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We’re the Business Excellence Awards Nonprofit of the Year!

Think Dutchess Alliance for Buisness Nonprofit of the Year: In Flight, Inc.

We are excited to announce that In Flight, Inc. has won the Think Dutchess Business Alliance 2023 Business Excellence Awards for Nonprofit of the Year!

As a part of this award, airing soon, there will be a video highlighting In Flight’s programs and sharing our mission of empowering those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach for their hopes and dreams. Following this, an awards ceremony highlighting In Flight’s accomplishment alongside the four other businesses will occur in Hyde Park, NY.

Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards

For more than two decades, the Business Excellence Awards celebration has brought together prominent business leaders to recognize those who demonstrate vision, innovation, and achievement in supporting our local economy. Each year, these award winners highlight how our business community enhances the quality of life in Dutchess County. They embody excellence, innovation, collaboration, and service, motivating us all to aim for greatness. These winners underscore the crucial role that businesses play in Dutchess County’s economic development, showcasing its diverse economic landscape.

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Award recipients are celebrated for their creativity, stability, and contributions to the growth of Dutchess County. They show dedication to advancing the business community and positively impacting residents’ lives by creating jobs and boosting the tax base. Over the years, the Business Excellence Awards have expanded to recognize leaders in innovation and individuals who have made significant contributions to Dutchess County’s economic resilience and success.

Congratulations fellow winners!

Grand Award: onsemi

onsemi, has not only invested more than $1.3 billion to establish the nations only 12-inch power discrete image sensor fab in East Fishkill, they have also played a critical role in building the region’s workforce. Currently they employ over 1,000 people and has formed a partnership with Dutchess BOCES and Dutchess Community College’s Mechatronics Lab. This partnership prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering and other high-paying STEM fields.

Large Business of the Year: DocuWare

DocuWare is a cloud-based document management and workflow solutions company. Since opening its new office in Beacon earlier this year, DocuWare has continued to expand worldwide. The company invests in its employees and the community, collaborating with local organizations to fight food insecurity and supporting tech education through sponsored training courses and job placement assistance.

Small Business of the Year: Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, P.C.

Providing life-saving medical and surgical services to a variety of species, Creature Comforts Animal Hospital has earned a reputation for helping owners give their pets the highest quality of life possible. The practice has become a pillar of the region’s veterinary medicine community, offering continuing education and networking opportunities for current veterinarians as well as internship opportunities for students in SUNY Ulster’s veterinary technician program.

Innovator of the Year: River Valley Arts Center 

Since 2021, River Valley Arts Center (RVAC) is making the arts more accessible to everybody in the Hudson Valley. RVAC saw a need for a safe space for people of all ages and abilities to come together. By hosting classes, workshops, and other events, RVAC is helping our community to develop new skills and celebrate their creativity.

Celebrate with us!

The Think Dutchess Business Alliance 2023 award ceremony will be hosted on Thursday, November 2nd. Join in the celebration at the Culinary Institute of America from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Show your support for the growing Dutchess County economy and celebrate our business community. Purchase your tickets today and learn more about our award at