August 2019 Newsletter
Message from the Director:

Dear Members,

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

The Chamber is ready to bring you our summer fundraiser, “Rockin on the River”. The event this year is in partnership with Unyts and will take place on Wednesday, August 21 from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $40.00 and includes live music from “The Knight Crew”, buffet dinner, open bar, basket raffles, live auction, and much more - including our “Create Your Own Band” contest with a great prize! We still have tickets left, so come down to the Chamber to get your tickets as soon as possible.

The Chamber would like to thank Steve Ingraham from the IRS who presented “Qualified Business Income Deduction Section 199A" to our members at our Business Connections breakfast on August 6th at Banchetti’s restaurant. Meetings will resume on September 3 rd at the Chamber office. Donna Wick from Niagara Regional Federal Credit Union will be speaking.

Do not forget about our text messaging VIP service! To become a member, just text CCTONA to 57838. This will remind you about events and meetings the Chamber is holding. Last month we ran a VIP contest and 3 lucky winners won a gift card to Yankee Spirits. We will hold another contest in September.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you at Rockin on the River !

Cathy A. Oddo, Executive Director
Diamond Sponsor Kenmore Mercy Hospital welcomes Heather Telford as its VP of Patient Care Services

Town of Tonawanda native Heather Telford, MS, BSN, CEN, NEA-BC, brings over 30 years of experience in nursing and healthcare administration to her new position at Kenmore Mercy, a 184-bed Magnet-recognized hospital, where she oversees nearly 270 nurses. “Heather brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of nursing, with specialized training that will help us to continue to best serve our community,” Walt Ludwig, President & CEO of Kenmore Mercy said. “We welcome her experience, leadership and dedication to maintaining our commitment to clinical and nursing excellence.”

Telford has been with Kenmore Mercy, part of Catholic Health, since 2008, first serving as nurse manager of the Emergency Department. More recently, she was the hospital’s director of Nursing since 2013. She played an integral role in the opening of the hospital’s new Emergency Department in 2013 and also helped to lead Kenmore Mercy to become the area’s only Magnet- recognized and Beacon-silver award hospital, noteworthy testaments to delivering the high quality nursing care.

We wish her well in her new role!
To get your tickets, call the Chamber at 716-692-5120 or stop by our office at 254 Sweeney Street, NT!
Business Connections meets every other Tuesday at 8:30am

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Sept. 3 - Donna Wick, Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Regional Federal Credit Union - Building your Credit and Small Business Loans

  • Sept. 17 - Robin Chapo of Xiaoning Zhang Agency - Insurance for Small Businesses. (To request information on specific business types. i.e. Restaurant, Salon, Auto Repair, etc. please email

If you are interested in joining this group or presenting, please contact Board Member Robert Pecoraro at

In recognition of its unwavering dedication to quality martial arts instruction and community involvement, Chamber member Championship Martial Arts 716 was recognized with the Mark of Excellence Award from Century Martial Arts, a highly regarded industry organization.

Championship Martial Arts 716 was among a select few schools to receive the distinguished Mark of Excellence Award in 2019. This award is one of the highest honors bestowed by Century Martial Arts. It attests to Champion Martial Arts 716’s outstanding service to the community as a whole and the positive impact it has had on individual students, in both their martial arts development and their everyday lives.

The Martial Arts SuperShow is the world’s largest martial art industry tradeshow and educational event, hosted annually by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). As a leader in the community and a school on the forefront of martial arts teaching and development trends, Championship Martial Arts 716 has been a regular presence at the SuperShow for some years.

Championship Martial Arts 716 is located in Tonawanda, NY at 3173 Eggert Road. To learn more about Championship Martial Arts 716, call 716-870-2971 or visit .
Don't forget our Upcoming Events!

Rockin' on the River: August 21 - The Shores Waterfront Restaurant
Annual Dinner: November 7 - Alder Creek Banquet Center
Holiday Mixer: Dec. 12 at 5pm - Location TBA
Required NYS Sexual Harrassment Training - Available Online!
The NYS deadline is fast approaching!

Do you know why October 9, 2019 is an important date for you? 
It is the last day for you to be compliant with New York legislation requiring you to provide sexual harassment training to all your employees. ( For more information on the NYS Policy, please  click here . )
The Chamber has worked with member New Haven Consulting Group to provide an online workshop that meets the New York State requirements, is easy to use, and extremely cost effective. It’s as simple as going to the link below, putting in your credit card information, and taking the course.
If you want to buy a “group of seats" - please contact NHCG directly at 203-926-1526 for a customized link and pricing.
Don't wait and be out of compliance. Act now!

Individual course links are $20.  CLICK HERE  to visit the check-out page and take the course at your convenience.
Congratulations to our
Member of the Month:

Since 1938, the Salvatore name has been synonymous with exceptional service and hospitality. Four generations of Salvatore family pride go into each detail of your visit as our guest.

Joseph, his wife Paula, and their three children proudly carry on the tradition that began with his grandfather’s restaurant on the east side of Buffalo in 1938. Salvatore’s, Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel and The Delavan Hotel and Spa are perfect destinations for a romantic night out, a business dinner, or that special event that has to be perfect for your family and friends, and they proudly boast an award-winning wine list with over 500 offerings from around the world.

Salvatore's Hospitality
6461 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043
Welcome to the Newest Members
of the Chamber Family!

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Championship Martial Arts 716