Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Each year, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo grows, but this year benefited from past Expos and the inclusion of the Hospitality community of businesses to provide a record number of vendors on Wednesday at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in the city of Poughkeepsie.

“The team worked extremely hard this year.”, commented a proud Frank Castella, Jr.   “Hospitality is a new component of the expo this year and we should be highlighting that component to our Business to Business community.”,

Mary Kay Vrba and Scott Pawenski were the co-Chair’s of the event; both bringing their day-to-day expertise to the forum.  Mary Kay is the President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism and came up with the idea to include the hospitality sector of the Hudson Valley, and Scott Pawenski owns EmbroidMe along with his wife Diane, brought their marketing expertise to the table.

The hours of the event changed from previous years, kicking off at 1:00 pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and running through 5:00 pm with a business networking event taking place right at “center court” where all of the hospitality vendors were set up.

“It’s really great to showcase all of the lodging partners, restaurants, and wineries we have here in the Hudson Valley region”, said Suzanne O’Neil, representing Dutchess Tourism.

“Businesses are the lifeblood of any community, and its certainly the lifeblood of this city.”, Mayor Rob Rolison told the crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting.


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