Archive for February, 2011

Connected Contractors officially open for business

February 28, 2011

Connected Contractors, a contractors software firm, last week officially became the Accelerator’s 14th client with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew more than 100 businessmen and women from around Orange County and the Hudson Valley.

Co-founder Jim Wagner was joined by myself, Orange County IDA Chairman Jim Petro, Attorney Phil Crotty and Executive Director James O’Donnell, among others, in cutting the ceremonial ribbon in front of the Accelerator, surrounded by family and supporters.

From L to R: Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. Pres. & CEO Michael Oates, Orange County IDA Chairman Jim Petro and Executive Director James O’Donnell, Warwick Valley Chamber Executive Director Michael Johndrow, Connected Contractors co-founder Jim Wagner, Lynn Allen Cione of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Business Accelerator Managing Director Michael DiTullo and Jillian Wagner, daughter of Jim, cut the ribbon Wednesday, Feb. 23 officially opening the company’s new location at the Accelerator, 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y.


Connected Contractors provides businesses with easy-to-use, low-cost, web-based software. As a homeowner, you can choose to use their software as a tool that helps to organize and track your home improvement project online, or simply browse the website for home improvement contractors, business services, information and products your project may require.

As a business manager, you may utilize their services only as a means to generate new leads that flow directly to your email inbox, or as a full-blown mobile computing solution that drives your company’s efficiency to the next level.

For more info on the company, please browse their website and become a fan on Facebook.

On behalf of everyone here, we congratulate Connected Contractors in entering the realm of entrepreneurship and wish them the best of luck here at the Accelerator!


Orange County Business Accelerator hosts Web Makeover: Part 1

February 22, 2011

Orange County IDA: More than just tax abatements

February 21, 2011

If you ask the average person if they know what an industrial development agency is, you’ll find that many have little clue. Even those who know about the Orange County Industrial Development Agency immediately think of PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) programs and other tax abatements, not of its business accelerator programs, site selection and other relocation programs.

Do you know about the Orange County Industrial Development Agency?

The answers lie in the IDA’s latest attempt to bring established companies and early-stage innovators from across the Northeast and beyond to conduct business in Orange County. View the video below and ask yourself if you knew the IDA offered as much as they do.

The IDA already has some of the best tax abatement programs in the Northeast, and IDA Executive Director James O’Donnell, Attorney Phil Crotty and Chairman Jim Petro wanted to level the playing field for small businesses and early-stage innovators. So, in 2009, Orange County IDA became more aggressive and engaged in a bold $1.2 million investment in promoting early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship with the creation of Orange County Business Accelerator.

Orange County Government and Orange County IDA have executed proven strategies for encouraging relocation for large companies, and the Accelerator has proven to be a great asset to their mission of innovative economic development (The Accelerator currently boasts 14 clients and tenants that employ more than 40 innovative thinkers).

Orange County is open for business. Now that you’ve seen the video and know about the Orange County IDA, contact James O’Donnell at (845) 291-2700 to see if the IDA can help your entrepreneurial, success-driven dreams come true!

Pop-up and Accelerate your knowledge

February 14, 2011

Orange County Business Accelerator is hitting the ground running during the first quarter of 2011!

We are ramping up our efforts this quarter to strengthen its Associate Client Program with print and online advertising – two important components of any brand awareness campaign. Throughout the upcoming weeks, the Accelerator will unveil its newest print ad in the Times Herald-Record and an online web banner in Mid-Hudson News.

Our Associate Client Program offers all of the Accelerator’s competitive advantage, without the need to lease! Within just three months of operation, the co-working suite was buzzing with entrepreneurial activity

The Accelerator’s successful trio of speaker series will start up this year on Wednesday with the debut of a multi-part program of Pop-Up Knowledge seminars entitled “Web Business Makeover.”

The correct Web presence is essential for growing companies that are seeking new customers or strategic partners. The Pop-up Knowledge Series classes will feature respected Web experts and their customers sharing their insights on Web site essentials and pitfalls to avoid.

The first seminar is Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 a.m. It will be led by Ronan Divon of Progressive Element and Bob Rahn of Management Resources – the Accelerator’s first associate client.

Insights on good Web site design will be shared by Divon, whose Monroe-based company Progressive Element has designed more than 2,000 Web sites, will provide an overview of the elements of a successful Web site. Rahn, president of Management Resources, a civil and criminal investigative and security firm in Monroe, will share his experiences working with Divon in revamping the company Web site for maximum Web site optimization.

In 2010, the Accelerator hosted 24 speaker series events that provided knowledge into the world of entrepreneurial innovation to over 1,000 attendees, from public officials to small business owners. Visit our events page to sign up now and become one of the next thousand to come through our doors!

Newest Accelerator clients bring great value to Orange County

February 7, 2011

Frugaldoo and Connected Contractors, two of the Accelerator’s latest clients, both bring great value to Orange County. They will help to create high-tech, high pay jobs in the digital information technology field and provide a wealth of knowledge to other clients at the Accelerator, part of a great symbiotic environment here at the Intersection of Capital, Talent… and Innovation.

Frugaldoo, the brainchild of two former Dow Jones executives, is creating a platform that will let shoppers instantly receive coupons and offers, while at the same time, offer a geo-targeted marketing tool for businesses. Shoppers will be able to utilize either their mobile phone’s SMS text messaging or mobile web capabilities to indicate what product or service they desire and moments later access appropriate coupons and offers from nearby merchants directly on their mobile device. Merchants can quickly create coupons and offers using the Frugaldoo web site and focus their advertising using geo-location proximity, time of day, day-of-week or total ad spend targets.

Connected Contractors puts contractors and other home improvement related companies in front of their target market and arms them with easy-to-use, low-cost, web-based software that streamlines operations and improves customer care. Homeowners can choose to use the software as a tool that helps to organize and track home improvement projects online, or simply browse the website for home improvement contractors, business services, information and products a project may require.

With the new firms, the Accelerator now boasts 14 clients and tenants, employing over 40 people at its 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y. office. These early-stage start-ups have the potential to create between 350 and 500 jobs in Orange County in the next five years.

These nimble innovation firms have chosen the Accelerator for its strategic location and access to a variety of networks and advisors. By teaming up with the Accelerator, they will now have the tools necessary grow their companies and soar into the New Year. Just this last week, we were able to obtain national exposure with our 1-year anniversary Business Wire press release- a great way to promote our competitive advantage.

Feel free to visit our website for more info on these early-stage innovators, and others here at the Accelerator. If you haven’t already, check out last week’s HVBiz for a cluster of articles on the Accelerator and its entrepreneurial journey through the inaugural year!