Archive for June, 2011

Accelerator pops the top on the grille for the summer

June 27, 2011

Though the Accelerator is working year round to bring real jobs, real close to home, we felt it was appropriate to kick off the summer in relaxing fashion – with a bar-b-que. Many of our clients and businessmen and women from around the Hudson Valley joined us for the last Entrepreneur Knowledge Series event of the season, featuring a presentation on small business lending with Walden Savings Bank.

County Executive Edward Diana stopped in to grab a bite to eat, as well. Ed has been a great supporter of the Accelerator from the start and a great advocate for job and wealth creation in Orange County. He’s made this priority the centerpiece of his administration and we continue to salute his efforts!

Many thanks to all who attended our events throughout the year, as well as all of our presenters. Keep in mind… we may call an audible this summer and schedule a special event or program. So keep reading our blog for alerts regarding Accelerator activities.

Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy!


This week’s Entrepreneur Knowledge Series event wraps up first full season

June 20, 2011

In September 2010, the Entrepreneur Knowledge Series came back from a summer off to bring you a discussion on how small businesses can incorporate human resources into their business plan for a more productive and satisfied staff and desirable work environment. That event launched an iconic event season at the Accelerator that educated more than 2,000 business owners, public officials and nonprofits from around the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Some of the most memorable events were from our Web Makeover Mini-Series, which featured a variety of speakers from web design and advertising companies across the Hudson Valley, including Focus Media, our marketing and public relations partner, BBG&G Advertising and Media Vision Advertising.

Focus Media President and CEO Josh Sommers and S.V.P. Bill Madden talk Branding at a Web Makeover Mini-Series event in April.

 Due to increasing demand for more educational events, this season also spawned two new speaker series: Pop-Up Knowledge Series and Service Provider Series. The Pop-Up Knowledge Series targeted the business owner who was too busy during the daytime to attend our traditional Entrepreneur Knowledge Series events- someone who was in a better position for breakfast. The Service Provider Series allowed service industry firms a chance to show off their products and services.

The Alternative Board, a nonprofit organization that offers strategic planning and business coaching, presents at the first Service Provider Series event in October 2010.

Small Business Lending. Social Media. Business Coaching. Raising Capital. Online Tools Management. Business Resources. Avoiding Common Business Mistakes. The list of great topics covered here in the last nine months goes on…

So, here we are, 40 programs-plus later. Ready for the season finale?

This Wednesday, June 22, the Accelerator is bringing you “Banking Solutions for Early- and Small-Business Banking Needs” with David Cocks and Michael Bulgia of Walden Savings Bank. The speakers will outline services Walden Savings Bank offers to small businesses that help organize and coordinate banking resources, while continuing to run a successful business.

(You can register here for the season finale!)

As we continue to grow with new programs and events, we also continue to grow our client base. Recently we announced the addition of 911 Family of Products to our Associate Client ranks and we will shortly announce another.

Congrats to all of our clients for working hard toward creating real jobs, real close to home! And many thanks to Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory for organizing the series and implementing an aggressive, market-driven, and informative line-up of heavy hitters!

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Orange County Business Accelerator Hosts Web Makeover with BBG&G Advertising

June 15, 2011

Accelerating around the Northeast

June 13, 2011

Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory here, stepping in once again to bring you the latest buzz on biz at the Accelerator! This past week I spent some time outside Orange County learning new means by which we could accelerate our clients to new heights, faster and more efficiently.

First stop: An open business forum with Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY) at the Tech Garden (business incubator) in Syracuse, N.Y.

Mission: China

Janet Carmosky, UVANY panel moderator and Founder & CEO, China Business Network


Christine Montag, Co-Founder and COO, Ladybug Technologies, presenting her elevator pitch during the “Entrepreneur Minute” of June’s UVANY monthly meeting.

The panel discussion, moderated by China Business Network Founder and CEO Janet Carmosky, included trade leaders from such notable New York State businesses Welch Allyn and ConMEd.  Key “take-aways” from the evening included insights into managing intellectual property while dealing with China, as well as maintaining awareness of cultural differences that emphasize radically different behavioral characteristics – two things that any business leader seeking to do business with China needs to keep at top-of-mind. For all growth-oriented business leaders in our region, it is truly worth your time to attend meetings to enhance your knowledge and contact base.

Second stop: 2011 CT Business Expo at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Thursday, June 9.

Mission: Digital Marketing.

Bloomberg economist Richard Yamarone on-stage, interviewed by Connecticut’s WDRC commentator, Dan Lovallo.


Brian Scott-Smith, former BBC announcer, producing an impromptu YouTube video from the show floor, with a local CT political candidate.

There I met with scores of entrepreneurs and service providers to “take a reading” on what other growth-stage business leaders from around the US Northeast are doing to keep up with the challenges of the economy these days. The event highlighted a national economic outlook from Bloomberg economist Richard Yamarone, as well as a networking opportunity with dozens of businesses headquartered in our neighbor state to the East.  Connecticut, in its entirety, bears similarities to the greater Hudson Valley as a region of New York, and attendance at these annual CT events is well worth the investment of a day for competitive benchmarking,  cultivating new contacts and sales leads, and refreshing your own business strategy with new competitive techniques.

The Accelerator incorporates digital marketing in its everyday operation- through social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and our blog) and internet advertising (online flash banner ads on Mid-Hudson News). We’re always looking for new digital media to enhance our client services and soar to new entrepreneurial heights.

What are you doing to enhance your digital media presence? Feel free to comment!

Also, congrats to our newest client, 911 Family of Products! With them, the Accelerator now boasts 16 clients and tenants! Keep up the good work, everyone!

Website Makeover with Media Vision Advertising, 5/4/11

June 9, 2011


Hiring Tips with Ethan Allen Personnel Group, 5/25/11

June 9, 2011

Executive Roundtable with Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory

June 9, 2011

Orange County Business Accelerator Signs 911 Family of Services

June 9, 2011

New Windsor, N.Y. – June 6, 2011 – Orange County Business Accelerator is proud to announce its newest associate client, 911 Family of Products.

“The Accelerator continues to harness the innovative minds of the Hudson Valley here in our New Windsor headquarters,” said Orange County Business Accelerator Managing Director Michael DiTullo. “Gerson Levitas, the company’s owner, has been attending our seminars for several months now and has realized the competitive advantage the Accelerator offers. We’re proud to make him a part of the Accelerator family.”

“911 Family of Products is grateful to the Accelerator for offering its entrepreneurial assistance,” said Levitas. “With our life-saving technology, cardholders could essentially be medically and financially secure, even in the event of a disaster. It’s also helpful for when you visit a new healthcare provider or when you travel. It’s convenient and effective.”

From L to R: OCBA Managing Director Michael DiTullo, 911 Family of Products owner Gerson Levitas and OCBA Enterprise Development Director Peter Gregory take a break from reviewing the business model of its newest associate client, 911 Family of Products.

911 Family of Products includes the 911 Medical ID™ Card and Medallion, a life-saving electronic device that carries a wide variety of critical medical identification information that speeds treatment in many scenarios including emergency accident site treatment. This particular product has the capacity to hold personal and medical information for digital access on demand in physician offices and hospitals.

“This is a life saving device and, in an emergency, vital medical history including all medications, allergies, life threatening illnesses, DNR’s, even EKG’s and X-Ray and so much more can be viewed almost instantly! This is portable personal health record device that has many uses and will help prevent individuals from becoming a Medical Error Statistic.”

The company offers a variation for pets or property and one for financial records is currently in the development phase. Though the technology is built for the individual, the cards can be a successful benefits tool for Human Resource departments and small business owners to offer employees.

For more information on 911 Family of Products, visit or call (845) 343-0091.

The Accelerator currently boasts 16 clients and tenants, employing more than 50 people at its 4 London Ave., New Windsor, N.Y., office. These early-stage startups have the potential to create between 350 and 500 jobs in Orange County in the next five years.

The Accelerator congratulates IDA chair on his new endeavor

June 6, 2011

The Accelerator would like to use this week’s virtual moment in time to congratulate Orange County Industrial Development Agency Chair James R. Petro, Jr. on his recent appointment to the Orange County Legislature.

On Wednesday, May 18, Jim signed the official legislative registry at the Orange County Office Building in Goshen, N.Y., officially designating him the new legislative representative of the 11th district in Orange County.



As Jim has been a strong proponent of the Accelerator since its conception in 2009 and has led the Orange County IDA to become one of the most progressive industrial development agencies in New York State.

Now entering his third decade in the public sector, Jim has tirelessly worked to bring economic development to Orange County, first on the Town of New Windsor Planning Board, which he chaired for 14 years. He was also vital in an agreement that placed more than 250 acres of Stewart Airport property in the hands of private developers- creating jobs and tax dollars.

You can find out more about Jim on the Accelerator website by clicking his photo.

Congrats, again, Jim! We wish you the best of luck in your new post!