25 11, 2019

The Accelerator Hosts Second Annual Emerging Leaders Youth Conference

2020-05-05T15:37:04-04:00November 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Accelerator Hosts Second Annual Emerging Leaders Youth Conference

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (November 20, 2019) – The Accelerator, a certified New York State incubator focused on bringing manufacturing back to the mid-Hudson Valley, recently partnered with the Orange County Youth Bureau to host the Second Annual Emerging Leaders Youth Conference for sophomore, junior and senior students throughout Orange County. Powered by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, The Accelerator is a regional economic development team that focuses on start-up businesses. The Nov. 20 event included sessions on Leadership; Professional Communications in the Modern Age; Resources and Resumes; and Mock Interview Sessions. Andrew Marotta, Port Jervis High School Principal, gives the keynote presentation to about 145 students from schools throughout Orange County on November Read More

14 10, 2019

A Family-Owned Business: Nearly 30 Years in the Making

2020-05-05T15:39:09-04:00October 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on A Family-Owned Business: Nearly 30 Years in the Making

Since Fernando Ullauri moved to the United States from Ecuador in 1985, he has been cultivating a career in screen printing. After working for several companies in the Northeast, Ullauri decided to start his own company in 1987. Seco Silk Screen had operations based in Brooklyn for more than 30 years before Ullauri was given the opportunity and moved the company into The Accelerator location in New Windsor in January. While the move was a significant one for the company, Ullauri is excited about the new opportunities in store for the business that performs its printing by hand in an industry that is now mostly automated. “We were located in Brooklyn for the past 30 Read More

3 09, 2019

Retro Rebel: Turning a Brand into a Lifestyle

2020-05-05T15:46:11-04:00September 3rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Retro Rebel: Turning a Brand into a Lifestyle

To be successful as a clothing company or fashion brand, businesses have to deliver innovative concepts and creative designs with the applied business know-how and expertise to generate growth and interest from consumers. With a commitment to unconventionality, Retro Rebel – a client of The Accelerator in Middletown – is fostering a unique network of designers, artists and creators to develop a clothing movement that’s more than just another brand. More than fashion Retro Rebel launched its first design in September of 2018. The SftLnch Tee represents the brand’s commitment to inspiring people to be themselves and to embrace the things that make them unique. Through collaboration with designers and artists, Retro Rebel seeks to Read More

1 07, 2019

Quality Craftsmanship, Unique Designs and Art You Can Wear

2020-05-05T15:48:34-04:00July 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Quality Craftsmanship, Unique Designs and Art You Can Wear

Fashion trends come and go, but some brands and designers make a lasting impression with artfully designed, timeless pieces. One such brand, NYCe BLU, produces leather handbags inspired by the vibrant art and culture of New York City. Designer Mary Fleckenstein co-founded the brand with her brother, Doug Fleckenstein. Their combined experience in leather materials, design and fashion products inspired them to create a brand that would exhibit unparalleled leather craftsmanship and quality. “I have always been an artist working in many mediums,” says Mary Fleckenstein. “I had a business for 10 years designing and manufacturing costumes for dancers. Most recently I concentrated on silversmithing, both jewelry and sculpture in silver. My brother, after working Read More

16 05, 2019

Helping Veterans at the Accelerator

2020-05-05T15:42:55-04:00May 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Helping Veterans at the Accelerator

The Orange County IDA and The Accelerator were recently featured in the Times Herald-Record. The great article touched on the work they do with military veterans looking to build their businesses. CLICK HERE to read the article. [slide-anything id='1242']

25 04, 2019

A New Generation of Entrepreneur Brings an Innovative Business Concept to Port Jervis

2019-11-07T11:31:46-05:00April 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on A New Generation of Entrepreneur Brings an Innovative Business Concept to Port Jervis

At just 20 years old, Sarah Wilson – a junior at State University of New York Empire State College – might not look like the typical entrepreneur. However, she is blazing a trail for Generation-Z business owners like herself to deliver innovative new concepts and products to the marketplace. Wilson is a co-owner of Vikings Hatchet Hurling, a hatchet hurling range in Port Jervis. As a business management major, Wilson had been learning a variety of principles and concepts that she used to help her start her business with her former boss, Dustin Adams, and her father, Karsten Wilson. “I’m a business management major, so obviously I wanted to get experience and this business idea Read More

13 03, 2019

Green Panda Toothbrushes are Taking the Eco-Friendly Market by Storm

2020-05-05T15:50:52-04:00March 13th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Green Panda Toothbrushes are Taking the Eco-Friendly Market by Storm

Some of the most innovative products are unintentionally inspired by the observation of a problem. Today, the issue of environmental pollution and waste is undeniably important, and this problem has inspired business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to create real-world solutions to help make a difference for the planet. Green Panda – a client of The Accelerator, Powered by the Orange County IDA – is a company started by Tom Ruggiero and his wife, Kathy. Together, they developed the concept for Green Panda toothbrushes, a line of environmentally friendly brushes made from 100 percent biodegradable bamboo. Tom Ruggiero was in the midst of researching marine life as part of a consulting project he was working on Read More

1 03, 2019

The Accelerator Hosts Hemp Round Table for Growers, Industry Leaders

2019-03-01T12:30:51-05:00March 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Accelerator Hosts Hemp Round Table for Growers, Industry Leaders

The Accelerator Managing Director Vincent Cozzolino addresses crowd of hemp farmers and processors at the organization’s round table event on February 27, 2019. NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (March 1, 2019) – The Accelerator, a certified New York State incubator focused on bringing manufacturing back to the mid-Hudson Valley, recently hosted a gathering of more than 100 hemp growers and industry leaders to discuss the latest information on industrial hemp research, regulations and growers’ experiences. “Growing Industrial Hemp – An Update on Growers’ and Processors’ Experiences” was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at La Casa Vicina in New Windsor. Powered by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), The Accelerator is a regional economic Read More

10 12, 2018

Alternate E Source Provides Bold New Solutions for Changing Technological Needs

2019-11-07T11:18:23-05:00December 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Alternate E Source Provides Bold New Solutions for Changing Technological Needs

As technology grows and advances, so does the need for network, security and energy management. Alternate E Source, a client at The Accelerator offering security, efficiency and infrastructure management solutions, seeks to help businesses manage their technological needs and a holistic approach to smart building management and integration. The team at Alternate E Source boasts decades of experience in technology. The founder, Tanja Lewit, began the company in 2012 after finding success as an establishing member of PC&S, an electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer where she served as principal beginning in 1992. After witnessing the rapid shifts taking place in the tech world, Lewit brought her leadership qualities to an innovative new technological venture. “(I’m Read More