Archive for January, 2010

ETHAN ALLEN PERSONNEL GROUP CHOOSES ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS ACCELERATOR FOR NEW GREEN INITIATIVE

January 26, 2010

New Windsor, N.Y. – January 26, 2010 – Orange County Business Accelerator (OCBA) announced today that Ethan Allen Personnel Group, a Poughkeepsie-based staffing and human resources agency, will soon open offices at the Accelerator in an effort to grow green technology jobs in Orange County.

“Ethan Allen is eager to take advantage of our terrific location at the heart of Orange County’s business community and our access to business networking resources,” said OCBA Managing Director Michael J. DiTullo.

Ethan Allen, which has other locations in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill, will partner with the Accelerator to increase high-tech, high-paying jobs in the renewable and alternative energy sectors with hopes to eventually open a full-service staffing location in Orange County in the future. It will specifically target new jobs in the solar and geothermal energy fields.

Tom Lemmey, director of sales at Ethan Allen Personnel Group, said, “The Accelerator will be a great portal for recruiting renewable and alternative energy jobs in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. It has the information, education capabilities and interaction with the local business community we need to achieve these goals.”

The Accelerator welcomes Ethan Allen Personnel Group

January 25, 2010

One of the many tasks the Accelerator is charged with is growing high-tech, good paying green job opportunities in Orange County. The Accelerator is pleased to announce Ethan Allen Personnel Group, a Poughkeepsie-based staffing and human resource agency, has decided to open a regional office at our headquarters in New Windsor. Ethan Allen has other offices in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill.

Ethan Allen Personnel Group, led by Director of Sales Tom Lemmey, will promote job growth in the renewable and alternative energy sectors, two of our primary industries. Like all of our clients, Ethan Allen is eager to leverage the vast resources of the Accelerator to develop ways to serve these fast growing fields.

I had the pleasure of speaking at a recent Business Network Institute Newburgh Chapter networking event alongside members of the Ethan Allen team. It was very exciting to be in a room overflowing with critical thinkers, as the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurism filled the atmosphere.

We welcome Tom and his team as they launch an exciting venture at the Accelerator.

Accelerator marketing plan ready for liftoff

January 18, 2010

 With a new year, and new promises, already in the making for businesses near and far, Orange County Business Accelerator is preparing to launch a dynamic, multimedia marketing campaign to reach all corners of the country, and we’re proud to have regional marketing and advertising agency Focus Media on board to help us achieve our goals.

An aggressive advertising presence throughout the Northeast, coupled with a select number of national magazine ads, will enable the Accelerator to reach our target business sectors- renewable and alternative energy, life sciences and biopharmaceuticals, and information technology.

Key media buys with several reputable New York City newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, and numerous trade magazines, including Entrepreneur Magazine, a nationally published business resource, are in the works. The Accelerator will also maintain a strong regional media presence, with ads in HV Biz, one of the Hudson Valley’s largest business news sources. Negotiations with several major daily print publications are ongoing, and will be included in our marketing plan.

Click the following link to preview our debut advertisement… Entrepreneurs Wanted Advertisement.

Online advertising and direct mail are also major components in our marketing plan. Pay-per-click advertising with Google, as well as online ads with Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine are crucial for message delivery. The Accelerator will also utilize social media websites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to increase exposure, and process direct mailings, planned to include newsletters and postcards to potential clients in our target markets.

Our ad agency, Focus Media, comprises a team with compelling strategies, and proven results. We feel Focus Media has the credibility and creativity to bring this plan to fruition and lead potential clients through the doors at the Accelerator, and into profitability and success. We look forward to working with them at elevating the Accelerator, and its clients, to new heights.

ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS ACCELERATOR HOSTS SUCCESSFUL ENERGY SEMINAR

January 13, 2010

New Windsor, N.Y. – January 13, 2010 – Orange County Business Accelerator, in conjunction with Blue Springs Energy, hosted a successful energy grant seminar recently that offered municipalities in Orange County fast-track opportunities to apply for US Department of Energy grants early in 2010.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, nearly two dozen municipal designates, from planning, engineering and other municipal departments, attended the Clean Energy Grant Seminar at the Accelerator offices at Stewart International Airport, Town of New Windsor. The Accelerator and Blue Springs, a consultant responsible for millions of dollars in yearly energy grants to municipalities across New York, offered the seminar free of charge.

“Attendees were representative of key stakeholders in the economic impact of stimulus money hitting the ground in Orange County,” said Peter Gregory, director of enterprise development at the Accelerator. “With a deadline of Feb. 17 for competitive NYSERDA grant applications, this seminar played a vital role in educating municipalities about the fast-track process. The Accelerator was pleased to introduce Blue Springs Energy, with a long, effective relationship with NYSERDA, as a go-to resource for Orange County municipalities.”

Blue Springs Energy principal Larry Simpson added, “Now is a great time for municipalities to upgrade existing buildings and equipment by taking advantage of NYSERDA grants, and we can help streamline the process. We received great feedback from interested parties at the seminar, and look forward to helping Orange County communities become benefactors in this great opportunity for stimulus funding.”

Orange County Business Accelerator Managing Director Michael DiTullo stated, “Attendees heard dynamic, informative lectures on grant-writing, funds availability and eligibility, and a host of other grant-related topics. This seminar proved to be a great asset to municipalities looking to take advantage of clean energy grant opportunities NYSERDA has made available early this year.”

Pat Courtney Strong, a coordinator for NYSERDA (New York State Energy & Research Development Authority), was a featured guest speaker. She offered information to municipal delegates with regards to the eligibility and application phases for the highly-competitive federal grant fund, soon to be distributed by NYSERDA through its Small Community Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.

Strong said, “Municipalities are focused on the federal stimulus funding now, and our office can help with that, but there are many money-saving programs offered by NYSERDA that will be there after this current grant opportunity passes. We are ready to help people access that technical and financial help, at any time.”

Examples of eligible projects include energy efficient retrofits, transportation efficiency measures, material conservation strategies, energy distribution technologies, energy efficient street and traffic signal lighting, renewable technologies for government buildings and regional planning activities.

Over 2,300 governments across the country vie for US Department of Energy grants on a yearly basis. Many municipalities may not be eligible for direct grants, but can still compete for a share of the $30 million in funding that NYSERDA receives from the federal government.

OCBA, located at 4 London Avenue in New Windsor, Stewart International Airport, is a business incubator program launched by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The incubator, 10,000 square feet of class-A high-tech research and development space, is designed to attract new entrepreneurial investment by providing businesses with below market occupancy costs, a menu of mentoring programs and a high-tech plug-and-play office environment.

From L to R: OCBA Managing Director Michael J. DiTullo, NYSERDA Coordinator Pat Courtney Strong, Blue Springs Energy Principal Larry Simpson, and OCBA Enterprise Development Director Peter J. Gregory.

New Year’s Resolutions

January 11, 2010

It is only the beginning of 2010, but Orange County Business Accelerator has already lived up to at least some of its New Year’s resolutions.

Thanks to the hard work of our team, and the support from our partners in the public and private sectors, we have officially landed our first client, Continental Farms. Principal Mike Finnegan has dedicated his development efforts to bringing a state-of-the-art aquaculture and hydroponics facility to Orange County in the next few years.

The Accelerator will serve as a beachhead, while Finnegan and his development team navigate the planning process in building a larger-than-life, manmade ecosystem right here in Orange County. A second client ¬- for now to remain anonymous due to ongoing negotiations – is a national employment agency poised to open a regional office that targets green career opportunities in the Hudson Valley.

The Accelerator hasn’t stopped there.

Over the last three months, we have yielded numerous inquiries from entrepreneurs around the country. Business owners from Connecticut to California have called the Accelerator seeking information on our resources, from funding and leasing opportunities to networking and technology capabilities.

Also, our Enterprise Development Director, Peter Gregory, organized a successful energy seminar last week, which featured speakers from NYSERDA and alternative energy consultant Blue Springs Energy. The seminar served as a valuable resource for business and public leaders seeking clean energy grants to ‘green up’ their workplaces.

It is only January, yet we have already made a great impact on Orange County in 2010. Stay tuned… the best is yet to come.