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The Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau serves our business members,
promotes our local assets, and shapes the future of our community.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
NEW MEMBERS 2022
HAIR ARCHITECTS
18 1st Ave S #1
763-682-5744
Mon-Thursday 9-9:00, Friday 9-5:00, Saturday 8-5:00

Many of you know Marie Treptau as she has owned Hair Architects for 39 years! She has 22 stylists in her salon, a massage therapist and 2 aestheticians, which means the salon offers so much more than haircuts!

Hair Architects can do cuts, colors, highlights, foils, perms, up dos and more! They have all the features of a full day spa with manicures and pedicures and now with Carrie, their newest aesthetician, they can do laser hair removal, chemical peels, acne treatment, micro needling, facials, waxing and more to make your skin look and feel great! She wants to help you love the skin you're in!

Marie is giving Hair Architects a facelift - with some fresh paint, new flooring and new ceiling. With 21 rooms and 4,000 square feet of space - that's a lot! Stop in and see the space, say hello and book an appointment with any one of the great people who are there ready to make us look and feel good!
CHAMBER EVENTS
What a great cooperative Good Morning Buffalo last week - hosted by Title Mark and Coborn's, enjoyed in the upstairs of Coborn's Caribou. We got a warm welcome and goodie bags from Title Mark and a behind the scenes tour of Coborn's all while drinking Caribou coffee and having fresh donuts and strawberries from Coborn's bakery and produce department.
What a view! Below see our hosts: Kristine Holthusen of Coborn's and Dayna Anderson and Abby Koppen from Title Mark.
What a crowd! Below we are loving our hairnets as we had a behind the scenes tour of Coborn's. From their chop shop (chopping of fruit and veggies) to the meat department where we sample some beef sticks from Ryan the Manager to the seafood section and even the retro candy and pop section. Super fun and unique food offerings all around!
Coborn's has a plastic and cardboard bale maker - recycling everything! They also have energy efficient equipment throughout - making their store as environmentally green as they can get it!
OUR MEMBERS ARE SO GREAT!!

Below is Suzanne and I thanking Gene Spurlock of Walmart for their $1000 donation which always goes towards feeding our marching bands, and then Brent from Buffalo Pizza delivered pizza to us on Friday just because! Thanks guys!
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FRESHLY PICKED FROM THE
CHAMBER FOR YOU……

We have a new feature on our website that’s all about you as a Chamber leader in our community! 

We want to help showcase our member businesses, but we didn’t want typical advertisements on our webpage. Videography is a great way to share your business with others – it’s colorful, it’s engaging and it’s real time! Jeremiah Schmid, our Chamber member videographer, will come to your place of business and make it really easy and comfortable to produce a spot. Best part is - it's yours to keep!

It's live - so go out to our website homepage, BuffaloChamber.org, and see what it would like to have Limelight #1 or Limelight #2. Normally – they would not be the same business – but we wanted to show you a live example of what the Limelight options can do for you!

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED STARTING IN JUNE
LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT A SPOT!
GOLF TOURNAMENT IS FULL!
Thank you to our 125 golfers!

WE NEED PRIZES and SILENT AUCTION ITEMS!

This year vs a live auction, we are doing a silent auction and hopefully being able to put it online for ALL of you to get a chance to bid! We are looking for auction items and smaller level prizes for raffles. We are happy to pick up anything you may have!
AMBASSADORS ON THE MOVE
ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH
302 2nd St NE
763-682-1883

The Ambassadors made a pop in visit to St. John's and hit the jackpot with most all of the staff there! Pastor Ryan Clark and his wife Katherine have served at St. John's for the last 6 years, with 20 years in ministry moving from Wisconsin, to New York, to Buffalo where they hope to call it their home for many years to come as they find the church and community filled with warm and welcoming people.

St. John's has seen some changes since I was a kid there, including the new addition that was added in 2007. The large open space can be used for a variety of things, from their Saturday night (more contemporary service) to community Bible Study. There are about 100 kids in Sunday School in the congregation of 400 people. To serve all these people, including the Noah's Ark preschool, it takes a small army (see photo below). Pastor Ryan said they all are different but their gifts all complement each other.

New to the group is Director of Youth Ministries, Paul Nelson, who moved here from Missouri 5 months ago. He loves the serving attitude of the congregation and serves kids from 6th to 12th grade. We also met Kelly Thole, Director of Family Ministries and Beth Langland, Office Administrator. What a team they all make!

St. John's is very active! Here are just of few of the things to note: Active in the mission field on reservations in South Dakota, hosts Vacation Bible School open to any children, sponsors a Concert in the Park, serves meals on wheels, hosts community breakfasts and helps support Wrapped in Love - a local non-profit for foster families.
Above front row are the Chamber people: Sue, Jennifer, Tina, Jackie and Emily. Back row is Katherine, Pastor Ryan Clark, Beth, Paul and Kelly. Below is the small army it takes to run the church!
BUSINESS NEWS
HAS YOUR WORKFORCE SETTLED IN TO THE NEW NORM?

The pandemic has turned the way we work on its head and it’s clear we’re likely never going back to the way we used to operate. It’s no longer “work from home;” it’s “work from anywhere,” and the traditional office and desktop workspace have become pre-COVID artifacts as a result.

Not all agree that this new normal is here to stay
While the benefits of remote work have been widely touted, a surprising number of executives want to return to pre-COVID business procedures, nearly half (47 percent) to be precise. Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of employees (87 percent) wish to maintain the new ways of working they’ve adopted during the pandemic.

The roadmap is going to vary for every employee and every organization, but across the board, flexibility is becoming the new priority perk to balance individual desires and needs, whether it is coming into the office, working remotely or both.

This will also change the way organizations think about the end-to-end employee journey. For example, organizations may embrace an “office in a box” model where new hires get everything they need to work from anywhere.

Challenges and benefits of continued remote work vary
It will be increasingly important for HR leaders to understand the challenges and perceived benefits of continued remote work among their workforces. Research found that this varies depending on where one sits in an organization. For example, 50 percent of executives believe that better use of technology to improve efficiency is the greatest benefit to their teams, while 54 percent of employees say that time saved from not commuting or traveling are the greatest advantages.

Rethinking how work happens moving forward
The world’s dramatic pivot to remote work is showing everyone what the future of work looks like now. New ways of working are becoming norms and we are on the cusp of an unprecedented wave of workplace innovation. While executives and employees may currently differ on the best path forward, we can all agree that this gives us the opportunity to rethink how, when and where we work. HR leaders play a critical strategic role in bridging the gap between employees and executives to create a shared vision for what the future of work should look like.
MEMBER/COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
LOTS GOING ON ON MAY 21ST!
NEW ADDITION TO THE RODEO THIS YEAR! THE RODEO COMMITTEE ALSO WANTS BUFFALO BUSINESSES TO GET IN THE RODEO SPIRIT AND DECORATE THEIR WINDOWS AND DIG THOSE COWBOY HATS OUT OF THE CLOSET!
KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW

Quick-link to the recent City of Buffalo public meetings:
What did the baby Corn say to its Mom? Where's "Pop" Corn?
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Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
763-682-4902
Sue@BuffaloChamber.org 
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