November 19, 2018
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
Newsletter
IN YOUR CORNER
This week..

A s we slide through November I want to stop and say thank you.

Thank you to John Page, and our Board and Ambassadors who truly represented the spirit of our Chamber at last week’s fantastic Multi-Chamber Exchange. We could not have enjoyed this new networking format without their event support. Thank you to all who made it possible:

Thank you to the event sponsors for making this event possible:
And to the Lord Jeffery Inn for their partnership and support.

Our sponsors have chosen to celebrate some local non-profits so we welcome:


See all event photos from Michael Zide HERE .

And I am grateful for a global perspective. Many know I am traveling abroad this week and it is not lost on me as I visit with friends and family that our similarities and needs across the globe are the same....as parents, as business owners, as active citizens...we care deeply about our families and want their needs protected, we want incentives to stimulate our local economy to keep our ‘home’ a favorite place for all who visit, and we have the power to change the direction of our own voice in that process.

I am deeply grateful that I can represent our members as we move forward into December and sit in on the inaugural swearing in of our new Town Council in December 2. We have an opportunity to work together toward progress while keeping our families, businesses and collective voices strong.

In the meantime, we get the opportunity to gather in celebration of our cherished Annual Lighting of the Merry Maple on November 30 on the North Common. So many surprises this year and so grateful to partner with the BID to make it possible year-after-year.

And mark your calendar for our Annual Holiday Gathering sponsored by PeoplesBank at AmherstWorks in December 12.

With gratitude,


Claudia Pazmany
Executive Director
CHAMBER NEWS & EVENTS
ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE MERRY MAPLE

Ring in the holiday season with this special celebration of light.

Follow the event on Facebook for all schedule updates!

Thank you to TD , Our Presenting Sponsor, to Amherst Business Improvement District for their partnership & sponsorship.
And thank you for support from: Muddy Brook Farms, District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Amherst Fire Department, UMass Marching Band and the
Amherst Regional High School Chorale and Hurricane Singers.
Wouldn't be the same without YOU.
YOU'RE INVITED!
OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY IS BACK
Wednesday, December 12, 5-7pm
Presenting Sponsor, PeoplesBank is also back with a continued 'passion for what is possible' and we return to the beautiful space of AmherstWorks, right in the heart of our downtown to celebrate the year in merriment and community.

Music will surround us with selections by Stephen Page and delicious fare will make the festivities complete.
MSBDC APPOINTMENTS At the CHAMBER
Mark Your Calendars:
November 27
December 18

Great having the MSBDC professionals in the office this week - and great to see so many female entrepreneurs driving new business!

Are YOU looking for financial advice to turn your business around? Have a business plan you want to put into action? Make your November or December appointment.

FREE but available by appointment only.

Please contact:
Lynn Shedd
lshedd@msbdc.umass.edu
MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS
JOIN AN EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE
MAKING TIME TO TAKE TIME TO LEAD

If you took a poll of successful entrepreneurs, asking what single activity helps them most with personal and professional development, you’d likely find that roundtables (aka peer groups, aka affinity groups) often are their choice. To get a reality check in a confidential environment, from people who deal with comparable situations, who are ready, willing and able to help you think it through, is crucial. Once you do that, it’s not so lonely at the top. And our structure increases accountability, strategic thinking, fear and shame, off-base risk tolerance, group think, vanilla results, and so on.

The Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley has 3 groups that each meet 9 times per year, for 3 hours. They meet in Holyoke, Amherst, and Northampton. And they are offered for a tiny cost, above the membership in our program. Or if not in our program, but a member of your local chamber of commerce, you can join at a special price. If you’re interested, curious, want to discuss, please contact Ira Bryck at 413 835 0810 or ira@fambizpv.com See more about us at fambizpv.com
Amherst BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Brings Back Pack the Sack
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st

20% off at over 30 participating businesses

Santa and Elf visit businesses with some live musical accompaniment.

Sacks available at the Visitor's Information Center and participating businesses.

Check their website here for all updates and participating stores.
AMHERST WOMAN'S CLUB
OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, December 1st, 10am -2 pm

The public is cordially invited to relax with a free cup of hot mulled cider, finger sandwiches and cookies - and to enjoy the Victorian-style festive decorations. Pack the Sack downtown, then sit and enjoy your surroundings at our historic house at 35 Triangle Street and find out more about the Woman's Club, established over 125 years ago.
More information about the new chapter of the Mill District HERE .
MEMBER NEWSBITES

The Works Café announced expanded hours and new menu last week. Now open from 7am - 7pm. The Works’ expanded menu and hours give individuals a healthy and quick option for dining out -- one that includes a bold new menu of organic and gluten-free options, gourmet salads and veggie-based smoothies. These new items complement their original large selection of traditional bagels, local cage-free eggs, artisan sandwiches and soups. The Works also transformed its interior space to include reclaimed wood, energy star rated kitchen equipment and LED light fixtures. Subject of our first member spotlight next week.

PV Squared , a worker-owned cooperative helping Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont go solar since 2002, was recently awarded the Cooperative of the Year for Principle 7 - Leadership in Community at the 2018 U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) annual conference. The award is given to PV Squared “for receiving national recognition in their field with company accreditation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ( NABCEP ), an accreditation awarded to companies that meet a rigorous set of standards regarding installation, employee training and qualification, safe work practices and customer accountability, as well as their work to provide solar power to communities in Puerto Rico through their work with Amicus Solar Cooperative.”

The Amherst Boys & Girls Club kicks off its 2018 Annual Campaign. Only through the generosity of friends in the community can we make a difference in the lives of our local youth. 
* One day in the life of a child can make a huge impact on their future.
* One caring adult can create an unbreakable bond with a vulnerable child that will last throughout their lifetime.
* One Boys & Girls Club can offer hope to an entire Community.
* One gift from you can open the door to a brighter tomorrow for more of our children.

HOT DEALS
Any hot deals to heat up the Autumn Breezes?

All members are invited to share their hot deals for other members by logging into the Amherst Area website with the details or email details and graphics to: info@amherstarea.com We will feature them on social media.
STAY TUNED!

Multi-Chamber Business Exchange, Wednesday, November 14, Multi-Chamber event at the Lord Jeffery Inn, Stay tuned for details. Register

Lighting of the Merry Maple , Friday, November 30. Full details here .

Annual Holiday Party , Wednesday, December 12, AmherstWorks
Register here . Sponsored by PeoplesBank
VISIT OUR MONTHLY CHAMBER CALENDAR
to stay up-to-date on all local community events.

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PROMOTING OUR REGION