To be eligible for membership, you need to be able to answer “yes” to the following questions (if not, please consider affiliating with us as a non-member supporter):

  • Is your business privately held (not publicly traded)?
  • Do the business owners who have a controlling interest (greater than 50% of ownership) live in Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster or Columbia County?
  • Is your business registered in the state of New York, with no corporate or national headquarters outside of Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster or Columbia County?
  • Do you have full autonomy to make your own independent decisions regarding your unique business and its purchasing, operations and distribution, as well as the name and look of your business?
  • Do you pay all your own marketing, rent and other business expenses without assistance from, or payment to, a corporate headquarters?


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