also assist in exporting and international business development, technology & innovation,  cybersecurity, energy efficiency, disaster recovery, regulatory compliance, government contracting and procurement 8(a), HUBZone, MWBE, WOSB/EDWOSB, StartUp NY, and veteran certification.   The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber and the SBDC will host several educational workshops together in 2017.  

The New York State Small Business Development Center will open a satellite office to its Rockland regional office through The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce office in Mahopac. Pictured left to right: Amy Sayegh, chamber vice chairwoman; Thomas Morley, regional director of NYSSBDC; Jose Colon, deputy regional director of NYSSBDC; Faith Ann Butcher, chairwoman of the chamber; Erin Meagher, CEO of the chamber and Larry Zacks, chamber board member.

For more information or to schedule a confidential, one-on-one appointment, call 845-628-5553.


-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, “A business advocacy group”

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