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Will Tax Free Back-to-School Shopping Become A Reality Again This Summer?

Legislation to eliminate the county portion of sales tax in Putnam during 10 days in August, requested by Putnam County government, has been approved by the state Senate. This would mean shoppers enjoy an almost 50 percent sales tax reduction, […]

Assessing The Business Value Of Divided Government

When (if ever) is it acceptable for business community leaders to weigh in on the political makeup of the state Legislature? According to a recent article by POLITICO New York’s Jimmy Veilkind, Heather Briccetti thinks the time is now. The […]

The Indian Point Debate: Safety Concerns Versus Energy Access

At a recent hearing regarding the NRC’s assessment report on Indian Point’s safety performance in 2015, a large number of speakers weighed in with their views on the plant’s future. Attendees were fairly evenly split between the pro- and anti-Indian […]

Teaming Up For A Successful “Year of Business Development”

At Putnam County’s annual “State of the County” event, County Executive Maryellen Odell announced a special “Year of Business Development”. Given that lofty goal, various elements of our business community are working together to help bring about the vision of […]

Women Take The Lead At The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce

Putnam County’s largest local chamber of commerce became a showcase for the talents of strong female leadership this month as Faith Ann Butcher, of Mahopac News – Halston Media, and Amy Sayegh, of Putnam Community Cares, became Chairwoman and Vice […]

A Business Perspective On Donald Trump

With news that the billionaire New York businessman is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it seems worthwhile to see how the race has progressed to this point and what it may mean from a business perspective. In the wake […]

Mixed Perspectives On The New York Budget

New York State adopted its budget this week, and, predictably, the level of enthusiasm for its contents varied depending on political perspective.   The New York State Executive Chamber extolled the virtues of having come “together as New Yorkers, Democrats and […]

The Year of Business Development

As your passionate local advocate for area businesses and entrepreneurs, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce is excited that County Executive Maryellen Odell has proclaimed 2016 the Year of Business Development.  Her actions will place an all-important focus on the […]

Here’s A New Hashtag, Let’s Help Workers #Find15

A few weeks ago we discussed how a consortium of over 50 business groups, chambers of commerce and economic development agencies have developed a campaign called the Minimum Wage Reality Check (www.minimumwagerealitycheck.com) to share real world examples of businesses and […]

Keeping Legislative Priorities at the Forefront

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce continues to focus its efforts on reducing the burdens placed on our small businesses, and also reducing the cost of conducting business wherever possible.  This involves advocacy at the local, State and even Federal […]