GEARS, an initiative of Think Dutchess powered by the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation* (HVCI), is an innovative free program that will help your startup or small business grow and thrive by offering targeted programs to overcome your entrepreneurial challenges and help you clarify your plan. The workshop series is the focal point, and the one-on-one sessions & sounding board groups support you as you design your plans and go deeper into each topic. GEARS will start the beginning of October, 2022.The Dutchess GEARS Slack offers an opportunity to promote your business and bring together local businesses, now and in the future.Stay tuned for the announcement of the Workshop schedule.

Are you eligible?

All startups and small businesses located in Dutchess County and/or
business owners who live in Dutchess are eligible to participate.
Opportunities to apply will close September 30th.

What will I learn in the workshop series?

Delivered by expert presenters and experienced panelists, this engaging series is sure to deliver some very interesting and lively conversations.This series offers informative, live and recorded workshops that will take you through key aspects of your business, providing you with tools and knowledge to continually examine and improve your business and processes as you grow.Keep an eye out for Workshop schedule announcement.

What are the One on One (1:1) Sessions like?

Building on the workshop series, these one-on-one sessions will provide a deeper dive into your specific business challenges or obstacles. You’ll work with a seasoned business advisor to develop an action plan that puts you on a path to growth, gaining the tools and knowledge you need for success.

What is a sounding board?

This is a series of accountability and group learning sessions led by expert entrepreneurs. Grouped with peers in the Dutchess region who are in similar businesses or stages of business, and building off what you’ve learned in the workshops, you will have lively, informative discussions and will build knowledge, skills and community.

Hudson Valley Center for Innovation and Think DUtchess

(HVCI) is the lead manager for this program. HVCI is a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and business owners that has helped hundreds of startup and small businesses like you to: develop the skills needed to advance your business; learn how to approach your greatest challenges and get on track to growth; prepare for raising capital; manage your time effectively; and find accountability in your community to grow your business. HVCI also has an extensive regional network and will connect you with potential partners, advisors, teammates and customers.Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is a premier business-led organization, offering a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.