Message from the President/CEO
When the Governor came to town last week, the Chamber was proud to be there to greet him.

He was announcing his commitment to making the 2% property tax cap permanent. It’s an issue the Chamber supports and has included in its Public Policy Agenda for 2019.

New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the country compared to home values. Read more .
VIDEO: Governor Cuomo to Keep 2% Property Tax Cap
This month's TuesdayTalk is on the Governor's visit to WNY to promote a permanent 2% property tax cap.

Here is an excerpt from the news conference attended by Chamber President/CEO A.J. Baynes, Board Chair Laura Zaepfel, Board Secretary Mark Gaulin and several other Chamber members.

We'll be back next month with another Tuesday Talk on matters important to our community.
See You There!
Tammy Owen
former president of two Kaleida hospitals and President/CEO of the Olmsted Center for Sight

DATE: Tuesday, March 12

TIME: 12:30pm-1:30pm

LOCATION: Large Conference Room, ACC, 400 Essjay, Williamsville  

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day at
The Irishman Pub and Eatery!

DATE: Friday, March 15

TIME: 12pm-1pm

LOCATION: 5601 Main Street,

Located in the historic Mennonite Meeting House!

DATE: Tuesday, March 19

TIME: 5pm-7pm

LOCATION: 5178 Main Street, Williamsville

Is there a standout small business that you think should be recognized at our Small Business Awards Luncheon?
Let us know! Fill out the nomination ballot here and email it to us at!
Chamber in the News!
Your CBD Store Opens!
The Chamber's ribbon cutting at Your CBD Store l ast week received a lot of media attention. It was one of the top five stories on! Read it here . Also, Channel 4 , Channel 7 and Channel 2 covered the grand opening of the store that is the first in Williamsville solely dedicated to selling hemp products.

We've Got the Power, Again!

Chamber President/CEO A.J. Baynes honored to once again this year make the Buffalo Business First list of Western New York's most influential people.

For more on the Power 250 for 2019, click here .
Poison Prevention: Keeping Your Home Safe

As a way to help raise awareness of the risk of being poisoned by medicines, household products and fumes, National Poison Prevention Week is being observed the week of March 18. More than 90% of human exposures reported to poison centers in 2017 occurred at a residence. Therefore, being aware of what is considered dangerous in your home can help prevent poisoning.

Follow these simple steps to help make your home as poison-proof as possible:

  • Put all medications in your home in safe locations that are away and out of sight from children. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medications, vitamins and supplements. Safely dispose of expired or unneeded medication. Although you should make sure all medications are in child-resistant packaging, it’s important to remember that nothing is truly child-proof. 

  • Install and check carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can lead to severe illness and even death. Most carbon monoxide exposures occur during the winter months or during power outages. Change batteries when the time changes in the spring and fall.
  • Be aware of small items that children can swallow, such as batteries, buttons, toys and game pieces. Keep small ingestible objects off the floor and out of reach for babies and toddlers. 

  • Make sure all cleaning and laundry products are stored in their original containers and stored in locations that are hard to reach for children. Label each product with the word “Caution” if possible.

  • Keep all oil or lubricants, such as engine oil, fragrance oils, personal care products and hand sanitizers, in their original containers and store them in a safe area.

If you suspect you or a loved one has been poisoned by any items in your home, you should immediately call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 . You can also text “POISON” to 797979 to save the number in your mobile phone. Calls are free, confidential and answered by experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Thank You Investors!
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