Message from the President/CEO
In a few short weeks, we will be embarking on a new decade.
As we prepare to introduce 2020, the Chamber can't help but reflect on the past ten years. The Buffalo Niagara region has seen great progress. After years and years of economic stagnation, the needle has finally started to move, giving the Chamber great hope for the coming decade.
The new year will also bring new goals for the Chamber to help continue our growth and expand our service to the local business community. We will head into 2020 in a much stronger position thanks to the successes of the past year. Read more .
VIDEO: Emerging Business Leaders!
This month's Tuesday Talk focuses on the Chamber's Emerging Business Leaders program that kicks off for another year in January. Since we started this program three years ago, it has grown tremendously. We are on track to have more than 40 participants for 2020. We are helping future leaders in the community build the skills necessary to climb the ladder of success. Click here for more info and to apply. Not sure it's a program for you? WATCH our video!
Register for the Annual Luncheon HERE!

Date: Tuesday, December 10

Time: 8:30am-10:30am

Location: 3200 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore

Find out how to promote your business online with a Grow with Google presenter.
This is a joint event with the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce!
$10 members & nonmembers



Date: Tuesday, December 17

Time: 5pm-7pm

Location: 5195 Main St.(Wyndham Garden Hotel)

Welcome 2020!

Date: Tuesday, January 7

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: 55 Crosspoint Pkwy, Getzville

Meet Tara Handforth, Market Executive
for Wells Fargo

Date: Thursday, January 9

Time: 12:15pm-1:30pm

Location: Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Large Conference Room

Live Inspired in 2020!
Start off the new year with some inspiration from Cathy Lanzalaco of Inspire Careers!

Date: Tuesday, January 14

Time: 8:15am-9:30am

Location: Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Large Conference Room

Check out
the cool headquarters of this growing software company! Drinks, appetizers, table games and video podcasting!

Date: Tuesday, January 21

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: 678 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda

A joint event with the
Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce!

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The Do's and Don'ts of Antibiotics

It starts out as the sniffles, but by the time you wake up the next morning, you know it’s here: a cold. And it feels like a bad one. Stuffy head, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, the works. Time to call the doctor and get some antibiotics, right? Maybe not.

Antibiotics can be powerful medicine. But you have to use them safely and correctly. And sometimes that means not using them at all.

Know your germs
The first thing to know is that antibiotics are not an all-purpose cure. They can be a big help if you have a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia. But antibiotics don’t work against viruses, which cause most respiratory infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for viral illnesses, including the common cold, flu, bronchitis and most sore throats and sinus infections.

Antibiotics work by fighting bacteria that make you sick, either by killing them or stopping them from growing. But sometimes, bacteria learn how to resist an antibiotic. The more often antibiotics are used, the bigger the risk that this can happen. And you can end up with stronger bacteria that are more difficult to treat. These resistant bacteria can cause serious illness or even death.
Ask the expert
Not sure if you have a virus or bacterial infection? Talk with your doctor. Many infections, even bacterial ones, will clear up on their own without any antibiotic treatment. However, if you have a bacterial infection and your doctor prescribes you an antibiotic, you should follow his or her orders and let the medicine work for you.

Antibiotics Do’s and Don’ts
·          DO take antibiotics for bacterial infections when and if directed by your doctor.
·         DO take all of the antibiotic as prescribed. If you use only part of the medicine, it can mean you treated only part of the infection.
·         DON’T take antibiotics for common cold symptoms like runny noses and coughs. Your body will fight off the illness on its own.
·         DON’T ask for or take antibiotics unless your doctor says you need them. They won’t help and won’t prevent other people from catching your cold. And they can create stronger bacteria that are harder to treat.
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