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 ( 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 […]

Standing Up For New York’s Small Business

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a recent report summing up the contributions of small business to the New York State economy, and the numbers are incredible: “451,000 entrepreneurs covering a vast spectrum from neighborhood coffee shops to specialized tech firms. These […]

It’s Time For Less Talk And More Action On Business Concerns

Prior to the recent Trailblazer Alumni Networking event on Thursday, February 25, County Executive MaryEllen Odell and I were collaborating on new business strategies while she was teeing up her State of the County Speech which will be held on […]

Should Internet Transactions Be Taxed?

We have talked about the sales tax issues in past columns, and how acute the concern is for Putnam County to be able to bring in sufficient tax revenue as a result of sales being made within our borders. Another […]

A Stronger Business Community Is The Key To Prosperity

Judging from the sales tax receipts, Putnam County is facing a pretty strong economic challenge. In 2015, we were the only county in the Hudson Valley that saw sales tax collections decrease more than 3 percent. This is a distressing […]

The Best Of Where The Country Begins

Over the last 6 years, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has honored local business owners with the 40 under 40 award and the Trailblazer awards.   This year we are pulling together the alumni recipients for the largest networking event […]

Putnam County’s IDA Needs A Reboot

The board of the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) resigned en-masse on Tuesday evening, January 12, 2016, over a situation that has been building for some time. IDAs are local municipal (County, city, village) entities organized under the mandates […]

Setting the 2016 Legislative Agenda

The Business Council of New York State has set another aggressive agenda this year, calling for various legislative reforms in Albany and for infrastructure, education and workforce development investment to bring our state’s economy forward. The Putnam County Chamber of […]

Minimum Wage Increases And Other Regulations Pressuring Small Business

To tackle a difficult subject, I enlisted the opinions and help of a friend, past CEO of the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and present President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County Pete Bardunias. From time to time we have teamed […]