In this May Issue...
- Message from the President
- Message from the Chair 
- Upcoming Events 
- Chamber Re-Organizes and Expands Staff
- Small Business Awards Luncheon  & Showcase
- BRC's New Purchasing Event
- EBL Announces Summer ProMix
- New Members
Message from the President

Colleen discusses Small Business month, the Chamber's upcoming Small Business Awards Luncheon and Showcase, as well as the benefits of supporting local business. 

To read Colleen's message, click here.

Message from the Chair
With the recent passage of the New York State budget, Earl takes a look at the Chamber's 2017 Legislative Agenda and where progress has been made on some issues.  

To read Earl's message, click here
Upcoming Events
Business Before Hours - A free networking event!

Join us Tuesday, May 2nd from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. for our May Business Before Hours hosted by Amherst Laser & Wellness Center. Click here to register.

Tools for Prosperity

Learn from Jonathan Gill, VP of Marketing and Interactive Services at Marketing Tech, what needs to be your web priority in today's ever-changing environment.  Thursday, May 4th at 8:00 a.m. at AAA of Western & Central New York.

Individual member pricing is $10, non-member is $25. Click here to register
Business After Hours - A free networking event!

Join us Tuesday, April 18th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for our May Business After Hours hosted by Addy's Wine & Spirts. Click here to register.

Small Business Awards Luncheon & Showcase

Join us Friday, May 19th as we honor seven of the region's leaders in Small Business.  The Showcase will feature over 40 businesses and is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and will be followed by the Awards Luncheon at 12:00 p.m.  Tickets for the luncheon are $40 for members and may be purchased here.

Opening Networking Breakfast

A NEW chamber pilot program, this open networking breakfast is open to all Amherst Chamber of Commerce members and their guests. The meeting will feature a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors to make a brief presentation and then mingle with attendees. The first breakfast will be Wednesday, May 24th, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Staybridge Suites.  Cost is $5 per participant. Click here to register

Chamber Re-Organizes and Expands Staff

The Board of Directors recently completed an updated Strategic Plan.  To effectively facilitate all components of our strategy, we did a simultaneous staff reorganization. 

We have hired an Operations Director, Christine Langenfeld, who will be responsible for the day-to-day internal operation and administration of the office.  She joins Kaitlin Brunner, our Communications Director as part of the management team.

Penny LaPlaca will continue to oversee our Insurance Department, ably assisted by Olivia Dann.  Olivia‚Äôs responsibilities will be expanded to include special events and member services administration.

We are currently searching for a Member Services Manager.  This position has been re-defined and requires an individual with strategic thinking and a creative and collaborative persona. 

Additionally, we hope to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant that has data entry skills.  We are a very busy office with a dedicated staff.  If you know anyone that may be interested in joining our team, have them send their resume to cdipirro@amherst.org.


Small Business Awards Luncheon Honorees
BRC's New Purchasing Event
In response to January's Brainstorming with the BRC, the Business Resource Council continues to take the feedback it obtained and work to create events and programming that best serves and benefits YOU.

The BRC is excited to announce it's upcoming purchasing event which will welcome representatives from the purchasing departments of some of the Buffalo Niagara region's leading businesses. Business we have invited include Kaleida, M&T Bank, Independent Health, Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Ingram Micro and many more!  

During this event, these representatives will share their bidding opportunities and procedures, as well as answer questions you may have for being considered for future bidding.  

The event will take place Tuesday, June 6 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo Amherst Campus. Tickets are $25 per member and also include refreshments.

This is a member only event, so access will not be granted to non-chamber members. 
EBL Announces 4th Annual Summer ProMix
New Location at Canalside!
EBL's signature Summer ProMix welcomes over 150 guests for an evening of open networking among the region's young professionals. 

This year's event will take place Thursday, June 22 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the Fantail of the USS Little Rock located at Canalside

Tickets are only $40 until May 15, and $45 after; they include cocktails and appetizers, as well as background music from Thursday night's Canalside Concert series. 
Newest Members
Patti Scott
Griffco Valve, Inc.


Brian Atkinson
ASG 365, LLC


Kevin Klenke
Voipteck Solutions

Oscar Lee

AnneMarie Kuerzdoerfer
Peter Petrella

Ruth Barnes

Ryan Gorman

Susie Pieri
Reikart House

Anthony LaPiana
LaPiana Insurance Services, LLC

Ask the Expert
Q: What is a deductible?
A: Similar to a deductible for auto or homeowners insurance, a health plan deductible is the amount you are required to pay before most of your benefits begin.  For example, with a $1,000 deductible, you pay the first $1,000 of covered health care services yourself.  After you reach your deductible amount, you usually pay only a copayment or coinurance for covered services. Most preventive services are not subject to the deductible and are available at a $0 cost. 

In recent years, deductible plans have become significantly more popular.  However, many people are still unfamiliar with how deductibles work because they're accustomed to paying fixed copayments for services.  To view the answers to common deductible-related questions, click here. 
University at Buffalo News
New Website Provides Information About UB Outreach Into Local Community

The University at Buffalo Office of Community Relations has launched a new website aimed at giving residents who live in the neighborhoods around the UB campuses and around Western New York an online source of information about what the university has to offer the surrounding community.  Continue reading...

Thank You to Our Investors

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