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Preparing Workers For The Real World – The Time Is Now

There’s a new curriculum being adopted by the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board – based on the READI concept.  The acronym stands for Respect, Enthusiasm, Articulate, Dependable, and Initiative, and is intended to help students understand the basic “soft skills” requirements […]

Barge Anchorages On The Hudson – An Evaluation

Concerns are being raised by environmental interests and some business groups over the US Coast Guard’s proposed 10 new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River, to improve navigational safety for large commercial vessels between Yonkers and Kingston. With the River […]

Annual Tour Of Putnam Small Business A Great Success

With the advent of Small Business Saturday, Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell and I have made it a point to visit as many area small businesses as possible.  This year was no exception, as we stopped in on an extensive […]

Small Business Development Center returns to Putnam 

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., […]

The True Meaning of “Shop Local”

Whether you live, work and/or play in Putnam County, you are in one of the most beautiful and unique counties in New York State!   As all business owners know there are many facets to marketing and attracting customers.   As a […]

Trump as President – Good For Business?

Through this intense election season, there has been much discussion about how Donald Trump’s policies would affect the business community. In his victory speech he boasted, “We have a great economic plan – we will double our growth and have […]

Restaurant Week Highlights Importance Of Dining Establishments

With Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (November 1-13) once again upon us, we have an opportunity to see how blessed the Putnam County community is to have so many great places to dine. These predominantly family- and locally-owned establishments are some […]

Can Eco Tourism Boost Putnam County’s Economy?

We have only a handful of hotel rooms.  Our commerce districts are relatively small and often overlooked.   But Putnam County has a vast ecological, historical and cultural resource within commutation distance of New York City, potentially making us an ideal […]

Fireball Run Recap – Bringing More Films To Putnam

Fireball Run has come and gone but its effects on our County’s future are just beginning.   It was nice to not only see so many people come out to cheer the contestants but also to see Putnam featured in so […]

Fireball Run – A Call To Action For Putnam

Fireball Run is coming to Putnam County September 30/Oct 1, and this is our chance to mobilize as a community to make a difference for our area’s future and let the world know that we are much more than a […]