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Shopping Small At The Holidays

For Small Business Saturday, Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell and I did some shopping as we usually do, visiting small businesses throughout the area and enjoying the experience of supporting our neighborhood shops which mean so much to the local […]

Small Business Saturday Brings Opportunity to Putnam Entrepreneurs

Each year, an event designed to support and promote the approximately 80 million independent businesses in this country has grown larger and stronger. Known as Small Business Saturday, the event takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year it’s Saturday, […]

Industry Cluster Effort Paying Off For Hudson Valley

A few short years ago the concept of Industry Clusters in and around our area was a very foreign one, indeed. We simply didn’t recognize the impact that attracting groups of similar businesses might have on Putnam County’s economic future. […]

Remember Our Veterans…. And Hire Them

As told by the Putnam County Veterans’ Services Agency, “on the morning of November 11, 1918, after four years of war,   Allied and German powers met in Rethondes, France, to sign an armistice that halted the hostilities of World War […]

Please Be Informed…. And Vote…. On November 3

The 2015 elections are coming up next Tuesday, essentially “hiring” our Elected Officials to make important decisions on our taxes and the other policies.  Yet only 11% of the eligible voters turned out for the Primary Elections back in September.  […]

Tourism Budget Criticism Is Incredibly Short-Sighted

At the recent legislative budget hearing, there was a pretty strong discussion about the 2016 tourism budget and the wisdom of the County’s considerable investment.  The Putnam Tourism Bureau has asked for the same funding in 2016 as they received […]

The Metro-North Commuter Railroad – a Business Opportunity?

Small businesses often find opportunities as vendors for government, public-private or private corporations, helping them to perform much needed services or provide unique products for their needs. The MTA Metro-North Commuter Railroad is seeking potential vendors who may benefit from […]

Putnam County’s 2016 Budget Holds Line On Business Burden

During her October 1 address laying out the county’s 2016 budget, Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell expressed her belief that local leadership was doing everything in its power to keep costs in line despite outside pressures.  “We are sick and […]

Countywide Chamber Clout Means A Seat At The Table For Business

When the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce was founded nearly 5 years ago, it instantly added a certain gravitas to the local business communities vis a vis county, regional and state legislators. Putnam businesses needed to be heard, and today […]

Commercial Recreation and Sports Teams Mean Big Bucks

Did you hear the news about Putnam County getting its first professional hockey team? The new Brewster Bulldogs will join the Federal Hockey League, beginning their season on November 7 at the Brewster Ice Arena (63 Fields Ln, Brewster, NY […]