PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- A wide array of local business owners gathered at the Char Steakhouse & Bar in late September, as the Putnam Valley Business Network held its first networking event.
The PVBN is the new incarnation of the Putnam Valley Chamber of Commerce.
"Everybody was very informative, and it seemed like everyone got a new spark," said Kathy Doherty, former Kent supervisor and owner of Katherine's Gift Shop.
PVBN President Ellen Hayes opened the evening with the goals and purpose of the group. She described the various ways PVBN will support, advocate and serve local businesses, both in referring businesses to each other and in directing customers to businesses, through a PVBN website directory and its Facebook page.
The organization also aims to stay abreast of legislation that might benefit or affect the business community.
"They're very lucky to have her," Doherty added. "She's gotten everything going, and she's very active."
Jennifer Maher, chairwoman of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, owner and broker of J. Philip Commercial Group, and member of the PVBN, gave the crowd encouragement and insight about running a business in Putnam County.
She also gave an update on business development throughout the county.
Doherty said that such events are very helpful, both for networking and learning about new business strategies and resources.
"I learn things every time I go," Doherty said.
Local entrepreneurs shared ideas and traded business cards as they mingled, following the speakers. The crowd included real estate brokers, a florist, a travel agency, electrical contractors, web designers, a framing shop owner, CPAs and members of the Putnam County League of Women Voters.
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