Last year (2016) we had the opportunity to participate in a special program developed by the Hudson Valley Economic Development (HVEDC) group called “Bet on my Business”. Am not aware of other programs outside of the Hudson Valley that does anything like the Bet on my Business program to support local businesses, so this may very well be the only one of its kind..and performed right here in the Hudson Valley, NY.
The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) is the leading economic development organization for the Hudson Valley, New York region. Comprised of seven unique counties (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester), each brings to the Hudson Valley its own colorful and powerful characteristics – equally contributing to the region’s economic strength and exceptional quality of life.
We met on a monthly basis for a number of months. Part of the program incorporated customized business knowledge specific to small businesses (including entrepreneurs) performing business in the Hudson Valley.
Some positive examples our business took away from that program:
- An increased knowledge and refresher of business knowledge
- An open forum for asking questions to gain support specific to our businesses
- An open forum to meet and communicate with members of the HVEDC and HRG (The Hospitality Resource Group) and other involved members within the Hudson Valley.
- An opportunity to shadow with an extremely phenomenal representative from a Beer Distribution Company.
- One of the most important -It took us away from our hectic day-to-day workload, to recognize the importance of having face time and open communications with other local businesses. We had an opportunity to network together with other business owners and employees in a laxed/professional environment.
We are proud to see this program continue again with a new class of 2017! Am looking forward to meeting with the participants at the upcoming 2017 Graduation Ceremony as it is important to be part of helping each other grow here in the Hudson Valley. Am hoping the new graduating class also takes away the direct and indirect values as much as we have from this awesome program.
10 Matthews Street
Goshen, NY 10924
Applewood Winery, Warwick, NY
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Applewood Winery offers its own wines and hard ciders that are fermented, bottled and sold at the winery. They hold wine tastings and often have a variety of local musicians perform at special events throughout the year. Enjoy delicious food pairings such as Applewood fired pizza, paninis and cheese boards at their seasonal café.
North River Roasters, Poughkeepsie, NY
North River Roasters specializes in making coffee from farms that provide fair wages to farmers, employ sustainable farming methods and are Fair Trade Organic or Rain Forest Alliance certified. They are Poughkeepsie’s first resident coffee roaster and the only roaster in the area that qualifies as a Community Supported Coffee Roaster (CSCR). You can find their high quality, locally roasted coffee at three locations in Poughkeepsie.
Pennings Farm Cidery, Warwick, NY
Pennings Farm Cidery is the newest addition to the well-known Pennings Farm. The Cidery offers a variety of ciders made fresh from the apples grown on the farm. In addition to their own ciders, Pennings Cidery also carries other New York State ciders, wines and craft beers.
Screamin’ Onionz, Millbrook, NY
Screamin’ Onionz is a simple, homemade condiment that is made with onions, slow-cooked in specialty sauces to create awesome flavor. With three flavor varieties, these special sauces are sold in multiple locations throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond!
Quercus Cooperage, High Falls, NY
Quercus utilizes the white oak region of the Hudson Valley to make high-quality wooden products for distilleries, wineries and cideries. They offer barrels, firkins, tanks, paddles, mashers and more! Any of their commercial or personal designs can also be engraved on site.
Stoutridge Vineyard, Marlboro, NY
A premium estate winery in the Hudson Valley, Stoutridge Vineyard offers locally grown wines and spirits sourced from New York State fruits and grains. In addition to their beautiful vineyard, Stoutridge also has a winery and distillery on the grounds. They specialize in being a gravity winery, never using pumps or filters in winemaking and keeping the wine in a very natural state.
KAS Spirits, Mahopac, NY
KAS Spirits specializes in making KAS Krupnikas, a family recipe distilled, sweet, alcoholic drink that is popular in parts of Europe. Each bottle of Krupnikas is bottled and labeled by hand. They offer a number of drink recipes using their honey flavored liquor. It is served and sold at a variety of locations in New York and Connecticut and has been featured in publications including the New York Times.
Eleanor’s Best, Garrison, NY
Contact: Jennifer Mercurio
Eleanor’s Best is a Hudson Valley company that makes jams and marmalade the way our grandmothers and great grandmothers made it – slow stirred in small batches. They deliberately buy fruit and vegetables from family owned farms, fields and orchards, including their own, because they believe in making products that are locally sourced whenever possible. All Eleanor’s Best products are naturally vegan and gluten free.
The Brewery at Dutch Ale House, Saugerties, NY
Contact: Karyn Pavich
“The Dutch” brews up to three times monthly creating various handcrafted beers with its three barrel brew system. The pub keeps 15 craft beers on tap, including their own, with many more by the bottle. The Dutch’s gastropub theme bridges the gap between cozy pub and upscale restaurant by creating a cuisine conscious tavern with good food at a good value. Food offerings use fresh, local ingredients and are always prepared trans-fat free.
Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market, Rhinebeck, NY
Contact: Rod Johnson
Grand Cru is a relaxing and uncomplicated bar and retail shop dedicated to American craft beer. With roughly 300 different craft beers in stock, the market features the highest quality products, including great wines and cheeses, with incredible views of beautiful Rhinebeck. Grand Cru also offers “local bites” such as fresh baked soft pretzels, popcorn, chocolate, pickles, venison jerky and other snacks. The market hosts monthly evenings with complimentary sampling as well as acoustic music nights and art events.
Awestruck Ciders, Sidney, NY
Contact: Patti Wilcox
Awestruck Ciders, now based in Sidney, produces premium apple ciders. The company keeps it local by using a variety of fresh pressed New York state apples in its craft ciders, which feature new and unique flavors including Eastern Dry, Hibiscus Ginger, and Lavender Hops. Awestruck Ciders are available at select retailers in New York and New Jersey.
Keegan Ales, Kingston, NY
Contact: Tommy Keegan
Keegan Ales has been at the forefront of the local craft beer movement for over a decade. When it opened in 2003, the brewery was just a small tasting room with draft beer. Bottling began in 2004 and the pub and restaurant opened in 2007. Keegan has been awarded Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley (2009), Best Brewery in New York State (2009), Best Craft-Brewed Beer in New York State (2009) and The New York Times declared “Mother’s Milk” one of the top ten stouts in North America (2010). There is much fun to be had at Keegan Ales beyond drinking excellent beers, including seeing the musical acts of various genres who perform there regularly – mostly without cover charges – and Tuesday trivia nights.
New Paltz Brewing Company, New Paltz, NY
Contact: Heiko Giesberg
Once a forensic accountant and an English teacher, Heiko and Jeff Geisberg have suspended their “other lives” to embark on an artful craft beer-making endeavor in the region where they grew up – the Hudson Valley. The Giesberg brothers toured the world and met with numerous brewers before deciding to focus on revitalizing old styles in their beer-making, long forgotten by the brewing industry. At the 2016 Tap New York Craft Beer and Food Festival, New Paltz Brewing Company’s Hefeweizen earned second best wheat beer in New York State and best in the Hudson Valley. New Paltz’s Rauchbier Amber Lager also earned best dark/strong lager in both the New York State and the Hudson Valley.
Pennings Farm, Warwick, NY
Contact: Brien Milbauer
Pennings Farm operates on 100 acres of pristine farmland in the historic Hudson Valley town of Warwick, NY. For more than 30 years, Pennings Farm Market has been a steadfast retailer of locally grown produce under the attentive ownership of Steve and Jill Pennings. In offering their own produce (apples, apricots, eggplant, nectarines, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini) or produce from neighboring farms, the Pennings’ aspire to be local in what they do and what they sell.
Tas Kafé, Beacon, NY
Contact: Greg Flaherty
Tas Kafé – which means cup of coffee in Haitian Creole – embodies the belief of quality through simplicity. Sold by the bag at Adam’s Fairacre Farms locations, Ella’s Bellas – a bakery/grocery/restaurant in Beacon, and local farmer’s markets, the fresh roasted beans are full of flavor.
WineZetta, Yonkers, NY
Contact: Natalia Postrigan
The WineZetta team consistently searches for the best wines of the globe, by researching and sifting through the “zetta” of information available in the wine world. Every wine they sell must meet their criteria for quality and value, and the team takes great pride in the effort and care they put into selecting extraordinary wines in order to bring them to their customers at honest prices. WineZetta’s flagship store is located at Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers where they currently carry over 700 and have access to 10,000 plus wines. Wines are also available through their website for shipment across the country to 40 states.