Business Resources


The Hudson Valley has always been rife with an entrepreneurial spirit and opportunities that allows small businesses to flourish.

Whether you already own a business or are looking to start one, the Hudson Valley offers many resources to help your business grow. HVFCU will work with you as your business partner to help you achieve your dream of owning a business or making sure you are able to successfully grow your existing business.

We’ve compiled lists of organizations and chambers of commerce that can serve as local resources as you manage and grow your business.

Business Organizations

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County – Disseminates research-based resources, tools, and education to the residents and officials of Dutchess County. Their four program areas include Agriculture & Horticulture, Environment, Family & Consumer Education, and 4-H Youth Development.
  • Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development – Helps to maintain and enhance the County’s quality of life. The Department is responsible for countywide planning, coordination of economic development activities, planning assistance to local governments, and comprehensive mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) data.
  • Fishkill Business Association – Improves the economic growth of individual businesses and the business community in total, in the historic Village and Town of Fishkill. They work to draw tourists to the local economy.
  • The Hudson Valley Center for Innovation – A not-for-profit New York corporation that actively participates in the accelerated growth and development of emerging high value business and technology development enterprises.
  • Hudson Valley Technology Development Center – Provides hands-on business support services to small and mid-size manufacturers and early stage technology companies by delivering high-quality, cost beneficial technical and management services. HVTDC improves the competitiveness of existing small businesses and advances the development of new business opportunities.
  • Millbrook-Town of Washington Business Association – A volunteer organization that has been representing the interests of the local business community for over 50 years. The association unites local retailers, service providers, and professional firms, creating a central agency that works to improve business and build a better community.
  • New York State Small Business Development Center – The NYSSBDC provides free, one-to-one business advisement and information to existing or aspiring entrepreneurs in New York. The SBDC partners with numerous organizations on projects that advance the job development, investment, and economic growth opportunities of New Yorkers, with an emphasis on manufacturers, exporters, and technology-oriented firms.
  • New York State’s Empire State Development – The mission of Empire State Development (ESD) is to promote business investment and growth that leads to job creation and prosperous communities across New York State.
  • New York’s Tech Valley – Tech Valley is dedicated to providing excellent career and educational opportunities and a high quality of lifestyles to all who live locally. Tech Valley is an organization which is deeply rooted in invention and innovation, and is backed by strong community involvement, a robust business environment, and government-led initiatives. They can help you get started in your own business.
  • Pattern for Progress – A non-profit, public policy research and planning institute, and serves a nine-county region including Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties. Their mission is to preserve and promote the social, economic, and natural environments of the Hudson Valley region by building consensus for a pattern of growth that will insure a high quality of life.
  • SCORE – Dutchess County Chapter 59 – The counselors of Dutchess County SCORE are experienced business owners or managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success.
  • Small Business Administration – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. They help Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States.
    • Military Veterans – There are programs that are unique to the needs of military veterans.
    • Women – There is information available to women who want to start and manage their own businesses.

Chambers of Commerce

  • Beacon Chamber of Commerce – A non-profit corporation and a volunteer-led association that is organized to promote businesses in Beacon.
  • Dover-Wingdale Chamber of Commerce – To learn how the chamber can help your business in the Dover / Wingdale area, call 845.877.9800.
  • Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce – An advocate for business, a resource on matters affecting business and a champion for the region’s economic health, and committed to providing the business community with the leadership necessary to maximize the economic potential of the area.
  • Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce – A non-profit and non-partisan organization that seeks to promote, foster, and advance the business interests of its members in the towns of Amenia, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, Pine Plains, and Stanfordville.
  • Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce – A volunteer organization that promotes orderly growth in the Hyde Park area, making it a better place for people to live and earn a living.
  • Pawling Chamber of Commerce – Promotes voluntary partnering to build and maintain a strong local economy and the quality of life experience.
  • Pleasant Valley Chamber of Commerce – The members of the Pleasant Valley Chamber of Commerce are a diverse group of businesses, covering industries such as legal, financial, retail, educational, religious, service, housing, and health.
  • Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce – Every business needs to connect with its local community to obtain products, services, clients and employees. The Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce connects its business members large and small, with the people, products and services necessary to succeed. The Chamber promotes the local economy by encouraging its members and residents to shop locally.

Income Tax Implications of Business Use of Your Home

There are income tax implications when you use your home for a business. Learn more through the following IRS publication:

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