Message from the President/CEO
What does the Chamber of the future look like?

There is no better time than the present to start thinking about that.

As we near the end of the third quarter and set our sights on a strong fourth quarter, this is the time for every business to assess plans for the following year and beyond. While helping to foster those types of discussions, the Chamber recognizes in order to strengthen our place in the region, we also need to reevaluate how we deliver our products and services.

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VIDEO: Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to Amherst!
In this month's Tuesday Talk , A.J. interviews Karl Reifschneider, Curatorial Assistant & Education Coordinator for the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village about WATER/WAYS , a traveling Smithsonian exhibit coming to the museum next month. Find out why this exhibit is such a gem in our community!
See Water/Ways With Us!
Date: Thursday, October 10

Time: 8:30am-9:30am

Location: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village , 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst
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September Events!
Enjoy drinks and appetizers at the Hull Family Home , the only fully restored stone dwelling of the early 1800's in Erie County! This is a joint event with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!

Date: Tuesday, September 17

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster

Date: Tuesday, September 24

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: 2928 Walden Ave., Depew

Learn from the Pros!
The Chamber is teaming up with several other community agencies on this FREE three-hour workshop about active threats and how to respond, crime prevention through environmental design, infrastructure protection and so much more. 

The team of presenters includes members of the Buffalo Police Department including the Buffalo Police Department's SWAT team, the Department of Homeland Security, Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Events/Mass Gathering department.

More information and register here !
Now Accepting Board of Directors Nominations!
The Chamber is seeking nominations for open seats on our Board of Directors. Please send them to Thank you!
Join Chamber investor Phillips Lytle LLC for this free seminar on New York State's new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, its impact on your business and how to prepare for the future. More info and register here .

 Your mood and your mental health affect every aspect of your life, including your own physical health. Unfortunately, it's not easy being upbeat all the time. Everything from work deadlines to rainy days can easily send your mood sinking and stress levels soaring.

Do you need to reboot your mood? Here are some simple ways to make yourself feel happier, less stressed and more energized:

1.        Get a move on . Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals and releases feel-good endorphins that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exercise may also make you feel better about your appearance and yourself, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Stretch your arms and legs or take a brisk 20-minute walk. You will feel better in no time.

2.       Tap into your spiritual side . Whether it’s prayer, meditation, mindfulness or restorative yoga, research shows that spiritual practices can change brain structure in a way that promotes a sense of well-being. As a part of your day, set aside some time for spiritual healing. It will lift your spirit and reduce stress.

3.       Pump up the music . Studies show listening to music is a healthy way to make your day more enjoyable. The right music can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, boost your mood and change your attitude. Therefore, load up your smartphone or media device and create a playlist that will make you smile -- whether you're at work or working out.

4.       Lighten up . Bright-light therapy can create a better mood and sounder sleep. An hour of bright indoor light a day was as effective as antidepressants – and had no side effects. You can also light up your life by being outside in the sun and get some natural Vitamin D.

5.       Give a hug . Physical affection alleviates stress reactions. We release the hormone oxytocin when touched, which elevates feelings of attachment, connection, trust and intimacy. Hugging can also improve our physical health, as it can lower our heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Remember, boosting your mood and helping yourself feel more positive is a great thing to do, both for your mind and your body.
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