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Is Putnam Business Ready for 2018?

The Small Business Administration continues to report that most net new jobs created in our economy come from the independent entrepreneurs that comprise the backbone of counties such as Putnam. Area small businesses need to adapt to the rapidly progressing […]

To Survive, Local Retailers Must Make The Shift To Online Sales

On Small Business Saturday, the county executive and I conducted our 5th annual tour of Putnam County small businesses. Stores were filled with great selections, beaming with community pride and the kind of service only small town retail can provide. […]

Stick To Solutions – Not Bickering!

Recently I came across a Facebook post by one of our county legislators, entitled “RTE. 6 – MAHOPAC SEWER PROJECT OVER BEFORE IT BEGINS”.  The post was expressing delight over how a County-led attempt to build a sewer line which […]

When Will People Realize The Golden Opportunity Right In Front Of Us?

Jobs.  Local jobs.  Local jobs with minimal college debt.  Some of us keep repeating the mantra over and over, but it often seems to fall on deaf ears.   With all the talk of burdensome student debt, free college, minimum wages […]

Supporting Local Charities Through A New Initiative

The Putnam County business community is very generous when it comes to charity. We have the highest amount of fundraisers, walks and relays per capita than any other County. For example, the Mahopac Relay for life is coming up June […]

Superstars of the Putnam County Workforce

With the untimely passing of Jason “Jay” Shenkman who had built a following as a bartender at the Chophouse Grille in Mahopac, I got to thinking about some of the amazing people who work for our Putnam County businesses. Customers […]

Advocating For Business Friendly Legislation

Economic success requires an environment with comparatively little regulation, lower operating costs and reasonable taxes. Here in New York, it seems that we continue to face a regulatory climate that hampers business development, especially in Putnam which relies heavily on […]

Consolidated Funding Applications, 2017 Edition

“CFA” has been a buzz word in politics for awhile, yet few seem to understand it.  With the process now in its 7th year, the NYS website says, “The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources […]

Carmel “Reval”: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance claims that municipal-wide reassessments are the best way to ensure that assessments are fair and accurate, and that such assessments are designed to ensure you pay only your fair share of […]

CALLING ALL BUSINESS LEADERS!!

The inspiration for this week’s column came as I reflected on the brunch supporting our County Executive’s campaign. Maryellen Odell is someone that I respect, and I truly feel she cares about the business community and is passionate about the […]